MPM: Week of Aug 18

We actually stuck pretty well to our plan last week. I really do work better when I'm organized. Plus with Jonny coming home from work at an earlier hour -- making dinner is actually do-able.

Monday: with family
Tuesday: green chicken posole
Wednesday: barbecue chicken grilled cheese sandwich
Thursday: noodle heaven (frozen meal from my lovely friend Tegan over at celebrate twelve13)
Friday: pizza (maybe frozen, maybe delivery... and maybe - just maybe - homemade)
Saturday: pear & gorgonzola quesadillas
Sunday: buffalo chicken salad

That's the plan this week. I know we'll be at my parents some night -- but not sure what night so I figure I should just plan every night. More menu plans at org junkie.

Rise & Shine: 10 day challenge

Starting August 18, I'll be participating in Abundant Mama's 10 day Rise & Shine challenge. I spoke about my new appreciation for mornings after Lucille was born and I expect this to be very similar. With my husbands new work schedule, I'll be getting the kids ready myself most mornings and hope to enjoy some peaceful time before they wake. I think this challenge could help!

This is the ideal time for me to get back into a morning routine... hopefully it will allow me to get organized and adjusted to my new normal. I've been trying it out the past few mornings - but barely have time to organize the diaper bag and prep breakfast before Lucille is awake. I haven't even added in "make morning coffee" to the routine yet.

Also its been hit and miss as far as keeping Gus asleep in the swing while I do all that. He is one noisy sleeper!

Anyone else try and use the morning as some "alone" time?

MPM: Week of Aug 11

Well, I'm going to attempt to stick to a meal plan - with a 2 week old baby, 15 month old toddler at home while my husband returns to work this week. Yup, so it's me and two babies at home all day. Good luck to me... even before throwing in a meal plan.

I have some freezer meals I managed to make pre-baby so I'm including 2 of those in this weeks plan.  Things may get moved around based on baby Gus visitors. But here is the plan:

Monday: Asian turkey lettuce wraps
Tuesday: zucchini quiche (freezer meal)
Wednesday: buffalo chicken sandwiches (with sweet potato fries)
Thursday: taquito salad
Friday: baked ziti (freezer meal)
Saturday: pesto chicken with potatoes (make an extra to freeze)
Sunday: at my parents

We'll see how this ranks on the ambitious scale. Wish me luck on my first week trying to cook dinners with two littles at home. Oh and any super easy recipe recommendations would be welcome.

More menu plans at Org junkie of course.

And Gus makes four.

I'd like to introduce our newest family member, Constantine Lee Martin, also known as Gus. He was named after my grandfather, a great man that died young so I never got to meet. His middle name is also a family name on my husband's side.

He was 7 lbs 14 oz - measured 19 inches at the hospital and then 20 and 3/4 inches at his 2 day appointment... which seems more accurate.

The birth was a great experience - I went in to the hospital at 8:30 a.m. and Gus was born at 12:45 p.m. About an hour of hard labor and 3 pushes.

We welcome him to our family. More to come I'm sure.

MPM: Week of July 28

As of Sunday evening (when I am writing this) we are still waiting for the arrival of baby boy Martin. I managed to catch up on my money management and since we've been enjoying our week and a half staycation ... we've been spending a bit more on food than I like. So, I'm going to do a meal plan for next week. It's going to be simple, because I don't know how far we'll get before baby boy arrives and then the hubby has to take over.

Here is what I am thinking:

Monday: Taquito Salad
Tuesday: Black Bean Asian Tostadas
Wednesday: Oven Baked Ravioli
Thursday: Chicken Parmesan Casserole (make double and freeze)
Friday: Baked Ziti (double and freeze)
Saturday: Dinner with family
Sunday: Dinner with family

Ok that's a plan for 5 days. I assume we'll eat with my parents at least 2 days this week on the days I really don't feel like cooking.

I'm hoping baby boy makes his appearance and messes this plan up!

The Waiting Game... Part Two

Oh, how fun it is to read pre-Lucille posts and compare them to my life now. Five days before Lucille arrived I did a post about what I was doing while we waited for her arrival. Well, here I am again - on maternity leave and no baby yet. My husband has started his vacation time too... so we are having some family time just the three of us.

It is no where near as boring and relaxing as I described last time, of course. Lucille is a full-blown toddler now, running around and getting into everything. We are enjoying the time - but I'm sure not making brownies, or catching up on my T.V.

So this time around, we are still working on organizing baby boy's room. I picked a "world traveler" theme -- and its coming together slowly -- but he won't have a crib in there until he is out of the pack n play in our room... which was about 4 months with Lucille. At that point we hope (cross your fingers for us) that Lucille is in a toddler bed.

We are trying to organize the rest of the house too. We had to move my office stuff into our master and upgrade our internet to include a landline.

We've been having fun too. Taking Lucille to the State Fair, the Sacramento Zoo and the Folsom Zoo. But there is no sitting around. No baking. I'd like to get a few more meals frozen for when I have the baby, but we'll see if that happens.

I did get a mani / pedi (thanks to a birthday gift from my aunts) but one nail and one toe were ruined within an hour (Lucille bit some of the nail polish when eating a grape out of my hand and stepped on my foot with her shoes on to mess up the toe.)

Ah, I already can imagine how life with 2 under 2 is going to change things....

Stay tuned.

New Ross in Sacramento ... and a Giveaway!

As a Sacramento native I am really familiar with the Town & Country Shopping Center at the corner of Fulton and Marconi. Of course it has a Trader Joe's which is great  -- but it had a few great things that I miss: Sacramento Brewing Company and William Glen. Both were great locally owned businesses. 

The good news is that they have finally finished up the remodel of the back side of T&C with Bed Bath and Beyond and TJ Maxx open - the one additional store I am really waiting for them to open is the new Ross. To celebrate their new store, Ross sent me a gift card and is offer a gift card to one of my readers! I'll be doing a follow up post after the opening about the story (and what I got with the gift card) but I want to get this gift card into your hands in time for the opening of the new store.

It's always fun to explore a new store and Ross has such great deals that I'm looking forward to finding some new clothes for me and the babies. 

The giveaway ends July 16th at 11:59 p.m. PST and is open for anyone living in or near the Sacramento area (basically someone who would be able to check out the new store!), ages 18+. Enter below, using the Rafflecopter form. Easy peasy.
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*DISCLOSURE: As I mentioned, I received a gift card, but was not compensated for this post. The opinions are all mine!