A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2018

Last week was somewhat eventful for our family (which, I realize, isn’t saying much since we normally have a fairly quiet schedule!)

We had dentist appointments for Nora and Simon, we got our entire house, garage, and outbuilding power washed, we had over 20 yards of mulch delivered, we babysat our cousin, we went to a parade for Nora’s school, AND we met with the plumbers to officially start our bathroom renovation (yes, we’ve finally decided on a plan for that space and I can’t wait to share it with you soon!)

YAY!!!!!

Since Nora doesn’t have school on Wednesdays, it has become my “mission” to plan special things we can all do together on Wednesdays — otherwise, I often feel like I’m going to scream at everyone and lock myself in the bathroom by 10:30am.

This past week, we did hair chalk and temporary tattoos, then we went out for donuts, visited a local greenhouse (with a fun play area for the kids), made homemade personal pan pizzas for lunch, and did a special craft project for Mother’s Day gifts for their grandmas.

Of course, I got lots of “mom brownie points” for all of that, and we had a great day together!

The kid’s “repaid” me later in the week with my Mother’s Day gifts. πŸ™‚

My Mother’s Day

I had a nice Mother’s Day weekend at home — nothing over-the-top special, but that’s not really my style anyway!

We had Dave’s parents over for brunch on Saturday morning, and we celebrated with my family on Sunday afternoon.

Dave helped the kids make me a card and he let them each pick something out for me from the Dollar Store (he knows me so well). They couldn’t wait to give me their gifts so they gave them to me on Saturday afternoon already!

Nora made me a few things at school, including a coupon booklet which gifted me a free back massage, help with chores around the house, and breakfast in bed (to name a few). So… they brought me breakfast in bed Sunday morning and were crazy excited! πŸ™‚

I’m making mental notes of how sweet these special holidays are with little kids!

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Nora has turned into a little bookworm and reads constantly — which makes Dave smile because he was exactly the same way growing up.

Nora was in a special school-wide parade this past Friday (she got to help hold the banner for the Kindergarten classes), and she raised over $300 for the school walkathon the week before (she actually called people for donations!)

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Simon is such a silly kid — as I’ve mentioned before, it’s almost impossible to get mad at him because he turns everything into a joke and makes us laugh.

He absolutely loved going to the 5-week preschool program at our local Early Childhood Center… which makes me even more excited for him to officially start preschool next fall.

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James has become my kitchen helper when Simon is at preschool and Clara is napping… he LOVES helping in the kitchen (and sampling the foods!)

He is a puzzle pro, he climbs on EVERYTHING, and he sings or hums all day long.

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Clara is still a little doll baby — and she’s officially sitting up!

She loves being outside, she’s starting to gnaw on food (not a fan of baby foods or purees), and she is making all sorts of noises these days.

We’ve had a rough couple of weeks with her not sleeping through the night (yes, I know how spoiled I am) so I think her t0p 2 teeth might be coming in soon. Then she’ll hopefully get back to sleeping through the night again!

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Dave and I are officially counting down the DAYS until school is out for the summer. His school gets out a week earlier this year because they are starting quite a bit earlier next Fall. It will be really nice now… maybe not as nice next fall!

We have a LONG list of projects and fun things we’d like to accomplish this summer — we’ll see how far we get on our list!

First up is setting up our 18′ x 9′ Costco pool. I have a feeling it’s going to be one of those “small projects” that turns into a massive project… I’ll let you know in another couple of weeks.

I spent the majority of my free time last week doing yard work.

I transplanted several smaller shrubs and perennials, trimmed and pruned everything I should have trimmed and pruned last fall (but didn’t because I had a brand new baby), and pulled a bunch of weeds.

I still have a few areas where I want to tweak the arrangements of the plants, but overall, I’m very happy with what our landscape looks like this Spring.

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Last Week’s Menu:

As I mentioned a while back, I’ve been on a mission to eat as many veggies as I can (even eating them regularly for breakfast and many snacks).

I’m not pushing the extra veggies on Dave or my kids, but I HAVE been slowly trying to incorporate more hidden veggies into our family dinners — and I’m surprised with how successful I’ve been!

MONDAY:Β 

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:Β 

  • A Salmon Blue Apron Meal (I made chicken for the kids)
  • Quinoa and spicy salsa that came with the Blue Apron meal
  • Fruit

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

SATURDAY:Β 

  • Mini vegetable quiches, bacon, and french toast for breakfast
  • Leftovers for dinner

SUNDAY:

  • Burgers at my sister’s house
  • I made the desserts and brought Scotcharoos,Β Lemon Bars, mini cheesecakes, and cookies and cream Oreo bars. YUM!

