Sunday, August 5, 2018

Keeping Up With...2018 Goals (July Recap & Aug Goals)

The past month has been awesome spending so much time with the boys.  We have really enjoyed our summer to the fullest and are excited to have two more weeks to enjoy.  I'm trying to think of a way to keep the fun going during the school year but I know it's going to be hard once we're back to our regular schedule.  I'll be thinking about that over the next two weeks.  Some of my other goals have suffered while I focused on enjoying time with the boys but I am totally fine with that.

August is going to be a weird month for me.  It's almost like a split month.  We are going on vacation in the first half of the month, then we come home and the boys go back to school.  So the second half of the month will be more structured and on our normal schedule.  I'm looking at this month as a transition month.  I'll finish up the fun of the summer and then start to get used to the busy schedule of fall.  I'm happy with where I am so far this year and plan to finish this year strong!  Same as I did last month, I will talk a little about how I did with each of the 10 goals last month and then talk about my plans for August to stay on track. 

1. Lose 50 pounds (Lost 10 pounds this year, Grade for July: A)
  • Meal plan each Sunday - I did this every week and wrote 4 posts
  • Count calories for 15 days this month - I was actually able to do this 16 days this month!  The other half of the month wasn't great but it wasn't as bad as it could have been either. 
  • Go to one class each week that I am not teaching - I went to a Zumba jam, Katherine's Zumba class, and I taught 2 barre classes.  I didn't get to as many classes as I hoped but I also taught a lot more this month than I realized I was when I set this goal.
  • Maintain my current weight - I was able to do this for the month!  I am super excited that I didn't gain any weight this month and I don't have anything to undo next month!
2. Read 20 books again (Read 11 books this year, Grade for July: A+)
  • Finish 1 book - I read "North Haven" this month.  It was just OK, not one of my favorites.  It had a good story and characters but it just never went anywhere.
  • Read 10% of  "The Beauty Myth" - Done!
3. Watch 25 movies (Watched 30 movies this year, Grade for July: A+)
  • Watch 4 movies -  We have blown this goal out of the water watching six movies this month and hitting 30 movies for the year!  I'm so glad the boys are enjoying movies and we are able to watch some more.  The ones we watched this month are "Incredibles," "Incredibles 2," "Jumanji," "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," "Elf" and "Teen Titans Go!"
4. Go on 12 dates with Adrian (5 dates this year, Grade for July: F)
  • Book our babysitter for a night so we can go out - We didn't do this again this month.  We've been really busy and enjoying our family time but we also know our relationship is important.  Hoping to get back to this in August!
5. Pay off 1 credit card and my student loans (Grade for July: C)
  • Help Adrian work at least 3 hours of OT each week - Adrian worked 6 hours of overtime this month.  He was sick one week and he took some time off this month so he didn't get as much overtime as we normally do.  But we made the decision that family time was more important.
  • Spend as little as possible - We did pretty good with not spending too much but we did buy all of the back to school stuff this month.  And there was Prime Day.
6. Finish my CEUs for my YMCA certification new requirements for Silver Sneakers training for water aerobics
  • I'm taking the summer off from this goal, it will be back on in September
7. Clean out the house (Grade for July: A+)
  • Clean out the boys' art supplies - done!
  • Clean out the front closet - done!
  • Clean out the play room with the boys (10 minutes per day) - done!
  • Started working on turning the spare room into Daniel's room - Since we finished everything else this month, we started on our fall goal which is cleaning out the spare room and turning it into Daniel's room.  He is so excited!
8. Keep up an active blog (Grade for July: A+)
  • Meal plan posts every Sunday - 4 posts
  • Week in review posts every Friday - 4 posts
  • Monthly goal posts the last day of the month - done!
9. Play more board game (Grade for July: A+)
  • Have one family board game night - We blew this goal out of the water again with 5 game nights this month & many games of "Machi Koro" that were not during game nights.  We played a lot of board games in July for sure!
10. Improve my classes (Grade for July: A+)
  • Attend one Zumba jam session - done!  It wasn't one of my favorites and I probably won't use any of the choreo from it but I went and made the best of it and got a great workout.
  • Switch out the band portion of my Silver Sneakers class - done!
11.  Have an amazing summer! (Grade for July: A+)
  • Do one activity each week that each person picks (5 activities per week) - We did this every week and then some!  We have done a ton of things and enjoyed them all.  Check out my weekly blogs for more details.
  • Have an awesome Fourth of July - done!
  • Get ready for our family vacation in August - done!
And here are my goals for this month:

