Jan 19, 2017

Friday Favorites- New Years Addition

Thank goodness Friday is here!  Linking up with the usual suspects, Andrea, Erika and Narci





 It's been a long week, but a good one.  After last week , I feel like a different person, and it's been wonderful!  

I wanted to talk a bit about my goals for the new year.  I love January 1st.  It's like a new beginning, a fresh start and I am all about new beginnings!

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I love making New Years resolutions and  am actually pretty good at sticking with them and I kinda love the challenge.

I decided this year to pick a word.  I thought about it for a few weeks because I really wanted it to "represent" me. This year, my word is:

GROW

Grow in my job:  I started a new job in August, and I feel like it was meant just for me.  It is completely different than my previous job and somewhat stressful.  But I feel like I have a purpose here and my co workers are truly amazing!  I would love to work my way up and be in charge of HR.  Might take a few years, but I know I can do it.

Grow in my friend base:  I have some really amazing friends, and I am ready to get more involved.  I would LOVE to be a part of a book club, freezer cooking club, or just having monthly get togethers to hash out life.  I really need this addition.

Grow in my faith:  I have been pretty good about doing my morning devotionals.  I love, love, love Jesus Calling.  I swear every one I read is meant just for me, haha!

Jesus Calling   -     By: Sarah Young

I also do a few prayers from Stormie O'Martians book

The Power of a Praying Parent Prayer and Study Guide  -     By: Stormie Omartian

There are 31 prayers to pray over your kids, I like to pick 3 to pray every morning.

I then do one prayer from her book, Power of a Praying Wife.  Love this book too, 


This is another quick devotional that I love to read in the morning.  

One-Minute Inspirations for Women  -     By: Elizabeth George

I then get my Bible out and will read some from that.  I have the app She Reads Truth on my phone.  I am (slowly) reading the Bible from start to finish, and this app has it laid out very well.  I read the Bible from cover to cover several years ago and really enjoyed it.

I have been getting up really early in the mornings and am LOVING my quiet time!  I light a candle, make my coffee, start the fireplace and just let myself be in the moment.


Grow my Talents:  I am a crafty person by nature, and have loved doing crafts and lots of scrapbooking.  All that fit well into my schedule when I stayed home and did daycare.  However since working outside the home for the last almost 5 years, I haven't found time to do any of that.  I want to find my creativity again.  A couple weeks ago, Emma and I sat down and practiced some calligraphy style writing and it was SO fun!!


Grow with my Family:  This does not mean grow another family member, haha!!  I was feeling for awhile (last fall) like we were a bit disconnected, but I really feel like we've been together a lot and lots of fun playing cards and games.  I think the best compliment was when Rachel's boyfriend told her that he loves hanging out with us because we have so much fun!  One thing we have slacked on is family devotionals.  We are not regular church goers, but we used to have Sunday night family devotionals and do the rosary once a month.  I want us to get back to that.  Any good family devotional books you love?

Grow With my Health:  My workouts are SEVERELY lacking.  I used to walk/run at least 3-4 times a week.  It's been at least 3 weeks since I've done anything, ugh.  My eating is spot on, but I need to workouts for mental clarity.   

I am also back on track with meal planning/prepping.  My perfect Sunday is finding new recipes and prepping everything for the week, it's so relaxing for me!


This week we had:


Chicken Ala King (From Mix and Match Mamas cookbook)

Panini's and soup

Sausage and potatoes

Alayna and I also made a meatloaf and a lasagna to freeze for next week.  It feels so good to have that organized.

So there ya have it.  I have everything organized and together for this week.  And I know that everything will change tomorrow and I will feel completely overwhelmed again, haha!!

Jan 16, 2017

Life Lately

Life lately has, well, kinda sucked.  Not gonna lie.  Last week I had court for a car accident I was involved in 4 years ago.  We decided to go after the insurance company, and we lost.  It was by far the hardest, most stressful thing I've had to go through.  But it's done, and I can't change the outcome.  It's really hard to sit there and listen to someone say not the nicest things about you, but I am very proud that I stood up for myself, and know that it needed to be done.

Now we move forward and I'm not looking back.  I know that God has all this planned out and I am trusting in Him completely.  I am SO grateful for what I have.  Even though it was unbelievably stressful, it is so minor compared with what others are dealing with, and I am focusing on that.

