Feb 17, 2015

President's Festival Weekend

This last weekend was our big Presidents Festival weekend in the cities.  Volleyball teams from all across the state, Wisconsin and the Dakotas gather for a huge tournament.  It's a 2 day affair, so a lot of sitting on my butt!  A quick mom and Emma selfie, of course the bigs was too cool to be in the picture.

 Thursday night was crazy busy trying to get food made and packed and finish up the volleyball door decorations.  I made my granola bars, rice krispy bars and some smores popcorn that was a bust. 
We headed down Friday afternoon, ate on the way and got to our hotel around 7.  Traffic wasn't horrible, thankfully.  The girls swam and we enjoyed cocktails at the pool with the other parents.  Very relaxing!  Saturday morning we headed out at 6:45 as we had to be in Coon Rapids (45 minutes away) by 7:30.  The girls were in the morning pool which was so nice, as we were done by 1:30.  The girls played awesome and got 1st place in their pool!

After being in traffic for twice as long as it should have taken us, we were more than ready for a cocktail when we got back to the hotel!  We had a taco bar potluck which was so nice, and then after, a few of us moms took the girls to the Mall of America.  That place is CRAZY!  We didn't get there until 6:30, and it was absolutely nutso.  We shopped for a couple hours and then headed back.  The girls had to be in their rooms by 9:30, and the parents watched the Wild hockey game in the lobby.  We were all tired!
Sunday was another early day, they played right away at 8.  Lost their first match, but won the next two, which put them in first place again!  Last year they placed 1st in their bracket, but they were in the lower bracket, so they actually placed 33rd overall out of 80 teams.

This year they made it to the championship bracket and placed 3rd overall out of 80 teams.  It was incredible!  We nicknamed them the cardiac kids, because of all the stress they put on us!  That was STRESSFUL!

After their final match we took them out to Applebees for a nice supper, those poor girls (and us) ate sandwiches all weekend and it was so nice to eat real food!
Monday I took off which was wonderful!  I didn't get a whole lot accomplished, but that's ok too.
Emma was quite proud of her "snail" she made for Alayna's lunch today, ha!

Feb 12, 2015

Marathon Update and Other Randoms

So, I haven't updated how my training was going, only because I was hoping I would be able to tell you how awesome my training was coming along!  Unfortunately it's not...I have been dealing with leg issues since December.  First it was my heel/achilles, then my knee and now I have pain on my lower left side of my calf.  I have been seeing my chiropractor weekly and thankfully am still able to run, only 3-4 miles at a time.

I was devastated at first, but now it's ok.  It doesn't mean a marathon is completely out, but it also made me realize the stress it puts on your body..

This was Rachel and I before her orchestra concert on Thursday (not sure what shes doing with her leg, haha).

We have the mack daddy of volleyball tournaments this weekend down in the cities.  We leave Friday afternoon and they play both Saturday and Sunday.  I volunteered myself to make the door decorations and I think they turned out pretty cute!

It's supposed to be in the negative digits temp wise, so being cooped up in school gyms for the weekend doesn't sound too bad!

Feb 11, 2015

A Feature on Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to pop on quick to tell you that I was featured on Mel's Kitchen Cafe!  As you know, she is one of my favorite foodie bloggers and have made several of her recipes.  She has decided to run a half marathon and wanted people to send in their stories of how they started running.  I LOVE reading other's stories, so inspiring!

So hop on over and check out my story and make sure to read the others!

Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Feb 9, 2015

The Weekend- Alayna Addition

Another weekend has come and gone, we had no formal plans (which ended up being a busy weekend!) which was nice, but I also feel like I didn't get a whole lot done, which I guess is ok too.

Thursday night we had bingo night at school, Emma got one bingo, and the nice sister that she is, let mouse pick out the prize.  It was a painful hour of play by plays from the principle commenting on what each winner is picking for a prize.  Oh the things we do for our kids...

Saturday we picked up Kyleigh for the weekend (Emma's bff) and dropped mousey off at a birthday party.  Brad and I took the older 3 shopping.  Mistake #1 right there.  Never shop on a nice Saturday afternoon, everybody and there kin were there.  The mall was hot, too many people and I seriously lost my shit on the older 2 complaining.  Tons of fun.
We picked mouse up and went to church where I confessed my lack of patience.  I had to take this pic of mouse, because she's so damn cute with her boots.

Sunday afternoon the older 2 went to Grandmas to study, as we were having our internet worked on and the girls had to study on their ipads.  I bribed Alayna to stay with me by telling her that we would make elephant ears.  Yumm.  Growing up we called them stretchers and they are pretty much heaven on earth.  Alayna doused hers with sugar (you know, because she NEEDS more energy) but I slathered strawberry jam on mine.  Divine.

We may or may not have sent this pic to Rachel teasing her...

After indulging in our sugary carb comas, we played about 400 hands of rummy.  So even though I may not have a super clean house or my menu drawn up the week (hello pancakes for supper!) I thoroughly enjoyed my mousie time!

Feb 5, 2015

Life Lately...

