Monday, March 25, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday!
Have a GREAT week!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Confidants vs Constituents

I've learned this lesson the HARD way.  The woman that was one of my "Best Friends" in reality was not my confidant but instead was a constituent.  I've struggled with this for months and months now, but was finally able to accept it and let her go graciously, without anger.  Just like TD Jakes says in this video, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, don't be bitter when he taketh".

Once we left our church, this was made clearly to me.  I struggled with confusion and pain and since those "verbally processed" thoughts and feeling were put out there on Facebook and the Blogosphere, I was cut off in a sense.  It was wrong. So I thought.  But in reality, it was necessary for Kyle and Erika to do. I understand that and actually accept it now, realizing the difference between a confidant and a constituent.

Today, I thank TD Jakes for his powerful words and VERY SIMPLE explanation and thank my husband for always seeking truth and never "settling". I will be blogging, exploring TRUTH.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Weekly Menu Plan


I am beyond thrilled to have a week of no school planning and lots of fun! Here's to an AWESOME week!!

Monday: Gattiland with Kids (Moms eat FREE!)
Tuesday: Lunch with cousins
Wednesday: Sandwiches, chips
Thursday: Whole Foods Lunch Playdate
Friday: Hardboiled eggs, bagels, fruit

Monday:  Italian Wedding Soup
Tuesday:  Greek Salad with leftover soup
Wednesday:  Dinner with Friends
Thursday: Roadhouse Chili
Friday:  Pizza Night
Saturday:  Burgers on Grill
Sunday:   Chicken Alfredo

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Run it off....

My text went something like this....

Me: We running long tomorrow?
Kim: Yes, what time? How Far, 5?
Me: How's 6am, 6miles.
Kim: Okay, but I'll be going SLOW. See you at 6
Me: k

This is why I LOVE this woman!  She is the BEST running buddy you could have!  She's flexible, take charge, dependable and supportive....oh yeah and she lets me do most of the talking! Gotta love that of course, LOL

Running is something I love and while she says she tolerates it, gets it done, I know deep down she likes it too.  It's the more difficult sport for her (she rocks out the swimming and cycling like no one's business) and I know that's why she doesn't give up on it.  You can't tell her she "can't" and that's why I love her!  This has been a season of adjustment for me with all the homeschooling, and people in this house getting sick left and right so having her still "show up" for me, not just with the running, has been life giving.

Today, I just "ran it off".....ran off the stress from the week, ran off some calories and ran off my mouth!

Some days you just have to run!  There is such a childlike freedom I feel when I finish a run.  Thankful this morning that I CAN run!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Spring is in the Air.....

Ahhhhhh....tomorrow we "Spring Ahead" making summer seem just that much closer!  While the Christmas season is by far my favorite, Spring, oh Spring I have such a love for YOU!  You bring "newness", "brighter mornings", "fresh air","life" re-centers my family as we come up for air from the holiday busyness and the usual "sickies" that bring us down!

By the end of summer, I am so ready for cooler weather, I'm hot, bored and ready for the holidays to roll in and bring me back to life....the heat kills me!!! LOL  By February, I can't wait for the Spring and my chance to perk back up myself! Time to clean out the garden beds, become obsessed with flower shopping, and daydream about lazy summer days by the pool....BUT FIRST


I usually fly by the seat of my pants and just clean as I feel motivated and inspired to do on a whim BUT now with the homeschooling I *must* plan this stuff out....hence....THE SCHEDULE....

I'm going to search a little for something purdy to print up but here is what I have written out in pencil!


*Switch Bedrooms for kids, Mom goes downstairs.
*Move computer to schoolroom, dust all components and baseboards in kids' rooms.



*Closets: pantry, linen closets, gift closet/craft closet/junk closet under stairs, gameroom closet, bedroom closets.
*Windows: Curtains, sills, and blinds
*Steam Clean upstairs

Outside -

*Clean out Garden beds and Front yard flower beds
* Pressure Wash house and paint the railings



Wax Downstairs Floors
Clean out Laundry Room (Paint?)


Take down Playscape (it has become unsafe,LOL)
Plant flowers in the front

I'm sure once Chris and I sit down we will come up with more things to add to the list, but at least this is a start!

Happy Spring Cleaning! LOL

Monday, March 4, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

This is going to be an E-A-S-Y week for me!!! Chris won't be here for dinner Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (gets home late Friday night!) and my mom is house sitting for a friend every night this week!  I'm taking full advantage of as *little* cooking as possible, LOL!

Monday: Grilled Cheese, Fruit and Yogurt
Tuesday: Fish Sticks, Veggies and Hummus
Wednesday: Pasta Fagioli
Thursday: Muffin Tin Lunches
Friday: PB&J Rollups and Fruit Salad

Monday: Meatloaf, Mashers, Broccoli
Tuesday: Leftovers and Salad
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Thursday: Subway
Friday: Pizza Night
Saturday: Date Night, Nana Cooks
Sunday: Veggie Pasta Bake

Friday, March 1, 2013


A morning playdate reviewing curriculum, sharing my "story", listening to a more experienced homeschool mom that also had her kids in the PS system and pulled them out.

An afternoon playdate at the park with a homeschool group full of different personalities, different levels of experience, with the comfort of two friends I already knew.

Who would have thought THAT was all I needed to help me get over this *hump* I've been stuck on trying to get to the other side for MONTHS now.  Today was a day full of blessings!!  After feeling abandoned by people we used to think of as family and all the hurt that has filled my heart and consumed my mind, today God very specifically showed me answers to some questions I've struggled with since last fall.
I want to mark this was a GOD STOP moment I don't want to forget. 

Feeling full of HOPE.