Having that stress gone is SO wonderful!  I feel like I am back to myself and am grateful I can eat again!!!

This weekend was glorious.  Saturday we were home and just hung out watching movies all day.  The girls and I did get some cleaning done and laundry, and I did get some meal prepping in too.

Sunday was Rachel's first volleyball tournament, and they played so well! (She's #13)


They have a really good team this year and came in 3rd in the gold division!!  We are so excited to watch them play this year.


Her 2 BFF's came out to watch her and Taylor, love these girls!!


We were actually home by 2, so I finished meal planning and prepping.  Alayna was my sous chef and she put a lasagna together.  After a disaster of a week last week, I was determined to hit the jackpot with meals this week, haha!!

Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

We had a wonderful New Years weekend!  It was the perfect mix of relaxing, organizing, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Friday night was a very chill night, I went grocery shopping so I could meal plan and prep.  Brad and I are starting the Fast Metabolism Diet again, so it was lots of fruits and veggies in that cart! We played games with the girls and I think we were in bed by 9:30, haha!

Saturday was just a nice day of getting caught up.  Brad worked on the basement all day and I cleaned, finished laundry and got some cooking done.  My goal for the weekend was to organize and meal plan/cook and I definitely accomplished that!

We headed over to Brad and Trisha's around 6 and enjoyed playing games and eating, and then eating some more.  I guess that's what happens when you know your diet starts January 1...Rachel made a taco dip to bring, and we thoroughly enjoyed all the foods!

Love all of the kiddos.  And I really love that they still want to hang out with us, I know those days  will soon end...




Sunday was a total chill day.  Brad and I literally did nothing and it was glorious!  We both needed a day to veg out.  I started a new book, "Present Over Perfect" by Shauna Niequist.  I really like it so far and think it is a great read for the beginning of 2017.


I read her book, "Bread and Wine" last year and it quickly became one of my favorites, I've read it twice!  It is a must read for 2017.


Emma and I spent Sunday night practicing our handwriting skills.  Ummm, I think she found her calling!!




Sunday afternoon Rachel's boyfriend Matt came over and I made a pasta bar for supper.  I had spaghetti and fettuccine noodles with spaghetti sauce, alfredo sauce and grilled chicken and shrimp.  It was divine!  We spent the evening playing the game Tripoly and laughing at Alayna's antics...


I got my menu board ready to go, and put one of my favorite quotes on it.  There is a sign at work with this quote and I love it, so true!


Tonight I had Rachel make the oven roasted chicken and veggies and it was a hit!  I had the chicken marinating for a couple days so all she had to do was cut up the potatoes and add broccoli.  She sprinkled Montreal Chicken seasoning and it was SO good!  All three girls gave it a thumbs up.



Thursdays the girls make supper, so Emma will be in charge of the soup.  She found a recipe for homemade tomato soup that she might make instead of the tuscan soup.  I love that they are getting so handy in the kitchen, makes it so much easier for me!


Dec 31, 2016

2016 Year in Review

I cannot believe today is New Years Eve already!!  This year completely flew by...

I am excited to have 3 days off, I really need this right now.  My plan for today is to do some cleaning/laundry and start my meal planning.  I also want to get my new planner filled out and get organized!

2016 was really an amazing year! Here is a little "year in review", which won't be much becaus I severely lacked in the blogging department!!

January

We got some time to snuggle this sweet boy...


We watched Alayna play volleyball, and she really enjoyed it!


Brad and I also started "The Fast Metabolism Diet".  We did it for a full month and both of us lost weight and felt great!  Guess what we're doing again this January????

February


Lucky duck Emma got the chance to go to Mexico with her bestie Kyleigh and her family.  I love the relationship these two have...Kyleighs dad and I went to school together and then I did daycare for Ky and her brother Drew until each of them went to school.  We've remained close friends and love to see how close these two are!


Rachel unfortunately had a very disappointing volleyball season.  She played amazing, but her team was the ultimate "debbie downer" club.  Half of the girls had attitude and really didn't want to be there.  So frustrating, especially when the year before they only lost a couple games.

March

March brought one of our favorite holidays, Easter!
It is right up there with Christmas, there is nothing more meaningful than Christmas and Easter mass.  Even the girls agree.

We of course decorated eggs.

 

We still hide eggs!  I put tea lights in them and typically hide them outside, but this year it rained, so inside it was!


