Saturday, April 22, 2017

Keeping Up With...Food (Meal Plan for April 24 - April 30)

Wow, I didn't mean to take a month off from menu planning.  But it just kind of happened.  I wasn't really buying or planning anything, just eating what we had for the last few weeks of March because we were anticipating needing to go to NJ (which we did).  Then we came back and were so busy and overwhelmed that we were just kind of surviving.  Then we hosted Easter so all of my energy went into that (and the food was awesome!)  And the past week we have been eating Easter leftovers and trying to get all the unhealthy food out of our house.

So now that I have been eating amazing yet fattening food for like a month, I really need a reset.  I have gained some weight and also just am not feeling 100% myself.  So we'll be getting back to basics starting this week and hopefully eating really well from now until Memorial Day.  I'm excited to see more fruits on sale in the stores now, it's always easy to have healthy snacks over the summer (except for all of the ice cream!)
This week I'm mostly cooking new things.  I'm doing a huge restocking grocery trip on Monday since we are very low on nearly everything in this house.  I will get back to using up things that I have in the house starting next week.  This week I'm using a few things that I bought last week that I never got to use and also just a few things left over from Easter.

Here's what we're eating this week:
Monday - Pork Chops with leftover sweet potatoes
Tuesday - Taco Tuesday!
Wednesday - Asian Noodle Salad - on the go as we have a very busy night!
Thursday - Cauliflower Soup and Grilled Cheese
Friday - Chicken Sloppy Joes and salad
Saturday - Pizza Chicken Casserole
Sunday - Meatball Subs for the kids & Zoodles & Meatballs for the adults

I'm also making these muffins and these cookies so we have some healthy snacks in the house.  I'll also be buying and prepping a bunch of fruit for snacks, and we have some cheese sticks and nuts already.

Water Flavor - Apple (we have some apples that we really need to use up - it's almost time to pick new ones, yay!)

Overnight Oats Flavors - Original, Chocolate Peanut Butter, & Banana Chocolate Chip.  After a week without having the oats set up, I'm really missing them!  We are keeping it simple this week with our three favorites.  I might branch out to something new next week, we'll see.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 4/7 - 4/13)

Friday (4/7) We finally made it to Friday!  This week seemed super long even though it was a short week for all of us.  I really think we're all just really worn out after last week.  We just barely got out the door and got to school on time this morning.  I decided to take the morning "off" and get stuff done around the house.  I got so much done in the 2.5 hours I had no kids.  I picked Zak up and he told me he was tired.  He laid on the couch for a long time after school, I thought he wasn't feeling well.  He seems to have bounced back, again I think he is just worn out.  We went to the Y for my barre class and came home to have family night - Jets pizza and "The Peanuts Movie."  Nice and relaxing night!
Saturday (4/8) started with me being able to sleep in and wake up feeling rested for the first time in weeks!  Adrian got up early and took AJ to his Brain Balance appointment while I slept in.  Then I got Daniel and Zak ready and met up with AJ and Adrian so we could all go to the Cub Scouts Blue and Gold banquet.  We had a delicious lunch from Milano's, watched the boys get some awards and won 2 silent auction items - a Disney gift card and a Minecraft video game & Graeter's gift card.
After we got home, the boys played some video games while Adrian got to work on our outside yard work and I worked on the housework inside.  We finished up and got cleaned up because we had a sitter and were headed out for a belated birthday dinner at Cooper's Hawk.  We had delicious food, short ribs for him and gnocchi with short ribs for me and split a wonderful bottle of sweet red wine.  When we were done eating we walked around Easton for a bit then grabbed Jeni's ice cream for dessert.  We came home to a clean house and the boys asleep.  It was a great day!!

