all you can eat cantaloupe, fortune cookies, and lazy weekends

So remember how I asked you on Thursday what I should do without kids at home? :D Well, somehow I must have found a way to fill up the days. :P Most of my free time last week was spent sleeping, eating, reading, and dating. :D And barely exercising. :D Hey, it was a spring break for mama too! {thank you, mom, for keeping the kids!! :D}

I didn't touch our sink full of dishes for two whole days, and didn't fold an ounce of the piled up laundry until Saturday afternoon before the kids came home. :)

On Friday afternoon, we went to three World Market stores looking for a clearance shelf for the pantry. We didn't end up buying one, but I did find this adorable little guy for $12.99! {and I even had a 10% coupon on top of that! yay!}

I so need a name.
We have a routine ultrasound coming up on Wednesday this week, and I'm pretty sure this baby will break all the percentile barriers after I loaded him up with lots and lots of food in the past few days! ;) The hunger is taking over any and all healthy eating willpower about every other day now. :D 

I mean really, what girl eats at a Chinese food buffet and starts with three plates?? 

{And a ridiculously sized water?!? I like how the camera angle makes all of my plates {lol} look tiny and my water look enormous.}

So, did you want to know the trick to avoiding that overstuffed feeling at a Chinese buffet? Stick with California sushi rolls {no raw for me} and fruit so you can eat plate after plate of yummy cantaloupe and honeydew. :) I ate a little of that chicken in the middle and on the right and then realized I would never make it to the second round unless I stayed with the lighter stuff. That's frugality at work right there- I always try to eat the highest number of pounds per dollar I spend. ;)

I ate until I was happy {not stuffed thanks to strategic buffeting, hey!}, and then was really impressed by my fortune cookie:

I thought of how true that really is- how we are called to love and stay the truth, but extend grace to those who are lost in error... being careful that we don't fall in the same way:
17But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18Theyf said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22And have mercy on those who doubt; 23save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garmentgstained by the flesh. ::: Jude
Isn't it so exciting when a Chinese fortune cookie makes you think of Scripture? :)

I anxiously waited for Rob to open his {he was much more stuffed, and took his time getting to it}, wondering what bit of wisdom was lying inside his cookie...

Here's what it said:
And....there you go. 

Apparently it contained such great wisdom that it was completely over our heads, so if you happen to grasp the underlying proverb behind this one, please let us know... :)

Later the same day, our little baby boy must have been even happier to gain another ounce or two after we went to a local fancy restaurant with a gift card we needed to use... 
And I even got dressed! In a dress! :D I pulled out my Easter outfit from last year since it would still go over my belly. :D I do believe my belly popped last week- I had at least five strangers ask me what I was having. :D 
The food was fabulous, and the sleep was even better, but I'm thankful the kiddos are back and life is getting back to normal! :D I had fun without them, but the house stayed a little too clean, you know? ;)
That and I think I ate so much food my ribs are hurting this weekend. I'm hoping that goes away with the return of my regular food rotation! {It seems a bit too early for sore ribs, doesn't it?} :)

I'm trying to hop back into goals and menus, and I'm hoping I can get at least one more long nap before life gets back to normal. :) Here's to a hopefully slow homeschooling day as we ease back into our routine post-spring break. :)

How was your weekend?

Do you feel happy when you get back into a routine after a break too?
Most of the time! I'm hoping since we didn't leave overnight last week, this one will be much easier on me. :)

Have you ever eaten Chinese food? Do you love it or not so much? 
I really like Asian food, but I usually only eat sushi and steamed rice- the other dishes are usually too heavy for me. I guess I would say I prefer non-breaded, non-fried, non-sugared versions with lots of veggies. I used to love sweet and sour chicken, so I couldn't resist trying it again at dinner last week! :D


Joya Towne said...

Sounds like you had a pretty fabulous time!! Glad you have all your babies back. We had a great, relaxing weekend of church and cooking for the week and just enjoying time with the boys.
I do like getting back into a routine after a break but I do love a break:0)
I love Chinese food but I ALWAYS eat too much so I stay away from it most of the time. I get kung pao tofu and it has lots of veggies and peanuts but I think I have to eat all of it and I try my hardest to do just that..
Hope you have a great week!!

