Monday, September 08, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: Sandwiches

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: BOGO Raising Cane's to go

Thursday: Me: Meeting @ Church Boys: Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

Friday: Cranberry Chicken, Swiss Potatoes, Zucchini, & Crescents 

Saturday Breakfast: Chiloso Breakfast Tacos (then flu clinic)

Saturday Lunch: Chili Cheese Dogs & Chips

Saturday Dinner: ???

Sunday Lunch: Sierra Turkey Sandwiches, Chips & Fruit

Sunday Dinner: Red Robin Birthday Burgers

Friday, September 05, 2014

a quick and easy lunch

**Disclosure: I have partnered with Hormel and their Pizza Ready Blogger Program.  I was provided samples of these products in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own though!!

When it comes to lunch at The Link Home, I like something quick and easy!!  When Hormel sent me their new line of ready made pizza ingredients I knew these would be the perfect lunch for me and my little man.  

These flatbreads make for a perfect little individual sized pizza.  Pearson was so excited to have a whole pizza to himself.  
There are four choices of ready made sauces, supreme, mini pepperoni, italian sausage, and three meat (not pictured). 
Product Description:
With Hormel Pizza Ready you can create convenient pizzas that start with a delicious flatbread and can be further personalized to everyone's individual taste.  Hormel Pizza Ready offers several meat sauces to choose from, including Mini Pepperoni, Three Meats, Italian Sausage and Supreme.  Hormel Pizza Ready makes it fun and easy for the whole family to come together and create a custom made pizza.

 I love that these pizzas are a perfect way for Pearson to help out in the kitchen.  
 He was so proud of his pizza masterpiece.  
 The best part about these little pizzas is that they only take about 5 minutes to cook.  Pearson ate every last bite of his pizza so I guarantee these will be on our lunch menu rotation from here on out!!
If you would like to try Hormel's new Pizza Ready products you can check them out at these local Albertson's.  

Garland, TX
5710 Broadway Blvd.

Murphy, TX
200 East FM 544

Plano, TX
1301 Custer Road

Rowlett, TX 
8505 Lakeview Pkwy

Wylie, TX 
921 Westgate Way

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

pearson's 1st day of 3K preschool

Today was Pearson's 1st Day of 3 Year Old Preschool.  
My little goofball was so confused that he was going back to his old school but his teachers weren't going to be Mrs. Elayne and Mrs. Teresa.  
We had such an amazing year at Learning Academy Preschool last year.  We are excited for another year of learning and fun with Mrs. Dawn and Mrs. Beth or as Pearson says, Mr. Dawn and Mr. Beth.  
I asked Pearson what he was excited to do at school and he said, "PLAY"!!
I was a little nervous about drop off today because he has had a hard time transitioning to his new class at church, but you can tell by this picture that he was very excited to be back at school.  
I prayed that he would be able to walk right in and feel like he was at home and let me drop him off with no tears.  God answered my prayers! He wouldn't even hold my hand on the way in.  He was Mr. Independent ready to go to school.  
His teachers helped him find his cubby to put his things away and get his name tag, then he gave me a big hug and kiss and he was off.  
My big boy got right to work on his table activity and just looked at the little boy that was crying like he was crazy! I just love that he feels so at home at his school.  I pray that he has a wonderful year with Mrs. Beth and Mrs. Dawn, that he builds lots of great friendships and learns lots of new things.  
And this post wouldn't be compete without a good ole comparison picture.  

Monday, September 01, 2014

labor day 2014

The past two years Pearson school has started the day after Labor Day, so Labor day does truly mark the end of summer and the beginning of fall for us.  I am beyond excited about school starting. I love my sweet boy but I am ready for some routine with our two days of school a week!!

We spent our last day of summer sleeping in and staying in bed (as best as we could with a babe that wakes up in the 5 o'clock), then we ran a few errands and ate lunch out.  After nap time we headed to my parents house for a delicious BBQ dinner.  My Dad smoked ribs and sausage on his new Big Green Egg that he got for Father's Day.
Nash loves Nonnie!!
It's been so fun having a baby that will smile so easily.  Pearson was such a serious little dude.  We could barely crack a smile out of him.  Nash is quite the opposite.  If you just look at him, he will smile!
 Nash favorite place to be is in his Johnny Jumper so we brought it over so he could get some "exercise".  Lolly & Pops doors are a little too high put a box underneath it so he could reach the ground!!
 Why is it that food at your parent's house always taste so much better than at your own house.  I just love going to my parent's house for dinner.  
Every single thing on our plate was absolutely delicious. I stuffed myself silly.  Good thing I can still eat a few extra calories a day since I'm nursing!!
 Even Pearson ate every single bite off of his plate.  
 I love these little munchkins and I'm glad we got to spend our last day of summer with all of my family.  
Happy Labor Day!!

meal planning monday

Monday Breakfast: Sausage & Cream Cheese Roll-Ups

Monday Dinner: BBQ @ My Parent's

Tuesday: Mississippi Roast, Potatoes & Carrots

Wednesday: Leftovers (on the go)

Thursday: Margarita Chicken, Cilantro Lime Rice & Black Bean Corn Salad

Friday: Parent's Night Out

Saturday Breakfast: Waffle Quiche

Saturday Lunch:  Boys: Chili Dogs Me: Baby Shower

Saturday Dinner: Stromboli

Sunday Lunch: Leftover Roast Beef Sandwiches & Chips

Sunday Dinner: September Birthday Celebration w/ My Family

Monday, August 25, 2014

that time i kinda quit blogging…...

