Thursday, January 28, 2010

Menu Planning...Monday?

So I totally forgot to post this week. It's been a tad hectic around here! Here is what we had or plan on having this week:

Monday (Jan 25): French Toast, eggs, sausage

Tuesday (Jan 26): Empanadas, potato salad, chips

Wednesday (Jan 27): Out at Busch Gardens, late dinner of tomato soup and grilled cheese

Thursday (Jan 28): Leftovers

Friday (Jan 29): Terriyaki Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry, miso soup

Saturday (Jan 30): Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread

Sunday (Jan 31): Steak Fajitas, corn, black beans

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dolphins, Sharks and Rays Oh My!

We recently took a field trip to Sea World, and I thought I'd share a few pictures from our day. To make it more educational, I made up a scavanger hunt for Punky to play. I basically wrote down educational facts about different animals, and he was required to figure out what that animal was and then find it at the park. He did really well and found them all!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday (Jan 18):
Cheeseburgers, french fries, pears

Tuesday (Jan 19):
Salmon, brown rice, asparagus

Wednesday (Jan 20):
Stuffed Peppers, mashed potatoes

Thursday: (Jan 21):
Pioneer Woman's Shrimp Penne Ala Betsy, salad

Friday (Jan 22):

Saturday (Jan 23):
Mongolian Beef in the Crockpot with veggies, rice

Sunday (Jan 24):
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My heart aches...

Haiti was already the poorest country in our part of the world. Not far from the coast of Florida, many immigrate here for a better life, to raise their families in a wealthy country, to work and send money back to family and friends still in Haiti. I've known so many Haitians while working for Disney. A few close enough that I would call them friends. And now my heart breaks for them.

A 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, very close to Port-au-Prince (the capital). They are saying thousands upon thousands are dead. Dead bodies are lining the streets, many are buried under the rubble. Children's hospitals and daycares are destroyed, with many children trapped, and most likely dead, inside. And now my heart breaks for them.

In 2008, Haiti was pounded by hurricane after hurricane. Homes were destroyed, many people were misplaced. No money to rebuild. And now this. Even the palace was destroyed. And now my heart breaks for them.

I hold my children today a little tighter. I kiss my husband longer. Because I can. Today. I have a roof over my head, food in my kitchen, and running water in my home. But still, my heart breaks for those in Haiti...and those who are left behind.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


**Image taken by Jessica Charles Photography

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Menu Plan Monday (on Tuesday)

Most of my menu did not work out last week. I didn't get to the grocery store as planned, so we had a lot of leftovers, freezer items and we ate at my parents' house a few times.

I haven't been feeling well, so my post is a day late.

Monday (Jan 11): honey chicken and au gratin potatoes

Tuesday (Jan 12): McDonald's (I'm sick so the boys got takeout)

Wednesday (Jan 13): PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps, spring rolls, rice

Thursday (Jan 14): Buffalo Chicken Lasagna, garlic bread

Friday (Jan 15): Soup (not sure what kind yet), homemade bread

Saturday (Jan 16): Eggs, pancakes, sausage, cheese grits

Sunday (Jan 17): Spaghetti and meatballs

Monday, January 4, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

From My Little Corner of The World:

Outside my is very cold for Florida (real feel of 16 tonight!)

I am thinking....about how much I want to clean and organize the house.

I am thankful family. Each and every minute of the day. Also, for thrift stores...which make my life so much easier.

I am wearing...pajamas (lounge pants, tshirt..and socks for once)

I am very pregnant I was this time last year and how we were getting ready for a move.

I am do something with my family tomorrow but it's so chilly out, I don't know what to do.

I am currently reading...Country Living magazine, Cosmo magazine, The Creative Family (again) and about to start Jane Eyre (again)

I am brother gets his kidney soon (he needs a kidney transplant)

On my mind...simple living lately!

Noticing baby is getting so big. So quickly.

Pondering these words.... "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" Walden, Thoreau

From the kitchen...tonight it was pancakes (for Punky), baby food and a cereal bar (Monkey) and leftover gumbo (for me), husband is at work.

Around the house...I need to take down some of these darn Christmas decorations!

One of my favorite things...board games

From my picture journal....

Menu Planning Monday!

Monday (Jan 4):
Dinner: Leftover Gumbo and white rice or fried rice

Tuesday (Jan 5):
Dinner: Sticky Japanese Drumsticks, mashed potatoes, green beans

Wednesday (Jan 6):
Dinner: Spaghetti

Thursday (Jan 7):
Dinner: Brunswick Stew, WHO homemade bread

Friday (Jan 8):
Dinner: Buffalo Chicken Crockpot Lasagna, salad

Saturday (Jan 9):
Dinner: PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps, rice, spring rolls

Sunday (Jan 10):
Dinner: Tomato Basil Soup, BLT's

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Wild Horses

Down to Earth

As you can see, there is no formula for simple living. It's diverse, there is no one size sits all. That's what makes it wonderful - when you think carefully about what you want in your life and then start doing those things, it feels right. Your version of simple living will be different to mine and everyone else's, even though we will have elements of it that are similar. But when you get it right, when you work on your own version of your life, and not that one designed for you by advertisers and marketers (or friends), when you set to and start doing for yourself, when you regain your independence and feel deep within that you're doing the right thing, then, my friends, you'll know you're on the right path and a team of wild horses won't pull you away from it.

