Monday, January 13, 2014

Hello Monday

Hello Monday!  I am excited about a new week, a fresh start, a bunch of things to do, and hopefully a renewed sense of productivity.  Here are a few other things I'm saying hello to today...

No wonder he's growing, this kid is the best eater I have ever seen!

Hello little boy.  Now what have you done with my baby??  Bennett is growing so quickly and is much more a rough a tumble little boy than a helpless baby these days.  So hard to believe he is growing so quickly, but it is so wonderful to see his darling little personality developing and how very, VERY different he is from the girls.  It is also so fun to see the way he interacts with them, and how much fun they all have when they play together (when he's not getting screamed at by them for stealing their toys, that is).

Hello lots of yummy dinners!  Since I started meal planning again last week, I've been trying some new recipes and making up some of my own for some pretty good dinners.  It's been fun to get back in the swing of making our family dinners every night.  Meal planning is good for us, because it prevents us from making quick trips to the store every day, and in turn spending more money than if we take fewer trips a week (ideally just one, but we just can't seem to get through the week without running out of something). Last night we had Roasted Cauliflower, Broccoli and White Cheddar Cheese Soup with Dinner Rolls (the pictures of Bennett above are while he was eating every last bit of this soup!), and on the calendar this week is Tex Mex Rice (rice with seasoned black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, green onions and avocado) with Cheese Quesadillas, Roasted Chicken with Green Beans and Noodle Casserole, Homemade Chicken Pot Pie, Personal Pepperoni Pita Pizzas with Salad, and Huevos Rancheros with Pico de Gallo.  Best thing about the dinners, though?  When I went to the grocery store yesterday, I only spent $65 for everything to make all 6 dinners!  I had a few things at home already, but for the most part, each of these meals is easily made for less than $10.  

Hello new book.  I ordered One Thousand Gifts  by Ann Voskamp last week, as one of the things I wanted to do in this new year.  The book is about embracing everyday blessings, and finding joy in your everyday life.  With "embrace" being my so-called word of the year, I felt like this book was exactly what I needed to start my year off right.  Sometimes I feel like I am just not satisfied, like I just want more, but then I feel so terribly guilty, because I already have SO much.  Not just material things, but a wonderful family, beautiful and healthy children, a supportive husband, etc., etc., etc.  I am thankful for all the blessings in my life, but I feel like I need to focus on the idea of finding the beauty and joy in these things every single day, and not lose sight of them amidst the competitiveness, and the comparison, and the busy-busy-busy world we live in.  Does anyone else feel that way?  I started the book yesterday, and have a feeling it will be a game-changer.

Hello going outside without 200 layers of clothing on!  The Polar Vortex has lifted, and after it quit raining cats and dogs all Friday night and Saturday morning, we had a beautiful Saturday afternoon and Sunday, with temps in the low 60's.  Now that's a southern winter I can deal with.  I don't even mind it colder than that, but when the highs are in the single digits?  Nope, that's not good with me.  Who knows how long it will last (I'm not good about checking the weather forecasts; I rarely watch the news anymore), but we'll enjoy it while it's here.

Hoping for a good start to the week with a Monday full of laundry folding, kitchen cleaning, sewing, book reading, dinner making, hugging, kissing, playing, and loving.  What are you saying hello to this Monday?  Hope you have a great start to your week!

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