Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sick Boys = Late Blog Post

Aiden fell asleep on Connor's floor...
The boys are sick. No sleep, coughing, fever, faucet-like noses and fussiness kind of sick, so my blog and meal plan had a slight change yesterday. I decided to take it easy, and make something that both boys were sure to like. It has been a long couple of days, and even longer nights. I cannot wait until basketball season is over and Dave gets to come home earlier. When you are alone with two sick boys who never sleep, you tend to go a little stir crazy and feel a little drained from that constant attention that needs to be given. I am glad that I can make them feel better, but it is hard when two little boys want all your attention and do not really feel like sharing since they both feel terrible. Send up some prayers that they both feel better soon, and that it does not hit me too hard!

Okay, here are some meals from last week:

Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Subs

Sunday Dinner with the Rotter's :)

With homemade raspberry turnovers for dessert! :)

I am happy to report that I have finally started my first sewing project! :) My good friend Andrea gave me a quick tutorial on my sewing machine and now I am on my way to becoming a sewing master! I am hoping to have it done by Aiden's birthday, for which I will be sending out invitations tomorrow!

Meals for this week:

Monday: Grilled Cheese & Applesauce (special order from my sick boys)

Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken (new)

Thursday: Kahlua Pig

Friday: Chorizo Rice Skillet Dinner (new)

Saturday: Loaded Baked Potato Soup in Bread Bowls (new)

Sunday: Super Bowl! I plan on making a variety of things to bring over to the Rotter's house! I will let you know what I decide on next week.

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy Monday!

I will admit that I tend to dread Mondays on Sunday nights, but when the day actually comes it is never as bad as I thought it would be. I guess it is a little different now that I am a mom, weekends aren’t actually days off, just a break from my paying job.  Last week went well for meals, not so great at remembering to take pictures though. I only snapped a picture of one meal but I took some of the cupcakes I made for Laurel’s birthday dinner and the cake I made for her birthday party. The more I have to use my phone to take pictures, the more I really want a good camera. I have started a savings jar, but it will take a lot of time before I get there but I am hoping that the kids are still little!

Ham, cheesy potatoes & rolls

Lasagna Rolls

Cinderella Cupcakes

Inside of the cake!
 My boys and I have a lot of fun, they are both little hams like their mom. Aiden says the funniest things all the time i.e. "Mom, we have a terrible situation. There is sand in my bubble gun and it is ruined." I am convinced that Connor is short for concussion, because that kid is always hitting his head. He has perfected climbing on the couch, so the amount of heart attacks I have every day has tripled and I spend half the day making sure he does not fall off. Here are pictures of my silly, adventurous boys and our daily life shenanigans.

Okay so here is the meal plan for this week:

Monday: Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken (new)

Tuesday: Ground Beef Burritos

Wednesday: Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Thursday: Cheesy Chicken Broccoli & Rice

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Subs (new)

Sunday: Cheddar Ranch Chicken (new)

Have a great week!

"Be cheerful no matter what: pray all the time:thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What Is Your Life's Blueprint?

I have come across a lot of people in my life that have felt like they were not enough, that what they were doing in life was not making a difference. I admit that I have felt this way at times, which is why in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, I wanted to share something he said that really resonates with me.  In October of 1967 King gave a speech to a Junior High School in Philadelphia called What Is Your Life’s Blueprint? Here are some of my favorite excerpts:

Number one in your life's blueprint, should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness. Don't allow anybody to make you feel that you're nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.

Secondly, in your life's blueprint you must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. You're going to be deciding as the days, as the years unfold what you will do in life — what your life's work will be. Set out to do it well.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, said in a lecture in 1871, "If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door."

And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don't just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn't do it any better.

If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.

Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.

So whatever your job is, do it the best you can. Put your heart and soul into it and don’t let others define your worth. If you are giving the world your very best, that is more than enough. J Whether you are a stay-at-home-mom(or dad), a lawyer, a policeman, an accountant or a shoe shiner, whatever you do, do it the very best you can. 

My Most Important Job :)