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Meal plan for March 7th-13th

I fear we may have some copyright infringement issues going on in our house.  It appears that we make carbon copy kids around here.

Jack at three or four months

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Bennett at five weeks

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Hopefully the lawyers don’t come after us too aggressively.

One of the things we’ve tried really hard to do since Bennett came along, is have one on one time with Jack.  It doesn’t always happen, but we do try.  Randomly about a month ago, he wandered out to the livingroom while Troy and I were watching Jeopardy (nerds).  He got one of the questions/answers right, and has been hooked ever since.  The new rule is, he has to be in bed at the same time as always (7 pm), and he can read until 7:30 pm, and then can watch Jeopardy with us until 8.  He used to be allowed to read until 7:45, so technically he is going to bed later than I would prefer, but he’s having such a good time and learning a lot too.

Well, randomly, on Friday, he decided that he was obsessed with chapter books, and started carrying around whole series that we have had on his bookshelf for a while.

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He brought all those books out Friday night and wanted to read while watching Jeopardy.  This multi-tasking nerd momma has never been prouder!  He finished Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator in about 18 hours, because I allowed him to bring it to church today (God forgives I believe).  At first Troy and I thought he was just skimming the pages to try to look cool about reading chapter books, but while quizzing him during our nightly snuggles (we talk about the best part of his day, and the part he wished had gone differently), he could tell me the entire plot!  He has declared his wishlist for his upcoming seventh birthday to be “chapter books, Legos, and Star Wars stuff”.

In Bennett’s world, the new reflux meds have started to kick in.  He’s not 100% yet, but we can tell he is feeling better, because the days are fewer tears and less screaming, and more of these:
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Troy went back to work this week, and it is also the week that we started watching my nephew before and afternoon school.  It is a perfect arrangement since the boys go to the same school and have the same schedule, and they have a blast together.  Plus, Jack and my nephew were at the same daycare that my sis and I weren’t totally thrilled with (but it was the only one in our school’s boundary), so this gives my sister a better option. My sis and her husband are building a new house that should be done this summer.  One of the features of the home will be air conditioning, a decision that was made after last summer being the hottest on record in Seattle, to the point where our boob sweat had boob sweat.  For the first month I am watching my nephew, I am earning their old portable a/c unit.  Praise the lord!  Plus, Jack and my nephew enjoy “entertaining” Bennett.

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The first day Troy was at work and I had all three boys to myself, my former “get a lot of stuff done” self kicked in to high-gear, and I was able to feel productive for the first time in a while.  I sent this text to Troy:

In addition to Troy working, he was also not feeling well on Saturday (he told me he has mastitis), so I braved a solo zoo day with both boys.  Bennett is not a fan of the stroller, so we did a two hour circuit of the zoo with just the Ergo and a diaper bag.  I realize it’s not like the most courageous thing ever, but I felt pretty accomplished taking them by myself.

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I’m not totally sure, but I believe that Jack has gone through a wee bit of a growth spurt.  Here he is on December 4th:

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Here he is March 4th. I may need to stop feeding him to get this to slow down a bit.

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As I was writing this post, I had to keep getting up to go calm Bennett down.  Homeboy was NOT ok with the idea of a nap.  We’ve been doing fairly well getting him to take at least one solo nap a day, but he was fighting it today.  At one point I came back to the table, and found this:

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So now Jack knows I have a blog.  🙂  He said he liked the photos and wanted to sit with me while I wrote more.

Meal plan time!  Jack starts baseball practice this week, so it is going to mess with dinner plans a bit.

Monday:: Chicken and dumplings, salad.  I used this recipe as the base, but pretty much tripled the veg, amped up the spices, used chicken breasts (for some reason, chicken thighs creep me out) added fresh garlic, and used three quarts of homemade chicken broth.  I like a brothy soup yo!

Tuesday:: Chipotle stuffed sweet potatoes, and stir-fried snap peas.

Wednesday:: Troy’s delicious burgers, fries, and salad.

Thursday:: Jack requested tomato soup (canned from the garden last year), leftover stir-fried snap peas, and biscuits.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner

Saturday:: My nephew is spending the night, so we’ll probably go out.  Or have popcorn again.

Sunday:: Family dinner!

I have only hit up Costco so far this week, and spent $51.14.

What are you having this week?

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7 comments on “Meal plan for March 7th-13th”

  1. I love your blog so much! It always makes me smile and chuckle along. I’m impressed with your productivity!

  2. Woohoo for A/C! The hubby insisted that we never live without it again after our stint in the tiny house. I didn’t mind, but I wasn’t recovering from near death via mountain bike.

    So happy Little B is starting to feel better. I can imagine the relief you must feel.

    We had a family meeting yesterday (no one was thrilled, but I made them suck it up) and we have decided to go back to veggie bags prepped on the weekend (enough for each person to have one bag of raw veggies every day). We also talked about trying to come up with a weekly plan for food.
    Sunday- Roast or whole chicken in the crock pot with potatoes and veggies
    Monday- Crockpot meal
    Tuesday- Fish with veggies
    Wednesday- Left-overs or fend for your self
    Thursday- same as Wednesday
    Friday- Family night so homemade pizza, veggie and meat tray, or other easy meals.
    Saturday- New recipe.