1. Lose 50 pounds
  • Meal plan each Sunday starting on 8/19
  • Count calories for 15 days this month
  • Go to three classes this month that I am not teaching
  • Maintain my current weight
2. Read 20 books again
  • Finish 1 book
  • Read 10% of  "The Beauty Myth"
3. Watch 25 50 movies
  • Watch 4 movies
4. Go on 12 dates with Adrian
  • Book our babysitter for a night so we can go out
5. Pay off 1 credit card and my student loans
  • Help Adrian work at least 3 hours of OT each week
  • Start subbing after the first three days of school, sub at least two full days this month
  • Spend as little as possible - We did pretty good with not spending too much but we did buy all of the back to school stuff this month.  And there was Prime Day.
6. Finish my CEUs for my YMCA certification new requirements for Silver Sneakers training for water aerobics
  • I'm taking the summer off from this goal, it will be back on in September
7. Clean out the house
  • Clean out the spare room and turn it into Daniel's room
8. Keep up an active blog
  • Meal plan posts every Sunday
  • Week in review posts every Friday
  • Monthly goal posts the last day of the month
9. Play more board game
  • Have one family board game night
10. Improve my classes
  • Attend one Zumba jam session
  • Research Aqua Zumba training
11.  Have an amazing summer!
  • Have an awesome vacation in the Outerbanks!
  • Finish up the few activities we want to do here in Columbus
  • Have a smooth transition back to school in mid-August
     

Friday, August 3, 2018

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 7/27 - 8/2)

Friday (7/27) Today was another slow start for all of us.  Adrian finally got up and moving, although he wasn't feeling very well.  He headed out to work while I got the boys ready for the day and then headed out to the Garver Y to sub a Zumba Gold class for another friend who is out of town this week.  After my class, I had fun staying for a Zumba class.  It was my friend's first time teaching a class and I was so glad I was there to support her!  Unfortunately I couldn't stay for the whole class because I had to leave to get home to feed everyone lunch and head out with AJ to his pediatrician appointment.

AJ had a great appointment with the doctor.  He has grown and gained weight in the past 3 months.  He's doing great on his ADHD meds so we'll keep using them.  And he got two booster shots like a champ.  When his appointment was over, we headed back home to pack up and head out to Zoombeezi Bay for the night.  We started in Jungle Jack's landing riding the Sea Dragon roller coaster, Safari Stampede, Dust Devil (the scrambler) and the swings.  We had a fun time and spent more time than we were planning in that area.
 
 
We finally headed into Zoombeezi Bay and went right to the wave pool to cool off after all of the rides.  We played for a while then stopped to have dinner and then went back in to ride the lazy river for a while.  I took Zak to the tipping bucket while the other guys played in the lazy river and wave pool.  We all met up about 8:30 to get tubes and get settled for the movie, Elf.  The boys spent most of the movie in the water, but Adrian and I stayed on dry land because it was chilly.  Zak got bored so he and Adrian left a little early and I stayed until the end with the other boys.  It was a very fun family night!
 
Saturday (7/28) We all slept in after the long day yesterday.  Adrian got up and moving first and headed out to get an oil change in the van before our trip.  I got the boys thru their morning routine and got a few things done around the house.  Then after lunch we headed up to Polaris to meet Carl and Isabelle to watch the Teen Titans movie.  The kids have been waiting for this for months!  Unfortunately Adrian still wasn't feeling well so he stayed home to rest while we went.
We all enjoyed the movie.  It was a very silly story and basically a long version of their show.  But the kids loved it and there were some jokes for the parents in there as well which always makes a kids' movie better to me.  After the movie, we headed back home to get some stuff done and get ready for our vacation.  The boys played video games while I worked and Adrian rested so he can feel better.  The rest of the day passed quickly and soon it was time for the boys to go to bed.  After we put them to bed, we did a little planning for the OBX trip, watched a few comedies and headed to bed too.

Sunday (7/29) Everyone got a good night of sleep and slept in this morning.  Adrian was still not feeling well so he stayed home from church with the boys this morning and I went to second service.  I served in childcare and had a good time with some of my favorite kids.  Then I chatted with a few friends before heading home for lunch with the guys.  After lunch, we pretty much just worked around the house for the rest of the day.  We worked on getting ready for vacation, finishing up a few things and doing our monthly chores so we are ready to go when we come back from vacation.  It wasn't an exciting day but it was very productive!  Adrian also rested a lot but he's still not feeling well.  I'm really hoping he feels better tomorrow as I need his help to get ready to leave and we have a busy and fun two weeks ahead.  After we got the boys to bed, we finished our night with our last two shows on our DVR and are officially cleared off and ready to start the fall season in Sept.  We'll spend the rest of the summer watching a few movies and watching a few shows on Netflix.

