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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

You know when you’re in a public place and they only have single-stall bathrooms? And you have to lock the main door to the bathroom. It is the only thing between you and the people outside seeing you sitting on the toilet with your pants down.

You know for sure you have locked the door. You’re confident you have. And yet you spend the whole time staring at that door terrified that perhaps you didn’t lock it? Or didn’t lock it enough? Like maybe you heard the click to letย you know it was locked, but how convincing was that click?

That feeling of confident panic has been my baseline for the last five days. I got my new website template from the designer in the middle of last week and I have been busting ass to update everything I can on my end. I’ve slept 12 hours in the last four nights and go to bed beyond exhausted but fully exhilarated by what is to come. I’m flying through the days on a cloud of anticipation and pure excitement. I never shy away from working hard, but when it is working towards something you have so much passion for, the work itself is extremely rewarding.

Only six more months and then I’ll unveil it!

Bwahaaa, I’m kidding. Tomorrow. TOMORROW is the day. The big giant day I have been waiting for since last summer. No big deal. Just sharting my pants over here. The site goes live around 8 am PT tomorrow. I cannot wait to show it to you.

Just a reminder, the new site has a new name and new URL. But the beauty of it all is that you don’t have to do anything new. This site will be directed to the new space and we shall meet again very soon. There will be a weird time period where the new social media accounts and old ones aren’t playing well together, but we’ll all be one happy family again very soon.

And yes, I’m a giant douche and am keeping the name a secret until tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

I need to go check that bathroom door again. Be right back.

You guys! Seriously. You are all so dang sweet and I can barely handle it.

Last week I asked if you would please go back and review some of my recipes if you had previously made them. And you came through in a big way. A BIG WAY. I’m so humbled and thankful for your comments and reviews. Seriously, it means so much. Your generosity of time was so greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Yesterday I accidentally published a blog post that was in draft form and then immediately recalled it. I apologize if you went to read a post only to find it was no longer there. I’ve been constantly toggling back and forth from my old site and new site and frankly the fact that this is the biggest mistake I have made is shocking to me. I was pretty convinced I would accidentally delete a whole year’s worth of posts or something at some point.

Today, this guy turns two.

There is not enough space available to tell you how much joy Bennett has brought into our lives. The road to him joining our family wasn’t as smooth as we hoped, but we’ve been beyond blessed to be gifted with this little walking ball of sunshine. Like all of us, he has his bad days, but his good days are so good and he spreads happiness wherever he goes.

We’re so lucky to have him.

Even when he needs gentle reminders from his adoring big brother about manners. ๐Ÿ™‚

His party was supposed to be this afternoon, but Jack got sick on Friday. With all the germs going around right now, and a new baby joining our family this week courtesy of Troy’s cousin, we felt it best to reschedule. Bennett has no clue what is going so pushing it out a few weeks is no big deal. Jack ended up being totally fine so it was all for nothing, but at least I get to put off the intense deep cleaning that always comes with hosting a party.

We will go out to dinner tonight to celebrate. We asked Bennett where he wanted to go and he shouted “rice and ice cream” which is Bennett speak for spicy chicken teriyaki and mochi.

Left: Bennett, Right: Jack

Jack came home from school on Monday disappointed on his performance on his spelling pretest. For the first time all year, he missed two words. If you miss zero or even one word, his teacher lets them take a challenge test instead of the normal test later in the week.

I don’t know his teacher well enough to know if it made her laugh, but I sure hope it at least brought the other teachers a chuckle in the teacher’s lounge. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had baseball practice for Jack yesterday. It was to get the kids warmed up for tryouts which take place over the next two weekends. We just started basketball this week, so it is hard to wrap our heads around the idea of baseball already. This is the first year that Jack is in the age group where the coaches draft the kids. I don’t know what to expect, but I hope he has fun this season. He really wanted to do track and cross country, but it would interfere with baseball.

I’m pretty firm on the “one activity at a time” rule because I don’t want him (and us) to spend every single night in the car at some sort of practice or game. I think it is important for kids to do some activity whether it is sports, arts, church, or whatever. But they also have their whole lives ahead of them to be overly scheduled and constantly on the go.

This week was light on posts because I was so focused on getting the new site ready to launch. But, there were a few posts published and hopefully, you got a chance to read them. If not…

Zero Waste Produce and Bulk Bin Shopping Bags – these sweet little bags can help you cut down on your plastic consumption. And nothing makes lentils look better than foxes.

zero waste shopping

Zuppa Toscana In the Instant Pot (or Crockpot) – celebrating National Soup Month in the tastiest way possible. I ate this for breakfast two mornings in a row and I think soup for breakfast needs to be a weekly thing.

zuppa toscana

Kale Chips – the tastiest way to get extra greens into your diet.

kale chips

And kids love them too!

kale chips

kale chips

Nerf guns optional

I’ll be perfectly honest with you when I say I don’t know what we’re having for dinner this week. My brain is fried and I’m exhausted from all the late nights. I’m winging the crap out of dinners and we’ll see what plays out. I know soup of some kind will make an appearance because I always have the ingredients on hand for something brothy. We also have organic hot dogs in the freezer and I’ll have Troy grill those at some point. We may have cereal and popcorn the other nights. Only time will tell. ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you having this week?

PS, I’m close to vomiting in my mouth with excitement about tomorrow.

PPS, If you could travel to one place in the world without having to worry about money, where would you go?

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24 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. Oh my goodness! That pic of Jack and Bennett reading just gets me. You can see a hint of the man Jack will become!
    I don’t know why you are so tired, lol. You get more done in a week than most people do in a few months.

