Sunday, November 17, 2019

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 11/8 - 11/14)

Friday (11/8) Thankfully everyone was feeling better today, except me but I was good enough to go to work.  Unfortunately we all overslept this morning so AJ missed the bus.  Adrian helped me get them ready and then he headed to work.  I went to leave to drive AJ and Daniel to school and we realized my van doors were frozen shut!  We waited as long as we could and when they still wouldn't open, they climbed in the back and we made it the best we could.  After I dropped them off, I came back and got Zak and myself ready for our day.  We still couldn't get in to the back when we left so Zak got to ride in the front seat for the first time to school today.

I had a great day with some 4th graders today and was able to attend two different assemblies celebrating the Veterans with the kids from the school.  I went with my 4th grade class and then my lunch was during the 2nd grade assembly so I got to see Zak and the rest of the 2nd graders perform two songs for it.  He was so excited to see me there, he thought I wouldn't get to see him!  After school, we came home and enjoyed breakfast for dinner before dropping Daniel off at his friend's house for a sleepover tonight.  Adrian and AJ were supposed to go to a camp out but since it's so cold, they decided to sleep at home and get up early tomorrow to head down for the activities.
After I dropped Daniel off at his sleepover, we had a pretty relaxing night at home.  AJ and Adrian packed up for tomorrow, then AJ and Zak played video games while Adrian and I cleaned up a little.  We got the boys down at normal time since they were tired and AJ is getting up early again tomorrow.  Then Adrian and I watched two comedies and headed to bed since I'm still fighting this cold and he's getting up early tomorrow.  It wasn't a super exciting Friday night, but it was exactly what we all needed right now.

Saturday (11/9) We were all up and moving early for a Saturday.  Adrian and AJ finished packing up and headed about a little after 7 for their Scout day of shooting and camping.  I got Zak and myself ready and we headed to the church for my Zumba class.  It was a small but mighty Zumba Toning class this morning.  My friend dropped Daniel off to me during class since they had somewhere to be this morning after the sleep over.  After class, we all went home and quickly changed into Scout clothes for Zak's rain gutter regatta.  He raced his boat four times and won two and lost two.  He had a great time and I was really proud of the Scouts for trying their best!
After the regatta, we came home and had lunch and did some homework.  Then Daniel and Zak played while I worked around the house.  The day passed quickly and I was super productive.  Due to some schedule conflicts, none of the Scouts were camping tonight and Adrian and AJ got home around 5:00 tonight after a fun day of shooting guns, bows and arrows and axe throwing.  Adrian watched some college football while the kids played video games and I worked until dinner time.  We all had leftovers for dinner and then settled in for family movie night.  It was Daniel's pick and he decided to watch the next Avengers movie, Iron Man 2.  Zak didn't really like it but everyone else loved it.  After the movie, we put the boys to bed, watched two episodes of Superstore and headed to bed as well.  I'm still not feeling well, hoping for a good night of sleep to recover tonight!!

Sunday (11/10) Today was the opposite of yesterday and everyone slept in!  I didn't get up until after 10am and AJ slept even later than me.  We clearly all needed some rest.  I was up coughing part of the night so I knew I needed some extra sleep this mornaing.  Since we were all so late to get going this morning, we unfortunately missed church this week.  The boys finished up their homework this morning and then had some video game time.  I did a few things around the house and then headed into church to work for the afternoon as a facilities rep for a square dancing group.  It's fun to work these events, the people are all so nice and I get to listen to their music all afternoon.

While I was at work, Adrian hung out at home with the boys.  They finished up some cleaning around the house and started working on cleaning on the garage since my van needs to be able to fit in it now after Friday's debacle.  His parents came over for the evening and Adrian cooked a delicious dinner of baked ziti, garlic bread and salad.  We had a nice visit with them before they leave for Florida later this week.  We also watched the Jets game while they were here and I was thrilled to see another victory this week!!  After they left, it was time to get the boys thru their night routine.  We got them down to bed, finished cleaning up the kitchen from dinner and watched the Cowboys game.  While it was a good game, unfortunately it didn't go the way we wanted it to go and the Cowboys lost.  They keep digging themselves a hole with a slow start and it's hard to climb out of it when they are playing a good team like the Vikings.

Monday (11/11) Happy Veteran's Day and thank you to all who serve!  Adrian had the day off today but the boys still had school.  We got up a little later since AJ wasn't taking the bus this morning.  We got AJ and Daniel ready for school and then Adrian drove them to school.  Then we got Zak ready and he dropped him off too.  It was a nice break for me!  When he got back, we started working on cleaning out the garage and organizing it so I can park the van in there this winter.  We spent just over an hour organizing it and it looks amazing!!  Then we spent another hour putting things back on our walls and in the living room that have been in the garage since we painted earlier this year.  I'm so excited to accomplish this and be able to park my car in the garage again!!  And both the garage and the living room look fantastic.
Since that didn't take as long as we thought it might, we were able to sneak out for lunch before we had to pick up the kids.  We went to a new place in town called Tempe Tacos.  They just opened this past weekend and I've been so excited to try it since I heard it was opening.  The food and margaritas were delicious!  They were a little slow and were out of a few menu items, but I know they will work that out as they are opened a little longer.  Definitely a repeat place for us!  After lunch, we picked up the boys from school and headed home to get ready for our evening.  We got the boys thru homework and I cooked dinner for everyone.

