What We Ate: 8/18 – 8/24

This week was a bit of an odd week. We didn’t get home from the wedding until dinner on Sunday night and Brian was finishing up the last minute plans for WordCamp Grand Rapids at the end of the week. We knew that both of us would be busy over the weekend and actually had babysitters lined up for Friday night and Saturday afternoon and evening. That’s the most baby-free time I’ve ever had!

Sunday
Lunch: Thai Chicken Pasta at Gull Landing in Pentwater, MI. Delicious!
Dinner: (B) Candy, (K) Leftover chicken taco meat as nacho toppings

Monday
Lunch: (B) Forgot to eat, (K) Leftover zucchini filling with fresh pasta
Dinner: Dinner with a friend. He brought zingy marinaded chicken, corn on the cob, and cherry pie. I provided spinach salad with lots of feta and cucumber

Tuesday
Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Leftover spinach salad from Monday night with grilled chicken added
Dinner: (B) Leftover Thai chicken pasta, (K) Popcorn (I was uninspired and exhausted)

Wednesday
Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Last of the sausage and veggie filling from the zucchini boats and a giant glass of iced coffee (headache)
Dinner: Homemade chicken noodle soup from my stash in the freezer

Thursday
Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Carrot sticks, good cheese, celery with peanut butter, and fresh garden tomatoes with salt
Dinner: Frozen fried rice from Trader Joe’s with edamame, egg, and peas added

Friday
Lunch: (B) WordCamp errands and a brewery stop, (K) Mushroom and onion pizza quesadilla
Dinner: Speaker/sponser dinner for WordCamp Grand Rapids

Saturday
Lunch: (B) WordCamp- bar food, I think, (K) Mushroom and onion pizza quesadilla
Dinner: WordCamp after party

What We Ate: 8/11 – 8/17

Sunday
Lunch: Quick Sunday lunch. It’s very likely we had pasta.
Dinner: Church potluck (we brought spinach salad with white cheddar, carrots, green pepper, and pepitas)

Monday
Lunch: (B) Rotisserie chicken sandwich, (K) Leftover Sunday salad with chicken
Dinner: Dinner at friends’ house (they provided pot roast and salad, we brought corn on the cob)

Tuesday
Lunch: Mac and cheese
Dinner: French toast

Wednesday
Lunch: Chicken and black bean tacos
Dinner: Steak at Logan’s *

Thursday
Lunch: Leftover tacos
Dinner: Stuffed zucchini boats with linguine, similar to this recipe

Friday
Lunch: Leftover zucchini with linguine
Dinner: Rehearsal dinner **

Saturday
Lunch: Subway (oven roasted chicken on herb and cheese bread with provolone and veggies)
Dinner: Wedding

* My middle little sister is going to be a senior in high school this year so Brian was called into duty to take her senior pictures. We drove out to the beach and shot for about 2 hours. It was after 8:00 when we were done and were all starved. We headed to Logan’s and filled ourselves up on steak and rolls.

** Brian was a groomsman in a wedding this weekend so we did a lot of traveling and eating food provided by someone else. It was a wonderful break!

What We Ate: 8/4 – 8/10

Sunday
Lunch: Cheese stuffed pasta shells, garlic bread, California blend veggies
Dinner: Chinese food!

Monday
Lunch: Leftover shells and garlic bread
Dinner: Chuck roast in the crock pot with sweet potatoes, yellow skin potatoes, and carrots

Tuesday
Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Leftover Chinese
Dinner: Brian skipped dinner and I had nachos

Wednesday
Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Grilled cheese
Dinner: Birthday party for my dad (baked spaghetti and salad)

Thursday
Lunch: (B) Sandwich, (K) Spinach salad with chicken and green pepper
Dinner: Clean out the fridge night

Friday
Lunch: Last of the chuck roast
Dinner: Date night (wood fired pizza)

Saturday
Lunch: Homemade vegetable beef soup with the very last of the chuck roast
Dinner: Fundraiser in Brian’s home town for his aunt who has cancer

