Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Daily File: #2

This week started out with the second of 2 cold days off school.  Thankfully, the second day went much better than the first!

Day 8:

We've been playing lots of Uno around here!

Day 9:

See what I mean?

Day 10:

be still my heart.

Day 11:

Again with the Uno :)

Day 12:

I love ending (and starting and spending) my days with this guy...

Day 13:

I have a lovely new routine.  While Gracie is having quiet rest, I read my Bible with my new devotional book and then enjoy a cup of coffee while watching an episode of Gilmore Girls.  For the record, I'm still in season 1, and I'm irrevocably on Team Luke for Lorelai.  Also, if Stars Hallow was a real place, I'd totally want to live there!

Day 14:

I love Christmas clearance!

Look!  I'm all caught up now!  Wheeeeeeeeeee!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Daily File: #1

Our New Year is off to a happy start!

Day 1:

There's nothing quite like starting off the new year with freshly organized drawers.  Their idea!

Day 2:

I love love double love this nativity picture Gracie drew.

Day 3:

Aaron and the girls scraped together enough snow to make this tiny snowman!

Day 4:


Day 5:

Cutest little play doh player around!

Day 6:

My lovely view from the kitchen <3

Day 7:

Maggie holding our friends' brand new baby!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Project 365: #52

Week 52!  I can't believe I stuck with it, although this post is super late!  Better late than never, though, right :)

Day 360:

Cuddling with Daddy at Grandma Linda's and Grandpa Chuck's house!  We went to Aaron's parents' house from my parents' house.  The girls did awesome with all of the transitions!

Day 361:

Excited to be opening gifts!

Plus, this super cute picture of Maggie in the bottom bunk :)

Day 362:

It snowed!  Yay for a white Christmas celebration day :)

And, some silly cousins!

Day 363:

This is my view on the way home from Aaron's parents' house and yes, I'm drinking a Caribou coffee drink!  I don't love sitting in the back for a drive, but Gracie had a fever and none of the girls were feeling well.

Gracie very sweetly held my hand in her misery...

and even fell asleep!

Day 364:

Leah is just sewing...doing her best and not getting frustrated.  There was no swearing or threatening to light the sewing machine on fire and throwing it out the window!  I have no idea where she gets this patience, because, let me assure you, it is NOT from me!

Day 365:

Hanging out with Becca and Steph on NYE which is also my birthday.  Aaron and Becca planned a sweet surprise party for me and it was SO fun!  The entire day was fun and special and I felt like a million bucks :)

And, yeah, I'm doing a picture a day again this year!  Come back tomorrow for the beginning of 2015!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Project 365: #51

Well, it's been awhile since I not only blogged, but blogged our picture a day!  I didn't forget, though!  I love looking back at these pictures and seeing how much the girls have grown and how are days have gone...

Day 353:

Playing a roll-the-dice Christmas tree game!

Day 354:

We went to a beautiful wedding for a former student.  The girls hung in there well, throwing back some kiddie cocktails, between the ceremony and the reception!  They were all getting "car sick" on the way there (it was kind of a bumpy ride), so we stopped at Walgreens for some Dramamine for the ride home.  I was passing those puppies out like they were candy on the way home.  I don't know if they helped, but there was less drama and more sleeping, so I'l'l count that as a win.  Thankfully, the girls forgot about it and haven't "needed" any on our other long drives!

Day 355:

Sweethearts <3

Day 356:

Gettin' my toenails painted.  The girls did a great job!

Day 357:

The girls got to sleep in the living room by the lit Christmas tree...a tradition they love!

Day 358:

Happy Christmas Girls wearing their Christmas present outfits!  They opened their gifts on Christmas Eve morning before heading to my parents' house after lunch.

Day 359:

All ready to open presents!

And here are some bonus family pictures from my parents' house!

Our little family!

The whole big family!

All the cousins!

Maggie and Maggie <3

My grandma's name is Margaret, but most people call her Margie.  Her sister and some friends when she was younger called her Maggie, though.  I remember my great aunt Mary Lou (who was seriously hilarious) talking and laughing with my grandma.  When my grandma would say something funny, Mary Lou would slap the table top and laugh, "Maggie!" at whatever hilarious (likely self-deprecating thing) thing my grandma said.  Needless to say, I love both of the charming and witty Maggies <3

I hope your week gets off to an awesome start!

Monday, January 5, 2015

January Menu

Well, lookie here!  It's the January Menu!

Seeing as it's Monday, we actually have eaten some of the meals!  The Hawaiian One Pan Pasta was good!  It was a little salty (probably because the meat in it is salty), so I would leave out the additional salt in the recipe.  I thought the pineapple was a fun addition!

The Best Chicken Enchiladas were great!  I don't know that I'd say they're the best, because I'm more of a white chicken enchilada girl myself, but they are certainly good, and I'd make them again.  I made the enchilada sauce that is linked to the recipe and it was very good and easy.

Thursday, January 1  Hawaiian One Pan Pasta
Friday, January 2  Pizza
Saturday, January 3  Best Chicken Enchiladas
Sunday, January 4  Silly Cereal Supper

Monday, January 5  Pasta al Forno
Tuesday, January 6  Root Beer Can Chicken
Wednesday, January 7  Breakfast Quesadillas
Thursday, January 8  Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
Friday, January 9  Pizza
Saturday, January 10  White Bean Chicken Chili
Sunday, January 11  Silly Cereal Supper

Monday, January 12  Chipotle Burrito Bowls
Wednesday, January 14  Chipotle Chicken Skewers
Thursday, January 15  Breakfast Bowls
Friday, January 16  Pizza
Saturday, January 17  Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls
Sunday, January 18  Silly Cereal Supper

Monday, January 19  Taco Lettuce Wraps
Tuesday, January 20  Orange Beef
Wednesday, January 21  Tuscan Chicken Sandwiches
Thursday, January 22  Lasagna Soup
Friday, January 23  Pizza
Saturday, January 24  Chipotle Honey Lime Pork Tenderloin
Sunday, January 25  Silly Cereal Supper

Monday, January 26    Kalua Pork
Tuesday, January 27  Pork Chili Verde
Wednesday, January 28  Caribbean Jerk Baked Chicken
Thursday, January 29  Crispy Hash Breakfast Skillet
Friday, January 30  Pizza
Saturday, January 31  Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches