"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." Angela Schwindt

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

This Week's Meal Plan

Oops! Where did Monday go? Sorry....Monday was..well...a Monday. I either ate something that made me breakout like a teenager or the new soap I started using on my face a couple of days ago did it. Whatever it was it is not good at all. It started on Sunday. I woke up and my face was fine and by 11 my face was covered in a breakout that has not gone away. I think today it is a little better. Fingers crossed!

As if I needed any other issues I pulled a muscle in my calf during my morning workout yesterday morning. It did not feel good at all. I was frustrated because I do not want any setbacks.  I iced it a couple of times, took ibuprofen, and stretched it as much as I could.  It feels much better today!  In a few more days I am sure it will be healed. Probaby have to modify workout for a few more day though.

Here is what we have been eating and plan to eat the rest of the week!

Casey's Pizza (Matt won a free one in a drawing and we got a second on special for $10! Woot woot!)

Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


Grilled Pork Loin Chops
Roasted Red Potatoes


Salmon Patties

Collard Greens

Chicken Philly Sandwiches
Source: food.com via Kiana on Pinterest

Homemade Oven Fries

Taco Salads (Taco meat, lettuce,black beans, avacado, tomatos, and cheese)

Eat Out/Grocery Night

Planning on posting some pics from Jadon's fun b-day weekend tomorrow!  Have a great day!


Jadon's 3 yr pics

J-Man turned 3 this weekend! I really don't know where the time has gone! His party was on Saturday and we had his pictures taken on Sunday. I love how they turned out!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Birthday Shirt Done!

I finished Jadon's birthday shirt! Hooray! I am very happy with how it turned out!

Have a couple more shirts in Jadon's size I picked up on sale at Hobby Lobby during a sale one time.  Need to decide what to put on them!  I used Silhouette Lime Green Heat Transfer Vinyl and part of a cute number train on purchased from the digital download shop.  I can't believe how easy this project was!

I did not pin too much this week but here are a few things I found.....

I thought this superhero set was just adorable and so fun!

Love this pretend campfire set!

Always looking for shredded chicken recipes!  Since we started making our own broth usually have some in the freezer!

Love this quote.
Source: google.com via Kiana on Pinterest

Tomorrow is the big birthday party!  Hoping the boy stays healthy.  He continues to be very congested.   Just hoping it does not get any worse!  Cross your fingers for us!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mr Fix It

Jadon was playing solo today. His buddy John was not here. He plays so well by himself. I turned from doing dishes to find him in the dining room with a remote control car, sitting in a booster seat we sometimes use, wearing shades. When I asked what he was up to he said he was working on his truck.  He is one cool dude!  LOL!

Poor guy continues to have a stuffy nose.  So does Mommy.  Not seeing much improvement.  Getting a little frustrated.  Just want to feel good again!! 


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Mommy's Daybook

Yesterday Jadon requested that we paint. I told him he had to wait until today. He was pretty excited to paint today. We started our letter B activities today so we painted our "B" blue. Once it is dry we will glue our brown bears on it.

Outside My Window-
It is cloudy but for February the temps are pretty good.  Can't complain too much about 40.  Could be much colder.

I Am Thinking-
About Jadon's b-day party, Jadon's three year pics, the fact that I have still not made his b-day shirt.  Darn this sickness!

I Am Wearing-
The usual sweats and long sleeve t-shirt.

From Tot School-
As I said we started our Letter B activities.  We continue to work on counting and number recognition.

I Am Thankful-
For antibiotics!  For my awesome fitness class.  All the ladies are so nice!

From The Kitchen-
I tried out a homemade wheat thins recipe this week so my hubby and I had something to eat some yummy Sundried Tomato Hummus we got on.  They turned out really good.  

Matt has a vanilla porter in the carboy doing it's thing.  Lots of bubbling going on over there!  Go yeast go!

I Am Creating-
Not much.....in a funk.  Fingers crossed that I get Jadon's b-day shirt done!

I Am Reading-
Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum Series) by Janet Evanovich

I Am Hearing-
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 

Around The House-
I am trying to get the house in order for Jadon's party this weekend.  

