Monday, February 28, 2022

Weekend Recap

The weekend started out with a surprise snow day for the 10 year old! I had known that it was supposed to snow maybe 3 inches over night but it hadn't even started by the time I went to bed so I was like ahh they lied.  Yeah... no.  I woke up around 6:30 and checked my phone and surprise, snow day! 

We started Friday off lazy with taking turns picking shows, then I warmed up the requested canned chicken noodle soup while the 10 year old shoveled a path from our door to the driveway.  After lunch, we went outside and I finished the shoveling around the garage and sidewalks and the girls played outside for awhile because for once when it snowed, the sun was shining and it was near 20 so it wasn't horrid.

The two year old took a ridiculously short nap and the oldest watched a disney plus movie while I didn't accomplish much! Lucky for us my husband surprised us and came home early.  We ended up having a couple errands to run so we hopped in the car and dropped off our winter taxes, dropped off his employees paychecks, got a car wash and picked up milkshakes as a pre-dinner appetizer.  When we got home we made brisket nachos for dinner and had a lazy evening.

Saturday I took the 10 year old to the library and we picked up our holds and browsed for awhile.  Our library still hasn't fully reopened since the flood in May 2020.  Hopefully it will be finally finished and ready the first week of April.  During nap time I read and the 10 year old and my husband started playing Ms. Monopoly, but it was another SUPER short nap so they had to hide the game away until later.  We took a walk in our woods and hung up a new camera so we can see animals in our backyard.

My husband spent all day Saturday making homemade beef broth and beef stew for dinner. It was delicious!  Saturday night I drank wine and read and the 10 year old and her dad played over 2 hours of Ms. Monopoly!

Sunday we went to to the local nature center and the kids played at the nature playground and then we did the short trail loop in hopes of tiring out the 2 year old to take a better nap, because we were allllllll needing her to do that.  Or to poop, since I'm sure that would have helped the other issue.  That took up just over an hour and then we stopped and got a drink and fries for a pre-lunch car snack.

The rest of the day was spent watching basketball, playing with the nerf gun, and then we had another delicious dinner of steaks, asparagus, baked potatoes and rolls.  yumm.  The two year old finally pooped and we ended our weekend watching Dr. Pol.

                                                           Just started this late Sunday night!

Hopefully this was our last 'winter' weekend.  I would really like to be able to venture out some more without having to worry about all the winter gear.

This week we have the last battle of the books virtual written battle, second swim lesson for the 10 year old and the weekend includes a 71st bday dinner for my dad.  Slightly less busy than last week but we are slowly adding things back in to our schedule.

How was your weekend?

Friday, February 18, 2022


I have no idea how weeks can fly by in the blink of an eye and I feel like I am still needing to do all the things I was supposed to at the beginning of the week.  I think that's life entertaining a 2 year old and maintaining sanity.  I have been meaning to do quite a few things for awhile but nap time and after everyone is in bed have become my time to do whatever the heck I want and that is none of the things I need to be doing.  Whoops.

 Pictures from the week:

These Tiny Polka Dot cards are so cool.  There are so many math games you can do with then.  Right now we are in the dumping them and then very delicately returning the to the box stage.  She recognizes "no dots" (zero) and will count up to 3 dots on a card.

Last Saturday night, the oldest brought me her Harry Potter cookbook and said she wanted to make sugar biscuits because they are practically cookies here! :)  So she baked for us.

We had a day where it was a high of 48 and so of course we had to get the sidewalk chalk out! Even though it was 44 and cold at this point in the day.

Trying to make a point of reading books aloud each day, even if someone is distracted away.  Her favorite thing is to read alone which is turning her own pages of a book while I turn my own pages.  But I've been trying to read even when she is wandering around the room.  She's stopped taking them from me so it's progress.  She's a do it yourself type and doesn't want my help ha.

Playin in this tub of water is seriously her favorite thing ever.

I recommend all of these books! So good!