This week has absolutely FLOWN by.  Good gravy...Here's what we've been up to the last week...

Emma got to go skiing in school, and had a blast!  These are two of her besties, Rianna and Abby.

Rachel made a happy birthday candy bar "card" for her best friend Taylor's birthday.  Oh wait, I bought the candy and penciled out the words, so she attached the candy bars, haha!!

Oh to be a dog...

Or a cat, for that matter...This is her lovey look to me, she desperately wants the damn fish...

Rachel had volleyball tournaments Saturday and Sunday, these girls played amazing!  Saturday they took 2nd in the gold division and Sunday they played in a 15's tournament and placed 4th in gold!

They are SO fun to watch!

This week we have nooooooothing planned.  I am so stoked!

Jan 28, 2015

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I found a new blog that I really enjoy called Sweet Tooth Sweet Life.
She recently did a post called 21 One Pot Meals and I pinned several of those recipes to make.  Monday I made the Chili Mac and Cheese (which I forgot to take a picture of) which was awesome, and all three kids loved it!
Last night I made the Chicken Enchilada Casserole that was super yummy too!  However, Alayna wanted nothing to do with it.  Oh well, can't please them all the time.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole
  • 12 corn tortillas, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (3 cups = about 12 oz)
  • 1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (10 oz each) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (8 oz each) Hunt's® Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack blend cheese, divided
  • - See more at: http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes-Chicken-Enchilada-Skillet-2273.html#sthash.xBItGpqQ.dpuf
  • 12 corn tortillas, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (3 cups = about 12 oz)
  • 1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (10 oz each) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (8 oz each) Hunt's® Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack blend cheese, divided
  • - See more at: http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes-Chicken-Enchilada-Skillet-2273.html#sthash.xBItGpqQ.dpuf

    6 small tortillas, cut into bit size pieces
    3 cups shredded cooked chicken
    1 can Rotel diced tomatoes
    1 can red enchilada sauce (I made my own enchilada sauce from Mels Kitchen Cafe )
    1 can tomato sauce
    1 cup shredded Cheddar and Monteray Jack blend

  • Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add tortilla pieces and chicken; mix well. Cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until hot, stirring frequently.
  • Pour undrained tomatoes and enchilada and tomato sauces over chicken mixture in skillet. Mix well. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over chicken mixture. Cover skillet; cook 5 minutes or until hot, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Serve immediately.
  • - See more at: http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes-Chicken-Enchilada-Skillet-2273.html#sthash.xBItGpqQ.dpuf
    Spray oven safe skillet with butter spray, place chopped tortilla strips in bottom of skillet, ladle in a cup of the enchilada sauce followed by half the chicken and half the cheese, do another layer of tortillas, sauce, chicken and cheese.  Bake at 400 until cheese is bubbly, 10-15 minutes.

    Very easy and very versatile!

    Jan 26, 2015

    What's Going on This Week

    It's Monday already, I seriously can't get over how fast time goes these days....
     Is, , , it, , , friday, , ,yet?!

    My elbow is finally feeling better, I had an xray and nothing was broken, thank goodness.  I cannot even tell you how painful this has been.  And do you have any idea how many times a day you bump your elbow?  Like a thousand...Needless to say I think my hubby will be over the moon to have his wife back.  I don't do pain.

    Friday night we met some friends for happy hour, all three girls were gone babysitting (well, Rachel was babysitting, but we know the family really well and they wanted all 3 to come) so we had a few hours to ourselves.  We were home and sleeping on the couch by 9.  Pitiful. 

    Saturday we all cleaned (did I mention the new allowance program we've got going with the girls?  I LOVE it!) and I did my food prep for the week.  
     Menu Plan Monday for the week of Jan 26/15 at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog.  Join us!

    Here's what's on the menu:

    Monday:  Chili Mac and Cheese
    Tuesday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole
    Wednesday: Meatloaf
    Thursday: Cheesy Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

    2 of those are new recipes, I'll try and blog about them next week.
    Saturday night we had a 40th birthday party and 3 of the guys that were there have a band, so around midnight the guitars came out and it was awesome!  They played everything from Johnny Cash to Hootie and the Blowfish.  Needless to say we didn't get home until 3:30, I was sober driver but it's amazing how crappy you feel not having much sleep.  I was wide awake at 7, grrr...
    Sunday was just another finish cleaning/laundry day.  I made Pepperjack Cheesy Potato Soup that was yummy, and for supper I made homemade chicken strips for the girls and steaks for us (that we won at the meat raffle Friday night, whoop whop!) with baked potatoes.  It was divine.

    Rachel has a volleyball tournament in Rochester this weekend, ugh.  I am not looking forward to driving that much, but what do you do.  We (the players and families) are doing a potluck Saturday night, so that will be nice to not have to eat out.  I will pack about 4000 pounds of food for lunches, and I believe I am off Thursday instead of Tuesday this week, so that will work perfect.

    Happy Monday!

    P.S.  I finally updated the recipes and fitness tabs at the top of my blog.  It's not fancy, and the recipe are not categorized and never will be.  I'm just happy to finally get those two pages done!