Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

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Well, we're starting another week at the home front! Be sure to check out I'm an Organizing Junkie (http://orgjunkie.com/) for other great menu plans as well as great tips and tricks for organizing. So, here's my menu for this week:


Monday: Hamburgers and homemade fries (soccer night!)

Tuesday: Taco salad (using any leftover meat from Monday's dinner)

Wednesday: Teriyaki chicken, sesame noodles & steamed veggies

Thursday: Spaghetti, garlic bread & salad

Friday: Coconut crusted flounder, rice and green beans

Saturday: Homemade Calzones & salad

Sunday: Leftover buffet!

What's on your menu for this week?

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Let the dance begin!


For those who know me well...they know that I'm a HUGE fan of men's college basketball! Of course, I follow my Buckeyes (they're a #8 seed this year) but when March Madness rolls around, it doesn't matter who's playing...I could watch basketball games non-stop!

But since my beloved Buckeyes are back in the tournament (last year they missed the big dance and had to settle for the NIT...which they won the entire tourney) I'm ready to cheer them on to hopefully the sweet sixteen. Unfortunately, if they win the first round (vs. Sienna) they would most likely face the #1 seed in the region, Louisville...I don't know if the Buckeyes have enough in their arsenal to defeat the Cards. For now, I can be optimistic because on any given day, any team can lose...I just hope that my boys aren't the losers!

Unlike other sports, this incredible tournament showcases talent from across the country and in three weeks, you go from a field of 64 teams to two. For NCAA basketball fans like myself, it's fun to hear the back story on teams that no one in the media pays any attention to until the tournament. Who can't help but cheer for those Cinderella teams! There's always one or two teams that have an amazing story of how they got to the tournament and come in to take on some of the most highly recruited and dominating teams in the country. And "for one shining moment" (thanks CBS) those teams show the world their team has what it takes to be in the big dance.

I've got my bracket and thanks to the beauty of CBS mobile TV, I can catch updates and scores on all the excitement. Ok, maybe not everyone shares my enthusiasm but these last three weeks have to sustain me until next October!

Let the dance begin!






Sunday, March 15, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

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Well, here's to another week of menu planning for me! Be sure to check out I'm an Organizing Junkie (http://orgjunkie.com/) for other great menu plans as well as great tips and tricks for organizing. So, here's my menu for this week:

Monday: Sloppy Joes, applesauce and french fries

Tuesday: Zippy Beef Tips and salad

Wednesday: Impossible Cheeseburger Pie and corn

Thursday: Chicken, mashed red skin potatoes and green bean casserole

Friday: Salmon Patties, rice and salad

Saturday: Breakfast Dinner

Sunday: Simple Sunday (whatever we can find!)

What's on your menu for this week?

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Did I mention...

That I'm in love?

I'm in love with three men, yes I said it three! One who I've been able to walk through the past 15 years of my life with as my friend and partner, and the other two who I've only known for a few years but what I've learned from them could last me for a lifetime.

A love that doesn't change with the seasons or trends, one that endures and withstands all situations, no matter how difficult they may be. A love that is so pure that I would give anything to bottle it up so that years from now, I'd be able to remember all of the little things that brought me such pure joy. It's the little things that make my life beautiful...ones that I tend to take for granted until I walk into a room to see my guys fast asleep, dreaming, as I gently tuck them in and kiss their foreheads. Or peeking in the rear view mirror when they don't think I'm watching, sharing secrets that only brothers can do.

Did I mention...that I'm in love?

The love that only my Carter can give, by a quick kiss on my hand whenever he leaves a room or when he tells me that he wants to "Tuddle" on the couch. The love I feel when my Buddha boy (Logan) runs to hug me everyday after he gets off the school bus and says "my day is perfect now because you're here." The love that is unspoken by the actual word, rather the I-O I hear every night as I leave Logan's room saying O-H and how I know that it makes us both smile.

I even love the bickering I hear when my men are playing and no one wants to be the "bad guy" but they both want to save the Princess (yep, that's me!) To know that their love is something that can't be bought or taken away, that only I know now what a mother's love is because I was blessed with both of them...sometimes it just doesn't seem real.

