Monday, March 30, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

Good morning! Is anyone else as tired as I am? Good grief! I need a weekend to recover from my weekend. 



The weather outside is::::
It's chilly this morning, but it's supposed to get beautiful later today.  The first half of our week actually looks amazing.


On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Just coffee so far. I'm really thinking about a bagel though. 

As I look outside my window:::
It's so beautiful! The sun is out, the skies are blue, the grass is green, and SPRING IS HERE!

Right now I am::::
Trying to type this post at the kitchen table, but I have a wild Scotland in my lap, and she seems to think she should be typing this post instead. Harley keeps walking in between my feet, rubbing against my ankles.
....................
Ok, I've moved upstairs to my bedroom with the girls.  

As I look around the house::::
I have a basket of laundry in the living room begging to be folded and folded clothes piled on the ottoman in need of being put away.  The kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes.  I was lazy last night after dinner and didn't do dishes. Honestly, I had a load of dishes in the wash that I was waiting to finish first and then it was late. Other than that, the house is nice and picked up, just begging for the kids to trash it.

Rylie and Sydney are laying on the floor of my room, playing Minecraft together, Scotland is tearing all of her pajamas out of her pajama drawer. Shawn is working in the office, and because he's on calls we are hiding out upstairs.

On today's to do list::::
Laundry
Dishes
Meal planning 
Run to Walmart for Syd's baby picture print for school tomorrow
Pick Sydney's art for her school art fair
Pick up new soccer cleats for Sydney and get Rylie everything she needs for soccer this weekend.
Email Ben's coach about his team schedule (The games start Saturday and we have no idea what time!) 
Finish Sydney's dance recital paperwork
Finish Sydney's Kindergarten Roundup paperwork for Friday.
Order from Ben's art fundraiser
Sydney's Dance class 
Shawn's basketball
Try to fit in the gym if possible

Currently reading::::
Hoping to read some Game of Thrones

On the TV today::::
Shawn and I finally started watching True Detective.  I'm so mad I fell asleep during an episode last night, so I have to go back and rewatch the end of that one.  If you haven't watched it and you like crime dramas, or Matthew McConaughey, you should definitely watch it, on HBO Go.  

On the menu this week::::
Working on my meal plan currently. The hubs has enjoyed helping with the meal plan actually.  We've been cooking together a lot since he's started working at home. Yesterday he sat down with a cookbook and came up with 3 sides to go with steaks that we made together that were amazing!  I'm hoping to get several recipes up this week, including Shawn's amazing steak recipe!

I do know that Friday evening, I'm having sushi or shrimp hibachi since it's a Friday during lent.  Usually when doing the meal plan, I space that out but come Friday and I can't have meat, we grab sushi for dinner.  


What I am creating at the moment::::
Right now, I'm creating Scotland's 1st birthday party. She turns 1 on the 16th and we are doing a party at home for her, but we have a very large immediate family, as well as some extended family and friends that feel like immediate family with how close we are.  I'm doing a lot of hot glueing fake flowers to things as well as praying for nice weather and creating an outside oasis.


Favorite photo from the camera::::
We spent a few hours outside yesterday, cleaning up dog poo, mowing, pulling dead grass and leaves and plants, dumping out the old plant graveyard, and then playing in the yard.  I'm ready for spring and am hoping to start planting flowers this week!

 


Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::



Sorry, I seemed to have a lot to say this morning...  Time to do a real blog update I think.  Alright, laundry is calling to me.  Hope you all have a nice week.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

Woo!  I feel like the last couple of weeks have been insane.  We're just adjusting to another new normal with Shawn working from home, and last week was Spring Break. Shawn had to go to Omaha for work, so the kids and I tagged along.  While he was working, we were out exploring and having fun.  We didn't have a single lazy day the entire break.




The weather outside is::::
I think it's supposed to be sort of nice today.  Not quite as warm as I would like but 50s.

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Cinnamon toast crunch, green machine, and a big cup of espresso with Italian Sweet Cream creamer.

As I look outside my window:::
The sun is shining and things are starting to turn green and bloom.  It looks like spring.

Right now I am::::
Putting up this post and getting ready to cook lunch.

As I look around the house::::
There is a pile of laundry for me to fold on the couch and the breakfast dishes in the sink. Shawn and Sydney are asleep, snuggled together on the couch for Shawn's lunch break.  Rylie and Scotland are playing in the kitchen and eating yogurt melts.

On today's to do list::::
Laundry
Cleaning
Sydney's dance
Shawn's basketball

Currently reading::::
Just started reading the first Neverland Girls book to Sydney and I'm still trying to find time in my exhausting and busy schedule to read Game of Thrones.