Monday (7/30) Today started late after a rough night of sleep because Daniel had a bad dream and came in to sleep with me but then couldn't fall back asleep.  Thankfully I didn't have to go anywhere early so I slept in a little bit.  Unfortunately Adrian still wasn't feeling well so he stayed home from work for the day.  When Daniel finally woke up he said he also wasn't feeling well.  We are hoping this ends today and no one else gets it!  After getting everyone thru their morning routine, I headed to the Y to sub a Silver Sneakers class for a friend who was out of town.  It was nice to see my old Monday morning crew!

When I got home, we had a quick lunch and then I headed downtown to the fountains with AJ and Zak.  It was fun to have some time with just the two of them, it doesn't happen often.  They had a blast running around in the water together.  Since the weather wasn't great there were very few kids there so they were able to run around and do whatever they wanted.  We stayed for two hours and only left because we were out of time on our meter.
We stopped at Taco Bell on our way home to pick up dinner for AJ since he had coupons for free tacos to use.  Then we came home, had a quick dinner and turned around and went back out to Game On! VBS.  All three boys are going this week, but only AJ and Zak went today.  After I dropped them off, I went and did the last bit of grocery shopping that I need to do before we leave for vacation.  Then I picked them up and heard all about the awesome time they had.  When we got home we were thrilled to hear that everyone was feeling better after a day of rest so hopefully we'll be back to our regular schedule tomorrow.  We got the boys down to bed, finished cleaning up and putting away groceries, watched an episode of Grown-ish and headed to bed.


Tuesday (7/31) Everyone got a great night of sleep and slept in this morning.  I got up and ready to head to Harcum before most of the guys were up.  Adrian eventually got up and headed to work and I left to teach my two Silver Sneakers classes.  After class, I ran to get a quick eyebrow wax and then stopped at Cane's to pick up lunch since we had coupons for free combo meals.  When I got home, we had a nice lunch together and then since it was raining we cancelled our plan to go to the park and headed out to run a few errands instead.  We went to the library and Half Price Books to pick up summer reading program prizes and also to the dollar store to pick up road trip snacks.
When the boys couldn't take any more errands, we headed home.  They played video games while I got dinner together for us and for a friend who is going thru a rough time.  I ran dinner to them and then we all ate a quick dinner and Adrian headed out to take all three boys to Game On! VBS.  We did a little cleaning and a little vacation prep while they were at VBS and then he went back to pick them up.  They had a fun time again tonight and are looking forward to the rest of the week.  We got them down to bed, had snacks and then headed to bed for the night too.  This week is flying by!!

Wednesday (8/1) Fair day!!  Unfortunately I got a horrible night of sleep last night but thankfully I was able to sleep in a little this morning, as did everyone else.  We had a slow morning and then got ready and headed out to the Ohio State Fair.  It was rainy and overcast when we got there but we still managed to have an awesome time.  We started in Kiddieland riding a ton of rides there with Zak leading the charge.  We rode the caterpillar coaster, giant slide, flying elephants, music express jr, and a bunch of other little ones. Then we headed over to the midway to ride the bigger rides like the Crazy Mouse, Tilt a Whirl, Pharoah's Revenge, Music Express and a ton of fun houses.  We also enjoyed fried Oreos, cheese fries, funnel cake, pizza and sausage.
 
 
 
 
After a few hours, I was exhausted and a little motion sick but the boys were still going strong, especially Zak.  Thankfully Adrian came and met us after work and helped out with the boys.  He rode a few rides with them and then I got a second wind and rode a few more with them too.  Then AJ and Daniel were ready to leave so I grabbed some deep fried Buckeyes and took them home.  Adrian stayed for two more hours letting Zak ride all of the rides in Kiddieland.  They had a blast!!  When they finally got home at close to 10am, the boys finished up a show and then we got them to bed and Adrian and I followed close behind.  Fun filled day!!
 
Thursday (8/2) The alarm went off way too early this morning after the long day yesterday!  But I had to get up and moving for my last day of work before vacation, as did Adrian.  He headed out early while I got a few things done around here and then headed to Harcum to teach my two Silver Sneakers classes.  I was dragging but thankfully my amazing students helped pull me thru!  Then I ran a few errands on my way home, came home and had a quick lunch and we turned around and headed back out for the afternoon.

