Saturday morning began at 5 a.m. when Chase woke up yelling, “MOM! MOM!” Thankfully a little settling in his room did the trick and Chase went back to sleep but I was up for the day after my unexpected wakeup call. I spent some time reading in bed and trying to will myself back to sleep but when that didn’t work, I got up, made myself a hot bowl of triple chocolate protein oatmeal and settled in on the couch with Sadie by my side.
Once I was done with breakfast, I made his-and-hers mugs of tea for myself and Ryan and did a little meal planning for the week ahead.
I focused on another week of more plant-based meals for our family:
- Monday: Butternut Squash Grain Bowl
- Tuesday: Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato and Kale
- Wednesday: Baked Spaghetti Squash with Cheese
- Thursday: Thai Crunch Salad
- Friday: Takeout (or Quinoa Veggie Bowls with Mmmm Sauce)
Ryan’s dad will be arriving in town on Thursday and since I know he’s a fan of salads, I figured it was a good opportunity to revisit my latest Thai Crunch Salad obsession. After what feels like a two-month hiatus, it feels so good to be back on the meal planning train!
Once Chase was up for the day and fed, we rallied and made our way to the gym. When we don’t have any set plans on Saturdays, I LOVE kicking off the day with a workout and began my time at the gym with a little rowing.
In the end, I completed a lower body workout with bursts of rowing included that looked like this:
It was a good one and we were easily in and out of the gym in under an hour.
Once we made our way back home, we were ready for an early lunch and I made three grilled cheese sandwiches while Ryan and Chase took care of banana, peanut butter and spinach smoothies for our little gang.
We tried our best to settle Chase in for a nap on Saturday and after 45 minutes of resistance in his room (40 of them happy, 5 of them progressing into angry toddler protests), we got him up and I read a couple of books with him in his room before it was crystal clear a nap wasn’t happening. (When a calm story morphed into singing “On Top of Spaghetti” at the top of our lungs, I knew it was time to throw in the towel.)
The rest of our afternoon included hanging around the house, playing outside with Sadie and eating an early pizza dinner in our pajamas.
Sadie was extra chipper during the million rounds of fetch we played with her and Ryan and I always joke that the cold makes her extra crazy.
I LOVE watching Sadie run at top speed after her frisbee because it is such pure JOY in action!
Sunday morning looked pretty typical around here as we headed off to church and followed up the morning service with a trip to the grocery store.
It took me about 2.5 seconds to wait to change back into my cozy pajamas once we were back home and our groceries were all unloaded.
After a quick lunch, we tackled some random household chores (laundry, vacuuming and all that fun stuff) and then Chase helped me throw together our dinner in the crock pot before he went down for his nap.
Thankfully Chase napped well on Sunday which gave me the opportunity to work and Ryan the chance to meet a friend at the gym and then take down our outside Christmas lights.
We spent the rest of the day close to home and managed to get into bed at a decent time. When Ryan asked me how my book was going when I joined him in bed, he said, “Why are you still reading that one!?”
I’ve been struggling my way through The Lighthouse Keeper for a week or so but since I am oddly intrigued by the plot, I don’t want to stop. Still, I am rolling my eyes the whole way through reading this one because it’s waaay too cheesy for me and the way the main character talks about her love interest makes me feel like I’m reading a 15-year-old’s diary. BUT I want to know what happens so I’m crawling my way through it. How it has so many fantastic reviews on Amazon, I have no idea.
As for the week ahead, it should be pretty normal one around here. We have some playdates on the agenda, an event at church one evening, some must-dos related to work and my father-in-law arriving on Thursday. I have a feeling this week is going to fly by! I hope you all have a great one!
Question of the Day
- If you begin reading a book that you aren’t crazy about, will you see it through and read the whole thing or stop and move on?