Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Meal Deal: June 2017

Thurs 6/1: Navajo Tacos

Fri 6/2: Creamy Mater Tortellini Soup & Bread

Sat 6/3:  Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicky Wings & Salad

Sun 6/4: NEW! Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicky & Taters

Mon 6/5: Pizza Bagels (CPC)

Tues 6/6: McD's (CPC)

Wed 6/7: Fancy Mac 'n Cheese (CPC)

Thurs 6/8: Enchiladas & Refried Beans (Small Group)

Fri 6/9: Breakfast for Dinner (The Bridge Ladies' Night)

Sat 6/10: Eat Out!

Sun 6/11: Montreal Steaks & Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Taters

Mon 6/12: Slow Cooker Creamy Chicky Noodle Soup

Tues 6/13: Cheeseburger Wraps & Fries

Wed 6/14: Chicky Taquitos

Thurs 6/15:  Creamy Baked Asiago Chicky, Pasta & Salad

Fri 6/16: Camping!

Sat 6/17: Camping!

Sun 6/18: Pizza (Father's Day)

Mon 6/19: Chicky Parmesan & Pasta

Tues 6/20: Grilled Cheeses (Rents in town)

Wed 6/21: Grandma's Meatloaf, Mashed Taters (Rents in town)

Thurs 6/22: NEW! Slow Cooker Terryaki Chicky & Rice Wraps (Small Group / Rents in town)

Fri 6/23: Slow Cooker French Dips (Rents in town)

Sat 6/24: Date Night! (Rents in town)

Sun 6/25: Burgers & Fries (Rents in town)

Mon 6/26: Grilled Monterey Chicky, CotC (Rents in town)

Tues 6/27: Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas (Rents in town)

Wed 6/28: Leftovers

Thurs 6/29: Stromboli

Fri 6/30: Pizza!

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Meal Deal: May 2017

Mon 5/1: Breakfast for Dinner

Tues 5/2: Lasagna Soup &  Daddy's Birthday Dinner!!!

Wed 5/3: Tacos w/ Wade's CPC

Thurs 5/4: Mac & Cheese w/ Broccoli, CPC

Fri 5/5: NEW! Baked Honey Lime Taquitos  & Refried Beans d(Dessert w/ Brennan & Fam)

Sat 5/6: NEW! Garlic Stuffed Pork Chops & Mashed Taters

Sun 5/7: Grilled Cheese Sammies, CPC

Mon 5/8: Spaghetti, CPC

Tues 5/9: Eat Out, CPC

Wed 5/10: Deep Dish Pizza (Bring one to Dunn's) CPC

Thurs 5/11: Sloppy J's
    Fri 5/12: Grilled Monterey Chicky & Baked Taters
      Sat 5/13: Pizza!

      Sun 5/14: Mississippi Pot Roast, Taters & Carrots (Mother's Day!)

      Mon 5/15: Grandma's Sausage, Taters & Green Beans, CPC

      Tues 5/16: Eat Out, CPC

      Wed 5/17: Grandma's Chicky Macaretti, CPC

      Thurs 5/18: Pizza Bagels, CPC

      Fri 5/19: Grilled Honey BBQ Bacon Chicky Kabobs

      Sat 5/20: Eat Out!

      Sun 5/21: Cheeseburger Wraps & Fries

      Mon 5/22: Salad

      Tues 5/23: Costco Rotisserie Chicky & Twice Baked Tater Casserole

      Wed 5/24: Burgers & Tater Fries

      Thurs 5/25: Pizza Sliders

      Fri 5/26: Chicky Parmesan & Pasta

      Sat 5/27: Papa Murphy's (Date Night!)

