A Meal and A Lofty Craft Ambition

It seems as if my school days are more fast and furious each day!  Although I complain about it sometimes a lot, I do like being busy.  There is a fine line between completely overwhelmed and just putting in good work on a work day.  Teaching English/reading skills all day is good in a way as the skills and lessons can overlap somewhat being I’m working with third and fourth graders now.  It just cracks me up that NO YEAR is remotely the same as the last, and I laugh at the thought of being able to reuse/recycle lesson plans!  So not happening!

Today’s chillier temps and a busy day meant it was a soup and bread kind of dinner for us.  My favorite soup recipe is this…

-1 pkg frozen mixed veggies

-1 medium onion, chopped

-1 32 oz. container of chicken broth

-2 cans navy beans, rinsed and drained

-2 tbsp.-ish of olive oil

-salt & pepper

-2 bay leaves

  1. Soften chopped onions in olive oil in large stock pot for approximately ten minutes over medium/high heat.  Be careful not to burn.  I do this often!
  2. Add all other ingredients.  Bring to a boil and let boil for about five minutes.
  3. Reduce heat or turn off completely with lid on for about 15-20 minutes or whatever!
  4. Server with warm bread and butter (preferable that you let someone else bake for you!  Thanks Kroger!)

Ta-da!  Everyone LOVED it!  H especially liked dipping his bread in his soup.  I am reminded at every meal how thankful I am that H is a super good eater.  This recipe gave us dinner and three containers of left-overs for lunches.  Enjoy!  🙂

Now, my craft isn’t that easy!  I’ve always admired these peace sign wreaths…especially at Christmas time.  I would love to have one and discovered one to buy.  However, it was sadly more than ten bucks (like 5 times that much!), and I’m cheap.  Here’s the one at CB2!

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Then, there’s this DIY one…

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It doesn’t look super complicated.  I think the most challenging part may be gathering up the twigs!  Fortunately, I’m pretty sure I can wander around my parents house and find some that would work.  Hmmm…DIY is not my thing.  What should I do?  Buy, make or just admire via the internet?  🙂

Speaking of other Pinteresty wants – Look at this neat one!  It’s a fingerprint sweethearts necklace.  I LOVE personalized jewelry that is super meaningful.  What could be more personal than something as unique as a fingerprint of your love?!?

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More cute jewelry!  I love all these cross bracelets!  Unfortunately, the one I like the best {the white one} is sold out right now.

Could this post be anymore random???  Yes, it could.  I know when I’m not feeling my best or when things are challenging at work the people (and doggie) at home get the rest of me, sometimes not the best of me.  I saw this good reminder recently and thought I would share.

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Click here to get the free printable!

It can be hard to remember in the craziness and demands of the day, but I know ultimately that my husband, my child, my family have to be my priority over students, fulfilling roles outside these walls, etc.  Each day is another chance and another challenge.  Hopefully, this list inspires you like it inspires me.

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A Car Conundrum

I’ve been in a icky car situation since someone backed into me on December 17.  He was apologetic and admitted that he was having a “bad day.”  Well, buddy, I’ve been having some not-so-good car days myself here recently.  I got a rental on December 19 when it was determined that my car was not drivable.  I got a 2014 Nissan Altima.  I was a hard sell at first but ended up loving the car!  It drove great, was much more comfy than my car (Ford Escape), and felt super sporty.  Plus, it was black.  I’ve always wanted a black car but talked myself out of it when buying time came around.

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Fast forward to December 30 – I return my rental and pick up my car.  I notice on the way home that there is absolutely no warm/hot air coming out.  Back to the shop we go!  After some heated words (and a new battery put in by the nice guy at Advanced Auto Parts at 8AM), he agreed to contact the insurance company to see if they would approve a fix on the thermostat.  We *think* that it will all be fixed by today (due to New Years).  Not so much.  Apparently, a “field agent” has to come out from the insurance company.  My car is still in the shop with my house key on it.  So not bright, and so unlike me.  I blame it on all the heat/battery/car switching confusion.  NOW, I have to coordinate getting a rental this afternoon to have transportation for the weekend and to head back to school on Monday.  Oh.my.word.  When calculated, this has taken about 7 to 8 hours of my time including having to take off time from work.  Oh.my.word.again.  I’m so regretting that cup of coffee that brought me into that gas station!  Lesson relearned, bring coffee from home!  It’s cheaper in more than one way!

In other news, H and I had a nice last official day of break.  We did lots of laundry, played, watched a new Bible story DVD, read books, and played at the park.  We also came home, so Holden could work his excavator that Poppy and Moochie got him for Christmas.

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Roscoe and I jogged to the playground while Holden rode in the BOB.  I wanted to sneak in a little exercise.  I did some box jumps on the stairs at the playground (about 10) before Holden came in to show me his style.  I also did the monkey bars twice.  They’re a pretty good arm workout.  Here are some other ideas for playground workouts…

SHAPE – Power Playground Workout

Parents – Full-Body Playground Workout

The Art of Manliness – Playground Workout with Video  Don’t be scared by this one!  They look like totally doable/good ideas!

For lunch, we had leftovers of our New Year’s Day good luck meal!  Smoked Turkey, Corn, and Black Eyed Pea Soup!  I made the recipe up with what we had on hand.  The ingredients are pretty much what is in its name with the exception of the addition of herbs, cloves of garlic floating for flavor, and a small can of tomato sauce.

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The smoked turkey gave the beans good flavor, but I must admit I didn’t like it on its own.

Happy Friday!

Natalie