Sunday, October 14, 2018

Keeping Up With...Food (Meal Plan for Oct 14 - Oct 20)

I was sick all of last week and tried as best as I could to power through and keep up with everything.  I also had sick kids and then this weekend a sick husband.  So I really hit the wall and had a bit of a pity party for myself this weekend.  I didn't cook on Friday, Adrian messed up the Chili Mac yesterday and today I don't feel like cooking before I take AJ to One8ty tonight.  So we've been eating whatever we can find - lots of leftovers, frozen apps and sandwiches.  It hasn't been great for us but it's what we need to do right now.  I'm hoping to be back to 100% tomorrow and then back to eating healthy on Tuesday.

In addition to being sick for nearly a week, I'm having a hard time finding a groove and rhythm to my life right now.  Things are changing often, some of that is expected since I'm subbing so I'm at the mercy of other people's schedules.  But some of it isn't expected, like soccer changing all of the time because of the weather.  And I'm having a hard time finding the time and motivation to cook dinner, especially since we are often eating on the run or in shifts.  I know this is the season of life we are in right now and I wouldn't change it for anything but it is hard to be motivated to cook and disciplined to eat right in this season.  I'm really hoping to buckle down for the last few weeks of this year and then head into the new year with a new energy and motivation.

This is another weird week for cooking with me out Sunday night, hosting life group on Monday night, Adrian out on Wednesday night, everyone off this Friday, a chili cook off on Friday night and AJ and Adrian going camping again Saturday night.  I'm planning to cook each of those days and hoping that I do so that we restock our leftovers for lunches and our planned leftover days.  I'm not doing a leftover day this week because we don't really have a lot to choose from and I want to make sure we have enough for lunches.

Here's what we're eating this week:
Sunday - Leftovers or sandwiches and salads
Monday - Baked Ziti  - I'm making 2 trays for my life group, one with sausage and one without
Tuesday - Monterey Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Squash (carryover from last week)
Wednesday - Cheesy Chicken Thighs with Spinach & Mushrooms
Thursday - Cilantro Lime Shrimp for wraps for the adults, tacos for the kids
Friday - Kielbasa Soup for lunch if we are home, or just for leftovers if we're not home for lunch
Saturday - Chili Mac in the Instant Pot - Adrian made this last week and he added chipotle peppers which made it too hot for anyone but him to eat.  So I'll be making it again for the rest of us.

Water Flavor - Mango!  I got a mango on sale this week and I love it in my water so I set that up tonight.  Can't wait to drink it all week!!

Overnight Oats - Again, I have a few servings of this from last week still left since Adrian hasn't been eating them that much.  I'll wait a day or two to see where we are and set some up on Tuesday night to get us through the week.  I have a few flavored yogurts to use up so I'll be using those for this week.  I also have two bananas to use so I may add those to them as well.

Use It Up - Again, I didn't think about this much this week but I definitely have some veggies that I bought last week for recipes that I need to use so I'm doing that at the start of the week.  I need to get back to focusing on this.  Next week for sure!!

Lunches - I will probably eat leftovers for most of this week since we are out of most of the stuff I use for salads and sandwiches.  I do hope to cook that soup on Friday for our lunch since we are all off for the day!  It would be nice to have a homemade lunch in the middle of all of the fun we have planned for that day.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 10/5 - 10/11)

Friday (10/5) It was another rough night of sleep around here and I am really starting to feel it!  We got up and moving but barely.  I helped get Adrian and AJ off to school and then got ready and headed into school with Daniel and Zak.  I subbed a half day in a kindergarten class and had so much fun with the kids.  Then I grabbed a quick lunch and headed over to Harcum to sub a yoga class for my friend who is on vacation.  When class was over, I ran a few errands and then headed home to pick everyone up from school.

When we got home, we were all exhausted.  I was super thankful that my meeting for the evening was rescheduled to next Friday so I had nothing that I was committed to tonight.  AJ and Zak were supposed to go to the high school football game to help raise the flag, but they decided they didn't want to do that because they were so tired.  So we all stayed home and relaxed all night.  The boys played video games while Adrian and I tried to regain control of the house.  We put the boys down to bed at their normal times in hopes of a good night of rest.  Adrian and I split a bottle of wine and watched a few new shows, "God Friended Me" and "Welcome to the Neighborhood."  Both were pretty good, but we'll see how they progress.  When that was over I was so tired I barely made it upstairs to fall into bed and fall asleep.

Saturday (10/6) Started way too early because Daniel had a rough night of sleep and ended up in my bed again last night.  My alarm went off for me to get up and head to the church to teach my Zumba class there.  I had to do a double class today one at the church and one at the Y.  They were both super fun but I was a sweaty tired mess by the time I got home!  While I was teaching, Adrian took Zak and Daniel to their soccer games.  Zak's team lost, and they really seemed to struggle in the heat this morning.  Daniel's team again played to a 4-4 tie, but his team played really well.  When we all got home, we had lunch and started working around the house since we had some free time.

