Monday, October 28, 2013

2013 weekly menu: week 44

i wanted to do a post today that said - who cares what we're eating this week as long as the five of us are eating together. but that's not true.  in fact this week is all about good family meals.

weekend eats:
saturday: 2nd grade parent social - the theme was food that comes in pairs (i brought milk and cookies)
sunday: chinese food

making this week:
monday: corn chowder and turkey paninis
tuesday: chicken tostadas
wednesday: crispy fish with lemon dill sauce, green beans, oven roasted potatoes
thursday: candy or pizza
friday: eat out - jordan has a h2o polo tournament

we are all smiles and enjoying having bobby back home.  he was thrown into a busy weekend and picked up right where he left off.  and what a great week for him to be home with 2 water polo games and a tournament, a family birthday party this weekend and the kids' halloween carnival on thursday.  life is full and busy and perfect.

hope your weekend was a happy one!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

our weekend in photos

just a typical weekend for us.

friday, jordan and the jv water polo team had a game at harvard westlake.  the jv team did not fare well but varsity won their match.  it was amazing to see jordan in the stands with his teammates, cheering them on and then celebrating their victory with a t-shirt rally.

he went straight from the game to notre dame for the last home football game of the season.  it's been so fun going to high school football games and cheering the knights as they win, and lose.  but what makes it even more exciting is watching the band take the field at halftime.  they play good music and put on a show.

this has been such a great experience for him.  he has met so many friends and has been able to share something that he is truly passionate about.  he has been challenged and is taking his commitment very seriously.  he is already looking forward to next year and being a solid member of the drumline.  keeping my fingers crossed that his audition goes well.

one of my favorite things at the home games is to listen to the drumline practice before the game.  they really get everyone pumped up and excited.

in the past i have helped serve snack for the band, sold notre dame merchandise, and worked the snack bar for the athletic boosters.  it's a great way to experience the community at notre dame.  the high school kids standing around socializing and not paying attention to the game - fascinating.  the snack stand is hectic and fast, but you get to meet a lot of parents and students.

for the last game i sat in the stands and enjoyed the game with andrew and sofia - who would rather be any place else - and the band boosters.  we ate pretzels and subway and tried our hand at the 50/50 raffle.  glad i was able to do that one last time.  our home season was short with only 4 home games. but hopefully the team makes the playoffs and we will get a few more games in our stadium.

saturday, yes saturday, we got up bright and early to get jordan to notre dame by 6am.  the band left for their review in riverside.  i decided not to go this weekend with them. jordan texted me after the award ceremony to tell me the band won first place.  that is a huge accomplishment now that they are in a very competitive division.  check out the video.

so proud of their hard work.  looking forward to seeing them compete this weekend in anaheim.

sunday we had breakfast at home and then church.  sofia went to a birthday party with friends and i spent the evening hanging out with "the girls" at the yardhouse.

candlelight, a bottle of wine, and the slowest service ever!  but we had such a blast laughing and sharing stories. and we are making some fun plans together.

we have a few more hectic weekends ahead with a water polo tournament, more parades, birthday parties and school dances.  but with two of us sharing the load it will be easier.  i can't wait for that!

Monday, October 21, 2013

2013 weekly menu: week 43

hummus and sauvignon blanc from yardhouse.
i am struggling a bit these days trying to stay on menu.  finding ourselves eating out a lot more than i would like.  our family dinners aren't the same when the whole family is not together.  that will all change soon with bobby coming home and the end of water polo and football season in sight.

i try to be practical and use what we have on hand to make dinner easy. but sometimes easy is ordering out.  especially when it's just 3 of us.  i know we'll get back to the kind of dinners we love soon.

weekend eats:
saturday: chinese food
sunday: seared ahi salad from yardhouse

making this week:
monday: bbq pork chops, potatoes and green beans
tuesday: chicken tostadas
wednesday: sweet potato ravioli, salad
thursday: pizza
friday: football fare

have a great week.

Monday, October 14, 2013

2013 weekly menu: week 42

we had to prematurely cut a few branches from our persimmon tree because they were hanging over into the neighbors yard.  i filled 3 big bags with fruit that i hope will still ripen. not sure what i will do with all of the fruit.  cookies, bread and jam maybe?

weekend eats:
saturday: sushi and chinese food with my in-laws
sunday: leftovers

making this week:
monday: blt and tomato soup
tuesday: spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread
wednesday: entomatadas, rice
thursday: bbq salmon, mashed potatoes, green beans
friday: anything but hot dogs and nachos

well we survived the week. i can't even explain how tired we all are. taking today to make a huge to-do list.  prepping for another fun,  but not so exhausting, week.

wishing you a great week too!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

around here: october

finally getting a post on here during the week.  i think about writing, i want to write but i sit down at the computer and can't start, or get distracted by email, or really never have the time to sit down at the computer.

lots of catching up on photos and stories.  there are so many lost or forgotten by now.  but here's what's happening around here.

this is jordan's water polo game day uniform.  i love seeing him dressed up like this.  the team may not be doing that well but they look sharp. (side note: jordan scored his first goal, and the only goal of the game, yesterday. so proud of him.)

working my way through this six pack.  got a mixed pack at trader joe's and finding what i like.  so far the pumpkick is the best but i'm only half way through.

here's jord's other uniform - his away game band uniform.  that's him right in the middle.  the game was at chaminade on friday and what a nail biter. it ended in a field goal attempt with controversy.  no comment since i think some a few chaminade moms read my blog, but it was really disappointing.

in jordan's free time he plays drums in a band.  they played on saturday at a music store.  in the end they were disappointed with their performance but it was a learning experience for everyone.  can't wait to see them perform again and rock it.

trying really hard to get started on this book.  i've been carrying it around with me for a month and am on page 3.  good so far...

oops, i neglected the garden too.  and found crazy, overgrown zucchini!

saw this on the sidewalk by notre dame.  love!

here's some of my chalkboard art for school's pto drive.  love the ease of the boards and that we can use them over and over for other fundraisers and events.  it will be a shame to erase this though.

the pigs are in the house.  forgot all about this game until unlce jessie and gaby brought it over.  we are having fun teaching the kids how to play.

somebody had a birthday. and somebody loves teen beach movie.

someone else is constantly building legos...and leaving them all over the house.

the countdown is on.  just a few more weeks and he'll be home and smothered with love.  he is on the biggest and hardest adventure of his career.  can't wait to see him.

if you add pumpkin to something, i will buy it.  i did not take a picture of the pumpkin spice english muffins, but they were good.

majestic buttes.

and to end, just an announcement that i am in second place in our fantasy football league.  i play the number one team this weekend.  tacocorp is going down! that's all.

working on another post for tomorrow but making no promises.  

thanks for reading.

Monday, October 7, 2013

2013 weekly menu: week 41

so yummy with a cup of tea. 
this may be the craziest week we'll have since bobby's been gone. no, really.

it starts today with sofia's birthday, spirit week at notre dame, homecoming game and dance, first parade for the nd band, working at the rose bowl swap meet, water polo game.  and then i talked to bobby and he said this is the craziest production week for him.  it's like we're together, but we're miles apart.

and we're gonna make it through this one too.

weekend eats:
saturday: hamburgers and salad after jordan's gig
sunday: pizza and salad

making this week:
monday: mac and cheese, chicken and salad, and birthday cake
tuesday: leftovers
wednesday: turkey burgers and fries - never got to this last week
thursday: chicken tacos, rice
friday: football fare - getting kind of sick of this but it's easy

happy birthday to my sweet sofia.  can't wait to celebrate with her.