Monday, February 20, 2017

A little update and a meal plan

I feel like with Lincoln soon approaching 2 months that I'm finally hitting my stride and beginning to function like a human again... well at least part of the time. I mean this sh*t is difficult! Between being a mom for FOUR, having a newborn, working full time (with baby in tow), and having EVERYTHING around our house fall apart at the same time (we are up to FOUR expensive leaks since Lincolns birth) things have been hard. I've had lots of tears and frustrations in the last month and a half! I just haven't felt myself, which isn't unusual after the birth of a little one.

One thing that makes me happy is cooking for my little family. However, with everything going on I just had the time to cook and we've been too dependent on delivery from restaurants using AmazonNow...

Last week though I pulled out my Keepers Cookbook and managed to actually cook!
All of the dishes that I made were so yummy and fast!So I've decided to cook from this cookbook again this week!

Here's the plan:

  • Our Favorite Meatloaf (p.86) 
  • Parmesan Broccoli (p.150) 
  • Mashed Potatoes 
  •  Salmon in Foil with Spinach and Cream (p.40) 
  • Left overs 
  • London Broil with Mustard Butter (p.75) 
  • Skillet Asparagus (p.148) 
  • Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sweet Potatoes (p.60)  
  • Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon (p.155) 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day from the Park Boys

The boys were both VERY excited about Valentine's Day! They have been talking about it for the last two weeks and they wanted to do LOTS of crafting!

Since they both LOVE dinosaurs I picked out this super cute kit from Paper Source

It was great to see Hunter write his name on each dino and as I put on the name of each friend he took so much pride in decorating each one just for them! There was glue everywhere but it was worth it.  

Gibson also enjoyed adding all of the individual hearts. The dinos are attached to a bag full of Valentine goodies! There is a pencil, heart eraser, Hershey kisses, lollipop, bubbles, and a mini rice crispy treat. 

I was a crazy person on Sunday morning... Emma was sick and Matt wasn't feeling well either so I wanted him to sleep in... I thought that the boys wouldn't make a lot of noise if they were painting... of course the instant they started Lincoln woke up and needed to eat. There I was sitting on craft paper, nursing, and surrounded by two crazy boys with paint! It was high stress trying to make sure that paint didn't get everywhere and helping to clean off brushes and pass different paint colors. In the end it all turned out okay and all kids had a blast and thank goodness the paint was washable!

For their teachers, the boys made little ring bowls out of play-doh and we heated it, slowly, in the oven to harden. We put them in little Valentine boxes that we found at the dollar store.  

I tried to get Emma to do a Valentine but she is "over it"... she did however help with some of the crafting when it came to the boys.