Monday, December 8, 2014

Menu Plan Monday! 12/8/14

Hey ya'll! How are you doing? I hope everyone is having or had a great Monday.
I had a really lovely day. After I dropped J of at school,
I came home and got some things done before our ladies prayer.
Then, the ladies, some of the husbands and our visiting preacher had lunch together - and also had a blast! I love days like this where unexpected things are so much fun.
 
Last week I did really, really good with our menu plan.
I cooked everything except one dish, which we ended up having sandwiches that night.
 
Here's this weeks - and don't forget to head over to Organizing Junkie> to link up!
 
Monday: leftovers
Tuesday: french toast and apples/bananas
Thursday: sandwiches (we are going out on a church outing)
Friday: beans and Mexican cornbread
Saturday:I have a shopping date with my oldest girl :)
 
The beans are literally just 1 can of northenrn beans and 1 can of pinto, maybe 1 can of kidney, with some seasonings. Mike's grandma makes it and it is SOOOO good! The Mexican cornbread is just regular cornbread with jalapenos, cheese, whole kernal corn, maybe black beans, etc. thrown in. One of my faves!
 
Here is the YouTube video I made for this weeks menu plan:
 
 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Project Organize Announcement!

Otherwise known as "Get-Rid-of-All-This-Junk-and-Sto=Procrastinating-on-Projects."
 
I am notorious for procrastination. I will do a million small tasks just to avoid the one 30-minute chore that I have been dreading for weeks. Months? Years, even.
Yes, it's true.
I am not ashamed, either.
Because we all do it. And if you say you don't - you're kidding yourself.
I procrastinate about getting up in the morning.
I procrastinate about cooking supper every night.
About wedding my flower bed. Cleaning the toilets.
Get the picture? :)
 
So I'm going to stop it all RIGHT NOW and start "Project Organize".
I am not creative and cannot think of a better name!
I will give myself a week to do one area, and starting off is...
(hear the thunder and lightning?)
the garage.
 
It's awful, and I have chills just thinking about it.
I'm going to start today and let it go through next Sunday, when I will give an update.
I need those extra days, ya'll. Actually, I may need an extra month.
 
If you would like to join, LEASE do & leave me a link in the comments! You guys don't know how much I love readying the few comments I get. And there's a good chance I may need a lot little encouragement.
 
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Oh sweet sunshine, how I miss you....

Did ya'll have a good weekend?
                                 WE DID!!
We had a GREAT weekend, matter of fact!
We were able to go to the Sarasota/Tampa area of Florida to visit my in-laws for a few days and send Thanksgiving with them. We also were able to visit Sea World, downtown Disney, and the beach.
It's the first time we have been there together in a year and a half, so it was time.
And it was really, really, nice.
I took my "big" camera but didn't even use it - but here are the ever-popular cell-hone shots:
 
 
Miss Delilah is the sweetest thing. I love that she loves to snuggle in bed!

 

 
I really, really, really want to go back here.
Forever.

 
The sun was so bright but this is the best I got of the girls.

 

 
Sam is Delilah's brother. My MIL rescued them about 8 years ago from a farmer who was going to shoot them. (I think it was a farmer...??) He is HUGE. MASSIVE. GIGANTIC.
With a heart of a lamb. :)


 
Sara and June at Downtown Disney. We finally made it there after more than a few accidents...

 
We had lunch at the Rainforest Café. The girls liked it okay - they enjoyed when the animals started acting up. If you're not careful, the gorilla will get you!




 
Then we headed over to Sea World - we saw a few of the shows & the girls were able to pet the stingrays, see the mama and baby dolphins, and see the sharks.

 
And this.
This is a tired mama.
One who  cleaned the house, packed the bags, loaded up the truck alone, -picked up the husband at work, rode 9+ hours, sent 5 glorious days with family in the warm sunshine, packed it all up and did it again. One whose house is a wreck and the junk in the truck is 3 foot high.
                                            But it was totally, completely, 100% worth it.
And I'd do it all again in a heartbeat.
(But can we wait a few months?)
 
 
Just throwing this in - a quick Meal lan Monday video that I put on my YouTube channel.
Didn't get a chance to make the blog post this week, so I'm sharing this way. :)
 
 
I hope ya'll have a wonderful Wednesday - see ya'll tomorrow...
... good Lord willin' & the creek don't rise!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday!

Head over to Organizing Junkie to link up!
 
Monday: Italian pork, pesto gnocchi, salad
Tuesday: chicken with stuffing, green beans, rice & gravy
Wednesday: lemon pepper tilapia, sautéed squash, zucchini & red onion
Thursday: chocolate chip pancakes, bacon
Friday: spinach roll-ups, salad, garlic bread
Saturday: enchiladas
Sunday: chicken enchilada soup
 
 


Friday, November 14, 2014

It's Fall, Ya'll!

