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3 Things Thursday {3.9.17}

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This little sassy girl of mine is such a pistol. She’s dressed up for Book Character Day at school and chose to go as Pete the Cat. She’s a huge fan of those books and she got to wear her Halloween costume again so it was a total win for me. Let me tell you what she did one night last week. She asked me for $1 to buy ice cream at school (Kindergarten is allowed only on Fridays) and I told her she had to use her own money. Well she spent her money on something stupid so she got mad and stomped up to bed. An hour later she stomped back downstairs and flung her tooth at me. The tooth had been loose but not THAT loose, if you know what I mean. She yanked that sucker out anyway! With hands on her hip she declared “that tooth fairy better deliver cause I’m getting ice cream tomorrow”. Then she stomped back up to bed. The tooth fairy did indeed deliver. She was too afraid not to. Haha!

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I’ve made so much progress on my 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge! I started in Zoey’s room. I filled up 2 big bags, 2 big boxes, and 2 big tubs to donate. I filled 3 bags with trash. I filled 1 bag going to a family friend with a daughter who is 2 years younger than Zoey, 1 bag of toys going to another friend’s little girl, and then I pulled a big bag of toys out of Mason’s room for our nephew. That was 12 bags and boxes gone! And we got rid of it the same day instead of letting it linger in the house for weeks. 

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Then we moved into the garage. Oh the garage. My nemesis. I cannot stand how messy and cluttered our garage has become. The goal for Saturday was to move Tyler’s weight bench into the garage to free up some space in his room. We hauled a total of 12 bags of donate/trash out of the garage in addition to a big cabinet going to the trash. It feels SO good! Next up is the master bedroom!

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Tyler’s charter school had the Spring used uniform sale this week and I cleaned up. I was so good. I made a list of every item I need for Zoey and Mason for Fall and Winter uniforms plus the stuff I need to replace for Tyler. I shopped strictly from my list and did great. I spent $100 and came home with 20 items. Zoey is pretty much done- 4 short sleeve uniform polos, a short sleeve polo dress, 3 pairs of shorts, a skirt, 3 long sleeve polo shirts, 2 hoodies, a long sleeve polo dress, 2 pairs of pants, and a cardigan! Boom. She just needs a couple more pairs of pants that I’ll get when they go on sale. Mason has 2 short sleeve polos, 2 long sleeve polos, 2 hoodies, a hoodie jacket, 4 pairs of shorts, and his 3pc PE set. He needs a bit more but not much. Having them in uniforms is going to be amazing for my budget!

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12 Thoughts While Watching House Hunters

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One of my most favorite shows to watch is House Hunters. I’ve seen pretty much every episode ever made. I love watching these people tour houses and seeing all the different styles of houses in different parts of the country. Not to mention, seeing what you can buy in different cities for the same amount of money. However. Some of these people….wow. There are some episodes that I can’t even enjoy because the home buyers are so annoying! I watched one such episode last week. I decided to jot down some of my thoughts while watching this particular episode.

1. Did she just say that she’s a stay home pet parent? Really? Is that even a thing? She did. She said being a stay home pet parent is her job. 

2. He’s a child psychiatrist. Well that explains why he talks to her like she’s 5. 

3. Dude. That’s not called romancing. That’s called stalking. Following a woman around until she agrees to date you is called stalking. Who are these people?

4. Did he really just use air quotes? What a pretentious douche.

5. She wants a screened in porch. For her cat. FOR HER CAT. So he can have outdoor time. A CAT.

6. How many times can they possibly say Bangor? I’ve counted 14 times in the first 8 minutes of the show. You want to live in Bangor. We get it.

7. What is wrong with her eyes? She’s having a panic attack with her eyes. Holy crap, lady. Blink. Just blink.

8. Well they asked for character. What did they think character meant? 

9. Seriously. A screened in porch for the cat. She just won’t shut up about that stupid screened in porch for a cat.

10. OH MY WORD. Shut up about the stupid cat already. 

11. Why say yes that you’d like to do a renovation when clearly you do not want to do a renovation? Just say no. And since when did paint become a renovation? That’s stupid.

12. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus. She has that poor cat on a leash. Run kitty, run!

Y’all. I had to edit my thoughts because I’m trying to keep in PG-13 around here. These people were so dang annoying. A stay home pet parent? Really? This is what is wrong with our country. Clearly. 

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Easy Family Favorite Baked Spaghetti

One thing I can always count on in this family is if I make pasta, everyone is happy. Seriously. Every person in this house will eat seconds (and thirds) of any kind of pasta with any meat and any sauce. I really should just make pasta every single night. Unfortunately I like more variety in my diet than my kids do. This baked spaghetti recipe was more of a hodge podge of ingredients that I had on hand just tossed together but it turned out amazing. In fact, I loved it even more than my original baked spaghetti recipe that I’ve been making for over a decade!