My blog has been quite the bore lately.

For about a month it's just been bare bones around here…….
meal planning, #thelinkhomeeveryday2014, and Pearson & Nash's monthly posts.  

I have sat down a million times to try to catch up but it just hasn't happened.  I like to stay on top of my blog and stay up to date.  My blog is my version of scrapbooking our life so I get overwhelmed when I get behind.  I still have about 10 posts in my drafts and I hope to get to them up eventually but for now, I'm moving on.  I'm pretending like I am all caught up!!

So to give you a quick update as to what has been keeping me from blogging,
 I though I would give you…...

The Top 10 Reasons Why I Haven't Blogged

1.  Matt was sick for a full two weeks and I did the single mom thing.  Wow……talk about exhausting!!    
2.  While Matt was sick, I kinda sorta got addicted to watching Pretty Little Liars.  I was sooooo exhausted at the end of each day that I just plopped myself on the couch and watched an episode before heading to bed.
3.  Speaking of television……during the summer, Matt and I like to watch Big Brother.  That means three nights a week I get sucked into the couch to watch TV.
4.  Pearson has turned into a "Three-nager".  He has been giving me the biggest fits and has also decided he is too cool for naps.  I still make him rest in his bed, but for some reason I find it hard to do much when he's not actually asleep.
5.  Nash has decided he hates sleep.  He has a hard time going to bed, he wakes up multiple times in the night most nights, and has decided that wake-up time is now in the 5 o'clock hour. {yawn}
{pause……I hear Nash waking up from his nap}

Alrighty……add 45 minute naps to the list of crappy sleeping habits Nash is developing.

6. Because my children now hate sleep which makes me plum exhausted, I fill my down time with mindless activities such as Candy Crush.  Soooooooo stinking addicting, but such a time suck.
7. I've got too much going on…….between church activities,  MOPS stuff, being on a special committee for  church, playdates with friends, and Dallas Moms Blog stuff……we stay really busy!!  Maybe a little too busy. I need to start saying NO to some things.
8.  Almost all summer long we had two standing appointment.  Every Tuesday we had therapy for Nash and every Thursday we had a helmet appointment.  When you have two kids, it just takes one outing a day to really wear you out.
9.  When I could find some free time and I wasn't to exhausted, I did some couponing.  I managed to completely stock Nash up on Size 3 diapers and I got a good start to his Size 4 collection.  I also bought  enough baby food to last him for all of his baby food eatin' days.  Best part….I got it all for practically FREE!! I hope he likes Plum Organics!!
{This is just a fraction of what I got!!}
10.  I've been feeling like my blog isn't good enough.  It seems like so many blogs out there have perfect pictures with perfect writing,  a clever title with the perfect little pinnable image with text written on it.  I don't take perfect pictures, my writing isn't great at all and I don't have time to put text on all of my pictures so they are perfect for pinning.  I have to remind myself why I blog.  It's not to have hundreds of followers or really even to impress anybody.  I blog to record my family's memories so I need to just be me on my blog.
So there ya have it……the top 10 reason why I haven't blogged!

School starts on next Tuesday for Pearson and I'm really looking forward to getting back on a schedule.  Hopefully things will slow down a little for us!!

meal planning monday

Monday: Rigotoni D, French Bread, & Broccoli

Tuesday: Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, & Asparagus

Wednesday: Me: GNO Matt: Ravioli with Tomato Alfredo Sauce, Asparagus & Caprese Salad

Thursday: Me: Leftovers Matt: Cowboys Game

Friday: Sliders & Sweet Potato Fries

Saturday Breakfast: Hobo Pancakes

Saturday Lunch: Out after Jack's Party

Saturday Dinner: Cornbread Taco Casserole

Sunday Lunch: Chicken Salad Sandwiches & Chips

Sunday Dinner: Pizza

Friday, August 22, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: Dinner @ My Parent's

Tuesday: Meatloaf Meatballs, Mac N Cheese, & Broccoli

Wednesday: Matt: Guys Night Me: Sandwiches

Thursday: Eggs, Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Friday: Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti, Garlic Knots, & Caesar Salad

