Sunday, July 31, 2011

5 meals - 1 hour, week 5

Well, I cannot tell a lie. I enjoyed taking a week of from cooking. I mean, it was my birthday week after all... a girl should get a break on her birthday, right? ;-)

But, it's a new week and I'm back at it! So without further ado, here is what's on our menu for the week:

Monday - Parmesan Tilapia

Tuesday - Frozen pizza (don't judge... Jamie is working in St. Louis this day, so it's just me and the boys!)

Wednesday - Bourbon Marinaded Pork Chops (I'd like to say that I have a wonderful recipe for these, but in all honesty, they are straight from our local grocery store. I stock up when they are $1.00 each. YUM!)

Thursday - Onion Garlic Pork Roast with potatoes, carrots and onion (crock pot)

Friday - Leftovers

Saturday we have a birthday party to go to over the dinner hour, so that means no cooking for me! And, I'll count that as our one day this week to eat out. Talk about an easy week!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Three more weeks

I can hardly believe it, but Sean will start pre-school at Judah in three weeks. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE??? August 15th is his first day of school, and he is so excited!! We know he is in the Charity class, and will have a meet and greet with his teachers in a week or so. In the meantime, we have been shopping for school clothes (limited dress code: no Spiderman, Batman, Transformers, etc.) and a new backpack.

So, here is what my big boy picked. I'm sure you'll all be SO surprised! ;-)

If you build it, they will come...

A couple of years ago, Jamie built a swing set for the boys... it was really nothing more than that. Two swings. But, he always had the intention of adding to it making it a huge, fun play structure. However, we ended up getting a shed and it kinds of blocked the plans of adding on to where we currently have the swings set up.

Since Sean has finally outgrown the infant swing, we decided this was the time to finally start building the new structure. It's just in the beginning stage, and only has one swing so far, but Sean is loving it! (Plus, he's just like his Daddy... always happy when he can use his toolbox!) :-)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Nathan's 2 year old pictures

We FINALLY got Nathan's two year old pictures!!! We will be ordering prints soon, so let me know if there is one in particular you would like. Also, we have rights to the pictures, so let me know if you would like me to email you the file to have printed yourself.

I like to call this his, "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?" face

This kiddo was not having the pictures that day. So what do we do to make him happy? Feed him muffins. Yep, he is the muffin man. I'm okay with it being in the pictures though - that's really how he is at this stage and I love it! Is he not just the sweetest thing ever???

What we've been up to... (all in one post!)

Well I'm REALLY behind in updating the blog, so be prepared for LANCE FAMILY OVERLOAD! Let's back track to the beginning of the month:

Jamie's Aunt (Wendy) and Mom (Becky) came for an extended weekend over the 4th. They drove all the way from Colorado just to spend some time with the boys (oh, and us)! It was a WONDERFUL visit (although I'm sure they were glad to be home... keeping up with the boys is tiring!) Being the horrible parent I am, I failed to get ANY pictures of the boys with Wendy and Becky, but here are a couple of pictures that Becky took while here.

This picture is Nathan in a nutshell:

I didn't get any pictures of the boys on the 4th of July, so you'll have to take my word that they were adorable in their outfits! We spent most of the day poolside at my folks, of which my incredibly pale skin did NOT like. Sean amazed us as how much braver he is this year! He LOVES jumping off the diving board (fully suited up of course), but is such a big boy! Jamie is loving it! ;-) Nathan is still a little unsure of the water. He still prefers being in a bathtub over the pool, but we're working on it! Speaking of my munchkin, here he is at his 4th of July party at school.

Last week was VBS at our church... and what a week it was! It is crazy for a working Mom to rush to pick up the kids from daycare, get them fed, and head out the door - but we did it! And it was worth it. Sean had a WONDERFUL time, and I loved seeing his faith grow. Hearing him sing songs about God, talk about the lesson, and even do amazing crafts was, well, heartwarming for this mama! I was a volunteer for the week in one of the 3 year old rooms. Holy exhausting! 12-15 three year olds every night for five nights was enough for me. It was rewarding - for sure - but exhausting! Props to ALL the teachers out there!!! Here is Sean after one night of VBS:

Finally, this past Saturday we finally took Sean to see Cars 2, while Grandma and Grandpa let Nathan nap at their house. Sean was so excited to finally get to see the "BIG" movie (see below):

He really enjoyed it, as did we, although it doesn't hold a candle to the first one. That evening, we went to dinner with our friends Erin and Nathan Hanna, to celebrate her birthday (as well as mine). We went to a new restaurant downtown called Destihl and had a wonderful dinner - But the company really made the night for us. SUCH a fun night! Here is our delicious birthday treat from our waiter (S'mores... of which my husband so nicely pointed out to everyone that I say incorrectly!) ;-)

The beautiful Mrs. Hanna getting ready to make her wish, modeling the bracelet we got her for her birthday. The waiter was so nice and came back with another candle so I could make a wish too. What you don't see, are the beautiful earrings Erin gave me!

Well, I think that's about it for now... this weekend Sean has TWO birthday parties, so I'm sure I'll have more pictures for you all soon!

5 Meals - 1 Hour, Week 4

Did you miss me last week? We had to take a small break from our awesome new meal plan due to VBS. It started at 6:00, and since I was a helper, I was supposed to be there at 5:40 (I never made it there by then)! Considering we don't get home until 5:30, that didn't give us much time to even cook. Jamie - the rockstar this past week - would have dinner ready and waiting for Sean when we got home. I would change my clothes while he ate, and then we would fly out the door!

But, it's a new week and I was ready to get back on track! So what's on our menu this week?

Monday - BBQ cups (So good and so fun! From my 4-ingredient cookbook.)

Tuesday - Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Wednesday - Jamie's Famous Spaghetti (I precooked the meat Sunday)
*Here is a picture of Nathan enjoying Daddy's spaghetti.

Thursday - Grilled Italian Chicken (chicken breasts marinated in Italian Dressing)

Friday - Eating out

Since we are under an Extreme Heat Watch and will have heat indices in the 115+ range, we are going to try to limit the days we use the oven. Which fortunately is only Monday and Tuesday (the hottest days are supposed to be Wednesday and Thursday). Friday night, we are going out to dinner to celebrate my birthday, my friend Amy's birthday, and our friends (Steve and Ashley) engagement! Fun!

Stay cool!