Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekly Highlights

Last week started out really rough with Jude's sickness. I was super worried about him, and I also just felt really isolated in my house for most of the week. I feel like I didn't get out or see anyone all week, and it just wasn't a good combination. Thankfully, by the end of the week, Jude was MUCH better and we had a good weekend!

Aubrey, Alaina, and I went to church and Sunday school on Sunday, and David and Jude went to the doctor. When we got home from church, Jude was asleep on the couch.
I cooked spaghetti for lunch, and we ate. We took naps that afternoon. David and the girls went to church that night, and Jude and I stayed home. He pretty much just laid on the couch with his head in my lap. He didn't want to watch a movie or anything :( When David and the girls got home, we ate dinner and then put everyone to bed. It was a long night with not a lot of sleep.

I took Jude back to the doctor Monday morning, and David stayed home with Aubrey and Alaina. Jude and I were gone for a couple of hours, and they did lots of tests at the doctor. Everything looked pretty normal, so they said he likely had a virus. We came home, and David went to work. The rest of the day was long. Jude was whiny and fussy all day. He took a nap in his room during rest time, but he wasn't any better when he woke up. Megan stopped by to pick up her freezer meals that I had cooked over the weekend. I had dinner going in the crockpot, and I put some potatoes in the oven. I then took the kids to church where David was teaching karate. David drove the kids home, and I went to a consignment preview sale. I took my time looking and found some cute things for the kids. It was nice to be out of the house. When I got home, everyone had eaten dinner, but Jude was still whining and I got stressed out again. I ate my dinner, and David took the kids for a walk for a change of scenery. I stayed home and enjoyed the quiet. We put everyone to bed when they got home. Sadly, we had another bad night.

When we got up on Tuesday, we called the doctor and told them that Jude wasn't any better. They said to watch him that morning and to bring him in for an x-ray that afternoon if he didn't improve. Well, wouldn't you know, he acted a lot more normal that morning! He still said his tummy hurt, but he wasn't crying and whining non-stop. I was pretty encouraged. We actually even did some school work to distract him.
He LOVED cutting stuff out.
I was able to get a few things done around the house, too. We ate lunch and then I put the kids down for rest time. Jude fell asleep again, and he woke up crying and screaming that his stomach hurt :( After such a good morning, I was SO discouraged. I went to his room and laid with him and we both ended up falling asleep. He was still unhappy when he woke up. David came home for a little while that afternoon. He had a meeting at church that night, so he had about an hour and a half at home before he needed to leave. I let him take over kid duty, and I went to Book A Million. I just browsed for a long time and bought my book club book. I then went to Whole Foods and got myself some dinner. When I got home, Jude was playing but still complaining about his stomach. David left for his meeting, and the kids and I loaded up in the car and drove through Chick Fil A to get dinner for them. Jude cried the whole time we were in the car. When we got home, we took their dinner outside to the deck to eat. Jude didn't eat much and complained about his tummy constantly. We came inside and I bathed the kids. Jude's complaining just escalated until he was literally wailing about his stomach. I was stressed to the max. I did manage to get everyone to bed, and David got home shorty after that. I told him that we definitely needed to take Jude for an x-ray the next day, and he agreed. But then our night was better than it had been in days. Jude still woke up several times, but he calmed down much more quickly and went back to sleep more easily.

When Jude woke up on Wednesday, he acted totally normal. He was playing, eating (a ton!), laughing, and not mentioning his stomach at all. David and I agreed that I'd watch him that morning and if he started complaining about his stomach at ALL, we'd call and get him an appointment. But he didn't! It was the strangest thing. After such an AWFUL evening the night before, it was like a switched was flipped and suddenly I had my happy child back. I was super thankful but almost afraid to fully exhale. We just hung out at home again.
This little girl is my shadow. How dare I walk up the stairs without her??
We did more cutting that morning. I put the kids down for rest time. I was nervous because that was when Jude went downhill the day before. But I could hear him in his room playing instead of napping! (This is what he normally does. He had only been napping since he had gotten sick. I was SO excited to hear him banging stuff around and playing up there.) My mom came over during rest time because she was over on this side of town. It was nice to see another adult :) I let Aubrey and Jude come downstairs early to play with her, and my mom agreed that Jude seemed totally fine. Megan came by and dropped off my freezer meals that she had cooked. My mom left to go to church early, and David came home. Things continued to go well with Jude. This was our first Wednesday night back at church after the summer break, and Aubrey, Alaina, and I went while the boys stayed home. We ate dinner, and then I taught the 4 and 5 year olds (This is Aubrey and Jude's class. I've never taught my own kids at church.) My friend Anna and I are teaching together. After church, I brought the girls home, and David said Jude was still good. My mom came and picked me up, and we went to Whole Foods for coffee for a friend's birthday. We had fun! I got home late, and we went to bed. For the first time since Friday night, we actually SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT!!