Sunday (4/9) started early when Zak came in and woke Adrian and I up at 5am.  Thankfully he and I were able to go back to sleep while Zak watched TV for about 2 hours.  Then we got ready and headed out to church as a family.  We got back and did a few things around the house and had lunch.  While there my trusty washing machine died on me after almost 12 years of faithful service.  I knew this day was coming and we were actually getting ready to research and buy one this month anyway to avoid it being an emergency and low and behold, we had an emergency!
We headed out to swimming lessons at the Y with the boys where all three did a great job.  Zak is a little scared about going under water and jumping in this session.  I'm hoping that wears off for this summer.  Adrian and Daniel left a few minutes early to get Daniel to baseball practice in the afternoon.  While they were there, I had a guy come and power wash our house - it looks awesome!!  When practice was over, Adrian headed out to buy a washing machine - it will be here Thursday.

We finished up with a nice family dinner talking about things we would have changed about our day.  We did as much as we could around the house, pulling it together pretty well and getting ready for a super busy week ahead.  Adrian headed out to his second sleep study tonight so I was on my own with bath and bedtime for the kids.  I got them all tucked in and now I'm finishing up a few things around the house before sitting down to do a manicure and pedicure and enjoy a glass of wine!

Monday (4/10) Adrian and I were up and moving very early, which was nice because I got a few things done before the kids got up.  Then I got everyone up and out to school and while they were there, I was a shopping machine.  I went to both Meijer and Kroger and got more than half of my list done for Easter weekend.  I also did a few other smaller errands.  This week is going to be a marathon, I'm tired just thinking about it.

I picked Zak up and we came home for lunch and some playing.  We played a quick board game and then he played video games while I worked around the house.  Before I knew it, it was time to go pick up the other boys.  We walked up because it was a gorgeous day today.  We stopped home for drinks and snacks then headed out to the Y for my Zumba class.  We came home and had a quick dinner before Adrian headed out to his weekly basketball game.  We finished up our night with a little cleaning and a little TV watching.

Tuesday (4/11) We were up and running early again and everyone got out to work and school.  I ran a bunch of errands and am just about ready for a weekend of cooking for guests and Easter.  Zak and I ran to Giant Eagle together after school so I could finish up.  We came home and I unloaded and put away all of the groceries while he had lunch and played video games.  Before I knew it, we had to go pick up AJ and Daniel.  They wanted to play outside when they came home so we played in the front yard for a little bit while we waited for Adrian to come home.  When he got here, I left to go teach my Zumba class and run my last 2 errands.  I came home in time for Adrian, AJ and Daniel to go to their Cub Scouts meeting.  They picked up our winnings from the silent auction on Sunday and worked on finishing up their levels for the year.  Daniel also had the most surprising thing happen during the meeting - he lost another tooth!!  The tooth fairy will be visiting us tonight!  And AJ had the mayor of Pataskala visit his den to talk about his political career.  How cool for AJ!!

Wednesday (4/12) was a very fun but very exhausting day!  I dropped Zak and Daniel at school then I went into AJ's class to go on his field trip with him.  We went downtown to the Ohio Historical Society for the day.  I had a group of him and 2 classmates and we explored the whole museum.  I think the boys favorite part was the house that looks like it's from the 1950's.  They loved running around and playing with the toys that were there.  I really liked learning about Ohio history, especially the animals that used to be here and the Indians that lived here.  Since I didn't grow up here, a lot of this is new information for me.  I got to ride on the bus there and back with AJ which he really enjoyed.  I signed him out when we got back so he had a shorter day of school.


 While I was on the trip, my friend picked Zak up from school and took him to a park to play and then out for pizza for lunch.  He said it was a super fun day!  I'm so thankful I have friends to help me out!  AJ and I picked Zak up and we all headed home.  Soon it was time to go pick up Daniel and then head to the Y for my Zumba class.  We finished up there and then ran home to eat a quick dinner.  I headed to my church for rehearsal for our Easter program and Adrian took AJ and Daniel to soccer.  We finished up the night with a few games, some TV time and snacks.  I am so tired!!

Thursday (4/13) was our last day of school for the week thanks to a four day weekend for Easter.  We got up and out on time to school and work.  I taught my Silver Sneakers class and then quickly ran out to get to the last 20 minutes of Zak's Easter party.  They were just finishing up their egg hunt when I got there and then they played a few games and packed up.  It was fun to be able to go in and surprise Zak and spend some time with him and his classmates.

