Monday, February 11, 2019

When an Amazon Prime Family Enters Target

Highlights from the past few days:

1. I found my "lost" retainer in the depths of my hair supplies drawer, under my hair dryer.

2. 2018 taxes are filed!

3. We have been a lice free house for greater than 3 weeks.

So, as you can tell, things are pretty wild over here.

We are continuing to trudge through the never ending winter. Even though Friday and Saturday were good days involving otherwise exciting things like a church marriage event, a sparkling clean house, and consignment sale organizing, I couldn't get out of a funk. By the time Saturday evening rolled around I finally decided to just eat a bologna sandwich and go to bed.

But then Sunday came with church and errands and a family lunch out at our favorite Mexican restaurant, and small group (so amazing) and my spirits lifted considerably.

After we ate our weight in chips and salsa I dropped Dan off to get his hair cut while I took all three girls to Target for Ina's Valentine's Day box supplies.

After a few seconds in the store I realized that my girls have rarely been to Target (we are strictly an Aldi and Amazon Prime family), as they stood in the front of the cart shouting out the names of every little thing they saw:

Ina: Mom, look, a sparkly pillow!

Cora: Mom, look, a paw patrol sucker!

Mira (hair in her face because she refuses to keep a pony in and dried salsa covering her mouth because sometimes I just can't): MAAAAOOOOOOMMMM!!!!! 

Mira joyously screamed the entire time we were there. Ina affectionately noted that Mira was in fact living her absolute best life. We made many patrons laugh.

I was very nervous about making Ina's Valentine's Day box because we both tend to have anxiety over projects like this and usually someone gets upset. However, Target has pre-made kits and Ina didn't even think to hint that I was totally cheating to buy one. Actually two, because it would be unfair for Cora not to have anything that involves a red headed mermaid.

When we were putting the boxes together and then labeling her slime gifts to her class, Ina casually mentioned that if she could have picked her mom out, she would have picked me and I just about melted on the floor.

Just like her daddy, she's a charmer and she knows it. Ina also complimented my ability to write the word, "SLIME" in a "slimy way" multiple times. I guess she knew I needed a little pick me up. <3

We heavily relied on leftovers this week, but I do have a few recipes to share:

ONE POT sausage and sun dried tomato pasta with broccoli: make this immediately. I multiplied the recipe by 1.5 and we still didn't have a single bit of leftovers.

Sloppy Joe's with baked sweet potatoes- I doubled the recipe and froze the leftovers. Future me will be very thankful.

Flourless chocolate blender muffins (with black beans, I promise, you can't taste them!) - just do it. Dan had one for breakfast today and told me they tasted like dessert.

Also, if you plan on staying in on Valentine's Day, here are some fun recipes to make!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Goodbye January!

What. a. month.

I was oh so thankful to flip to the pink and red February pages in my planner and say goodbye to January 2019.

(Mira has decided that she doesn't like having hair ties in her hair, so she mostly walks around looking like a sheep dog.)

After so many nights of snow, ice, coughing, antibiotics, puking, and other things that shall not be named as to not give them any more power, I stopped writing things in my planner so I wouldn't have to cross them out a few days later.

The complaining could continue. The Chiefs weren't in the super bowl. Cora poked her eye while trying to make Mira laugh and was rendered completely useless for 48 hours. I broke a kettle bell at the gym. Mira cut a new tooth. It was really, really cold.

Like, ice on the inside of the gym door, schools canceled due to wind chill cold.


I must remain positive. Here are some things worth mentioning during otherwise dark times.

-My cousin Alexis and her friend came to visit for a night before they went to the Chiefs game. We always love when Bub Bub is in town. The girls seriously count down the seconds to her arrival in anticipation of all the books read, games played, and movies watched.

- Dinner with some new friends! We have befriended our parents as teachers teacher Miss Tricia and her husband Anthony. They are such good people and we need them in our lives right now and forever. When you have little kids, having friends that also have little kids is great. But, having friends that have older kids in oh so helpful in so many ways. 

- My house was deep cleaned. Like deep to surfaces I am 100% positive have not been touched in the 8 years we have lived here. Two women battled for 12 hours and I could hear angels sing when I walked in the front door.

- Two little girls birthday parties, which are always a good way to shake the sillies out. One at McDonald's and one at an indoor pool.

- A visit to see my grandparents, which when I take all three girls by myself and my grandparents are in different rooms looks very similar to me herding cats.

- Slightly related - Ina's 100th day of school when she dressed like a 100 year old.

She wore this get-up to the assisted living facility to visit my grandparents and somehow I didn't think about how that might be offensive until after we left.

- And the the most exciting - we met my sweetest niece Delaney.

The feeling of a baby on your chest and nuzzling your neck is exactly what Heaven must feel like. How can I forget it that quickly?

Even Cora and Mira, who typically compete for their parents' attention, were mostly content with sharing the affection. Needless to say, we were all in love and have talked about her ever since.

Here's to riding that new baby smell high into a much better second month of 2019.

All of those days being stuck in the house did allow for some really good cooking. Some recipes to share:

Chicken thighs with shallots and red wine vinegar with mushroom risotto and roasted zucchini - while we were eating this Dan kept on saying, "I can't believe this isn't from a restaurant!" The risotto will be repeated for every Valentine's day and otherwise fancy dinner in the foreseeable future.

Sheet pan BBQ meatloaf with green beans and sweet potatoes - you can't beat how easy this is.

Cashew chicken lettuce wraps- so fast and so delicious

Sesame chicken with cabbage, brown rice, and zucchini. Really tasty and the corn starch based breading was Dan's absolute favorite.

Pressure cooker turkey dinner with sweet potatoes and green beans from Skinnytaste One and Done

Enchiladas with our favorite sauce - I used up all of the leftovers including carnitas, a container of black beans, and roasted zucchini.

Paleo blender muffins and white bean blender muffins - the girls prefer the later because they include chocolate chips.

Chicken pot pie (doubled for the new parents!)

Cheeseburger salad -when the Nybergs came over for after church lunch. Being as sophisticated as we typically are, we served the salad with tater tots. Ina was not disappointed.

I have made this roasted cauliflower and quinoa salad for lunch for two weeks in a row. You should do the same.

Oh, and we did go to a Mexican restaurant one night and had such a pleasant experience with everyone eating their food and devouring cheese dip and covering themselves in salsa that we hope to venture out as a family a little more often.

Here's hoping that the next time I write, I will have many more positive things to say. <3

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