After dinner, we split up for the night.  I headed to the church to teach my Zumba class.  We had a great class and had more new people.  I am so thankful for these classes and all of my students who are supporting them!  While I was there, Adrian and AJ headed to Scouts where AJ earned his Cyber Chip for the year and Adrian turned in all of his paperwork to be an adult leader.  Daniel and Zak opted to stay home tonight since it was pretty cold out.  It started snowing while we were all out and I was even more grateful to have the garage cleaned out to park in!  When we all got home, we got the boys thru their night routine and down to bed.  Then Adrian and I watched "The Good Place" and some of the awesome Monday Night Football game before heading to bed as well.  It was a pretty great day off for us!!

Tuesday (11/12) We woke up to icy roads so the boys had a two hour delay for school.  I was excited to have the extra sleep, although I know the delay throws the whole school schedule off.  Adrian still got up and headed to work early while I got a little extra sleep and then got the boys ready for school.  I got AJ on the bus and dropped of Daniel and Zak when it was time for each of them to leave.  When I got back I did a little bit of work around the house and then it was time to head to Daniel's school for his last IEP meeting.  He has officially tested out of needing speech therapy and both of us could not be more excited about it!
After my meeting, Daniel and I came home and it was just about time to get the other two boys from school.  Then it was time for mine and Zak's busy night.  First we headed to his bowling league, where he got his high roller award but struggled bowling this week.  After bowling, we came home for a quick dinner and then headed back out to Scouts.  We had a field trip to the local fire house where we learned about how the firemen live there and what they do to help people.  The Scouts all asked really good questions and I think everyone learned a lot!  The tour was pretty long so by the time we got home, it was time for snack, show and bed.  Adrian and I got the boys down, finished up a little cleaning around the house and then watched "The Good Place" before heading to bed for the night.
Wednesday (11/13) Back to our normal schedule today, well kind of.  We all got up early and Adrian helped get AJ on the bus.  Then I got Daniel ready and dropped off at school.  Adrian had a doctor's appointment this morning so he worked from home for a little bit and then dropped Zak off at school before heading to the doctor.  I got a few things done at home, including making my first pick up order at Kroger and then headed out to run a few errands.  I also headed to the YMCA to teach my two classes this morning.  After class, I headed to pick up my order from Kroger and this service did not disappoint!  In under 10 minutes I had all of my groceries loaded into my trunk and never had to get out of my car.

After a few more errands, I went and picked up Daniel and AJ from school and then came home to unload all of the groceries.  Then I ran up to pick up Zak from school, dropped him off and went back to the school to teach another Zumba class.  After class, I came home exhausted but ready to have a good night with the boys.  We had dinner together and got thru homework, which thankfully there wasn't much of.  Then they had some video game time while I finished putting away the groceries and cleaned up from dinner.  Adrian surprised us and came home early since he got stuck at work and had to miss his Bible study.  After the boys' night routine, we put them down to bed and then came down and watched the first half of this week's two hour "Survivor" before heading to bed for the night.  We were exhausted after the long day!!

Thursday (11/14) Another normal day for us today.  We all got up and moving on time this morning.  Adrian helped me get AJ ready and on the bus this morning and then left for work for the day.  I got Daniel ready and dropped him off at school and then came home and got Zak ready and dropped him off at school.  I had the day off so I came back home and worked around the house for most of the day.  Then in the afternoon, Daniel had his awards assembly for the first quarter so I headed over to his school to see him get his award.  He received A/B honor roll, a silver card & a Hornet award for great behavior in the first quarter.  Great job Daniel!!
After the assembly, I came home and worked around the house until it was time for the boys to get home from school.  AJ and Daniel took the bus home and then I walked up to pick up Zak.  We got thru homework quickly and then the boys played video games while I got dinner together.  We had a quick dinner and then I headed out to teach my Zumba class at the church.  Adrian got stuck at work, but thankfully got home soon after I left for Zumba.  When I got home from class, we got the boys thru their night routine and down for the night.  Adrian and I finished a few things around the house and then watched the second half of "Survivor" from yesterday before heading to bed too.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Keeping Up With...Food (Meal Plan for Nov 10 - Nov 16)

Last week I did great sticking to my meal plan and made everything that I planned on making!  Well, almost everything!  I switched a few things around and when I pulled up a recipe to make salmon, the featured recipe on the website was this dish that used chicken things, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, all of which I had and needed to use up.  So instead of the Apricot Chicken Thighs, I made this dish and it was delicious!!  I still have the apricot jam I bought so I may make those other chicken thighs at some point in the future.
This week is a little weird with a few different things on our schedule.  But I am seeing the benefits of sticking to the healthy eating as much as possible so I'm continuing to do that as much as I can.  We have dinner with my in-laws tonight and dinner with friends on Saturday so those will be a little more carb heavy.  Then Adrian won't be home on Wednesday night or Friday night for dinner so I will probably do easy dinners those nights.  Actually this whole week is pretty busy so there may be a lot of easy dinners this week!  I'm still planning dinners around my CSA vegetables that I have left and also cleaning out my freezer one shelf at a time so I'm working on the pork shelf right now.  There will be a lot of sausage meals coming up in the next few weeks!