Did I mention...I'm in love?

I love how great they are as brothers. Brothers exploring new territory, taking the time to help one another and sharing little secrets that are just out of earshot from Mom and Dad. I know that most moms get sentimental when they think about how their children are growing up but I'm more excited as to what their future holds and how fortunate I am to be a part of it.

I look at their faces and see hope, joy, possibility...and most of all love, something that I'm blessed to be able to give them each and everyday.

I love these guys...forever and always.

Monday, March 9, 2009

My new companion

Well, I didn't think I could ever love a phone...but I heart my iPhone!
This phone is amazing! I've never been a gadget gal but I wanted to transition away from my paper planner to something more versatile and compact. So, last year I bought my Palm and although I truly enjoyed it, however, I found that it was lacking something. After Christmas, I started looking at this phone and wanted to try it out. So, thanks to David, I got it a few weeks ago. To save money, I purchased a refurbished one and it's well worth it!

The applications are amazing, I love that I can locate silly things like, where the cheapest gas is around me, rather than driving around and checking out prices...silly I know but worth it! And I especially love the tip application that will calculate the number of guests by the tip you should leave, no more math in my head (trust me, it's a very scary place to be!) But I love the calendar functions and the to-do apps. that make me wonder how I didn't purchase this little cutey sooner!

Let's just say, for this organized mom, it's worth it's weight in gold! Thank you Apple, this truly is a great phone!

Menu Plan Monday

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Well, here's to another week of menu planning for me! Be sure to check out I'm an Organizing Junkie (http://orgjunkie.com/) for other great menu plans as well as great tips and tricks for organizing. So, here's my menu for this week:

Monday: Chicken sandwiches, corn and french fries

Tuesday: Pork cutlets, red skin potatoes and green beans

Wednesday: Spaghetti, bread and salad

Thursday: Chicken Cordon Bleu, rice and salad

Friday: Attending Church Fish Fry

Saturday: Homemade Calzones and salad

Sunday: Simple Sunday (whatever we can find!)

What's on your menu for this week?

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

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Well, it's another week of menu planning for me! This whole diet thing for me has put a crimp in what I eat, but I still plan on keeping it up for the guys, plus it keeps us from eating out! Be sure to check out I'm an Organizing Junkie (http://orgjunkie.com/) for other great menu plans as well as great tips and tricks for organizing. So, here's my menu for this week:


Monday: Homemade pizzas for the boys (Daddy's going out with friends)


Tuesday: Spinach Stuffed Shells, garlic bread and salad


Wednesday: Sloppy Joes, homemade french fries and applesauce


Thursday: Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce, parmesan noodles & asparagus


Friday: Pan Seared Salmon with Avocado Remoulade, rice and salad


Saturday: Leftover Buffet


Sunday: Crock pot beef tips, served over noodles with garlic green beans


What's on your menu for this week?


Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Diet...Week One

Well, week one has come and gone and yes...I'm still here. I've never been a big dieter but over the years, I've learned that my athletic figure wasn't just going to maintain itself. I've come to terms with it's not how much I lose, but how good I feel. Well...it's been a very rough week!

I think the hardest thing for me has been to give up the caffeine (soda) and so I was definitely feeling it through the entire week...I LOVE MY PEPSI! But, by Thursday night, I was doing better and trying to find other drinks, besides water, that could keep me hydrated and happy. This is a challenge for me because I don't like tea (of any kind) and I can't stand skim milk. So, H2O has been my BFF and I'm hoping that after the first two weeks, I'll start to feel better with only drinking water. If anyone has other suggestions, I'm all ears!

So far, I've lost 5 lbs., not bad but I'm not going to be disillusioned by the lack of caffeine and the fact that I'm not eating everything in sight to make me think that it's going to be easy. So, here's to another week...the person I really feel sorry for is my husband, Dave just be patient with me, I know that I'm not easy to be around but I'm glad your here with me!