Monday Randoms + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello friends. Happy Monday! Last week was quite a week around here, we were exhausted going into the weekend. Rest was the number one priority and we hit up the Farmer’s market, but that was about the extent of our activities other than bumming around and watching football!  We needed to relax, and thank goodness, we took full advantage of the opportunity.

I thought today I’d just share some randomness from around here lately. Hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

  • We spent the last weekend of September at home, which was honestly so nice.  Scott was in Chicago for a conference (receiving a National Award) so it was me and the kids Friday through Sunday.  Brantley went to a slumber party on Friday night, and it was just the cutest thing.  She is starting to do more and more with her little friends which is equal parts awesome and heart-wrenching.  I am SO, SO incredibly thankful that she has some sweet friends that really are good girls with nice families.  But it’s hard to see her growing up.  I swear, she was just a little kindergartner  who still let me dress her and wear big bows.  But she’s so smart, with her own opinion and her own preferences, and we are just so proud of her.
  • My children caught a lizard in Ben’s room on last weekend. Yes, the lizard was in Bennett’s room.  
  • I was FINALLY able to sew a dress last weekend that I have had on my mind for quite some time (I bought this fabric months ago).  I have made several versions of the Farrow Dress from Grainline Studios,  because it always makes such a great swing dress that is just as flattering as it is forgiving.  When I go too long without sewing, it seems like such a hassle to get out my patterns, cut the fabric, and sew up a garment, but I also forget how satisfying it is to sew an article of clothing.  Once I was done with my Farrow (took about 2 1/2 hours), all I wanted to do was sew more!  That quote about creativity- “You can’t use up creativity- the more you use, the more you have” – is so true for me.  The more I sew, the more ideas I get and the more I want to sew.  I need really need to block out more time for sewing.  It is such a stress reliever and so rewarding for me.  
  • I cannot ever recall eating a Tuna Noodle Casserole prior to last Wednesday night, because I’ve always thought it sounded so disgusting.  But I like a like a lot of recipes from Skinnytaste, and she posted a recipe for Tuna Noodle Casserole the other day that actually sounded pretty good.  We had most of the ingredients on hand, so I added it to the menu for dinner this week.  And OMG- it was SO GOOD!!!  Nobody knew there was even tuna in the mix of creamy sauce, noodles, peas, and mushrooms, it’s almost like the tuna just blended into the sauce.  It made a full 9×12 pan, and we only had about one small serving remaining!  It was a total hit and family-friendly.  We’ll be making it again!  Recipe here.
  • All year long, my kids and I discuss what they want to be for Halloween.  They’ll get into arguments about who’s going to dress up as what, and I always say, “guys, we have plenty of time to decide!  Halloween is x months away!” Welp, Halloween is zero months away, and now we actually have to decide.  I am out of ideas, and they don’t like any of them anyways, ha!  What are your kids dressing us as?
  • Grayson woke up very upset in the middle of the night while Brantley was gone last weekend (they share a room), so I put her in bed with Ben.  Then promptly got to sleep stalking once they fell back asleep.
  • Last week, I listened to the Audible version of the book, Call me by Your Name, and was so obsessed with the story that I watched the movie the next day too, and WHOA.  Was it intense. I like reading books after their movies come out but before I actually see the movies, so I already have an idea of what the movie characters look like, and I can picture them as I’m reading (or listening to) the books.  The story is absolutely beautiful, and heartbreaking, and actually left me a bit depressed in the days I was reading/listening/watching.  But I give it two thumbs up and will watch absolutely any and everything that Timothee Chalamet is in from here on out. #genius 


So round these parts, we have one week until Fall Break (WOOOOOOOOP WOOOOOOOP!), so we’re just making the most of what we’ve got in the pantry and the fridge for dinners this week.  Here’s what we’re planning on eating for dinners:

I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

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