Friday, November 20, 2015

Week in Review and Meal Plan

 This last week seemed to start off quickly.  I think since the weekend. Was so busy, that it didn't feel like much of a break.  and here we were again.  Work is zooming by for me right now.  I'll be headed over to Japan in less than two weeks for final availability preparations, so everything is just ramping up. Every day is making sure all the things we have been working on for the last year are ready, that the people are set to go and that I'm building my list of things to pack.

The evenings were hectic to start as well, with various things going on.  Dinners were simple this week...I'm trying to clear out the freezer and pantry.  The more that I can get rid of, the better, as I want our house guests to be able to make themselves as comfortable as possible.  

Logan helped me fold the place mats and napkins one of the days,  he might have been told that if he didn't, Star Wars Legos would be turned off the TV.  He responded appropriate,y and got everything done. 

I've been trying to participate in the Oiselle #chasethebird challenge this November. Basically being active (running, yoga, strength stuff, etc), for 15 min a day.  I've been mostly pretty right on the money and this week was no exception.  I've been doing more videos and core work than running (ugh, hello half marathon on Dec 27), but have been enjoying it.  I started some of the 21 Day Fix workouts for something a little more intense than PiYo.  It's been a nice change, but my legs have been smoked!  This was an "easy" Pilates day.  

I'm so glad I don't have a winter marathon this year.  It's so hard for me to get motivated to get out of the house and run when it's likely to be cold, dark and rainy.  I need to get in about 6 tomorrow am, but the weather should be dry.  This time of year, I'll take cold and dark in a heartbeat.  

I feel like we are past the threenager stage now (thank god) and I have my cool little dude back.  That doesn't mean we don't have our moments, but we are able to talk about what's coming up, changing plans and all sorts of good things, without total meltdowns.  

Having actual conversations has been pretty amazing.  We were on the way home this week and asked Logan what he wanted to do when he grew up.  His first response was something along the lines of "stay at home" to which Joe and I muttered to each other "great, a stoner who is trying to live with us at the age of 30" so we redirected the conversation to what he would enjoy doing when he got to e a grown up.  He talked about playing on big kid play we asked if that could be roller coasters...and that he could build roller coasters and big kid play things.  He loved that (who wouldn't) so I'm going with that as of that moment, he wants to be a Disney Imagineer.  ��

Ok, so meals.  I think I've mentioned before that I have to have a meal plan now to get us through the week.  There's no more quick stopping by the grocery street on the way home.   On Friday nights, I make the plan for the following week so that I can grocery shop (and do the farmers market if I can) on Saturday. Miss a lot easier now than it used to be since Logan can just be occupied when we get home and I don't need to bounce between him, getting the house settled after work and making dinner.  My meals are generally things that only take 30-40 minutes (max) to prep and then cook.   I don't have sides listed, but there will always be a in our rotation are steamed or roasted broccoli or carrots.  Spinach salads (yes, the kid likes salads), kale or chard.

Here's our plan for the week of 11/21/15:

Saturday: date night for Joe and I.  Logan always has a frozen pizza when his babysitter comes over.
Sunday: steak fajitas with trader joes carne asada.
Monday:  I have a massage at 5pm, so Joe is in charge of dinner.  Either potstickers or takeout.
Tuesday: Sloppy Joe Tater Tot casserole from Buns in My Oven.  Not the sort of thing I'd normally make, but I'm going with it in an attempt to clean out the freezer and have a Joe friendly meal. 
Wednesday: one skillet chicken with garlicky broccoli and croutons from the Kitchn. 
Thursday: Thanksgiving!  Our amazing neighbors invited us over again to share with their family.  I'm bringing roasted Brussel sprouts with pancetta from Food52; cheesy spinach and bacon dip from Damn Delicious (a Pinterest recipe that actually worked!); chocolate cream pie from Serious Eats.  
Friday: grilled salmon

That's it for now!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Zoo Boo 2014

Christmastime 2014

Return to Blogging

With our upcoming temporary move to Japan, I figured it was about time to get in the swing of blogging again.  We are going to experience so many amazing adventures in the time we are there, I don't want to let the memories go by on any of them!

