March 24, 2017

Road trips, reptiles and sibling rivalry

What a week. I had a post written up yesterday for National Puppy Day, and then puppies happened and I didn't sit back down again until dinner. It was the first time all week I had dinner. Well technically I sat down to have dinner the night before but mostly I just pouted until David ate the little bit of food I had in my bowl. I have survived of cutie oranges this week.  Like I said, it's been quite the week.But still there has been all sorts of things to be happy about. Like...

Road Trips and coming home after a few days away. Even though everything didn't go as planned, we had a good time and it was nice to get out of the house.  Not having to clean or cook was a plus too!

Watching Alex make his own little vlogs while we were running around Houston.  He really loves making videos and I might just have to give in and post a few, because he cracks me up! Guys, he actually walked through Best Buy and Walmart, recording himself.

The new digital timer for Koopa. Not having to worry about turning his lights on and off on time, makes my life so much easier.  It's the little things!

A trip to the park and s'mores. It was a little tease of summer.  I can't wait.

Laughing with David. Laughing at David because he is laughing at me.  Laughing at myself, because sometimes I crack myself up. I laugh at just about everything.  Laughing makes me happy.

Friends who love my boys like their own.  And whose girls I love as my own.  This week Anthony's gym locker was broken into and everything stolen.  Even his deodorant.  The school replaced the shorts, hes getting new gym shoes this weekend and his other Momma replaced his deodorant. I have never seen deodorant make anyone so happy!

Talking to my big brother.  Sometimes when my boys are fighting, they remind me of us when we were little. He is going through a really rough patch right now and I love that he calls me everyday to let me know how things are going. Then I remind myself that if the two of us can still be friends then my boys will be ok too. And once he gets through this, he will be too!

Puppies. My new foster puppies, Coco and Colt have got to be the easiest puppies I have ever had.  They sleep great, eat a ton and keep each other entertained. I love the way they work so hard for Ponchos attention.  Colt is just what I imagine Poncho was like as a puppy.

One last thing for this week that made me happy was taking a good look at my friends.  Old and new, online and in person.  People always joke and say that I love everyone.  It's true.  I have friends from every walk of life.  Some who I would never invite over at the same time because they are just too different, but I love them all the same. Some I haven't talked to in forever but are still some of the best friends I have ever had.  I can't imagine a life without all the amazing people I have in mine.

What are your plans for the weekend?  I'm guessing we are going to be sticking close to home this weekend and trying to get everyone back to 100%.  Movie nights, playing in the streets, and playing with the puppies. Whatever it is y'all are up to, be sure to be safe and stay happy!

March 19, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: March 20th

Not only is grocery shopping done, it was done yesterday!  I am determined not to be dragging this week. After a whole week off, I know it's a long shot. But hopefully being prepared will help.  

Spring Break was a blast, despite the struggle. The boys were so eager to get out of town. Every year is the same request, they don't care where we go as long as we stay in a hotel. First floor of course so they can jump on the beds and preferably with breakfast and a pool. This year it was still too cold to swim, so we will do that here at home next weekend instead. Hotel life is fun and all but I am happy to be home.

It's the final stretch now. To the end of the school year. Only 73 more days until Summer break, but who's counting. Time to suck it up and get back into routines. 


Monday:  Green chili chicken bake and salads

Tuesday: Lemon pepper turkey, brown rice pilaf and broccoli.

Wednesday:  Herb pork loin, buttered carrots and green salad.

Thursday:  Leftovers

Friday:  Roasted chili lime cod with slaw and corn.

There is so much I have to get caught up on this week. Hopefully enough to keep my busy but not so much I wear myself down. My labs are all out of whack so I'm back on weekly blood draws. Fingers crossed everything looks back to normal Tuesday and I can go back to monthly visits instead. One less thing to worry about that way.


Purposefully hit my steps at least 3 days this week. I'm moving the elliptical out of my bedroom where it has been hiding.

Animal upkeep. The dogs need baths, Koopas outdoor enclosure needs to get started and inside substrate needs to be swapped out and wet down.

Deep clean the kitchen. Fridge cleaned out, cabinets purged and stove scrubbed.

Carpets need a good steam cleaning. I meant to do this before vacation but we ended up leaving early.

Laundry. If I do 3 loads a day this week, I could possible see the bottom of all the baskets. As long as I fold the clean clothes and put them away too. Why is there so much laundry?

What does your week look like?  Do you have your menu and goals for the week planned out?

Spring Break with #SquareCash

This post is sponsored by Square Cash but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Three things you should know about me. I never carry cash, I am always forgetting something and I love animals. These three things pretty much set the tone for our Spring Break.

Spring Break is our one big vacation. The one school break we always get away for.  David takes the week and we pack up and get out of town. This year we made the drive out to Houston with one goal. The Houston Zoo.

The first morning, we got off to a late start because I forgot to set the alarm. Go figure! It took some convincing to get the boys up and ready in a rush, but we made it about an hour behind schedule. While we were circling the parking lot for the tenth time trying to find a parking spot.... the gas light went on. Clearly, I'm not Irish, because I have zero luck.

We decided to go fill up the tank and head out to lunch with friends instead. Imagine our surprise when our card was declined. Turns out using the card in 2 different cities in one day was enough to flag our account. I was starting to think the whole trip was done for. So embarrassing!  

Thankfully I had just discovered Square Cash and was able to send my friend the money right then and there to cover our portion of the bill.  Crisis averted.

My secret stash of money was gone before I could but some crazy zoo souvenirs, but pizza, pasta and fun were worth it all. Spring Break was back on. Not long after lunch I broke my favorite pair of slippers. Story of my life I tell you! Good thing I didn't forget to pack my sneakers!

We finally made it to the Zoo the next day. With a tank full of gas and back up money just in case we had any more problems with the bank. We didn't! Praise the money Gods for that. We spent the whole day checking out the animals and learning more about each and every one. I still got my souvenirs too. Actually we all did. We got wristbands with one of our favorite animals on them. Alex got to see the Galapagos Tortoises. Anthony found a Llama. I watched Rhinos play in the mud and David got to laugh at the evil Ostriches stare at me. Shudder. It was a great day! And despite what felt like the whole world against us, it was yet another fun filled spring break. 

Want to give Square Cash a try?  You can download the Square cash app on both the iPhone and Android. Its free, you don't need an account to receive money and it's secure. No more checks or IOU's! Instant deposits to your bank account are win too! Share your $Cashtag to get paid by a friend or family member.

This is an app that I will be keeping around for sure. Now when I go out to lunch with my girls, we can just send our portion of the bill to one person instead of trying to sort it all out and confusing the cashier. Sadly this has happened, more than once. We are a wild bunch. Or on the days that I am not well enough to go to lunch, I could send them enough to cover my meal and at least I will feel better when one of them shows up with lunch for me at home. So many ways Square Cash will come in handy! Have you tried it yet? 


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