An ICubs Outing

When J and I were dating and first married (a looooong time ago!), one of our favorite things to do was to go to Iowa Cubs games.  The tradition continued for awhile after we started having kids, but the more kids we added to the mix, the more difficult this outing became.  But some things are worth the effort and now that our kids are getting a bit older (read: more manageable!), we’ve decided to do our best to get back into this adventure that we used to enjoy so much.  Soooo, we decided to registered our 3 big kids for The Iowa Cubs Knothole Gang, which means that for just $9 they each get tickets to 7 games, a t-shirt, free drink & treat at all games, and an invitation to a free clinic (which was rained out – boo!).  Plus, J and I were able to purchase our tickets at a very reduced price!  Score (literally!).  Anyway, after a couple scheduling conflicts, we were finally able to make it to our first game last Thursday and, I think it’s safe to say that, we all had a BLAST!


I can’t think of many things more fitting than having all the dads in my life (my hubby, my dad, and my father-in-law) spend Father’s Day at the ball field watching my first born learn, practice, and play a game that has been so meaningful in my life.  After all, weekend tournaments are how both J and I grew up and how we’ve spent many-a-special day.  It just seemed right that we were all where we love to be, doing what we love to do, on a day meant to honor the men in my life.  It just makes a mushy girl like myself all sorts of giddy.

Things that make me not so giddy?  The lack of pictures with the dads/grandpas, the pain in my lower back from sitting on bleachers for 2 days straight, AND my sunburned/scorched shoulders.

But if that’s the worst of it, I’d call it a gooooood weekend.

No meal plan this week.  I’m getting creative, eating out of the pantry, and basically winging it! And by those things, I mean: we’re having cereal and smoothies tonight, leftovers tomorrow, mac & cheese on Thursday, and hot dogs at the kids’ VBS program on Friday.  And that, my friends, is what you call cheap & easy!

Happy Monday!

Summer Days

To say that we’ve been enjoying our summer days is a huge understatement.  One thing is for sure: this unemployment thing, while devastating on so many levels, has certainly increased our opportunity for adventure this summer. And it’s my goal to capitalize on that opportunity!

Finding good in the bad.  Opportunity in the hardship. See how I did that?  I’m learning. Correction – He’s teaching me.  It’s such a process, but we’re getting there.


Life seems to be moving at warp speed around here lately – leaving me questioning: How in the worlddid I work full-time (from home) and do all of this other stuff too?!? I know many of you might be giving me a dramatic, although justified, eye roll right now at the thought of this now stay-at-home mom carrying on about the busyness of life.  But seriously. These kids! This house! A soon-to-be small business! It’s all a LOT of work.  And to say I’m keeping up with it all is a gross (literally!) understatement.  Currently my house is a disaster, the piles on my desk are out of control, my children ate hot dogs and french fries more this weekend than I care to admit, and I haven’t had a “date” with my husband in almost a year (truth!).  And yet?  Life is good.  The busyness has kept me…well…busy.  And focused.  Focused on this family, our future, and what God has in store.

Anyway.  Enough of my Monday afternoon ramblings.  Here are some pictures from last week and our wonderful weekend, as well as, an easy-peasy meal plan to accommodate our busy week.

Happy Monday, friends!


Monday: Cauliflower and sweet potato au gratin  (please pray for my family – they have no idea this is coming!)

Tuesday: Baked Penne

Wednesday: Chicken Pesto (carry-over)

Thursday: Baked Tacos

Friday: Chicken Ranch and Rice Soup