Wordless Wednesday: Season 4 - Moves Like Jagger

August 28, 2013

Opening day of Joy's 4th season of soccer was this past Saturday

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Wordless Wednesday: 4 Hours is not enough

August 21, 2013
Thank goodness for bright lipstick

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Wordless Wednesday: Loc'd

August 14, 2013

First Day of MIDDLE School

It's another one of those days when I swear I just gave birth, but here she is, 11 years later and entering 6th grade. Wasn't she just in kindergarten? And why is 6th the beginning of middle school now? It should be the last year of elementary.
Mom, you got me to school on time. I got this.
You can go to work now.

End of day results
  • She claims she has three of the best teachers in the school (she likes her teachers and classmates, this is a bonus). 
  • She got violin instead of Cadet Corps (thank goodness!)
  • Math is soooooo basic, but I still had to double-check that she didn't miss any prime numbers and tomorrow's homework is composite numbers. 
  • She made friends (she's an introvert at first, so this is important).
  • I am grateful that there wasn't any sort of meltdown over not being able to go to school with her BFF's from elementary.
And now that we have the rest of the school supply/clothing shopping out of the way I am going to pass out so we can start all over again.

Who's bright idea was it to start school at 7:45 am????

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Menu Plan Monday: Back To School

August 12, 2013
Summer isn't over! What do you mean school is starting tomorrow?!?!

That's me crying, not my daughter. I actually miss the days when school started the Monday after Labor Day. That makes sense.

My daughter is mostly excited that school is starting even though in the last three weeks there was a major SNAFU and I had to pull a miracle out of my ass (with help from the The Teen (who is now the the College Student, stop growing already!) and her dad. But she's enrolled, excited, school clothes and supplies for the first day obtained and I was good and planned the menu yesterday morning so the Teen/College Student could go grocery shopping for me today (Thank goodness for Fresh and Easy Coupons!) because I spent yesterday re-arranging furniture, buying new seat cushions for the dining table and getting a migraine. Then starting 5 loads of laundry. No, I am no insane. Just been busy.

And so .... here's dinner. Breakfast will consist of either cold cereal or eggs and bacon. I might get ambitious and try a dessert, but I don't think that will happen this week unless it's African Fruit Fool.
From Boma -- Flavors of Africa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Monday: Zippy BLT Wraps - quick, easy, and very little clean-up. I want to be able to prep for tomorrow. School starts at 7:45!

Tuesday: Turkey Tacos - hey, it's Taco Tuesday, who am I to argue?

WednesdayBeef Broccoli (I'll probably eat mine without the rice since I forgot to add a head of cauliflower to the grocery list).

Thursday: Grilled Apple Chicken on top of a Dole Summer Salad

Friday: Blackened Chicken with sauteed zucchini I am way too lazy to make zoodles, so the last three times I have made this, I slice the zucchini, saute it with some salt and black pepper, and just chop up the 'cados on the side. Works just as well. I think I might need to make more cajun/blackening seasoning though ...

What's on your plate this week?
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Menu Plan Monday: Reunion Cleanse

August 5, 2013
I was looking for a few new recipes over at PaleOMG (like OMG, best desserts for this plan!) and realized that I do sort of cleanse on Mondays after the weekend. Though, after our amazing reunion weekend, we started last night with stuff I pulled from the freezer.
Family sing-along

Cooking with Cousin Olivia

She couldn't get enough of the birds

Sunday: Tilapia with green beans and tomatoes -- this recipe is so quick and easy, we love it. My mom and I had tilapia, the kids had Cajun Salmon.
Monday: Curried Turkey Cutlets with Apricots - (we usually end up using turkey patties, but everything else is the same) with green beans, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.
Tuesday: Chicken Salad. Might as well use some of those apples I brought back from NorCal
Wednesday: Mahi Mahi Grilled Fish Tacos
Thursday: Steak Salad
Friday: Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potatos - I love PaleOMG because she introduced me to sweet potato brownies. I can still have brownies!!!

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