monday menu + goals {do, read, learn, be} for March 11

We had a good, slow weekend at home, thanks to a round of pink eye that hit both of the boys on Friday afternoon. Pink eye may be the best sickness yet- it makes you all stay home and the kids can still play normally! :)

The kiddos stayed outside almost all of Saturday and Sunday thanks to the awesome weather we had, which made me be able to take a very long nap each day, and even have time to sit down and relax after we worked around the house on Saturday morning:

That little cup of afternoon coffee gave me enough energy to go rake leaves and clean up the yard until dark. We had to run to the store for yard supplies and I couldn't help but laugh and take a picture when my husband pulled into this reserved spot:

Hey, there are benefits to being pregnant! :D

I've been planning menus for the family for the last two weeks but I am finding over and over that I still cannot bring myself to eat a full meal at dinner time. My body totally rejects the idea- I snack, eat chicken or fish for dinner, and then I'll eat a grapefruit or banana for dessert.

Sometimes I can manage to eat veggies with my chicken,  but I almost never eat what the rest of the family eats. And I still can't eat salad at night. I told Rob if I had any cravings right now, I would so indulge myself because I want to want to eat something again! I don't even desire sugar. I mean who is this girl these days??? I don't know her!

frosted mini wheats {kids} AHEM: note to self: only eat these if within a few hours you desire to feel 9 months preggo when you are 4.5, or 4.5 months preggo when you are not preggo at all...
greek yogurt + fruit

sandwiches {kids} + "veggie" chips {lol} or honey wheat pretzels
quesadillas {kids}
tomato basil soup {me}
tunafish {me}
chicken and veggies {me} with buffalo sauce :P
egg white omelet topped with feta cheese {me}

baked potatoes + beans
pinto beans + rice
chicken pot pie {the one thing that does sound decent right now!}
spaghetti + salad + breadsticks
french bread pizza for family night
chicken + steamed broccoli {me}
steamed cod {me}

oranges, grapefruits, greek yogurt, kiwis, cantaloupe, carrots, raisins, pb crackers, frozen bananas

Here are my goals for this week:

this week:
1. Paint a mirror and a frame.
2. Find machine quilting plans for baby blanket.
3. Keep a food journal {I'm curious to see how much more junk I'm eating now that I don't feel good again}.
4. Return items to mall store and mail packages.
5. Defrost the freezer.

1. Wash my hair. Today. {This needs a goal spot so I can cross it off. That's how bad it is.}
2. Study chorey and teach BODYCOMBAT this afternoon.
3. Pay water bill.
4. Cut up and freeze bananas for ice cream.
5. Bake potatoes in oven/foil for dinner tonight.

7 days of readings in my one year Bible
The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller {short book I downloaded to my phone for .99!}

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O LORD;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:11-12 ESV

grateful- I'm reading in Numbers right now about the Israelites- how much they grumbled wishing for the easier days, and how much God hated hearing their complaints. I don't want to be like that, even when things aren't going well for me, and I'm praying God will help me not to grumble, even {or especially} to Him.

I'm hoping to give you a good report back next week on all I got done. ;) We'll hope it all goes well!

How often have you or your family had pink eye? Do you treat it at home at first or go to the doctor right away?
The kids have never had it before now, but I have once. Theirs is almost completely gone already {yay!}, so hopefully it won't come back and need more treatment. When I had it, it was a couple of days after I had been at the hospital and had Avalie. I had to get antibiotics, and it lasted for 10 days and I had a newborn to take care of. It was awful.

Do you like doing yard work? What's your favorite outdoor chore?
I like it a lot! Mostly pruning branches and raking leaves- I used to like to push mow before I was married, but I've not been allowed to touch a mower since I was married 10 years ago. :) That or drive while in the car with my husband. :D

Favorite dinner on the menu this week? Or one big goal you want to complete?
Chicken pot pie. I might actually eat that one!


  1. Hope you get to feeling "noraml" soon, or whatever "normal" feels like, ha! I long for nice weather, we are supposed to get snow tomorrow again! But once the sun hits we love playing outside! Enjoy your Monday!

