Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Favorites #43

Okay, so apparently we had an earthquake right outside of our city two nights ago... a 3.7. My friend and her family woke up from the extremely loud noise, saying it sounded like something ran into their house. This would be the second one I have known about since moving here. The first one a year or so ago, I felt from inside my house! Just crazy to me! I know there are earthquakes all over, most small, but man... seems crazy when it is right around you and not someplace you think of them occurring.

Anyway, just had to share that.

Let's move on to some favorites of mine lately.

Favorite Snack... I made these Vanilla Shakeology Protein Bars over the weekend and have loved having them to munch on throughout the week.

Favorite Cold Weather Accessory... My hands get SO dry out here in the winter. I literally stood in the lotion isle at Target for 15 minutes the other day trying to figure out what was going to be my best option. If you have any favorites, comment below.

Favorite Video... Have my Fuller House fans watched this video yet?? Gah! The shows comes out THIS.MONTH!!!

Favorite Words... 

Favorite Song... Just beautiful, absolutely beautiful! I have had this on repeat lately. Makes me wish I would have kept up with playing the piano.

Favorite Around-the-Web...

My brother was listed by the Washington Post's political blog writer as a must follow on Twitter for the Iowa caucuses. Proud sister!!

This Simplicity Challenge is screaming my name. I saw Katie share this on Monday, and I totally jumped on board.

Oh my word! This is so funny and true! All my SAHM mama friends, you have to read... Confessions of a Stay-At-Home-Mom!

Favorite Funnies...

I mean, seriously, have you ever seen a grumpy person on skates?? :)

This would be Snooter with Leland! Haha! :)

Wishing you all a happy Friday and awesome weekend!

Pizza and movie night here tonight, heading to the symphony Saturday morning, and then Sunday we are still trying to decide how we want to watch the Super Bowl.

Linking up with Erika, Amanda, Karli, April, Kati, & Heather.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday {ToL #25]

Wow! So much can change in one year or even four years! 

I decided to pull up our February albums this morning. The furthest they go back on the computer is to 2012... we have all the rest backed up other places. 

I thought it would be fun to take a glimpse at February 2012 and February 2013. Maybe next week I will pull up 2014 and 2015.

In 2012, we were living in Wisconsin at the time. We were just getting ready to move to Montana. Joe was already out here and flying back and forth to us many weekends.

I was three months pregnant with Leland. :)


One year later and we have a BOY in the house! Such a huge blessing to our family! The girls showed that they are the best big sisters anyone could ask for. 

We were settled in to our new place, new home, new location. We loved it from the start. 


That was such a great walk down memory lane. It feels like yesterday but at the same time an eternity ago. 

Do you go back often and look through old photos? 

Happy Thursday!

It's a busy one over here with Classical Conversations all day. 

See you tomorrow for some Friday Favorites!!

Linking up with Amanda, Michelle, & Annie.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


  • the alarm went off at 5:30 a.m.
  • we were out of eggs so I made Joe a ham and cheese sandwich for breakfast.
  • is leg day for me.
  • I started my morning with a cup of coffee and reading a few of my favorite blogs.
  • I read Psalm 36, Gen. 33, 2 Chronicles 10, & Acts 2 to keep on my goal of reading the Bible all the way through this year.
  • I will wake the kiddos up and give them hugs and kisses.
  • we have to work on healing the infection in Leland's leg.
  • chocolate chip pancakes and fruit are on the breakfast menu.
  • we have to finish Rylee's bibliography for her paper on Rome.
  • Rylee and Willow have to polish up their presentations for tomorrow.
  • our friend is coming over to do a fun project with the girls.
  • the girls will write a get-well card to their great-aunt.
  • we will drill math facts.
  • Willow has a playdate over at her friend's house.
  • the kids will play together outside.
  • the girls and I will continue reading through the book of Matthew.
  • I will read at least one chapter of my Karen Kingsbury book.
  • one or two loads of laundry will get done.
  • I need to vacuum.
  • we will call Grandma and Papa.
  • we will snuggle on the couch, under blankets and read.
  • we will say thank you more.
  • is Joe and my date night.