One Of My Favorite Things-
First thing that came to mind is my Lodge Enamel Coated Cast Iron Dutch Oven.  I have had mine for two years.  It is my favorite pot to cook in.  I used it several times a week.  Mostly on the stove but I love that I have the option to put it in the oven also!  Highly recommend gettting one of these bad boys!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week-
Make a list of things I need to pick up for Jadon's party and then get all that stuff.  Decide what Jadon is going to wear for his three year pics on Sunday.  Make Jadon's three year b-day shirt.

Tonight we are going to look at a 55 gallon fish tank that someone has for sale.  Hoping we like what we see.  We have not had a fish tank in about 8 years at least and Matt and I decided that we really missed having one.  So we have been on the lookout for a used one.  This is the way to go if you find one in good shape because most of the time they come with everything and there is not much left to get but gravel, plants, and fish.   I know Jadon will love it.  The older two kids always loved looking at the fish when they were his age.  We took him to a pet store not long ago to look at fish and he was really loving it.  


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tot School

Today during tot school we spent some time wrapping up our Letter A activities so we can move on the Letter B which I know Jadon is going to love. It is all about bears!

We helped our alligators find their colors.  This was a worksheet with alligators on it.  Each alligator had a color word on it in that color.  So I would point to an alligator and say  "This alligator wants to be pretty but he does not know what color he is supposed to be.  What color is this word?"  Each of the boys would tell me what color the word was.  I tried to connect that the word was the color but not sure the boys understood.

Then because Jadon does not really care for coloring I did my best alligator impression and said "oh thank you for making me *insert color here*.  You are doing such a great job".  Gotta get Jadon's imagination going.  He likes to draw but he does not care to color in pictures for long periods of time.  We got the job done today though.  Gotta stay creative.  Sorry for the blurry cell phone pics.  Jacob is still stealing the camera everyday.

We also colored in some Letter A flashcards....
 And did some cutting practice which Jadon did not have much patience for today. 
Tonight we went to one of Jadon's favorite stores only because of the shopping carts.  They have little kids sized shopping carts.  They look just like the adult ones and that is what makes them cool.  He loves to push it around.  Here is he waiting for Daddy to add more stuff to the cart.  
Hoping Jadon sleeps well tonight.  He was pretty congested by the time it was night night time.  Really hoping he is not coming down with something and if he does it is gone by this weekend.  This is his big weekend!  He turns 3!!!

I am still coughing like crazy.  Spent most of last night in our recliner so I would not keep my husband up all night.  Hoping to get some rest tonight since it is a early morning workout day.  Fingers crossed!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

Two doses of antibiotic and steroid down and I am feeling SO much better! Woohoo! My nephew came to play today. They were my only ones since today was President's Day and several of my families had the day off. It was a nice relaxing day. Tried to get Jake to play around with the camera and capture some pics of the boys but he must have not really been into it because none of them turned out really well. Here is J-Man though. Happy as a clam to have his cousin and buddy, Owen, here.

 Now on this weeks meal plan:

Egg Rolls-We used some smoked pork we had frozen in these this time.  They were good.  Not flavors you would expect from an egg roll though.

Whole Chicken cooked on the grill (My husband's job)
Onion Soup Crock Pot Potatoes-basically just 6 potatoes diced up, shake up in a bag with some olive oil and a packet of dry onion soup mix and cook on low for 5 hours or until soft.

Seven Layer Tostadas-these were Yummo!!!!!  These may have been on an earlier menu and we ended up making something else.  We do that around here sometimes.....

Aunt Brenda's Spicy Potato Soup-will post recipe soon! 