Of course we get all dressed up for church!



Love my girls...


And this guy.


March also brought Emma's school play.  She was really excited about her role, not many 7th graders were picked, so she was super stoked!  She was a pig which was the assistant to the main character.  She NAILED it!  She was so dang funny!


At lastly, this beauty turned 15, holy crap!


Which meant she got her drivers permit.  Gulp.  Which means in a couple months she'll have her license.  Double gulp.


April


This beauty turned 13!  I can't hardly believe I have 2 teenagers.  Oh, wait yes I do believe it...

Our nephew got married and we had fun road tripping!


It was a really fun wedding and always fun to hang out with family!!


April brought our annual girls weekend in Stillwater.


We had a blast (some more than others, haha!!) and just enjoyed hanging out, shopping, eating and having cocktails!

I celebrated #41, can't believe I'm that old, haha!  It was a gorgeous day for April 15th1!


Brad and I went to the Ordway Performing Arts Center with our friends Jim and Melissa to see "An Evening with Janis Joplin".  It was amazing!


May

May brought beautiful weather!  So nice to sit on the patio and enjoy the sun.

May also brought Alayna's (aka mousey) birthday!


Such fun this little lady is, and how boring our lives would be without her...

June

We poured a concrete slab in our backyard for a fire pit, turned out beautiful and we enjoyed many nights out here!


We drove down to see my grandpa in the nursing home, always so good to spend time with him!


I was able to go with Brad on a work trip to Chicago, it was an AMAZING trip!!


The end of May brought Memorial Weekend.  We always stay around here and go to the farm for a campfire.


The weather was perfect and we had a blast!  Emma and I made homemade strawberry lemonade to bring, it was a hit!


Alayna had her dance show, she had a blast with her class!




July

July is one of my favorite months because of the 4th!  I love the decorations, food, festivals, everything!


The girls made cakes to take down to our festival for their cake stand!


The best part this summer was our pool!  We enjoyed every second of that thing!


Enjoying fireworks on the third of July!


The 4th is our parish's HUGE festival.  There is a parade (where Brad proposed to me 20 years !!), food, music and games.  It's our favorite!


After the parade and festivities, we invited some friends and family over to enjoy the patio and pool.  There is nothing I love more than entertaining!




August

I'm not gonna lie, August was my least favorite month.  It was CRAZY busy with Rachel and Emma starting volleyball and swimming practices.  Thank God for my mom helping us getting them to where they needed to go!

Alayna finished up softball and had a blast!  Their team came in first!


The girls and I did a fun painting party at a local brewery.


And some fishing...


We also enjoyed a very relaxing weekend up at my dad's with all my siblings!


Of course the best part...


The evenings we were home were spent watching this...


And this...

September

The start of school, and I forgot pics, oops.

Rachel transferred schools this year, and it was the BEST decision!

We had our annual Labor Day fire at the farm and celebrated Brad's oldest brother Mikes 50th birthday.


And lots of  craziness!


We had a quick couples weekend with our group of friends.  We checked out a winery that was having a fall festival.


And of course, lots of sitting and watching this...


And this...


October

October brought

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And lots of fall festivals.


Halloween:



Adults Halloween!


And early breakfast dates!


November

November wrapped up fall activities, which was nice!  We actually had evenings at home, amazing.

We had an incredible Thanksgiving at our house with my mom, stepdad and brothers family.


It was a truly wonderful holiday!

Blessed, Energy, and Memes: At the end of the day,
 I am thankful
 that my blessings are
 bigger than my
 roblems
 POSITIVE
 ENERGY
Power of Positivity

December

What a wonderful holiday season it was!!  We enjoyed so much and enjoyed having all of us home most evenings to just relax and watch all the Christmas movies and eating all the eats, haha!!

Billy the Elf made his appearance:


Brad and I were able to get free tickets to Holly Ball


Emma and Alayna had their orchestra concerts


I shared our home all decorated up



Decorating Christmas cookies (with the boyfriend!)


Made some homemade ornaments


Shared our Christmas traditions.


We drove down to see Macy's Santaland for the last time.


And of course enjoyed all the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day festivities!!



I am really excited for 2017 and look forward to all the amazing blessings from God.  I would not be where I am today without Him in my life.  I know that everyday I probably make Him roll His  eyes, but I know that no matter what, He's on my side....

Happy New Year!!!