Friday, May 25, 2018

Weekly Menu and Summer Time

The unofficial start of summer hits this coming week with Memorial Day.  School will be done and it is time for the relaxing, fun days of summer time.  We are hoping to do a little more grilling now that the weather is nicer.   Last week we had some changes in plans so I have several carry over meals to use this week which is always a nice way to stretch the budget.

Friday - Today is my mom's birthday!  She has requested Hamburgers on the grill so that is what we are having!  I'll add a couple of salads and, of course, birthday cake!

Saturday - Lasagna Roll-ups, Salad and Garlic Bread

Sunday - As long as the weather is nice, we'll plan on having a campfire at my mom's and roasting Hot Dogs and Brats.  Add a few summer salads and stuff for Smore's and summer is officially here!

Monday - Memorial Day! BBQ Pork Chops on the grill, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Fruit Salad, and Strawberry Shortcake!

Tuesday - Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells, Garlic Bread and Salad

Wednesday - Tacos!!!

Thursday - Stromboli, Chips and Salad

That's what's for dinner!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Weekly Menu

We have water, power and a working computer again and I feel like I finally recovered from a crazy week and a half I finally have things working a little more smoothly once again.  I did actually set a menu in place for last week even though I forgot to post it (it is still sitting in "draft" mode!) and we ate what I planned (which is always good!)  My mom arrived at the campground this past week which always brings good excitment!  That also means it is summer time and summer time brings a change to my cooking plan!  I try to keep things simple but I also scoured Pinterest for some menu planning blogs so that they can do the planning for me!!

Friday - The plan is to get KFC :-)

Saturday - Easy Garlic Alfredo Tortellini, Green Beans and Garlic Bread

Sunday - Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells and Salad

Monday - Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes and French Fries

Tuesday - Sausage Lasagna Rolls, Green Beans, and Breadsticks

Wednesday - Parmesan Baked Pork chops, roasted zucchini, and salad

Thursday - Tex Mex Chicken Casserole, Salad, Chips and Salsa

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Unexpected Joy Stealers

What. a. week. 

We already knew this was a busy week but we had some extra things thrown in that made it a trying week too.

Monday was great :-)  The boys were still at my moms; the kids I babysit ended up being sick so I got to enjoy a wonderful day at home, reading, enjoying beautiful weather, and just relaxing I think it was a good thing because the rest of the week was stressful HA!

Tuesday - Josh had day one of state testing in Grand Rapids.  We took off nice and early.  Testing was done and we were all home mid afternoon.  The boys were playing in the sprinkler when they asked what happened to the water.  Oh. no.  That's right - no water.  Darryl investigated and found that our well was not working.  He made a call to a well guy who could come out on Wednesday and test it all.  Yes, we were discouraged but my goal is to not let anything steal my joy.  Lets keep it real, not taking a shower steals my joy HA!  BUT a blessing - my mom keeps her camper 10 minutes from us at a campground.  She's not technically "there" yet but we did go over and use the showers in the bathhouse to get our showers out of the way.  It's better than nothing!

Wednesday - Josh and I headed back to town for day two of state testing while Darryl took an unexpected day off to be around for the well guy.  Said well guy showed up and worked on getting the pump out.  Guess what - he couldn't get it out.  No can do.  So he dumped some acid down it and said it had to sit overnight.  Another day without water.  Blah!  Again, thankful for those showers and a great neighbor who let us fill gallon jugs at their house to flush our toilet. 

Thursday - The well guy came back.  He worked and worked and worked and we all cheered as the piles started coming up out of the well.  Until he pulled the last part out . . ... without the well pump.  WHAT???  Uuuggg.  The pump came off the pipe and stayed in the well.  We decided to try the acid one more time (He said, "I can't get here for at least a week to drill a well so we might as well try one more time"!).  BUT, the blessing this time is he ran a hose from our neighbors spigot to our spigot which gave us running water in our house!!!  So thankful for an amazing neighbor.  We also needed to practice tonight because the boys and I had to sing on Saturday at a Mother/son banquet with Darryl playing for us.  I was just hoping to be able to keep taking showers before Saturday!   Then, I tried to go online on my computer and my computer will not recognize the internet.  I researched it and researched and finally came up with the conclusion that I need to ask a friend of ours if it can be fixed because I can't figure it out!!  Talk about frustrating! Thankfully my husband's computer works fine and we have the school computer too.  I just want "mine" back and working!!

Friday - Friday we woke up to a wind storm.  All was good until 10:00 when the power went down.  Blah.  BUT at least we still had water since our neighbor still had power!!  The well guy came and worked, and worked, and worked until, guess what?  He got the pump out!  They quickly worked and got the new one in, came inside to flip everything on . .. oops!  We had no power.  So, he had to stop.  He's coming back tomorrow (Monday) to hopefully finish up.  My wonderful neighbors broke us steaks and salad for dinner (such a great surprise!) and we went to Mooville for an Ice Cream treat before heading to the campground for showers only to find that the showers had no water!!! (Seriously!! ) So we came home instead.  Our neighbors finally lost power at about 11:00 pm but at least we were sleeping :-)

Saturday - The power finally came back on at about 11:00.  What a relief.  This allowed the boys and I all to take a shower before the banquet (thanks to the neighbor!). 

It's so easy to lose joy in tough situations but if you try, more times than not you can find joy.  I have good hopes for this week - I'm hopeful that our well will be fixed tomorrow; I'm hopeful that our friend can not only look at my computer on Monday but that he can actually fix it (and that it is a quick easy fix).