Our first stop was up to Utica to pick some fresh peaches.  It is one of my favorite fruits and I love going up to pick them and knew they would be gone when we got back.  The boys made quick work of filling two boxes and I didn't even have a chance to take any pictures.  When we finished picking, we headed to Easton for a few things.  We stopped at Barnes and Noble to pick up AJ's free book from the summer reading program.  Then we headed over to Build a Bear to use our vouchers for $15 off each bear.  The boys had a great time picking and stuffing their own bears!  We left with Groot (AJ), Dragon (Daniel's new name for Toothless) and Fire Popcorn Squirtel (Zak's new name for Squirtel).
 
After we made our new stuffies, we headed out to the splash pads for some fun.  The boys played in the water for a while and also played the games that were set up around the splash pads.  They had a great time and probably would have kept playing but we needed to get home to start getting ready for vacation.  We had a "clean out the fridge" dinner and then the boys played while Adrian and I worked around the house to get ready to leave.  We were both super tired though so we did what we could and decided that to get a good night of rest and do the rest in the morning.  So we watched a show, had a snack and headed to bed.  We hit the road whenever we're ready tomorrow!!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 7/20 - 7/26)

Friday (7/20) We all slept in today since Adrian had the day off and we had a family day planned.  Even though the forecast was not great, we headed to the zoo to do some of the things there that we haven't been able to do yet this summer.  We had a relaxing start to the day then headed up to the zoo around 11am.  We started on Dinosaur Island because we wanted to make sure to ride it before there was a line.  Then we decided to head over the Africa to feed the giraffes.  AJ and Zak had so much fun doing that!  They took all of our lettuce to feed to the giraffe, which was fine because Adrian and I just enjoyed watching them.
 
 
After those big things, we did a few little things that everyone wanted to do.  We rode the carousel, train and played in the splash pads near the aquarium.  Then we watched two 4D movies.  AJ, Daniel & I watched "Sharks" and then the other two joined us for "Storks."  They were both pretty good, the shark one was educational and the storks one was cute and made me want to see the full movie.  When we finished up there, we headed to Jungle Jacks to try to get in as many rides as we could before the storms hit.  We did the log flume and safari stampede twice then he headed to the "Sea Dragon" coaster.  Just as we were ready to take off, the lightening started and they closed all the rides so we headed home for the day.  All things considered, we really made the best of the day and did a ton of stuff in a short time before the weather got really bad.
 
 
 
 
After we fought rush hour traffic to get back home, we had a little bit of free time for everyone and then we got set up for family game night.  We played Machi Koro, Avalon, Magic Maze and New York Slice.  We had a great time playing together and everyone had fun!  When we were done with those games, Zak really wanted to play his new game Beets so he played that with Adrian while AJ and Daniel watched a show and I did a few things to start getting the house back in order.  When they were done their game, we got the kids down to bed, made ourselves a bowl of ice cream and watched a few comedies.  It was an early bedtime for us since we were exhausted after a fun filled day!

Saturday (7/21) Today started earlier than I wanted it to because I had to get up to teach a Zumba class.  I was the first one up and enjoyed a little quiet time with my coffee before everyone else got up.  I got ready to go the Y to teach my amazing Zumba class.  AJ and Adrian were supposed to go on a canoe trip with the Scouts but due to the bad weather, it will be rescheduled.  The only good news was that I didn't have to drag the other two boys to the Y with me.  I came home a sweaty mess after the class, grabbed a quick shower and lunch and headed back out to a planning meeting for Zak's Cub Scout pack for next year.

While I was at the meeting, Adrian got Daniel ready to go to the movies together to see "The Iron Giant."  AJ and Zak decided to stay home instead of going to see the movie.  Adrian and Daniel enjoyed seeing the movie and then headed down to the Jazz and Rib Fest to pick up some Butch's ribs for us for dinner.  While they were out, I got a bunch of stuff done around the house, specifically catching up and dishes and laundry.  When everyone got home, we enjoyed a delicious dinner and then settled in with some popcorn for family movie night.  We watched "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."  It was my first time seeing it, everyone else saw it in the movie theater.  Zak was hit or miss thru the movie, but pretty much held it together.  I loved it!!  When the movie was over, it was late so we got the boys to bed, finished up a few things, watched a few comedies and went to bed.

