Rainy Day Salads & Sleep Shenanigans.

Happy Monday! Thought I’d pop in this morning for a bit more randomness (that’s how it goes these days).  We had a busy week!  The boys were off school on Monday and then we had some stomach bug stuff happening on Tuesday, so we had a LOT of time at home.  Here is a bit of what we were up to!

On the food front, we’ve been crushing it in the budget/reducing waste department. We’ve had to throw very little away, and we’ve eaten all our meals at home this month – victory!  I’ve been trying to mix things up so I don’t get bored of the same five things.

I made this delicious green salad with hardboiled eggs and blue cheese in hopes that the color scheme would help edge our Seahawks toward a playoff win.  No such luck, but the salad was great!

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I’ve been getting those three packs of butter lettuce from Coscto, so it was a salad-heavy week.  This one was topped with goat cheese crumbles, leftover roasted green beans, and sautéed tofu.  I actually realized after I ate this that I forgot to add a dressing, so clearly it was tasty enough on it’s own. 

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As far as dinners go, I’ve been trying to break out of our rut and still think of things the kids will actually eat.  I’m also really trying to keep things as healthy as possible right now, as I am really working hard to continue to get into better shape (and eating is such a big part of that!).  This was sautéed cauliflower rice, crispy tofu, and a veggie medley all tossed with coconut aminos – SO good.  The kids wouldn’t touch it, so I ate my bowl and both of theirs – their loss!

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One thing I’ve been doing differently despite the fact that it’s still freezing outside, is mixing up my breakfasts with a smoothie.  I used to do smoothies more as a summer treat or snack, but now I’m doing them as a daily breakfast.  I make one as soon as I get home from Orangetheory as a recovery breakfast, and I usually do some sort of combo of protein powder, bananas, almond milk, yogurt, peanut butter, and ice cubes.  Last week I got a special delivery from Metropolitan Market (our local grocery store!) with all the goodies to make a tropical smoothie – yes please!

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Delicious, and has been keeping me surprisingly full until just about lunch time.  I never really did smoothies as full meals before, but these are pretty nutrient packed and have been working so far.  The only downside is that I am always cold. 

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Other household news – we got a piano!  I am SO excited about it.  I have been wanting one for a long time, and I think Cullen is finally at the age where he can take some lessons.  I got it for free (!) from a neighbor, and Casey was able to move it in our delivery van (the perks of owning a business!).  I took piano for years as a kid but don’t remember much at all, so I’d like to take some adult lessons too once I relearn the basics myself.  I always wished I had stuck with it.

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Last week and weekend were horribly gross and rainy, so we were inside a LOT.  For whatever reason, the kids were actually playing together and getting along really well, which felt like a gift from the gods.  They destroyed the house in their wake, but it felt like a small price to pay for some peaceful play time!

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On one of the dark rainy days we took a trip down to IKEA together.  The boys were told if they had perfect behavior there was a tasty reward at the end, which was quite effective.  I was there for new bedding for the kids – something warmer than the quilts they currently have.  We left with new bedding and ice cream cones, so I think it was a win for everyone. 

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I can’t decide if I actually like the bedding I got them or not (it’s the Rajgras stripe!), but they like it so that’s probably all that matters.  I wanted to get them warm comforters with duvets because our upstairs is freezing, and I felt like they weren’t warm enough.  Our house is so old that the second floor doesn’t have any heat (!), so we use space heaters but it’s still not exactly toasty. 

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And if you can’t tell, we didn’t actually end up moving the bunk beds back together this weekend after all.  Graham threw up on Saturday, and Cullen puked a few days later, so we figured it was not the best time to be moving anyone’s bed.  A few days of rest was in order instead!  Lots of sleep…

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And family movie nights.  It’s that time of year, right?

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With their rooms still separated, Graham has been up to his usual shenanigans.  Every single night I go upstairs to bed and find him sleeping somewhere unusual.  Last night it was the floor in front of the bathroom!

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What a goof.  It’s supposed to be nothing but glorious SUNSHINE here this week, which is a seriously needed mood-booster.  We are also looking forward to a really fun weekend trip coming up, so lots to do this week to prep and get ready!  Hope it’s a great week for you guys too.