Here's what we're eating this week:
Sunday - Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread and Salad
Monday - Spaghetti Squash with Sausage
Tuesday - Taco Tuesday!!
Friday - Shrimp Salad
Saturday - Pizza and Snacks with friends

Water Flavor - Cucumber Mint.  I got mint on sale last week so I grabbed an extra cucumber to make this water flavor this week.  It's another favorite and I'm so excited about it!

Overnight Oats - This is becoming more just my general breakfast thoughts, but once again I'm not making oats this week.  I have two servings left from last week that I will eat first.  I also found rice krispy rolls that the boys don't like anymore so I will eat those for breakfasts as well this week.

Use it Up - I'm using up sausage on Monday, squash on Monday, cabbage on Weds and peppers on Thurs.  Plus I'm hoping to finish the rice krispy rolls for breakfasts this week.  I'm also using up the rest of the romaine in my lunches as well as a few other veggies in my lunches.

Lunches - I'll be having salads again this week for lunch.  I have a few heads of romaine left that should get me thru the week.  I also have peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers that I will use in the salads and a little bit of grilled chicken to add some protein.  I'm also hoping to have leftover taco chicken from Tuesday to get a taco salad or two later this week.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 11/1 - 11/7)

Friday (11/1) Ugh it's hard to get up and moving the day after Halloween!  We were thankfully able to get up on time and get everyone out.  Adrian helped me get AJ ready and on the bus and then headed to work for the day.  I dropped Daniel off at school for his last day of only 4 of them in his class, everyone else will be back from camp on Monday.  Then I came home to get myself and Zak ready only to find out that Zak is sick and won't be able to go to school today.  He spent the day on the couch watching TV and playing video games and relaxing.  I spent the day taking care of him and getting a bunch of stuff done around the house.  While I'm bummed that I had to call out of work, I am thankful I have a job that understands and I'm able to take care of my boys when they need me.

The day passed quickly and before I knew it, it was time for the bus to drop off AJ and Daniel.  When they got home, I ran to Kroger quickly and then came home and got dinner together.  We all enjoyed meatball subs for dinner together and then the boys played video games for a while and Adrian and I cleaned up.  After that it was time for family movie night and we watched my pick "Hocus Pocus" to keep the Halloween magic going just a little longer.  It was a really cute movie & we all enjoyed it!  When the movie was over, the boys and Rocky headed to bed in their room while Adrian and I got snacks and watched a few comedies before we headed to bed.

Saturday (11/2) We got up and moving earlier than we planned because we forgot to turn off Daniel's alarm clock.  I got ready and headed out to Zumba at the church where we had a great group.  It was fun to get back to teaching there after taking most of the week off.  After class I headed to my Bible study and had a nice discussion with the ladies there.  While I was there, Adrian and the boys got some stuff done around the house including taking down our Halloween decorations.  The rest of the afternoon we spent working around the house while the boys played video games.

Late in the afternoon, Adrian and I headed out for a double date.  We went out to dinner at a new to us restaurant, Forno, which had delicious pizzas and drinks.  Then we headed down the road to go axe throwing.  We had SO much fun with the group we had throwing axes, playing games and laughing a lot.  Adrian and I were both pretty good at it, including me hitting the winning shots for my team for two games and Adrian winning the final last man standing game.  It was a great date night and we're hoping to do it again!!  When we got home, we fed the boys a late dinner and then they wanted to play more video games so they when up to do that and Adrian and I played our November game of Pandemic Legacy.  We did not start well and thought we would lose, but we pulled it out in the end!  Only one month left to go!  When our game was over, we got the boys to bed, changed the clocks, watched one comedy and then headed to bed.
Sunday (11/3) We all slept in a little bit today since we were up late last night.  Adrian wasn't feeling well and none of us felt like moving quickly so they skipped church and I headed in to volunteer for the second service.  I had a fun time with the kids in children's church and also got to catch up with a few friends after service.  Then I came home and we started working around the house and watching football.  That's pretty much how the whole afternoon went.  We watched the Jets lose again, but at least they are finding new ways to lose each game.  The boys finished all of their weekend chores and homework and also spent a lot of time playing Fortnight.  The day passed quickly even though we had the extra hour today.  Adrian grilled amazing steaks for us for dinner and I roasted some veggies. After dinner, we finished up the last of our things around the house and got ready for another busy week.  We watched a lot of football and before long it was time for the boys' night routine.  We got them thru that and down for the night.  Then we watched the last football game of the day and headed to bed, fairly early since this stupid time change makes it feel so late!

Monday (11/4) Back to school for only one day before we have a day off tomorrow.  We all got up and moving early this morning because Zak was up before our alarms went off.  Adrian helped me get AJ ready and we barely got him on the bus on time.  He played a quick game of "King of Tokyo" with Zak and then headed to work for the day.  I got Daniel ready and dropped off then came home and got Zak ready and dropped off as well.  Then since I wasn't subbing today, I came home and got to work on my massive to do list.  I was super productive all day and got a ton done!!  The day passed quickly and before long it was time to get AJ and Daniel off the bus and pick up Zak from school.