Zak and I came home and had lunch and he was telling me about what I missed of the party.  Then he played some video games while I started prepping for a weekend of guests.  I hard boiled 4 dozen eggs so the kids can color them tomorrow and also made ice cream cake for tomorrow's dessert.  It was nice outside so we played in the yard for a little bit and walked to pick up AJ and Daniel.

The boys finally were all home with some free time so they played their new Minecraft game on the WiiU.  They love the Mario world, although they are disappointed that we don't have the right controllers to play it as a muli-player game.  While they were playing I had the bug guy over for a home inspection (everything  looks great!) and also had my new washer delivered.  I was so excited to do my first load in it!!  And three days without a washer is definitely too long for us!  We finished the night with Daniel going to baseball practice.  He came home very tired because he ran a lot during practice.  We stayed up a little later than normal since there is no school or work tomorrow, Adrian only has to work a few hours from home.  We're looking forward to a long weekend with our family!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 3/24 - 3/30)

Friday (3/24) For the first time all week, we all got a good night's sleep!  Daniel had ibuprofen at urgent care last night and I think that helped him sleep, which let Adrian and I sleep better too.  He woke up this morning looking and feeling better than he has in 2 days!  Here's hoping he's on the mend and no one else gets strep.  I got AJ and Zak out to school then spent most of the morning hanging out with Daniel and getting stuff done around the house.  Adrian is working from home again to help make it easier for me to do what I have to do outside of the house.

In the afternoon, I took Zak to the pediatrician for his 5 year well check and he did great. He took his 3 shots like a champ, no tears at all!! He is 45 1/2 inches, he grew over 5 inches in a year and he weighs 72 pounds, more than Daniel and almost as much as AJ. Doctor said keep doing what we're doing and get him into football.  He also gave me prescriptions for AJ and Zak just in case they get strep.  We got home, picked up AJ, dropped the boys off at home and I headed to the YMCA to teach my Barre class.  When I got home, we were all exhausted after the week.  We had a quick dinner, watched a few shows and headed to bed.  We bumped our date night movie night to tomorrow when we hopefully both have more energy.
Saturday (3/25) started early for me because I volunteered to sub a Zumba class for my friend.  I headed to the Y to teach while Adrian got the boys ready for the day.  He took Zak to soccer and I stayed with AJ and Daniel, who is feeling better but still taking it easy.  After a quick lunch, I dropped all three boys off at their friends' house for a play date.  They were so excited to play with the other 3 boys all afternoon and everyone had a great time.  Adrian spent the afternoon fixing our leaking water heater and I got some stuff done around the house.

We picked the boys up and decided to do an easy dinner of picking up Bibibop.  We spent the night doing a few more things around the house, watching some TV and playing video games.  After the boys went to bed, Adrian and I had our movie date night that we postponed from last night.  We watched Deadpool while snacking on ice cream.  It was an OK movie.  It was funny, but a lot of that was overshadowing by the violence and the language.  It wasn't my favorite super hero movie that's for sure.
Sunday (3/26) started with lots of changed plans.  My parents were supposed to be out here to visit but they needed to stay in NJ with my ailing grandfather.  We were supposed to go to church together as a family but Daniel's fever spiked again so he spent the day on the couch trying to rest and recover.  The rest of us took turns going to church, swim lessons and the grocery store.  We also finished everything we needed to do around the house.  AJ and Daniel are on spring break this week but we're not sure if we're doing anything between Daniel being sick and a possible emergency trip to NJ later this week.  We're being flexible and playing it by ear.

Monday (3/27) Happy 41st Birthday to me!!  The day started very early when Daniel woke me up at 4am.  Thankfully Adrian decided to take the day off and take over on Daniel duty (he's still not feeling well) around 6am so I could go back to sleep.  I slept in until about 9am and then had donuts for breakfast with my boys.  We hung out around the house, played with my new game "Bounce Off" and relaxed until I went to teach my afternoon Zumba class.  We danced to all of my favorite songs and then enjoyed cupcakes after class!  Some of my students also gave me gifts, they were really sweet.  I love my new soaps, key chain and Target gift card!