Sunday (7/22) We all slept in a little this morning and had a slow morning.  I got ready and headed to church for the first service since I was serving in the second service.  Since the boys slept in, Adrian brought them to the second service.  When we all got home from church, we focused on getting our stuff done so we are ready for another fun week.  One of the things we are working on slowly is switching our spare room to become Daniel's room.  We made quite a bit of progress on it today and he is thrilled with how it looks so far.
Adrian took the boys to martial arts in the evening, where all the kids were wound up and not listening.  They got thru class but had some extra push ups to do because of their behavior.  When they got home, we had a quick and delicious pasta dinner and then cleaned up and set up for family game night part 2.  We played "Unlock" which is like an escape room in your house.  It wasn't the best game for us, Zak got bored and I got very frustrated.  The other 3 really liked it so they may play again another time.  Then we pulled out a fun evening with "Dixit" which Daniel won and we all had a lot of laughs.  When that was done, it was late so the boys had a snack, watched a show and headed to bed.  When we came back down, we finished a few things and then grabbed some wine and a snack and watched a few comedies before we headed to bed too.  We're ready for our last full week at home for the summer before vacation!

Monday (7/23) Today started earlier than we wanted it to because Zak got up at 5am.  Thankfully Adrian was ready to get up for the day so he took him downstairs while I got a little more sleep.  Then I got up and got ready to head to the Y to sub a barre class this morning.  The boys stayed home again while I was gone.  They have been doing a great job of staying home by themselves this summer, I'm very proud of them.

I came home, got a few things done, we all had lunch and then I turned around and headed back to the Y for Zak's swim lessons.  AJ didn't want to swim so he sat in the internet cafe and played on his phone while I saw with Daniel and Zak had class.  After a little "practice" Daniel finally worked up the courage to try the deep end test again and he passed!!  He was so excited, as was I since now all three boys have passed and can swim in the deep end together.  When Zak was done in class, he swam with us until the next rest period and then it started raining so we changed our clothes and headed out.
We ran a few errands including going to Meijer to pick out book bags and lunch boxes for back to school.  I was reminded why I don't like to grocery shop with the boys!  They did great picking out their stuff but trying to get them thru the rest of the store was a nightmare.  At least I finished my grocery shopping for the week and am just about finished back to school shopping.  I'll just need to pick up a few things next week for our vacation and then I'll be good until everyone goes back to school.

When we got home, the boys played while I put away the groceries and made soup and salad for dinner.  Adrian came home from work and helped out a little, then got himself and AJ ready to go hiking with the Scouts.  Even though it was a little rainy, they were still able to make it work.  They did some bird and animal watching from the nature center first and learned about what they need to hike.  Then when the rain stopped, they headed home.  They came home wet, tired and hungry.  Everyone had a snack and then we got the boys down to bed for the night.  Adrian & I finished up a few things and then had a snack and watched a few comedies.  We are almost caught up on all of the shows from last year, just in time for the new season to start!
Tuesday (7/24) Today started early again with Zak getting up around 6am.  I don't know why he doesn't like to sleep in like the rest of us.  He watched some TV and played while Adrian got ready for work and headed out.  Then I got ready and headed out to Harcum to teach my two Silver Sneakers classes.  I also needed to run to Kohl's to make a quick exchange while I was over there.  Then I came home to have a quick lunch, change and head to the Y for more swimming.

AJ and Daniel had their lessons while Zak and I had the outside pool to ourselves, probably because the weather wasn't great.  We swam outside until they closed the pool due to thunder in the area and then we moved inside.  The boys continued to swim with a few friends from their class while I dried off.  We headed out at the next rest period so we could get ready for our night activities.  When we got home, the boys played while I cooked dinner and got ready to head to the church to work for the evening.  While I was gone, the guys worked on the escape room game for a while and made some really good progress.  When I got home, we got the boys down for bed and then watched a few comedies and headed to bed too. 

Wednesday (7/25) Today we all slept in again, we are loving summer and are going to have a very hard transition in a few weeks when school starts.  But I'm going to enjoy the late mornings while I can!  I got up and did a few things around the house and then headed out to sub a class for another friend who is in Florida at the Zumba convention.  I taught a fun barre class to a few people, then headed home to grab a quick lunch with the boys before heading to the Y for Zak's last swim lesson of the session.

After he finished his class, we swam for a while together, then we headed out so I could drop the boys off at home and turn around and come back to the Y to sub another Zumba class for a friend.  The boys really didn't want to stay in childcare so I agreed to go back and forth so they could still get some swim time in today.  After my class, I headed home and got dinner ready for everyone.  Adrian had Bible study so I was on my own with the kids all night.  We had dinner, played Forbidden Island and relaxed.  I am super tired from teaching all of these extra classes!  Adrian got home in time to help with bedtime for the boys and then to have snacks and watch a few comedies with me before we headed to bed too.
Thursday (7/26) Today looked much like all of the other days this week.  We got up early and Adrian headed to work while I got ready to head out to teach my two Silver Sneakers classes.  The boys stayed home again and did a great job here at home.  On my way back, I stopped at Dollar Tree and officially finished our school supply shopping so we'll be ready when we get back from vacation.  When I got home, we had a quick lunch and then headed to the Y for AJ and Daniel's last swim lesson of the session.  Daniel has officially tested out of swim lessons, yay!!  AJ has opted not to do them in the fall but will swim while Zak is in lessons so he remembers how to do it.