What are you doing today?
Linking up with Jessi.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Meal Plan :: First Week of February

During the holidays I majorly slacked on my meal plan and prep duties. It totally threw me off track health-wise and with the goals I was working towards. Such is life, right? I am not going to let that stop me for good though, so a couple weeks ago I started back up with my weekend planning. And honestly I don't like the feeling of standing in the kitchen at 4:30 p.m. trying to figure out what in the world I can whip up for my family. By that time of day, I just want to sit down and not think at all.

We are trying to simplify things and stick with our favorite, easy meals. We are creatures of habit and do not mind eating the same things over and over again. Plus, Joe's not really a fan of me trying new recipes. {There have been a lot of failed ones in the past. ;) } I do like to try new recipes here and there, so we comprised and decided I could find a new recipe once a month.  

The new recipe this week was last night... black bean soup.

The verdict, vegetarian meals are a no go in our house. What was I thinking? My man is a big-time meat eater. In fact when I told him what was for supper he made the statement, "There's no meat?! Why would you make a meal with no meat? Especially since we have all this meat in the freezer??" Willow and I were the only ones that liked it. I know what I will be eating the rest of the week for lunch. ;)

Dinner Menu
M  Black Bean Soup + homemade bread
T   Fish + fries + veggie
W  Loaded Baked Potatoes 
T  Spaghetti + salad
F  Pizza Night
S  Chili
S  Leftovers

Our breakfasts and lunches are the same thing every week, so I probably won't list these each time I share our meal plan, but in case you are looking for any inspiration, here's what we typically have.


Breakfast for me is usually my Shakeology. I like knowing that I get all the good stuff my body needs first thing in the morning. That way I don't feel too awful if I don't do so hot the rest of the day. ;)

The kids have...
::  Oatmeal w/fixings {brown sugar, milk, p.b., applesauce... the kids choose what they want to add}
::  Pancakes w/scrambled eggs, sometimes venison sausage too
::  Cereal + fruit
::  Egg Sandwiches + fruit
::  Homemade bread w/p.b. & jelly


I want to get back to making more salads for my lunch so I can load up on the greens, something I have been doing horribly at recently. Otherwise I will eat leftovers from supper the night before.

The kids have...
::  PB&J + veggies and/or fruit
::  Spaghetti + green beans {or other veggie}
::  Lunch meat sandwich + chips + fruit
::  Grilled cheese + tomato soup

Sweet treat

I have a sweet tooth and like to have something each week to satisfy it. This week we have: 

So there we have it; this week's plan is in the books. 

Questions for you:
  • Do you make a meal plan or just wing it each night? 
  • If you make a plan, what is one meal on there this week?
  • Do you like trying new recipes?
  • Is pizza a staple in your weekly plan?

Linking up with Michelle.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Go Fish!

Happy February 1st!

Can anyone tell me where exactly January went?! If this is any indication for the rest of 2016, it's going to go by in the blink of an eye. Makes me glad I blog so I can at least relive many of our favorite, everyday moments over and over.

This weekend involved lots of ice fishing for the family. Bear with me, we are getting down to the wire on how much longer we can get out on the ice, which means soon enough you will see more than just us fishing. :)

Saturday Joe took just the girlies out to have a date day with his daughters. They came home with a full bucket, and we had perch for supper.

Sunday we all went out after church for a few hours. It was a great day, and I loved seeing Joe and the kids in their element. Rylee now knows how to take her own fish off the hook, something I still refuse to do.

Below are all the pictures from our Sunday. I played photographer most of the day.

Enjoy scrolling through the moments I captured! :)

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and found time for fun and relaxation.

Comment below and let me know what was one highlight.

Linking up with Bianna, Erin, & Katie.