I came home to home made pizza that Adrian made for us for dinner.  The boys also gave me my other present - a new box for my essential oils.  Since Daniel wasn't feeling well, we decided to do an extra family movie night and watched Moana.  It was really good, I really enjoyed it!  We took a break halfway through the movie to enjoy some ice cream cake and then all turned in for the night when it was over.  Most of us were really tired from the past few days.
Tuesday (3/28) started early again for me when I woke up at 6am and just couldn't fall back asleep.  I'm glad I didn't because soon after I got out of bed, my father called to tell me that my grandfather had passed away.  I spent most of the day bouncing between crying and being super productive.  I did manage to get Zak to school in the morning, do a couple of errands and teach my Silver Sneakers class.  I also took AJ and Daniel to their dentist appointment - no cavities for either of them!  The rest of the day I was either packing, cleaning or crying.  We leave tomorrow for NJ for the funeral.

Wednesday (3/29) We got up and moving as quickly as we could to head to NJ.  It was a late night trying to get everything together and we didn't get on the road until nearly 11:00am, almost an hour later than we were hoping.  The drive across to NJ seemed to take forever!  We finally got to my grandfather's house around 8:30pm.  While it's not a fun reason for a visit, it is always nice to see family.  When we got there, my parents, uncle, cousins and brother and his family were all there.  We had dinner and visited for a bit before settling in for a little sleep before a busy two days of services for Pop.

Thursday (3/30) was the day of the viewing in the afternoon.  We had a few errands to run in the morning to get things ready and then we also visited a little more with family.  We got everyone dressed and headed to the funeral home in the afternoon.  It was really hard for me to see Pop like that, I just wasn't ready to say Goodbye.  There was a really nice service by both the VFW and his church and a lot of friends and family came to pay their respects.  Adrian and the boys stayed for about half the time and the boys did a very nice job with a hard day.  When the service was over, we headed back to the house for dinner together.  Again while not for a good reason, it was really nice to have the whole family together.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Keeping Up With...Fitness Goals (March Recap & April Goals)

As I mentioned the other day in my Family Goals Recap, March was a weird month for me and my family.  There was a lot of stress, sadness and changed plans.  There was also a lot of sleepless nights.  I didn't exercise as much as I had planned because there were days when I just physically couldn't do it.  I did pretty good with my family goals and great with my goals for my classes.  But my own exercise and weight loss suffered this month for sure.

I'm struggling a lot this year with motivating to exercise when I'm not teaching.  And my eating is still less healthy than I would like it to be.  I teach Mon-Fri and do pretty good on those days.  Then Sat and Sun I don't exercise and I eat horribly and I undo all of my work from the previous week.  It's not a pretty cycle.  I really want to get a handle on it.  My plan for April is to do the best I can for the next week or so (until after Easter) and then that Monday get a handle on my eating.  I'm going to set a goal for Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer & the end of my boys' school year.  I'm not sure what that goal will be yet, come back next month to find out.

