June 26, 2017

Monday Motivation

Starting the week after a weekend like we just had is always hard.  I would so much rather be on the beach but life doesn't work quite like that. Instead, I am up early having some coffee in peace and trying to find some motivation to get me through the week.

Today we are headed to the gym, the library, the hospital and then to the store real quick for a few things I forgot to get yesterday. I am determined to stay on top of things this week.  This includes 3 days at the Y, taking time to sit and enjoy a book and getting my MRI scheduled and maybe even done this week. I have been seriously avoiding it.

Someone replied to one of my snaps last week with "Aren't you supposed to be sick or something?" Truth is, I have really been struggling with this. To sick to be healthy, but to healthy to be sick. Right before the boys wrapped up the school year, I was barely getting out of bed all day.  They were gone from 8-3 and aside from letting the dogs out, I really didn't have to do much. Now with them home ALL day, I don't have that choice. Every morning I convince myself that it will be easier once I get up and moving. Some days all I can do is hang on and survive. But some days, when I can, I get to prove to myself that I am able, despite everything, to actually thrive. The goal most weeks is to thrive more than just survive.  

Resentment and anger have been getting the best of me lately. I am not an negative person. Sarcastic sure, but angry, not so much. But how am I supposed to feel when someone who has been a part of our family after almost 17 years turns out to be everything everyone said she was. And you were the one constantly defending her. Long story short, divorce is ugly. A family getting pulled apart and my niece and nephews getting stuck in the middle of it, sucks. But talking to my brother and feeling his pain, is heartbreaking. Fingers crossed things work out tomorrow.  

Anyways!  Its time to get the day started.  Yes, I am already running late. But Im determined to make the most of it and get it done.  

By done, I mean laundry.

 And a little laugh before I go.  Just sayin...

I hope that you are able to take a minute today and be thankful to be alive and breathing.  And then do something for yourself.  As a reward.  You know, for being alive and all that :)

Happy Monday everyone!

June 25, 2017

Menu Plan: June 26th

Are you ready for a new week? I am. Don't get me wrong, I would gladly go back to the beach and fall asleep to the sound of the waves and the boys laughing at the sea gulls, but that will just have to wait until next time. Alex actually told me at lunch that going to the beach yesterday only made him want to go back again. And soon. It's not the Marshall Islands, but it's as close as we can get right now.

Texas Beaches

Right now life is good. I have been feeling stronger and healthier than I have in a long time. The boys are keeping us busy. Davids schedule for the most part has been good and having him home in time for dinner is always a nice change. Speaking of dinner, this weeks menu is pretty simple.  

Menu Plan

It's not the most exciting menu that's for sure. But it has been a struggle to keep up with the boys crazy summer appetites. They asked if this week we could have more "heavy" foods. They are meat and potatoes kinda boys. Salads and fish just aren't cutting it for them I guess. HA!

The boys love the Monster Meatloaf. It might be the healthier version but it is our favorite and pairs perfectly with a big salad. The Parmesan Crusted Chicken is the new recipe this week. Fingers crossed it's as good as it looks! I don't eat much been anymore but every now and then I like to throw it in there. This Beef and Broccoli recipe is the closest I could get to the way Dad made it for us a kids. He always said, just make it however you want but you have to add the oyster sauce. There you have it folks, it really does make all the difference. It also makes it salty. The Homestyle Hamburger Macaroni is another recipe of Dads. He wrote the recipe out for me on the back of an index card for my recipe box the first time he came to visit David and I in Florida. Its one of the only recipes that he used store bought sauce for. This is what he would make for us when we asked for Hamburger Helper like normal people had. This is why I am the way I am! 

Dad has been on my mind so much lately. July brings us our 5th year with out him and my heart is extra heavy. I still pick up the phone to call him. I miss bouncing recipe ideas off of him and talking about the weather. I wish he was here to help my brother through this storm that he is in the middle of. I wish I could have seen him in the kitchen cooking with my boys. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him. But there is a good chance he is with me every time I make dinner.  Looking over my shoulder as I cook. 

What's on your menu for this week?  


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