Monday, April 14, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Breakfasts (Breakfasts are very simple around here. Many mornings we just have toast, oatmeal, cereal, or eggs, and add in fruit)
Toast & Fruit
Stovetop Oatmeal
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (plan to make early this week)
Eggs

Lunches 
Borscht Soup (x2)
Grilled Cheese
Pancakes & Fruit
Pita Pizzas
PBJ sandwiches
Leftovers

Suppers (I imagine we will be spending some time with family over the weekend and eating with them, so the weekend meals can easily be skipped without affecting my groceries too much :-) )

Monday: Sweet & Sour Chicken over Rice, Stir Fry Veggies

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Amazing Sloppy Joes over Artisan Bread, Tossed Salad

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night

Saturday: Potato Soup or Freezer Meal

Sunday: Leftovers

Friday, April 11, 2014

Running

I am enjoying running. Enjoying running. I honestly am not sure that I have ever, in my entire life, truly enjoyed running...until now. Though I was very active in high school, played lots of school sports, and even did cross country running and track and field, I never really liked running. I just did it....just because it was expected of me. I actually really hated cross country running. Why I put myself through that just to please my teachers and coaches is beyond me! I was a major people pleaser and big-time overachiever in high school. I think I've loosened up quite a bit since then, especially since there is no way to "do it all" as a mom - ha ha.

Hubby has started his new job this week, and things are going quite well. It is a 1 year term job, but it might turn permanent (it's iffy, though). He is home much earlier than I was used to in his previous job, which is a HUGE blessing. It is also so nice to be able to go to church together as a family every Sunday. With his last career, he had to work some Sundays and I was by myself with the kids for Sunday (a pretty major task, especially when church is a good 45 minute drive out of town!) When the weather is nice, once he gets home he will take the kids out to play while I finish up making supper.

Today after supper, he took the kids outside to play for well over an hour. I took the time alone to do a thorough cleaning of the kitchen and jump on the treadmill to do Week 2 of the Couch to 5K program. I play Christian music while I run, and it is such an awesome time for me to recharge. Though it is not the same as sitting down and reading the Bible, the songs I listen to are filled with truth from God's word and are such an encouragement to my soul. I have been feeling much more stressed and anxious this year with all the changes and uncertainty. Taking care of 3 young kids all day can leave me quite frazzled by the end of the day.  Exercise is a great stress reliever but adding in a time of worship and prayer while exercising and listening to truth is truly a stress reliever. As crazy as it might sound, I really think that those 30 minutes of pounding it out on the treadmill are helping me be a better wife & mama. The songs that I listen to while I run challenge and encourage my mind & spirit. I'm sure this is the real reason I am finally enjoying running. For example, one song speaks of increasing my faith in God when times are difficult, another might speak on living a life that reflects Jesus (I consider my attitude and actions toward my kids & husband when I listen to this song). Though finding time to exercise is a challenge, I know that I need to make time. The physical part is important for my health, but the spiritual part of listening to worship music and praying for the time is even more important.

I hope to check in here on Fridays with my progress as I work to drop the pregnancy weight, but more importantly, work toward being a healthier wife & mama. This week I didn't lose anything much. I am still trying to sort out what I need to do food and exercise-wise in order to get over this plateau and get the weight moving again.

Here's just one example of lyrics that spoke to me and challenged me while I was running.

Live Like That - Sidewalk Prophets

Am I proof that You are who You say You are?
That grace can really change a heart
Do I live like Your love is true
People pass
And even if they don't know my name
Is there evidence that I've been changed
When they see me, do they see You?

As I think of those lyrics, my mind goes toward my behavior and attitude at home. My prayer is that my kids will see Jesus living in me...that I would be kind toward them and serve my family as Jesus served and as I train them up in His ways.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Breakfasts (Breakfasts are very simple around here. Many mornings we just have toast with fruit or eggs)

Oatmeal Strawberry Smoothies
Toast & Fruit
Stovetop Oatmeal
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (plan to make early this week)
Eggs


Lunches (I will be having Caesar salad with a fried egg (no croutons), BBQ chicken salad, and sauteed veggies over quinoa in place of the sandwiches, which the kids will be having with simple fruit & veggie sides (sliced strawberries, cucumber, carrots, apple slices, etc.)