Here's how I did with my March goals:
1. Lose 2 lbs/week (8 pounds lost for the month) - I actually ended the month by gaining 5 pounds.  That goal was a big giant fail.
2. Lose 1 inch for the month (1 inch lost for the month) - I didn't even both measuring this month.  I know I didn't lose any inches, probably gained some.  I will keep this as a goal for this month for sure.
3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes every day this month - I ended up exercising 26 of the 31 days in March.  Not horrible considering I was out of town for the funeral for 3 of the days that I missed. 
4.  Go to one class that I'm not teaching each week (4 classes for the month) - I went to one 1 dance fitness class, that's all.  I did end up subbing a Zumba class that I was planning on being a student in when the teacher had an emergency.  So I'll count that as 2 for the month.
5.  Learn 3 new Zumba songs to add to my classes (3 songs for the month) - Done!  I learned Guarachar, Shape of You & Hey Mickey for my Zumba classes.
6.  Switch up two circuits for my barre connect class for the month & add band work to class (2 new circuits) - Done!  I actually love the class right now, I won't be changing it up for a few weeks now.  It took all month of testing and tweaking it but now it's a pretty good class!
7.  Split up my Silver Sneakers exercises to teach 2 different classes each week - Done!  I teach 4 times per week so I have 2 classes - one for Mon/Tues and the other for Weds/Thurs.  It's nice for myself and my students to have the different exercises.
When I write it all out, this month wasn't actually as bad as I thought it was.  I accomplished a good chuck on my goals, almost all of the fitness related ones.  I just didn't eat well.  It's becoming apparent what I need to do going forward.  I'm honestly really tired and unmotivated right now, but I'm going to set some goals for April anyway.  Here's what I'm working on:
1.  Lose the 5 lbs I gained in March (5 lbs for the month)
2.  Do measurements at the end of the month & lose 1 inch total from my body (1 inch for 2 months)
3.  Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes 27 days this month - I've already missed 2 days due to travel and I don't want to have to exercise on Easter.  If I exercise every other day that would be 27 (27 days for the month)
4.  Go to one class that I'm not teaching each week (4 classes for the month) - I'm keeping this goal on the list until I achieve it!
5.  Learn 3 new Zumba songs to add to my classes (3 songs for the month) - I need to keep the classes fresh!
6.  Figure out which Zumba jams and/or events I will be doing in the next few months.  There are a bunch and I need to figure out what I'm doing.  I need a baseball schedule for Daniel before I can commit to anything.

I think that is a pretty fair list for me to try to achieve this month.  I'm a little late figuring this out so I have 6 less days to work towards these goals, but I still think I'll be able to do it.  Come back next month to find out how I did!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Keeping Up With...Family Goals (March Recap & April Goals)

March was another weird month for me between Daniel getting strep throat and my grandfather passing away.  We had a lot of changes to our normal schedule and I didn't quite get to everything I wanted to do this month.  I did pretty good with my family goals, but my fitness goals suffered (more on that later this week).  The one major change for us was that our spring break plans totally changed.  My parents were supposed to be here and we were going to do a stay-cation type of week.  Instead we did an emergency trip to NJ for the funeral and it wasn't the most fun week for us.  But it was great to be with family for those days and I am grateful we were able to be there together.
Here are my specific family goals for March:
1.  Finish "Love the One You're With" and read at least 50% of another book (1.5 books toward 14 for the year) - I read exactly 50% of "Love the One You're With" and then it was due back to the library and I'm still on the waiting list for it.  I got a copy of "The Westing Game" which is a book AJ read and his teacher suggested I might like it.  I was able to finish that book this month so I've finished 5 towards my 14 for the year.
2.  Have family dinner every Sunday night and use AJ's conversation starters during in (4 dinners for the month) - We had 4 family dinners this month.  One week, we described something we saw outside & AJ had to guess what we were describing.  We also talked about something we learned this weekend and something that is making us sad.  The fourth week was my birthday and Daniel was sick so we didn't use a conversation starter but still had dinner and talked about what we would do for my birthday.
3.  Continue doing my week in review blog (4 posts for the month) - 4 recaps done this month
4.  Continue taking one picture each day and posting on Facebook (31 pictures for the month) - 31 pictures taken for the month.  I did fall behind on posting while we were in NJ last week, but I posted them all last night and got all caught up for the month.
5.  Watch a movie every Friday night (5 movies for the month) - We watched 5 movies this month:  Kung Fu Panda 3, Capt America - Winter Soldier, Trolls, Deadpool and Moana.  I'm loving this goal and am hoping to keep watching one movie each week all year.
6.  Have one family board game night (1 special night for the month) - We played my new board game a bunch of times on my birthday.  We also played a lot of board games in NJ.  I'm calling this a win.
7.  Enjoy our spring break week with my parents here - As I mentioned, this didn't happen.  But I think we made the best of a bad situation while in NJ for my grandfather's funeral.  We even managed to sneak away to the beach for a day all together - so fun!

I'm excited to see that I met all seven of my goals this month, more or less.  While it didn't end well, we actually had a pretty good month.  I'm really enjoying reading more and watching more movies this year.  I'm hoping to keep this momentum up for the next 9 months!