With all of that said - I"m behind on posts that I always post because, well my computer is down leaving me even more limited with computer usage than before!  Welcome to May, right?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Spotify Fun

Nate has dreams.  He dreams of having his own band someday so he is totally engrossed in picking out songs for his band.  He asked me about an App on my I-pad when we were looking for things to delete to make room for a different game he wanted.  The App was Spotify and when I told him that he could create his own playlist and then it would play all the songs he wanted . .. well, he was hooked.   He made a playlist of 36 songs that his band is going to play someday and he will sit for a long time just listening to the music.  I love it on so many levels.  He loves music and he loves Christian Music.  There is nothing better than listening to your kids sing about Jesus! 

Well, he doesn't only have the latest Christian Hits, he also loves songs by Steven Curtis Chapman, Micheal W. Smith and Chris Rice so I thought I'd share an oldie but a goody with you today!   Enjoy this fun song!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Our Week in Photos #38

It's time to catch up!  Here's what we have been up to since Easter Week! 

 This train track has been on our floor for a few weeks (the boys play with it every single day) and it is the cats favorite place to lay.  He likes the enclosed spaces of the tracks I guess.
 Nate spent some time helping Darryl trim a tree.  Darryl would cut down the big branches and Nate would use the clippers to cut them down to place in the fire pit.
 We have something new in the neighborhood - boys.  Three boys moved in across the street and now they are always out playing with our boys.  It's fun to see the boys have friends in the neighborhood.
 Josh loves that the cat will lay on his lap now.  He is waited a long time for this to happen!  We've done a lot of school on the couch lately just so the cat will lay on him.  It's the little things in life that make a difference. 
 The boys set up the Dominos one day and played for quite awhile.  I've said it before but Nate loves to play games.  He'll pull out a stack of 4 or 5 games and ask everyone to play. 
 The trampoline is getting a lot of use this spring!!
 Then came the huge ice storm.  We were without power for basically two days the weekend of April 14-15.  The boys cheered when the consumers truck pulled in across the street.  They waved and blew kisses to the guys in the truck.
 Our neighbors did not lose power so they ran an extensive cord to us so we could have the basics - a light, the TV, and the heater.
 Throughout the week we ended up with several days of snow.  We were intriqued by the bird feet prints in the snow showing the confused Robins looking for food!
 My poor flowers are covered in snow!
 After a week of crazy weather, it was finally warming up enough to play outside again.  Nate invented Frisbee Basketball.

 On Friday the 20th, we had to make a store run.  The kids asked to eat at Meijer so that's what we did.  A few lunchables and everyone had fun!

 Our annual AWANA Fair was Friday night April 20th and the boys had so much fun.  They both earned unlimited play and food which makes it so much fun.  They both earned tons of tickets and ended up getting some really awesome stuff from the AWANA store.
 The neighborhood boys spend hours in our yard.  I pulled out a volcano that they set off.  They also set up a block town that was ruined by the volcanic ash! HA!

This was a true highlight for our family.  We went to a Zach Williams concert on the 22nd and were just overwhelmed with how fabulous it was.  The boys loved it - espeically Nate - and it was just an amazing night.  We ended the night by getting our photo with Carrollton who also performed and just blew me away with their music.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Weekly Menu - The one with my birthday!

This week brings my birthday and a few days without kids.  It also brings a semi-busy week where I need to be creative with meals to get us through the week! 

Friday - We are meeting my mom for dinner to celebrate my birthday!  My favorite Mexican place with some ice cream to follow will be a perfect night. 

Saturday - Darryl and I are heading out for the day.  I'm still tossing some ideas around in my head of what we are going to do but whatever we do will be fun! 

Sunday - I'm not sure - I won't be cooking! 

Monday - Tonight we are literally in three different directions.  Darryl has a meeting on one town, my mom is bringing the boys home from another and I have practice in another town.  So, everyone is eating somewhere and that is all that matters. 

Tuesday - Josh has state testing today so that will impact our day.  I plan on having tacos because I can actually prep everything on Monday so it's an easy dinner to put together after a long day. 

Wednesday - Another day of testing.  I'll probably cheat and grab something for dinner even though we are done with AWANA!  

Thursday - Baked Ziti, Salad, and Garlic bread.  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

This and That

When I'm laying awake at night, drifting off to sleep, I write amazing blog posts.  Amazing.
All kinds of topics roll around in my brain and I have so much to say but then, I wake up and begin a busy day of homeschooling, keeping kids active, trying to stuff picked up, and all that fun stuff.  Life has a way of just moving forward and by the time I sit down at night, I have nothing left!

And then I find silly pictures of Blue Footed Boobies that make me wish I could own one and all rational thoughts are lost.  Maybe just a stuffed animal version would be nice.

I've missed my Saturday posts of photos the last two weeks - last week, I planned to post it on Saturday but we got an ice storm and lost power throughout a good portion of the weekend and today I just got busy doing stuff and never got a chance to upload the latest photos.  We have a busy Sunday so I'm not sure if I will get to it tomorrow or not! 

Anyway, I'm still here.  Wishing I had more time to sit and think and write but now that my kids don't go to bed until 9:30 (Lets keep it real, they go to bed at 9:30, get up to get drinks and go to the bathroom and tell me one more thing THEN lay down by 10:00  . .. and then one gets up at 10;30 to sit with me because he can't sleep . . .I just give up at that point and go to bed HA!) I struggle to have time to get things done that I want to get done in the evenings.  Each season in life brings a new challenge in figuring out a schedule and that's where I'm at right now.  It's all good, though, because in a few more weeks, school will be done and summer fun will start which will bring a whole new schedule!!!