It's been a rainy week here in Washington.  Much needed, but a definite reminder that is fall, quickly moving to winter. The days are getting shorter and we are finally into cooler days after a very warm September and October.  

Joe is on the hunt for a new beater truck after the 1990 Ford F-150 has had a rough week and the boat is still, sadly, in the water.  We trekked over to Seattle and since it ended up being a rainy day, the kiddo and I went to the Pacific Science Center while Joe checked out the trucks.

This was the third time on the Bainbridge island ferry this week for L and I.  Apparently yesterday was quite the experience with lots of orca whales in the waters between Bainbridge and Seattle.  There was one out there today as well, but we didn't see it in our crossing.  

I don't think I had been to the Science Center in almost 15 years, shortly after I moved to the area.  I remembered it being much more hands on than the Science and Industry Museum in Chicago and much more geared to kids, but other than that, I didn't know what to expect.  

We received a nice tip on the ferry to check out the butterfly room, so with that on my mind, we took advantage of the special pricing we are eligible for (woot! Always worth it to look at any discounts available) and we were in.

We spent a ton of time in the science play area, investigating levers, magnets, airflow and mirrors.  I'll explain more in future years, but even a little bit of understanding levers works for me now!

We wandered through lots of exhibits,  it is all completely hands on!  I think in another two years or so, L will be at the perfect age. There was a preschooler planetarium show that we missed....another day, since we were too busy exploring.

Playing with water jets and trying to get the spinners to move...this is at the edge of the tot area...essentially a play area, with some science themed play related to water, music, nature, etc.  a nice spot to let kids run around.  

There was lots of exploring the exhibits.  The insect room proved to be the highlight of the day...except for the butterfly house which completely terrified him.  Kids....go figure.  

The science center was a hit and we probably could have spent way more time here.  I know we will be back to watch laser shows, IMAX movies, etc in the coming years.  

We ended the day with daddy (no new vehicle purchased, sadly) and had great burgers at Dicks drive in at the Queen Anne location....more adventures tomorrow! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Frozen in Ice

Over a year ago, I bought our tickets for Frozen on Ice. Mint was a gamble, not knowing if I'd be in town because of work or what else would be on the agenda, but there it sat. Waiting.  

Finally, we got within a reasonable amount of time to the show, I I casually mentioned that we were going to see Frozen on Ice skates.  Since Logan has met Elsa and Anna 3 times now, he was stoked...

We headed up to the Showare center in Kent early on Sunday for the 11:30 am showing.  Based on my experience with traffic last year, I gave us plenty of time to get there and with a plan (and a bagful of food) to have lunch in the arena before the show.  As we were crossing from I-5 to WA 18, snow appeared on the side of the road.  Logan decided that because Elsa was looking forward to seeing him, and since she can make snow, she made snow for our drive.  �� so sweet.

Kiddo was beyond excited for the show to start.  

As the ores how began with Mickey and Friends, he kept asking where is Elsa and Anna...soon, buddy, soon.  

There was a total moment of excitement when Buzz and Woody took to the just made everything that much better.  

And then the show began...

Needless to say, there are lots of moments that made this show incredible.  The integration of the music, skating and the story was very well done.  I truly enjoyed this show and felt like some of the parts (especially the enormous Sven and the subtle interactions with Christoph) were so well done....

Intermission came and went and we were in for the second half,  there were a few parts that were a little scary for a three year old, but since Logan knew the story line, he was able to put his hands over his ears and move through them easily...

I was curious how the snow monster would be done at Elsa's castle and, needless to say, it didn't disappoint.

This was just such a killer show and by the time it was all done, the kiddo had a huge grin on his face.  

He was so sweet, waving to all the characters as they came by our section...

We had really good seats just a few rows up...I guess that's what happens when you buy the tickets almost a year out!  One thing I learned after the face that I wish I would have explored further was getting down to touch the ice during intermission.  One of my coworkers brought her son and she said that the ushers were super friendly about letting them into the VVIP section briefly to feel the ice.  Very cool.

Was I glad we did this?  Absolutely....the skating wasn't the most amazing thing ever (there were a few obvious gaffes) but. It was a solid show....

Until more fun times...