Here are my specific family goals for April:
1.  Finish "Love the One You're With" and "Hungry Heart" (2 of my 14 books for the year)
2.  Have family dinner every Sunday night and use AJ's conversation starters during in (4 dinners for the month)
3.  Continue doing my week in review blog (4 posts for the month)
4.  Continue taking one picture each day and posting on Facebook (30 pictures for the month)
5.  Watch a movie every Friday night (4 movies for the month)
6.  Have one family board game night (1 special night for the month)
7.  Have one family video game night (1 special night for the month)
8.  Enjoy Easter weekend with my brother, sister in-law and nieces here visiting

Friday, March 24, 2017

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 3/17 - 3/23)

Friday (3/17) Happy St Patrick's Day!  We didn't do anything special to celebrate, we usually don't.  Occasionally we wear some green but that's all.  But it was a super fun day for us.  Adrian took the day off to spend with Zak so I could go on a field trip with Daniel.  I went with him and his class to a local ice skating rink.  We had so much fun!  We learned the science behind making the ice and then got to skate some.  We finished up with lunch and then the bus ride home in the snow, which the kids thought was awesome.


While we were gone, Adrian took Zak and went to a few stores.  Zak bought the new Beyblade that he has been saving his allowance for and Adrian got a new card game.  When we got back to the school, Adrian and Zak picked up Daniel and I and we went to pick up the van with it's newly fixed seat warmers.  Then we came home and picked up AJ and I went to the Y to teach a very small Barre class.  I picked up Jets pizza for us for dinner on my way home and we had family night eating pizza and finally watching "Trolls."  I was exhausted after a very long week so I headed to bed early while Adrian stayed up to watch some of the basketball games.  Great day!!

Saturday (3/18) started with us splitting up for the morning activities.  Adrian took AJ and Daniel to their Pinewood Derby.  Daniel's car did great and came in 4th, just shy of getting the 3rd place medal.  AJ's car didn't fall apart (a huge concern!) and also didn't finish last so he was very happy.  They have a few ideas how to make the cars better next year.  While they were there, I took Zak to his first soccer class of this session.  He did great playing all the games and said it was the best time!

We spent the afternoon doing as much as we could around the house while the boys played.  It's another busy week coming up and then we have company coming the week after so we're trying to get everything done this weekend.  Then Adrian and I headed out to an early birthday present for me - the Bon Jovi concert!!  We had so much fun at the concert!  I sang and danced and smiled all night!  We bought tickets behind the stage which I was back and forth about when we bought them.  I figured there would be a TV screen and worst case I could just watch that.  Well there was a screen, but I barely looked at it.  I watched their backs for most of the show and it was amazing.  They music is so great and they don't really have a "show" so it didn't really matter.  He turned around a lot and it was actually the closest I've ever seen him.  Plus I had the same view as the band which was a pretty cool experience.  I would definitely buy seats back there again, it was fantastic!

Sunday (3/19) started way too early after a late night last night.  Daniel and Zak were up at 6am, gah!  I made them go downstairs alone and watch TV and laid in bed for a while but never really went back to sleep.  At least Adrian and AJ got to sleep in a little longer.  I headed to church to volunteer in childcare while Adrian stayed home with the kids to get them ready for their first swim lesson of the session.  AJ and Daniel did great, Zak struggled with listening to the instructor.  After that we just hung out at home and got ready for our week.  Adrian has a sleep study tonight so he is there for the night.  I'm hoping everyone stays in their own bed and I can enjoy our nice big bed alone tonight.

Monday (3/20) I got a great night of sleep last night!  We all got up and out to school and work and I ran a few errands as well.  Then Zak and I grabbed a quick lunch and headed back out to the church to register him for kindergarten next year.  He enjoyed talking to the teachers and "playing all of their games."  He did great with the assessment, struggled a little with rhyming and cutting, but he's a lefty and they didn't have lefty scissors.  Other than that he did great and is all set to start at West in the fall.  I had fun catching up with some friends at the church for registration as well.
After that, we had a quick stop home before we had to run out to meet up with someone who picked up AJ's jacket since he had left it at the Pinewood Derby on Saturday.  Then Zak and I picked up the other boys and headed to the Y for my Zumba class.  Adrian came home and cooked meatball subs for us for dinner before heading out with Daniel to his baseball practice.  We finished up the night with Adrian heading out to his weekly basketball game.  Busy start to our week!

