Weekend wrap-up/MPM

We’re back from a wonderful weekend spent in Minnesota, celebrating the marriage of my cousin Colin and his new bride Jacky.  It was a fun, but quick trip and I’m totally convinced that family weddings are the best.

Before we left on Saturday, Little Man E made his football debut and certainly didn’t disappoint.  It was pure sweetness seeing him out there diving after flags, running patterns, doing his best to refrain from tackling.

{1 & 4 cheering on 2}

We had to hustle out of the football game and hit the road north…but not before I drugged the children with Dramamine.  They have some serious car sickness issues and there was just no time for that on this trip. I’m not going to lie: I feel like this was one of my smarter moves as a mother.  Both trips there and back were as easy as it gets with 4 kids and we {thankfully} made it without any incidents.

What else?  We’re working towards getting on a more regular schedule around here.  J’s back to work, the kids start school in just over a week, and our sweet summer days are coming to an end.  I’m trying my best to get back to meal planning following a brief, but welcome hiatus.  So, here’s what’s on the menu for the Starr’s this week:

Monday: Pizza boats

Tuesday: Turkey Caesar Pita Pockets

Wednesday: Hickory Park Birthday Celebration for our almost 8-year-old Addi.

Thursday: Honey BBQ Sloppy Joes

Friday: Pizza for the birthday girl’s sleepover

Saturday: BLAT dogs

Happy Monday, friends!


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!