PW's Mac N Cheese


Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Night Out-Mom's night off


Sunday, February 19, 2012


Ugh!  We interrupt this blog for a round of bronchitis!  Boo!  Have been fighting it off all week!  One day I would think I was feeling better and the next day I would be down for the count.  Wednesday I after dealing with spells of the chills and then hot flashes, along with constant coughing, and a headache my husband sent me to bed at 7:30.  I took some Nyquil before I went to bed and slept like a rock all night.  Woke up feeling pretty good thought for sure I was getting better.  The cough was still hanging around though I continued to not get much sleep.  No more chills and hot spells though.  Everyday I would tell myself if I am not better by tomorrow I am going to the doctor.  Well today I finally gave in.  I am so sick of coughing and now I have some head congestion on top of it.  The prompt care doctor says that I have Bronchitis.  I am the third person in our house to get Bronchitis in the last two months.  Now that I have an antibiotic, prednisone, and a prescription (no codiene, I am allergic) cough medicine hopefully I will get some rest tonight. 

I am pretty proud to say that despite not feeling real great all week I did make it to all three of my workouts.  Yup....I finally decided last weekend that this was the week I start working my butt off (literally) and then on Sunday night I started coughing.  Grrr...... I did it though!  I was soooooo sore after the first workout.  I am so out of shape!  I had trouble doing stairs for about four days after the first workout and I had to one more workout while still being sore.  The good news is that I have lost a total of 8 lbs!  Now I need to get better by morning so I can make it another full week of workouts!

I did not really take many pictures this week because I was just trying to get through each day one day at a time.  Most evenings all I wanted to do was veg out.  Jake has been using the camera at school everyday this week.  In the junior high they have 30 minutes that they did not know what to do with.   It was too long to tack on to study hall so they created what they call 6.5.  It is a "fun" class.  They change themes.  They just finished up a chess theme.  Jake won the tournament I am proud to say.  Now they are doing photography so he has been stealing the camera all week.  We have had the camera we currently use less than a year and I have not taken the time to learn about many of the features.  Well...now I will just have Jake show me.  He now knows more about the camera than I do.  Thought I would share some of the pics he and his classmates have been taking.  

The group Jake is in found this little Darth Vador and they have been taking pictures of him all  over the school grounds.  I loved these two.

One of the other member's of Jake's photography group must have taken these motion pics of Jake.  I got a kick out of them.  I love that his learning so much and having fun.

Hopefully tomorrow I can return to my normal blogging schedule! Please pray I get a goods nights sleep!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day and This Weeks Meal Plan

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Sorry I am late posting my meal plan!  Yesterday was pretty crazy!  Got up early (4:30) and went to my first workout at a local fitness and karate place.  The workouts are three times a week and start bright and early at 5:00 am!  It was a hard workout for me because I am so out of shape.  It felt good to get it done though.  Unfortunately I did not eat nearly enough before the workout (I only had a banana) and ended up feeling pretty sick by the time I got back home.  Lesson learned.  Need to load up on something with more bulk before I go workout.  Going to try some almonds and an apple tomorrow.  See if that is enough.  Talked to my sister and she said it might take some trial and error to finally find something that will get me through.  I have a hard time eating a lot that early in the morning.  Not an early morning eater.  Going to have to learn to like it though.

Saturday-Leftovers since the boys were gone at a Scout outing.

Sunday-Veggie Stir Fry

Monday-Cabbage Soup ( I was going to share the recipe but it ended up not being very impressive so I changed my mind.

Tuesday- Grandma Max's Spaghetti and Meatballs

Wednesday-Seven Layer Tostadas

Thursday-Pizza Night

Friday-Eat Out

Today we did some fingerpainting.  We had not done that in awhile.  Jadon had not cared for it in the past.  Did not care for getting his hands dirty.  Today he got into it however.  I was happy to see that.  We finger painted with red and white paint.  Then we sprinkled some pretty silver glitter over the paint while it was wet.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Favorites!

Was this week long for anyone else?? Ugh! I was so ready for the weekend! Think I am just worn out from potty training the little man.  Good news!  No accidents today!  He has also made two trips with not accidents in big boy pants!  I think he is potty trained!  So exciting!

Here are a few of my favorite finds on Pinterest this week.

I love this pillow! Mainly the size of it but love the dots also!

I like this nightstand and there is a tutorial for it! Hmmmmm.....

I think these would be perfect in the basement!

I made these pancakes and they are really good!

I MUST try these brownies! So curious!

No pics from home today. Got sidetracked packing my husband for the Boy Scout outing this weekend. Have a great nighT