November 17, 2017

Whats up Weekend {November17th}

This Friday could not come soon enough.  In just a few hours the boys will be home and Thanksgiving Break 2017 is officially underway.  And I am using those few hours to clean up in preparation for the fun the week will bring.  Actually right now I am waiting for my carpets to dry and am writing this and ordering my groceries too.  I am easily distracted multitasking!

We shouldn't be thankful just just during Thanksgiving, but always.  Fridays for me are always about taking a few minutes to reflect on everything that has made me happy this week.  Things I am thankful for too.  And then a little mental prep for the weekend.

Good dinners. Nothing new this week but it was all good!

New books.  Anthony read one & started another in 4 days.

A clean fridge. Did you clean out your fridge yesterday?

Good blood work.  Well my INR anyways.  Waiting on the rest.

Playing in the street. After school, before school, all weekend.

Sweet tea.  Sweet during the day and hot with honey at night!

Helping where I can. Especially for those that do so much for me.

Alex finishing level 4 swim.  Next its 5 and he goes to Sharks!

Getting to see old Drs. Even after years they remember me.

Thanksgiving Break.  I'm so excited.  I want to do everything and nothing!

This weekends agenda is filling up fast.  There is so much shopping to be done.  I have done ZERO Thanksgiving Dinner list.  Davids work usually gives him a turkey, this year its a coupon for a turkey.  He got it yesterday.  Fingers crossed there are still plenty to pick from tonight.

I want to check out the Zoo lights, we need to start present shopping, find me a new Christmas tree, get my lights up outside and I'm really hoping we get to see Thor finally. And of course more cleaning before my little brother and sister visit!  Im finally going to meet my newest niece and nephew! Have I mentioned how freaking excited I am for Thanksgiving Break?

Im also thankful for this link up :) . Love the PP
Id love to hear some of the things that you are happy and thankful for this week!  I wish you all the Happiest of Thanksgivings!  I hope you are surrounded by friends and family and that your Turkey day plates are full!

November 13, 2017

Menu Plan Monday {November 13th}

Oh Monday, why must you always come out of nowhere?  You didn't even call first?  And now I'm not ready for you!  Even the sunrise wasn't ready.  It was just a blah kinda start to the week around here.  Its will get better though!

We kicked off the weekend with swim.  It was a make up day but a fun way to spend Friday night. By the time we got home and were all getting ready for bed we realized it was only 9pm. The whole sun going down by 6 has really thrown us off. It has been easier to sent the boys to bed though, so there's that!  Its the little things!!

Remember how last week I said no one ever helps with dinner ideas? Well this week they were full of them.  They are also full of carbs but you know what, I wasn't about to shoot them down after they actually had suggestions.  I did say that we were going to have salads every night though.  Balance is key after all!  Right?



  • Pork chops
  • Mix Veggies
  • Salad

  • Sausage Rice and Corn
  • Salad

  • Tuna Casserole
  • Salad

I am mostly looking forward to tonights dinner.  This recipe from Honey Were Home was just something I stumbled upon on Pinterest and had all the ingredients for, so I threw it together last weekend when everyone was getting hungry.  I wasn't quite sure what they would think but they wanted something warm for lunch so I made it.  Its so good!  I did skip the Worcestershire to leave it with more of a soy sauce teriyaki flavor and it was gone before I knew it.

Anthony is on a tuna kick and Alex likes anything with spaghetti sauce on it as long as its not actual spaghetti.  In which case he just likes butter and garlic.  Weirdo.  I didn't make the pork chops last week and the sausage rice and corn something Davids mom made for him when he was little.

It looks like it will be another easy week for me.  No complaints here!  Whats on your menu this week?

November 9, 2017

Mantras and Goals {November}

Well October happened. Like in the blink of an eye.  Over before I knew it.  And before I could get myself together apparently.

November is my favorite month of the whole year.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It didn't used to be.  If you bring it up to any one of us older kids, we will probably just laugh.  I don't think I had a "normal" Thanksgiving until I left home.  It was just the 2 of us and suddenly I was missing the the crazy, loud and chaotic dinner with my big family.  I also realized that this was my family now.  With every year that passes, it has become more and more special to me.  We went from 2 to 4 at the table.  The came Grandma and Grandpa.  Then came family dropping in when they could and now friends who are family.  My door is always open.  Especially on Thanksgiving.  And there is enough food to go around.  The only rule is check the drama at the door, because that is no longer a welcome part of the holiday!

I have just 2 things I will be repeating in my head this month.  Two reminders to get me through November.

This is something we can all use reminding of.  Especially around the holidays.  I for one usually find my calm in the chaos of the holidays, but that doesn't mean I'm not telling myself this at least a dozen times a day.  After all, have you met my boys?!  I kid.  The are good boys.  But they are boys.  Every other living thing in this house is a boy.  So I am outnumbered, therefore I need this reminder.

So in my October adventures in Netflix brought me to Spartacus.  I heard it was super gory and in no way safe for work, or even safe while there are children in the house for that matter.  Seriously.  Its nuts.  But I love that era and the blood and guts kinda thing... I love that stuff. But when season 2 rolled around I was like wait! What happened to Spartacus?  Who is this new dude?  Eventually I got used to the change but I just HAD to go and look it up.  You guys, have you heard of Andy Whitfield?  He was the original Spartacus but was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  I don't even have the words to describe his story but it moved something in me.  Andy says "Be here now is all about being in the present.  And not fearing what you don't know."  It was just the kick in the ass I needed to get me out of this dark hole Ive been lost in.  Watch it.  When you have time to ugly cry by yourself because though.  Because its real.  Real heartbreaking and real inspiring all in one.

Well shit, that got sad fast!  I promise once you process it, you will get to the inspiring part!


I set my October goals pretty low in hopes of easily knocking them out.

October Goals
  • Read 2 books.  Finished 3 and started a 4th
  • Try 4 new recipes. That was easy
  • Share more liver stories. TOTAL FAIL!  If anything I posted less all month.
  • Fall back in love with Instagram. I fell in love-ish.  Well need another month I think!
  • Step out of my comfort zone. So if my bed was my comfort zone, I'm totally winning 😞
I read a lot, watched a lot of Netflix, cooked a lot and surfed Instagram till the wee hours of the morning.  Everything else was kinda on hold.  I'd like to think I am just storing energy for Thanksgiving Break.  Yeah, that's what I'm doing, I'm in energy saving mode.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

November brings lots of excitement and with that excitement comes a whole checklist of tasks to be done before the fun can start. I would also like to spend part of this month preparing for next month.  Thanksgiving brings chaos and calm.  Christmas makes me anxious.  Im hoping to keep it pretty low key and end the year on a quiet note.  I also hope I didn't just jinx myself. 

November Goals
  • Decorate for the holidays.
  • Get a photo of the four of us.
  • Focus on what I am thankful for.
  • Start my Christmas shopping .
  • Be more present.
  • 12 pm bedtime.

I know we are over a week in, but November is in full swing.  My Turkey dinner list is coming together.  We are planning out the week.  David will be home all week and the following Monday I have to be at the Transplant clinic in the morning.  I'm not quite sure what to expect for once since its the first time there has been changes in labs and symptoms.  I'm not worried.  I am just going to breath, slow down and enjoy every minute of the month!

What does your November look like?  


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