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Weekend of family, friends and packing!

This weekend, we were able to spend done quality time with our friends and family while we finished up done packing to prepare for our move back to Texas.

Friday and Saturday, Eric’s college roommate, Zach, and his wife, Shannon, and their two-year-old son, Levi, were so sweet to help unpack up most of the kitchen and move out some of the large items. That will save us tons of time on moving day!

It wasn’t all work and no play, though. We did take some time for a hand night at our friends, the Rammers. It was great to see everyone mesh and spend another game night together before we have to leave.





On Saturday, Eric’s parents came up for one last visit and helped us pack a bit on Sunday. It was so nice to see them and spend some time together. They were so helpful.


With do little left in the house, the move has started to really hit me. We really enjoyed our time here and the friends we’ve made. I can’t believe it’s just been a year and a half. Wow!

Just three days to go…

Warmer Weather, Here We Come!


A few months ago, circumstances caused us to begin putting together a timeline for moving back to Texas and beginning the next chapter of our lives together. The one thing we were having trouble with was how we were going to make this transition.

A few weeks ago, God answered this question for us in a way we could not foresee. All of the pieces started to fall together making the move back an obvious next step.

The main thing that made the decision to move back so difficult were all if the friends and the community we’ve found here. They really have become like family to us and we are already making plans to come back soon to visit.

In the last few days, we have seen God’s hand opening doors for us, as well. We have both seen great opportunities develop in the job market that could only be explained by God’s perfect plan.

Besides the opportunity for new jobs, we are excited to be back closer to family and friends we left when we moved North. There are so many exciting life events coming up (three weddings by September and birthdays galore) that it will be good to be closer again.

While packing everything up and making the two-day drive will be a lot of work, I think we both feel this is what we should be doing… Even if that means leaving such good friends.

We knew our time in Wisconsin would be limited, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Thanksgiving is just a week away…

This year, Thanksgiving is going to look a little bit different with our move to Wisconsin. Eric is coming to visit in just a few days, and we’re going to spend the week unloading the moving truck and setting up house.

On Turkey Day, we plan to go up to visit his best friend and his wife for a great meal and good conversation. They have the cutest little baby boy and are so great to act as our family away from home this holiday.

Today, when I saw this PSA from William Shatner, I thought of my dad and his love of fried turkey. Give him injectable flavor and hours to cook the tastiest turkey you’ll ever taste.

However, I do remember the hazzards and fires these things put out. It seems like they have died down, but who can resist a well-intentioned silliness.

William Shatner & State Farm® present \”Eat, Fry, Love,\” a turkey fryer fire cautionary tale



Meal Plan Monday – 8.15 to 8.21

This is our last week before school and football hit high-gear. I think it’ll be nice to have dinner together each night. Since we don’t usually eat everything that these recipes make, I made sure to find some that freeze well. {it gets old eating the same thing after a while}

I also found some great {and somewhat healthy} snacks to make and freeze for the next couple of weeks. This also makes it so much easier for us to eat on a budget and not cram it all in before it goes bad. {my mouth is watering just looking at this weeks menu}

Monday – Stuffed Bell Peppers

Tuesday – Pasta & Brocoli w/ fruit salad

Wednesday – Kitchen Closed/Dad’s birthday dinner

Thursday – Creamy Avacado Chicken Salad

Friday – Leftovers

Saturday breakfast – Pancakes & turkey bacon

Saturday Lunch – Sandwiches & Chips

Saturday Dinner – Brats & Roasted Cilantro Corn

Sunday Lunch – Sweet Potatoes Chicken Casserole

Sunday Dinner – Leftovers



Homemade Oatmeal Packets

Homemade Pancake Mix

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pina Colada Sorbet

Frozen Banana Bites

Hope everyone has a great week!

Our “Stay-cation”/Fun weekend

This weekend, Eric and I made it a point to do a “stay-cation” of sorts. We still did a few normal things like grocery shopping and washing cars, but found some fun things to do in the area.

We went kayaking on the lake for the better part of Friday morning/afternoon.

It was a double kayak, so it required some teamwork to get around the lake. We make a pretty good team!

We even found a great place to stop for a picnic lunch during our expedition. Too bad it got hot around 1 p.m. and we had to turn in our paddles.

That night, we went for a nice dinner at the Gaylord and found a great spot to watch the evening fireworks by the lake.

The lake was full of boaters with the same idea. Maybe we’ll try that next time!

The show was put to music and a lot of fun to watch. I’m glad they do this every Friday night during the summer.

The next afternoon, we visited the Japanese Gardens.

Even with this drought, they still manage to keep everything so green and manicured.

It was gorgeous!

All of them were about 2-feet long each. It was worth the visit just to see them. Even the giant Koi fish wanted to stay in the shade.

Afterwards, we went out to my parents’ house for burgers and hotdogs. It was great to see them, my brother, his fiance and my nephew. I love how his personality has developed and how well he understands what is being said. He is definitely a cutie!

Unfortunately, my camera died while we were at the garden, so I didn’t get any pictures at my parents’ house. I’m sure we’ll have more opportunities in the coming weeks.

Have a great day!

Meal Planning Monday – 6/26 to 7/2

This weekend we spent the weekend in Joplin, Mo for my family reunion. This is where we’ve met for almost 50 years, but gave us a great mission opportunity to help those affected by the tornado. Full post to come.

With the week already started, I’m a little late on the meal plan. Better late than never!

Sunday – on the road

Monday – Shortcut Lasagna, garlic bread, salad

Tuesday – Low Fat Baked Ziti

Wednesday – Leftovers

Thursday – Crab cakes, steamed veggies & potatoes

Friday – Sausage Brushetta, fruit salad

Saturday breakfast – Southwest Omletts w/ fruit

Saturday lunch – Sandwiches & chips

Saturday dinner – Foust birthday party

Sunday breakfast – pancakes & syrup!

Sunday lunch – Family celebration – Old Glory Trifle

Sunday dinner – Taco cornbread bake