Monday, September 29, 2014


Seamus was welcomed into the Church on Sunday.  We were blessed to have his baptism done by the priest who baptized our last three at what is one of the most beautiful church's in our area.

Meal Plan

M: eggs (B), leftovers (L & D)
T: donuts and fruit (B), leftovers (L), french bread pizza (D)
W: crockpot breakfast casserole (B), sandwiches (L), sloppy joes (D)
T: oatmeal (B), assorted finger foods (L), creamy salsa chicken (D)
F: cereal (B), sandwiches/leftovers (L), fish sticks (D)
S: waffles (B), FFY (L), pizza night (D)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Trees for Troops 5K

Alan and the older 5 kids ran in the Trees for Troops 5K today.  Even though Alan was hoping to win so that we could have a real Christmas tree this year, he came in second place. First in his age bracket and won a gift certificate for a Christmas wreath. The guy who won was quite a bit ahead of the pack.


Sean was in the top ten finishers. Katie and Liam came in at 31st and 32nd place. Katie was also the first female finisher in her age group and won a free t-shirt. Bryan and Kieran both did a great job and cut some time off their races. Bryan even convinced his Grandmother to participate in the 2 mile walk.
Katie and Liam


Bryan and Griffen

We also came home with free coupons for admission to Stokoe Farms and $55 in gift cards to a local meat store. And, of course, the admission fees will go to benefit the Trees for Troops fund at Stokoe Farms. Maybe next year Abby and Gabe will join the crew in the run.

All the Kids

Happy Fall Y'all!

I try to remember to celebrate special day with a themed dessert or meal or something. Some years I am much better about remembering than others. This year I remembered to make sure we had a cake for the first day of fall. Unfortunately, it fell apart during construction but you can't blame that one the child doing the decorating. And it did not at all impact the taste. Happy Fall!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Meal Plan

Somehow over the past few weeks, I have managed to forget exactly how busy our schedule gets with all of the kids' activities. Even when we are big on limiting what they can get involved in. But as I've started trying to get back into the swing of things this past week, it has hit me that we are wee little bit busy.  I'm sure it did not help that this week we also ended up juggling having the van in the shop.  Why is it that it is always the expensive to fix vehicle that breaks down? Sigh. But we are back to normal and running again.  But I am hoping to keep the meal plan simple and rely on freezer meals and quick to fix things this week while we keep adjusting.

S: muffins (B), FFY (L), steak, corn, waldorf salad (D)
M: bagels/English muffins (B), sandwiches, carrots (L), dinner brought over (D)
T: eggs and toast (B), French bread pizzas (L), creamy salsa chicken (D)
W: waffles (B), leftovers (L), taco soup, cheddar muffins (D)
T: cereal (B), sandwiches (L), chicken broccoli alfredo (D)
F: baked oatmeal (B), leftovers (L), dinner brought over (D)

Stokoe Farms 2014

Last weekend was military appreciation weekend at Stokoe Farms which meant the entire family got free admission. These are the deals I love. It's not that I think the kids need to do these kinds of activities at all really, but every so often it is nice to be able to take them for something special.

The weather was a bit cool, sometimes rainy so we were one of the very few folks who ventured out. I love when things work out that way. No lines, no waiting, and the kids had a blast.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I'm tired. Very tired still. Pumping full time and nursing full time are tiring (and no, this is not an invitation to tell me to use formula).  Hopefully this will be a short lived thing. And the little guy will hopefully figure out that night is for sleeping soon. But we are all enjoying him immensely.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Meal Plan

We will still be living in the land of easy meal plans and paper plates for the next several weeks. Alan headed back to work this morning and I am still trying to keep up with a nurse, pump, feed schedule for the little one which is a wee bit tiring. Thankfully we still have dinners coming a few times a week which will help.

S: cereal (B), sandwiches/leftovers (L), chicken broccoli alfredo (D)
M: crockpot breakfast casserole (B), sandwiches (L), dinner being brought over (D)
T: eggs (B), pasta salad (L), spaghetti (D)
W: muffins (B), leftovers (L), dinner being brought over (D)
T: oatmeal (B), sandwiches (L), pork chops (D)
F: eggs (B), leftovers (L), dinner being brought over (D)
S: pancakes (B), lunch/snacks at Stokoe Farms during their free military appreciation weekend (L), pizza (D)