Friday, January 1, 2010


2009 was a fabulous year. It's not to say there wasn't a lot of upsets, but the good far outweigh the bad. One of the things I wish I could have changed was to stress so much less and enjoy so much more. So, I wrote a letter to myself, had I had the foresight to know what was going to happen in 2009:

January: You are 8.5 months pregnant and about to move into a new home. Please relax and try not to get so stressed because your wonderful family is going to help sooooo much. You will barely have to lift a finger. Unfortunately, your husband is going to lose his job only a few weeks before you are to give birth. It's going to be hard. It's going to be rough. But you WILL get through it. He will find another job, I promise. In the meantime, do what you are going to do and do what needs to be done. Chin up and stay strong.

February: You will give birth to a beautiful, perfect little boy. Don't worry so much about the repeat c-section. Everything will go as planned with no complications. A little forewarning: DO NOT allow your 7 year old see you in the surgical room seconds after giving birth. He will see you through the window, along with your other family members, and think the doctors are trying to kill you. He will be VERY upset. It's probably best just to let him wait outside until you're back in the hospital bedroom. Afterwords, take video (not just pictures) because you will want to record the moment your oldest son fell in love with your youngest. The brotherly bonding moments will be precious.

March: Don't worry about "how will I get everything done with a newborn, try to recover from a c-section and take care of a 7 year old?" Your Mom is the best and will be there for you, every step of the way. Unfortunately, your Mom will lose her job with Disney due to mass layoffs. She will be heartbroken. It will be very hard for your entire family to let go of something that meant so much to you. However, life goes on and you will realize that the Disney Corp is NOT the parks and you can move on. Your husband will be amazing at home, taking care of everything that needs to be done. Be patient with him and remember that it's his first time with a newborn child. Also, he will find another job this month. Everything will be ok.

April: Your oldest turns 8. Don't worry about a perfect birthday party because it's not gonna happen (the perfection) but he will have a blast no matter what. He will talk about it all year. Your brother will be back in the hospital due to complications with his kidney. He is still waiting on a transplant and will have an infection. Everything will be ok, and he will continue with his dialysis at home. Be there for him and try not to think about "what if" so much.

May: You will visit with Stacy and her family in Vero Beach. You'll have a wonderful, relaxing time. Do not hesitate to book that trip!!! Also, you might want to add on another night, as they will be booked solid and you will have to stay at an off site hotel for your last night (a last minute decision). However, you will NOT regret this trip. It's so worth it for your sanity!!! It's a much needed vacation from life's trials and tribulations.

June: Your Dad will be in the hospital this month. He will be ok. Visit him as much as you can and be thankful it wasn't serious.

July: This is a great summer month. There will be lots of swimming in pools and at the beach. You'll see fireworks, enjoy Sea World and get a little used to the heat. Enjoy the summer, it will pass by quickly!

August: Not much to report about this month. It's going to be hot though. And humid. More so than you thought or imagined. Hang in there, it will be chilly in a few months...

September: Don't struggle all month with deciding whether or not you want to take Punky out of school and into homeschooling. Just do it! He will prosper and do so well in the first few months, you will not regret it. Also, you will FINALLY see Britney Spears in concert. It will be a night you will never forget. Do not feel weird about being almost 33 and seeing her. There will be hundreds of other women your age who are there as well. And, you're gonna have the best time with your Mom! Truly, an incredible night!

October: This is the month you will decide to home school Punky. Don't stress, it's going to work out. Also, you start going to church and find that it's something you actually enjoy and look forward to. Use this time to really reflect on the person you want to be and make the changes to do so. October also finds a short trip to St. Augustine and Jacksonville with your Mom, husband and the kids. Your Mom and Dad will offer to get a hotel room, and it will be fun! Again, this trip is much needed for a little relaxation and getaway time. DO NOT HESITATE TO GO. Halloween will be fun for the kids, but just skip trunk or treating at the school. Punky will get lots of candy, but the line will be entirely too long for the activities and food. Find another trunk or treat place or just do some regular trick or treating in the neighborhood. Also, turn off your porch light before the hoards of teens and kids not dressed up come knocking at your door for Halloween! Absolutely have the Halloween party for Punky during the day, even if you think it will be a lot of work for such a small amount of time/people. It will make his day more special and he will not miss being at school for their party. He will laugh HYSTERICALLY at your Mom and Dad, who will also dress up. Everyone will have a great time! You'll also want to make it a family tradition.

November: This month you start prep for the upcoming holiday season. Don't worry, everything will go smoothly this year. The food will be great, so don't sweat it in the kitchen. You are going to put your tree up midNovember...but beware. One of the lights on the prelit tree will catch on fire. Catch it quickly and nothing will come of it. You'll just have to use the other lights you have. Be thankful nothing tragic happens and that you caught it in time!

December: It's going to financially be a rough month. You won't see much child support, so plan ahead. Even though it's going to be financially difficult (too many bills!) you will still have one of the best holidays you will ever have had. The children will find it magical and the family will create many traditions and memories. Stay true to what you believe in and trust that you are making the right choices. Everyone will have a wonderful Christmas. But you might want to cut down on the cookie baking, there will be waaaay too many! On the 31st, don't bother with CityWalk. The 300 million long line for beer, crowds and traffic will not be worth it. Just stay home with the kids, which is really where you want to be anyway.

Enjoy the year, Kelly. Your kids are growing so fast, you'll blink your eye and it will be 2010. Love with all your heart, dance with abandon, sing at the top of your lungs and smile as often as possible. Say yes more to Punky, concentrate on slowing down and be still. Remember during the trials and tribulations, this too shall pass. Everything happens for a reason. Happy New Year!