Things were still good on Thursday, so I knew we NEEDED to get out of the house. We got ready and went to Wal-Mart to get some school supplies. Taking the kids school supply shopping with me was kind of a mistake. They wanted everything and Alaina was screaming and I couldn't focus at all. I threw a few things in the buggy and decided that I would go back without them to finish out the list ;) After Wal-Mart, we ate lunch at McAlister's. It was pretty packed which always makes it tricky to navigate with all of the kids by myself. But I was still so happy to be out and about! When we got home, I put the kids down for their rest.
I was even able to do my nails during rest time. Things were definitely looking up!
David came home that afternoon, and then we went to dinner with his family that night. His sister who lives in California was in town, and it was so nice to see her! We ate at Corner Bakery and had a nice time. It STORMED while we were there, so I got some coffee and we waited it out. Again, I was just so happy for a change of scenery, so no complaints from me!

There was another consignment sale that I wanted to go to on Friday, so my mom came over to keep the kids. Meanwhile, David and my brothers were at our old house getting the "last few things" out of there since we are renting it. I found some good stuff at the sale. Then I got in line. And stood there for over an hour. Oh my goodness, it was SO SLOW. When I finally got out of there and got home, my house was full! Of people and STUFF. My mom, dad, two brothers, and David were all there. And the kids, of course. And our house was a WRECK.
Thankfully, David had gotten pizza, though, so that softened the blow of the messy house a bit ;) Everyone left (David went to work for a while), and I got the kids down for rest. I then got to work trying to get the house put back together. David came home and we got a lot done. We moved furniture and hung some stuff on the walls. We got the kids up and went to dinner at Jaco's Tacos. We then went to Home Depot and got blinds for Jude's room. We hung one set in Jude's room when we got home and put the kids to bed late.

Saturday started out rough. The kids were just having a BAD day. One was throwing temper tantrum after temper tantrum and the others were just wild and not listening. David and I were about ready to run out of the house screaming by mid morning ;) We were also trying to get a lot done around the house because we were having his family over that night. We did manage to get a lot done! While the kids napped, I went to the grocery store. We cooked hamburgers that night, and David's parents, sister from Texas, and his mom's cousin came over. My mother-in-law's birthday was the next day, so we had a little celebration. It was fun!!
After they left, we got the kids bathed and to bed.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sick Days

It's been a LONG week around here (and it's only Thursday!!). On Saturday afternoon, Jude started complaining about his stomach hurting. David and I didn't think too much about it, and we went on with our night as usual. (I should add here that Jude can be a VERY dramatic child and at this point in his life, his pain tolerance isn't super high. We never know when he says something is hurting if we should worry or just take it with a grain of salt.) As the night progressed, the situation just escalated, though. Jude was crying and talking about his stomach hurting pretty constantly, so we knew that something really was up. He had an awful night. None of us got a lot of sleep. We knew that we'd be taking a trip to the doctor on Sunday.