Since they don't have school tomorrow, we opted to not do homework today and take the night off.  They played video games for a bit and then we all had dinner.  I headed out to Zumba with Daniel & Zak since they had friends going tonight.  I had an amazing class and continue to be in awe of my students who keep showing up, we had a large class and 4 new people!!  It's such a blessing to teach these beautiful ladies!  While I was there, Adrian took AJ to Scouts where they had their final gun safety meeting and camping prep before their campout this weekend.  When we all got home, we got the boys thru their night routine and down to bed for the night.  Then we watched the Cowboys game together.  I made it to halftime and then had to go to sleep, but I'm glad they won the game!

Tuesday (11/5) The boys and I had off today since it's Election Day and one of the schools is a voting place.  Adrian got up and headed into work while the rest of us slept in.  When we got up and moving, the boys played and I got ready to head out for some appointments.  I took Rocky to the vet where we found out she's 35 pounds, almost 3x as big as when we got her!  She got her last round of shots and we got her all set up for her spay appointment in January.  After her appointment, I dropped her off and picked up Zak to take him to a pediatrician follow up for some writing difficulties he's having in school.  We got some ideas for moving forward and will have a few more appointments as well.

After those appointments, I came home and got lunch for everyone.  Then I headed out to Kroger to do some quick grocery shopping while the boys played video games.  The afternoon passed quickly and before long it was time for Zak and I to head to bowling.  He bowled great and finally broke 100 to earn his high roller certificate, he got 116 his first game!!  He was SO excited!!  After bowling, we came home and I got dinner ready for everyone.  We finished up some homework, had dinner and then did the rest of our normal evening stuff.  We got the boys thru their night routine and down to bed for the night.  Then Adrian and I watched two comedies and headed to bed for the night.  It's always weird to have a day off in the middle of the week but it was a very productive day!
Wednesday (11/6) Back to the normal routine after our day off.  We all got up and moving quickly since we had some extra sleep yesterday.  Adrian helped me get AJ ready and on the bus and then left for work for the day.  I got Daniel and Zak ready and dropped off to their respective schools and then headed out to run my weekly errands.  I was pleasantly surprised when I went to Aldi and realized they got the wine advent calendars in today and I was able to get one!!  I'm so excited to do this again with Adrian this year!  After a few errands, I headed to the Y to teach my two Zumba classes and then finished up some errands before heading home to get everyone after school.

Once I got everyone settled after school, I headed out one more time to teach Zumba to the teachers at the local elementary school.  Then I went to pick up Marco's pizza for the boys for dinner since it was fundraiser night.  I cooked my dinner when I got home while getting the boys thru dinner and homework.  Daniel was complaining he didn't feel well and he did have a slight temperature so after homework, he rested on the couch and watched TV.  The other boys had a short video game turn while I got a few things done around the house.  Then we did their night routine and I got them down to bed.  Adrian came home soon after they were in bed from his Bible study.  We watched Survivor together and then I headed to bed while he watched the OSU basketball game.

Thursday (11/7) Since Daniel wasn't feeling well last night, we decided that he could sleep in and stay home from school today.  The rest of us got up and moving on time.  We let AJ sleep in a little and then I drove him to school while Adrian got ready and headed to work.  I got Zak ready and dropped off and school and then came home and hung out with Daniel for the morning.  I was schedule for an afternoon half day of subbing and Daniel felt good enough for me to go in and do that while he hung out at home alone.

After school, Daniel was feeling a little better thankfully.  None of the boys had any homework so they had some video game time while I got dinner together for everyone.  After dinner, I headed out to the church to teach another awesome Zumba class to some fantastic ladies.  While I was there, Adrian hung out with the boys and got them started on their night routine.  When I got home, we put everyone to bed and thankfully Daniel felt good enough to go to school tomorrow.  When the boys were down for the night, Adrian and I watched a few episodes of "The Goldburgs" and then headed to bed too.  I have also been fighting a cold the past few days so I need a lot of rest!!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 9/13 - 9/19)

Friday (9/13) It's Friday the 13th and a full moon today!!  It has been a long, exhausting week and I feel like I'm crawling to the finish line right now.  We somehow managed to get up and get moving on time this morning.  We got AJ on the bus on time and then Adrian headed out to work for the day.  I got Daniel ready and dropped him off at school.  Then I came home and got Zak and myself ready for our day.  We headed into school together since I was subbing in his school for the day.  I was in a 4th grade class for the day, teaching ELA all day to three different classes.  It was a long but fun day with them!

