Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What's Up Wednesday - June 29

1. What we're eating this week:

We have been having Hello Fresh deliveries on Sunday's which makes weekly meal planning quite easy, however I wasn't super excited about the meals this week so we skipped. And then I procrastinated. 

Monday night was my friend Lauren's birthday so we had a girls dinner to celebrate.  Always nice to get out for dinner, especially after a long day with the kiddos...but I still needed to feed those little munchkins. We had swimming at 4:30 - which means we don't get home until 5:30 - which means I gave myself 30 minutes to make dinner magic happen. I went to the freezer to grab some frozen ground beef to make spaghetti and was so happy when I saw the frozen lasagna from Jimmy's food store! BAM. Dinner was done, and I didn't even have to make a mess. I was incredibly proud of myself. 
And then Tuesday happened. It was another crazy evening - resulting in leftovers for dinner.  Luckily I was saved for the rest of the week. My sister-in-law sent me free trial meals with Blue Apron and I scheduled they arrived so I was set for the next two nights. Whew. Our two meals were delivered yesterday so tonight we are having Shrimp Fettuccine and tomorrow will be BBQ chicken sliders

2. What I'm reminiscing about
My Babies. Specifically baby Hayden. She was so itty bitty and sweet...and now she is a crazy toddler.  
Look how BIG she looks!

3. What I'm loving
I was just thinking to myself last night how much I love my new phone case. Ha. I am a dork.

This new Speck case with a card slot. It's amazing and has simplified my life so much. Ok, that might be slightly dramatic but seriously, I love it. Most of the time I leave the house all I need are my keys/phone/wallet. I am so bad with my credit card usually throw it in a pocket...and have almost lost it millions of time. This solves that. And makes me so happy.  

Oh and these Yasso Greek Frozen Yogurt bars. I have only tried chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough and I am in love. They are the perfect summer treat! I can't wait to get my hands on the peanut butter cup ones. 

4. What we've been up to...
VBS, camps, and lots and lots of swimming. 
We also kicked off the McDonough birthday season with Kevin's 36th this past Thursday!

5. What I'm dreading
Packing for our trip next week. I have a love/hate relationship with it, but regardless it always takes me sooooo long...

6. What I'm working on
Ryan's birthday (well, kinda). We started planning it but I probably really won't get anything done until we get back from Houston.

7. What I'm excited about
-July 4th weekend
- Katy with the kiddos.  Can't wait to hang out with my parents, Steven & Claire. 
-Meeting sweet baby Bodhi
- Trying out the new Define Katy Studio
- Lupe Tortilla

8. What I'm watching/Reading
Homeland (2 more episodes left of season five) - I already can't wait until January!

The Secret of Midwives

The Nightingale

9. What I'm listening to
same ol' thing 

10. What I'm wearing
It's hot y'all. When I'm not in workout clothes I am living in shorts & tanks. All day. Every day.
However, when I do get dressed up I have been a fan of the bare shoulder trend..

11. What I'm doing this weekend
We are around until Sunday morning and then heading out to Cedar Creek Lake for the night. This is our annual 4th of July trip with Kevin's high school buddies and we always look forward to seeing everyone. It's a quick 24 hours but we manage to pack a lot of action in.  Although we have been going since before kids, apparently I really only have group pics starting when they arrived. 




2015 (short break)

2016 - We're BACK!!!

12.  What I'm looking forward to next month
-July 4th

13. What is my favorite 4th of July tradition/recipe
- See #11
- The Lakewood 4th of July parade! It's always so much fun - we love living in this area of town!



And other traditions that go hand in hand with this wonderful holiday - 
- fireworks
- grilling out
- beer
-hanging with friends and family
Happy 4th!!!!

Belize Family Trip - Last Day

On Friday, our last day, we booked the No Rush catamaran for another excursion. It was so much fun!

Happy boy after a little swim. 

The No Rush catamaran was awesome and I would do this again in a heartbeat. The captain and crew were friendly and great tour guides. They always made sure everyone was taken care of and it made for such a wonderful day!

My favorite part was visiting Shark Ray Alley - I swam with SHARKS! Nick took a few pics...

Our last stop was the Hol Chan Marine Reserve - I missed this because I had little G and he was too tired to swim (in a life jacket)....So we just got back on the boat and hung out.

On the way back to the hotel all three kids fell asleep...

And heading back home on Saturday...

checking out some ants

One last picture before our boat taxi arrived to take us to the airport. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Belize Family Trip - Pt 3

And finally days 4 and 5 of our trip....

The guys went fishing so we did a little exploring with the kiddos. 

Boca del Rio Park

Since it was low was more like this:

There was a playground for the kiddos to play on

Not quite the same safety standards we are use to back home...

Grayson loved sitting with Vanessa looking for little sea animals. 

Later that afternoon we took the kiddos over to the Truck Stop for ice cream :)
It was HOT...and a lot of their ice cream melted before they could get it in their mouths, but they were happy. 

The guys had a good time on their fishing trip

When we returned to the hotel from getting ice cream the guys were home - so we all went swimming. 

For dinner Claire, T and I headed back to the Truck Stop to pick up some food for everyone. 

On Thursday we had another day at the resort. We started out swimming and then headed over to V Bar for lunch.

These two.

Yummy drinks! 

That evening we got a babysitter for the kiddos so that we could all go out for an adult dinner. We got ourselves cleaned up and decided to take a few pictures before heading out. 

I have no idea what was going on with Ryan's hair and I didn't notice until after we were done so, oh well. 
We drove our golf carts into town to Elvi's Kitchen for dinner. It was so nice to have dinner without having to entertain and chase little kiddos around. 
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