On Sunday, I took the girls to church like usual, and David got an appointment for Jude. Before they left home, Jude threw up. I was actually relieved when David texted me to tell me because I assumed that he just had a regular stomach bug. (This is probably the first and ONLY time you'll ever hear me say that a stomach bug was a relief.) They saw the on call doctor at the after hours clinic, and she ran a bunch of tests. She did a strep, blood, and urine test and everything looked normal. She thought maybe he was constipated (sorry for the TMI) and told us to give him Milk of Magnesia. As the day progressed, he still wasn't feeling well at all. He actually took a long nap that afternoon, and we were hoping that he would feel better when he woke up.
Sadly, he didn't feel better when he got up. We also began to think that he wasn't constipated after all. (Ahem.) He never got sick again, though. He had another bad night. Up most of the night crying. We even contemplated taking him to the ER at one point, but then he fell asleep for the rest of the night. I knew that we would be going back to the doctor as soon as the sun came up.

I took Jude to the doctor this time, and we saw our regular pediatrician. She repeated all of the same tests from the day before, and everything was normal again. She did say that his blood work looked more "viral" than it did the day before. She also pushed and mashed on his stomach a lot and didn't feel anything to alarm her. Based on the location of his pain, she was able to rule out appendix. She said her gut instinct was that it was a virus and then his blood work supported that. She said that he probably was just having a lot of cramping but that it would have to just run its course. We could give him Mortin for pain.

I left feeling a lot better about the situation. But as soon as we got home, and he started screaming in pain, I got nervous again and my mind went to dark places and terrible possibilities. I thought that it was probably a pretty harmless virus but not knowing for sure was so insanely frustrating for me. This went on for several days. By Wednesday, David and I had decided that if Jude was still in pain, we were going to take him in to have his stomach x-rayed. But, miracle of miracles, on Wednesday he acted perfectly normal all day! He played, he rolled around on the floor with Aubrey, he jumped and laughed and actually seemed happy. A few times, he mentioned his stomach hurting, but it was always with a grin on his face while he asked for "medicine." For the first time all week, when I went to get him up from his rest time, he had actually played instead of napped. I knew the real test would be that night, though. And.... he slept through the night! I was SO so thankful. It seems that maybe it was a virus after all and it's hopefully passed as quickly as it came on.

Anyway, all that to say, this whole sickness just took such a mental toll on me. I was just so worried about him all week, and I felt drained. It's just scary to not know exactly what's going on with your child. As is usually the case when we experience sick spells, it really reminded me to not take good health for granted. It's definitely no small thing to have healthy children, and it's good to be reminded of what a blessing that is.

I haven't blogged this week because I just haven't had the mental capacity to sit down and do it. So, last week may never be recorded on the ole blog ;) I am going to do my Whole30 post at some point because it was my last full week, so it needs to be documented.

I'm just so thankful that Jude seems to be on the mend. I don't think I'll really draw a full breath until we're farther away from the sickness, but I'm just so glad to see improvement. The last few days are not ones that I would want to repeat!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Five on Friday

1. We haven't started school yet, but we'll be starting soon. Aubrey and Jude's 2 day a week school won't start until after Labor Day, but we're supposed to start homeschooling on Monday. Our books haven't come in yet, though. They're supposed to get here tomorrow, so we'll see if we can get started on time! I'm excited to jump in, but I also feel really unprepared. Even if our books do get here by Monday, I feel like I need to take some time to really look through them and get familiar with the curriculum. I'm really excited about what we're going to be using. I've heard GREAT things about these books, so I'm hoping for a good year! I'm sure I'll blog more about our homeschool routine once we actually establish a routine :)

2. So, things are a little crazy on the house selling front. We had actually decided to rent our old house, and we found someone who wanted to rent it for 6 months. It seemed like it was going to be an IDEAL rental situation. Renting wasn't our first choice by any means, but we had come to terms with it and were actually so relieved to have this option. So, we signed a lease. And then we got an offer to buy our house the next day. OMG. We were really at a loss as to what we should even do. We ended up talking to our potential tenant to see if he would let us out of the lease. He's going to take a few days to see if he can find something else and then let us know. But part of me is really scared to take this risk. We have someone who DEFINITELY wants to rent and someone who probably wants to buy our house. (We learned the hard way that just because you get an offer or even a contract on your house does NOT mean that it's sold.) So, I'm just terrified that both of these will fall though and then we'll be left with nothing. We're just praying for wisdom and that God would absolutely show us which way to go. I'm just sick of thinking about this house! :/