July Photo Dump

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Ben loves the kitties and tries to play with them as often as he can catch them
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Ben was very proud of himself when he figured out how to make his toy play music
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Happy Independence Day!
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Grandma was cleaning out her house and found the ViewMaster my dad and uncles when they were kids. She was going to throw it out so we claimed the toy along with a stack of slides from the 50s-70s. Love it!
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Independence Day yard work. We tried the back carry with the Ergo for the first time. Ben didn’t like it as much because he can’t see and I don’t like getting my hair pulled. So far, nothing beats hip carry!
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Celebrated our independence by grilling a few filet mignon steaks, mini potatoes and fresh corn
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When the weather gets hot, we enjoy spending the afternoon in the pool
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Chicken is now Ben’s favorite food
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About half of the time that Ben goes quiet in the living room, I find him laying in a sea of books, happily turning pages and telling himself stories. That’s my boy!
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Big news of the month was when Ben started to crawl! He demonstrated his new skills by helping Mowgli chase down a half-dead fly
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Now that he can move, he doesn’t stop traveling and exploring
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He is still a cute sleeper, even when he is a stinker during the day
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Oh, you know, just reading a book like a BIG KID! The crossed ankles get me every time!
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He figured out where we keep the good stuff he isn’t supposed to play with.
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Giving kisses to the adorable baby that lives in the hall mirror
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Cute hat day is always a good day
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We had our second reenactment of the season. This was Ben’s first time wearing his new green dress and our first event with a mobile baby. Since he didn’t get lost, hurt, or eat more than a blade or two of grass, it was a pretty successful weekend!
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I really wish this photo wasn’t blurry but it shows off Ben’s cheese-face so well! You can also see his top, front teeth that came in too.
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Pondering one of life’s many mysteries: Where does the water go after a bath?
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Ben figured out how to sit himself up from laying flat so bed time is much more complicated now
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Sometimes it’s just too much work to finish laying down before falling asleep
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I picked a peck of purple peppers… Not really a peck, only 3 so far but they are tiny and delicious! My supposed “early” tomatoes are not turning yet. I think the weather is too cold.
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Pulling himself to his knees on anything that sits still longer than 5 seconds. Baby proofing the living room was very high on our priority list
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Daddy left for WordCamp San Francisco and I decided to cut three teeth at once and be mean to Mommy for 5 days by not taking naps. She didn’t appreciate it.
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I can picture these two getting into a lot of trouble together in the future
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Brian and I have been lamenting the sudden turn toward being a big kid. Where did the baby go? Did the big boy eat him?
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Brian came home from San Francisco and Ben and I were thrilled!

What We Ate: 7/28 – 8/3

Sunday
Lunch: Homemade sloppy joes, supreme pasta salad with zucchini, carrot, red onion, and green pepper, lemon bars *
Dinner: Popcorn

Monday
Lunch: Leftover sloppy joes
Dinner: Went to Mom and Dad’s for dinner (blueberry pancakes, bacon, and watermelon)

Tuesday
Lunch: Buffalo Wild Wings to celebrate Brian coming home!
Dinner: Last of the sloppy joes with tortilla chips because we were out of buns

Wednesday
Lunch: Leftover wings
Dinner: Personal pizzas (Italian herb crust, homemade sauce, Brian had pepperoni, I had bell peppers)

Thursday
Lunch: Mac & cheese
Dinner: Chipotle (Brian got a chicken burrito, I got a chicken bowl)

Friday
Lunch: Grilled porterhouse steak with sautéed onions, grilled potatoes, fresh steamed green beans
Dinner: Popcorn (still full from our enormous lunch!)

Saturday
Lunch: Both of us skipped lunch to get more yard work done. Not the best choice but we didn’t really miss it.
Dinner: Block party potluck!

* In an attempt to have some adult company while Brian was out of town, my brother and sister-in-law came over for lunch on Sunday. We had to change our plans to grill at the last minute because of rain but the homemade sloppy joe’s turned out incredible! I followed the recipe as written for the most part but I had around 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin that needed to be used or tossed so I added it to the sauce mix and cut down the amount of ketchup. Delicious!

What We Ate: 7/21 – 7/27

Sunday
Lunch: Reenactment
Dinner: Popcorn *

Monday
Lunch: Sandwiches
Dinner: Proscuitto and spinach pizza from Papa Murphy’s, a take and bake pizza chain **

Tuesday
Lunch: I forgot to eat 🙂
Dinner: Penne with vodka sauce, garlic bread and steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots

Wednesday
Lunch: Leftover pizza
Dinner: Cast iron skillet pot pie

Thursday
Lunch: Leftover skillet pot pie
Dinner: Purple bell pepper and red onion omelette

Friday
Lunch: Loaded nachos (bell pepper, black beans, red onion, tomato)
Dinner: Leftover steamed veggies and a frozen single serve cup of strawberries ***

Saturday
Lunch: Wendy’s while on the go
Dinner: Farmers market personal pizza with peppers, green onion, and tomato

* By the time we got home from the reenactment, unpacked the cars, and fed and bathed Ben, we were too tired to care about dinner.

** Friends of ours are moving to Ohio and in a last minute attempt to see them one last time before they left, we met them for frozen yogurt in the middle of the afternoon. We were right by Papa Murphy’s so we picked up a pizza, knowing that we would not want to eat for quite a while.

