Sunday, May 31, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Wow, I have really neglected my weekly menu planning! I had been making kinda-sorta-loosely-put-together meal plans in my head each week, but for whatever reason, if I post it on my blog, I feel more accountable and end up following it. Plus, summer school starts this week and I'll be teaching two nights a week, so it's even more important to make sure that meals are well-thought out so the hubby can handle it (tee hee!). It's only Sunday, but I thought I'd get a jump on it now...

Today (Sunday), we're having a very simple, summery meal. My kiddo and I were flipping through a food magazine and she was quite thrilled with the picture of hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls, which she's never had before. So, tonight, I'm making weenie wraps! It may not be the healthiest meal, but I'll add some broccoli on the side and make some peach-mango smoothies to go with it.

Monday~ Oven "fried" chicken, roasted red potatoes, and...? Not sure yet.

Tuesday~ Easy dad dinner--mac n cheese and green beans, maybe some pears, too

Wednesday~ Pork tenderloin roast with mushrooms and spicy mixed veggies

Thursday~ Easy dad dinner--tuna and veggie wraps

Friday~ Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread

Next weekend is up in the air. I'll probably make chicken quesadillas one night and ribs the other night. Yay for summer food and cooking!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sorry it's been a while...the weather has been nice and I've been enjoying it! Sitting outside every afternoon, going on walks, rocking in the backyard with a fire blazing. Sweet.

More nonsense later...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Making the Most of this Moment

I’m feeling a little whimsical…wistful…spiritual…thoughtful tonight…cracking open my armor and letting my other side peek out a little bit. Must be a hazard of the warm weather and enjoying the sound of silence while I’m sitting outside.

There are a few moments in the evenings just as the sun is sinking, when the leftover traces of light bounce across the sky and collide with the horizon, momentarily blurring the line between Heaven and earth. Sometimes I think that if I squint and focus my stare hard enough into that line, I’ll see that it’s where all of my lost dreams and failed hopes reside—waiting for me to catch up with them.

It was warm today, warmer than what I prefer, but now with the breeze gradually picking up and sweeping over me, the temperature slowly falling and the evening hum of crickets and chirping of birds, I’m comfortable and relaxed, thinking about why God makes the seasons change. Each season is a time of something new, something full of hope and promise for the future. Much of the time I wish I had 27 hours in a day, just so that I would feel like I’m better able to accomplish the tasks hanging over me, but the truth is, I think God broke the days into 24 hour increments because He knew that when He made us, we weren’t designed to withstand infinite troubles, or even infinite joy. At least not in our human forms. After the past days, weeks and months of troubles, it occurs to me that God understands the human condition, the built-in frailties He gave each of us…and He understands that we need to rest in between each thing we face, because we can only bear the weight of one day at a time.

Leaning back, rocking, gazing at the sky and waiting for the first star of the evening to appear through the high, wispy clouds…I’m wondering if I take a chance and make a wish, whether it will come true. Then I think that the moment is so perfect, I don’t even know what I could wish for. I’m sure as daylight streams through my window in the morning, I’ll be able to think of plenty of things to wish for, but right now, this moment is all that I need or want it to be.

Having contemplated that, it occurs to me that there is something I could wish for right now…to enjoy each moment as much as I’m enjoying this one, to have the moment be enough, to be able to keep that same peace and clarity and believe, even if it’s only for a short time, that somehow, everything will be okay. I will be okay.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

We're Not in Kansas Anymore...

It was a busy week with a flurry of birthday activities, and of course, my craziest attempt (so far) at a cake. My kiddo was absolutely tickled that she was able to help with decorating it. As you can see, we kept with The Wizard Oz theme, complete with yellow-iced cakes, a slightly crooked yellow brick road pattern (courtesy of my sweetheart's attempt at maneuvering a decorating bag), some poppies and a pair of "ruby slippers." If I don't end up on Cake Wrecks, I think I'm in pretty good shape. (If you haven't visited Cake Wrecks, I highly recommend it. There are lovely cakes that are sometimes featured, but mostly, it's pictures of hysterically wrong and disturbing cakes.)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Funny Four Year Old

My kiddo went to the doctor today--on her birthday--for her four-year checkup. What I had not anticipated was that she was going to need four shots. The kiddo took it in stride for the most part, but by the end of it all, she was not happy and forcefully grabbed the needle from the nurse, shrieking as loud as she could and screaming, "I SAID NO!" She actually bent the needle to a ninety-degree angle and cut three of her fingers open in the process.

The poor nurse was upset and kept apologizing, but I was busy apologizing for my freakishly strong child and for the incredible amount of blood that was spurting from her fingers.

What worries me the most is that she won't need shots again until 5th grade--and she'll only be bigger and stronger by then.

On a happier note, the little munchkin is quite happy now with a brand new bicycle from mommy and daddy, a special birthday cake in the refrigerator for after dinner (not the Wizard of Oz one, that's for Saturday's party), and she's absolutely tickled that we had lunch at Chuck E. Cheese and went for a haircut afterward. It's been a busy day, but other than the whole my-child-thinks-she-is-the-incredible-hulk fiasco in the doctor's office, it's been fantastic.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Yay for Spring

I'm really enjoying the warmer temperatures and all the flowers and trees coming to life. It smells I don't know how else to describe it. The upcoming week is going to be busy. Thankfully, tomorrow is Friday! Ooohhh...Mother's Day is this weekend. No plans (yet), but I'll probably ask for the same thing I've been asking for every year since becoming a mom--a few hours to work in the garden on Saturday afternoon, go to church and out to breakfast on Sunday, followed by a trip to the zoo or museum. In the past four years, the only thing I've actually gotten off that list was a few hours to work on the garden. And that time, I ended up in the emergency room with a bamboo splinter the size of Texas in my upper ear. Maybe I'll skip the gardening request this year.

Next weekend is my kiddo's birthday party. She picked a Wizard of Oz theme, which I'm excited about. We've got everything we need, including themed plates, napkins and decorations. And I'm trying my hand at a tiered birthday cake--with a yellow brick road pattern! This is new territory for me as far as cake decorating goes, but if it turns out even halfway decent, I'll have to post some pictures. I'll be practicing the decorating between now and next weekend.

Other than that, things are quiet here, which is always good. I hope I didn't just jinx myself.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Happy May!

A few reasons to love spring, brought to you from my happy little garden...