Hamburger Vegetable Soup (x2)
Grilled Cheese
Pancakes & Fruit
Ham Sandwiches
PBJ sandwiches
Leftovers

Suppers

Monday:Chicken & Asparagus Stir Fry (NEW) over Brown Rice    

Tuesday; Grilled Chicken Piccata over Penne (NEW)

WednesdayCreamy Tomato Sauce over Spaghetti (this one but without the artichokes. It's a meatless family favourite. I love it with the artichokes, but leaving them out saves money, and it's still delicious), Caesar Salad

Thursday: BBQ'ing steaks, baked potatoes, coleslaw

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night (The last few pizza nights we have been using the 5 minute artisan bread recipe on a preheated pizza stone, and it is AMAZING, especially after leaving the dough in the fridge for about a week to give it a bit of a sourdough taste).

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Leftovers or |Kommst Borscht Soup



Linking up to Menu Plan Monday hosted by orgjunkie.com 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pictures & Update


Life is busy right now :-). There is not much time for blogging, which is perfectly fine with me.I will never get these days back and would much rather spend my limited time with my precious ones than online blogging. Of course, I will still blog here and there as time allows. Thanks for understanding :-). 


This week I began the Couch to 5K program. It was wonderful and horrible in the most exhilarating,  torturous kind of way! Isn't that just how it is with exercise? At least that's how it is with me, especially when starting out again after basically sitting on the couch for the past 9 months. It's a bit frustrating being so horribly out of shape, which is all the more reason why I need to get exercising again. Unfortunately the baby weight (plus more) is no longer moving. I have gone a few weeks without losing a single pound, and I have at least 30, ideally 40, to go. My plan is to use a common sense approach, which seemed to work the last two times. This time, it seems to be a bit more difficult for me, though, as I feel like I should have lost a bit more already without "trying." The hard thing is knowing how to fit in exercise with 3 young kids. It was so easy with just Elianna. I remember I would put her in the baby swing and then could have at least an hour to exercise with no problem. I am not a morning person, and Brielle is still up several times a night, so trying to get up before the kids are awake does not work the best for me right now. In the evening was my go-to time to exercise after Nathanael was born, but these days I'm finding that I'm completely toast by the time the kids are in bed. I may have to lose my afternoon quiet/rest time and try to fit it in then. Nathanael still naps after lunch, so I may be able to put a video on for Elianna, Brielle in the swing, and try to fit in at least 30 minutes then.


As for our job situation, it looks like my husband will be starting his new job on Monday. We do not have to move for this job, which is a blessing. After several months of trying to figure things out, applying to different opportunities, and having many doors open and then close, it looks like we will be sticking around at least for the next year. It is only a year-long term, but it has the potential to become permanent. It's not in his field of training, but it is still a good job. The hours are phenomenal.



Love these little munchkins!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Menu Plan

I still have several freezer meals on hand, but I have been feeling pretty good lately, so I've decided to try cooking simple meals on days I am not too tired and save the freezer meals for crazier days. I know that with 3 kids ages 4 and under and plans to homeschool a kindergartener this fall, I will need a list of simple meals that everyone loves, are frugal, and take little time to prepare.

I hope to soon do a picture post and update on what's happening in our life lately. It's been a very crazy few weeks!

Monday: Spaghetti and Creamy Tomato Sauce

Tuesday: Chicken Noodle Soup
            : BLT's

Wednesday: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Thursday: Freezer Meal

Friday: Homemade Pizza & Salad

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Out to eat

Alternate Easy Meal: Crustless Spinach Mushroom Quiche

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

She's Here!





With great joy, we welcomed our newest blessing, our baby girl Brielle (meaning "God is my strength") this past weekend, weighing 8 lbs 14 oz (my smallest baby - I was shocked!!).  Thank you all for your prayers for her safe arrival. We are just getting over the stomach flu at our house...yes, the stomach flu, folks....Not sure how many women can say they battled the stomach flu while in labour...hopefully not too many....it was one for the books, let me tell you! Details and birth story to come...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Plan

First of all, thank you all for your sweet, encouraging comments and for praying for me. I am feeling encouraged.

I saw the midwife today, and it was nice to hear that all those contractions have not been in vain. I'm at least 4 cm dilated now and the baby's head is extremely low...so low that the midwife could hardly believe it. I had an hour-long appointment as we had several things to discuss and decisions to make.

We have a plan in place now that my husband and I feel good about. I know you all are curious as to what the plan is, but I'll just say that it definitely will not be long now (...as in a few days max.)

Next time you hear from me, it will hopefully be with our good news.
Prayers for a safe delivery are always welcome :-)
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