      Sun 5/28: Leftovers

      Mon 5/29: Quesadillas

      Tues 5/30: Eat Out

      Wed 5/31: Stromboli

      Tuesday, April 25, 2017

      Anger Issues

      So Trey and I have been journaling goals in the coolest goal planner that Trey gifted to us both for Christmas.  We've started bringing them to church Sunday mornings and including our convictions.  On the ride home Sunday, Trey volunteered that his conviction this week was to begin praying for his anger towards the kids when they act out in age-appropriate ways and more specifically that he would lower his expectations of the kids' behavior.  I have to admit I was a bit surprised because this guy is a gentle spirit and, in my eyes, does not have an anger issue relating to our children or any other avenue of his life.  But alas, good wifey agrees.

      This morning, I wake up in a tizzy at 6:30 because JASE SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT (read: I SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT)!!!  No, this does not happen.  Yes, I still get up and nurse him.  No, I did not sleep train this child like the others.  Yes, the rules do not apply to the third child.  ;)  Since chaos has not yet begun, I sit in the rocker to nurse Jase.  This is where I do all my serious praying.  This is probably why I've yet to sleep train said child.  Seriously, most of my heartfelt prayers go up around 3am when I steal 15min to myself in that rocker to just breathe and think in quiet.

      I begin to pray that hubs would be less angry with the kids.  Let me just pause here and say it's slightly awkward to be praying for my person's sins.  He knows me better than anyone and honing in on one of his issues feels a lot like pointing out the speck in his eye and neglecting the plank he sees in mine daily.  Anyway, I start in with that prayer and immediately the scripture comes to me "in your anger, do not sin."  Now I'm totally not one of those that can quote scripture, but I recognize it as such and start to think about it.  Pretty sure mid thought I was interrupted by some form of "MOM!!!!  I POOP-DID!!!" and let it be for now.

      I went about my business feeding lots of little people and getting B on the bus.  Then we headed to MOPS.  Can I just say, I heart MOPS!  My 2hr break to enjoy the most delectable kid-free breakfast with lots of other lovely mommas.  I hear it again, "in your anger, do not sin," so I take a moment to pull up that scripture on my phone.  Turns out it's Ephesians 4:26.  Cool, learned something!  Back to the casseroles!

      Get home and chaos ensues once more; this time because little man skipped his morning nap, its lunchtime, and Jaxon lives here.  Feed little people again.  Feeling particularly out of control with the missed nap, so I start frantically cleaning.  Obviously if my kitchen counters were ever clear, I would have more control of my life and mother more effectively.  I did tell you about that plank in my eye, yes?  I never do this, but I decide to light my favorite candle...the one that's ONLY sold at Christmastime so I hoard a dozen of them in my cart and spend an embarrassing figure to ensure I can breathe in that scent all year long (yes, I'm referencing Bath & Body's Champagne Toast), but I digress.  Anywho, so truly the only time I light candles is occasionally at the 4:30 hour.  Where my stay at home moms at?  Y'all know what I'm talking about.  The particularly rough days you decide to pull it together, throw on some blush and possibly (possibly) real pants before that glorious garage door sounds!  However, it's not 4:30 and I just, well, felt like lighting a candle.  I remember hubs said the lighter was out of juice, so I start digging in the junk drawer for matches.  Seriously, this is already way more effort than I would ever normally exert, but I really feel the need to light that candle.  A ha!  I find some matches.  These matches:



      That's right, I cannot escape these words.  He speaks.  Now that I have time to sit and reflect, I think I get it.  Some of you know we're Dave Ramsey enthusiasts.  Dave makes the claim that money is not inherently good or evil; it is amoral.  It can be used for good or evil; it's what you do with it.  I think the same is true for anger.  In your anger, do not sin.  We are going to get angry.  Jase will get into every single cabinet I leave open for 2.57 seconds every. single. time.  Jax will get poop-did all over the seat even though we've shown him a million times how to mount a toilet like a proper human being, rather than a monkey.  Brynn will leave reams and reams of half colored slivers of paper all over the house.  We are going to get angry.  That's biblical.  Jesus even got angry.  What I realized today is that anger, manifested in the right way, is a good thing.  It serves as an excellent motivator to sow and teach.  It can be a powerful teaching tool.  Anger can spur needed change.  The hot bubbling feeling that rises up inside of me making me want to explode can actually be used to gently rebuke, teach or correct a child/friend/spouse/whoever if used in the right way.

