Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
- Kevin and Mark enlisted a friend of ours to help put in a new window in our basement. When I say help, I mean Justin did all the work while Kevin and Mark stood and watched.
- Chloe and I got really cute haircuts.
- Jody and I spent 4 or 5 days trading off babysitting for various errands.
- One of those babysitting tradeoffs was for a CT scan for Chloe's headaches. Scan was clear. Chloe's getting reading glasses. Hopefully, that will help.
- I celebrated my 28th birthday with a Pampered Chef party. Yum!
- Last weekend was the memorial for my Grandma. Despite the sad occasion, we had a good time with my Dad's family. My cousins are actually closer to my kids' ages than mine, so they had a lot of fun together.
- Chloe, Micah and Kevin went skiing with my Dad, the new ski instructor, last week.
- We had a really fun party with our small group Saturday night. (Another opportunity for Aunt Jody babysitting)
What can I say, life has been rather full. Some of those days were below zero temperatures, so the days we had to go out, we were bundled in full snow gear. But any day we could, we stayed huddled inside.
With all the busyness, school has been rather sporadic. Thankfully, Chloe and Micah do most of their lessons together, so make up time is quick. We've had a few days of 3 lessons in one. Speaking of which, we do need to get to work. So it's off to school for me!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Pour a small amount of sauce into the bottom of a 9x13in baking dish. Pour in all of pasta and cheese mixture. Cover with remaining sauce mixture. Sprinkle remaining parsley and mozzarella over dish. Place in broiler for 3 to 4 minutes until cheese begins to brown. Isn't that gorgeous! For those of you who don't do mushrooms, use another chicken breast or 2. Or use all mushrooms for you of the vegetarian persuasion, I made this up so you can change it as you see fit. Let me know if you try something different. Enjoy and have fun!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sadly, though, when things started getting crazy, visiting family and being gone more nights then we were home between Thanksgiving and New Year's, my menu planning kinda fell by the wayside. And so did my healthy cooking and eating. I gained a few pounds (just 3 or 4) and the kids certainly didn't have the healthy meals I was proud to serve most days.
So... I have determined to get back to my meal schedule. It's not a resolution, I don't really do those, but it is something that's easy to change since the hub-bub of the holidays is gone. And since I'm getting back to this, I thought I'd share. Maybe you could use the encouragement or you can just keep me accountable. Anyway, here's the plan:
First I fill in all the high-pressure evenings: AWANA night, small group, any event we might have that makes dinner rushed. Those get meals like quesadillas and pizza. Anything that can be thrown together and eaten quickly or even grabbed on the way out the door. Then I fill in meals that typically are easy to make in bulk for the freezer or can be turned into something else later in the week. Then I fill in the rest of the week making good use of leftovers and crockpots. All of this takes me about 30 minutes, definitely a small price to pay for such a lifesaver.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
My brother and my folks came over to our house for dinner on Christmas Day. The kids love it when people come over. They tend to have a little difficulty restraining themselves when we have guests, it's just way too exciting.
Our church had a great service on Christmas Eve. We took the kids in their Christmas jammies and they thought that was really great. Then they opened their stockings in the morning. We had plans to have lunch with Kevin's brother Mark and his family, but Ilese got sick that morning. How awful to be sick on Christmas. Her Mom said she hasn't been sick like that since last Christmas. Poor kid! So we had a lazy Christmas Day at home together. It was really great actually.
New Year's Eve was really fun. We went out to Kevin's cousin's house for the evening. The boys spent the evening playing Xbox (what else?) and the girls spent most of the evening playing Cranium Hoopla. Pretty tame, I know, but that's the way we like it. Chloe and Micah were exhausted the next day, Mommy and Daddy too. But when I asked the kids in the morning if they were sleepy, Jadon piped up, "No, not sleepy!" Lucky kid, went to bed at 9. We all should be so smart.
Anyway, we've all had a great holiday season and we hope all of you have. Have a great 2009!