Saturday, March 17, 2018

Our week in photos #34

What a week it's been!

 Last Saturday, the boys and I went to a Mother/Son Event at the local middle school put on by some local businesses. 

 There was some hula hooping, Mother/Son Yoga, Crafts, Legos, and snacks.
 Oh, and a photo booth.
 Me and my crazy boys.
 On Sunday morning, we got up bright and early to go to Darryl's concert.  Here is one of his groupies :-)  Nate loves to carry the guitar.

 Nate plans on having his own band one day so he likes to be in the middle of everything.
 He sat right by the singers - he told me he was pretending he was in the group :-)
 Josh had his own interests. .. . playing games.

Monday and Tuesday were both quiet followed by AWANA on Wednesday and bowling on Thursday.

 On Friday, the boys had a friend over and they played outside for hours. 
 Then, Friday evening was our Co-Op Presentation night.  These are my tables with all of my display items from my two classes.
 Josh and Nate were in Lego Robotics.
 They built this.  It is a working water feature.
 All of the students work on a song/verse and presented it to kick the evening off.
 Josh and Nate did Tae Kwon Do moves :-)
Josh's sign language class sang three songs - it was super cool to see him using sign language :-)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Weekly Menu

Our past week went a little different.  I ended up down with a Migraine on Saturday and then sick at the beginning of the week with a really badly swollen and sore throat.  I didn't actually go to the store until Tuesday so we were getting creative with meals here (but amazingly, we didn't starve and there was always something for dinner!)  That's one way to clean out the freezer, cupboards and fridge!  Thankfully I'm feeling better, I did grocery shopping and life is getting back to normal :-)

Friday - Tonight is presentation night for our Co-op so I don't have to cook!  There is a Pulled Pork dinner being served so that takes care of dinner. 

Saturday - It's St. Patrick's Day!  It's our traditional dinner of Stuffed Cabbage in the Crock Pot, Crash Potatoes, and Rainbow Jello. 

Sunday - Beef Tips and Mashed Potatoes and Salad.

Monday - Sticky BBQ Meatballs, Cheesy Cauliflower casserole and Marinated Veggies

Tuesday - Sausage and Cream Cheese Breakfast Casserole, Grits, and Fried Zucchini

Wednesday - It's AWANA night!  (What am I going to do when AWANA is done - I won't have excuse to not cook HA!)

Thursday - Our typical night of Taco's before bowling!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Our Week in Photos #33

We had a pretty busy week!

 We went to my mom's on Saturday and Sunday last weekend.  It was a great time which included eating lunch at Frankenmuth and doing some shopping. 

On Monday, the boys had their first day at the co-op Choir - I didn't get a single photo because I was running kids back and forth and just ran out of time!

On Tuesday, I was able to take the kids to a new art class.
A friend of mine found it and we both signed our kids up.  They seemed to have fun and they painted these bird houses.  We might try to go once a month. 

 Wednesday brought a surprise - a snow storm!  We got about a total of 8 inches of snow before it was done and it gave us an unexpected day home! There was no AWANA and Darryl was even home for the evening.  I loved the beautiful snow and loved the day "off" during a busy week!

 Thursday was a fun day.  First, the kids and I drove to Grand Rapids to meet a high school friend of mine for lunch.  Nope, no photos but it was a great time!  Then, Thursday evening was bowling!  It was another great night and I'm so thankful we signed up for the is league.

 On Friday, the boys tested for their next belts in Tae Kwon Do.  Both did great and passed - Josh moved up to the Orange belt and Nate moved to the Yellow Belt. 

By the time Friday night rolled around we were all pretty wiped out and enjoyed a quiet night at home! 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Weekly Menu

Last week was a very busy week with something going on every single night.  It just meant getting more creative with dinner since we either ate early, ate late or ate at different times.  It all worked out though and we made it through the week while still getting to do some fun things.  This week isn't quite as busy but, still, our evenings seem to be tied up a little more than normal.  Here's the plan for the coming week.

Friday - Easy Peasy.  Frozen Lasagna, Roasted Zucchini and Garlic Bread. 

Saturday - The boys and I are going to a Mother/Son activity and, despite knowing that there are snacks there, we need to eat something for an early dinner.  Leftovers it is!  Leftover Sloppy Joes with Mac and Cheese and chips.

Sunday -  Darryl has a concert today so we will eat out after the concert and then later in the day, soup and sandwhiches.

Monday - The boys have choir which puts us back to the house after 5:00.  I learned last week that the last thing I want to do is start cooking so I'm going to utilize the crock pot.  Beef Tips and Noodles with green beans.

Tuesday - We are home tonight!  Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, and roasted zucchini

Wednesday - AWANA night so the boys and I eat out.

Thursday - Bowling night so it is Tacos (fast and easy!)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

OUr Week in Photos #32

 Our week started with the boys first Grand Prix Race.  It was new to all of us so we had a learning curve on figuring out the timer and basic rules of the double elimination. 

 Nate and his car.
 Josh's car.
 Josh and Nate with their cars.  It was a long morning that ended with disappointment because they didn't get a trophy.  But, all in all, they did really good and lasted until close to the end.

After the race, we "raced" to my in-laws to drop the boys off so Darryl and I could enjoy his birthday presant from me!
 I got Darryl tickets to see Steven Curtis Chapman at the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewanna Indiana.  It was a fabulous concert!!  It was just him, solo, and he shared lots of stories with his music.  Darryl and I both said it felt like going to church :-)

 We stayed the night at the hotel and it was just a great time away.  It is always nice to get away from home!
 Of course, we had bowling again this week too.  Both boys are doing better each week.   Nate even managed to get a 105 this week (with bumpers).  Josh is getting better at getting his ball to go straight and got several spares. 
 The boys spent a few days at Grandpa and Grandma's house where they had fun.  They got to help with the wood pile.

 And, even more importantly, they got to drive the Golf Cart.  This was a huge deal.  Both boys had a chance to drive it and just loved it.

While the boys were gone, Nate made this Ipad holder from one of the you tube channels he watches. 

So yes, a fun and busy week!  I just made our March calendar - it's busy HA! 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Weekly Menu

It was a great week.  I got some time off from cooking and we ate some good food.  Now it's time to get back into a better routine though and try to stick to a better menu :-) Well, except for this weekend since we have plans :-)

Friday - We will grab something out before heading to my moms

Saturday - I think the plan is to get Chicken dinner at Frankenmuth with my mom :-)

Sunday - I still have the day off :-)

Monday - Ravioli/Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Bread

Tuesday - Lemon BBQ Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans

Wednesday - It's AWANA night so the boys and I will grab Taco Bell :-)

Thursday  - Tacos - During bowling, this is my go to meal.  It is easy, everyone likes it, and clean-up is easy too.  This makes it easy to get to bowling on time and doesn't leave the kitchen a mess!

That's it!  Super simple :-)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Just this past weekend, Darryl and were talking about Michael W. Smith and some of his well known songs, like this one "Friends are Friends Forever".  I sang it a few times on Graduation Sunday through the years, I must admit HA!

Well, tonight, I get a text from a good friend of mine letting me know that her husband got a job he was interviewing for . . .in Florida.  We go to church together and have book club together.  As sad as I am for me that she is moving far away, I'm excited for her  - this is a dream of theirs to move down south - they love warmth, sun, Florida and . . Disney!  I'll miss her lots but like this age old song says - Friends are Friends forever!  (I know, it's corny HA!) Now, maybe Darryl, the boys and I will have to go visit them!