After school, we all came home and had a little break before we got ready for our night activities.  I got dinner for AJ and then Adrian took him to the high school since he was marching with the high school marching band during the football game tonight.  I got dinner ready for everyone else, then we all headed out to the high school as well.  Zak and I helped raise the flag with our Scout pack and then we watched the first half of a boring football game.  We were super excited when the band finally headed out.  They did a great job playing two songs together and AJ had a great time!!  After the songs, we picked up AJ and headed home for the night.  We were all tired, thirsty and hungry.  After a quick snack, we got the boys down to bed, then we watched another episode of "This is Us" before heading to bed as well.  It has been an exhausting week and I'm hoping to recharge this weekend!!
Saturday (9/14) Today started earlier than we would have liked, but we had commitments early this morning.  We all got up and moving and I helped Adrian and Zak get out the door to Zak's soccer game.  Zak played great and his team won, and enjoyed the snacks that we sent.  While they were there, I headed to the church to teach my Zumba class.  We had a great time and got a great workout.  Then I headed home to grab a quick shower and lunch before heading across town for a Zumba jam.  I had so much fun dancing with my friends all afternoon and learning four new awesome choreographies.  I can't wait to bring the songs to my classes!!
While I was there, Adrian and the boys worked around the house.  They spent a good chunk of time setting up the boys new bunk beds.  The boys are so excited to have these bunks, and everyone is fighting over who will sleep on the top bunk (we'll take turns).  When I got home, we all had dinner together, finished a few other things around the house and then settled in for family movie night.  We watched "Labyrinth" and everyone loved it!  The kids thought it was funny and interesting and Adrian and I enjoyed seeing it again.  When the movie was over, we got the boys down to bed and then watched two episodes of "This is Us."  We're almost caught up and the season is getting awesome!  I would have kept watching last night, but I was exhausted.

Sunday (9/15) We all got to sleep in today, finally!!  I got up and wasn't feeling great so we decided to skip church this morning so I could rest and hopefully feel better for the week ahead.  We spent the day relaxing at home and getting as much done around the house as possible.  We watched the Cowboys game in the afternoon, happy they won again!!  We got a lot done and I also rested a lot and am feeling better and ready to go into this week.  We watched a lot of football all day while the boys played a lot of video games all day.  That's OK with all of us, sometimes you need a down day like that.  The day passed quickly and we had an easy dinner before finishing a few things, getting the boys thru their night routine and down for the night.  Then Adrian and I had a glass of wine and watched some of the Sunday Night football game before heading to bed early.  I'm feeling better and hopeful I can still do all I have planned for the upcoming week!

Monday (9/16) Back to our normal routine today.  We got up and moving early this morning and got AJ ready and on the bus on time.  Then Adrian left for work and I took Daniel to drop him off at school.  Then I came home to get Zak ready and on the bus to school.  I had a rare day off from subbing so I hit the ground running and got a ton of stuff done around the house today.  I stayed really focused and got a ton of stuff done as the day passed quickly.  Before long it was time to get everyone off the bus at the end of the day.  The boys took a short break and then we got thru homework quickly because we had a busy night on tap!

I got dinner ready for everyone and we ate in shifts so everyone could get ready and out on time tonight.  Adrian and Zak ate first and then headed out to Zak's soccer game.  He played well and his team won again!  I ate with the other boys and then I got ready to head to the church for my Zumba class.  We had an awesome Zumba Toning class and got a great work out, despite missing a lot of people due to illness.  While I was there, AJ's friend picked him up and took him to Scouts for the night.  He had his Court of Honor tonight and earned two merit badges, geocaching and electronics.  Adrian and Zak headed there after soccer to see him get his awards.  When we all got home, we got the boys thru their night routine and down for the night.  Then Adrian and I watched the Jets game, although it wasn't much of a game since the Jets looked horrible!!  We went to bed before it was over, it was just too painful to stay up late to watch.
Tuesday (9/17) It was tough to get up and moving this morning since we stayed up later than we should have watching the Jets game last night, but we managed to get up and out on time.  Adrian helped me get AJ ready and on the bus and then he headed into work for the day.  I drove Daniel to school and then came home to get Zak and myself ready for the day.  I put him on the bus, gave Rocky a quick walk and then headed out to run errands for a while before heading to the Y to teach my two classes.  Aqua Zumba was small but fun and Silver Sneakers continues to grow as the session moves along.  After the classes, I headed to pick up the boys from school and quickly move on to our evening activities.

I got everyone settled and figured out homework for the night and then headed back out with Zak for our busy night.  We headed to his first week of his new bowling after school league.  He bowled pretty well and had a fun time with his new teammate.  After bowling, we ran back home for a short stop for me to grab dinner and then headed out to our Scout meeting.  It was a pack meeting so we were all together for the meeting.  We got our awards from summer camp and then heard a presentation on paratroopers in the military.  It was a good night and even though it is busy, Zak and I had fun.  When we got home, we got the boys thru their night routine and down for the night.  We finished up a few things around the house, watched another episode of "This is Us" and headed to bed for the night.
Wednesday (9/18) We got up and moving on time today after getting more sleep last night.  The bus came a little early though and AJ was moving slow so he decided to just have me drive him in when I dropped Daniel off.  So Adrian helped me get them ready and then headed to work while I drove them to school.  I came back and got Zak and myself ready and got him on the bus since I was only subbing a half day this afternoon.  After a quick walk with Rocky, I got a bunch of things done around the house this morning and then headed into school for the afternoon where I had a fairly easy afternoon with some 4th graders.

