Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What I Ate {May 2016}

A few years ago, I took photos and posted about what I ate for every dinner.  While I have stopped doing that, I am always going back to those posts to get ideas of what make for my upcoming meal plan, so I decided to keep track of what I ate again.  If there is a recipe, I will link it!

May 1 - Steak + Green and White Salad
May 2 - Chicken Fajitas & Spanish Rice
May 3 - Black Eyed Peas & Skillet Cornbread
May 4 - Lettuce Wraps + Brown Rice + Chocolate Covered Strawberries
May 5 - Beef Tacos + Taco Rice
May 6 - Mississippi Roast Sandwiches + Barbecue Chips
May 7 - Papa Murphy's Pepperoni Pizza + Mediterranean Salad
May 8 - Free for All - Small Quesadilla + Mediterranean Salad + Popcorn
May 9 - Spaghetti + Garlic Bread
May 10 - Fluffy Pancakes + Sausage
May 11 - Steak + Roasted Green Beans + Seasoned French Fries
May 12 - Black Bean Soup + Nachos
May 13 - Tito's {for lunch}
May 14 - Papa Murphy's Pepperoni Pizza
May 15 - Free for All - Snacked on a bunch of things
May 16 - Beef Burrito Bowls
May 17 - Swedish Meatballs + Green Beans
May 18 - Tito's Chicken Tacos
May 19 - Buffalo Chicken Wraps
May 20 - Turkey Cranberry Croissant
May 21 - Free For All - snacked on a bunch of things
May 22 - Buffalo Wild Wings
May 23 - J's Mac and Cheese
May 24 - Dirty Rice
May 25 - Sub Sandwiches + BBQ Potato Chips
May 26 - Beef Tacos + Spanish Rice + Chips
May 27 - McAlisters {Savannah Chopped Salad + Harvest Chicken Salad}
May 28 - Nachos
May 29 - La Villa Steak Taco + Fruita con Leche Popsicle for dessert
May 30 - Hamburger + Pulled Pork + Potato Salad + Potato Chips
May 31 - Taco Salad

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Fringe Hours {book review}

I've read lots of great reviews about The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner...  But I have to say, I wasn't a fan like other people.  The book is written for the "too busy" mom, who maybe holds a job outside the house, or just overcommits to activities.  It's all about making time for yourself, which I get - but it came across to me as a teensy tiny bit selfish.  Since the subtitle of the book is "making time for you", I guess I should expect that to be the focus... but I kept thinking that the Bible tells us to work hard, give to and serve others.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ - Acts 20:35
Maybe I'm way off base since I don't work outside the home.  I don't {usually} overcommit {except for Christmastime!}. I have a quiet time in the morning and I exercise M-F.  I don't feel like I "never have time for myself", so this book wasn't for me.
I give this book 2 stars!
Here are the other books I have finished so far in 2016:
(13) The Vow by Kim & Krickitt Carpenter
(12) Stranded by Dani Pettrey
(11) Shattered by Dani Pettrey
(10) Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure
(9) Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade
(8) That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake
(7) In Between by Jenny B. Jones
(6) Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru
(5) Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake
(4) Submerged by Dani Pettrey
(3) All is Grace by Brennan Manning
(2) Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
(1) Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Week #21 {2016}

Sunday after church we went to lunch.
Our first Oriental Lily bloom! {Ry, of course, loved that it was orange!}
Monday. Today marks FIVE years since we left California to move to Georgia.  It seems like yesterday and yet it seems like forever ago!
The builder was back in replacing carpet and fixing our floor.
This is what a VERY tired Rylan looks like.  He rad HARD at t-ball and was trying to keep himself up.
Late that night Cody and his buddy came back to spend the night, so Tuesday we got to hang out with them.
Iron Man and Jake made an appearance.
Today was an extra cup of coffee with a little extra sweetness to keep me going.
We had fun playing in the sprinklers and eating popsicles with the White kids.
Wednesday we stopped by my parents to check out my dad's new mower.  He is SO excited about mowing his lawn.
And Iron Man escorted me to the Market.
When we got home, I heard something dragging on the floor.  I looked over to see this: He went to get his Skylanders figures.  He's such a gamer.  Ha!
Thursday morning we made Banana Bread Mini Muffins.
And we hit a big milestone when we got rid of all our milk babas {aka sip cups}.  Eek!
Friday the pool finally opened and we went for a little bit.
Our Oak Leaf Hydrangea sure is pretty.
We ended the night at Payton's softball practice.
Saturday my dad loved stopping to talk to the cows, and save a snapping turtle walking across a street {5 people had stopped to help save the turtle!}.
Chris used to deliver mattresses years ago and Dylan was pretty good at moving this one to Papa Nutt and Gigi's house.
While there, the kids got to shoot bb guns.
And I looked out the window to see Rylan "pretending to be sleeping" in a box.  Crazy kid!

Shooting {BB guns}

When you live in the South...you can shoot bb guns in your grandparents backyard.
So much fun making great summer memories!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Week #20 {2016}

Sunday morning we had a family talk.  I had to giggle when I realized that all 3 kids climbed into the tub to listen.
After the talk, we had the kids look of verses on obedience and copy them down {and yes, even Rylan did it!}
I have been watching my parents drive out here on Find My Friends and had to laugh when I saw this.  (My mom is the left circle and my dad is the right circle)  I messaged them and asked if my dad left my mom behind!
Monday started the last week (well 3 days) of school!  We aren't happy about that or anything.
I came home to find this:
Dylan's rocket he made for a class, some drawings and a tiki cup he made in art.
Ry had t-ball practice again.
But this time my parents got to come...and of course it started to rain on us!
Tuesday we got to go grocery shopping together.
Since most of the kids won't be taking the bus home tomorrow, we snapped a picture with Mr. T {the best bus driver EVER!}. And yes, that is all the kids that get off at this one stop.
Swedish Meatballs was what was for dinner. Yum!
Wednesday was the last time {well at least for a couple of months} that I have to see this alarm, this stinkin' early in the morning!
Darby brought donuts over to celebrate the last day of school.
I finally went to Sprouts and {eeks!} it's huge!
I know this doesn't look pretty, but BOY is it yummy! Click {here} for the recipe.
We went to Payton's end of the year party and I was so proud that she got the award for "having the best manners".
All done with school!
We went to Tito's to celebrate.
Thursday. The first day of summer and Ry and I had to head for his PreK screening.
You know Rylan J's tired when he does this: {That's his bit-bit.}
Early Friday morning {2 am} my nephew and his buddy showed up to crash on our couch. They were driving from California to North Carolina to ride their motorcycles at Dragon Tail. They were at our house a total of 8 hours, but it was so awesome to see/hug him!
Papa Nutt and Gigi even stopped by to say hi before they headed out.
Saturday Dylan made apple tarts...all by himself. {I love this kid.}
Chris hung up Rylan's name on his bed and Ry LOVES it.
We went to my parents for a bit and the boys got to shoot BB guns in their back yard.
I finished off the week seeing this while I was heading to the market...God is good.