Friday Five: 1/31/2020

1.Well, we hit another milestone in our house. Beginning right after Christmas break, Ruth started preschool (Holla!!!) She goes two mornings a week and loves it. She has had absolutely no hesitation in her newest adventure. Her favorites so far include painting, sand table, snack time and riding the bus home. 🙂 But let me tell you, getting 4 kids to school before 7:50 am is a new skill….one I’m working on, and they are too.


2. Our house has been riding the wave of culinary bliss that is the 2nd trimester…meaning I have been cooking A LOT. Because I. am. HUNGRY. After minimal eating for the cost of pure survival for the first 13 weeks, I am happy to say that my appetite has finally returned and so has my enjoyment of cooking, but not-so-much my enjoyment of dishes. All I really want to eat is sushi, and I know I can’t make it decent at home *sigh* and cooked rolls are no match for raw (which I can’t have).  Here’s a list of some of the recents around here (links included!):


Stuffed pepper soup

Homestyle chicken noodle soup

Instant pot pizza pasta

Loaded sweet potatoes with chipotle lime crema

BBQ chicken bean quesadillas

Queso chicken chili

Aloha chicken rice bake

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie


Healthy peanut butter banana bars

Country breakfast bowls

Homemade granola bars

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies

3. Since our house has also been riding the wave of winter illnesses this January, I’ve spent more than enough time at home due to a sick child. The only silver lining of this is that I’ve had some extra couch time/naptime to read! I’ve checked off a good start of books this year and my to-read list only continues to grow! Several of my favorite large family/Catholic/inspirational bloggers/vloggers have published books recently and I cannot wait to get my hands on their bios! Here’s what I’ve been digging through lately:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood–4 stars (Fiction. Disturbing dystopia, and for some reason I enjoy dystopias, why, I don’t know?!)

A Priest in the Family by Brett Brannen–5 stars (Nonfiction. May not be applicable to everyone, only those that have a seminarian/priest in their family! For these people, it is a great read)

Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman–5 stars (Nonfiction. SO GOOD. Every American parent should read! The French are fascinating parents)

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth–5 stars (Fiction. Not at all what I expected by the title, but obviously, very well written!)

The Orange Frog by Shawn Achor–4 stars (Nonfiction. Inspirational read about positivity and happiness)

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand–4 stars (Fiction. A beach read, it was ok, but not a favorite by any means. Good story, just soooo loooong. 420 pages are too many for me and I found the story to be too drawn out!)

4. We’ve been spending quite a few Saturdays at swim meets. Gabriel is closing the gap to reaching state qualifying times, and we are hopeful he does so in the next few weeks! Sometimes one of us stays home with the girls, sometimes we all go. I have a love/not-love feeling about swim meets. LOVE: warm pool room, good winter activity, G lives for it and watching him is fun, Chik-Fil-A after the meet, and volunteering at meets is kind of fun! NOT-LOVE: keeping Kateri out of the pool, nausea from pool warmness (this has now subsided, thankfully), keeping younger girls occupied in a gym for several hours, the inability to pack enough food for all of us for an afternoon in said gym/pool (we avoid concessions–maybe I need a bigger cooler?!). A few weeks ago we had a few feverish girls on a Saturday, so I stayed home and J took Gabriel to his meet. We lucked out in that they broadcast the entire meet on YouTube in real-time! I was delighted! It was like the Olympics or something, there was an announcer and all the swimmer’s names, times and team logos popped up before and after the race. It is pretty cool seeing your son’s name pop up…with a personal record time too!


Snapped from my TV!

5. Pregnancy update, because I know everyone is waiting on the edge of their seats, dying to know *sarcasm*: I’m 15 weeks and change. I have a very strong feeling this is another girl, and I have a girl name that has been etched in my brain since about week 5….which probably means we are having a boy because I’m about 80% inaccurate on guessing gender. I’m finally feeling less pukey, but still have moments of nausea and feeling like junk. I’ve switched up my workouts to BodyFit by Amy on YouTube and Amy’s rocking it! I’ve gained a few lbs and a belly. No doubt I’ll have a massive torpedo belly in a few short months, per the norm. I suddenly want to eat all the things, but am trying to restrain myself as best I can. On my short list: sushi, sour cream, cottage cheese, cheese and crackers, (theme here??) broccoli/veggies and dips, cheddar veggie straws, avocados. I could literally eat a vat of sour cream with a spoon….gross, I know, so I don’t. Apparently I need some dairy fat?! IDK, trying to eat in moderation! That being said I am still able to eat a pretty balanced diet for the most part. Stuff I stay away from: salsa, pork, plain eggs, plain ground beef, moderately ripe bananas. I enjoy sleeping and have been known to pass out at 9:15pm on the couch.

Now that I’ve almost turned this into a food blog, I’m going to sign off 😉




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