3. Things are going well in the adoption world. I know I haven't mentioned that lately, and it's NOT because it's forgotten or on the back burner. We are moving right along in the process; I just want to be really respectful of everyone's privacy, and I'm just careful about what I put on the internet regarding our adoption right now. But I hope to have a fun update to share in the not too distant future! :)

4. I'm so excited to be finishing up the Whole30 next week! It's been a good experience, but I'm more than ready to be done ;) My friend Megan and I are going to do some Paleo freezer meals together, so that will be nice! We are each going to cook 4 Paleo meals that we'll double and freeze. Then we'll each keep 4 of the meals that we cooked and trade out the other 4. So, we'll both end up with 8 meals in our freezer. We're thinking that we'll use 2 freezer meals each week, so that should last us a month. This is a total experiment - I've never really done freezer meals before - so it might be a flop. But I'm excited to give it a try! The thought of grabbing a healthy meal out of my freezer a couple of times a week and just throwing it in the crockpot sounds REALLY appealing, especially when the busyness of fall hits.

5. I ordered some curtains from IKEA the other day. I had mentioned on the blog that I wanted to try them, but I was afraid that they'd be too sheer. A couple of people pointed out that I could always sew/velcrow/iron in some lining if they don't block light enough. I thought that was a great idea! So, I ordered two sets to try out. I'm excited to finally get something up on a few windows! I had to pay $15 to have the curtains shipped here, so I better love them! Ha! Even with the crazy shipping, I still spent less than I would have if I had bought them anywhere else.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Whole30 Week Three

Last week was pretty good in the food department. I did have a few cheats, but they were planned ahead of time, and I don't regret them. Another thing I noticed was that we've eaten meals out a lot more than usual since I've been doing the Whole30. We've had birthdays, small group, dinner parties, and just meals in other people's homes. At first I was a little frustrated that these things were coming at a time when I had a "restricted diet" but then I realized that's just life. And part of having a healthy diet (at least for me) is going to be learning to make wise decisions when I'm not eating at home. I know some people are really strict with their diets and don't eat many meals hardly at all that aren't prepared in their own kitchens. That is great, but it just wouldn't work for me. The fact of the matter is, we're GOING to eat out, we're GOING to go to birthday parties and dinners, we're GOING to be in social situations that include food (we live in the South, after all - social situations ALWAYS involve food. HA!), and I wouldn't have it any other way. This has really opened my eyes to the fact that it is possible to make relatively healthy food decisions while eating away from home. There is almost always fruit available and salad is usually an option, too. When going to people's houses for meals, it's usually not very hard to be heavy on the meat and vegetables and light on the grains and sugar. Of course, relationships always trump food decisions for me, so when eating a meal that someone else prepares for me, I'm going to eat it and be grateful, regardless of what it might be. Anyway, all that to say, it's been good for me to get into the habit of ordering more "healthy" options at restaurants and making wise decisions in social settings.

I did also figure out that when I eat too many almonds, I don't feel great the next day. This was a sad discovery because almonds had been one of my "go to" snacks. I think I was just eating WAY too many of them, because I quit eating them for a few days and felt so much better. I ate a few handfuls a few times after that and felt ok, so I guess I just need to eat them in major moderation. (Before starting the Whole30, I almost never ate any nuts. So, when I wasn't feeling my best, almonds were the logical thing to eliminate. And sure enough, I felt better without them!) Cherries, on the other hand? No moderation there! ;)

Monday: I had my usual sweet potato hash for breakfast. I ate leftover chicken soup from last Sunday for lunch. That afternoon, I had a raspberry, pineapple, banana, and coconut water smoothie for snack. I really like that combo! I cooked chicken and vegetable stir fry for dinner using this recipe. I made brown rice for my family to eat with their stir fry, but I just ate mine plain.
We were out of cherries, so I had make an emergency run for more that night ;)

Tuesday: Black coffee for breakfast. I cooked sweet potato hash and a chicken and apple sausage for lunch. That night was a cheat :-/ David and I got a last minute date night because my parents took the kids for the evening. I decided that I was just going to enjoy that time and try to make good food decisions but not obsess over what I ate. We went to one of my favorite Italian restaurants, Amerigo. I ate a SMALL amount of bread, and I had a Caesar salad (with cheese and croutons). For dinner, I ordered a grilled chicken breast on top of a black bean, corn, and tomato salsa. It had green beans on the side. Beans and corn aren't allowed on the Whole30, but I did think that was a better choice than, say, fettuccini alfredo or something like that. I definitely enjoyed every bite :) And I didn't notice any negative side effects from my "little" cheat.

