Saturday, May 18, 2019

Mother's Day + The Principal's Office


I am stuck at home in the rain in between patient phone calls while the rest of my family is enjoying a Jurassic Park birthday party. I might be a little jealous...and instead of wallowing in my FOMO sorrows, I decided to catch up on here.

Last weekend was Mother's Day weekend. We started it out on Friday celebrating Miss Emily's high school graduation.

Miss Emily helps us with the girls and kids at church and small group and we just adore her. I also ran into my high school French teacher, who I adored, despite my dislike of foreign languages. She does Cross Fit and has a red headed little girl and is now my hero.

Saturday was all over the place. I had patient calls a lot of the morning. Ina had T-ball practice. Ina and Cora (and Dan) had dance practice and we had a birthday party.

We had the extra treat of hanging out with my niece Hallaway while my sister and her brothers were at a mother son dance. I picked Hallaway up while the girls were at dance on the way home from my eyebrow appointment. On the 20 minute drive home she told me about school and her friends and her dance class and I realized this was the first time we had any type of conversation without interruptions in years. The last time we were alone for 20 minutes may have been before she could even talk! I really enjoyed our discussion and made a mental note to do that more often.

Sunday was Mother's Day and I am going to be honest and say it didn't start out great. Dan and I just weren't getting along and the girls were fussy. But, I learned a few years ago that putting unrealistically high expectations on other people only makes makes Mother's Day less fun. Or any other day really.

So, after church and hanging out with my mother-in-law for a little bit, I went to Target, walked around aimlessly for 20 minutes, bought a pair of pretty pajamas, picked up my grandma, and then met the rest of the ladies in my family for a delicious Japanese steakhouse dinner.

We had such a good time. My aunt had never been to hibachi before, so watching her reactions to the fire and tricks was thoroughly entertaining.

The rest of the week flew by with more dance lessons, swim lessons, T-ball practice, and Parents as Teachers.

One night Dan met a friend for dinner, so my friend/neighbor/sister-in-Christ Brooke and her daughter came over to hang out and eat shrimp with us. Having them sit with us at the dinner table was so refreshing and fun.

Mira was sick with a random fever and a single upchuck episode and incredibly restless sleep for a few nights, but Friday things started looking up.

Ina went on her first school field trip to Kaleidoscope. This was exciting, but what was even more eventful was that Ina had her first visit to the principal's office!

As Ina goes to the school nurse at least once a day, I wasn't surprised to see her school was calling me, but I could barely believe my ears when I answered the phone to the assistant principal introducing himself. He assured me Ina wasn't in trouble, but that she had lost her water bottle and decided to look for it in the front of the school, where she found herself locked out of the building. She had to page herself back in, much to the secretary's surprise.

Poor girl was beside herself that the principal was calling me, I could hear her crying in the background while I was trying not to giggle at the fact that she locked herself out of school. She was much harder on herself than we could have been, and she eventually calmed down when I told her that everyone just wanted to make sure she was safe. The funniest part was that we later discovered her water bottle was at home, in the toy room. When I told her this, she dramatically groaned, "I went to the principal's office for noooothiiiiinnngg!"

After such a busy week, on Friday Dan perfected a delicious margarita mix, which I promptly shared with a few neighbors and we enjoyed while lounging in the garage and watching the girls ride their bikes and play with their friends.

A few online purchases I have been pretty excited about:

Athleta swimsuit! All of them are absolutely beautiful, but I ended up picking a tankini, which is the prettiest color and a flattering cut. I also picked out a beautiful bikini top and will be giving myself the bikini pep talk on the 18 hour drive to Myrtle Beach.

My new Blenders sunglasses (<---affiliate link) Facebook target marketing got the best of me and convinced me that my upcoming beach vacation would not be near as fun unless I bought a a pair.

Recipes to share:

Sheet pan chicken shawarma with sesame sweet potatoes and hummus - my friend Sarah recommended this recipe and Dan said it was the best chicken I have ever made. Strongly recommend.

Spiced shrimp with naan and cucumber salad. I love the flavor and ease of the shrimp, but the homemade naan takes it to the next level.

Beet blueberry superhero muffins- already on my second batch

Turkey trot meatballs - these are delicious and the perfect protein packed snack

Have a great week! <3

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Life Update


Aren't you just loving Spring? Our gigantic lilac bush has bloomed and it never fails to send me a little burst of joy every single time I walk by and smell it. 

Another joy maker - Mira in a good mood. She has recently learned to growl and it is just about the cutest.

This is completely opposite of Mira in a bad mood, which is quite common. I have to repeatedly tell strangers that she "isn't very nice" when they say hi to her and she scowls and/or screams "NO!" back in response. 

Other than growling, her vocabulary is exploding. We have so much fun teaching her new words. Hippo is a new favorite. 

Cora gets a new freckle a week. Gosh I love red heads. She doesn't sit still long enough for me to get a picture of her, so you will have to take my word for it that she is just as firey as ever.

Ina continues to love riding her bike and adds to her bruise or scrape collection daily. I now have to style her hair in a way that suits her helmet. 

Work has been busy. Ina started t-ball. Dan started practicing for his part in the girls' dance recital (I know!), we helped the Champs move in their new (absolutely beautiful) home, and we hosted a baby shower for some small group friends.

We had dinner at The Nybergs' house for the Kentucky Derby and I tasted my first mint julep. Chessa made them mighty tasty.

Dan has been crazy busy getting the yard and the garage in shape and I am hoping I don't kill my flowers and tomatoes. Unfortunately, Dan's weed eating enthusiasm took out my jalapenos.

(Dan's poor phone died a hero. It had been through a lot and was ready to be done.)

I joined a new ladies small group in the morning. My alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning for a little bible study before I head to the gym at 5.

Life is overflowing right now in such a great way. 

I have started listening to The Great Alone. So far it has me interested.

Our family binge watched Strong. What a fantastic show for my girls to watch and such a great motivator for me as well. I sure hope NBC makes another season. 

Lots of recipes to share: 

Cheeseburger salad - forever and always
Fish tacos - so easy!
Green curry beef - I loved this quick, one pot, flavorful meal!
Smothered pork chops- no surprise that everyone in my family was a fan of this recipe.
Chicken satay - strongly suggest you make this recipe.
Kimchi fried rice - LOVED this. My favorite part might be the concept of mixing half rice and half cauliflower rice. Genius! 
Carnitas with Mexican rice, refried beans, and slaw. The perfect hosting meal.

Have a great rest of your week! <3

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