The high of my week was coaching our battle of the books team in their first virtual battle this week.  

The low of my week was  eh.

Meal plan for the week was  
Monday -  seafood ravioli, garlic bread, corn
Tuesday -  taco pie, sunflower salad, corn, cherry tomatoes
Wednesday -  Pesto Chicken, buttered noodles, kiwi, sweet kale salad
Thursday -  my husband was in charge of this and he did a,  frozen pizza, homemade potato skins (we had frozen these awhile ago when making soup) and street corn dip and chips
Friday -  Homemade Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper via IowaGirlEats, huge fam favorite here.  Cherry tomatoes and corn on the side.

The best money I spent was on probably the frito snack bag that I got the girls for battle snacks! They loved them haha! I also bought groceries, more kids KN95s, and a lazy susan to try in a cupboard. 

What I’m listening to  Human Hope podcast, southlake, undistracted, pod save the people...

What I’m watching Summer House.  I am almost done with season 5 and then need to catch up on the current season 6.  I started Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and then paused when I got sucked into Summer house.  As a family we are watching Abbott Elementary and Matlock.  My husband and I are watching Yellowstone.

What I’m reading:  Untamed and The Woman in Cabin 10

My plans for the weekend nada.  I really want to go through all of my clothes because my dresser is out of control.  I was going to do it last weekend and got distracted.  We have planned out very yummy dinners because we need to clear out some room in our freezer for the new cow we are getting Tuesday.

What are you watching/reading/listening to?

Tuesday, February 15, 2022


  Phew, we are in the cold blah part of winter.  Running out of things to entertain ourselves, bored, reality tv obsessions, reading slump, and ugh.  Come on spring.  Or maybe just temperatures where we can go outside and also if coyote mating season could end, that would be grand too.  Currently not walking outdoors or going in our woods because I am a fraidy cat and there have been a few in our neighborhood during the daylight lately.

Reading:     The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, or I will be as soon as I open it up. :)

Loving: I don't know if this is loving or just obsessed but I am currently obsessed with catching up on Summer House.  And I completely blame the pandemic for bringing me back to reality tv for the first time since I lived with people in college ha.

Feeling: ugh, I believe sums it up.

Anticipating: hmm..ummm... summer time fun?

Struggling: with focus.  I didn't have any outward covid symptoms and never technically tested so I am unsure if I had it, but every other member of my family had it and I have not been able to focus since.  So I am blaming it on that.  I have drank a lot more water than normal, worked out... just been hard.

Grateful: that my mom was able to get her hysterectomy quickly and hopefully now she will be fine.

Working: on getting the motivation to get rid of the stuff we need to donate.

Listening: to podcasts by Black people and about Black people for Black history month.

Watching: currently on Season 5 of Summer House

that someone could come and clean my house and organize it for me.

What are you reading/listening/watching?

Monday, February 14, 2022

A Hundred Summers

I recently read A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams.  She is an author that after I read one of her books, I'm like, "OMG I loved it, I need to read all her stuff," then I promptly forget for a good while and the cycle continues.

Lily Dane is a young woman in the fall of 1931 when she meets Nick Greenwald and falls quickly in love with the tall dark athletic Dartmouth quarterback.  They both come from privileged New York families, but Nick's father is Jewish and that makes a world of difference in the Dane household.

Something happens in the winter of 1931 that changes the lives of many in the insular group that Lily and Nick inhabit.  Soon there is a broken engagement, a move across the ocean, lost friendships, new lives, and a swirl of rumors.

The book moves back and forth between the summer of 1938 and the fall lead up to the winter climax.  The original group reunites altogether for the first time in years and misconceptions and misunderstandings slowly are cleared up.

It's a fast paced book that I managed to read in less than 24 hours while taking a Super Bowl break.  It  helped break a reading slump that I had at the beginning of February. I need to make sure I don't go as long in between her books next time!

What have you been reading?