Monday, April 15, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday



Hello and happy Monday to you Friends ~ 

I was absent last Monday because it was the kids' Spring break from school and we went to Arizona for the week to visit my Dad and step Mom that live there in the winters. It was a wonderful week of sun and fun and true peaceful rest. I hope you all had a wonderful week as well! I'll apologize in advance for this being a photo heavy post as I'm sharing lots of pics from the trip below. 

Now that the batteries are recharged it's back to real life...










THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:





















ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

This was my view this AM:

as Annie had a dentist appt for sealants first thing before school. So grabbed quick McD's iced coffee and hashbrown for breakfast ..and yogurt parfait and hashbrown for Annie ;) 

















RIGHT NOW I AM:

listening to the news on tv and working on my planner for the week














AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW


I still see some snow again, since we got more while we were gone on our trip. Ah, to be back in 80* weather by the pool ::sigh:: It's getting cloudier and may rain later. 













AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

Still pretty clean since we haven't been back from the trip too long yet. I emptied all the suitcases and have been catching up on lots of laundry!














ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

Annie's summer hockey and volleyball practices. I think she may have golf practice too? Groceries, errands, bday lunch with my Aunt, Annie's dentist and Aaron toe appt, bring meal for FIL, work on Easter menu and get rest of kiddo goodies, volunteer time, home projects and catch up


 












CURRENTLY READING

finishing fun book I was reading on airplane during flights called Broken Bone China by Laura Childs. It's a fun tea time kind of mystery book so lots of fun recipes and entertaining ideas in it too ;) 














ON THE TV TODAY:

Game of Thrones, Call the Midwife, Grantchester, Spring Baking Championship, the Resident, New Amsterdam, American Housewife, the Rookie, Survivor, Little People Big World, Greys 
Anatomy, Trading Spaces, cooking shows

 













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY:  breakfast for dinner with cranberry wild rice toast, cheesy eggs and fruit


TUESDAY: need to get groceries - probably easy subway night?


WEDNESDAY: deep dish style cheese pizza with roasted broccoli on the side (BA meal)



THURSDAY: tacos


FRIDAY: broccoli & sweet pepper fried rice with sunny side up eggs on top (BA meal) 


**Easter meal on Sunday will consist of ham, cheesy potatoes, strawberry spinach salad with poppyseed dressing & homemade sugared pecans on top, corn, dinner rolls, sugar cookie fruit pizzas, homemade toffee bars, iced tea, raspberry lemonade, coffee












WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

scrapbook gift for a relative, craft room

















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

the toffee bars are my MIL's recipe and I have not ever made them, she always used to....I think it will be nice for my FIL xoxo (food is love) 💗 













TIP OF THE WEEK:




Clean your blinds with a 50-50 vinegar and water mixture and an old sock.
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*Not a life hack - but I love how the little freeway by our house often posts an electronic sign about buckling up and being safe on the road, and usually in a clever or cute way. Today driving back from Annie's school after the dentist it said: 
"Death and taxes. Only one of them has to happen today" 

(so I guess happy tax day to you all too! Lol)







FROM THE CAMERA
Get ready for lots of trip pics:

away we go!!


it was 95* and over 100* the first 2 days we were there - so we did lots of pool time. It was around 80* rest of the time. My Dad and step Mom (in pic with Annie) have a beautiful back yard and patio area and their own pool. It was so relaxing. 





mornings that my Dad and step Mom had church stuff first thing - they would leave the coffee pot on for me and breakfast out for us and turn on the pool fountain before they left (little waterfall on back of pool you can see) 






I promise I wore lots of sunscreen when I laid out like this ;) 











we got in some fun mini golf time too





And a wonderful science center with tons of hands-on exhibits









And some top golf so Annie could get in some practice. I'm proud to say I took 2nd place behind my Dad (who is a great golfer that has been golfing forever!)



And played with their 2 adorable poochies: Chewie & Missy
































And went to a gorgeous desert botanical gardens at sunset and stayed for a music and light show at dark. I'll share some videos of it below



And went for some rides in my Dad's convertible. One night we went for ice cream with the top down and drove by an orange grove and could smell the orange blossoms. Heavenly!!





And dressed up and went out for some nice dinners - including a fun one with my Aunt and Uncle who also live down in the area in the winters




And just got some truly wonderful bonding time - especially with Aaron before he heads off to college this Fall




The day we flew back we took one last longingly look at the pool and said our goodbyes :(



And came home to 30* weather and new inches of snow. Ugh





Here are some videos of the cactus light show in the botanical gardens






And Annie on a bed of nails at the science center



And a video of our night time convertible ride ;) 











PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

8 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a lovely vacation, Carrie, and I love all the cactus pictures! Especially the ones with the beautiful orange flowers! So pretty! My mom loved cactus! I have a big one that she brought home from somewhere (it blooms pink) and, then, my dad's prickly pears (which blooms yellow). They're so pretty! And I finally got started building my moon garden around them. I will post pics when I get it done! :) Have a beautiful and blessed Easter week and Resurrection Sunday, my friend! Blessings! <3

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  2. I really enjoyed stopping by! Your spring break sounds so relaxing and fun! The pool looked so relaxing and inviting! To go home from 100 degree weather to snow would be hard! I enjoyed your pictures! I hope you have a blessed week and a Happy Easter!

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  3. Wow! Loved the light show. I still need to go to Saguaro and Petrified Forest National Parks to finish my AZ bucket list. Were you near Phoenix or Tucson?

    What a shock to come home to snow and brrrr! temperatures. Glad you're home safely and rested - you deserved a time out.

    Everyone looked so happy and ooh la la! Miss Legs Bachand of 2019.
    Bet Ruby was thrilled to see you back again. She didn't even seem to mind the snow.

    Much love to you, My Darling Girls. I always think of Easter as new beginnings. Hmmmmmm....... Sending hugs, AP

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  4. Oh what a time you had! Love all the pics... and the cacti one's are stunning! Yummy menu this week! Have a great Monday!

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  5. Hello Sweet Lady!
    Thank you for sharing those awesome vacation pictures!!!
    Your menu looks good, especially for Easter.
    I haven't settled on a menu for us yet!
    We had ham for Christmas...
    Anyway, welcome home!

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  6. Looks like you had a terrific trip! Glad you got in some family bonding time before your son heads off to college (you know I related to that!). The pool looks perfect. Love that weekly inspiration. Hope you have a great week and a very Happy Easter (maybe with some warmer weather?)!

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  7. You made me miss Arizona even more, we are wanting to go back down even if just for a week. Looks like you had a blast, so glad you got to enjoy time with your dad and stepmom.

    Have a wonderful week :)

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  8. Wonderful that you were able to get away and enjoy some fun in the sun, Carrie! I lived in Arizona (Tucson) for 2 years when a newlywed - I miss it so much. The desert looks so pretty this time of year with all the flowers. I've been to that botanical garden a few years ago - it's wonderful and I know the scent of the orange blossoms. You look beautiful and so relaxed and it's so nice that you got to spend this time with your son. Is it true - he's already going off to college soon? My goodness....time just flies. Annie looks like she had fun in the pool and so nice to spend time with your Dad and step-Mom and even your aunt and uncle, too. Hope you get some spring-time weather and that you all have a wonderful Easter. Sending hugs and blessings xo Karen

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