Before I say/type anything else, if you are looking for some new recipes, scroll on down to the bottom of this post, because, dang...we ate well this week.
This week flew by because Dan was out of town again, with a short return home on Wednesday night, and a few hours on Saturday. None of us sleep well when he is away, so I have started to let Ina and Cora sleep in my bed. I know, I might be crazy.
However, we have been reading together, which is something I really have missed since Dan started putting them to bed. We are currently reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It is a fantastic page turner, has lots of beautiful pictures, and I would recommend it if you are looking for an early listener chapter book. When Ina asks to read one more chapter I can't say no because I want to find out what happens next too. (Googling the link showed me there is a movie too! Now I can't wait to finish the book so we can watch the movie together.)
(On a book note, I just started reading Siblings without Rivalry while I pump and The Hunt for Red October before bed. I will report back on my thoughts!)
The only other notable thing from the week I can think of is Ina got sick at school (on a kid!) on Wednesday. By the time I picked her up she was fine, begging for snack after snack and then going swimming shortly after.
Friday night my mom came over for a girls movie night and we watched Ella Enchanted and ate curry and laughed and I loved it.
Saturday morning I worked for a bit, then we swam for a bit and Granny visited for a little bit. I opted out of our normal Saturday morning run to sit and talk to Dan who had just walked in the door from work when I woke up. I know.
That evening we drove to Dan's dad's house for an incredibly delicious shrimp boil. We love getting to see that side of Dan's family, and the amazing food was just a bonus. The girls also like exploring the property and seemed able to find plenty of trouble to get into. On the drive home we were lucky enough to witness a fireworks show on the highway. Of course we eventually drove away from it, but Cora continued to think she saw the fireworks and would scream with delight, "Mom, the fireworks are back!" to which Dan and I would respond with excitement.
Ina, being Ina, asked, "Mom, do you really see more fireworks? Spell 'Yes' or 'No'."
We laughed a long time after that.
Dan had to leave for work again early Sunday morning, but I still managed to get all three girls to church dressed. Barely, though, as Cora was wearing rain boots on the wrong feet, but scrolling through my pictures I did see I managed to braid Ina's hair.
Before church, Cora asked for a donut and because she has been doing so well potty training (she really has, I am so so proud of her!) I just couldn't say no. Going to Big Daddy's Donuts without Dan felt very weird, but the sugar high soon made the weird feeling go away.
After church we hung around the house and had a rainy/lazy Sunday afternoon. The kids watched movies. We painted our nails. I folded laundry. We made a great dinner.
Danielle and I have continued to truck along with T25 and just completed week 3 (out of 5) of the alpha round. Oh, and we also continue our Sunday morning coffee walks.
Find someone to do this with. You won't regret it.
Monday: Moroccan Meatballs with rice and roasted broccoli/cauliflower- so delicious and even more so because Danielle made them and they sat in the crock pot while we swam until dinner time.
Tuesday: Pork Ragu with noodles and salad- one of my favorite meals. I ate the ragu by itself without noodles for lunch the next two days.
Wednesday: Southwest Chicken and Veggie Skillet - so quick, healthy, and delicious! We served it with quinoa and tortillas for the kids.
Thursday: Enchiladas - simply amazing. Love, love love.
Friday: Chickpea and Lentil Curry with brown rice and apple mango chutney from the Oh She Glows Every Day cookbook I checked out from the library, but I found the recipe here. We have already added it to the meal plan for next week.
Breakfast was summer breakfast tacos - delicious and colorful!
Dinner was Papa Dana and Gigi Sherri's Shrimp Boil. We contributed a kale Caesar salad (the roasted chickpeas take it to the next level) and salted chocolate chunk shortbread cookies (have you made those yet?).
Sunday: Pollo Sabroso with roasted veggies, a Mexican corn pasta that Danielle made, and Peruvian green sauce (make it now, like I want to swim in it).
Snack/Dessert - Peanut butter cups
Even though our food was absolutely delicious, Ina and Cora weren't really that into eating this week. There are just some things I am used to Dan being in charge of, and making sure our kids eat is one of them. In some ways him being out of town is good for our relationship, because it highlights the areas he helps with that I wouldn't notice otherwise.
Mira, on the other hand, devoured serving after serving night after night and started to scream if I didn't get the next bite in her mouth fast enough. It is a very tough call to make, but I think the curry was her favorite.
I hope you have a fantastic week. <3