Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Week in Photos: A Busy Weekend!

One of the strongest traits that Ben has inherited from me is his little Type A personality.  I've got him laying his clothes out for school the night before (he is getting VERY particular about his whole "look" these days - all athletic gear all the time), he is extremely precise about time (always quick to correct us when we call 1:28 "1:30"), and most recently - I found a to do list he had made for himself!!  Love it.

However one area where he isn't as on top of it is brushing and flossing his teeth.  And apparently we aren't doing a good enough job of reminding him!  

Chalk one up to Greg's genes: cavity-prone teeth! ;)


We had a super fun weekend this past weekend.  On Friday, we visited our friends Jamie and Collin to see their new house in Snohomish!

On Saturday morning after working out, we went to the zoo:

Followed by a birthday party!

Followed by dinner out!

On Sunday, we got up early to go watch Greg cross the finish line at Husky Stadium for Beat the Bridge! 

Ben and I had fun wandering around campus while we waited, taking selfies inside the stadium, and eating snacks!


After the race, we went to get some brunch and went to Gameworks!  When we got home, I did some meal-prepping while the boys spent an hour weeding - and then Greg and I tackled cleaning and organizing the garage.  A productive day!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Week in Photos: Mother's Day and the Science Fair

Mother's Day 2018 was a beautiful 80 degree day in Seattle!  I started my day off by picking up my mom and Shirley and meeting Lisa in Seattle for brunch!  Afterwards, we went to see Lover Never Dies - the sequel to Phantom of the Opera - and it ALMOST ruined one of my favorite Broadway shows of all time.  It was so bad - so cheesy - so hard to watch!  Yikes.  Luckily, I'm going to just pretend it never happened and have my faith in the show renewed when I see Phantom (the ORIGINAL - THE ONLY) in August.

Ben made me this super special and cute Mother's day treat at school :)

Flowers from Greg :)

That evening the boys made me dinner and Ben fell asleep super early on the couch while we watched Black Panther.  A great day!

Ben's school's Science Fair was this week and it was so cute to see what all the kids did!

Last month Ben was invited to a birthday party at a Martial Arts studio and was given 2 free weeks to try it out!  I took him this week and he LOVED everything about it!  Unfortunately the dude is SUPER busy this summer with baseball, swim lessons and soccer - but this may be something he gets into in the winter months!

Meal Planning: May 20 - 26

Review from last week:

Although it's hard to choose, this brussels sprouts carbonara dish from the new cookbook is my favorite new recipe.  It's SO cheesy and delicious (and healthy!) and would be great paired with chicken or steak, too!  I can't wait to make it again next week!  Greg even liked it :)

Another good one from the book: Fajita pasta (which was spiralized zucchini, onion and bell peppers).  Spicy and delicious.  We had ours over butter lettuce, but this would be really good wrapped up in a tortilla, too!

I loved this Asian Chicken Slaw.  It made a ton and it was great as leftovers, too!

Plan for this week: 

Sunday: Buffalo Cauliflower Salad (Inspiralized and Beyond)

Monday: Salmon Rolls with Salad

Tuesday: Leftovers (or the beyond burgers that we didn't have a chance to make last week)!

Wednesday: Dinner with mom

Thursday: Grilled Cod and Brussels Sprouts Carbornara

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: TBD

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Meal Planning: May 13th - May 19th

Review from last week:

I tried my first recipe from my new cookbook, Inspiralized and Beyond, and absolutely loved it.  No surprise - I often cook dishes from the website.  It made for excellent leftovers the next day for lunch, too.

Grilled scallops and salad:

Another great week of Blue Apron:

Dinner with friends:

Sunday: Mother’s Day!  I'll be out for brunch followed by a show with my mom, and Greg has volunteered to make dinner :)

Monday: I'm going to try another recipe from my Inspiralized and Beyond cookbook (which I'm obsessed with): Fajita Night Pasta with Chicken Sausage

Tuesday: Ben has his science fair at night so we will be eating leftovers and not cooking!

Wednesday: Asian chicken slaw

Thursday: Leftovers 

Friday: Our meat-loving friends told us about these Beyond Burgers (meatless) and I'm so curious that I picked a couple up to try. 

Saturday: Spaghetti Factory - Greg is running in an 8K on Sunday morning so we are all carb-loading to support him :) 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Week(s) in Photos: Pre Mother's Day Brunch, Ben's School Projects, and a Big Fail

Shauna hosted her 4th Annual Mother's Day Brunch last weekend and it was the best yet, in my opinion!  Every year, on the Sunday before Mother's Day, Shauna has her mom-friends over for an afternoon of food, champagne and lounging.  It was another great year - the food was incredible (I seriously wish I had had seconds), and the weather was gorgeous.

Meanwhile, back at home, the boys started putting together the climbing dome we recently purchased for Ben!  Everything was going great...

...until it wasn't ;)  I think we all underestimated this project, which should have been done by a handful of strong people vs. 1 strong person and a kid (with help later on by me, a semi-strong person with a back injury that shouldn't lift heavy/awkward things)!

We then discovered that 2 of the pieces we needed for the top of the dome had been assembled into the base of the dome.  Then a screw (that was tightened and needed to be loosened so we could add another bar) was stripped and impossible to remove.  Then due to the dome being half put together, but not fully, some of the bars were bending in the wrong direction.  It was a serious of events that led us to request a refund from Amazon, box it up and return it.  LOL.  Lesson learned.  But hey - at least we spent several hours of quality time working together, right? ;)

My heart basically explodes every time Ben comes home with something new in his journal like this:

Ben's school has an optional Science Fair that everyone had the opportunity to join.  Ben was SO pumped to sign up, and really wanted to do something USA related - because he still has a passion for the states and maps in general!

We tried to make his state them somewhat related to science, and mapped out some of the USA's mountains and water.

Greg's birthday was May 1st, and to honor him, Ben and I ordered his favorite ice-cream cake and had Dairy Queen decorate it.  Ben thought this was the funniest thing ever and actually kept it a secret from Greg until he saw it.  ;)  Little boy humor has taken over our household.

My mom picked up a new game for her and Ben to play a couple weeks ago when Greg and I went out - Quirkle!  It's super fun and Ben is so good at it!

And lastly - we learned at Ben's last dentist appointment that in addition to another cavity, he also has a Mesioden - which is an extra tooth, growing in upside down (aka up into the roof of his mouth) that will require oral surgery to remove!  Parenting is full of fun surprises!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Meal Planning: May 6th - 12th

Review from last week:

My mom made one of my favorite salads and put her own twist on it (adding zucchini and kalamata olives - yum).  It turned out great! 

Another favorite summery dinner that I had for lunch a few days as well:

I have to post this - even though I didn't make it myself!  I had my first Poke bowl and I'm obsessed.

This was a blue apron meal that was supposed to be tacos, but I made mine into a taco salad (and paired it with Rose)!  Greg and I both loved this one.

Plan for this week:

Sunday: Grilled Scallops

Monday: Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta Salad from the new Inspiralized and Beyond cookbook!

Tuesday: Blue Apron Meal: Foil Packet Lemon Chicken with Freekeh, Broccoli and Olive Salad

Wednesday:  Out for a work dinner

Thursday: Blue Apron Meal: Italian Beef & Sweet Pepper Subs with Roasted Potatoes

Friday: Blue Apron Meal:  Couscous Stuffed Peppers with with Yogurt Sauce, Feta Cheese and Tahini

Saturday: Grilled Flank Steak, Bread and Summer Harvest Bowls