    1. Oh thank you Kate!! I hope it gets sunny where you are soon!! :)

  2. I have mini chicken pot pies on the menu for tomorrow night. We are cooking a chicken tonight, and since my daughter doesn't like meat of any kind, the husband and I will have plenty of leftovers. This is my first week of meal planning, and I'm starting off with dinners only. I'm sure once I get into the swing of it all I will add breakfast and lunches. I do daycare so it would be incredibly helpful to have every meal planned out.

    I LOVE to work outside. Mowing the lawn and planting flowers/garden is my favorite.

    Happy Monday to you and your family!

    1. Happy Monday to you too girlie!! Those mini pot pies sound awesome!! Do you have a recipe you would share? I love the crust mostly and little pies sound amazing!! :)

    2. I didn't get around to it yet, since we had family it town and ended up eating out one night. It always seems to happen that way. I've given meal planning a try a few times now, and each time we've had family in town so our meals never happen as planned... such is life I guess :) I am trying out the recipe tonight and then I will link you to the recipe on my blog and let you know how it turns out. I'm hoping it is as great as it sounds.
      Have a wonderful day!

  3. Happy Monday to you too girlie!! Those mini pot pies sound awesome!! Do you have a recipe you would share? I love the crust mostly and little pies sound amazing!! :)

  4. We were outdoors this weekend too, the weather was so nice. It's a bit cold and dreary now though. I love playing in the dirt! I'm looking so forward to getting out and planting in the Spring. We have a pretty good size garden and lots of flowers and fruit trees.
    One of my goals for the week was to make a St Patty's day wreath for the door just for fun with the kids but my 8 yr old has a stomach virus and I didn't get my supplies today so it may turn into a "spring" wreath.
    I feel so bad for you that you don't really feel like eating much. I love to eat and enjoy food so much, it just bums me out when I can't eat:0)
    I hope you have a great week!!

    1. Oh, I hope your little one gets better and it doesn't spread! I want to see a pic of your wreath when you get it done! Are you on Facebook? You could post it to the {bh} page for everyone to see! :DDD I hope you have a great week too girlie!!! :D

  5. We just had a bout of Pink Eye this past week too. I never take the kiddos to the doctor for it anymore unless I need more eye drops to treat it. This time we caught it really early and it never spread to the other eye (or anyone else in the family).

    1. Oh thank goodness!! I'm thinking might worth a dr. trip just to get some of those for our cabinet, lol! :) I'm so glad it went away quickly at your house too!

  6. Happy Monday Mandy!! We also had a bout of Pink Eye couple weeks ago all bye bye now thank God!! We were outside most of weekend as well fun Spring stuff :) Have a Great week!!

    1. Oh so glad it's gone at your house! Yay for spring! Bring it, good weather! :P Hope you have an awesome week!

  7. Oh, do I remember pink eye and other crazy ailments, when my boys were young! We were outside a little while, this weekend, but there is still a lot of snow on the ground. About eating: Just eat what you can keep down. I'm sure you will make sure it is healthy! Blessings and love! ~Cynthia

    1. Thank you for the sweet encouragement! I'm hoping that's the case, LOL! :D I'm so impressed y'all still have snow! Ours lasts 24 hours and it's back to spring weather, even in December. Crazy Texas! :D

  8. Will you share the link or recipe for french bread pizza? Sounds wonderful! Love, love, love the blog, btw!

    1. Thank you!! :D I don't have a recipe yet- but I should post one! Hopefully I can do that soon- but in the meantime, it's a loaf of french bread topped with spaghetti or pizza sauce, mozzarella, a meat, and sprinkled with italian seasonings. It's so easy, and so much bigger/cheaper than the frozen version. We LOVE it! :D

  9. Hi Mandy. Thanks so much for your blog. I look forward to reading your thoughs when I log into my email :) Such an inspiration. Question for you, How do you feel about consuming caffine while prego? Also, paintin while prego? I ask because I'd like to do both but am a little scared of it while prego.

  10. Hi! I know this is really old, but I just thought I would let you know that you can use breastmilk and drop it in the affected eyes. :-) I trained as a midwife and this is what we recommended.


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