Saturday Breakfast: Hobo Pancakes & Bacon

Saturday Lunch: Chili Dogs & Chips

Saturday Dinner: Tacos, Rice & Beans

Sunday Lunch: Cafe Max Chicken Salad

Sunday Dinner: Pizza

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

nash {6 months}

Dear Sweet Nash-
A half a year already……how can this be?  We love you more and more each day.  Your sweet smile brightens up the room and your little giggle just melts our hearts every time.  You are the sweetest little chunky monkey I know and we wouldn't know what to do without you.  
You have always been such a great sleeper but this month that has all changed.  Your new wake up time is sometime between 5:30 and 6:30.  I try so hard to get you back to sleep before nursing you, but you are always wide awake and ready to go.  Some mornings you will fall back asleep after I nurse you  and sleep until 7 or 7:30 but most mornings you are ready for the day at 6:30. {yawn} I've tried putting you to bed earlier and later to see if that would help with you sleeping in a little later and nothing seems to work.  If I put you to bed earlier, around 6:45, you just wake up around 8 or 9pm needed help to go back to sleep.  If I keep you up until 8 or 9 it takes forever to get you to go to sleep.  We just can't figure you out this month.  Plus you are still being swaddled a night but you bust out of it al the time.  I would love to quit swaddling, but you can't roll over to sleep on your tummy yet, and you can fall asleep on your back without being swaddled.  Naps have also been a source or stress this month. Since your wake up times are so early, your naps have been off.  I never know if you sleep from 7-9am if that is your morning nap or if that is you going back to sleep.  While the times of your naps aren't all that consistent, I do know that you require 3 naps still…….a morning nap (around 2 hours), a mid-day nap (30 minutes, usually in the car), and an afternoon nap (1.5-2 hours long).  Sadly, I am still rocking you to sleep for all naps and bedtimes.  We are going to have to start crying it out soon because I'm tired of wasting so much time trying to get you to sleep.  It doesn't take long, but you need to learn how to fall asleep on your own.  
Since your sleeping has been so off, so had your eating.  There have been a few nights were I had to nurse you in the middle of the night.  Because you have been waking up so early and at a different time every day, our schedule really never looks the same.  This has been hard for me because I like to know what our day is going to look like!!  On a typical day lately I have been nursing you at 6:00, 9:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30.  You take the bottle like a champ now and when I give you a bottle I usually give you 6oz.  I gave you rice cereal for the first time 3 days before you turned 6 months.  I was waiting until we were done with our helmet to start solids.  The first time we tried it, you didn't really get that you had to open your mouth, but after a few days of it, you started to get the hang of it.  I think you are going to be a great eater like your big brother!!   
New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
You continue to smile and giggle for us all the time.  We barely even have to look at you to get a smile out of you…..I love it!! You are doing great reaching for toys and immediately putting them in your mouth.  You have also tried to start putting your paci in your mouth.  It doesn't always get in your mouth the right way, but you try really hard.  You are doing great with the tripod sit, but are still not able to sit on your own.  You have only rolled over a few time in your crib after you wake up from your nap.  We have yet to see you roll over though. You have definitely found your voice.  You can scream so loud!! You have found your toes and you can't stop eating them!!
You love your paci, your teething toys, the Johnny Jumper, the Jumperoo, playing under your playmate, and watching your big brother.  You love a good snooze in the car and you love being held so you can chew on my fingers.  You love chewing on your toes, going on walks, hanging out in the K'Link, being tickled, and getting belly blows from big brother.  
Sleeping (this month), when brother gets too rough with you, when you bust out of your swaddle, when I won't rock you to sleep, and when you are just plum tired. 
Other Random Facts:
  • We are only going to therapy ever other week now.  You are just 5-7 degrees off before we graduate!
  • You got your DocBand off 2 days before you turned 6 months.  
  • You teeth still haven't come in yet, but you are showing every sign of teething.  Hopefully they will come in soon because they are really screwing up our sleeping and eating schedule. 
  • You started pooping every day and every single stinking diaper is a blow out.  Real fun….NOT!!! I'm hoping solids will help change the consistency of your poop so you can keep it in your diaper!
  • If you are fussy, the Johnny Jumper can always fix it!!
  • You are such a cautious baby when it comes to rolling over.  I have never seen a baby try so  hard to NOT roll over.  You just really don't want your head to hit the ground, so you use all your muscles to pull it back up.  Silly boy!!

And here is one more picture with your helmet on.  This was the day before we got our helmet off!!

6 month Stats
Weight: 19lbs 6oz (75%)
Length: 27 1/2 inches (75%)
Head Circumference: 17 inches (50%)
Eating: nursing exclusively around 6, 9:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 (ish) and eating cereal once a day
Bedtime: around 7:30pm
Awake: around 6:30pm
Naps: 3 naps (7:30-9:30, 12:30-1, 2:00-4:00)
Diapers: size 3 
Clothes: 9 months (starting to get a little small) and 12 month hand-me downs 

 Here is Pearson at 6 months and Nash at 6 months.
Look how you have changed!!