Life Lately // 4.27.2015

Wow, so much going on these days! We came back from our visit with family in Texas recently and then the very next week I headed to Chicago for a tradeshow with co-workers for three days. Both were fun, but I’m happy to be home for a bit now!

We are starting to enjoy some nicer weather and with everything blooming I’m confident we are in the clear for super cold weather and snow. At least until next winter. We love exploring new local areas and finding fun new restaurants when the weather is nice.

The girls have about 6 weeks left in the school year and with that we begin to start planning our very short summer. Our school district is on a balanced calendar, so that means school ends June 4th and starts back up August 4th. Whew. It flies by fast!

Looking forward to Erin visiting over Mother’s Day weekend and heading to Michigan for a weekend with Mom and the rest of the family too!!

Reading Lately: Just starting the book How Remarkable Women Lead at the recommendation of a friend and co-worker. Also starting the same book as Mandy; Scary Close by Donald Miller.

Working on Lately: Menu planning and dinners! After our crazy schedule lately getting dinner on the table has been pretty pathetic. Working on getting menus planned, items purchased and actually getting good healthy dinners on the table.

 Enjoying Lately: Fruit smoothies! I always like the idea of making smoothies – great way to pack in a ton of nutrients in a quick drink. My favorite right now is banana, spinach, yogurt (usually greek), a little milk and orange juice, and then whatever frozen fruit we have on hand – usually a mix of peaches, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Hoping to go berry picking this summer and freeze a bunch. I also toss in a tablespoon or so of hemp and flax seeds.

lately_3_42715Fun finds – Peppy Grill in Indianapolis and I thought this Transformers wall was awesome!

lately_5_42715Texas bound! Grace was a little nervous about the flight, but settled in once we took off. It was hilarious to watch her though. Spent a lot of time in the pool. Dyed eggs on Easter Sunday!

lately_6_42715Selfie by Kaylee. Eva helped marinate salmon for Easter Sunday dinner

lately_7_42715South Padre Island – beautiful day – girls loved finding shells and playing in the waves

lately_2_42715Celebrated Eva’s 10th birthday Dr Who style with a couple of her friends when we got back from Texas. Grace was a HUGE help and decorated the whole house.

lately_1_42715Went to the Children’s Museum on Eva’s birthday and discovered a fun restaurant called Tom + Chee – all grilled cheeses and tomato soup – really good!

lately_4_42715Amazing food and drinks at RM Champagne Salon in Chicago during the HIMSS trade show with co-workers!

lately_8_42715Lovely foggy morning the other day!

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