*** It is kind of nice to have a break from cooking big meals and just eat whatever sounds good to me for a few days. I didn’t eat lunch until 2:30 this afternoon so I still was not hungry around dinner time.

What We Ate: 7/14 – 7/20

I have gotten really lazy about posting these! I had to leave quite a few days blank but I know I did cool quite a bit last week. My parents were on vacation so one of my younger sisters spent Monday through Friday at our house.

Sunday
Lunch: Logan’s Roadhouse with friends after church
Dinner: Dinner at friends’ house. I contributed Cream Puff Dessert (recipe to come!)

Monday
Lunch: Quiznos because I love my husband (and I was running errands and we don’t have leftovers)
Dinner: Mini chicken pot pies and raspberries. I’d highly recommend cutting the herbs in half if you make these but even with the full amount, these are delicious!

Tuesday
Lunch: Leftover pot pie
Dinner: ?

Wednesday
Mystery day!

Thursday
Mystery day!

Friday
Lunch: The last of the pot pies
Dinner: Small Mexican restaurant in the town where we had a reenactment

Saturday
Lunch: Reenactment
Dinner: Reenactment

June Photo Dump

We did a lot of friend visiting, walks, and local fun in June. Here are some snapshots of life as a Richards!

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Hanging out at Ben’s second cousin’s first birthday party
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Brian’s aunt got Ben this puppy for Christmas. It hooks up to the computer and you can teach it to say the child’s name and favorite food, animal, and color. Ben loes hearing it sing to him!
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Ben’s response to his Baby Neptune dvd. This mama loves that Ben sits long enough to get her a quiet lunch
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This clothes pin wreath is quite possibly my first non-reenacting related craft since Ben was born. I haven’t taken it down yet because I love it so much!
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We got a little baby pool and Ben loves splashing and rolling around in it
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He loves his water toys!
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Nose wrinkle cheeseball face!
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Ben will eat anything off a fork
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Ben hasn’t quite started crawling yet but can roll wherever he wants to go. Brian texted this photo to me when I was running errands one day. Time to baby proof the house!
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Working with Daddy
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I had a GREAT trip to the baby consignment store and found a simple sling that was exactly my size for $8
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We took a weekend trip to Chicago so Brian could attend Word Camp Chicago at the end of the month and this is the gorgeous and comfortable apartment we rented.
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Ben checked out the apartment and decided wood floors are slippery
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My sanity-saving travel buddies on the blue line train in Chicago
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My baby and me at Navy Pier. You can faintly see the massive bruise on his forehead where he came in contact with the recliner the day we left for Chicago
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The view from the outdoor patio at the Shedd where we ate lunch
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We loved the jellyfish exhibit
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Seahorse!

What We Ate: 7/7 – 7/13

Confession: I didn’t keep track of our meals last week at all. Brian was sick for a few days so I ate a hodge podge of whatever was in the fridge for several days. I did make homemade chicken noodle soup and chicken black bean tacos at some point during the week but I can’t remember which days they were.

In other slightly related news, our new dishwasher comes today! When we renovated the kitchen in 2011, we planned on keeping the majority of our appliances and slowly replacing them as time allowed. We got the new microwave in January 2012, new stove in April 2013, and finally a new dishwasher! We picked one that was rated as super quiet, has a stainless steel tall tub, hidden control panel (great to keep buttons away from tiny fingers, reviews say it cleans extremely well, and is white so it will blend into the cabinets. Hopefully we will get it installed tonight and I can review it soon!

What We Ate: 6/30 – 7/6

Sunday
Lunch: Chicago Trip (picnic at the Aquarium)
Dinner: Chicago Trip (McDonald’s on the drive home)

Monday
I’m going to call this day a complete wash. Both my friend who was staying with us and I got food poisoning from our burgers on Sunday night and I have no recollection of what Brian ate. I know I choked down about 4 cups of water and that was it.

Tuesday
Lunch: (B) Leftover fajitas, perhaps, (K) Chicken broth
Dinner: I had baked sweet potatoes. I’m not sure what Brian ate

Wednesday
Lunch: Mystery lunch. I was running errands when Brian ate and still not quite hungry for anything
Dinner: Rotisserie chicken from Costco and 4 cheese bow pasta

Thursday
Lunch: Sandwiches at Grandma’s house after the parade
Dinner: Marinaded and grilled filet mignon, grilled tiny potatoes with butter and kale, corn on the cob

Friday
Lunch: Family reunion
Dinner: Popcorn

Saturday
Lunch: Jimmy John’s/Memorial Service food
Dinner: Popcorn