      So I suppose today I've decided to cease praying that the hubs (and myself) would no longer get angry, but rather that we would pause long enough to allow time to digest and use that powerful tool to respond in a way that spreads love and gentleness. ❤️



      [ME: Jaxon PARKER!  Why is Jase crying?!  JAX: cuz he just got dunked on.]

      Monday, April 3, 2017

      The Meal Deal: April 2017

      Sat 4/1: Leftovers

      Sun 4/2: Infamous Raney French Bread French Toast

      Mon 4/3: Firecracker Chicky & White Rice

      Tues 4/4: NEW! Baked Chicky Chimi's

      Wed 4/5: Chicky Parmesan Crescent Rolls

      Thurs 4/6: Pulled Pork Small Group Potluck here!

      Fri 4/7: Creamy Italian Sausage Chili & Cinnamon Rolls

      Sat 4/8: Pappa's in the House

      Sun 4/9: NEW! BBQ Ribs

      Mon 4/10: Garlic Honey Ginger Steelhead, Rice & Broccoli

      Tues 4/11: NEW! Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup (clean plate club)

      Wed 4/12: Brynn's Pizza Bagels (clean plate club)

      Thurs 4/13: Tacos (Small Group)

      Fri 4/14: Deep Dish Pizza (bring one to Stedford's)

      Sat 4/15: Eat Out!

      Sun 4/16: Brown Sugar Ham, Mashed Taters & Cream Corn (Easter)

      Mon 4/17: NEW! Crock Pot Italian Chicky & Pasta

      Tues 4/18: Burgers & Fries

      Wed 4/19: Coconut Chicky & Sweet Chili Sauce

      Thus 4/20: BBQ Chicky Taquitos

      Fri 4/21: Costco Pizza & Asian Cashew Salad

      Sat 4/22: NEW! Cheesesteak Sammies

      Sun 4/23: Pasta Miasta

      Mon 4/24: Grilled Honey BBQ Bacon Chicky Kabobs

      Tues 4/25: Parmesan Crusted Chicky in Cream Sauce

      Wed 4/26: Stromboli

      Thurs 4/27: NEW! Slow Cooker Chicky Fajitas

      Fri 4/28: Slow Cooker Honey Pork Roast

      Sat 4/29: The Bridge BBQ Smoking Course & Dinner

      Sun 4/30: Crispy Buffalo Chicky Fingers

      Tuesday, February 28, 2017

      The Meal Deal: March 2017

      Wed 3/1: Deep Dish Pizza (bring one to Smith's)

      Thurs 3/2: Spaghetti (Small Group)

      Friday 3/3:  Eat Out

      Sat 3/4: Port Orchard w/ Raney Seniors

      Sun 3/5: Port Orchard w/ Raney Seniors

      Mon 3/6: Sloppy Joes (Swim Lessons/Raney Seniors in town)

      Tues 3/7: Lasagna Soup

      Wed 3/8: Grilled Chicky Salads

      Thurs 3/9: Garlic Chicky Bowtie Pasta

      Fri 3/10: Breakfast!

      Sat 3/11: Chicky Parmesan & Pasta

      Sun 3/12: Giombatta

      Mon 3/13: Papa's in the House! (countertop install)

      Tues 3/14: Brynn's Pizza Bagels (clean plate club)

      Wed 3/15: Chicky Caesar Salads

      Thurs 3/16: Tacos (Small Group)

      Fri 3/17:Burgers & Fries

      Sat 3/18: Chicky Taquitos

      Sun 3/19: Pasta Miasta

      Mon 3/20: Beef Stew

      Tues 3/21: Firecracker Chicky & White Rice

      Wed 3/22: Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

      Thurs 3/23: Costco Pizza & Asian Cashew Salad

      Fri 3/24: Grilled Honey BBQ Bacon Chicky Kabobs

      Sat 3/25: Parmesan Crusted Chicky in Cream Sauce

      Sun 3/26: Stromboli

      Mon 3/27: NEW! Slow Cooker Chicky Fajitas

      Tues 3/28: Grilled Chicky Salads

      Wed 3/29: Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

      Thurs 3/30: Million Dollar Spaghetti



      Fri 3/31: Pizza

      Monday, February 13, 2017

      The Meal Deal: February 2017

      Wed 2/1: Glazed Lemon Honey Garlic Chicky

      Thurs 2/2: Chicky Taquitos (Small Group)

      Friday 2/3:  Eat Out (P/Up rents at airport)

      Sat 2/4: Pizza (Rents in town)

      Sun 2/5: P.F. Chang's Chicky Lettuce Wraps (Rents in town/no Trey)

      Mon 2/6: Freezer Lasagna (Rents in town/no Trey)

      Tues 2/7: NEW! Ham & Cheese Pockets w/ stromboli ingredients (Rents in town/no Trey)

      Wed 2/8: Leftovers (Rents in town/no Trey)

      Thurs 2/9: Ham & Cheese Sliders (Rents in town/no Trey)

      Fri 2/10: Bend Trip (Rents in town)

      Sat 2/11: Bend Trip (Rents in town)

      Sun 2/12: Mom's Pork Chops

      Mon 2/13: Brynn's Pizza Bagels

      Tues 2/14: Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Tater Soup

      Wed 2/15: Chicky Caesar Salads

      Thurs 2/16: Tacos (Small Group)

      Fri 2/17: Burgers & Fries

      Sat 2/18: Papa's in the House (Kiddos & Daddy)

      Sun 2/19: Pasta Miasta

      Mon 2/20: Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

      Tues 2/21: Firecracker Chicky & White Rice

      Wed 2/22: Enchiladas

      Thurs 2/23: Costco Pizza & Asian Cashew Salad

      Fri 2/24: NEW! BBQ Chicky & Bacon Taquitos

      Sat 2/25: Coconut Chicky w/ Sweet Chili Sauce

      Sun 2/26: Stromboli

      Mon 2/27: Slow Cooker French Dips

      Tues 2/28: Grilled Chicky Salads

      Sunday, January 8, 2017

      A Bunch of Blue Eggs



      We are in the early stages of teaching Jaxon to pray.  We break up the prayer into short, repeat-after-me snippets.

      Us: Dear Jesus
      Jax: Dear Jesus
      Us: Thank you for my family
      Jax: Fank you for my fam-a-we
      ...

      I could listen to that precious chubby cheek 3yr old voice all day long.  Anyway, tonight's was worth documenting.  We usually wrap up their prayers by praying for their future family.

      My repeat-after-me snippet: "Please give me a sweet wife."
      Jaxon pauses to think about this one.  After some time, he prays: "Pweese bring me a bunch of blue eggs.  Amen!"

      We exchange about a million snuggles, Ba-Boo Million Billion Blues (Jaxon's first pronunciation "Ba-Boo" of "love you" stuck) and then I leave him for the night.

      I'm still laughing when I enter Brynn's room to kiss her goodnight.  I explain Jaxon's prayer to Brynn.  She's pensive and responds, "Mommy, babies don't really come from eggs, do they?"

      Now I'm thoroughly giggling because my sweet baby girl speaks Jaxon more fluently than anyone on the planet and she made the connection I neglected to see.  If Brynn is correct, "Pweese bring me a bunch of blue eggs" is Jaxon speak for "please bring me a bunch of sons!"  Apparently, he'd like to just bypass the wife part...and the daughters!