After a few hours of work, we got packed up and headed to my brother's house for the night.  We had a nice time eating, chatting and relaxing with them.  The kids had fun playing together upstairs and outside while the adults relaxed downstairs and watched the OSU game.  We enjoyed a delicious dinner and a fun dessert since it is Carl and Sarah's wedding anniversary!  We wanted to stay later, but we all got really tired so we headed home.  Daniel and I barely stayed awake on the car ride home and went straight to bed when we got home.  We all really need a good night of sleep!!
Sunday (10/7) We all finally slept thru the night!!  I got like 10 hours of sleep and I feel like a new woman today.  We had a lazy morning of TV, video games, breakfast & coffee before heading out to the second service at church.  We heard a great sermon and I was blessed to see two students that I know well be baptized.  I am so proud of them and their decisions!!  When we got home, we had lunch and then started working around the house while watching the Jets game.  They looked great today, I hope they play this well for the rest of the season!  We got a lot done around the house since we had a big chunk of time at home, including starting to clean out the garage so I can start parking in there again.  Adrian had to work for about 2 hours late this afternoon, so I took the boys to Martial Arts tonight.  I enjoyed watching them practice their skills and learn a few new ones.  We stopped for pizza at Marcos to bring home for dinner since we all were craving pizza and they had a great deal.  After dinner, the boys played while Adrian and I cleaned up from dinner.  When we got the boys down to bed, we watched the Cowboys game.  I only made it thru about the 3rd quarter before I went to bed.  Adrian was bummed they lost in OT but said it was a great game to watch.
Monday (10/8) Happy Columbus Day!  This is our favorite holiday recently because Adrian is off and the boys go to school.  Unfortunately, I woke up and the cold I have been fighting off finally caught up with me.  I got the boys off to school and then went back to bed.  We had to cancel our entire date day.  Adrian dropped everyone off at school and then ran a few errands that we were going to do together.  He picked up lunch from Piada for both of us and when he came back we did have a little bit of a stay home date.  We ate lunch together and then watched a few comedies from our DVR until it was time to pick the boys up.

When the boys got home, we got quickly thru homework and then they played while I cooked dinner and baked cookies and Adrian did a few things outside that needed to be done.  We had a quick dinner together and then headed to AJ's Boy Scout Court of Honor.  He earned both his Scout rank and his Tenderfoot rank.  Those are the first two of the seven he needs to earn to get to Eagle Scout.  It was a nice ceremony and fun to see all of the merit badges that all of the boys earned over the past few months.  We had some snacks after the ceremony and then headed home for the night.  We quickly got the boys down to bed, watched one episode of "Young Sheldon" and headed to bed.  I'm still not feeling great, hoping a good night of sleep will help.
Tuesday (10/9) We all got up and were ready to head back to our normal life since Adrian had work today.  I'm still not feeling 100% but I do feel better than yesterday.  Adrian and AJ left for work and school and then I got the other two boys up and ready for school.  I dropped them off and then headed over to Harcum to teach my 3 Silver Sneakers classes.  I struggled a little since I wasn't feeling well but I made it thru OK.  After the last class, I headed over to West to go over sight words with some of the kids in Zak's class.  Zak was mad that I ran out of time and didn't call him, but his classmates were all doing awesome so it took me longer than I thought with most of the kids.

When school was over we headed home for a short break and then I headed back to the school for parent teacher conferences.  Both boys are off to a pretty good start this year. They are both excelling in Math, Daniel's teacher said she keeps trying to stump him but hasn't yet. They both need to focus a little more on reading and Zak is still struggling a little with his writing. But overall it was all positive feedback and they are on the right track!  I got home and made taco Tuesday for all of us while getting everyone thru homework and AJ ready to go to Crossover basketball evaluations.  Adrian took him there and helped with the drills and AJ did a great job!  When everyone got home, we got the boys ready for bed.  While we were upstairs, AJ said he wasn't feeling well and threw up.  So we came down and made a plan for him to not go to school tomorrow.  We watched the premier of "The Good Doctor" and then headed to bed to get a good night of sleep.
Wednesday (10/10) We got to sleep in a little today since AJ wasn't going to school.  Too bad Zak had Adrian up around 6am.  But that was still an hour later for him so we'll take it!  I got up and wasn't feeling well but decided to push thru since I was subbing all day.  I got the boys ready and we all headed into school.  I had a tough day subbing, it was a challenging class for sure!  But I made it thru and got home with the boys to find out AJ was thankfully feeling better.  I relaxed a little then we got ready for our evening activities.  I headed to the church to work as a facilities rep and Adrian took Daniel to soccer practice.  He stayed there since the weather looked questionable.  AJ stayed home with Zak and continued to rest and recover.  When we all got home, we got the boys down to bed and settled in to watch "Survivor" before we also headed to bed for the day.  I am still not feeling well and by the end of today I had no voice.  That's going to be fun to teach three classes tomorrow!!
Thursday (10/11) After a great night of sleep we were all feeling better this morning.  We got up and I helped get Adrian and AJ out to work and school and then started getting ready myself.  Just as I was getting ready to leave with Daniel and Zak, Zak said he didn't feel good and got sick.  So I called out of work for the day to stay home with him.  I dropped Daniel off at school and then came back and rested with Zak for most of the day.  We did run out to pick up AJ's prescription because we need it for tomorrow morning but other than that there was a lot of couch time.
When everyone else got home from school, we got ready for our night activities.  Since Zak still wasn't feeling well, we skipped his soccer practice which made the night slightly easier.  Adrian came home and took Daniel to his soccer practice while I went to church to teach my Zumba class.  After a sweaty fun time at class, I headed to Meijer to pick up a few things and then came back home in time to help with bedtime.  When the boys were asleep, Adrian and I did a few things to straighten up the house and then watched "The Big Bang Theory" before heading to bed.  I'm really hoping to kick this cold soon!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 9/21 - 9/27)