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog... and seeing your photos! You and your hubby are the cutest couple ever! We start spring break on April 1st and we're flying to BOSTON!!! What was this Florida family THINKING going to Boston during spring break?? We're gonna FREEEEEZE!!!! Oh well... doing all the prep work for the trip this week, making packing lists, making notes for the house/dog sitter/making sure all laundry is done and put away so I dont come back to chores!
Oh well.. have a great week getting back in the swing of things with your kiddos home! Post pics of your adorable family often!

mrs.huffman said...

The irony...a Made in the USA label in a Chinese fortune cookie. :)

Mandy said...

oh, you're making me hungry- kung pao tofu sounds amazing!! :D so glad you had a lovely weekend, friend! :D I hope your week goes as well! :D

Mandy said...

Aww thank you Debi! Boston sounds like so much fun!! :D good job on trying to do all the laundry before you go! that's awesome! I hope you guys have a wonderful week of prep and an even better break! :D

Mandy said...

Isn't it so strange? LOL! I guess they pulled out random phrases, meaning or not? :D

Anonymous said...

We love Asian food. My DH has the motto of "less is more". He fixes one moderate sized plate and then goes for the ice cream. I pile my plate up with mostly sushi with lots of wasabi and shrimp and crab legs. Oh, and clams in the shell. Most likely will return to the buffet for more shrimp. I skip dessert. Usually throw in some marinated mushrooms and green beans.

Christa @ BrownSugarToast said...

Mmmm...I've never tried any type of sushi, but it looks super yummy! Glad you had a good time and lots of dating thrown in! Those are the BEST times!!! :)

A Proverbs 31 Wife said...

I love that! Eating the most pounds for your dollar! lol There is a Chinese place around here that you can eat lunch for $4.50 a person. That's crazy talk and you better believe I eat my $4.50 worth of food :)

mwimp said...

omgosh i LUV asian food, chinese, japanese, vietnamese. i luv it all. i dont care to go to buffets just because of the stomach surgery i had i still cant eat alot at one time so i feel like i never get my $10 worth - i know crazy, lol! i dont do raw sushi but at one of the area japanese restuarant they have an amazing roll called "Maverick" its tempura batter and fried so i know its not raw!
our w/e was filled with BSA pinewood derby, friends and a sleepover at our house, church and chores. altho we did fit a nap in there on sunday also, hehehe.
routines are my besties anymore, and that is alot coming from this former 'fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants' girl. but i never regained my pre-pregnancy brain from almost 8 yrs ago, LOL, so routines help me out tremendously.

here's a link to my table redo with the fabulous green:

also did u get the link i sent you about the floor paint? i'm ripping the carpet off my stairs this week and painting them this weekend - i'm so nervous!!

Anonymous said...

Made in the USA----means your baby is made in the USA? ;-D

Heather Pace said...

The owl looks like a Fred to me. He might be a George. I bet whatever his name, he's a hoot to be around! :-) I can't resist a good pun even if it is rather bad. Lol.

Mandy said...

oooh- I like your strategy- the real food! :D and wow to skipping dessert! you've got awesome willpower! :D

Mandy said...

oh, if you do let me know! I thought I wouldn't like it and ended up in serious love with it! :D

Mandy said...

WOW! $4.50?? That's incredible!!

Mandy said...

I did get your link- I thought I responded but it might have been in my head! LOL- Emily Clark is fabulous!! I almost begged my husband to let me paint after I saw that! :D don't forget to take pics for the blog!! :D

Tempura sushi sounds awesome!! And your table looks so cute! I love the sign too!! Great job girlie!

Mandy said...

That's what I was thinking! How did they KNOW???? lol!!!

Mandy said...

Hee hee! I like it!!! :D Someone on fb said hooo stole the cookie from the cookie jar!! I can't help myself when I think of one either! :D

JoyBelle said...

Chinese buffet is not really my thing. We have PF Chang's and Bo Ling's, though, which I do love. PF Chang's has the BEST Egg Drop Soup!!! We also have an authentic Vietnamese restaurant down the street from church. Oh my goodness the ladies that work there are amazing! I don't understand a lick of what they say but they smile so big you can't see their eyes and they pat your cheeks and make sure you're comfortable. Vietnamese food reminds me of Chinese food but is lighter, no sushi and not as much breaded stuff. Mostly stir fries and soups it seems. It's delicious!

Natasha said...

I'm not really one for Chinese food, or any Asian style food for that matter. However, I have been craving it with this little one. My husband is quite amazed, since I usually shoot him down when he mentions wanting Chinese. :) I never really had cravings with my other 3, either, so this is quite the change for me.