    I got the roast cooked yesterday, but ended up turning it into chili and cooking it all night. So, we will count that as a win for both Sunday and Monday :0)

    Looks like Saturday might be Chipotle Chicken Stuffed Sweet potatoes (minus the cheese). Thanks!

    • Glad to hear you guys are getting back on the bandwagon, and I hope it works out for everyone! I love the idea of veggie bags…but of course I would recommend veggie pint canning jars. 🙂

      We made the sweet potatoes tonight, and I was tempted to sprinkle some nutritional yeast on mine for the cheesy flavor.

  3. My youngest daughter is a voracious reader and keeping her in books was expensive. We decided to purchase her a an e-reader for her birthday that was compatible with our library. Now she has an endless supply of books; all for the price of…free (our public library doesn’t even have sign up fee). We have Kobos, as this is compatible with our library’s overdrive system (Kindle is not). You can also download books onto ipads or tablets, but then there is the issue of backlit devices affecting sleep. That is why I like the Kobos as well. We still go to the library, but we have a pretty busy schedule of sports activities, so it can be hard to get books back on time. This way there is a continuous supply of free books, anytime. What’s not to love?

    • Our library offers that too, and I LOVE it! That being said, we live literally two blocks from our little town’s library, so getting there to find books and returning them is fairly easy (and yet I still always have fines!).

      If you are an Amazon Prime member, you’re also entitled to one free book download a month. They’re not the best titles generally, but you can always find something.

  4. Pat yourself on the back, a solo trip to the zoo with your two boys while baby carrying the whole time is a big accomplishment! My oldest son is growing to be quite the avid reader and my youngest loves listening to “big kid” books as well. My husband struggles with reading because he is dyslexic but he and the boys read ten pages of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (I think we have all in the series) every night before bed. I work at a 24 hour call center so I miss story time and it warms my heart that this is their nightly ritual, I think it is good for all three of them. I too enjoyed watching Jeopardy with my parents. I went on to join ACB in middle school and a little bit in HS (Academic Challenge Bowl, is that something other school districts have? It was in public and private schools in Guam)
    Wow! You inspire me to get more done. I had struggled with anxiety (I love you tons Dad, but thanks for passing that down to me) recently and am currently seeing a therapist and on meds. I’ve seen a great improvement in my attitude and energy levels. For me, anxiety=depression=physically and mentally exhausted too often and the vicious cycle would go on every time I felt like I hadn’t been productive enough. Trying to go easier on myself but happy that it seems I am on my way to healthier thoughts/habits.
    A couple questions I’ve been meaning to ask you. Did you ever post that Asian meatball recipe? Also, do you still use the oil cleansing method and if so, how is it working for you? I hate my skin, I so wish I could trade it in and recently bought the supplies for OCM. By the way, have you ever checked out Vitacost? It’s a great site and most times beats my natural/organic prices at the grocery store. Just thought I would share. Longest comment ever? Haha. Have an awesome day Sarah!

    • We did Diary of a Wimpy Kid audiobooks two years ago, and Jack loved them. Good on your husband for sticking with a routine, even if it is challenging for him! We didn’t have ACB, but I think it is a national thing and many schools do have it.

      By any chance do you have a Fit bit or other fitness tracker? I have a friend who also has anxiety and her life has done a 180 since she got a Fit Bit. She is working out a ton by walking and taking laps around the neighborhood, and it has inspired her to eat a cleaner diet and make other lifestyle changes. She feels so much better overall, and is even sleeping better. I realize it’s not a replacement for actual meds, but it is a wonderful addition to a complete medical plan!

      The asian meatball recipe is one I found so long ago that I no longer have it written down anywhere. Basically use whatever type of ground meat you’d like (pork, turkey, or chicken…I would not recommend beef because the flavor would be too strong), add some diced jalapeno, minced cilantro, drizzle of sesame oil, an egg, diced green onions, sweet chili sauce, and panko, and make little meatballs. I bake on a rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment at 350 for 20 minutes, then flip until done.

      OCM – I still LOVE it, but I have moved to only using sweet almond oil. After a year, the castor oil was way too drying for me, and the sweet almond oil has been wonderful. I have found a new face lotion that I love and it has made a giant difference in my skin. It seems a little spendy ($26 for a small container), but I have used about 1/3 of the jar (a little goes A LONG way), and have had it for five months. I’ll easily get over a year out of the container. My MIL has the world’s most sensitive skin, and she tried this and it is the only thing that hasn’t made her ski freak out. It’s this: http://www.kiehls.com/ultra-facial-cream/622.html?cgid=face-moisturizers&dwvar_622_size=4.2%20fl.%20oz.%20Jar#start=3&cgid=face-moisturizers It does not have sunscreen, so you’ll want to put on something on top of it.

      I’m also using this scrub three times a week to even out my skin tone and it’s lovely: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Z4OD24?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B003Z4OD24&linkCode=xm2&tag=thisb02-20 I ordered mine at the end of October, and have used maybe 1/4 of the bottle. You literally only need a size of the pea.