Friday (9/21) We were tired but we got up and moving on time to get everyone out the door.  Adrian got AJ up and dropped him off at school before heading to work.  I got myself ready and then got Daniel and Zak ready and dropped them off at school.  Then I headed to the Y to sub two Zumba classes for a friend who is on vacation.  I had a fun time dancing with everyone, some old friends and some new!  Then I rushed back to the school to have Zak's initial IEP meeting.  We all laughed that his least favorite subject in school is "sitting and listening."  We got him all set up for speech therapy in school and I just love his speech therapist, she has worked with all of the boys now.

After the meeting, I had a short break for lunch in the staff room and then I headed down to sub a first grade class for a few hours at the end of the day.  The teacher has a student teacher so I pretty much just hung out in the room helping a little while she taught the class.  We had recess while I was there and I got to see both Daniel and Zak out on the play ground and they were both super excited!  It was a super easy and fun sub assignment.  When school was over, I came home with the boys and we all relaxed for a while because we were worn out from the week.
After a little relaxation, I got dinner for the boys and then dropped them off at a friends' house for a play date.  They were super excited to hang with their friends tonight.  Then I came home and got ready to head to church for a dinner with other church leaders to prepare for the women's conference.  We had a delicious dinner together and then heard an inspiring message from Wendy Fitzgerald, our speaker for the conference.  I left inspired and ready to lead tomorrow!  I came home just in time to say good night to the boys.  Adrian was exhausted so he headed to bed while I did a few things and then was ready to head to bed.  Unfortunately, Daniel and Zak were both having trouble sleeping so Daniel came downstairs with me and Zak got into bed with Adrian.  After about an hour, Daniel was finally ready for bed so he and I headed to his bed for the night.

Saturday (9/22) After a horrible night of sleep, my alarm going off felt super early!  But I got up and got ready to head to the church for the all day women's retreat.  I had an amazing day with over 100 women who were there to learn, worship and pray together.  I learned a lot and have a lot of things to think about and digest over the next few days.  I also lead a short exercise time to show a little of what a Zumba class is like for all of the women and gave away a free class to everyone who came.  We are hoping this helps keep the classes going.
That's me on the stage leading the women thru some exercises!!
 
While I was at the conference, Adrian held down the fort at home.  He took Zak and Daniel to their soccer games, which both teams won!  He helped all three boys get thru their homework for the weekend and got our lawn mowed so we don't have to worry about it this week.  He also set up a tray of baked ziti for our dinner before settling in to watch the Buckeyes game.  I got home during the 2nd quarter when the game was already pretty much decided in favor of the Buckeyes.  After dinner and the game, we were all really exhausted.  We got a few things done around the house and then I headed to bed shortly after we got the boys to bed.  Adrian watched a little more college football and then headed to bed too.  It's been a long weekend already!

Sunday (9/23) Thankfully we all got a good night of sleep and were able to sleep in a little this morning.  We had a slow start to our morning then hit the ground running to get our to do lists done, or at least get as much done as possible.  Zak begged to skip swimming so we decided to have an easy day and skip swim lessons this afternoon.  The boys played and got all of their stuff done during the day while Adrian and I worked around the house.  Then Adrian got Zak and Daniel ready and took them to Martial Arts.  They had a great class there and had a lot of fun!  While they were there, I took AJ to One8ty where he played with friends, I chatted with friends and helped serve dinner and then we both heard a great testimony from the speaker.  It lead to a great conversation on our car ride home!  When we got home it was close to bed time so the boys finished clean up, got ice cream for a snack and watched a Beyblade episode before heading up to bed.  When we got the boys to bed, Adrian and I watched the Cowboys game from this afternoon.  Unfortunately they weren't able to pull out a win.  If this continues, it's going to be a long football season for both of us!
Monday (9/24) After a great weekend, it was hard to get back to real life today.  But we got up and got moving early as always.  Adrian took AJ to school and then I got the other two boys ready for school before heading to Harcum to observe a few water aerobics classes.  I watched one and took notes then jumped in the pool for the second class so I could be a participant.  After the classes, I headed back home to get some stuff around the house done before everyone got home from school.  Since it rained all day I had to drive to pick up the boys at West.  I do not miss that express line at all!

After everyone got home from school, I gave them some free time and then we got thru homework before our night activities.  I headed out to Bible study with Daniel and Zak where we enjoyed meatball subs and great conversation.  Adrian took AJ to Boy Scouts where they prepped for their upcoming camping trip this weekend.  When we all got home, we got the boys down to bed and then Adrian headed to bed as well.  I finished up a few things around the house, watched a little TV and headed to bed too.

