30 May 2017

Holiday Weekend Wrap-Up

 Play-Doh is fun for all ages.
(Morgan was sick the last few days so we basically spent a quiet weekend around the house).

 Faith is quite the visionary artist!

She's always a winner in my book!

On Monday, daddy was finally feeling better so we took the kids to the Children's Discovery Museum.

 Zach loves firemen.

 But his favorite thing is spending time with daddy.

 Shopping at the kids grocery store.

 He clearly thinks he's at Costco. 😄

 Hoarding much? 😱

 Building with dad.

 Pool time.

 Fun with sisters.

Zach practiced his gluesticking skills with a patriotic craft. He needed some help placing the stripes down once he glued them but the stars were all him!

 Home of the brave.

 And that's a wrap of our 3 day weekend!

We gratefully honor and remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and we thank the service men and women who defend our freedom today. We are the land of the free because of the brave.

May God Bless America!

28 May 2017

Life Lately

Clearly, we need some help with the family selfie.

Three little birdies hanging out in the bird bath spa.

Playing a game of speed after a swim.

So Faith caught a big green caterpillar at the park a few weeks ago and she's been feeding it and watching it go through all of its stages before it became a... MOTH! This was release day. 😊   

 She was excited and proud!

 Who needs to order caterpillars from Insect Lore when you can just catch them outside? 😜

 Our selfie game has not improved one bit! Ha!

This cutie brought flowers for his CBS teachers on the last day.

Helping dad change the tires on his bike. #precious

New pads and gloves for my boy.

I made these little jars of overnight muesli and filled them with yummy things like dried fruit, nuts,
chia seeds and almond butter.

 Just shake them up and leave them in the fridge overnight for a healthy COLD oatmeal breakfast.
Perfect for summer!

 My guilty pleasure: Goody's Café (which is dangerously close to my house) has the best Greek Gyro Salad!
It comes with warm pita bread and tzatziki sauce. I crave Greek food sometimes so this is a must!
The salad is big, too. It usually gives me 2-3 meals.

I found him napping like this. He's hugging his Mickey Mouse underneath him.

We had some maintenance done on the pool this week. Even though the pool was almost drained, the kids still had fun.

Bike riding and the pool. Pretty much sums up his favorite days.

We also had our last day of Co-op this week. It's been a great year!

The girls had a blast in their Astronomy class.

The drum set was a $10 yard sale find. I wasn't sure about getting it at first but Morgan said it was a definite yes. Safe to say, someone has been thrilled. Loud noise + 2 sticks = Little Boy Heaven.
He plays them every day!  

Thank you and Goodnight!!

 And just like that, elementary school is now OVER! So proud of these two. They worked really hard and surpassed their goals this year.  #middleschoolersinthehouse

 Our future firefighter. #justlikegrandpa

And that's a little life around here lately.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, friends!

22 May 2017

Meal Plan Week #34

Happy Monday before Memorial Day!

For us, this is our last week of school before we take a two week break. YES!!!🌞

And come Friday, because we're officially celebrating the start of summer around here, I've decided to take a break from posting my meal plans for the summer, too. I'll continue to occasionally share some of our favorite meals and recipes (like I've always done) and perhaps I'll have more time to post fun happenings around here or topics of interest. Either way, it's summer so a break from the norm sounds good!

Our stand out last week:

Hawaiian Sweet & Sour Meatballs.

This was a simple slow cooker twist on the grilled meatball kabobs we usually have. Just add all the ingredients to your crockpot and you'll have a delicious family friendly meal waiting for you.  

  • 32 oz. package of precooked frozen meatballs (we use Aidell's Chicken Pineapple)
  • 13.5 oz. can of unsweetened pineapple chunks (put juice aide)- I used fresh pineapples this time (approx. 8 spears)
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 T corn starch
Place meatballs in crockpot and top with chopped green & red peppers and pineapple chunks. In a separate bowl, mix reserved pineapple juice, brown sugar, cornstarch, vinegar, and soy sauce. Pour sauce over meatballs, peppers, and pineapple. Give it a stir and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Serve over rice and garnish with fresh cilantro and Sriracha sauce (if you like it spicy).

Ok, so here's my last meal plan for a while... Welcome, SUMMER!!

Meal Plan Week #34
  • Fish Tacos
  • Chicken Alfredo Shells
  • Black Bean Burgers
  • Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes and Feta
  • Carnitas with Roasted Corn

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