Sunday, April 30, 2017

What I Ate {April 2017}

Here's what we ate for the Month of April 2017

1 - Beans and Rice Bowls
2 - Applebee's Spinach Cavatappi
3 - Chicken Tacos
4 - Spaghetti + Salad
5 - ???
6 - Free For All
7 - Free For All
8 - Rotisserie Lemon Pepper Chicken + Brown Rice + Roasted Veggies
9 - Carne Asada + Chips + Pico de Gallo
10 - Taco Salad
11 - Chicken & Mushroom Sauce + Roasted Asparagus + Brown Rice
12 - Wendy's Jr. Hamburger + Garden Salad
13 - Chicken Alfredo + Baby Carrots
14 - Nachos
15 - Kale Chopped Salad + Hard Boiled Egg
16 - Easter Sunday - Steaks + Roasted Red Potatoes & Green Beans + Garlic Bread
17 - Taco Salad
18 - Beef & Broccoli + Brown Rice
20 - ???
21 - Baked Potatoes with Broccoli & Cheese Sauce + Katie's Salad
22 - Red Robin Whiskey BBQ Chicken Salad
23 - Cobb Salad
24 - Beans & Rice Bowls
27 - Hot Dogs + Blue Cheese & Pear Salad
28 - Chicken Gyro Plate
29 - Spaghetti + Kati's Salad + Italian Salad + Garlic Bread
30 - Pork Sirloin Roast

The Accidental Empress {book review}

My friend, Kim, recommended this book to me and I started reading it a couple of months ago.  Then {as I was getting totally invested in the book} my lending time expired on Overdrive {with getting ready to move, I didn't have much reading time!}.  I went to renew it and found out I had to put it on hold.  I was like #17 on four copies.  It was agonizing to wait that long.  It was finally my turn and I devoured the rest of the book.  It was so good.  So sad {not crying sad, but just feeling bad for some of the characters}. So interesting.  When I finished Kim told me to read the notes in the back, because it was based on a true story...which made it that much more good, sad, interesting.  Go read it and tell me what you think!
Note:  It's not a Christian book.  There are a few swear words, but it is pretty clean.  =)
I give this book 5 stars!
Here is the other books I have finished so far in 2017:
(5) Wonder by R.J. Palacio
(4) Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey
(3) Black Sands by Colleen Coble
(2) The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
(1) Desperate by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Week #17 {2017}

Sunday was freezing {!}, so I put on my daddy's sweater to keep warm.  I'm so thankful for things like this that remind me of him.
Dinner was a yummy Cobb Salad {when I meal planned, this cold front WASN'T in the forecast!}.
Monday Ry was exhausted and fell asleep on the way to TKD.  It's tough work turning 5!
This was our sunset.  It was SO MUCH more beautiful in person.
Tuesday morning was a wee bit foggy.
Ry guy had a sweet snuggle buggler when I got home from school drop off.
That evening, when the kids and I got home from school, Chris had picked up his new "toy"and had already mowed part of the yard.... 
For dinner I made Deluxe BBQ Chicken Pizza.
After dinner, Chris went back out to mow some more. {Think he likes it?}
While he mowed and the kids played, I sat on the swing and watched the sunset.
Wednesday morning, I had some work to do and Rylan sat here for THREE hours putting together his Lego set.
He took a picture of the finished product!
Bombi keeps growing and loves to play!
Thursday was Gigi's birthday, I told her I was going to take her to lunch and surprised her with a bunch of her friends waiting there to celebrate with us! I love you momma!
Ry was super excited to get a package from Auntie D, that had some more of his favorite "pew pew" dressing.
While we were at TKD, Chris called to tell us that he finally saw the snake in the barn!  Dylan and I saw it a couple of days after we moved in, but no one had seen it since.  So we walked down to the barn to check it out.
This was what he had left behind.  {shiver!}
The sunset was amazing yet again.
And the kids stayed up way past the littles bedtime having a blast on the swing.  I LOVE nights like this!
Friday after dropping Dylan off at school, Payton and I went to the park to workout before her school started.  Payton took this photo of the sky.
That night I dropped the little off at Gigi's...
so I could go on a date with this guy.
After a yummy Mediterranean dinner, we headed to Dylan's orchestra concert.
There were a TON of orchestra kids there from the local middle and high schools.  They all had learned the same songs and played all together.  It was pretty cool.
Can you find Dylan {and his buddy Nico} in the picture below?
Saturday morning,
started early with projects.... we will always have projects at this house!
I went to pick up the littles who spent the night at Gigi's,
and then we stopped at the best donut shop in the area!
Payton and Rylan brought me the sweetest "flowers" from the yard.
That night we had the Schmidt's over for dinner.  While we were walking around the yard, I said to Jennifer, "Hey have you seen the bird nest?"  She peeked in and was shocked because one of the eggs was ACTUALLY hatching!  We all got to watch it.  It was amazing.  I hope the kids will remember it forever.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Week #16 {2017}

Sunday was Easter.
Monday  Little guy and I went to mow Gigi's lawn.
Her yard is so peaceful!
And Ry was an awesome helper!
Tuesday Bombi and Rylan had a staring contest...Rylan won.
Wednesday Bombi was napping under the dining room table, and I looked down to find Rylan down there too {irritating him - of course!}.
We got to watch the sunset on our way home tonight.  I hope I never take these views for granted.
This dog is a handful at times...and then completely adorable at other times!
Thursday - Chris had hung the amazing chandelier that Miles & Davese gave us {Thanks Unc & Auntie D!}.  I love how it looks in the morning. 
Yes, our drive may be longer...but we have so much beauty to look at.
Especially watching how the sky changes as the sun rises. {Isn't God amazing?}
Back at home I found Bombi under our bed....where he is not supposed to be.
Friday morning, on our way to drop Payton off at school. She's such a silly girl.
Ry asked me to take his picture because it was his last day of being 4...and of course I obliged.
Then I nuggle buggled my 4 year old, one last time. {tear}
He was so excited to go to bed.
Because Saturday he turned 5!