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Baby laughing!! Short teaser

I have been wanting to blog about becoming an empty nester for almost a year. I want to not only create a place for me to look back on to see what we did in the early years of our newly found freedom, but also to encourage other women who are in the same nest I am(or soon will be)
"I'll have so much more time"   "How will I ever fill my days without my girls here?"   "Will my superman and I get bored with one another?"
I truly thought I would have more time!! 

2016 was a heck of a year for our family from beginning to end!
I hope to share so much with you in my posts from fun adventures we took, crafts we did, restaurants we tried, heartache we endured, and how to make to most of life on a daily basis. 
One thing I have found to be true...I don't miss all the laundry

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Master Chef

Have you ever sat in front of your TV, watching a cooking show and thought, I can do that....Well, I do that ALL THE TIME. I yell at cooks on Chopped like others yell at football players on Sundays. I think of course, the chef's can hear me.

I cheer for the home cooks on Master Chef the same way. I have watched this show the last 6 seasons and am thoroughly engrossed in season 7 at the moment. The season finale is next week. I CAN'T WAIT! I'm pulling for 5th grade teacher Brandi Mudd to win! She's super cute and comes from a background of cooking for her family and friends in much the same way that I do.

My love language is definitely food. I truly am my best me when I'm in the kitchen. Cooking for my family is such a joy, and when I get to cook for friends I love to show off. After telling my Superman and girls that I wanted to be on Master Chef for the last....well all of the seasons, I'm doing it. I filled out my registration online today to go to the open c…

2016 just started and I'm alreay exhausted

It's January 29th, a mere one month into the new year and I feel like I am alreay behind. Our youngest darling daughter is graduating this year from high school and a quick 3 weeks later our oldest daughter is getting MARRIED! 
I have no idea how this schedule is going to look, we have showers, grad parties, batchlorette party, graduation day, rehearsal dinner, DIY wedding crafts, and the Wedding day itself! I may be sleeping the rest of the month of June.
Our girls sure are fantastic and I wouldn't miss a single moment of the craziness that is about to happen..

Here is a quick peek at the photo sessions from both Pumpkin's engagement session and Noodle's Senior pictures...

They're Getting Married in June 

She's graduating in May

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Wednesday Menu...on Thursday and some other stuff

What are we eating this week?

Here is the link to this weeks menu...WEEK 2

Things have been a bit crazy around here because of a new class I'm taking, Noodle had a gymnastics meet, Pumpkin is directing a one act play and is Crew Head for show choir  and my Superman had to travel to Dallas. Whew! So I haven't had a chance to make any of these dishes yet, but I promise to post them once I do. 

So, I started this training class this week called BOLD. It's a cross between sales training and life coaching offered by Keller Williams. I love being a Realtor and want to make sure I am doing the best I can for my past, current, and future clients. Having that said, this class is really challenging me and taking me WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY outside my comfort zone. It requires cheering! For myself. Ick. I was a cheerleader in high school and a year in college, so the concept is not foreign to me, but standing up every hour on the hour in a room with other agents and shouting, yes SHOUTING, &qu…

I like spreadsheets

I admit it, I love excel. I use it for just about everything I need to keep track of. Time blocking, finances, real estate, and of course my menu and grocery lists.

I am on a quest to keep things at my finger tips because this year is going to be crazy with my pumpkin graduating from High School and then going off to college and my real estate business is really booming right now. So instead of re-creating my menu every week I plan to spend the next couple of weeks making a menu with a grocery list (my goal is 10 weeks) and then printing several copies of both. I will keep them in my newly made family menu binder, that will also include take out menus and coupons. 

The first two weeks I am taking from my current favorite cookbook "Now Eat This!"by Rocco Dispirito You can find it here on Amazon. I used his menu right from the book.

Check out my week 1 menu HERE

I will finish the menu for next week and get it to you next Wednesday. 

Our favorite recipe this week was by far the So…