Wednesday: I was really hungry late morning, and we were going to the park with friends, so I ate leftover stir fry for "breakfast." That afternoon, I had a chicken and apple sausage with avocado and pico and a couple homemade pickles on the side for lunch.
I was still hungry so I ate an apple with cinnamon, too. I cooked a spaghetti squash casserole and asparagus for dinner. The casserole was pretty good. Fairly spicy.
Thursday: I had coffee for breakfast. We ate lunch at McAlister's and I ordered a veggie spud with no cheese. That night we had hamburgers and homemade sweet potato and white potato fries. I baked the fries, which I've done before, but these didn't turn out so great. I think I was impatient and didn't let them cook long enough because they weren't crispy at all. I used a recipe that said to coat the potatoes in an egg white to get them crispy, and that just seemed to make them soggy. They had a good flavor and were definitely edible. Just not very fry-like. I ate my burger with a lettuce "bun" and pico on top. It was good! But I missed my bread and cheese ;)

Friday: I ate a coconut chew Lara bar for breakfast with my coffee. I had never had that flavor, and I liked it! For lunch, I ate leftover spaghetti squash casserole. That night, we ate at Newk's. I had a chicken cobb salad with no cheese or croutons or dressing. I had taken my own homemade basil vinaigrette, and that made the salad a little more exciting than just plain oil and vinegar ;)

Saturday: I took Aubrey to a birthday party that morning, and I ate some fruit there. It was tough to resist all of the delicious party food! I ate leftover spaghetti squash casserole for lunch again. That night, we hosted a dinner party at our house. We were in charge of the main dish, and I had volunteered to cook lasagna about a month ago before I started the Whole30. I thought it would be awkward to change at the last minute, and I thought it would be REALLY awkward to not eat my own food. ;) So, I planned for this to be a cheat night. I made the Pioneer Woman's lasagna, which I love, but I did use higher quality ingredients (grass fed beef, sausage from Whole Foods, and good cheese). But it was definitely still a cheat ;) Someone else brought a delicious kale salad with lots of vegetables, so I had a small slice of lasagna and two servings of salad. And I passed on the sweet tea :( I did have dessert, though, which was vanilla ice cream and homemade blueberry sauce. So good!

Sunday: I had black coffee for breakfast. We went to my grandmother's house for lunch after church. I didn't pack a lunch for myself, so I was just really hoping there would be something I could eat. I didn't want to "cheat" again. Thankfully, there was plenty for me to eat! I had pork loin, carrots, green beans, and fresh tomato slices. It was good! After church, we ate at Jason's Deli. I ordered a Mexican potato or something. By the time I asked them to take off everything I couldn't have, it wasn't that great. It was just a dry potato with some chicken and pico. Ha! But it was fine.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekly Highlights

Last week was good and slow. All of our summer activities had ended, but our fall stuff hadn't started yet. This week is the same, but next week the routine starts back. So, I guess this is our last official week of summer. It's bittersweet. I've LOVED this summer, but it will also be nice to pick back up on some of our normal activities.

We went to church and Sunday school on Sunday morning. We came home for lunch and then took naps. We went to church that evening, and we ate dinner at McAlister's after church.

Monday morning, we went to Lowe's. I needed to get some chalk board paint for a little project in our "school room."
She has her own sense of style. This is how she walked around Lowe's :)
We also ran to Office Depot, but the kids were loud and I didn't see what I was looking for, so we just left. We ate lunch and read for a long time before rest time. That evening when David came home from work, I got started on my chalkboard.
And this little girl supervised....
I got to a stopping point and cooked dinner. We ate outside, and then I ran to Kroger. I went on a walk when I got home, and then we put the kids to bed.