Tuesday (9/25) We got up and moving pretty well this morning to start a busy day.  Adrian and AJ headed out on time to school and work while I got the other boys ready.  I dropped them off at school and then headed to the Harcum Center to teach my 3 Silver Sneakers classes.  I had a fun time with my seniors as I always do.  When I was done teaching, I headed to school to volunteer in Zak's class and do sight words with some of his class.

We all got home from school and enjoyed a little downtime since Daniel's soccer practice cancelled for the night.  Then I cooked tacos for dinner - beef for the kids and shrimp for the adults before getting ready to head out to a pack meeting for Zak's Scout pack.  It was a quick and informative meeting and we are all excited about the upcoming Scout year!  When we got home, Adrian and I got the boys down to bed and then we watched a few comedies before heading to bed too.

Wednesday (9/26) We all got up and moving early again today.  Adrian took AJ to school and then headed to work.  I got the other boys ready and then headed in to sub for the day.  I was the floater sub so I subbed for 4 different teachers over the course of the day.  It was fun but exhausting!  Then I picked up the boys and headed home to drop them off and change and head out to the Y to teach my Zumba class.  We had a sweaty fun class and then I ran home to get the boys thru homework and dinner.  Adrian went to his board game group tonight so I was on my own with the boys.  They did a great job of listening and we got thru everything.  I did notice that when I work all day, the house is a mess!  But I managed to get it all cleaned up, put the boys to bed and was relaxing on the sofa when Adrian got home.  It was a super busy day that flew by for sure!!
Thursday (9/27) After the busy day yesterday, we all got a great night of sleep and were up and moving for the day on time.  Adrian took AJ to school and I got the other boys ready.  I dropped them off at school and headed to Harcum to teach my three classes.  I ran a few errands between classes and after the last one so I could get my grocery shopping done for the week.  Then I picked up all of the boys from school and headed home for the night.  Since the weather was bad, both boys soccer practices were cancelled for the night so our night became much easier.  Adrian stayed at work a little longer and I got the boys thru homework and dinner before heading to the church to teach my Zumba class.  When I got there, I saw the room wasn't set up so I moved us into the gym and taught from the stage.  Everyone loved having that much room, too bad we can't be there all of the time!!  After a fun and sweaty class, I headed home to help with bed time for the boys.  When they were down, we finished up a few things around the house and then watched "Survivor" from yesterday before heading to bed ourselves.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Keeping Up With...Food (Meal Plan for Oct 7 - Oct 13)

We did really good again last week sticking to our meal plan until the end of the week again.  By Friday I am so tired after the long, busy weeks that it is hard to get motivated to cook dinner.  Last week on Friday I just made pasta for everyone so we could have a more relaxing night.  I'm hoping this week goes better.  If I can just get good sleep all week I think I would be OK but the boys haven't been sleeping well so neither have I.

This week starts with our favorite holiday - Columbus Day!  Adrian and I are both off and the boys all have school.  So we are going to drop them off and then spend the whole day together.  We're going to do some shopping, wine tasting and go out to lunch together.  Then we'll have a few hours at home with the boys before we all head out together for AJ's Scout Court of Honor.  Monday is going to be a great way to start off our week!  I'm also hoping to get a few things done tomorrow to make the rest of the week a little bit easier.  Our weekends are just as busy as our weeknights so I'm really having a hard time catching up and then I can't even think about trying to get ahead a little.  I'm sure I'll miss all of this craziness one day!!

Other than Monday, we have a fairly typical week ahead of us.  We will all be here all weekend so I'm hoping to get some cooking done.  I'm not teaching near as many classes as I have been the past two weeks.  We do have a super busy weekend ahead with meetings, another Zumba jam, a hike for Zak and our normal stuff of soccer, youth group and martial arts.  Wow, now that I'm typing it up, I probably won't be able to get any cooking done this weekend other than dinner.  I need a day off!!

Here's what we're eating this week:
Sunday - Marco's Pizza - we all wanted pizza and I got a great deal so we picked it up on our way home from Martial Arts.  The boys were SO excited!
Monday - Stuffed Acorn Squash (carryover from last week)
Tuesday - Taco Soup in my Instant Pot
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Pork Fajitas
Friday - Monterey Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Squash
Saturday - Chili Mac in the Instant Pot - hoping Adrian will make this while I'm at the jam.  We also have our first Halloween party tonight - yay!!

Water Flavor - Orange.  I have a few oranges that the boys got from soccer for snacks so I'm using them this week.

Overnight Oats - We haven't been eating this as quickly as we were so we have about two days worth in the fridge.  We are having sausage and eggs tomorrow morning so we won't use up what we have until mid-week so I'm waiting to set them up then.  I will just be using the flavored yogurts that I have to make them quick and simple this week.

Use It Up - I didn't really think about this too much this week.  I'm using a few of the squashes I bought on sale in two dinners this week.  And I have just about everything we need for our meals this week, it's a super quick shopping week.  I'll get back to focusing on this next week for sure!

