Friday, September 21, 2018


Woo hoo, it's Friday! I really live for the weekends these days since I miss Paul so much during the week. Here's how my week shaped up.

The high of my week was going out to lunch with 3 other moms that I work with. It was nice to talk with other moms in my industry that can relate to how I am feeling now that I'm back at work. We also have some changes going on related to a reorganization that we are in the midst of so it was nice to talk shop about what is going on.
The low of my week was not getting enough sleep - as usual. Paul's first tooth came in over the weekend and there is a 2nd one coming in and I think the pain of teething has been waking him up at night. He's been up 3-4 times a night for the past week so we are feeling pretty tired.

A recipe I made was Asian noodle bowls from Iowa Girl Eats. We had already dished out our servings when I remembered to snap a photo, so this is about 1/2 of what the recipe yields. It was very good and came together pretty quickly! I'm trying to "automate" meal planning by making "themes" for the ~3 meals I make each week, like tacos, a wok dish, and a curry-type dish. That way it makes it easier for me to find recipes when I have a framework to guide what type of recipes I should be looking for. Wok dishes are great because they tend to cook really fast! This one came together in less than 15 minutes once all the chopping was done.

The best money I spent was on Paul's Halloween costume! He's going to be a hedgehog and I can't wait to see him dressed up in his adorable costume. The best part is that I got it on sale at Target for $12!

My plans this weekend include hosting a friend for dinner tonight. We are going to grill some halibut that a friend brought back from Alaska last summer. I'll top it with a pineapple salsa and serve it with this instant pot indian rice and our friend is bringing another veggie-based side. I'm going to make these maple pumpkin oatmeal bars. They are classified as a "breakfast bar" but I think they will work for dessert. On Saturday afternoon we are getting together with the parents and babies from my mom group. I haven't seen them in person since May! I can't wait to see how much the babies have all grown and changed. On Sunday I'm going to clean out my garden and then in the late afternoon we are getting together with a college friend of Phil's. It's kind of a "busier" weekend for us. I put busier in quotation marks because having 1-2 things/day probably wouldn't have been considered "busy" pre-Paul but my definition of busy has definitely changed since he was born.

Bonus Paul Pics!

Reading with Grandma Joan

My happy boy before work on Thursday morning!

He's getting closer to being able to sit up on his own. He's a bit behind on this skill as babies tend to sit up around 6 months but that big head makes it hard for him to master this skill! He's smiling at daddy in this photo.

What was the high of your week? What are your plans for this weekend?


Marlys said...

It's always good to connect with people who are going through the same scenario for support and encouragement! I feel your pain.
I can't wait to see pictures of Paul in his hedgehog costume! He's such a cutie!
Paul's love of books already is so precious! I can't wait to read to him again,as it's been awhile! Lucky Joan!

Jeanie said...

Oh, those are such WONDERFUL photos. And so fun to be with the moms. Everything looks great. I think a hedgehog is a wonderful idea. Can't wait for the pix!

Eagerly anticipating time to get things done before our trip this weekend. And maybe a play!

Stephany said...

STOP IT A HEDGEHOG??? I cannot wait to see this cuteness!

I'm so glad you're getting time to chat with other moms during such a season as this. That's what you need most of all!

My only plans this weekend is my nephew's birthday party tomorrow and possibly going couch shopping (since I think I *finally* found a buyer for my sectional), so not too crazy for me. Happy about that!

Amber said...

Ok I LOVE that you are theming your meal planning!! I really think you should do a full post about meal planning one day because you really are very good at it! And you've tried some of the automated services and find your system to be better. Seriously so smart to theme your week like that. I am trying to get better at meal planning but I still struggle with it a bit. I'm trying really hard to meal plan and grocery shop 2 weeks at a time but I think I might go back to doing 1 week at a time because 2 weeks at once ends up being a big grocery bill and A LOT of work!

San said...

OMG. Paul is going to be a hedgehog for Halloween? I can't wait to see him in his costume!! <3

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Okay, the hedgehog costume sounds adorable! I want to see a picture for sure!!

The theme meal planning is a great idea. I should remember that for when I am at a loss for ideas. My desire to do more cooking is back after feeling uninspired and unmotivated for about a month, so that's good!

I am behind on blog reading, but my plans for this coming weekend include a spirits-tasting evening out, and dinner at Christopher's parents to celebrate both of our birthdays which are next week.