We went to Bible study on Tuesday. It was a good morning! Afterwards, we came home and ate lunch. I got the kids down for rest time and straightened up the house. My dad came over that afternoon to pick up the kids. They've been dying to meet my dad's horse, Annabel, so he and my mom were taking them to see the horse and to dinner that night! Which meant that David and I had a free night with no kids :) We almost didn't know what to do with ourselves. We decided on dinner at Amerigo and a Lowe's run. Such an exciting life we lead! :) When David and I got home, the kids still weren't back, so I painted a piece of furniture. My parents brought the kids home for bed time, and they had had a GREAT time!
Jude was apparently observing from a safe distance.
They loved seeing the horse and dinner at Chick Fil A didn't hurt either ;)

On Wednesday morning, I finished painting the piece of furniture I started the night before while the kids watched a movie. Then my friend Megan texted me to tell me that they were going to the playground to play, so I got us ready and packed a picnic lunch to take with us. We met them at our church playground, and the kids played and Megan and I visited :)
Jude and his future wife. Sarah has already proposed marriage. I FULLY support that union :)
We ate lunch there, and then the Logans had to leave. My kids wanted water, so we went inside our church and ended up visiting with my dad for a while. We came home for rest time. That evening, I cooked dinner and we ate outside. I went on a walk, and then we put the kids to bed.
Freshly painted console table! It just needed knobs!
The kids and I got ready and went to run errands on Thursday. We went to Hobby Lobby for knobs, Ross, and Target. We also ate lunch at McAlister's.
Being silly at lunch.
By the time we got home, it was the kids' rest time. We had another low-key evening at home that night. I cooked, we ate outside, and David bathed the kids before bed.

We got up and got our house straightened up on Friday morning, and the Logans came over for a lunch playdate. We had fun! After they left, I got the kids down for rest time, and I got the house picked up. When David got home that afternoon, we went to dinner at Newk's. I then ran into Whole Foods AND Kroger. When we got home, we put the kids to bed, and then David and I watched the last Bourne movie.

Aubrey had been invited to a birthday party for one of her sweet little friends from school on Saturday morning, so I took her. David and the little kids did their normal farmer's market/breakfast routine. The party was so fun but HOT! (At least, it was hot for this Mama who wasn't wearing a bathing suit and playing in water.)
Aubrey and I came home for lunch after it was over. David and I put the kids down for their naps, and then we cleaned the house. We were hosting our Dinner's 8 group that night. I had to go to Kroger again to get the ingredients for lasagna. I was in charge of the main course. When I got home, I cooked and assembled the lasagna, and then my mom came over to pick up the kids. She took them to her house for dinner while we hosted our party. It was really fun! Everyone left when my parents brought the kids home ;) We got them to bed I ironed our clothes for church the next day.
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Whole30 Week Two

Last week was my second week on the Whole30 and, all in all, it was good. The intense cravings for sugar have pretty much subsided. Now, don't get me wrong, I'd still LOVE some sweet tea or a little pure maple syrup in my coffee. But I'm not CRAVING those things. At the moment ;) I know some people say that when they cut sugar out of their diet, they really loose their desire for it altogether. That has definitely never been my experience, nor do I think I ever will experience anything like that. That's why I think it's so important for me to be aware of how much sugar I'm eating/drinking and be careful about it. It's not hard for me to fall off the wagon and consume way too much sugar (hence, the reason I'm doing the Whole30 in the first place ;)) By the way, I know I'm talking about sugar like it's the enemy, and I do believe that it's something that definitely should be eaten in moderation. But I do prefer real sugar over artificial sweeteners any day. I know people have differing opinions on that, and it truly is a personal decision. But, for me and my family, I prefer to stay away from artificial sweeteners altogether. (That means anything labeled "sugar free" or "diet.") I just wanted to explain that because with all the talk about avoiding sugar, I'm sure some people were wondering why I don't just go for the sugar free versions! :)

Anyway, I am a little disappointed in the Whole30 because I haven't noticed any difference in how I'm feeling. I attribute that party to the fact that my diet wasn't terrible before, so I didn't really expect anything drastic. But last week I felt like I was more tired in the afternoons than I was before starting this. That could just be from staying up too late, though. Also, I don't think I've lost any weight. That wasn't my reason for doing this, but I did expect to loose a LITTLE weight by cutting out sugar, gains, and dairy. Oh well. I'm still not sure if I'm going to do this for 30 days. Today is day 15, so I do feel like 15 more days are manageable. But I think I've broken the sugar habit, so I'm just not sure if I want to continue to stay away from grains and dairy entirely since I don't feel any different without them. Just taking it one day at a time!