Lunches - We're going out tomorrow.  The rest of the week will either be salads or sandwiches using up the open turkey and ham we have in the fridge.  It is just about ready to turn so I need to use it up as quickly as I can.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 9/28 - 10/4)

Friday (9/28) It was tough to get up and moving this morning but we all dragged ourselves out of bed on time.  We got AJ ready and Adrian took him to school then headed to work.  I got the other boys ready and dropped them off at school then headed to the Y to sub two Zumba classes for my friend who is still on vacation.  I had a great time dancing with everyone but I struggled to get thru the second class after teaching so many classes yesterday.  When class was over, I headed to Kroger and Aldi to finish up my grocery shopping for the week.  Then I came home to try to get as much done as possible and regain control of my kitchen.

The afternoon passed quickly and soon it was time to get everyone from school.  I walked up to get Daniel and Zak because it was so nice outside!  When we all got home, we had some free time and then got ready for a family night out.  After a quick dinner of leftovers, we headed out to the Schottenstein Center to see "Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes!"  We all loved the show!  Zak was a little overwhelmed and scared at first but he calmed down and enjoyed it.  The other boys loved every minute of it.  Some of our favorite parts were Spiderman, the motorcycle tricks and of course the Hulk.  Groot was also very cool and very talented to do the whole show on stilts!  When the show was over, we fought the traffic to get home and had a quick snack before heading to bed.  It was a long week but ended with a great night of family time!
 
 
Saturday (9/29) After a late night, we all got a great night of sleep and most of us slept in a little.  I had to get up early to get ready to teach my Zumba class at church.  I had a small class this morning but we all had fun!  While I was there, Adrian got Zak up and ready for his soccer game which they won 8-5 over Zak's team from last season.  When we all got home, we got a few things done around the house then got ready to head out to Daniel's soccer game in the afternoon.  I watched Daniel's team win big this afternoon, 6-1 and he played great!
While I was at the game with Daniel, Adrian got ready to head out to go camping with AJ and his Scout troop.  They just went to a park in the next town, but it's still a lot of work to pack everything up for the night.  They headed out soon after we got home from soccer.  I spent the rest of the day hanging out with Zak and Daniel while trying to get as much done from my to do list as possible.  I was pretty productive and got more than half of my list finished.  The boys played together really nice all day and barely needed me.  After they went to bed, I continued to work around the house until it was time for me to go to bed too.  I took advantage of Adrian not being here to not watch the OSU game, although I did flip to it from time to time while I was working.  And I watched the last few minutes which was the best part, Go Bucks!
 
Sunday (9/30) We all got a horrible night of sleep last night!  Daniel woke up around 2am and could not fall back asleep.  Just when he was about to go back to bed (around 4:30am) Zak came in ready to be awake for the day.  I yelled at everyone (I had only had about 3 hours of sleep!) and sent them all back to their rooms.  They did go back to sleep and I thankfully got a few more hours of sleep too.  Zak did end up back in bed with me, I'm not sure when he came back.  I finally got up and moving around 8:30 but I was dragging all day.  Adrian and AJ got a good night of sleep on their camp out and got home around 9:30 this morning.  They said they had fun camping, AJ said he really liked playing capture the flag.

After we caught up, I got ready to head to church to volunteer in childcare for the second service.  Then as I was going to pick up lunch, I got a text from Daniel's friend that he was able to hang out today so Adrian fed Daniel quickly while I grabbed lunch for AJ, Adrian and myself.  While we were eating, Ethan arrived to play with Daniel.  The boys all had a great time playing together, mostly playing video games and watching YouTube videos.  While they played, Adrian and I watched football and worked around the house.
 
After Ethan left, we set up our Halloween decorations as a family and then had a quick dinner.  The boys had a few things to finish up for the weekend so they did that and then we relaxed with snacks and TV.  We blew off swim lessons, Martial Arts and One8ty today because everyone was tired and wasn't feeling great, probably from the lack of sleep.  We'll be back to our normal schedule next weekend for sure.  We got the boys to bed early and they all went straight to sleep.  Adrian and I finished a few things and then finally watched the premier of "Survivor" before heading to bed too.

Monday (10/1) It was a struggle for us to get up this morning after the rough weekend.  But we did get up and moving on time.  Adrian took AJ to school and since Zak was up super early, he and I played a few games of "Sleeping Queens" before we got ready for the day.  I dropped Daniel and Zak off at school before heading over to Central for AJ's IEP meeting.  I got a great report on him and we have a good plan in place for him for this next school year.  After the meeting, I ran a few errands and then came home and got a bunch of stuff done around the house.
Then it was time to get everyone from school.  I got everyone situated at home and then headed out to sub a Zumba class at the Y for a friend who is on vacation.  I had fun dancing with everyone and seeing some friends I haven't seen in a while.  Then I came home and got the boys thru dinner before splitting up for the night.  I left with Daniel and Zak and went to small group where I enjoyed dinner and great conversation with them.  Adrian took AJ to Scouts and found out that over the weekend at the camping trip, AJ earned his Tenderfoot rank.  He is SO excited!!  He will get his award next week at the Court of Honor.  We are very proud of him!  When we all got home, we got the boys to bed and then sat down to watch "The Good Place."  We didn't realize it was an hour long premier so we watched part of it and then headed to bed because we were both exhausted after the weekend!