Tuesday (3/21) started early because Zak thought 4:30 was a good time to get up.  I laid in bed until my normal time to get up but never really fell back asleep.  I got everyone out to school and work and went to teach my Silver Sneakers class.  I had a huge full class again, it's such a great group of seniors!!  Then I came back and picked up Zak from school and headed home for lunch and some relaxing.  We were able to walk up the school to pick up AJ and Daniel which is so nice when we can do it!  I'm hoping it's a daily thing after spring break next week.  The boys had a great time playing together after school and then we all enjoyed taco Tuesday!  We finished up the day with Adrian taking AJ to Brain Balance for his session and then we all relaxed with some TV and an early bedtime.

Wednesday (3/22) started with a sick Daniel.  He was complaining his throat hurt and had a fever all day.  Thankfully Adrian was able to stay home with him today so I was still able to get everyone to school and teach my two classes.  Other than that we didn't do a whole lot.  Daniel laid on the couch all day, still had a fever when he went to bed.  If he still has the fever tomorrow, we'll be heading to the doctor.  AJ and Zak played together some and Adrian was able to play with them too since he didn't have his normal commute.  We enjoyed pasta together for dinner and Adrian and I finished the night with Survivor.
Thursday (3/23) started similar to Wednesday with a sick Daniel.  Thankfully Adrian was again able to work from home in the morning so I could get everyone to school and teach my Silver Sneakers class.  I was exhausted after that since I had been up on and off with Daniel all night.  He spent the day on the couch while everyone was at school.  Adrian went in to his office for the afternoon, then to happy hour with his coworkers.  Since we were all exhausted, we cancelled AJ's Brain Balanace appointment for the night and decided to have a calm night.  However soon after Adrian got home, Daniel became very disoriented and started talking jibberish.  So we rushed to Children's Urgent Care to see what was going on.  It was nothing to worry about, it happens to children when their fever spikes suddenly.  They did a strep test and it was positive so Daniel is out of school again tomorrow and on antibiotics.  I'm hoping no one else in the house gets it!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Keeping Up With...Food (Meal Plan for Mar 20 - Mar 26)

I got a little off course with my meal plan last week.  I was really tired for the second half of the week and just did not feel like cooking.  I did pasta one day and then picked up Jets pizza the other day.  So there are a few meals that are carrying over to this week.  I'm doing very little grocery shopping this week and trying to eat what we have.  The next week the older boys have spring break and my parents will be here so I'll wing it for most of that week.  And then I will stock up the first week in April.

I'm keeping it fairly simple this week with lots of the boys favorites so I don't have to fight with them over dinners.  We've also decided to make Wednesdays leftover night since we have about 40 minutes between my Zumba class and the boys' soccer class.  I'm thinking if we just have to heat and eat something that's better than trying to cook or eating after class (like 7:45pm).  If I notice we are running low on leftovers, I will do a crockpot meal on Wednesdays so it's ready when we all get home.

Here's what we're eating this week:
Monday - Blue Cheese & Spinach Meatloaf Muffins with salad
Tuesday - Taco Tuesday!
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Pasta for me and the boys (Adrian has happy hour with work)
Friday - Spicy Shrimp & Grits
Saturday - Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry - thanks to a super cheap head of cabbage!
Sunday -  either dinner at my brother's house or everyone over our house for pizza.  It's the one day my parents will be here and Carl & Sarah are off so we're doing a big family dinner.  I'm very excited!  We'll also be celebrating my birthday!

Water Flavor - Lemon

Overnight Oats Flavors - Original, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Blueberry Cobbler & Banana Chocolate Chip - we weren't thrilled with tropical or strawberry shortcake last week so we won't be making those again.  Sticking with our favorites this week.  May look for one using raspberries or blackberries since those are on sale this week.