Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

I sat down this evening while things are winding down for the day to blog, and after staring at a blank screen for a few minutes I decided to go through  my blog roll to get some inspiration - stumbled upon this so I joined up! Here's what I'm supposed to blog about:

What we're eating this week.

This pizza was UH-MAZE-ING. Seriously. It's a trendy little joint downtown on the Chattahoochee called Your Pie. Mine had sundried tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella, mushrooms, pepperoncini, and I'm probably forgetting something. It came with tofu, but I opted out because I truly enjoy a good veggie pizza.

Who doesn't love a good rice Krispie Treat? Especially when your husband makes them with your girls and brings you a warm, melty bite.:)
What I'm reminiscing about.
-- Always, always about days gone by. Days when my girls were babies. Days when Mike and I were in our first year of marriage and it was just us, living it up in England. when I was pregnant with  my girls. When I was healthy and could live a normal life. Days before leukemia and cancer and premature babies wrecked our world.
What I'm loving.
-- Honestly? This is going to sound so geeky, but I'm really loving the new budget we creaed and are sticking to.
What I've been up to.
-- Pokémon Go. I know, I know. I caved. But we have SO MUCH FUN as a family! We go down to the Riverwalk every night that we can and walk (or roll!). Sometimes I sit with the girls at the splash pad/park while Mike rides his bike. It's really great.
What I'm dreading.
-- Starting back to school. :(
What I'm watching/reading.
-- The Bible. Honestly. That's all I have time for - or all that I make time for, anyway. I love audiobooks....I need to get a new one. And I'm not watching anything except YouTube.
What I'm working on.
-- Getting tings ready for the new school year!
What I'm excited about.
-- Our trip to Florida in September! Almost two weeks of vacation and I cannot WAIT!
What I'm listening to.
-- Honestly, nothing specific. Kids CDs or Adventures in Odyssey most days.
What I'm wearing.
-- Haha. Nothing great, for sure. Lots of lightweights because it's SO HOT here in Alabama!
What I'm doing this weekend.
-- Hmm....I think it will be a relaxed weekend. Saturday my mom and I are going to a big town yard sale a couple towns over - it's all inside, so I will have an easy time getting around. I love yard sales but can't really get out and do it anymore. The girls have karate. Sunday is the usual church and family time.
What I'm looking forward to next month.
-- Kicking off the school year. Seeing my cousin from Arizona. Having a yard sale to get rid of this extra junk!
What else is new?
Mike got his first pair of glasses (reading glasses from the Dollar Tree) yesterday! I think he's so handsome in them. He's been needing some for a while, especially to help a night while driving and reading. He's going to an official appointment to get "real" ones this week.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Menu Plan 7/25

Happy Monday, ya'll! I'm back for another round of Menu Plan Monday!
Last week we did pretty good. Here's t he real life version of the planned meals:
Monday we enjoyed BBQ chicken (delicious!), cream corn and wild rice. Tuesday we had Pioneer Woman's Layered Saladand oh my goodness it was delicious! It lasted for one whole supper plus two lunches for my family of five. Wednesday we ate out because I had an appointment in Atlanta. Thursday I had potatoes that I scored for $1 for 5 pounds, so we made BBQ potatoes with all the fixings. Friday was tuna sandwiches and raw veggies (family favorite), Saturday was a birthday party, and Sunday we made hobo packs - hamburger patty, potatoes, onions, carrots wrapped in foil and baked in the oven. Another family favorite!
This week I've got more yummy things planned.
(I type this as my stomach is growling for lunch!)
MONDAY: red beans and rice with smoked sausage, cornbread muffins
TUESDAY: biscuits with sausage gravy and scrambled eggs
WEDNESDAY: chicken and dumplings
THURSDAY: Paula Deens Stuffed Beef Tenderloin and roasted brussel sprouts.
FRIDAY: Leftover night.
Saturday: out at a local Chik-Fil-A fo Princess and Prince Night
Sunday: grilled steak, scallops, and zucchini
I'm also making fresh blueberry muffins for breakfast and snacks this week.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Down Days and a Visitor

Today has just been one of those days. For the past three or so days, my back/hip/legs have been hurting. Sometimes, when I'm in my wheelchair, the ache is too much and I have to get out. Which has landed me on the couch or in the bed a lot more than usual. But I'm working with it and  ya'll know I do not give up. However, giving up doesn't mean I don't get down or depressed. Because I do. We all do, and you're lying if you say you don't. I get so frustrated that I am not the same mother I was a few years ago. I can't drive my girls to the park on a whim. Our outings are now carefully planned around my moms "rest time" (because she is our driver), doctors appointments, infusions, etc. I can't spend the a afternoon at the mall with the kids. I can't decorate my house the way I used to because I'm unable and we all know men could care less. I can't go grocery shopping or even on a carefree day of shopping with no specific plan because I have to worry about what stores are most important and how many times of getting the wheelchair in and out and how long will someone will be able to help push me before they wear out.
I'm done whining. So - on a much brighter note - these little guy was hanging out by the garden, chomping on a green tomato!
How cool! He's no stranger to our yard. I don't know where he comes from, but we've found him hanging out back there at east half a dozen times over the past almost 9 years that we've been here. He was going to town on that tomato!
Here in Alabama, it is HOT HOT HOT! It's ridiculous. Du to the heat, we've had a problem with ants. The pest control guy, miracle worker that he is and has been for several years, is on his way to my house right now to take care of the nasty little things. Bless him!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stranded: Famous People Edition (link up with Mix and Match Mama)

