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Saturday, August 10, 2013

And a new chapter begins ... Alittle Bittersweet! Kindergarten and Staying Home Full-Time

This past Thursday Matthew started to phase-in to Kindergarten at Nolan Elementary. He will go back the following Thursday and then start going everyday starting the next two Wednesdays. It is a nice way to ease mama's into letting go! This is a bittersweet time for me personally because as I watch him and the teachers gear up for school ... I am not. This is the first time since 1986 that I have not gone to school myself (as a student or employee). We have faith that this is God's plan for our family ... because in about 6 weeks or so we will welcome our third son into our lives. As I am learning to let go of the past I am hopeful for what is to come: One on One time with Issac, Helping Matthew transition to Kindergarten, Staying at Home with the new baby, Getting more involved in community organizations ... Life is very full right now and we are thankful for God's continued grace ... even though it may not be easy ... it's easier because of Him!

Matthew's First day of School ... and so it begins! 

Here is our new weekly Menu:

Saturday: Pizza Soup (I made some alterations ofcourse ... I shredded a large zucchini, omitted the mushrooms, used ground turkey sausage instead of links, used homemade marinara instead of pizza sauce, I am also added black olives at the end)

Sunday: Church Potluck Taco Bar ... I'm bringing cookies, chips and My fresh tomato salsa!

Monday: Hot Wings, Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Salad

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Mandarin Orange Chicken over Cauli Rice w/ Steamed Broccoli

Thursday: Salmon Patties, Sweet Potato Fries and Green Beans

Friday: Grilled Turkey Sandwiches, Fruits and Veggies

Fresh Tomato Salsa

8 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced (I just sliced the top off and squeezed gently)
2 small onions, diced (right out of the dirt)
1 clove garlic
1 4oz. jar of green chilies
8 tsp. frozen cilantro or a bunch of fresh
1/4 more or less of pickled jalo or one fresh
1 T. lime juice
Salt to taste

Place all ingredients in blender and blend (the boys had fun taking turns pushing the button).
Put in fridge ... enjoy right away or wait a day or two and flavors will get better ... adjust seasoning as well!

"Easy peasy lemon squeezy!" - VeggieTales