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March 24, 2017

Five on Friday

Hey there, and happy Friday!

1. We started Owen in gymnastics this week! A few days before the class I told him I had signed him up, and he was really mad. He said it would be all girls and that he didn't want to and wouldn't do it. I thought he would be excited, but hoped he would change his mind by Monday, but he didn't. I had to bribe him with a promise of Star Wars gummies to get him in the car to go. Well, turns out he LOVES gymnastics and has asked to go back everyday this week! Moral of the story is mommy knows best!


2. Keith and I got to take a Frame Walk of our house earlier this week! The picture above is me standing in the kitchen looking out toward the dining area. We were so excited when they emailed to say it was time for us to see the house. This is something Shea Homes does for their buyers to help include us in the building process. It was kind of neat to see all the behind the scenes stuff that I would otherwise take for granted, like double walls between us and our neighbors to drown out sound, and an automatic hot water button to help expedite hot water to the third floor. This was also the very first time we got to step foot in our actual home and not just the model of it!

The front end contractor showed us around because his job with our home is nearly finished. The water pipe inspection was taking place that day and then installation of the drywall will happen next. The next time we get to do a walk through will be one week before we get our keys!

3. Do you have any recommendations for toilet locks? Luke is very interested in lifting the toilet seats and attempts to either put his hand in the water or throw something in it. We didn't have this issue with Owen, but that's probably because he didn't have a big brother who was always running to the bathroom. Whatever we end up using needs to be something Owen could open himself too. My life is so very glamorous these days, isn't it!

4. These two were a dream earlier this week in Home Depot. They let me browse the refrigerators, washers and dryers and even the flowers. I'd like to say it's all because they're angels, but I also think it had a little to do with the awesome shopping cart we used. I think Luke thought he was on an amusement ride or something.

5. We have nothing planned this weekend, except for getting our taxes done, so I'm hoping to find a little time for some spring cleaning, meal planning and some blogging.

What's on your agenda this weekend?

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March 22, 2017

St. Patrick's Day + Our Weekly Menu

Hello there! I hope you had a nice weekend. As I'm writing this I'm already starting to feel like it was forever ago, which it pretty much was because it's already Wednesday afternoon.

On Saturday we celebrated St. Patrick's Day with family! It's always been a tradition in Keith's family to have a big party of the holiday and now my mom and sister join us too. Everyone has a fun time hanging out, playing games and enjoying each others company, and maybe an Irish Car Bomb or two. ;)


I had the boys dressed in matching shamrock t-shirts (thanks, Old Navy!), but completely forgot to get a picture of them together -- they were both too busy having fun with everyone. We only managed to get Owen to stop playing basketball for a split second to take this picture before he ran back over to play again.

Owen was really into the whole idea of making a leprechaun trap this year, so in the week or two leading up to the day he and I worked on making his creation. I let him take the lead completely on deciding how he wanted to whole thing come together and just helped him execute it with the tape and collecting the supplies, etc.

Luke enjoyed his first taste of corned beef and ate two servings! He's a great eater and it's such a relief.

We got a nice family photo! We've taken one each year for at least the last 5 years and I'm always to happy to have them to look back on. The kids have all grown so much!

Traditional St. Patrick's Day food has really grown on me over the years. I definitely don't cook it through the year, but I always enjoy it on the holiday. I made Irish Soda bread again this year and it was fantastic!

Speaking of food... here is what's on our dinner menu for the week. Nothing too fun or interesting. I bought pretty much everything at Costco, which means there is little to no prep work all week -- hooray!

Monday - Italian Meatballs, Pesto Tortellini and Green Beans
Tuesday - Rotisserie Chicken, Cesar Salad and Brown Rice
Wednesday - Salmon, Asian Salad and Brown Rice
Thursday - Pioneer Woman's Pot Roast over Cauliflower Rice
Friday - pizza!

Hope you're having a great week so far! 

March 15, 2017

Weekend Fun & Our Menu

It's Wednesday morning and I'm so missing the weekend, still. It was a really great couple days with a lot of sunshine, fresh air and time spent with family and great friends.


Saturday morning we hung out at home until heading to Owen's basketball game at noon. Luke napped, Owen played a little Minecraft, and Keith and I took turns getting our workouts in.

My mom, sister and Keith's mom met us at the gym to watch Owen's game. I'm so glad we signed him up and kept him on the team, because he has made some great improvements in his skills and confidence on the court. After the game we grabbed lunch at Whole Foods and went to the park.


A standard Sunday morning scene... coffee and trying to read the Target ad while Luke tries to dive head first into my coffee. This kid is crazy for coffee mugs, and letting him peek into my cup always gets a huge smile!

 
After coffee and breakfast we packed up for the beach. We met our friends at Redondo beach in Half Moon Bay for some tide pool exploring and mimosas. The tide was way higher than I've seen it before and the water from the waves was making it really far up the beach. Our things almost got washed away a few times. It was the perfect weather and all the kids were happy, and the mommies had mimosas, so all was good!

FYI the hike down to the beach is a tough one if you plan on taking a trip down there yourself. We could only bring the necessities because we needed to have our hands free. 

After the beach we stopped at Sacrilege Brewery in downtown Half Moon Bay for lunch. Keith and I were super excited to see that they had three beers from Fieldwork Brewing Co. because they're opening a beer garden just blocks from where our new house is! On the left is the Super Cell (a double IPA) and the Saw Horse is on the right, both IPAs. The good news is the beer was fantastic, but I had Chilaquiles and they were just so-so.


After lunch Keith and the boys and I wandered around Main Street in search of an ice cream shop. We were kind of surprised that there wasn't a single ice cream store to be found. While we didn't find ice cream we did see a few other neat things... 


We walked through the outside of Oddyssea, which we've checked out before -- there are so many cute little crafty things for kids (and grown ups!) to make. I loved these mini-terrariums!


Owen and I loved these succulent letters! I think I need the "S" for our front door!

It was fun playing tourist in our own area. So often we drive through on our way to the beach or Pumpkin Festival and don't bother to check out any new places. I'm so glad we tried a new spot for lunch too!


Later after we got home I made a trip to the store for a few things and decided to make carrot cake for dessert! We love sweets in our family, but Keith and I try to only have them on Sunday evening, so when we do indulge I try to make it a good one! I used this Incredibly Moist and Easy Carrot Cake recipe and it was everything it claimed to be, although next time I would definitely double the frosting.

Speaking of recipes here's what's on my dinner menu for the week:

MONDAY - Cobb salad

TUESDAY - Roast chicken & roast veggies with brown rice

WEDNESDAY - Spaghetti squash & meatballs with roast broccoli

THURSDAY - Green chile chicken enchiladas with green salad

FRIDAY - takeout

 

After dinner and baths we put the boys to bed. They have been increasingly silly at bedtime lately. Luke likes to walk around in circles and spin himself around until he loses his balance. Owen thinks it's hilarious and tries to join in. They remind us of Donald O'Connor performing "Make 'Em Laugh" in Singin' in the Rain! Once they get the sillies it's hard to calm them down because they just feed off each other. 

After the boys were in bed Keith and I collapsed onto the couch to watch The Walking Dead and eat some carrot cake. It was heavenly!

Well, that was our weekend, and now we're about halfway to the next one already! Hooray!