After we swam for a while and soaked up a lot of sun, we headed home for the day.  When Adrian got home, we had a nice dinner together and then played the DC deck building game with Zak (he destroyed both of us!)  Adrian and the older boys also finished up "Unlock" and started another adventure in that game.  After all of that, it was time for bed for the boys.  We got them settled and then headed down to do a few things around the house and watch a few shows and head to bed.  I am super tired this week with all of the extra classes I'm teaching, whew!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Keeping Up With...Food (Meal Plan for July 22 - July 28)

We stuck to our meal plan for most of last week until the weekend hit and then we moved some things around.  We had a great family day on Friday and decided we didn't want to cook so we just had some appetizers, which still helped to clean out the freezer.  Then on Saturday we had a change of plans due to weather and instead of cooking, we went and picked up Butch's ribs from the Jazz and Rib Fest.  Our plan was to do that tonight but it just made more sense to do it last night.  So two of our meals from last week carried over to this week.
This will probably be my last meal plan for a few weeks.  We leave for vacation soon so we are already in make sure we use up everything that will go bad before we leave mode.  I'm taking on next Sunday for this meal plan and then we will just eat leftovers, frozen appetizers or sandwiches for the next few days.  Then we're gone for 10 days and when we come back the boys go back to school.  That week will be crazy so we will probably do easy dinners, at least for the first part of the week.  I will be back the weekend of the 17th with my next meal plan.  And then we will be back to our regular schedule and back to healthy eating until the holidays.


Here's what we're eating this week:
Sunday - Pasta (using up butternut squash sauce & pasta in freezer)
Monday - Mexican Corn Soup (using up broth, milk & corn in freezer) and Brussels Sprouts Salad
Tuesday - Taco Soup
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Pork Chops and Zucchini with Kale and Beans
Friday - BLT Pasta Salad
Saturday - London Broil and Corn on the Cob on the grill
Sunday - Cornish Hens

Water Flavor - Apple again until they are all used up

Overnight Oats - Once again, we have a bunch from last week.  Adrian doesn't take them every day so it's hard to judge how much I need to make.  We have enough for at least 3 days this week so I will reevaluate on Wednesday.  If I need to make more, I will use some of the flavored yogurts that I have to make some.  And again after this week, I will probably not make anymore so that we don't have any left when we leave.

Use it Up - I made an inventory of the freezer downstairs and we are using up what we have down there.  This week I'm using up the pinto beans I have, pork chops, bacon, london broil and two cornish hens.  I'm also trying to use up all of the fruits and vegetables that we have before we leave.  My goal is to leave the fridge and freezers as bare as possible.

Lunches - I am going to make this Brussels Sprouts Salad one day this week and use it for lunches.  I have a bag of sprouts to use up so I'll use half for dinner on Monday and half for lunches.  I will probably add turkey or leftover chicken to it on days that I am very active so I have a little more protein.  Other than that it will be leftovers, frozen appetizers and sandwiches.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 7/13 - 7/19)

Friday (7/13) Today we all got to sleep in a little since we didn't have anything super early.  Adrian got up and headed to work while the rest of us had a slow start.  I did need to run out to sub a quick class for a friend and was able to leave the boys home while I went since I was only gone about an hour.  They are enjoying that extra freedom this summer and so am I!  When I got home, we got a few things done around the house and then headed downtown to my pick for this week, to see "Jumanji" for the free movie series.  I had never seen the original so I was excited to see it.  We were running a little late but made it just in time for the start of the show.  It was a great movie, although I thought it was a little scary.  Thankfully the boys didn't agree and weren't scared at all, although Zak did get a little bored so he spent the second half playing on his tablet.
After the movie, we headed up to Zoombeezi Bay for AJ's pick of the week.  We had fun playing in the wave pool, lazy river and tipping bucket for a few hours and then we were super excited to get tubes for the movie.  The boys watched most of "Ghostbusters" (the new one) while floating in the wave pool while Adrian and I enjoyed adult beverages on dry land.  Zak again got bored about half way thru and asked to head home so he and Adrian left.  I found out later he was actually scared by the movie, which is understandable.  I stayed and watched the end with AJ and Daniel.  When we got home (super late!) we found Zak and Dad asleep on the couch.  I got the other two boys to bed, got settled myself and headed to bed.  I was so tired!!
 
