I just laid Anna down . . . haven't heard any noise from the boys in about 15 minutes . . . just waiting for Scott to get home. The quiet is very nice. It's been quite a week on our own, but we've managed pretty well. Although, when Scott leaves on a Sunday afternoon it makes the week seem so much longer. It will be nice to have him home.
The one thing I enjoy about his weeks out of town is quick and easy dinners for me and the boys. Not that Scott expects me to cook big meals when he's around. But when it's just the boys it doesn't take much to please them -- eggo waffles, macaroni & cheese, frozen pizza. Quick and easy. Although tonight I surprised the boys with meatball subs. At first they weren't too happy that mom was going to make them eat one whole meatball, but Payton ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Plus, it made me happy to eat something that didn't come out of a box. But I did make it into a quick & easy meal by using frozen meatballs -- they were the best! I've never used them before, just always made my own. So I've made a mental note that frozen meatballs need to earn a permanent spot in my freezer. Here's what I do for my subs:
- Pour entire jar of Ragu Super Chunky Mushroom into saucepan
- Add 25-30 frozen meatballs
- Warm & stir on medium heat for 25-30 minutes
- Spoon meatballs and sauce onto sub roll and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese
- Use leftover sauce for spaghetti & meatballs tomorrow!
So, later next month Anna and I are going to visit my parents. Since 2001 my mom and I have had an annual mother/daughter weekend sometime in the spring. This year she's in charge so I'm going there. Aside from shopping and maybe a little trip to the coast she is going to throw a garden party at her house for all of her girlfriends. Today I received my "save the date" invite in the mail and after chatting with her tonight about all the details it sounds like it is going to be so much fun. Inside the invite she included the quote:
"The circle of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we're weak and sing with us when we're strong." You are invited along with that special woman who has encircled you!
Obviously it is a "girl" party and it's going to be quite the girly affair. With "party pretty" as the designated dress code, an elegant lunch, and flowers/linens/tableware that will be perfectly coordinated (my mom does not miss a single detail). The invite also included an insert listing "events of the day". I am going to be part of those events -- I'm going to teach a scrapbook page. But reading & seeing it in front of me made me laugh a bit. Here's what it said: "Make a special scrapbook page with Shannon Brown [who's work has been featured in: Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, and Paper Trends.]" Ok, so now it's like everyone is expecting a professional. I feel like I need to come up with something pretty good! The pressure is on.
For all intentional purposes, Anna has rolled over today! This is from her back to her front. She's been stretching and twisting her body all week. She can get over, but still has a problem with one arm getting stuck underneath her body. Sometimes the imbalance makes her too wobbly that she falls right back over. But in my book she's got that milestone checked off.