Tuesday (10/2) We all got up and moving a little better than yesterday after a good night of sleep.  Adrian took AJ to school and I got Daniel, Zak and myself ready to head out as well.  I dropped them off at school then headed to Harcum to teach my three Silver Sneakers classes.  In between class 2 and 3 I ran and did some grocery shopping for the week.  After class, I was supposed to go volunteer in Zak's class but I was asked to sub instead so I subbed in a 1st grade class for the last two hours of the school day then picked the boys up and headed home.  While he was at school, AJ had to be evacuated due to a threat that was thankfully found to be not credible.  It was a scary phone call to get and I was super happy when we got home to see him there safe and sound!
We quickly got through homework and dinner to get ready for our evening activities.  Daniel was supposed to have soccer practice but he wasn't feeling well and the weather didn't look great so we decided to let him stay home and rest up for his game tomorrow instead.  I took Zak and headed to his first Tiger den meeting of the year.  We enjoyed getting to know each other a little better playing games and making name tags.  Zak had a lot of fun and is excited that I am one of his den leaders for the year.  After the meeting, we came home and Adrian and I got the boys down for bed.  Then we finished up "The Good Place" from yesterday and watched the premier of "Modern Family" before heading to bed too.

Wednesday (10/3) We had another rough night of sleep last night so this morning was hard to get up and get moving but we made it.  And of course everyone was packing and I was working a 12 hour day so I had a million things to do in the morning.  But I got Adrian and AJ out on time and then got started on getting everyone else ready.  We just barely got on the door on time but I got to school in time to sub a kindergarten class for the day and drop the boys off as well.  I had fun day with the kids and as soon as the day was over, I picked up my two boys and ran home to quickly change and get them situated before I ran back out to the Y for my Zumba class.

I had a fun time dancing with my friends at Zumba and then shockingly hit no traffic on my way back over here to work at the church as a facility rep for the night.  I had a great time chatting with friends who were there for events and I laughed a lot.  While I was there, Adrian took Daniel to his soccer game, which he tied 4-4.  Daniel did OK but struggled at times and was really tired when he got home.  He doesn't usually do well with these mid-week games.  When we all got home from out night activities, we got the boys down to bed and then watched "Survivor" before heading to bed ourselves.

Thursday (10/4) It was another rough night of sleep, Daniel was up at like 4:30 in the morning with a leg cramp and could not fall back asleep.  Thankfully Adrian got up with him and let me get a few more hours of sleep.  I just could not get through one more day without a little more sleep.  I got up in time to help get AJ and Adrian out the door on time to school.  Then I got the other boys ready and dropped off at school before I headed to Harcum to teach my three Silver Sneakers classes.  I joined a few of my students for lunch at First Watch in between class 2 and 3 and we had a really nice time and delicious food.

When my third class was over, I headed back to West to volunteer in Zak's class room for about an hour helping students practice their sight words.  When the day was over, we headed home to meet up with AJ and quickly get thru homework and dinner before heading out for our night activities.  I dropped Zak off at soccer practice and then headed to the church to teach my Zumba class.  I had a great time in class and also at the church because a lot of my friends were there for an event.  It was so nice to see everyone!  When class was over, I headed home and helped get the boys down to bed for the night.  Then Adrian and I did a few things around the house and then watched "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Goldburgs" so we could laugh a little and then we headed to bed for the night, hoping for a better night of sleep!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Keeping Up With...Food (Meal Plan for Sept 30 - Oct 6)

Last week we did pretty good sticking to our meal plan until Friday when I was exhausted after a long week and just didn't feel like cooking.  Maybe it's that meal choice of paprika chicken - I keep bumping it from week to week.  The problem is that it takes an hour to cook it and I often don't have an hour to cook.  But I took the drumsticks out so I will be making it this week for sure.  I have very little going on tomorrow during the day so I may make it and then Adrian can heat it up for his dinner since I will be eating at life group.  If I don't do it tomorrow, I will definitely do it on Tuesday.  I have the meat out for both of those meals so they will be made no matter what.  Plus we are going to run out of leftovers eventually if I don't cook sometime!

This week is another busy one with something going on every night and most days jam packed for me as well.  Our weekend is also pretty full with Scout events both Friday night and all day on Saturday.  Then Saturday Adrian, AJ and Zak are camping out with the Scouts while Daniel and I head to my brother's house for a quick visit before sleeping at home in our nice, comfy beds.  So I won't be cooking that night for sure.  I'm also not planning on cooking on Wednesday because I sub all day, then have to teach a Zumba class and then work at church.  I will pretty much be gone for 12 hours.  Adrian will be home in the evening with the boys but I'm hoping if I cook on Monday and Tuesday, he won't have to cook on Weds since he'll have his hands full getting thru homework.

I'm still trying to clean out my freezer but I'm honestly not doing very well.  I haven't been updating my list on what's in the freezer and I keep getting really good deals on meat so I buy it.  And my brother bought a pig and a cow last week so I'm buying some of that meat from him too.  I am holding on to my old list and trying to eat the things that are on that list first.  We did make the last box of frozen cookies yesterday so now all of the cookies are gone.  The boys are working on the ice cream cake and I am not buying them any more ice cream until they eat what we have.  That will make a good dent in what was in the freezer. 