I'm linking up today with Mix and Match Mama for their "Stranded With...Famous People Edition" blog party! It's my first time, and I'm so excited! I had to REALLY think about this one. They host one every month and I'm looking forward to doing it again!
The first person who came to mind was Ree Drummond, for several reasons.
#1 - She's funny, so she'd keep me laughing while I was trying not to have a conniption fit.
#2 - She can cook. I mean, she can cook GOOD. She would be able to come up with all sorts of meals from things found on an island that I ever could.
#3 - She's go a lot of kids and often feeds a lot of people - she would be creative and organized.
#4 - She works with a wide array of big animals, so you know - if a hog or cow or something happened to swim the ocean to my deserted island, she'd probably know a little about how to clean it. And clean fish. Because I do not clean fish.

Uncle Si. For obvious reasons.
This has to be famous people, and my husband isn't famous. (well, in my book he is.)
Daniel Lissing is easy on the eyes, yes - but you know, he's strong, and me and Ree and Uncle Si are not gonna be all that strong. Obviously. ;)
If you link up, let me know! I'd love to read.
Have a great day, ya'll!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Comparisons

Hey ya'll! Usually on Fridays, I link up with Keys Korner for her Show Us Your Life series - but this week was on kids room and the girls room currently looks like Hurricane Opal (you Alabama 90's kids will get the reference) tore through there. Then I link up with the 5 on Friday group some but I have had a blah week and couldn't come up with 5 interesting favorites. The week consisted of a failed dental procedure (painful) and my back is giving me problems. That's landed me on the couch or in bed most of the time. I did get one big thing accomplished, though....I cleaned out the girls closet last night/this morning and now have to face the BIG task of listing it all for sale.
All I have for you today are these two comparison pictures. I noticed tem a few days ago but just got around to putting them together on Instagram.
This. This is the difference 5 years and a 120 pound weight loss brings.
Ignore the sticker on the sunglasses - I was trying several on and there was no mirror there so I snapped some pics. I bought these.
Not even ashamed.

And THIS! My baby! The first shot is me packing for a several week hospital stay 3 years ago. She didn't want me to go so she decided she'd try to go with me! Second shot is her while we were packing for Stone Mountain the other weekend. Someone tell her to stop growing up!
That's all I have, friends. I hope ya'll have a wondereful weekend!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Stone Mountain 2016

Last week we were able to go on an overnight getaway to Stone Mountain. I've only been once before and I don't really remember much. Mike grew up near there and went multiple times a week as a kid. This was our girls first time. And it won't be our last!
This is the view that greeted us:
I mean, seriously. Can this be my front yard please?

I didn't get a whole lot of pictures because I vowed that I would not spend so much time behind the camera and enjoy the time with my family.

The carving on the side of the mountain is HUGE. It doesn't look big at all fro the ground, but they say you can fit two school buses on the back of the horse. They also say a gown man can take shelter from the rain in the ear of the horse. That's huge!

First thing we did was take the skylift up the mountain. Had a picnic on the top of the mountain and enjoyed the beautiful view.

Later that night we enjoyed the free laser light show.

We headed back to the hotel after the show and hi the sack. The next morning we enjoyed a beautiful, delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel and then headed out for some sight seeing. They have SO many different attractions there, but we saved our second set of tickets for another time and just did the exhibits and nature trails All of which, by the way, are wheelchair accessible! I was so happy to be able to go do some things with everybody else! And - all of these things are free!

I think everybody can appreciate a good covered bridge!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Weeklly Meal Plan July 4-10

I usually post with the linkup on Mondays, but yesterday was Independence Day and I wanted to honor that by itself, without including the weekly men plan. I decided to share it today instead.
Last week was a fail. One big, large, epic fail. Monday through Wednesday was great, then we took a very spur of the moment trip to Stone Mountain Thursday and Friday. W had a GEAT time -update coming soon! Saturday morning I woke up early and sat on the couch with my cup of coffee (okay, they say it's a sin to lie so I have to admit I was on my third...) when Mike called me to come to the bedroom. He had just gotten a phone call from his parents that his grandmother was in serious condition and within 30 minutes he was on his way to Tampa. As of today (Sunday) she is doing some better, but still in ICU and still on the vent. Please keep her in your prayers.
Then Saturday, my mom took the girls swimming at my cousins house and I stayed home ALONE! I almost didn't know what to do with myself. It was so.....WEIRD! Sunday we came to my hometown to spend the holiday here. So that blew our plan! But this is a fresh week and here's what we have on the docket.
Monday: cookout - we contributed fresh fish, hushpuppies, tomato pie, and Watergate salad
Tuesday: stuffed clams and roasted asparagus
Wednesday: sprig vegetable soup (third week on the menu!)
Thursday: black bean tacos and radish//carrot/cilantro salad
Friday: waffles & sausage
Saturday: lemon chicken pasta and French bread with garlic herb butter and feta
Sunday: macaroni salad with diced ham
I hope ya'll have a wonderful Tuesday!