    If I could travel anywhere with no worries of money it would have to be Europe. Slowly, on the train, hitting everything I’ve ever wanted to see. Starting with England, Scotland, Belgium – all of it!

    • Jack is an amazing big brother and great with little kids in general. Everyone at church is just smitten with him because he is such a positive leader amongst the little kids. But man, he is still such a giant punk sometimes!

      I have been to England and Spain (did the train in Spain) and it is wonderful. Belgium, Scotland, and Ireland would be amazing as well.

  2. Oh so excited to see the new site!!!! Oh to travel unlimited…African Safari still makes the list

  3. I’m looking forward to the unveiling! Kudos on all your hard work. How exciting.

    Happy Birthday to sweet & adorable Bennett. Two years, wow!!!

    Have a blessed Sunday Sarah & family.

  4. I would go first to Vancouver BC to see my family there. Once when I went there I took the train to Portland OR to the Palmer Pletsch sewing school. I would sooooooo love to do that again.

    • If you’re taking the train along the coast, you may as well keep going down to California. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • We did that once from Vancouver to Seattle by bus, then took the train as far as Oakland and visited friends just outside SF. It’s a wonderful ride!

  5. Happy 2nd Bday to Bennett ๐Ÿ™‚ My hubby is a teacher & I’m sure they got a laugh from the spelling test…lol. I’d take a long trip to Australia.

  6. Picture me in my Buddy the Elf costume crouched in excitement!! I can’t wait to see the site tomorrow!!!

    Unhappenis. Amazing.

    I’ve gotten away from meal planning, but I do have a chicken marinating in the fridge to have IP peruvian chicken tomorrow night. I’ll probably do some skillet fries (similar to your lazy lady skillet potatoes, but with more oil. Mmm, fries) with that and some token amount of real vegetable.

    Speaking of which, hubs did the grocery shopping this weekend (with three kids in tow, God bless him), and I had written down “veg for side dishes–broccoli, green beans, etc.” He did bring home a single pack of broccoli (which won’t be enough for one meal) and zucchini, which he abhors, but he also got 3 packs of mushrooms. Wtf? Mushrooms totally don’t count as vegetables, but apparently my dishes are lacking umami or something lately, lol.

    Were money no object…. gah. Tie between getting away from EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE and going to Fiji or something in that realm or doing a SE Asian culinary tour. Hopefully the latter will actually happen someday, but we’ll see.

    • Buddy the Elf has been my baseline during this whole process. “Sannnnnnnta”!!

      What do you put in your Peruvian chicken? When you make it in the IP do you then shred it?

      I’m laughing so hard at the mushrooms and one thing of broccoli for five people. But I appreciate the venturing out with all three kids.

      I vote you do both Fiji and the Asian culinary tour. I will join you! My friends went to Fiji on their honeymoon and said it was amazing.

  7. Happy birthday Bennet! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

    I did read that post in email and it was great! I was going to comment on it and it was gone ๐Ÿ˜‚

    There are so many places I would travel if money wasnโ€™t a concern. This may be vanilla but I LOVED Bath, England and Iโ€™d love to go back sometime and back to Ireland and make my way up to scrotland. Haha I mean Scotland.. (my phone did that and it was too good to erase) someday I will make it down to Peru. I am determined. A bit easier than flying across the ocean to Europe. But I would also love to see my familyโ€™s roots in Italy and travel across the Mediterranean to Greece. Iโ€™m a sucker for history so my time would be spent exploring all things historical.. and Egypt to see the pyramids. Pretty soon the kids and I will be living in a bus traveling the U.S. so Iโ€™m totally excited to see all the historical places and natural landmarks here!

    Excited to see the new website!! โค๏ธ

    • You’re so sweet. My MIL said she loved the post too and I pointed out it wasn’t even finished. The end of it was just a mishmash of thoughts that I put down to tie up when I got a chance. I do plan to publish it (for real) this week!

      I’ve been to Bath!!!!! It’s amazing. We were only there for like two hours, and I would love to spend more time there if I could. Troy loved it too. He is an anxious travel and I think he adored it because it was small and felt like a friendly small town. I think it was the only time he felt at ease on that trip.

      I didn’t realize you were going to be driving the bus around. How cool is that? Do you have a plan for how long you’re going to be doing that? Have you selected which vehicle you’re buying yet? There is a blog opportunity in this adventure!

  8. Oh and the alps in Germany and all the Scandinavian countries too. I probably would just do a world tour !

  9. I know that patience is a virtue, but it is not mine! I cannot wait to see the new site. Happy birthday Bennett. ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ

    I have been fortunate to visit a number of places already in my life however the list is still extensive on the places I would still like to go. I would love to go to south Africa Australia China and Egypt if money was no problem. But as this is just a fantasy, I will be going to your up on my own dime or at least my husband. Ha ha ha

    Dinner is up in the air this week for us as well. we will be having several recipes for last week that didnโ€™t happen because we ran out of propane for the grill. My work schedule this week is crazy because of the end of month so it might be breakfast for dinner

    • All of those places sound amazing and I’d totally add them to my list as well.

      Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things. Especially if you have waffles or pancakes already made in the freezer.

      • I always double the batch for both pancakes and waffles. That way when Iโ€™m lazy during the week and itโ€™s past dinner time we can always just pull them out!

      • Time to do some marketing for your reasons. You’re not “lazy”, you’re “efficient”! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Happy birthday to your blessing, Bennett! Looking forward to spending some time with your new website later. Money no object, the following places, in no particular order: Rome, Barcelona, Limerick, Ireland, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Nandlstat, Germany. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I would so travel to those places too. I’ve been to Spain but we didn’t get a chance to check to Barcelona. We were in Madrid for my work and took the train to Seville for a few days.

      Why that particular city in Germany?