 
Saturday (7/14) Today started way earlier than I wanted it to, at least for me.  I had to teach my Zumba class at the Y so I had to get up and moving.  I'm thankful that the boys all slept in a lot, they needed the rest.  I headed out and had a great, sweaty time with my class while Adrian got the boys ready and took them to Blendon Woods natural play ground.  They enjoyed playing on the zipline swing, obstacle course and hiking a little bit.  Then they stopped to pick up two video games and Marco's pizza for lunch.

I saw them briefly when they got home from the park because I was home doing a quick change and grabbing a quick lunch before heading back to the Y for another Zumba jam session.  This was my 7th one of the year and I'm having a great time going to them all!  We danced and sweated for three hours and I learned a lot of new rhythms, steps, choreo and teaching tricks.  It wasn't one of my favorite jams but it was still a great way to spend an afternoon!  When we were done, I headed home exhausted and sore!
Thankfully when I got home, Adrian volunteered to cook pasta for dinner.  We had a nice family dinner and then we played a game of "Machi Koro" before the boys headed upstairs to play video games while Adrian and I tried to get control of the house.  Before long, it was time for the boys to head to bed for the night.  We tried to get them down a little early since we know they are down sleep from the week.  After we got everyone in bed, we headed down and watched a few episodes of "Living Biblically" before heading to bed too.  It was an early night but much needed after a long day!

Sunday (7/15) Today we all got to sleep in a little again, yay!  Then we had a lazy morning at home before heading to second service for church.  I was supposed to be serving in children's ministry for that service, but there were more than enough volunteers so I was able to go and be in the service.  It was an inspiring sermon and I'm glad I was able to be there.  After service, we headed home for a quick lunch before splitting up for the afternoon.  I was working at the church for the afternoon while Adrian took the boys to their friend's birthday party.  They had a fun time at the party playing with sprinklers and water guns, jumping on the trampoline and running around the yard.  In fact, they had so much fun they did not want to leave!  So Adrian made the decision to let them stay a little longer and skip martial arts this week.

When we all finally got home, we got a few things done including finishing cleaning out the front closet and the toy room.  Then Adrian went out to get dinner, which was his pick of this week.  He picked up Piada for both of us while I did leftover Marco's pizza for the boys.  After dinner, we finished up what needed to be done for the week including giving the boys hair cuts.  They had some video game time while we worked and then it was time for them to have snacks and head to bed.  When they were down for the night, Adrian and I got some ice cream and watched a few comedies before heading to bed to rest up for a busy week!

Monday (7/16) We all had a rough time getting up and moving today.  We may have hit another wall in our amazing summer and just needed some down time.  Adrian eventually got up and out to work, but he was very late getting in.  The boys and I had planned to go see "Ferdinand" but we decided a relaxing day at home was a much better idea.  So we played some video games, got some things done around the house and had a lazy morning.  We all had lunch and then we all headed to the Y to swim for a while.  Zak had lessons so he went there while the other boys swam with me in the outside pool.  Soon after Zak's class was done, it started to storm so they closed the outside pool.

After seeking shelter inside, we realized it would be really crowded in that pool so the boys decided they wanted to go home.  So we dried off and headed back to the house.  I drove them home, got changed, made a quick dinner and headed back to the Y to sub a Zumba Gold class.  The boys decided to stay home while I was there instead of going into childcare.  I had a great class and was reminded how much I love my afternoon crew.  When I got home, we ate a quick dinner and then I drove Zak to VBS at a local church.  He decided he wanted to do this one even though his brothers didn't want to and I'm excited for him! 

While I was dropping him off, Adrian and AJ headed out to Boy Scouts.  They were supposed to hike tonight but the storms changed their plan and they had a regular meeting at the church instead.  They got home and I headed out to pick up Zak from Shipwrecked VBS.  He had a great time and can't wait to go back tomorrow!  When we all got home, we got the boys ready for bed, finished cleaning up around the house and watched a few comedies before heading to bed.  It feels like it's going to be a long week!