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We’re gearing up for 2 more busier weeks… and then we’ll breathe a sigh of relief because summer vacation will be HERE!

Bring on the sweet slow days of summer!

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23 comments

  1. Debbie

    05/22/2018

    You’re looking great in these pictures Andrea! All the vegetable eating is very obvious :-). Can you explain how you substitute cauliflower for the rice in the casserole? Did you have to add broth to the mixture? I’d like to try the casserole using cauliflower.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Debbie — yes, lots and lots of veggies πŸ™‚
    I’m actually sharing my recipe for chicken broccoli rice casserole (using the cauliflower rice) tomorrow. That said, you don’t need to do anything special, just warm it up and serve it. You won’t want to add any liquid as cauliflower rice is usually more ‘watery’ than traditional rice.

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  2. Luba @ Healthy with Luba

    05/14/2018

    Andrea,

    Wow, go Nora’s teacher for the mother’s day coupon bouquet. She must have earned lots of brownie points with moms. πŸ™‚

    And Nora called all those people to raise $300? You must be so proud of her.

    Enjoy a busy two weeks before summer begins. πŸ™‚

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, it was a cute idea. And so far, I’ve gotten a nice back rub, breakfast in bed, help with 2 extra chores, and playing nicely with Simon and James πŸ™‚

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  3. Jill

    05/14/2018

    LOVE following your blog! Very inspiring!

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks so much Jill!

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  4. Georgia

    05/14/2018

    Looks like a wonderful week and I know the day will come when you will miss this. Each time of our life has it’s wonderful moments and not so good (lots of laundry). This time with the little ones is the best of all.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, exactly! You said this so well!

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  5. Natalia

    05/14/2018

    Seeing that pool reminded me of something I think was brilliant and thought i should mention it, just in case it could benefit someone else. A friend of mine used a pool like that, but they placed it in the ground. Yes, they dug out the dirt, but instead of pouring concrete and what else it takes, they lowered an “assembled” swimming pool, and built a deck around it. You would never guess! It functions amazingly for a fraction of the cost! Oh, and they use solar power to warm up the water…
    Anyways, Thank you for sharing your week! I’m amazed at how much you did with the kids on Wednesday!! I’m hoping my kids won’t read your post and expect the same from me…. πŸ™‚
    What a bunch of beautiful memories you are making!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Natalia!
    We’ve actually thought about doing this — but for the first year, we just want to get it up and running and see how we like having this type of pool. If we love it, we might turn it into a more “involved” project next year.
    We’d also ideally like to dig our trampoline into the ground too — so maybe we’d do both at the same time!

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    Natalia Gramada Reply:

    Wow, I never thought about digging the trampoline into the ground! I like the idea!!!

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  6. Nancy

    05/14/2018

    Hi Andrea,

    Do you have a recipe for the mini quiches? Also, just wonderingβ€”at the end of your writings, could there be a link to the top? No snarks, just asking. BTW, good luck with the pool.

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    Andrea Reply:

    no recipe — just use whatever quiche recipe and/or ingredients you like in a quiche and put it in muffin tins instead of in a larger pan.
    I baked mine for roughly 22 minutes, so about half the time of a full-size quiche.
    I put different ingredients in various muffin tins so everyone could choose their own favorites!

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh, and I’ll work on the link πŸ™‚
    You just want to be able to quickly get back to the top of the post without scrolling?

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    Nancy Reply:

    Right!

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  7. Christine

    05/14/2018

    Very interested to know how you guys like that pool and how easy setup and maintenance is!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I hope I have a positive report for you!
    I’m sure the kids will love it, we’ll just wait and see how challenging it is to put up and maintain all summer long πŸ™‚

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  8. Beth

    05/14/2018

    Any chance you could share the recipe for the chicken broccoli casserole with the changes you made? Sounds awesome.

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    Annette Silveira Reply:

    I’m interested too!

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    Kimberley Reply:

    I second this request!

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    Kate Reply:

    Same here! I wondered about the sauce you made from scratch.

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    Michelle Reply:

    I’m curious about this also. Particularly the sauce.

    Sharing would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I don’t have a link to a recipe because I sort of just made it up as I went along — and I tweak it a little every time I make it! πŸ™‚
    I’m sure I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks!

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