Yeah, I know. I'm like a month late.
But better late than never, right?
 
I didn't put up a whole lot of fall decor this year.
My house is already the fall reds, oranges and browns, so I threw in a few things here and there
 and called it a day
 
 
I think I've had this wreath for the past 2-3 years. Seriously. Maybe 4.
I had big aspirations of replacing it this year, but i procrastinated.
Maybe next year?


I have this little acorn picture frame out on the bookshelf.
Yes, it has a Christmas picture in it.
See? Not perfect over here!
 

 
This is on the top of my bookshelf (which is in the living room).
I have a big glass jar with some beads in the bottom and a glass pumpkin on top.
 The bird cage to the left was my grandmothers,
and I don't like that silver frame to the right but it works for now.

 
This pumpkin-y wreath is on the back door. I got it this year at Fred's for $10.
Please excuse the poor state of our interior blinds.
Labs do not like to be left alone in the house apparently, and the shutters took a beating.
 
 
 
This is the arrangement in the middle of my dining room table.
I got the gold charger at Dollar General for $1, the two black candle holders from Goodwill for $1/ea,
and the flowers I already had on hand.

 
Totally not a part of the fall décor, but who can resist this sweet face?!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day!

I am a VERY proud Air Force wife, and I know firsthand the sacrifices these people make.
Birthdays missed, phone calls made with lags and echos, fuzzy FaceTime, holidays alone, and even bringing new babies into this world with your husband watching via the Internet....
...or hearing about it hours later.
The sacrifice is real and it's hard.
 
 
These pictures are some I will forever hold close to my heart.
When June was n the NICU in Orlando, FL, it came time for him to re-enlist
His Commander and First Sergeant (and the Commanders wife) drove down to personally re-enlist him in front of the hospital where June was a patient.

 
It took place under the big American flag outside, and I was so proud.
My husband, taking an oath to defend our country, promising to do his very best to protect us all.
 

 
Integrity First.
Service before self.
Excellence in all we do.

 
Take a moment today and thank a veteran and his family.
They may never let on, but it means more than you could imagine.
And - you don't have to support this war. But you can support our troops.
 
 
OFF we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder
At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force!
Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder
Sent it high into the blue
Hands of men blasted the world a-sunder
How they lived God only knew!
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings, ever to soar!
With scouts before And bombers galore.
Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force!
Here's a toast to the host
Of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast, the U.S. Air Force!
 
Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true
If you'd live to be a grey-haired wonder
Keep the nose out of the blue!
Flying men, guarding the nation's border,
we'll be there followed by more!
In echelon we carry on, Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Happenings & Menu Plan Monday!

I feel like I always come on here and say - WOW! This weekend was insane!
But this weekend really was.
We threw a big church yard sale on Saturday
and the kids had a stand with lemonade, sweet tea, hot cocoa, brownies, cookies, etc.
Everybody - including the children - worked their little tail ends off
and we made a combined $300 (roughly).
I am SO proud of them.
For my mental memory book, Sara and June (especially Sara) would yell...repeatedly...at every single customer who walked in the door...
"LEMONADE! GET YOUR LEMONADE! SWEET TEA! COOKIES! BROWNIES!"
I saw Sara over there several times making peoples drinks for them.
We may have two little entrepreneurs on our hands!
 
Sunday we went to church & then served a big dinner afterwards.
Got home around 3:30 and crashed for the rest of the day.
I pitched a tent on the couch and I'm not sure I left it!
Had to keep it warm, you know. :)
 
Mike is off today and tomorrow for Veterans Day & this morning, he gave me the wonderful gift of SLEEPING IN! He got up with the girls, got them fed and dressed and both off to school. Yes, it's 7:42 a.m. so I didn't really "sleep in" but I relaxed in bed and it was W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L. We don't have much on the agenda for today - I've got to run to the store, I've got Bible Study this morning, & I need to do some work for the blog. Oh, and I have this atrocious to-do list to work on. :/
 
 
 
Anyway, you're probably not here for all that, so here's our meal plan for the week.
We did very good last night but we have several meals left over because we ate at church one day and ate sandwiches a few other days because the week was so hectic.
 
Monday: chili & cornbread
Wednesday: chocolate chip pancakes & bacon
Thursday: taco pasta Hamburger Helper, whole kernal corn
Friday: pigs in a blanket, mac & cheese
Saturday: we'll be at my moms
Sunday: taco soup & cornbread
 
Head on over to Organizing Junkie to link up! My grocery budget for the month of November is $300. This is a HUGE challenge to me because previously it was $500. But we'll be gone for 5 days at the end of the month, so I think I can do it. I shall keep you updated!
 
And because I can't end this post without posting a picture of my sweet Junebug: