Monday, October 12, 2009

Wow. I needed a weekend like that. It was the epitome of relaxing and I hadn't had one like it in faaarrr too long. I'm talkin' years.

Friday evening Camden and I bundled up for a quick run, while J and the big kids played soccer in the back yard. We then enjoyed ravioli lasagna, garlic bread, and cupcakes, followed by a much needed bath. For the kids, that is. The rest of the evening was spent in Elijah's room where J and the kids played, wrestled, and read, and I organized the little man's closet. Organization and quality family time = multitasking at its finest!

According to Coach Nate (or "soccer teacher" as Addi likes to call him) Addison was the "star" of her soccer game on Saturday. His words, not mine. She earned her title, not by goals or touches, but rather by hustle. Strangely enough, the biggest challenge for her little team is having enough girls that want to play. Most prefer to sit on the sidelines, talk, and drink water bottles. We've encouraged Addi these last couple of weeks to take advantage of the opportunity to play and to volunteer when Coach Nate asks for players. And that she did! She was the only one that played the ENTIRE time on Saturday. Bless her heart, the poor girl was so tired, but she kept on hustling...and smiling the whole game.

The kids and I had lunch and much needed naps after soccer, while J watched the ISU football game with his dad. We had Subway for dinner and then continued our closet organization project tackling J's first, then mine. In my opinion, there are few things better than a nicely organized closet!

Yesterday was one of my favorite fall/winter traditions...church, followed by chili at my parent's house. The rest of our day was spent relaxing, cleaning, playing, and organizing. J even made us a French toast dinner last night.

I love, love, love relaxing yet productive weekends!

It's a good thing we're all feeling so relaxed because today begins another busy week...volleyball, preschool teacher luncheon, work at the hospital, J's parent/teacher conferences, gymnastics, Little Cherubs, an ISU football game, and hopefully family pictures with Allison. The question is...will I have time to blog in between all the business?!? Stay tuned...

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And because I love a good dinner idea, I'll share what's on the menu here tonight.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

12 oz frozen meatballs (I usually thaw them)
1 package frozen stir fry veggies (I use fresh)
1/4 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup Catalina dressing (or French)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Rice

Combine all ingredients in skillet.
Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes until veggies are cooked through.
Serve over rice.

Ridiculously easy, no? What's for dinner at your house?

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