Rule #176: Sometimes doing nothing at all is the best thing of all.
We had a great Christmas break full of a whole lotta nothing. Well… nothing except great food, good times with family and friends, and lots of days spent in pj’s. I wanted to share what’s been up in our lives lately plus next week’s meal plan!
Jon Boy and I snuck out for a little date to see the new Star Wars movie (you HAVE to see it if you’re a fan – sahhhh good!) and have dinner. The movie theater (Star Cinema Grill in Vintage Park) had the cutest little cocktail to accompany the movie: The Yoda Margarita. How could we resist?
We got to enjoy the Family Christmas Service at our church on Christmas Eve which basically means “it’s okay if the kids cry or ask, ‘Why does that guy’s hair look like that?'” Jon Boy spent about 89% of the service chasing Brookie around in the foyer. That girl does not want to sit down when she’s got on her cute dress and patent leather shoes. Can’t blame her, honestly.
I forced the kids (including Penny) to wear matching Christmas PJ’s. I think it will become an annual tradition for as long as they let me.
This was the first year I got to bake and decorate gingerbread cookies and a house with my little man! I used this recipe from Gimme Some Oven. It will most definitely be an annual thing. They tasted great and provided a little “project” for a few hours that didn’t involve an iPad, baseball, or the TV. Win, Win!
We had the most “chill” New Year’s we’ve ever had. We fed the kids, did a few sparklers with them, and put them to bed early. Then we ordered Taco Bell from Door Dash because we’re fancy like that. We were asleep by 11, and it was magical!
I’ve made it a point to READ this year. I used to be a librarian, so you’d think that would be a big priority for me. Kids and exhaustion took over the reading side of me. I finally picked it up again, and I can’t explain how happy it makes me! I’m currently reading Some Luck by Jane Smiley. It’s the first in a trilogy about a farming family during the Great Depression. It’s pretty awesome so far!
I got to sneak away to take my little man on a lunch date this past weekend. It feels so weird to actually be able to go out with no “gear” like a stroller, high chair, booster, special cup, etc. and just DO things with him. We started our date at Panera where he ate his weight in fruit cups.
After visiting with my Mama for a bit, we stopped in one of my favorite places on earth: Trader Joe’s!
Since we didn’t have Brookie the Miniature Terrorist, I decided to be brave and let Corey have his own cart. It went surprisingly well, except he was very eager to grab anything within reach and put it in his cart. He bought these flowers “for you Mama!”
I can’t get enough of Trader Joes’ Caramelized Onion Dip. It’s just heaven in a plastic package. It goes great with chips or veggies.
These little snack packs from Costco were a recent great find, too! 200 calories for the whole pack and 15g of protein.
Another reason I love these meatballs: you can make A TON ahead of time and freeze them for later. You literally pop them into whatever sauce you’d like still frozen and just heat them up. Love my freezer!
Another of my favorite go-to’s is Pioneer Woman’s Chicken in Mustard Cream Sauce. It’s super quick, easy, and the sauce is sinfully deceiving: 400 calories for a good portion!
Jon Boy has officially perfected his egg skills. He’s the resident Egg Chef, so when we make our Egg Roll in a Bowl, he’s in charge of the finishing touch!
LOFT recently had a huge 40% everything sale – including Lou & Grey! I snagged this little sweater and a couple of other things. There’s nothing better than a cozy, soft, Lou & Grey piece of happiness in my closet!
We’re currently in the middle of doing a bunch of updates throughout our house! This is the current view of our living room. The clean freak side of me is panicking, so I’m trying to stay out of the house as much as I can until it’s over! I’ll be sharing the Before & Afters of all our projects in post soon.
I hope your holidays were filled with lots of snuggles, down time, and beautiful memories. Happy Hump Day, y’all!
Weekly Meal Plan
Monday: We’ll be getting back from Austin, so probably something easy and healthyish like a Chipotle bowl.
Tuesday: Asian Meatballs with Roasted Broccoli & Butternut Squash*
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup*
Thursday: Italian Wedding Soup from my Corleone Family Cookbook I talked about in my last post.
Friday: Ordering Fajitas and making Jon-a-Ritas!
*Recipes coming soon.