Monday again?!

Jeremiah 29:11:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God’s got the overall plan for me under control, so I’m just working on the little stuff here on my end! On this post, I’m kicking back with a cup of coffee while I reflect on this past week, look forward to the one beginning, and do what I can to make the week more successful for all of us here at ExpatPrep!

My focus this week: Making our family time work better
Since school has started, we’ve been making it work, but I don’t really feel like we’ve settled into a good routine for our evenings. This is especially obvious when I look at the boys and realize that each has been acting out in specific ways.  P-Daddy and I have decided that our strategy will be to divide and conquer shower each with more individual attention. In essence, we’ll each buddy up with one Kiddo each night for activity, bath, reading, and quiet time. The boys will have less opportunity to feed off of each other’s inappropriate behavior, and hopefully, the individual attention will better meet the needs of all involved, me and P-Daddy included!

Enjoying the relaxation that a nice long bubble bath brings
Still ignoring the pile of laundry next to me
Looking forward to a productive week

What I accomplished this week:
Made tons of progress on a manuscript
Got some things around the house in order
Deep-cleaned the fridge – and it really needed it!
Enjoyed a family picnic at the park
Made a definite plan for a gal-pal vacation – I cannot wait!

Language goals this week
Plan some Hispanic Heritage activities
Help the boys learn politeness indicators in Spanish
Teach P-Daddy some phrases to use at work with clients

From the Camera:


September 2010: A new fun puzzle


September 2011:  Hanging out with Daddy


September 2012: Like Father, Like Son

IMG_20130913_080849September 2013: Showing off the Pre-K backpack

Menu Plan for the Week

I am finally done with my Fuel Cycle (down about 5 pounds total – woot woot!), but it promises to be a busy week, so I’m keeping it pretty simple this week.  I’m so excited that it’s the time of year that pumpkin shows up everywhere, and you’ll see it featured in several different places on this menu. Meals here follow Trim Healthy Mama guidelines, and are marked as S (= Satisfying), E (= Energizing), and  FP (= Fuel Pull).

Pumpkin baked oatmeal and java chiller (E, X2)
2 boiled eggs, turkey bacon, coffee w/ cream (S)
Peaches and cream oatmeal, java chiller (E)
Pumpkin overnight oats and java chiller (FP)
Fried eggs and bacon, coffee w/ cream (S)
Egg white scramble with veggies, java chiller (FP)

Kai si ming with faux-tato salad (S)
Lemon-pepper wings (S)
Wasa with turkey and laughing cow (FP)
Lean turkey and laughing cow on Duetsche Kuche bread (E)
Loaded fotato soup (FP)
Bean burritos (E)
Seven Layer Southwest Salad (fajita style) (S)

Chana dahl soup (E)
Lemon-Pepper wings (S)
Bunless burger with faux-tato salad (S)
Mexican cottage cheese salad (E)
Asian stri-fry w/ konjac noodles (FP)
Spinach “alfredo” pizza (E)
Trim Healthy hamburger helper (S)

Cottage Pumpkin Whip (FP)
Ricotta creme (FP)
Apple with 1 tsp peanut butter (E)
Basic whey smoothie (S)
Pepper strips, baby carrots, grape tomatoes (FP)
Greek yogurt with berries (FP)
Wasa crackers with laughing cow cheese (FP)

I’m linking up to Start Successful on Monday over at Felicia’s Red Door Life, to Menu Plan Monday over at Organizing Junkie, and to Monday Coffee at The Move to America



I’m also linking up to Trim Healthy Tuesday over at Gwen’s Nest and Stacy Makes Cents – come on over and find all kinds of other things to put in your mealplan!

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5 thoughts on “Monday again?!

  1. I think that one on one time with kids is so important during this part of the year when things get so busy with schooling. I need to deep clean my fridge this week before it gets slam full of groceries again, thanks for the reminder. I really need to check out this diet plan you are in, is it hard to get accustomed to? Thanks for linking up again this week.

    • Felicia, the Trim Healthy Mama plan is pretty straightforward once you understand the basic principles. The Facebook groups are a lifesaver, but you really need the Trim Healthy Mama book to make it workable. Let me know if you have questions about it!

  2. I loved your pictures! I like to look at photos like that and see how the children progress. Oh gosh, you reminded me that my fridge is in serious need of a good cleaning out.

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