Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dinner Time

We are huge fans of Mexican/Tex Mex cuisine around here.  Especially since I was diagnosed with Celiac's disease in September of last year.  Don't get me wrong, I am so grateful for all the resources at my disposal for eating gluten free, but really, it's still a pain.  I've had people tell me (trying to look on the bright side I'm sure) how much more accessible gluten free food is at any grocery store.  While that is true, remind me to show you a picture of the gluten free section at my grocery store.  Until then it's about the width of my arm span, floor to ceiling and that has to cover every type of shelved food.  Crackers, cookies, pasts, etc.  So.  It's a pain.  I try to look for recipes that don't have glutenous things in them in the first place.  It's just easier.

Enter this Cheesy Enchilada Rice skillet.  It is delish.  And has no gluten.  And I love it.  So does my family so a definite win!  Check out the link here (assuming anyone is out there- if not- future self, here is one more place where you have saved this recipe).

Your taste buds will thank me.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A New Year

Hooray!  I love the new year- fresh beginnings and an overwhelming urge to purge and organizer and put things in order.

No set resolutions this year but I have thought of some words I would like to focus on.

-in the yard
- with my family
-to make my life what I want it to be

-Be intentional about the things I bring into my home and into my life.
-Be intentional about choosing joy
-Be intentional about what I allow myself to think about it (and what to leave out)
-Be intentional about my relationships- nurturing and strengthening and lifting when and where I can.

As the year goes on I hope to focus on these things. I'm not aiming for perfection.  Just improvement. :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Magnolia Story

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I just finished this book and I loved it. The book reads like a comfortable conversation with friends. The Gaines' faith in God is inspiring and I was so impressed at not only how faithful they were when they needed help but how diligent they are and how quick they are to recognize his hand in all things. I love, love, love their work ethic as business people, as a couple and as parents.  It was great read for me as I prepare to take on 2017.  I had already decided I want work to play a bigger role in my life and my family's and this has definitely been a push in the right direction.

I love finding couples (and individuals) who make me want to be better.  I felt better just being around them in their book.  They don't shy away from the bad stuff but are able to look at it without despair and negativity.  How they work together as a couple = life goals. :)

Definitely a book I will reread in the future.  (I actually ended up pulling out a highlighter because I kept finding little gems that I want to incorporate in my own home.)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

January Blahs

I'm not typically one to have a lot of the January blahs, but this year I have.  I think I've been spoiled the last couple of years with a pleasant, mild winter.  This year seems colder and wetter.

I really enjoyed our Christmas break.  It was so fun to have all the kids to myself.  No dance, basketball or a million other things demanding our time and attention. But like all good things, Monday came way too soon. :P

Yesterday I was feeling a bit sorry for myself if I'm being honest. ;)  Chloe and I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things we needed for dinner and I splurged.  I bought a package of big, bright red, sweet smelling strawberries.  And I didn't just get the measly one pound package.  No way, Jose. I bought the big kahuna.  Two pounds of beautiful (and delicious!) berries.

Let me tell you.  It was worth every out-of-season penny I spent.  I hid them, too.  I didn't want my kids to know I had them.  They've been happy.  They were still smiling and laughing when they came home from school.  They didn't need them.  These berries were for me!

I did come to my senses and have shared them.  And they taste sweeter for it.  Plus my kids know me well now and ask before they eat them.  Haha.

But seriously.  Worth the splurge to feel a little springiness in the dead of winter.  The berries, combined with some unexpected sunshine have chased away the January blues and left hope and excitement for the new year.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

3 more weeks of summer!

The kids have been in school for 3 weeks and now I get them back to myself for 3 more weeks!  I have big plans.  We'll see how much we get done, but hopefully we'll get a good portion of it.

3 Week Dream to-do list:
1. Sewing "camp" with Sophie
2. Jurrasic World with McKay
3. Clean the house.
4.  Lots of swimming
5. Snow cones
6. Library time
7. Finish Anne of Green Gables with Soph so we can watch the movie.
8. Finish Soph's birthday gifts
9. Send McKay to Grandpa for a "boys week" with his best cousin, Bry.
10. A little camping

Between their schedules and mine it may be tough to fit it all in, but we are sure going to try! Thankfully camps are all over now and piano hasn't quite started yet.  That should help. :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Good Things

Loving all the rain we've been soaked with this week.  Also love all the yard work I'm NOT doing because of it. :) Everything is so green and gorgeous, if slightly overgrown now.

Jeff and I celebrated our 15th anniversary this week.  Nothing says romance like Culvers for lunch and a late showing of Age of Ultron.  I'm serious.  Totally how to win me over. Besides.  It was a Wednesday.  Best Wednesday in a long time.

Our Stake President visited our ward to day to make a big announcement.  Our stake is switching to Sacrament meeting first!!  In the 10 years we've lived in this stake we have always had it last.  I am so thrilled to have it first.  Hooray!!

I have back muscles now.  And shoulder definition.  I'm very excited about this.

Dance competition is over for this year.  Lyndsi's team and studio did really well at all their competitions. It's been so fun to watch these girls mature into awesome young ladies as well as beautiful, talented dancers.