On the TV today::::
So far nothing, but maybe here shortly I'll get a chance to watch something from my DVR or Stella on Hulu

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Chicken meat balls with yellow rice and veggies
Tuesday -  Pizza
Wednesday - Grilled Chicken and strawberry salad with Cherry vinaigrette and goat cheese
Thursday - Double cut grilled pork chops
Friday - We originally planned for a chicken dish here but because it's Friday and I can't eat meat it will probably be a sushi dinner.
Saturday -  
Sunday - 

What I am creating at the moment::::
Nothing  

Favorite photo from the camera::::


Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. ~Isaiah 40:29

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

It's been a couple of weeks since I've been able to do this post...  I feel like we've had some huge changes here which I mentioned in the last post.  Good changes, but they keep me fairly busy.  Eventually we will get into a groove, but until then, please bear with me.



The weather outside is::::
Right now, it's about 20 degrees and the snow that hadn't melted yesterday is now laying on top of a solid sheet of ice.  Loading up the car for the school run this morning, I slid down the driveway.  Side note, Toms are not meant for ice or snow as they give no traction and really don't keep your feet very warm or dry.



On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Nothing yet.  I'm thinking about a nice cup of coffee, maybe some oatmeal and a half of a bagel.

As I look outside my window:::
The ground is sort of covered here and there in snow, but not much.  It's mostly just cloudy, and I'm glad to be inside.

Right now I am::::
Sitting at the kitchen table typing this up and working on my week in my planner.  I'm taking the last few minutes of quite to try and get my things done.
As I look around the house::::
Scotland is asleep in her carseat on the kitchen table.  Shawn is in the office (in our home office) for a work meeting.  Sydney and Rylie are still asleep upstairs, on my floor for some reason.  Thankfully the house is in pretty good shape this morning.
On today's to do list::::
Laundry....I have a basket upstairs and a load in the dryer that needs folding, as well as a load of diapers on my couch to stuff and put away.
Cleaning....In the kitchen....I need to unload the dishwasher and put the breakfast dishes in. I also need to put some clutter away.  My counters are covered in open cookbooks and kids school papers.
In the bedrooms....I need to make my bed and have the kids make their beds.
In the bathrooms....Clean the downstairs shower.
Sydney's Dance
Run a few errands
Also, this week....Sydney's birthday shopping and do her party invites.  Thankfully her birthday party isn't for a couple of weeks since we weren't able to get the location any closer to her birthday and she didn't want to do it somewhere else.

Currently reading::::
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin


On the TV today::::
Vlogs, maybe a show or two but who knows of what. Oh, and I might finish the short series Monday Monday since I have one or so episodes left.  Darn you Hulu for recommending me a show I'd get attached to and then would be over in 7 episodes.


On the menu this week::::
I literally have no idea!  I have to meal plan and grocery shop, but I'm not sure when that will happen.  We might be scrounging around for dinner tonight.  Maybe eggs or something, who knows.Monday -   
Tuesday -  
Wednesday - 
Thursday - 
Friday - 
Saturday - 
Sunday - 

What I am creating at the moment::::
Nothing right now, but hopefully there will be something soon.  I really need to.

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::
I have nothing at the moment.  I do have recipes I tried over the past weeks that I really need to put in my blog though.

Favorite photo from the camera::::
Ben got 2nd place in his first ever wrestling tournament. 



Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lately?

I know, I've been neglectful again.  Truth is, outside of birthday planning and party throwing, life has been pretty normal and calm.  We've been battling a cold and apparently a stomach bug as well for the past week or two.  Ben's the only one with the stomach bug though, and Rylie and Shawn are the only two who have managed to avoid the head and chest cold.

I'm typing this from my couch in my pajamas still (at noon) with cup of coffee carefully balanced in my lap and a stack of unused tissues on my knee.  I'm waiting for my cold meds to kick in, so we can get up and do what we need to for the day.


I do have laundry going and I've vacuumed the floor, but purely out of necessity.  The cat must be angry with me, for either the dog taking over her territory and being inside the actual house way more than normal, because I shut her out of the bedroom the past couple of nights, or because she feels neglected by me because of my attention to Scotland.  She showed her anger for me by pooping on the floor in the living room, as well as the living room blanket that goes on my couch, and in front of Scotland's toys.  Yup, that was a definite sign.  It was also a sign that if she doesn't watch herself very carefully she can find herself locked in a kennel every night, and while I'm not home.  I don't want to have to rehome her because the kids really love her, and I love her, when she isn't using my carpet and blankets as a litter box, but if this continues for too long, I may have to.  I can't risk Scottie finding the poop before me.  Everything goes in her mouth, and EWW!

Ben's going to be in his first and only wrestling tournament this year.  We just didn't feel that he was ready since he literally knew nothing a few short months ago.  The season is at an end and he really wanted to participate in a tournament and the one in town is this weekend, so we signed him.  He has his singlet and everything but I still need to go out and get him his headgear.  We're going to run to Dick's this afternoon and pick up some so he'll be all prepared.  I'm excited and nervous, but I'm not telling him I'm anything but excited.  He looks so cute in his singlet, and no matter how well he does, I'm still proud.


I should add, while I'm doing an update, all of our family news, since God only knows when I'll post another real update.  Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.

