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Monday Meals

We’re back!

Monday:  Three-Cheese Baked Mac (via Family Circle mag)

Tuesday: Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/main-courses/cheesy-chicken-and-rice-bake/

Wednesday: Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-chicken-fajitas-308987

Thursday: Spaghetti

Friday: Leftovers


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

*Surprise alert*

This is not a Monday meals post. I know, 3 of the last 5 posts on this blog detail our culinary comings and goings.

This may have been my best Christmas. This was our third Christmas that we shared with Avery – but in many ways, it was the ‘first’. She got it this year (sort of). When she wasn’t singing “Jingle Bells” or “Frosty the Snowman” she was telling Santa “I don’t like him”. Just tried to reminisce with Jaym and remember some of the more memorable ones. Regardless of the specifics, it was such a joy to share this season with her and Micah. The innocence of her belief in Santa and Rudolph and her curiosity about ‘Baby Jesus’.

Here is a rundown of our Christmas season:
Daily: “I want to watch Frosty the Snowman” “I want to watch Frosty Returns”. Spontaneous singing of “Frosty the Snowman”.

The Yeti from “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” that would appear in Bing commercial during the daily Frosty watching. “Theres the Yeti”

A sad, but memorable moment was Avery breaking a sentimental ornament of mine (from my Mom) – and it was touching how remorseful she was. “Daddy, I’m sorry I broke your ornament.”

I finished up work on Thursday (Dec. 22). We got the kids ready and headed to Fairhaven for “Travelers Eve” service. Avery wore her dress:


After church we came home and had a birthday party for Jesus. Jaymie made a Funfetti cake which we enjoyed. I will share the video on Flipshare (hopefully) over our rendition of “Happy Birthday”…which the classic line was Avery responding to my question “Do you want to say a prayer?” with “I want cake!” After the birthday party, we let her open up one gift. After the kids went down Jaymie and I had our Christmas gift exchange – highlighted by a wireless keyboard (for me, using right now), a new pair of shoes (for me), a bunch of clothes and some boots for Jaym. We then had the joy of helping Santa and assembling the trampoline and MIcah’s walker.

Somewhat disappointingly, Avery scoped out the gifts before she came and woke us up:
“Mommy, out there in the toy room! A bouncy thing and clothes!” It was fun to then trail her as she excitedly got us out of bed to show off these things. We helped her understand that Santa had come and read his Christmas letter. Micah got up about 30 minutes later and was jacked about the walker. But mostly he just wanted to gnaw on the “puffs” that were in his stocking. Later, we showed her the leftover carrots from Rudolph outside.

We enjoyed the day – the kids played with their toys. We had a lot to do to get ready to host Mike and his family as well as prepare for traveling to Fort Wayne on Saturday (Christmas Eve). They arrived around 4:30 and we caught up and had some Godfather’s pizza, a delicacy in their White House. Avery had a great time especially with Tim and Matt. So much so that the next morning the first thing out of her mouth was “Mom, where are my cousins?”

We eventually matriculated to Ft. Wayne on Christmas Eve, to join Dad, Sue, and all my siblings and their families. It was exciting to share the holiday with them, especially for Avery and Micah to hang out with their cousins. We look forward to this occurring at the Johnson Family Christmas’ ūüôā

Without belaboring all the gory details – a few funny items for the trip:
“Mom, how did Rudolph get in here?” (regarding Steve’s deer head hanging on the wall)
General craziness running around following her older cousins – including dancing to the talking wreath (formerly Grandma White’s), Frosty doll, and Rudolph doll.

Although Avery was disappointed to leave, I think she is relieved to be home and recharge her batteries a bit with some Mom time.

Monday Meals

I’m slacking on the blog, I know.¬† But, here’s another Monday Meals post:)

Monday:¬† Pasta–nothing special

Tuesday: Crock pot chicken taco chili: http://redsie05.blogspot.com/2010/10/ww-crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili.html

Wednesday: Skinny Zucchini Ziti-Crock Pot: http://www.skinnycrockpot.com/skinny-zucchini-ziti/#more-207

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday:  Santa Fe Chicken Salad: http://eclecticrecipes.com/sante-fe-chicken-salad

Saturday:¬† We’re having new friends over for dinner…any can’t-fail suggestions?


Sorry Bears fans.

I can’t but think of the story of David and this comment from Paul:

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)”

Monday Meals

Well, Monday Meals is back after a couple of weeks off.¬† We were in Iowa the week before Thanksgiving and last week, Tim was out of town most of the week.¬† I just scavenge when he’s gone:)

Monday: Everyone has been raving about this Cheesy Enchilada Casserole:  http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/10/cheesy-enchilada-casserole.html so I thought we would give it a try.  Thanks to Katie for the link!

Tuesday:  Crockpot Brown Sugar Chicken:  http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/08/crockpot-brown-sugar-chicken-recipe.html  I thought it looked interesting, and I hav all of the ingredients!

Wednesday:¬† Good ole fashioned grilled cheese and soup…something easy and light since I am heading to a Tastefully Simple party with samples galore!

Thursday:¬† Date Night!¬†We’ve¬†been married¬†4 years and we’re going to celebrate!¬† Sometimes it feels like 10 years, sometimes it feels like yesterday.¬† Cliche, but true.

Friday: Leftovers:)

We don’t have too much planned next weekend, which will be nice after 3 busy ones.¬† I need to catch up on Mom and Dad’s trip, our impromptu trek back to Iowa with them,¬† our wonderful Thanksgiving/Christmas with my family, Black Friday madness, and our fun-filled weekend last weekend (which included another date night!¬† Two in one week! and a trip to the zoo and a cookie exchange party!)¬†¬† Now to get my grocery list ready and brave the rain with the babies….

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