October 24, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: October 24th

There is something a little refreshing about Mondays.  No matter how hard the week before was, it's like starting fresh.  Last Friday was probably one of the lowest days I have had this year.  And my heart is still heavy.  But the little bit of hope that is always in there, is growing.  There is just so much happening that I can't seem to get caught up and catch my breath.  I'll get there eventually.  But for now I need to get myself dressed and to the store.  Because instead of grocery shopping, we headed to the park with friends yesterday.  100% worth it.



Monday:  Mushroom Chicken

Tuesday:  Street Tacos

Wednesday: Clam Chowder

Thursday:  Chicken Sandwiches

Friday:  Salisbury Steaks


Finish up baby shower invites

Schedule 3 posts

Plan Thanksgiving menu and activities

Finish one book


October 18, 2016

Why my Tween is Amazing #YoplaitGoBig #AD

This post is produced in collaboration with Yoplait Go Big, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


As parents, it is our job to encourage our children to be the best that they can be.  In everything they do, to try their hardest. And in their failures to try again.  To never give up and to always GO BIG!

No one said this phase was going to be easy!  And I can't even pretend that it's always fun but want to know a little secret?  I am loving every minute of it.  Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for the young man he has become.  And there is no amount of pre teen attitude that will ever change that.  He is something special, this kid.

Moods aren't the only thing changing either.  Their appetites seem to explode.  Finding snacks that are just the right size has been a challenge.  Until now.  Have you discovered Yoplait Go Big Pouches?   We found ours in the yogurt section of Walmart.


These new, bigger yogurt pouches were made with growing tweens and teen in mind.  Made with real fruit and no artificial colors or high fructose corn syrup, it is just sweet enough.  It is a good source of calcium and I must admit, I love the easy grip and rip open!


I was told that once they become a tween, they will never talk to you again.  Well once again, Anthony has proved them wrong.  The also said the twos were terrible, but it was the threes.  Wait, does this mean next year...nah.

So what makes my tween amazing?  Where do I start?


His Heart.

He may be small but his heart is BIG.  He loves people and genuinely cares how people are doing.  He is an honest and loyal friend.  He has a soft spot for rescue animals.  And loves to help out at the local Great Dane Rescue.  Hes been known to pack extra lunches for kids who are hungry at school.  He asks often about people that have come and gone in his life. Old neighbors and teachers.  How much he is capable of feeling for others amazes me.

His Mind.

School is sometimes a challenge for him.  But boy does he work hard at it.  At times he struggles and just about gives up, but never quits.  He always gives 110%.  Always thinking about things.  Questioning everything.  Ever since he was little he has been creative.  Drawing, building, fixing, he loves it.  When he sees something wrong he loves to come up with all the ways it could be fixed.

His Humor.

I will admit that sometimes I don't get it.  He is full of jokes and voices and he lives to make people laugh.  I guess this is the upside feeling everyone else pain so deeply.  Watching him with his friends, laughing, you just can't help but laugh too.  Even when I try not to laugh, I fail.

I was challenged to write a letter to my tween to let him know just how amazing he is.  And I even managed to read it to him and hold it together until the very end.  We write little notes and letters to each other all the time but reading it out loud to him was a change.

Now, I know I am not the only one with an amazing kid!  Come and visit the Go Big Facebook page and share with us all the things that make your tween amazing.  I can't wait to hear all about them!  And while you are there, you can learn more about these new pouches and encourage your tween to GO BIG!


October 17, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: October 17th


Mondays are quickly becoming one of my favorite days.  Yes, we were all dragging around this morning and getting out the door on time was a bit of a struggle, but, I needed a fresh start and no better day to start over than a Monday right?  I hope.

Last week I was drowning.  Between the boys not getting along, Anthony getting bullied at school, and David still working long hours, by Friday I was ready to tap out.  My newborn niece had to have an MRI for a brain bleed, PJ the foster dog is still hanging out with us, and I may or may not have had to call the police on a lady who insists on speeding down the road WHEN MY KIDS ARE PLAYING IN IT!  This time it wasn't actually my kids but the neighbors, but I love those kids too.  Clearly she gets it from her mother who almost hit us multiple times as well.

I've just been sour is all.  In a funk.  The kind where I just want to shut down for a while but know I can't give in to that pull.  This Friday I have an MRI and Anthony has a Neurology appt that we are praying gives us some answers to his constant tics.  The following week is my follow up at the Liver Clinic.  Its never ending.

But here's to hoping at least by keeping the menu nice and simple, things will run a lot smoother.  The best part is, most of the meals can be prepped the day before and just thrown together real quick after school.


Monday:  Garlic and Paprika Chicken with roasted potatoes and salads.

Tuesday:  Baked Fish with rice and broccoli.

Wednesday:  Chicken Rollups.

Thursday:  Tetrazzini and Broccoli.

Friday:  Meatball Subs and salads.


Purge the boys closets.

Take a few minutes every night for myself.

Start a new book with the boys.

Start Thanksgiving plans.

Did everyone have a good weekend?  I hope so.  We did a lot of things.  And by things I mean not much at all. But I finished another book and we all got a few cat naps in there.  The Cowboys won, so Happy Husband. Hopefully this week will be a breeze and who knows, maybe next weekend we will get out and do something fun.  Maybe that's what my problem is.  I need some fresh air.  Yeah!  I'm gonna go with that.  I guess I should add finding a weekend adventure for next week to my list of things to do!  Despite what some people say, there is a whole lot to do around here.

Happy Monday Everyone!



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