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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Holding On To Make Believe

On St. Patrick's Day Louie the Leprechan came to Nathan's school. He wrote a note on the board; something about "teeheehee". And left little foot prints everywhere. Louie also left gold coins from his pot at the end of the rainbow. The school does a lot for St. Patrick's Day; they even have green food for lunch.

Nathan brought two coins home. He was very adamant that they were real gold and he could buy stuff with them. Andrew wanted to squash his dreams. He told Nathan that leprechans aren't real, those coins aren't real, and it's all made up. Andrew told Jerry and I that he knows those things (ie Santa, the Toothfairy, leprechans) aren't real. Nathan just kept telling Andrew he was going to go buy something with his monies.

Jerry and I still want to hold onto this part of the kids' childhood. We especially don't want anything to be ruined for Annabelle. And Nathan isn't ready to give up make believe yet. So we did what any normal *ahem* parent would do.

We went to GameStop, talked to the man behind the counter, and prepaid for Lego Star Wars III that they had reserved weeks ago. We picked the boys up from school on Tuesday and headed to GameStop. We told them both that the game was out and we had to go pick it up. The boys went to the counter and told Jeremy they had reserved Lego Star Wars III and were there to pick it up. Jeremy rang it up, told Nathan the price, he handed over his gold coin, and got his and game and receipt. He was beyond excited! Andrew's mouth just dropped.

Andrew still can't figure out how the was no real money exchanged. He now questions his nonbeliefs.

If this is what we have to do to keep the magic alive then we will continue to do so. Childhood is ending too quickly these days and I want to hold onto it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Menu Plan Monday ~ March 21

It's that time again! I'm hooking up with I'm An Organizing Junkie. Go check her out there are hundreds of other menu plans for your inspiration.

Sunday: Tacos

Monday: Sweet & Sour Meatballs, stirfry veggies, and rice

Tuesday: Salsa & Ranch Chicken (from A Busy Mom's Crockpot Cooking Adventures), orzo, corn, and strawberry shortcake for dessert

Wednesday: Turkey & Rice soup

Thursday: Baked Chicken, gnocchi, broccoli & cauliflower

Friday: Ham & Potato soup, blueberry muffins

What's on your menu?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - March 14 Birthday Edition!

Happy Monday folks! Our menu is great this week because I don't need to buy anything! I'm super excited about that!

Monday: Ham, mashed potatoes, and green beans. As requested by the prince who turns 9 TODAY! I am also making a chocolate cake with peanut butter chocolate frosting; in the shape of a football, again at his request.

Tuesday: Sweet & Sour meatballs (in the crockpot) with brown rice and stir fry veggies

Wednesday: Tacos

Thursday: Turkey, stuffing, and broccoli

Friday: Ham and potato soup (I'll share the recipe later this week! Check back)

Saturday: Chicken enchiladas and Spanish rice

Sunday: Turkey and rice soup with corn muffins

Need more inspiration? Head over to I'm An Organizing Junkie for more menu plans!

What's on your menu?

Our Prince Turns 9

Today is Andrew's ninth birthday. It's amazing where the time has gone. I feel so much love, excitement, sadness, amazement, and hope for the future I cannot articulate very well this morning. But I still want to mark this SUPER special day.

My dear sweet prince,

Happy 9th birthday. Although you think you are turning 19.

You bring so much joy to your father and I. Even with your sassy little mouth. You have come so far and appear to be turning into a man in front of my eyes. Daddy and I always joke who gets to take you with them when we run away. Words cannot express our love for you.

Mommy and Daddy love you more every day.