Thursday, September 11, 2014

Midweek Randoms

It's been forever since I did a midweek random post! I had every intention of posting this on Wednesday, but life got the better of me.

The first, most important thing, I MUST tell you about is a recipe for a Mason Jar Salad. I used THIS recipe for the dressing (I'm not a huge fan of store bought salad dressings - and this one seriously took me about 3 minutes to make) and I used THIS recipe for the salad. This week I made two different mason jar salads and this one is my favorite by far! Seriously! DELICIOUS! You could make it as a side salad for dinner too and it would be amazing, I'm sure.

I get lots of people asking me all the time about these mason jar salads. They always want to know if the lettuce is crisp or if things get soggy. Honestly, if you layer your salads correctly, they taste just exactly the same 6 days after you make them. The lettuce should never touch any wet ingredients. Then the dressing should only touch the vegetables that can be "marinated" or hearty veggies that won't get soggy. If you follow those two main rules, your salad will be great!
Last week the kids, hubby, and I went out for breakfast with my parents, brother, and sister-in-law. I had just come from a run and literally ran in the house, got the kids in the car, and we all headed out. I love that my family is so close now that we can just plan a quick family breakfast and all eat together. I never thought my whole family would live in the same city again. We were a tiny bit early to the restaurant and didn't want to take everyone into the restaurant until we were close to ready (anyone with kids knows what it's like distracting three littles in a restaurant) - so we distracted our oldest with car selfies before my parents and siblings arrived. 
Aiden has been extra cuddly lately. I don't know where it's come from, but I am loving it. We were watching a show one night and he came right up and cuddled up to me.
Once a week, Luke has to drop the kids off at my work because he works a night shift. It's only about a 15 minute overlap that the kids are at my work (and it's during my homeroom/class meeting period, so I don't actually have to teach). They have been SO ridiculously excited about seeing the big kids and playing with my blocks. My big kids have probably been even more excited. So adorable.
This past weekend, we took the kids Christmas shopping with us (we weren't shopping for them...we were shopping for extended family, because we like to spread out our shopping over four months), but the twins were in a bit of a mood. They wanted to be carried and held and I only have so many arms. So we made a fair deal. I stayed in the car with the twins while Daddy and Connor went shopping. We watched Finding Nemo on the screen in the car and they were thrilled (disclaimer lest I get emails about Isabella's seatbelt: We weren't moving. I told her it was fine if she wanted to smoosh it down so it wasn't at her chest level):
On Sunday night, my brother and husband wanted to watch the football game, so we headed to our favorite go-to restaurant. The kids can play on a playground structure and make their own pizzas and then my sister-in-law and I can just chat and hang out, while the boys watch the game. It's a win win for everyone.
This time Connor chose to make a happy face on his pizza, which excited him to no end. So funny!
I love being able to document our tiny little day-to-day events, but never seem to have time to do it. I love looking back on these posts the most - because these are the real memories. The special occasions - they only come once in a while - these days and activities are the ones that fill our days.


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