Week in Review, June 26 – July 2
Pumpkin spent the week attending camp at the Armenian church. She was nervous heading into it, but she quickly warmed up and she had a really great week. I’m so proud of how well she handled it – it’s obvious that she’s really maturing.
On Tuesday, I let the girls take an outdoor bath in their play pool and get the wiggles out before bed … they loved it! But we started a little too close to bedtime – they still had energy to burn when it was time to come inside. Next time, we’ll start earlier.
Pumpkin Batman and I left coupons all over the grocery store for our next Good Cards mission. It was fun imagining people finding them during their shopping. | On Thursday, the whole family went out for ice cream! We’re on a mission to try a different place every week this summer and will share a recap of all our new finds when we’re done!
On Friday, the girls headed to Flagstaff with their grandma (we’ll be joining them tonight) and we had a double date in downtown Gilbert. Mr. G and I started off with drinks at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row and then had dinner with our friends at Pomo. We had never eaten there before and it was really good! Mr. G ate his entire pizza and I devoured the lasagna – the bolognese sauce was delicious. | On Saturday, I went to my friend Corine’s (aka Zucchini Runner) 1960s themed birthday party and had a chance to wear the old Grateful Dead T-shirt that my mom passed on to me some 20 years ago.
Tacos. For the easiest (if not authentic) taco filling ever, put two chicken breasts in the crockpot with a 16 oz. jar of salsa and cook on low for 8 hours. Add chili powder for some extra kick, if you’re into that sort of thing. Shred once cooked, and add whatever toppings you desire. (The girls don’t love any taco filling other than eggs, so it helps us stretch the leftovers longer by making them scrambled eggs for their tacos on leftover nights.) Eggs. Scrambled eggs always make an easy dinner, but I also try to always keep hard-boiled eggs on hand. They’re easy to throw in a lunch, on a salad, as an addition to the pasta salad we had last week, and – yes – as a quick dinner served with some veggies, cheese and crackers when you’re short on time or it’s too hot to cook.
While the girls have been gone over the weekend, I’ve been watching movie musicals for some background noise while I get stuff done around the house. They’re perfect because the music helps get me moving and, when they’re movies I’ve seen them a million times, I don’t feel like I have to sit and focus on them and can move from room to room as needed. Up this weekend: The Music Man, Grease, Chicago and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. (Ok, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is not a musical but it has one of my favorite songs ever.) (Also, I sing a part of this song from The Music Man to Peanut every night when I tuck her into bed.)
The reason you should start buying stocking stuffers now.