Here's what we're eating this week:
Sunday - Chinese take out - We're exhausted after Adrian was camping & I had a rough night with the other boys.  Easy, comfort food for dinner!
Monday - Paprika Chicken & Rice - for real this time!!  Plus I'm making guacamole for my small group to enjoy.
Tuesday - Sausage, Rice & Spinach Skillet
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Taco Pasta in my Instant Pot (my best friend right now!)
Friday - Stuffed Acorn Squash
Saturday - Out - Adrian, AJ & Zak are camping & Daniel and I are going to Carl's

Water Flavor - Peach again, probably the last time.  I am almost done with all of my fresh picked peaches.  I'm hoping we can go pick apples but I'm not sure it's in the cards this year.

Overnight Oats - I did another double batch with applesauce to keep using up the applesauce I found in my garage.  And I did a double batch of plain, which is chocolate right now since I'm using up the chocolate syrup that was in my fridge.

Use it Up - A lot of it is already written above but I'm using up peaches in my water, applesauce & chocolate syrup in my oats, acorn squash that I got a great deal on, avocados and tomatoes before they turn in my guacamole plus ground sausage that is the freezer in the stuffing for the squash.

Lunches - I will probably have salad every day because I have a lot of lettuce and tomatoes to use up.  I may go out to lunch with friends on Thursday, I will have to see how my week goes.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Keeping up with...Family (Weekly Wrap 9/14 - 9/20)

Friday (9/14) I really didn't want to get up this morning and since Adrian wasn't working we thought we could sleep an extra half hour.  But last night AJ told us that he wanted to take the bus because he didn't want to mess up his routine since it's working out for him.  We can't argue with that logic but man an extra 30 minutes of sleep would have been great!  We got AJ up and ready for school and his bus was early so we almost missed it.  Thankfully I saw it coming so he was able to run out and jump on in time.  After he got on the bus, Adrian headed downtown to a gaming conference for the day.  I got Daniel and Zak up and ready and then we walked up to school since it was so nice out.  I came home and got ready to go sub a class at the Harcum Center and run a few errands.

After I got home, I got to work catching up on stuff I didn't get to this week.  It has been really busy and I've felt behind all week.  I was hoping to sub this afternoon but it's probably for the best that I focused on stuff around the house.  Before long it was time to get everyone from school.  I got AJ off the bus and walked up to pick up Daniel and Zak.  The boys headed upstairs to play video games and I got our dinner together.  When Adrian got home we had dinner and then had a family game night.  We were able to play three different games tonight - we played two of Sleeping Queens (AJ won both), two of Good Cop Bad Cop (my team won both times!) and one of Mysterium (we lost).  We enjoyed most of the games, although we had a few breakdowns during Mysterium.  I have decided that I just don't like that game and I should not play it any more.  The guys enjoy it so they will play it without me going forward.  After we finished the games, we got the boys to bed and then came down and watched another episode of "Atypical" before heading to bed for the night.
Saturday (9/15) Started early for us since Zak woke up and pushed me out of bed around 5am.  And then I had to get up to teach my early morning Zumba class at the church.  I had to teach a double this morning, Gold at the church & Zumba at the Y.  Thankfully my friend Lauren helped out and taught half of the class at the Y.  We had a great time in both classes & I went home a sweaty, happy mess!  While I was there, Adrian took Zak to his soccer game.  He played pretty well but unfortunately his team lost today.

After we all had lunch, we split up again.  Adrian took Daniel to his soccer game.  Daniel played pretty well and his team won 5-4!  While they were there, I headed back to the Y for another jam session.  I danced for 3 hours and learned choreo for 4 new raeggaton songs.  I had so much fun with Ria the jammer and all of my ZIN friends.  We danced and then we had cake to celebrate our friend's birthday.  It was an awesome afternoon!!

When I got home, we all had dinner then settled in for family movie night.  We watched "Spaceballs" together and all laughed a lot.  The boys loved it and I'm sure they'll be quoting it for weeks!  When the movie was over, we put the boys to bed and then started watching the OSU game.  It was exciting and I wanted to keep watching, but I made it to halftime and called it a night.  Between dancing for 5 hours and splitting a bottle of wine with Adrian, I was done!  It was a pretty amazing Saturday!!

Sunday (9/16) I got to sleep in a little this morning, unfortunately Adrian was up until almost 1am with Zak and then they were up around 7am again this morning.  It was a long night for them and I'm thankful I got to sleep thru all of that.  I got up and got moving so I could get to first service at church while Adrian got the boys thru the rest of their homework for the weekend.  Then they met me at church for second service.  The boys went to their classes, I taught Zak's class and Adrian went to service.  Then we all came home, had a quick lunch and got ready for a busy afternoon.  I got a few things done then took Zak to the Y for his swim lessons.  He finally got up the courage to jump off the high board during class and said it was fun and not scary at all!!
While we were there, Adrian took Daniel to his friend's birthday party at Magic Mountain.  Thankfully he was able to drop him off and have someone else drive him home since we had other commitments.  Daniel had a blast at the party driving go-carts, bumper cars, playing in the play area and playing video games.  While Daniel was at the party, I took AJ and Zak to martial arts class and enjoyed watching them practice and chatting with my friend whose sons also go to the class.  Then AJ and I head to One8ty for the night while Adrian took Zak back home.  AJ and I heard a great message about being a good friend and the importance of surrounding ourselves with good people.  When we finally got home, we got the boys to bed, watched some football (boo that the Jets lost but glad the Cowboys won!) and got a few more things done around the house.  It was a super busy Sunday & I barely feel like I had a weekend!  But it was a lot of fun!

