Hello Friends and Happy Halloween! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, a good start to your week, and are excited about Trick or Treating tonight! The kids are THRILLED, of course, and I am looking forward to walking around the neighborhood in the chilly fall air, with my drink in hand, and stealing the kids’ good candy! The #candytax is real, y’all!
I am a bit behind (what’s new) in sharing our goings-on, but wanted to share our weekend and everything we’ve been doing over the past few days. Busy busy, as usual!
On Friday, the kids wrapped up Red Ribbon Week at school with “Dress like your Future Self” Day. Gracie dressed up as a chef (or a “cooker,” as she likes to say), Ben was a Braves player, and Brantley was a veterinarian. They were so proud to wear their outfits!
After school, we gave out candy at our elementary school’s Trunk or Treat. It was super tiring (long day and long week), but it really was SO MUCH FUN! The kids were very sweet, we saw a lot of our friends, and the kiddos loved helping give out candy. All the trunks were supposed to be decorated in a children’s book theme, and our book was I Need My Monster. I had never even heard of the book, but evidently, it’s a popular one at the school because most of the kids knew exactly which book we were representing. We had a big time!
But Saturday was our big day. We packed up the truck and headed to Clemson! We took the kids to the Clemson- Georgia Tech game for the first game, all five of us together. We had a great time, despite the uncooperative weather for an 8:00 game with three kids in tow! But we definitely made the most of it.
It was just overcast and chilly most of the day, which was fine for tailgating, walking around, enjoying the park, checking out the stadium, and grabbing some pizza. But we wanted to get into the stadium early (it opened at 6pm), and just as we were making our way over and into the stadium, it started to rain. And then it kept raining.
Now, we had been watching the forecast all day, so we were prepared (well, as prepared as we could be). Scott was basically waterproof, the kids and I had boots and hooded coats and our ponchos over the top, so at least we were warm and our upper bodies stayed pretty dry. The kids got ice cream, we watched the players practice, we watched the cheerleaders and bands come in, which the kids all loved!
But then, the rain really started coming down. We stood out by the concessions for a while to stay out of the rain, but put on our hoods and braved it to watch the team come in and run down the hill, and get the game started! For a while, the kids were unfazed. They were SO EXCITED to be at the game and watch the Tigers play, and they were standing on the bleachers and yelling and cheering, and I thought for a bit that it was all going to be just fine!
But, it just kept raining. And we kept getting wetter. We couldn’t sit down because the bleachers, which are shaped like a U for more comfortable seating, had a river of rainwater running on top of them, and the kids were getting tired of standing. Not to mention the game started at 8pm, and Ben’s bedtime is 7pm. We had had a long day of activity already, and that boy was tired and we all knew it. So after the first quarter, we made the unpopular decision to call it a day and head back to the car. The kids were NOT happy, and Ben and Brantley cried the whole walk back to the car! Then Ben fell in an enormous puddle and was SOAKED from head to toe. Luckily we had blankets in the car, so when we finally made it back, I stripped him down and wrapped him up for the car ride home.
Though the kids were not happy we had to leave early, it ended up working out best. We avoided traffic and made the two-hour car ride home, then got home at a decent hour. It wasn’t the *ideal* first family trip to a Clemson game, but it was certainly memorable! And it won’t be our last trip. Next time we’ll pick a 3:30 game and pray for no rain! Haha!
On Sunday, I didn’t have to sing in the choir or teach Sunday school, so we played hooky and decided to just sleep in and take it easy! And actually, it was SO NICE. I must have done 237 loads of laundry (and still not done yet), folded it all and had THE KIDS put it all away. And let me just tell you– when your kids reach the age that they can put away their own clothes, it is LIFE CHANGING!! Sunday afternoon, we had Brantley’s softball team party, which was fun.
After the party, we came home, relaxed some more, and enjoyed a restful evening. I ordered my groceries again from Instacart around 4:00, and they were delivered before 6:00! If you haven’t tried Instacart yet, you can have your groceries delivered to your door, and it’s AMAZING. Click here to use my referral code and get $10 off your order!!
And then yesterday!! Ben’s Pre-K class was carving pumpkins at school, so I went in to help out. And OMG, Pre-K kids are THE CUTEST. We had so much fun! Those kids love to take pictures, haha!
I made an abbreviated meal plan for this week since I am headed to NASHVILLE for a conference on Thursday! Scott has a super busy week too, so we called in the reinforcements, and Bammy will be coming down to help out with the kids while I’m gone! So I’m cooking through Wednesday, and Bammy will take the dinner reigns while I’m gone. Scott and the kids will be spoiled with her amazing cooking! Here’s what we’re eating this week:
Sunday: Lentil Curry with Rice and Squash, Zucchini, and Carrots
Monday: Pumpkin and Walnut Chili (Shown above! It sounds weird, but it’s DELICIOUS! I added a tablespoon of cumin to mine. So good! Recipe is on the SkinnyTaste Instagram page)
Tuesday: Pizza! Halloween tradition!
Wednesday: Mushroom and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Roasted Broccoli and Carrots
Thursday: Bammy Surprise
Friday: Bammy Surprise
I hope you all have a very Happy Halloween and stay safe tonight!