Saturday, May 31, 2014

Menu Plan: Spring (June 1-7)

**There is now a photo album on the RH Facebook page just for food photos. If you like to see a photo of a dish to judge whether you want to try it or not, then follow the link to view the album. (I tend to like recipes & cookbooks that include lots of photos). Let's be honest, some dishes are just too pretty to not take a picture! ;) **

  • A whole chicken is often a more economical purchase than the pre-cut and packaged ones. We purchased one chicken to use for three meals. 
  • We're also using some packages of beef from our freezer. (Mama needs more space to store milk. haha)


*Note: I include links to the recipes if they are available online. Some recipes are from cookbooks we have at home, and while I can't share the recipe I can direct you to the source. Other dishes or meals are created by myself or my husband, and we can do our best to explain how to recreate it. If you'd like additional information on any of the meals or our menu planning, then please feel free to contact me. :) 

- Cereal with banana
- Eggs and toast

- Bean and rice burritos
- Taco salad
- pizza leftovers
- roast leftovers

- Caramelized onion and white bean pizza (leaving off the pepitas)
- Beans and rice
- BBQ chicken, corn, asparagus
- Chicken pot pie

- toast with peanut butter and dried mixed berries 

*Note: Reviving Homemaking is not affiliated with any of the sites or companies included in the links, and was not asked to include or recommend them or their recipes in this post. (I simply like what they have to offer!)

What's on your family's menu plan this week?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

April In Our Home

April  2014
{These posts may be suited more for my own memories or for family who live states away, but perhaps others may find them interesting as well. :) }

      It's been a while since I've done an "In Our Home" post. I always enjoyed looking back over the previous month and reminiscing of the good times we've shared as a family. Of course, now those posts are going to be comprised quite a bit with Tennyson updates. Get ready for lots of photos (sorry, if the pages don't load as easily due to them)!

     The most notable aspect of April has been Tennyson reaching 3 months old (and 10lb 3oz!)! It is incredible how much he's changed in such a short period of time. He no longer has that preemie look to him. He also is behaviorally resembling an older baby. We're learning again the characteristics of this new stage and how to best respond to them. As soon as we had gotten comfortable with the preemie stage, he clearly moved on to the newborn. Now, he has moved on from newborn characteristics to those appropriate for a three month old. It's fascinating to see such clear distinctions! 

     The month began with more visits from family members! David's oldest brother and his family came for several days at the beginning of this month. It was a lot of fun having our home bursting with so much energy and excitement! Miss Mallorie (second from right in photo below) instantly bonded with Tennyson. As soon as she walked in the door she would rush to go cuddle him. It's so interesting and exciting to see how certain ones in a family pair up. We spent each evening just enjoying a simple meal and each other's company. I have thoroughly enjoyed having everyone visiting! I'm always so impressed when people take the time (energy, effort, expense etc) to invest in family. The facts that they took time off work, spent the kids' spring break time, drove the nine hours to visit with us means so much to me. Love them!

    Okay, back to Tennyson. One thing that is new post-preemie stage is that he loves bathtime! I'm loving that he is big enough to bathe in the sink. We were just sponge bathing him as a preemie, and he would scream. He now rather enjoys himself!

    He's showing more and more personality through his expressions nowadays. Love that little face!

     He also loves to be upright. He may not be able to sit or stand on his own, but that's precisely how he likes to be. When he's against our shoulders, he'll stretch and strain that little neck to see all that is around him. If he can get his feet just right against our lap then he's a little frog jumping all over the place. I think we're going to have an active little boy on our hands!

     Being a bit of an older baby now, his sleep and play patterns are easier for me to pick up. I know about when and how long he'll nap during the day, which gives me the opportunity to plan time for cleaning or whatever else I need to get done in the day (including a nap if we've had an especially wakeful night). We're also getting better with establishing routines throughout the day. It's just so nice to have some organization and predictability for us all. Of course, there is a tremendous amount of flexibility in there as well as adjustment for new stages. 

    Is there anything sweeter than the sight of a sleeping baby?! (He didn't actually sleep like this. He dozed off while I was getting him dressed, and he was too sweet looking to not capture him sleeping like a big man).

Okay, perhaps there is something sweeter than a sleeping's a smiling, happy baby! Oh my goodness, I just love all his smiles, laughs, coos and squeals! He's quite the little talker! It's fun to just sit and watch him play and squeal in delight. Love, love, love those smiles!

     Finally, April included Easter. It wasn't until I saw so many posts on Facebook that I even thought of all those Easter activities you do with/for kids. Whoops. Fortunately, a 3 month old is not too concerned as to if he had an "Easter outfit," attended an egg hunt or other such event, or received a basket from the Easter Bunny etc. Perhaps I'll make a fuss over Easter next year.

    We did attempt a family photo that day. The funny part is we didn't plan on matching. We came downstairs to discover that we had all dressed in blue. Haha!

     Goodness, I could write for a while about Tennyson or our life with him this past month. I'll save some for other blog posts though. Until next  time.. :)

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Five Question Friday- 5/2/14

     Five Question Friday is a fun little post each week in which five random questions are answered. It's an opportunity for us to get to know one another a little better. Best of all is that you can participate too! Simply leave your answers to the questions in the comment field below! Or, suggest a question to be featured on a future 5QF!

1. If you had to move and could only take three things with you, what would you take?
     Of course, there would be the practical things of clothing, food etc. Beyond that type of item, I'd probably want my Bible, photo album/book, and a family heirloom (I have several items that were my great grandmother's, and picking only one would be tough!). 

2. What are five things you want to accomplish by the time you're 70?
     Well, isn't that a tall order of a question?! I suppose I hope to have a family that is close and actually enjoys being together. My life be truly reflective of Christ. I hope my marriage continues to grow and strengthen. On a personal side, perhaps one day I'll rise above insecurities. I don't know, I suppose I hope I accomplish simply enjoying life and the journey. (Honestly, I think abstract accomplishments are the best offered at this point in life.)

3. What is your favorite family tradition?
     I've mentioned it before, but it applies again. On my husband's side of the family, we have four families in four states. The chance for all of us being able to get together for a holiday or other event is pretty slim. And so, we decided last year that we'd need to be intentional about planning an occasion for us all to be together again. Last year we decided to all rent a cabin in a central location and spend several days together. I really enjoyed the time together. I love how we can get 12+ families members together under one roof for several days and it still be a pleasant experience (no attitudes, bickering or drama! Everyone also pulls his/her weight in keeping meals prepared and keeping everything going!). It's just so nice to see family actually enjoying spending time together. I can't wait for the trip this year! It will be Tennyson's first family trip!

4. If you could retire tomorrow. what would you do?
     It's kind of hard to answer this question considering I'm not of retiring age or in an outside employment situation. I asked my husband to answer this one instead. He said he'd like to have an eclectic tea shop. He'd take care of the business side and tea and I can make tiny little treats. Works for me! haha!

5. Name two things you'll do as a family this weekend?
    We haven't planned our weekend yet. I know my hubby has to work a bit on Saturday, so Tennyson and I will just treat it as a weekday. We may work on creating the curtain rods for Tennyson's room so I can hang some curtains soon. (Yes, even curtain rods are a DIY project! haha). Beyond that, we will probably just hang out and play with the baby. (He's gotten quite talkative and playful now!).

How would you answer this week's Five Question Friday? What questions would you like to see answered in future 5QF?

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