Jul 28, 2009

Tuesday Chat

Yesterday and today it's been raining and thunder storming ~ yeah! We are in desperate need of it right now as it's been so dry this summer. The temp outside is in the balmy 70's and seems a little chilly after having weeks on end of over 100 degree weather!

We spent most of Sunday afternoon at our local pool. The boys had a blast and made some new friends while Aaron and I had a chance to just unwind and chat. We all had fun but unfortunately, I haven't found the right sun block for us and we ended up getting a tad bit too much sun ~ Ouch!

Aaron made us Cinnamon Banana Muffins Sunday night and oh, boy were they delicious! Click here for the recipe and check out that beautiful photo too. The only thing he did differently from the original recipe was that he didn't add the walnuts and he substituted apple sauce for the canola oil. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

What's for dinner tonight? Yummy left overs! We had meat loaf the other day and to utilize the left overs, I am going to slice it and dredge it in some seasoned flour. I'll pan fry them and serve them with a little gravy on top, a side of green beans with bacon as well as some homemade pinto beans. Good ol' fashioned comfort food!

Wishing y'all a wonderful and blessed Tuesday!

Jul 21, 2009

Monday Chat ~ A bit late

Here's my daybook for July 21, 2009:

Outside: It's sunny and the sky is clear. We woke up to severe thunder storms but they moved through fast; at least we had a few hours of good soaking rain.

In the kitchen: For dinner tonight we're having roasted fish, green beans with bacon and baked potatoes.

I'm grateful for: Our car was fixed for a really reasonable fee last week - that certainly was an answer to our prayers!

In my thoughts and prayers: My sister in law became ill and ended up in the ER on Sunday night. She's back home now and we're praying that all goes well with her tests and upcoming specialist appointments. It's times like these that make it hard living so far from family.

Around the house: I need to put laundry away, straighten the living room and kitchen.

On my bookshelf: Behind the Attic Wall.

I'm Creating: Christmas in July! I read a post about this tradition on another blog last week and the boys just became so excited that we thought we'd start doing this too. We're in the midst of creating our holiday and we plan to celebrate it next week.

This week: Well, it's a quiet week around our home. I am creating the Christmas in July holiday and hoping to get back into my crafts too. I plan on cooking a few new recipes and will let y'all know how they turn out.

Jul 13, 2009

Monday Chat ~ 7/13/09

It's definitely a Monday morning and I'm working my way through a steaming cup of tasty coffee. I tried tea for awhile but I admit my first and true love is coffee! Aaron just left for work and the boys are still asleep. The house is quiet and it's so peaceful right now. I love this time of the morning.

Outside: It's already heating up outside and they are predicting it's going to be another scorcher today. This is the 12 or 13th day in a row of over 100 degrees. All I can say is ~ it's too hot!

In the kitchen: Click here to view my menu plan for this week.

In my thoughts and prayers: my family, a friend and her family. I'm also praying that our car can be fixed quickly and not too expensively.

Around the house: Monday is laundry day so I'll be focusing on that today. I also need to do some spot cleaning up in the kitchen and the living room.

On my bookshelf: I just finished re-reading a childhood favorite: Ruffles and Drums by Betty Cavanna. I'm currently reading The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger ~ it's a pretty good book!

Weekend wrap up: We had a really nice weekend. Our home was happily filled with my boys and four of their friends both Saturday and Sunday as it was too hot to do anything outside. They had tons of fun with legos, K'nex, board games and video game challenges. 

My challenge this weekend? Coming up with enough filling, good for you snacks for a group of growing boys!

This week: 

It's all about car repairs! Our car is on the fritz so we'll be having it taken in to be fixed. 

Library run to exchange books and dvds. Shopping for fall school supplies while things are on sale. Our area shops are having some great .50 cent sales on standard school supplies.

We'll, I'm off to wake up the kids, make breakfast and begin a wonderful new day. Hope y'all have a great week!

Jul 10, 2009

Friday's Ramblings

The past week we've kept busy and cleaned the entire house from top to bottom. It has needed it for a long time and I've been tackling it in small bites but last week I just decided to bite the bullet and dive in. Every nook and cranny has been swept, organized, dusted and cleaned. I say "we" because my wonderful hubby volunteered to take a vacation day last week to help me - yes, he is the greatest!

We now have a comfy, less cluttered home that feels wonderful! We splurged on inexpensive new curtains and I've found some wonderful finds at our local Goodwill store that I'll be sharing pictures of later. Our home is perfect for us and I'm really grateful for it.

I also spent some fun one on one time with the boys. I improved my Ms. Pac Man gaming skills with Pea Jr. but he still is beating the pants off me at that game! We chatted while we played and I realized it has been too long since we had this time together. He's growing into such a wonderful young man!

I built star-ships and lego creations while watching Transformers cartoons with Lil' Pea who was so excited that I would want to learn about the things he loves. It was a very special time; we learned more about each other and he was tickled blue to be the teacher and I, the student. He also blew me away with how much he has grown.

I am so honored to be the Mom of these two wonderful kids! I really and truly love my life and I thank God every day for the blessings He has sent our way.

Wishing y'all a wonderful and fun weekend!