The kids will be playing soccer again, starting next month-ish I believe.  We gave them the option and both Ben and Sydney jumped on it.  Also, Rylie is finally old enough to "play" soccer.  I think it's cute that they say at age 3 they play at soccer not play soccer.  Very cute and she's so excited.  It's been torture for her watching Ben and Sydney playing last year and not being allowed to play.  We have to get all the kids new shoes as well as Rylie's ball, bag, shin guards and athletic clothing.  I can't wait either.

Shawn got a new job.  He'll be at home more, and his office will even be here in the house.  He will still have to travel but not across the country very often.  Only Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.  I'm so excited!  He's been in Boston all week for training and orientation.  It's been a rough week without him, due to illness going around the house.

This week started Lent.  Once again, I'm trying to give up my potty mouth.  I don't accept it from my children, and to be honest, too much cussing just sounds trashy and classless.  I'm not opposed to some cussing and I'm not one to wince or even judge those that do it, but I just don't want to be the person throwing F bombs all the time.  I can't promise I'll be perfect but I can promise I'll try.  This year for Lent, the kids are also going to do meatless Fridays although I'm not making Ben do it at school.  I'm already going to be eating meatless and I do most of the cooking here so why not. Especially since I've been trying to get the kids to be more adventurous eaters and I also made the resolution this year to be more adventurous as well, including but not limited to, eating more fish! I also just want to step out of my comfort zone a little more, not just with eating and to take care of myself more.  I'm joining a gym this year, even though I can't promise I'll be the best at going or even lose weight.  I just want to take care of myself, and get some me time.

Valentine's Day was last Saturday.  The kids did valentines for their class and our family.  Sydney's class had their party on Thursday.  They exchanged valentines and made pizzas.  Ben's class party was Friday.  For the party I made heart shaped sugar cookies, brought sprinkles, (another mom brought frosting), raspberries with white chocolate chips, and water bottles to drink.


I found these really cute paper straws at the craft store and had to have them for the kids water bottles.  Aren't they cute?  At Ben's class party, they got to play 2 different minute to win it games, and decorate and eat cookies before exchanging valentines and going home.  The games were really cute.  One was to take a stack of solo cups and turn it into a pyramid in one minute.  It was more of a group activity which was a really good idea for team work.  The other game might be my favorite part of the whole party.  They had ping pong balls in a tissue box tied behind their backs around their waists and had to dance and shake all the balls out in one minute.  It was soooo fun and cute to watch.



Shawn surprised me with the biggest bouquet of gorgeous flowers I've ever seen, as well as my favorite chocolates.  Christopher Elbow are so delicious and beautiful.  The best treat.




And, really the last thing I can do for an update, is talk about my sweet Rylie.  She turned 3 last Saturday, on Valentine's Day.  THREE!!! Can you believe it?!?!

Here's the post I made announcing the pregnancy.
Here's the post I made introducing her to the world.
Here's the post I made about her birth.





For her birthday party she wanted Sheriff Callie theme.  In case you aren't familiar, Sheriff Callie is a calico cat who is Sheriff of a town in the Wild West.  She rides a blue horse named Sparky, and her best friends include a red bird named Peck and a cactus named Toby.  We were giving her a big girl party for her first time, at Chuck E Cheese so I didn't have to provide food or many decorations.  The first present she received from us was a pink hat and bandana.  She opened all of her presents from us in the hat and bandana in the morning and then she got to play with all of her new stuff.


When we went to Chuck E Cheese, I set up the table with the centerpieces I had made.
 
I also made giftbags for each of the kids attending that looked like bandanas.  The gift bags included a bandana, a sheriffs badge with their name on it, a foam picture frame they can put together themselves, party blowers that had bandana paisley on them, a heart bracelet, some heart suckers, and a bag of Sheriff Callie's trail mix that contained popcorn, pretzels, mini marshmallows, and pink and purple sixlets (a chocolate candy that are similar to m&ms).  Each kid also got cowboy/cowgirl hat.


Shawn bought extra tokens for the kids when we got their, and I participated in the ticket blower thing with Rylie.  Rylie also got a cape and a special cup.  I think and hope everyone had a great time. I know we did.





















It's always fun to do birthday parties where the adults can be kids too.  The only thing is that we have to pay per kid so we kept the kids at the party to just the close cousins, my sister's kids and Shawn's brother's kids.  The next party we throw will be Sydney's and luckily we are doing it at Laugh Out Loud so we can invite more people.  We rent the place after hours so we don't have to worry about kid amounts.  Sydney wants to invite her whole class and we can invite the whole family.  Then right after that comes Scotland's 1st birthday which we are going to do at home.  As crowded as it will be, it will be fun.

Alright, it's time to get dressed, and head off to Dick's sporting goods for this head gear so I can get back home.  Hubby just called.  He's on an earlier flight so he'll be back in town around 8 as opposed to 10:30.  It is an extra hour to hour and half after he gets off the flight to get home since we don't live near the airport, but even the 9 or 9:30 isn't so bad.