Menu Plan Monday ~ 4/29/13

menu plan monday

I have a pretty simple week planned. I was hoping to find a new recipe to try this week, but that just didn’t happen. I’ve been so crazy busy lately.

Here’s what I have planned this week:

Monday: Spaghetti, rolls, veggies
Tuesday: Baked potatoes, garlic broccoli
Wednesday: Tacos, Spanish rice
Thursday: Post-gymnastics Taco Bell feast
Friday: Sloppy Joe’s, salad

What’s on your menu this week??

I’m linking up with Org Junkie!

Week in Smart Phone Pics ~ 17/52

We had a super fun week last week! We cooked together, we played at the park and we went to the carnival, among other things! I can’t wait to take Lucy back to the carnival before it leaves town!



  • Making UV bracelets for Earth Day
  • Got a new Disney Princess baby
  • Made pizza rolls with Mommy
  • Synchronized vacuuming with Daddy
  • Strawberry picking
  • Playing with Grandma and Grandpa’s new dog, Boo
  • Playing at the park
  • And, modeling our new Thirty-One Cinch Sac!

Of course, I had to do a separate collage for the carnival. We had so much fun! Lucy went on a rollercoaster TWICE. She is WAY more brave than Mommy is!



What did you do last week??

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Thoughts on Being a Homeowner

I love being a homeowner. Sure, there are definitely downsides (I REALLY miss just being able to call the handyman when something breaks and having it taken care of for me), but owning our house is great because it’s OURS!

When we bought our house, we bought a starter home. We didn’t have a ton of money, and we didn’t want to overextend ourselves, so we figured we’d spend a few years here and then upgrade. But, the economy had other ideas, and a few months after we closed on our house, it and the housing market went downhill.

While we don’t have as much space as we would like (to have a second child), we’re happy with where we are. I hate cleaning, so it’s nice not having a large house to take care of, and we are planning to close in our carport and turn that into a family room/playroom, hopefully within the next year. This is just another benefit to owning our home – we can renovate!

I’m hoping that when we add on, the value of our house will increase so we won’t lose as much as we would now if we tried to sell. I would love to buy a bigger house in the next five years or so or, even better, have a house built for us! The benefit of that? Getting everything we want in a house! I’ve already started my list for house #2 – lots of closets (we have one per bedroom now), an open floor plan, a large kitchen with an island and granite countertops, a separate dining room, three bedrooms, a playroom and a family room. I’d also love a fenced-in backyard, and maybe even a pool!

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Week in Smart Phone Pics ~ 16/52

Last week, we met an astronaut. This is the second astronaut that Lucy and I have gotten to meet (thanks to Daddy working at a science museum!), and Lucy was ALL excited until, you know, we got UP TO the astronaut. Then, she hid her face against Daddy and was all kinds of shy. Three-year-olds.

Here are pictures from the rest of our week:



  • Feeding Baby Belle
  • Meeting Astronaut Shane Kimbrough
  • Mommy-Lucy lunch date
  • Sliding backwards is WAY more fun than sliding forwards
  • Getting dirty
  • Making cupcakes
  • Finger painting
  • And, bath time after said finger painting.



  • Kitchen picnic with Daddy
  • Mommy’s new Thirty-One Origami Owl locket
  • A girl and her cat
  • Manicure
  • Napping with Daddy
  • Running at the park
  • More sliding
  • And, playing on Daddy’s phone while visiting Nana (Lucy’s great-grandma)

What did you do last week??

I’m linking up with Living Like the Kings!