So, here's what I ate last week: (By the way, I'm still snacking on cherries and raw almonds like they're going out of style. Hmm, couldn't this be why I haven't lost weight?? ;))

Monday: I made myself a delicious breakfast of sweet potato hash with pico and avocado on top.
These are called Japanese sweet potatoes. They look like a white potato but taste like a sweet potato. I really like them!
Seriously love that stuff, and you'll see that I ate that QUITE a few times over the course of the week. I had chicken and apple sausage and kale sautéed in ghee for lunch. That afternoon, I made some pickles. They had to sit in the fridge for several days before they were ready, but they've been a great snack! I LOVE pickles! (HERE'S the recipe I used.)
Dinner was a whole roasted chicken (CLICK for recipe) with green beans. Yummy! Monday was a good food day :)
Tuesday: I was in a hurry that morning and didn't have time for breakfast, so I had black coffee. I ate leftover bell pepper cheese-less nachos from Sunday for lunch. That afternoon, I ate a snack of sliced banana, frozen raspberries, and coconut milk (it froze when I poured it over the raspberries) with a little cinnamon.
I had book club that night, and we were supposed to go to Newk's. But when Megan (she's doing the Whole30, too) and I realized that they had changed the rules and you are allowed to have white potatoes on the Whole30, we had book club switched to McAlister's. Ha! Thankful for sweet friends who didn't mind the change of plans :) I had a veggie spud with no cheese and unsweet tea. I even took my own ghee for my potato. Man, it was nice to be able to order something other than a salad!

Wednesday: I was out and about at lunch time, so I had to pick something up. I went to Corner Bakery, and it was a fail. I got a spinach salad that had a lot of fruit on it - strawberries, blueberries, and oranges. It was also supposed to have "cinnamon raisin crisps" but I asked them to leave those off. When I got to my car with my food, they hadn't left the crisps off, and they had big sugar crystals all over them. Well, of course the sugar had come off all in my salad. Ugh. Thankfully, it was pretty much contained to one area, so I picked it out as best I could. I could also tell that the vinaigrette was really sweet, so I didn't eat much of that. Bummer! For dinner I had chicken and apple sausage and sautéed spinach with ghee.

Thursday: Lunch was sweet potato hash with salsa (I found some salsa with all "real" ingredients) and spinach.
I made my kids a raspberry, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk smoothie that afternoon for snack, and I had one myself. I cooked eggplant lasagna for dinner. With no cheese.
It was interesting. Actually, I thought it tasted pretty good, but it didn't taste like lasagna at all. It tasted like spaghetti sauce with eggplant instead of noodles. I read several recipes and ended up just making this one up as I went along.

Friday: Breakfast was sweet potato hash with chopped tomatoes on top. I ate leftover eggplant lasagna for lunch. We went to Jaco's Tacos for dinner because I knew they had lettuce tacos. And here's where I have to confess: we were getting terrible service (we always get awful service there, but we keep going back because I love the food), and I was STARVING. And the chips and salsa were just sitting on our table. Taunting me. So, I ate four chips. And I regretted it after the fact. Not because they made me feel bad or because I really felt like 4 chips did a ton of damage, but because I felt like it was a lack of self-control that causes me to eat them. If I had PLANNED to "cheat" and have a few chips, I would have eaten them guilt free. But I didn't plan to cheat. It happened, though, and I just moved on. My lettuce tacos were good! It was grilled chicken, tomatoes, and avocado in a lettuce wrap. I would order them again even when I'm not doing the Whole30.