Tuesday (7/17) Today started early for us since it was a very busy day!  I got up and enjoyed a little time to myself before having to wake Zak up to get ready for his first day of Safety Town.  I got him ready and left a list of things to do for AJ and Daniel while we were gone.  I dropped Zak off at Blacklick Woods for Safety Town and then headed to Harcum to teach two Silver Sneakers classes.  As soon as the second class was over, I raced out to run over to pick up Zak.  He had a great time learning about fire safety, animal safety, touring an ambulance & fire truck and playing a few games.
After I picked Zak up, we headed home to grab a quick lunch and pick up AJ and Daniel.  Then we all headed to the Y for AJ and Daniel's swim lessons.  While they were in class, Zak and I swam in the outside pool.  We stayed until the rest period after class and then headed home to have some downtime before our night activities.  We came home and got a few things done and then had a quick dinner of tacos and then Daniel's friend Ethan came over to play with him.  Zak was supposed to go to Shipwrecked VBS again but he really wanted to play with Ethan too so he stayed home to play with the boys here.
The four boys had a great time playing for over two hours together - and only a few minutes were video games!  After Ethan's dad picked him up, we did a quick clean up and then the boys had a snack and a show to calm down after the exciting night.  Then we got them down for the night, Adrian and I finished up a few things around the house and watched a few comedies before bed as well.

Wednesday (7/18) Today started early again but I am enjoying getting up a little before everyone and having some time to myself.  Adrian and I got our donation together and out to curb for VOA to come and pick up during the day.  Then he headed off to work and while Zak and I got ready and headed out for the morning.  I left the other boys home alone again with a list of things to do before I got back home.  I dropped Zak off at Safety Town then headed back to my church for a few meetings with some of the staff about picking up some additional responsibilities.  I will be taking on a little more in my role as facilities manager and will also be adding a few group fitness classes.  I'm so excited for these opportunities!
 
After the meetings, I headed back to pick up Zak from Safety Town.  Again, he had a blast learning about safety including water safety, bike safety, car safety and fire safety.  We got home, had a quick lunch and headed back out to the Y for Zak's swim lessons.  He did a great job in class and I enjoyed sitting and watching for a change since the other boys asked to stay home instead of coming to swim with me.  When lessons were over, we headed home again.  I dropped Zak off, made dinner really quick and got changed to head back to the Y to teach a Zumba class.  While I still have some reservations about it, I am also loving the boys wanting to stay home alone all the time.  It makes it SO much easier on me to leave!
I had another amazing sweaty class with my friends and am looking forward to getting back to teaching the afternoon classes in the fall!  I got home to help Adrian get ready to head out for the evening activities.  He took Zak to his third night of "Shipwrecked" VBS and then went to his men's group for our church.  The timing worked out nice that he was able to do both drop off and pick up.  I stayed home and hung out with the other two boys and got some stuff done around the house.  When they got home, we watched one more show and then got the boys down to bed.  Then Adrian and I made snacks, watched a few comedies and headed to bed too.  It was a busy day in the middle of a busy week!!

Thursday (7/19) Last day of Safety Town for Zak!!  Adrian got up and out to work early today and I was happy that Zak was up on time this morning as well.  Same as Tuesday, I left the other boys with a to do list and headed out with Zak for the morning.  I dropped him off at the park and then headed to the Harcum Center to teach my two Silver Sneakers classes.  We had smaller than usual classes but we still all had a great time.  After the second class, I again ran out the door to pick up Zak.  He had a blast on his last day of Safety Town learning about food safety, bus safety, sun safety, school safety and gun safety.  They also played a few games and did a group picture.  Very fun few days for Zak and I highly recommend Reynoldsburg Safety Town!
We went home to have a quick lunch and pick up the other boys before heading out the Y for AJ and Daniel's lessons.  While they were in class, I swam outside with Zak.  But I was really tired and was thrilled that he found two other kids to play with so I could spend most of the afternoon relaxing in the gorgeous weather.  When the other boys finished class, they came out to play and soon the life guards started a game of Battleship in the pool.  When the boys realized they needed to pass the deep end swimming test to play, they headed back inside to do that.  Much to my surprise, AJ and Zak passed!!  I am SO proud of both of them!  Daniel unfortunately got water up his nose and has to wait to try again another day.
After they got their wrist bands, they headed back outside to play Battleship.  AJ and Zak had a blast playing two different games and playing in the deep end in between games.  Daniel sat and sulked for a bit and then went and played with some friends in the shallow end of the pool.  I finally pulled everyone out at the 3:45 rest period so we could get home and get ready for our night activities.  We had a quick dinner and then I headed out to drop Zak off at his last night of Shipwrecked VBS and then do a quick grocery trip.  Adrian stayed home with the other boys and they worked in the yard since we're forecast to get rain all weekend.
 
I got home about 20 minutes before someone needed to go pick up Zak so we unloaded the groceries and then Adrian went to pick him up while I put everything away.  When everyone got home, we did our normal night routine.  The boys had a snack and a show while Adrian and I finished up a few things around the house.  Then we got them down to bed and we watched a few comedies before heading to bed.  We pushed everyone's bedtime a little later tonight since Adrian is off tomorrow and we're having a chill family day!