When we all got home, Zak informed me that is was Marco's fundraiser night tonight so I quickly ordered and picked up pizza for them in between homework and getting Zak ready for soccer practice.  After they had pizza for dinner, I headed out to drop Zak off at soccer and run to Giant Eagle quickly before picking him back up after practice.  When we got home, we had help doing the night routine because Adrian doesn't have Bible study for the next few weeks.  We got the boys down on time and had time to finish up a few things in the kitchen before we watched another episode of "This is Us" and headed to bed early since we were both really tired.
Thursday (9/19) We got up and moving on time today.  Adrian helped me get AJ ready and on the bus and then he left for work.  Then I dropped Daniel off at school and came home and got Zak and myself ready for the day.  I put Zak on the bus to school and then came back inside and got some stuff done around the house before heading to school for Zak's annual IEP meeting.  After the meeting, I ran a few errands and then did a few more things around the house before all of the boys got home from school.  We got thru homework and dinner and then I headed out to the church to teach my Zumba class.   We had a fun class as always and got a great workout.  When I got home, we got the boys thru their night routine and down for the night.  Then we finished up some cleaning, watched some of the football game and headed to bed.  It wasn't a super exciting day but I got a lot accomplished so I'll call it a success!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Keeping Up With...Food (Meal Plan for Nov 3 - Nov 9)

We were all over the place with our meal plan last week.  I kept forgetting to set things up and we didn't have some of the stuff we needed early enough in the week.  Then I kind of lots my motivation to cook what we had so I just threw away the plan for about half of the week.  The two recipes I didn't make last week will be made this week for sure.  I also was unmotivated to eat healthy last week so that also effected my dinner choices.  Friday night we had fresh bread and I had a bunch of ground beef in the freezer so I decided to make meatball subs for the family.  They were SO good!!

This week I need to get back on track with eating healthy.  We got our last delivery from our CSA last week and we have a ton of vegetables to use right now!  I need to make sure I use everything that we have before it goes bad.  We have a ton of squash as well which will thankfully keep for a bit so I'm not as worried about using them up quickly.  We really enjoyed doing the CSA and we're already signed up to do it again next year.  The produce was delicious and I highly recommend New Century CSA if you are in the Central Ohio area.
Here's what we're eating this week:
Sunday - Grilled Steak and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Monday - Tomatillo Drumsticks and whatever veggies I feel like making
Tuesday - Salmon and whatever veggies I feel like making
Wednesday - Apricot Chicken Thighs and whatever veggies I feel like making
Thursday - Breakfast for Dinner - including omlettes with veggies & breakfast sausage
Friday - Chicken Gnocchi Soup and Salad
Saturday - Either pasta or leftovers because Adrian and AJ will be camping

Water Flavor - Mango again since it's still on sale.  It's so sweet and delicious!

Overnight Oats - I made a lot last week so I'm not making any this week.

Use It Up - I'm still working on using up the last of the old chicken with the drumsticks and thighs this week.  I'm also starting on our next shelf which is the pork shelf so there will be a lot of sausage over the next few weeks.  Plus I'm working on using up all of the produce in my refridgerator.

Lunches - Salad everyday this week.  I went to Costco last week so I have a ton of romaine lettuce to use for them and I made protein Ranch dressing last week.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Keeping Up With...2019 Goals (September & October Recap)

I missed another month so I'm doing a double month recap this month.  September was a crazy blur and I just could not find my footing most of that month.  We were super busy with the boys' stuff plus I started subbing and am pretty much in the school 4 days each week.  I didn't have time to get my normal stuff around the house done let alone anything extra like updating this blog.  October seems to have slowed down a bit and I'm getting used to working more than I have in years.  I'm finding a groove and am able to get some of the things that have been on my to do list for months done.  I will say I have learned that I absolutely need to take next summer to make sure I get the stuff done that I want to get done so I can start fresh in the fall!!