Monday (9/17) Today the alarm felt very early.  But we all managed to get up and out on time.  Adrian and I put AJ on the bus on time and then he headed to work.  I got ready for the day and got Daniel and Zak dropped off to school.  Then I came home and got a bunch of stuff done around the house.  I ran out to pick up my new glasses and grab a few quick things from Meijer and then headed into the school to sub for the afternoon. I had a great time again with my class this afternoon and the time passed quickly.  When the school day was over, I took Daniel and Zak home and we got ready for our evening.

After some free time, I got everyone through their homework for the night and helped AJ get ready for Boy Scouts.  Then I headed out to life group with Daniel and Zak where we enjoyed pizza, snacks and great fellowship.  While we were there, Adrian and AJ headed to Boy Scouts where AJ worked on completing his first merit badge for first aid.  We all got back home a little later than we wanted to but we made it work.  We got the boys snacks and then got them down to bed.  Adrian was super tired after a few late nights of football so he headed to bed too while I stayed up to finish up a few things and enjoy a little bit of TV time alone.
Tuesday (9/18) Today we started a new routine thanks to a phone call from transportation yesterday.  AJ has been switched to a new bus and he would have to be outside at the bus stop at 6:15am to catch the bus.  That is honestly just too early for us!  So Adrian is now driving him to school every morning before work.  We now get to sleep in an extra 30 minutes everyday and our mornings are SO much more relaxed!  We got them out no problem this morning and I got the other two boys ready and dropped off to school on time as well.  Then I headed to Harcum to teach my three Silver Sneakers classes for the day.  I had a great day with everyone, I'm glad they all like my new class there!

After I finished teaching, I headed back to West to volunteer in Zak's class for the last hour of the day.  I did sight words with about half of the class and enjoyed seeing all of them.  When Daniel came to meet us at the end of the day, he had a huge smile on his face.  He was SO happy to annouce that he made safety patrol for the school year!!  Then we all went home to get ready for our busy night.  I got everyone thru homework and dinner and then got Daniel and Adrian out to his soccer practice.  After they left,  I got Zak ready for his first Cub Scout meeting of the year.  He learned all of the basics and earned his Bobcat badge.  He is super excited for his year as a Tiger scout!  When we all finally got home, it was time for snack, show and bed for the boys.  Then Adrian and I watched a little more of the Emmys from last night and headed to bed too.
Wednesday (9/19) We again had a relaxing morning and got Adrian and AJ off to school and work on time.  AJ said he likes this a little better than the bus but he does get to school a little later now so he has to move quicker when he gets there.  When they were on the road, I got myself ready then work up the other boys and got them ready and dropped off to school.  After I dropped them off, I headed out to do the grocery shopping for the week, including a trip to Costco.  I got home around lunch time and unloaded and put everything away then got a few other things done around the house before I needed to head out to pick everyone up from school.

After I got everyone home from school, I got them settled in and then headed out to work all night.  I taught a fun Zumba class at the Y and then headed to the church to work as the facilities rep for the night.  I got a bunch of stuff done while I welcomed people to the church for English classes.  After I finished up there, I headed home just in time to help with bedtime for the boys.  Then we did a few things around the house and then watched a little more of the Emmys before heading to bed for the night.

Thursday (9/20) Another great morning getting ready and getting AJ and Adrian out to work and school.  Adrian said it is a little tougher for him since he is driving in more traffic now, but he's OK with it because it's what's best for all of us right now.  The positive for him is he is still getting up at the same time and he's getting a workout in before he wakes AJ up.  After they were out, I got ready and got the other boys up and ready for school.  I dropped them off and headed to Harcum to teach my three classes for the day.  In between class 2 and 3 I ran down the street to see my friend and get a quick haircut from her.  It's so short and bouncy, I love it!!

After my classes, I came home and did a few things before everyone got home from school.  Then AJ and I ran out to his school so he could shop at the book fair.  AJ was super excited to show me how he has reorganized his locker to make it easier for him to remember what he needs each time he goes to his locker.  After we did everything he wanted to at school, we came home and had a quick dinner of ravioli together before heading out for a busy night.  I dropped Zak off at soccer practice and then went to teach my Zumba class at Eastpointe.  Adrian picked Zak up and came home to help everyone get thru their homework.  When I got home, we put the boys to bed and watched the Jets vs Browns game.  While I am happy the Browns finally won, I was not happy that it came against my team!  It was super late when we finished watching and I went right to bed.  Unfortunately Adrian was still working from home so he had to stay up and finish what he was working on.