Well this week has mostly been sucked up by the ward party that has now come and gone. Phew! I really don't like being in charge of things. I am a work horse so I don't even mind the work as much as having to be the one to make the decisions and figure everything out. That is super stressful. It's really hard to figure out amounts and make sure people are following through with their assignments without micromanaging too much. Anyway it's done and that's a relief!
On Tuesday night our Relief Society meeting was all about cooking with beans, lentils, and quinoa. They had samples and recipes. I definitely want to incorporate some meatless meals. They were pretty good. After the class I decided I would save some money from the ward party (so I could buy avocados) and use dry beans instead of canned beans. It totally worked so I might start trying to use dry beans more.
On Wednesday I bought most of the fresh ingredients for the party. I decided to make a few more batches of tortillas that day just in case. On Thursday I cooked beans in my oven all day and was chopping lettuce into the night. While I was chopping lettuce I got the inspiration to put chips and salsa on all the tables. Brilliant! I was planning on skipping my early morning workout Friday morning so I wouldn't be so tired but I wasn't sleeping anyway so I got up and went. Afterwards I headed over to the store for more lettuce and chips and salsa. I came home and fed my kids a bowl of cereal and made my first trip to the store to unload most of the food. Most of my committee works so I didn't have any help putting up the decorations but I was able to snag a couple of friends last minute to help me put them up. Thank goodness! By that time it was time for lunch. I actually had time to take a decent nap. I then got up and started heating up the pork and cooking the beans. I did that until it was time to take it up to the church to start setting things up. I didn't take any pictures though darn it. I just reused my decorations from my sister's wedding. Each of the tables had a wrapping paper table topper and a mason jar with pinwheels in them. There was also chips and salsa at every table. When it was time to eat we had one table come up at a time and I heated up the homemade tortilla on the grill and gave it to them. They then went through the line and had sweet pulled pork, black beans, lime cilantro rice, homemade pico from my friend Jen, avacados, sour cream, and homemade cilantro ranch dressing. It was legit! After dinner a committee member was in charge of minute to win it games. She had tons of games planned and it was really fun. Afterwards we had homemade strawberry shortcake made by another committee member. It was an adult only party so one committee member stayed in the nursery all night with some of the young women to babysit. Then it was time to tear down and clean up. And like that it was done! I think over 80 people came so all in all it was a huge success! Victory.
In other news I taught Gabby how to ride a bike without training wheels this week. Scott is having a good month and he is really close to getting a bonus. Hopefully this week he will get what he needs to earn his bonus. That would be sweet!
Gabby quotes: "Mom, I like Jesus."
"It would be crazy if I was three and was so nice and I listened to everything you told me to do." That would be the craziest thing." Oh my gosh kids are so funny! (Oh and seriously Gabby doing everything I told her to do WOULD be crazy).
|Nice scowl Ryan.|
|Janet gave me some gym bucks she had earned at gymboree and I bought some clothes their yesterday. The girls love their new swimming suits. Piper is sleeping in hers right now. Gabby loves hers and thinks it looks really good with her haircut.|
Gabby's bike helmet was the only one we couldn't find. Classic.