the more they seem to stay the same. It is that time of year when I always seem to get stuck in a rut. I do the same things, say the same things, feel the same things. You would probably say it’s a good time for change. But the thought of trying to add yet another spinning plate is not what I need right now. But right now, I know that if something doesn’t change, things could become really unpleasant, and that is the last thing I want to happen.
|Picture from Phillies game in September 2011|
Last weekend was one of those perfect weekends. I was off for 3 days, and so was my husband and my children. My oldest had a sleepover, and the adults just hung out and relaxed. Sunday was a lazy day, filled with a little bit of cleaning up, some football watching, and lots of napping. Leftovers were eaten on paper plates so that clean up was a snap. Monday was pretty much the same. Lots of time spent together will minimal fuss. And the even bigger bonus was the weather was absolutely perfect! Sunny skies, crisp fall breezes, and not a single hint of rain! I could not have planned a more perfect weekend off with my family.
So I ask, what do you do when you get in a rut? You know that something different needs to happen, but you don’t know where to start? My time off with my family makes me realize that they are my priority, and it’s them I want to spend my time with. I know that I need to work because we have bills, and grocery lists, and gas for cars. So what can I do to balance them both? I don’t want to be the rubber band that snaps, I want to be the one that stretches and wraps around.
Buffalo Chicken Dip.
- 16-oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1-cup blue cheese dressing of your choice
- 1-cup Frank’s buffalo sauce ( I used one 5oz. bottle)
- 1-cup chopped celery(optional)
- 4-cups cooked, shredded chicken
- Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese
Combine cream cheese, blue cheese, hot sauce in sauce pan on stove until cream cheese is melted and smooth.
Add in celery. Fold in chicken and spread in 13×9-inch baking dish. Heat at 350 for 30 minutes. Top with mozzarella and cheddar cheese the last 15 minutes. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled!
Serve with crackers or chips(we use the scoops). This is a recipe that will be sure to please all your guests. It is also great to take to picnics or to a Superbowl party!
1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs.
- I am a HUGE Philly sports fan
- I love anything chocolate!!
- I love being a baseball Mom
- I’d rather stay at home with my family than go out shopping all the time
- I’m not even 5 feet tall
- I love to read. It’s all I want to do in my free time!
- I want to be a SAHM or at least a very minimal working Mom
I have encountered so many new blogs in the past few weeks, that listing just 15 would be beyond difficult. So I am dedicating this award to all of my new blog followers. Please feel free to take it!
I love summer. It really is my favorite time of year. I love walking barefoot in the grass, wearing shorts and tank tops, and swimming with the kids when we get the chance. Lazy mornings watching TV and eating cereal, cuddling on the couch, and the break from managing homework and school are all things that I love best about summer. Italian ice, walking the boardwalk, and fireworks in the evening are all treasured memories in our family.
Genesis 1:21(New International Version)
21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Remember my posts from earlier this year about the start of the 2011 baseball season? I gave some helpful tips on surviving as a baseball Mom, enjoying yourself with new situations, and a bunch of proud Mom pictures. Well, I am so proud to announce:
It’s so hard to believe that the 2011 school year is almost upon us. Each year it seems like Back To School supplies show up earlier and earlier. In a way, I feel bad for the kids that their summer is always rushed and that they feel they have to rush in order to enjoy it. At the same time, time ticks on, and the calendar is inching closer and closer to September. Our school district always starts school the Tuesday after Labor Day. I wish that would start earlier because of our unpredictable winter weather that has a tendency to extend the school year because of all the snow days that are used up. We are lucky in the fact that our school district does build some snow days into the schedule, but they were all used up, and the kids had to go until the 16th of June last year.
This year it’s hard to believe that oldest DS will be in 7th grade. This is his second year in middle school, so we both have a better idea of what to expect. One of the newest course in this school year is Spanish. This is the first time DS will have any exposure to languages other than English. He certainly has the brain for it, and a good ear(why is it he can hear, but not listen?? LOL), which should make this class a little less intimidating for him. He is also excited that he with no longer be in “the dungeon”, as they call it. Last year, 6th grade was in the lower level of the school. This year, they are on the main floor, and not so far away from everything. I am not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. At least they are still separated from the eighth graders. In this school year, youngest DS is going into 5th grade. This will be his final year at elementary school, so it is kind of bittersweet. There is not too much added to his schedule, other than morning band practice twice a week. The fifth grade teachers are mostly different from when oldest went, so I really don’t know what to expect from any of the teachers. I am just hoping that youngest will be more responsible with his agenda, showing us his work, and remembering to bring things home.
I guess the hardest part of the school year starting back up is the unknown. We still haven’t received our class assignments. From previous history, they should be here this coming weekend, but the waiting is still difficult. I do like to email the teachers ahead of time to go over supply lists, and to make sure that they have all my contact information for the new school year. I also like to know if they are any things I can donate to the classroom, and start stocking up on those items. My SIL is a teacher, and it’s always difficult to hear how she is spending so much of her own many just to supply her classroom with basic supplies. I know that not everyone can donate to the school, so I try to help out whenever I can.
So I ask this of all the bloggers out there: What are your favorite tips for preparing for Back To School? What are you doing to make this a successful school year?