Monday, August 19, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday



 Happy Monday Friends!

I hope you're having a wonderful Monday so far! And that you had a great weekend. I've been keeping extra busy today because I had such an emotional day yesterday. It was my boy Aaron's 19th birthday, but he also left for his new journey, and college, in Florida. I'm so excited for him - but as a parent it's always hard letting them go to spread their wings. I know God has great plans for him and I focus on that. 

Now to get through this first week ahead Lol ...















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:














































ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING


piece of banana bread, coffee with natural salted caramel creamer




















RIGHT NOW I AM:

listening to Christian music and I can hear Annie's birds singing in her bedroom. Working on my planner. Thinking about my boy and how it still doesn't seem real he's on his way to a new life. I'm sure it will hit me fully in a week or 2 when he still isn't driving up the driveway and coming in the door 😢 



















AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

Gorgeous day. Sunny and big white clouds in a blue sky. It's warm but it's windy and there are lots of ripples on the bay. Annie's big narwhal floatie keeps getting blown by the wind in the pool, so it looks like it's swimming around by itself. Lol



















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

Tidy and clean overall. Sun streaming through the windows. I went in Aaron's room this morning just to look at it all clean and emptied out again. I know I'm a mess. I promise I'm doing better than I sound! 😊 


















ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

All the usuals and getting ready for Annie to start school next week. Errands, groceries, helping my Mom with her laundry etc. Going out to dinner with a friend this week. Her daughter will be leaving for college too so we're going to commiserate in some margaritas. Lol! Hospice volunteering. Some more house organizing.

 
















CURRENTLY READING

I started a little bit of the book Ask Again, but stopped and hadn't really gotten into it. I started reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society instead. So going to read that one first

















ON THE TV TODAY:

America's Got Talent,  Big Brother, Flip or Flop, HGTV shows, Kids Baking Championship, some movies taped right now, cooking shows taped





 













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY:  Thai chicken lettuce cups with rice and marinated snap peas I hadn't made yet (BA meal)


TUESDAY: cheesy chili lime quesadillas, veggies & dip


WEDNESDAY: out with a friend


THURSDAY: cranberry pecan chicken salad wrap sandwiches, sweet potato fries, garden salad


FRIDAY: use leftover chicken for chickie chip hot dish on toast, fruit salad

















WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

I finished Aaron's little book and gave it to him for his bday yesterday. I took a couple photos (see below). Working on some last pages for my Grandpa's scrapbook I've been redoing and back to working on a heritage scrapbook of my Mom's family
















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

I will plan to post this week the chocolate mayo birthday cake I had made for Aaron and also a new sour cream banana bread recipe that was really good!














TIP OF THE WEEK:



I'm thinking about brushing up on my French. Annie and I plan to go on a trip there with her French class in the years ahead













FROM THE CAMERA





The book I made Aaron had recipes he requested, how to do an easy list for the grocery store, laundry and dishes reminders, tips, and loving advice. ❤️ 



His beautiful girlfriend is going to Colorado. She came over yesterday AM and brought him his favorite breakfast and some goodies. She also had made this blanket for him so he could have hugs from her whenever he needed by just wrapping it around him (her name is Helaina but he calls her Laina) 💕 






Packing up and saying goodbye 😭 






clinging to last bits of summer





Decided to end summer with a big bang of blonde. 
😉 They have more fun, right?  




this sour cream banana bread was sooo good


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. TOTALLY laughing my butt off at the blonde statement! Fun is a state of mind my friend - take it from a lifelong blonde! I also loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and hope you enjoy it.

    As hard as it is to experience Aaron driving off to his "college" life, it will get easier. Just know that you did everything to prepare him and as time rolls on you will adjust and he will appreciate you more and more each day. The first time he calls you and says "now I understand" what you meant by... your heart will melt, your eyes will fill with tears and you can pat yourself on the back for raising such a great guy!

    The banana bread looks SUPER yummy! And I really love the recipe book you made for him to have close to him.

    Your inspiration is PERFECT for today. Have a GREAT week.

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  2. I love the Guernsey movie, I'm sure the book is great.
    Glad you're going out with a friend who is going through the same thing as you. It's nice to talk to someone who really gets it.
    Love the book you did for Aaron!

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  3. Hugs to you! Glad you have someone up there to talk to about it all. I know it really helps. Is he driving to Florida? Wow. Love the black book and the blanket, such great gifts. And you and your daughter, a potential trip to France?! That's super exciting. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  4. Its so hard to see your babies off... I was a wreck when mine left for Basic Training... 6 yrs ago (that time flew by). Love the blanket from the GR. And now I want banana bread! Have a great week my friend!

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  5. What a long way away is Florida! No wonder you are feeling it, we all do. My daughter is much closer to you than to me!! I loved the Potato Peel Pie book too, as well as the movie. The book you made Aaron is wonderful, so clever and thoughtful. The best I did when daughter left home was a little sewing box, and a couple of recipes. But for years afterward, she used to phone me for instructions on stain removal, and particular recipes. They all know Mum knows best! xx

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  6. Saying goodbye to one way of life and hello to another is bittersweet. I predict wonderful outcomes for all concerned. Just think of all the exciting things you'll have to discuss.

    Your instruction book and Laina's blanket were two of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever seen. I'm guessing that both will get lots of use.

    I, too, give the Potato Peel book two thumbs up. Those clever Brits!

    I can tell you from experience that blondes do have more fun. I've had a wonderful life, and it just keeps getting better, thanks in part to My Special Girls.

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  7. Happy belated birthday to your son and wishing him lots of fun and happiness in college.
    Great menu for the week. I especially liked the book you made him and the hugs blanket from his girlfriend - he is all set for a new chapter of his life.

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  8. such a sweet post. Wishing your son a safe and productive year in college. It's hard watching them go. My youngest turns 21 in a few months and to me.. she is still that tiny adorable 3 year old that I want to shelter. My oldest daughter spent a lot of time overseas which I believe contributed to my greying hair. Although I refuse to give up the blonde! Your menu sounds fantastic. Thank you for the blog visit.

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