I haven't focused a lot on my goals recently, but I'm still hitting a lot of them.  Some of them have changed over the year and with only two months left in this year I'm realizing that some of them will not happen.  I'm really happy with how this year has gone though so I'm embracing what has happened and moving on with life.  I am already starting to think ahead to next year and think about which goals I may do again, try to accomplish again or just leave off the list and give up.  We have some breaks from school coming up in the next two months and I also know I'll have some sick days in those months so I'm hoping to accomplish one or two more goals before the year is over.
Here's how I did on my goals in September & October:
  • Lose 50 30 pounds - Lost 4 pounds over the two month, 25 pounds so far this year!!  I still have the stretch goal to lose 5 more pounds, but with all the holidays and celebrations the next two months I'll be super happy to just stay at the 25 pounds for the year.
  • Exercise for 20 minutes every day - 295 days (out of 304) - I missed another day in September.  I had a Sunday I wasn't feeling well and I had a ton of stuff to do so I decided to take a full rest day and not exercise at all.  It was a good decision!  Other than that day, I didn't miss a day in the two months.  Having an active puppy to walk is certainly helping with this goal!
  • Read the Bible in a Year - 304 days so far, on track to finish this goal this year!  I've fallen behind here and there but I am caught up and on track as of today.
  • Read 100 Days to Brave - DONE!!
  • Read "Be Still and Know" - 302 days so far, I missed the past two days so I'm behind but I'll catch up soon.
  • Read 20 books - 13 books so far.  In September I finished "How to Beat a Dragon's Curse" and in October I finished "Mrs Everything."  I loved them both, especially Jennifer Weiner's newest one, I couldn't put it down!  I'm behind on this goal and don't think I will make this one this year.  But I'm in the middle of 3 different books and may pick a few shorter ones to try to get close on this one.
  • Read the 12 How to Train Your Dragon Books - 4 books done so far.  I'm also behind on this one, I'm not sure I will hit this goal either unless I marathon read the remaining 8 in the next 2 months.  Then again if I do that I will also hit the last goal so maybe that's a good idea...
  • Read "The Beauty Myth" - DONE!!
  • Write 45 meal plan blogs - 29 blog posts so far this year.
  • Write 52 weekly summary blogs - 40 blog posts so far this year.  I'm 3 behind on this goal, I didn't do 3 weeks in September (see above reasons).  I'm still hoping to catch up on those but they are not a priority right now.  If I can't finish them by the end of this year I will just call it a loss and move on to next year.
  • Write 12 9 goal recap blogs - 6 blog posts so far this year.  Obviously I missed another month for this goal and will not hit this goal even though I changed it.
  • Pay off $3,000 of credit card debt - DONE!!  We've actually paid off $3,200 paid off so far
  • Renovate the living room - DONE!!
  • Watch 40 50 movies - 41 movies so far.  In September and October we watched: "Wonder Park," "Labyrinth," "Mary Poppins," "Incredible Hulk," "The Addams Family," "Casper the Friendly Ghost," "Ready Player One," and "Secret Life of Pets: 2."  Woo hoo, we hit this goal & we're not done yet!  Hoping for 50 movies this year now!!
  • Go on 12 dates with Adrian - 12 dates so far - Woo hoo another goal that I hit and again we aren't done yet!  In September we saw "Dear Evan Hansen" which was excellent!!  Then in October we had our annual day date for Columbus Day and went to Easton for the day and also saw "Mean Girls" which was very good too, way better than we were expecting.
  • Sub 70 days in the schools - 53.25 days so far
  • Do one group fitness training - DONE!!  I'm officially licensed to teach Aqua Zumba now.  I'm super excited to add this license to my resume and hopefully will start teaching a class regularly in the fall.
  • Go to 6 Zumba jam sessions - 8 jams attended so far this year - Yes, another goal completed for the year!!  And I'm still going to at least one more in December, possibly 2 or even 3 that month.  So thankful for this continuing education!!
  • Clean out master bedroom - spent 20 minutes working in there
  • Clean out play room - DONE!!  The boys did great helping out in the play room and we got rid of a ton of things.  I'm super proud of them!!
  • Have 12 family board game nights - had 6 family game nights
  • Play Pandemic Legacy with Adrian once per month - We played 10 months so far.  We won in September and October again!  We are anxious to see how this game ends over the next 2 months, especially after losing Adrian's character in a twist in the game in October.
  • Have 6 nights out with friends - DONE!!  6 nights out so far, although this month was actually a day out with friends.  I went shopping and out to lunch with a friend after our boys went back to school for the year
  • Go on an awesome spring break vacation to Florida - DONE!!
  • Do 100 fun family things (one thing each week during school & one thing per person each week over the summer) - 80 things done so far.  
  • Go on 2 family camping trips - none planned so far and now it's too cold here in Ohio.  This goal will not be finished this year for sure, but we were just talking about possibly going next spring so it may be back on the goal list next year.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 10/25 - 10/31)

Friday (10/25) We made it to another Friday!  After we all got a great night of sleep, we were up and moving on time this morning.  Adrian helped me get AJ up and ready and on the bus before he headed into work for the day.  I got the other two boys ready and then dropped them off at school and came back home since I was only subbing in the afternoon.  I got a bunch done around the house and then headed in to spend the afternoon with a kindergarten class.

After school, Zak and I walked home together and we were all exhausted.  We decided to skip the trunk or treat our school district has because we were all just worn out from the week.  Adrian got stuck at work late as well so we decided to have leftovers for dinner and just chill for a bit tonight.  When he finally got home from work, we had family movie night and watched "Ready Player One."  We all loved it!!  It was a really interesting movie and now I want to read the book as well.  When the movie was over, we got the boys down to bed and then watched two episodes of "Modern Family" before we headed to bed as well.

Saturday (10/26) We all got to sleep in a little today and I got up and moving quickly so I could get to the church to teach my Zumba class.  It was a cold and rainy morning, but we still had a fun time at Zumba!  After class, I came home and picked up Zak to head to his last soccer game of the season.  It was still raining pretty good, but they wanted to get the game in so we played in the cold and rain.  I was pretty miserable but Zak seemed to have fun.  Unfortunately his team struggled a little and ended up losing 4-3.  He was excited to get another medal for this season after the game!!
When we got home, we both took nice hot showers to warm up.  Then the boys played for the afternoon while Adrian and I worked and watched football.  We watched the Buckeyes win big again, yay!  We were supposed to go to the night hike at one of the Scout camps tonight but we decided to skip it since it's still cold and rainy.  Instead we got some take out for dinner and had a family board game night.  AJ and Zak didn't want to play with us, so we played Escape (we won!) and The Mind (we lost on level 9 out of 10) with Daniel.  Then the boys played Fortnight while Adrian and I played our October game of Pandemic Legacy and we won, but just barely.  We had a fun night of board games and wine!!  After we finished our game, we got the boys to bed, watched a few comedies and headed to bed too.  It was a nice balance of work and fun for a Saturday!

