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Sometimes I come alive at night, this just so happens to be one of those nights. Whizzing through the house getting to all the “stuff” I’ve been making lists about for weeks.

With school in full swing, we’ve entered survival mode!

School has begun, and afternoon activities are in full swing. The first day of school I couldn’t even wait for the bus (dad did) I had to drop off my littlest and get to the office. A short while later I get a text message from my BFF “Dear Lord. Everyone is crying and I’m like c-ya” – and that is why we are friends! HA! 
I do miss my kids while they are at school but I am happy they are back in a routine. On the first day, I got to work and promptly sent my oldest the following:
Have a great day! I love you! Be yourself, stand tall, be confident! Be kind! You got this! She’s so much like me, it’s scary! 

Holy long day batman – read further for a good laugh.
After spending nearly ten hours at the office today, I am home and oddly enough I don’t feel like crashing…yet. There always a multitude of things to do. I survived the first of three back to school nights last night (for the record, last night I could’ve fallen asleep at 7 if I had the opportunity) but, it was a positive experience and I’m so glad I was able to attend.
I haven’t shared this with many, but I have had borderline high blood pressure for quite some time and have required a closer watch. I am not big on taking medicine unless it’s absolutely necessary, however the time arrive about six weeks ago. After a little tweaking, I am where I need to be for now, and I as continue my journey hopefully this will be a thing of the past. With both my parents having heart issues, it was time to err on the side of caution and get the assistance I need. I am determined to do everything in my power to lead a healthier and more active life so that I do have the chance of getting off of an everyday regimen.
So, skipping to today…my doctor wanted me to get a physical and bloodwork complete, as soon as possible to get a clear picture of what’s going on. At the end of the appointment, it was decided I need an EKG – just to check things out (all is totally fine BTW). I am given a paper shirt (ladies you’ll appreciate this), everything off from the waist up and have it open in the front.
I decided to wear a dress today, probably not the best idea to start. I was able to unzip my dress to my waist and as I’m pulling on the paper shirt there’s a swift knock at the door and it flings open, that was the first offense. The nurse quickly apologizes and closes the door as I’m scrambling to put on said paper shirt – it rips – all the way down the back (the nurse is on the other side of the door waiting for me). Crap. I told her, I said it’s fine I’ll deal. I laid down on the table attempting to hold the bottom of the shirt down. She closes the door and starts covering me with the sticky pads to connect the probes to. She pulls the cords from the machine and starts connecting, one wire hooks on to my shirt….and there’s the second offence. She apologized again. You’d think after having three kids I’d be prepared for this kind of thing. Ah well. Funny nonetheless. 😬
Complacency is so not my thing. I want to make a difference, I NEED to make a difference. I thrive on fixing things, being someone’s go to, and needed for things. I don’t know how I got here, but now I’m second guessing what direction to go in. Maybe it’s time for a career change? I’ll see where tomorrow takes me – hopefully not to another paper shirt!😂
Meal planning for the week – everyone asks me about this! I started planning my dinner menus years ago, at first it was a budgetary tool. Planning ahead helps keep you on budget, avoiding spending extra in takeout several nights a week. Fast forward…eight years later and a few extra kids 😂, now it’s necessary to keep me sane and not scrambling when we get home at 8pm on a school night. 

I’ve begun planning my menus for the week again. I took the summer off – and paid for it 😩. It seriously helps so much! Talking with friends, we’re all in the same boat racing from here to there and finally ending up with dinner too late. When I plan my menu I begin with whatvwe have already at home and incorporate that as much as possible. I base what I’m planning on that day on the activities we have that night. Never underestimate ten minutes of prep for the next day while you’re cleaning up from this evening.
For me, it started before the week begun. I purposely grilled extra steak to carry into another meal. Here’s the menu for the week:

Sunday – out at a friends house

Monday – Salmon and baked sweet potatoes with a salad

Tuesday – Steak stir fry (using my leftover steak from Saturday. I found this kit, it’s inexpensive, and delicious, the kids love it and it’s way better for you than take out.

Wednesday – Soup and sandwiches (we do paninis) I have no picture 🙁 I do often make my own soup but there were several soups on sale at SAMs club this week, we had broccoli cheddar soup with chicken paninis (leftover rotisserie chicken I bought for my salads for lunch)

Thursday – Pasta night I think it might very well be my kids favorite. I’ll be trying this for myself and see what it’s all about 

Friday – Leftovers – whatever’s left in the fridge – free game. I hate wasting, so we try to do this, plus it’s quick and easy. 
Saturday – Chicken I haven’t decided what to do with it yet, we’ll see where the day takes us. Seems like a good crockpot day so I don’t have to worry about it, and just enjoy the fall day. 
I’m definitely not the perfect mom, and I can never seem to get an entire week’s schedule correct, and we might be late for things – but I do what I can with the tools I am given. It’s not easy raising tiny humans.
Tonight, I am thinking of all my mom friends; both near and far and sending you love. ❤️
“Don’t be so hard on yourself when you find yourself dwelling on your past and overthinking about all the misfortune you’ve had. Because sometimes people forget that their past is a pathway. A pathway is a journey, and a journey takes time. And time is all you have when you feel lost. So please be patient. Be kind because something better is on the way” – R.M. Drake