I did what I set out to do and made it through the week. Staying busy really helped and even though both David and I teared up last night as we talk about her, we are doing OK. The sweet memories are winning. So without wanting to drag it out on here, this is the last time I’ll say it, but thank you so much for everything. To stay focused on the good, I wanted to share the things that have been making me smile this week, so here is a little of what I’m loving lately. Other loving lately posts can be found here.
The kindness of others. Oh snap, it wasn’t the last time I mentioned it, but I promise this is. The support I’ve received from your comments, friends and family has just blown me away. <3
Quotes. Is anyone else a quote or meme junkie? I sure am. They are like virtual, friendly high-fives that scream me too friend! This one pretty much sums up this past week for me:
And this one slays me because any mom of two or more has to be nodding along enthusiastically. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to divide duties between the ‘number’ button and the ‘door close’ button.
Simple, Juicy Chicken Breasts. Well that’s a weird one huh? But seriously. Last night I had chicken left, but for the life of me I could not remember what I had planned to make with it after accidentally tossing out my meal plan. So I pounded it until even, seasoned with salt and pepper, seared both sides in a little oil, then stuck the whole pan in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. I didn’t expect much, but y’all- SO juicy and delicious. What the heck?!
I know this can’t be a new method, but why have I never done this before? If you eat dry chicken more often that you’d like, try this. I even took a stellar picture to commemorate it.
Boogie Boards. Hailey received this Boogie Board for her 4th birthday and it has been a favorite traveling companion ever since. You can write and draw all over it, then hit the button and it clears the screen. Hailey takes it in the car with her and draws pictures, maps and words all over it.
She recently did this one on her own since she knows how to spell Hailey, mom and dad by herself, and was so proud that I had to snap a picture. The four shapes at the bottom are our beds, so we’d have somewhere to sleep she explained to me while giving me the ‘duh’ look.
Burn Boot Camp. Always, right? It was a challenging week, as two trainers-in-training were visiting our location and the workouts were intense. Still, my MOM came with me and killed it. I was genuinely impressed.
I had a question about their locations and yes, they are expanding beyond the Charlotte area! They are currently in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and Wisconsin. You can check and see if one is near you here. Also I heard that a location is close to opening in Marietta, GA- my old stomping grounds!
New Kitchen Accessories. I recently bought this banana tree and this microfiber dish drying mat. Before now I just spread out dish towels to dry things on and though “life changing” may be a little bit of a stretch, the mat does basically suck all the water droplets out of a wine glass, leaving it completely streak-free, so… yes, maybe life-changing does apply.
It convinced my mom to buy one after she saw it, so…. there’s that.
Play around the house. Speaking of my mom, she came to visit for a couple days this week, which was just what I needed. One afternoon we did nothing but play with couch cushions. I sometimes wonder if I keep us too busy, so seeing how much fun it is to just hang around the house and play is awesome. The current ‘make-believe’ favorite around here is role reversal, where Hailey is mom and I am Hailey.
She really enjoys this, but I think I secretly enjoy playing her more. “Mom, may I please have some water? Tell me a story? Cover me up? Sing me a song? What we doing tomorrow?” … ahh sweet revenge.
Dad Making Dinner. I had a night I just couldn’t do it. I was curled (hiding?) on the couch wondering aloud why children insist on eating so many times a day and if feeding them dinner was really necessary. (I kid… I kid…) I guess I whined enough because David swooped in to make dinner and I was pretty impressed by his selection.
Wagon wheel pasta with a marinara dipper. I totally had the broccoli already steamed and ready to go in the fridge. I’m not sure a veggie would have ended up on their plates otherwise, but heck, I didn’t have to make it, so winning.
That about wraps it up, but I’d love for you to play along in the comments and tell me what you are loving lately!
A new recipe? A new purchase? A new movie or book? Or heck, a new way to decrease the amount of laundry that piles up each week? If you’ve discovered that one, you better share! 😉
Have a great weekend friends!