I think I may actually be back to blogging this week! I’m definitely in awe of those of you who work full-time away from home and still maintain your blogs. I couldn’t quite manage it.
I’m excited to be able to post again and maybe have a few minutes to figure out a few things about this new computer. It’s the week before my boys’ spring break from school so I definitely need a plan for the week. Even the weeks I didn’t post a weekly plan, I did make rough outlines that just didn’t quite make it to the publish button. It really does help to have a plan!
I’m so grateful that Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom hosts the Happy Homemaker Mondays to inspire me to make these weekly plans even if I don’t always get around to hitting the publish button. I’m also grateful for Laura over at I’m An Organizing Junkie because I absolutely would not have made it through the past few weeks without menu plans that also didn’t quite make it to the publish button.
The Weather Outside
Spring has sprung! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the air smells of flowers, and jackets were a mere suggestion this morning. I am sunburned from sitting at J’s baseball practice yesterday. It do think it is supposed to cool down a bit and possibly storm tomorrow but just with rain not with any of that fluffy, white stuff.
I am enjoying the peace and quiet of an empty house while working on this blog post. I just finished my breakfast of a scrambled egg mixed with diced red peppers and am still savoring the elixir of energy known as coffee. I’m trying to not to think about the disaster of house around me or the errands I should be running and hoping very much that I don’t get called into work.
To-Do List Items
- Clean the house. Every single room is borderline disgusting and I’m afraid a few have actually crossed that line and are disgusting.
- Call and reschedule my hair appointment
- Lovely laundry plus put away the heavy winter clothes. I’m not brave enough to put them all away but the heavy-duty items can go back to the recesses of the closets.
- Pay bills
- Go to Target for household stuff
- Send a card to a friend
- Start gathering ideas for Easter Brunch and doing the early preparations (Basically, I’m giving myself to permission to play on Pinterest this week. I have lots of great ideas pinned on my Easter Brunch Ideas board if you are also looking for ideas.)
- Get G signed up for high school (!) summer school as the new in thing to do is apparently to take PE during the summer. Plus find some ideas for keeping J occupied during the same time frame.
- Figure out a time that might work to take a family vacation this summer since G’s schedule is so full with high school summer school and marching band practices.
- Send J’s baseball coach a text with shirt size and what number he was last year or wants to be this year.
*I know that list is long but a few items should just take a few seconds if I can remember to just get them done.
I’ve decided to try to double our more popular meals this month (and in April) since baseball practice season has arrived and I’ll need quick meals for Thursdays.
Monday: Ham and Oven Roasted Candied Sweet Potatoes (I saw this on a television show and want to try them)
Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic toast, and salad (doubling this meal)
Wednesday: Chicken strips, French fries, broccoli, and watermelon
Thursday: Hickory smoked turkey wings (pre-cooked), dinner rolls, watermelon (I found the turkey wings at Hy-Vee and we had them about 2 weeks ago but I had trouble getting the meat off the wings. I’m hoping if I heat them in the crock-pot all day that I won’t have the same problem this week)
Friday: Frozen pizza, salad
Books and Television
I’m currently reading The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar which I “stole” from my teenager’s room. His grandparents gave him the book for his birthday a couple of years ago. I’m not sure he ever read it but I am enjoying it.
Not really watching much on television lately. I didn’t plan my time well yesterday and so I missed last night’s episode of Once Upon A Time. My husband picked a Netflix show for us to watch together called Helix but it is just okay and he’s already lost interest. I’ll probably finish the series by myself. He was watching Justified on Amazon Prime and seemed to really be enjoying it. I liked it when I watched it with him but not enough to get caught up and watch it on my own.
We also forced our kids to watch Jurassic Park with us over the weekend just because we like to be mean and make them spend time with us sometimes. I keep telling G that he’d really enjoy Michael Crighton’s books. I may have to see if I can find him a few.
Blog Posts and Plans
I’ve learned my lesson not to make any promises in this space. However, I do hope to post more this week.
From the Camera
Um. I haven’t been very good about taking pictures this week. Here are some from last week when we went and enjoyed the great weather exploring a place called William M. Klein Park (it used to be called Cave Spring). They are not edited as I still need to find that option on this computer.
The small cave opening
Inside the cave opening
We had to circle back after we were done for J to see Eagle’s Landing. It was worth the extra time.
I was so happy to see some GREEN among all the brown!
Thoughts for the week
This one seemed great for spring:
Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and the shadows will fall behind you. (Walt Whitman)
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
Whew! I guess I had a lot to say after being silent for so long around here. Thank you if you are still reading. What kind of week do you have planned?