Saturday: I had the all day meeting at Aubrey's school, and there was a pot-luck lunch. I was worried that there would be NOTHING for me to eat. I took a salad, but I knew that I wouldn't be able to focus all day on nothing but a salad. I told David that I was going to do my best, but if I had to cheat that day, so be it. I wasn't going to sit there starving for 7 1/2 hours. I ate a big breakfast of leftover sweet potato hash to try to sustain me. Haha! When I got to the meeting, I was so pleasantly surprised to see not only M&M's on the table for snacking, but raw almonds too! So, I ate a LOT of those throughout the day every time I was tempted to reach for an M&M :) And lunch was good too! I was able to eat salad, fruit, and pork loin. (I made some basil vinaigrette for my salad, and it was really good! It was a nice change from plain oil and vinegar.)
I was pleased with my lunch. That night, I got home late and threw together dinner. I had white potato hash (I should probably lay off the potatoes, too, if I want to loose weight.... nah) with bell peppers and onions topped with avocado and pico and a chicken and apple sausage on the side.

Sunday: I had black coffee for breakfast. For lunch, I cooked chicken soup using this recipe. I was able to use my homemade chicken stock that I had made using the bones from the chicken I cooked on Monday.
It was good! We ate dinner at McAlisters and I had another veggie spud with no cheese.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Weekly Highlights

Our week was good! Pretty uneventful. I took very few pictures for some reason.

We had a good morning at church and Sunday school on Sunday. We came home for lunch, and then we napped that afternoon. That night after church, we ate dinner at Whole Foods.
 

We had a really low-key Monday. I got some cleaning done around the house, and the kids played and watched a movie. David came home after work, and I cooked dinner.
Silly girl :)
We ate out on the deck, and I went on a walk after dinner while David bathed the kids.

I had Bible study Tuesday morning. It was a super small group, but it went well! After it was over, we visited with my dad and brothers at church for a few minutes and then headed home. I fixed the kids lunch and put them down for rest time. That evening, I had book club. Except we didn't read a book last month. Shhh. ;) We just got together to visit and talk about our plan for next month. Any excuse will do ;) Anyway, it was super fun! We sat outside at McAlisters and talked for a long time.

Wednesday was kind of a crazy day. We had our individual curriculum counseling at Aubrey and Jude's school at 11, so I got myself and the kids ready and took the kids to my mom's house. David met me at the school, and we had our meeting. Afterwards, I got lunch at Corner Bakery, and then I picked the kids up from my mom. We came home for naps. I fixed a quick dinner, and we were just about to leave for small group when one of our babysitters cancelled on us. So, I had to stay at the church and help in the nursery instead of going to small group. I was bummed because this was our last meeting, but you gotta do what you gotta do!
My view for two hours.
I must say that small group seemed a LOT longer sitting in the nursery than it did when I was actually there. Ha! It was fine, though! We put the kids to bed as soon as we got home.

We went to tutoring on Thursday. This was the last day of summer tutoring. It makes me sad that all of our summer activities are coming to a close :( It went by so quickly! After tutoring, we hung out at church for a while. I visited with Megan, and our kids played. We came home for lunch. That evening, I cooked dinner and we ate outside again. I went on another walk that night during bath time :)

Friday was a pretty boring day. I thought about going to Target, but the morning got away from me and we just stayed at home all day. I read to the kids a lot longer than usual after lunch, so it wasn't a completely unproductive day :) That night, we went to Jaco's Tacos for dinner. Going to a Mexican place for dinner when I can't eat chips wasn't the smartest idea :-/ I enjoyed my lettuce tacos, though. We made a Kroger run after dinner, and David and I watched the 3rd Bourne movie after the kids were in bed.

I had another meeting at the kids' school on Saturday. This one was ALL DAY. It was really good. But super overwhelming. It was just a lot of information to take in at once. I'm still processing.
We ate a potluck lunch there and listened to lots of different teachers and watched a DVD. I also enjoyed visiting with some of the other moms :) I got there at 9am and left at 4:45pm. Whew! I stopped at Target and Whole Foods on my way home. We scrounged something simple up for dinner - scrambled eggs and Ezekiel bread for the family - and had a low-key evening. David bathed the kids, and we got them to bed.