Sunday (10/27) We all slept in today and it was amazing!  Unfortunately we slept too late to be able to go to church so we missed another week.  We started the day quickly and got a few things done before Adrian and I headed downtown for our next play of this Broadway season.  We saw "Mean Girls" this afternoon and it was so fun!  The cast was great and the stage set up was very innovative and creative.  It was a great way to spend a few hours this afternoon and just laugh and have fun.
When we got home from the show it was back to work for all of us.  We got the boys thru the rest of their homework, finished up a bunch of housework and cooked a delicious dinner of ribs in the instant pot and a brussels sprout salad.  After we all had dinner and finished up most of our work, we watched "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" together as a family.  Then we got the boys down to bed for the night and watched the Jets game from this afternoon.  It was painful again to watch the game, so many mistakes and bad plays.  They are making it really hard to keep rooting for them!

Monday (10/28) Back to our routine this morning.  We were up early thanks to Zak waking us up before our alarms.  We got AJ up and ready and on the bus to school and then Adrian headed into work for the day.  I helped get Daniel ready and then I dropped him off at school for the day and came back to get Zak ready and dropped off at school.  Then since I didn't have any sub assignments today, I headed home and got to work on my huge to do list.  I got a ton of stuff done today by staying focused and on task all day.  The day passed quickly and before long it was time to pick everyone up from school...so much for everyone riding the bus this year!

When we all got home, the boys started playing since no one had homework tonight.  We had a quick dinner together and then Adrian took AJ to the high school to get ready for his fall band concert.  I ran to church to make sure everything was set up for Zumba and also pick up my Secret Sister gift and new Sister for next session.  Then I picked up the other boys and we headed to the concert as well.  We heard songs from AJ's middle school concert band, the middle school symphonic band and the high school concert band tonight and they were all really good!  I'm thankful for such a strong music program in our school district!  When we got home, we got the boys thru their night routine and then in to bed for the night.  Adrian and I finished a few things around the house and then watched two comedies and headed to bed too.  It was a long, but productive Monday!
Tuesday (10/29) Even though it was a late night last night, we got up and moving on time this morning.  Adrian helped me get AJ on the bus and then he left for work for the day.  I got Daniel ready and dropped him off at school then came home to get Zak and I ready for the day.  We headed into school together because I was subbing all day.  I spent the day with lots of different kids at the gym teacher today which was fun but tiring.  When school was over, Zak and I came home for a short time and then headed out to bowling.  He bowled his best games of the season and nearly broke 100, which is his goal by the end of the season.  After bowling, we came home and all had tacos for dinner before having a relaxing night at home together.  We got thru homework, night routine and got the boys down to bed early before Adrian and I watched two comedies and then headed to bed.

Wednesday (10/30) We got up and moving again on time today.  Adrian helped me get AJ ready and on the bus and then he left for work.  I dropped Daniel off for his first fun day at school while the rest of his class is at 5th grade camp.  He decided to stay behind as did 3 other kids from his class so they are doing fun activities the rest of the week.  I got Zak ready and dropped off at school and then I ran a few errands before heading to the Y to teach my two classes.  Both classes were so much fun and we all got a great pre-Halloween workout!  After class, I ran a few more errands and then picked everyone up from school.  AJ was excited to show me that he got an award in Algebra for the highest average of the 1st quarter.  We are so proud of him!!
When we got home from school, we put away some of the groceries and I got the boys situated for the night.  Thankfully no one had homework so they had free time while I headed to the Harcum Center to sub an Aqua Zumba class for my friend.  We had a fun class, it was good to see some familiar faces!  Then I came home and fed everyone dinner before heading back out with Zak and his friend Jackson to a local church for their trunk or treat event.  It was super crowded and we waited in line forever, but the boys had a great time and got a ton of candy.  Other than the treat stations, we also played a few games and enjoyed watching "Charlie Brown" on the big screen.  When the boys were done there, we finally headed home for the night.  I got the boys thru their night routine and Adrian got home from Bible study in time to help me with bedtime.  Then he and I did a few things around the house before sitting down to watch "Survivor" together and then heading to bed. 
Thursday (10/31) Happy Halloween!!  We struggled a little to get up and moving this morning since we had a later night than we wanted to last night, but we made it on time.  Adrian helped me get AJ and Daniel ready for school and then he headed into work.  I drove AJ and Daniel to school and then came home to get Zak and myself ready for our day.  We headed into school together since I was subbing all day.  I bounced around to a few different classes, but had a pretty good day overall.  After school, we quickly got thru homework and then got ready for trick or treat.  We had our traditional Jets pizza for dinner and then bundled up because it was a cold night.  The wind was brutal and at a few points we had some freezing rain.  AJ decided it was too cold for him so he didn't join us and Daniel and Adrian only made it about 20 minutes.  But Zak and I did a good chunk of the neighborhood and were out for just over 90 minutes.  When we got home and thawed out, the boys decided to watch the Captain Underpants Halloween special before heading to bed for the night.  Adrian was exhausted since he stayed up late last night so he went to bed as well & I watched "Real Housewives" with Rocky and then headed to bed too.  It was a great, if a little cold, Halloween!!