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Ingredients:
1 box of spaghetti noodles, cooked
1 lb ground beef
1 jar (26-30 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 jar (16oz) Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup diced green peppers
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. Brown the ground beef in large pan with diced green peppers and onions; drain.
2. Add spaghetti sauce to ground beef mixture and combine.
3. Combine cooked spaghetti noodles and alfredo sauce until well coated and pour in bottom of 13×9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
4. Pour sliced mushrooms over top.
5. Cover with spaghetti sauce mixture.
6. Top with mozzarella cheese. Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
7. Cover pan with foil.
8. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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I’ve never made Baked Spaghetti with Alfredo sauce before and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. It was delicious! The kids raved about it. One of the most common complaints about my normal baked spaghetti recipe was that it was a little too dry. Adding the Alfredo sauce gave it just enough moisture to make it perfect. I cannot wait to make this again!

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10 Lies I Tell Myself

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I lie to myself all the time. I’m a liar. I look myself in the eyes through the mirror and lie repeatedly. 

1. I’ll go back to bed when the kids go to school. LIE. I have chronic insomnia and telling myself this lie is the only way I get out of bed some mornings. But I never ever go back to bed after they go to school. 

2. I’ll just eat one Girl Scout cookie. LIE. Who can ever just eat one Girl Scout cookie? Nobody. Those things are addictive. I even put the thin mints in the freezer to keep myself from eating half the box. Guess what I discovered? They’re just as delicious frozen. Awesome.

3. I’ll just watch one more episode and then go to bed. LIE. I’m a binge watcher. Hi, my name is Delia and I’m a binge watcher. I start out intending to watch just 3 episodes. 16 hours later I’ve watched 30 episodes, I haven’t peed in 10 hours, and I have no idea what day it is.

4. I’ll get caught up on the laundry tomorrow. LIE. Hahahahahahahaha! I’ll never be caught up on laundry. Is that even possible? I feel like it’s a myth. That laundry basket is bottomless. At this point I can only assume there are people living here that I have not yet met just based on the sheer amount of laundry I’m doing.

5. I’ll run extra tomorrow so I can have another slice of pizza. LIE. Please. We all know better. But I’m still going to eat that slice of pizza.

6. I’ll just get what is on my list at Target. LIE. Again, this is probably a myth. A woman enters Target and only comes out with what is on her list? Sounds like a fairy tale to me.

7. I’ll go to bed early tonight. LIE. I always have the best of intentions. First it starts with “I’ll go to bed before the news” then turns into “I’ll go to bed after the news” and becomes “I’ll just read one more chapter” and before I know it the clock says 2am. 

8. I’ll fit in these size 4 jeans again someday. LIE. I’m fairly sure the girl in my reflection is laughing at me for even thinking this one. Girl please. Throw those jeans in the donate pile and get real. Have a doughnut, you’ll be fine.

9. I’ll only buy 3 books this month. LIE. I try, y’all. I borrow from the library, I borrow from Kindle Unlimited, I read books I already own. But somehow it never fails that my favorite authors all release books in the same months.

10. I’ll put on real pants before I leave. LIE. I’m ashamed to tell you how many times I leave the house in yoga pants and lounge pants. They’re comfortable and I rarely intend to leave the car but then I end up strolling through CVS buying candy bars in my lounge pants. It’s shameful. 

I’m such a liar. I should feel more guilty and I’m probably going to hell. But lying to myself is all that gets me through the day some times. If only the girl in the mirror would stop judging me. She’s so harsh. 

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3 Things Thursday {3.2.17}

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Last week was rough. Thursday morning started bad and only got worse. Maia called me from school to say she was throwing up. I was on my way to pick her up when Tyler texted me telling me he was really really sick and needed to leave. He went to school not feeling good because he had a English test, a math test, and a Chemistry lab that day. But he couldn’t make it the whole day. And so it began…

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Mason wasn’t feeling good by Friday night but he was adamant that he was going to play in his basketball championship game. Since he didn’t have a fever we left it up to him to make the decision. It was a rough game. Mason and 2 other boys were sick and then one of our best shooters injured his ankle in the first half and had to sit out. The boys played so hard and gave it their best but they came up just a little bit short. I was extremely proud of them for pushing through and trying their hardest. 

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Sunday afternoon they had their end of season party at a restaurant. Mason still was sick but no fever so we went. It was fun- I really enjoy this year’s group of parents. Nobody is obnoxious or pushy, they all just genuinely enjoy watching the kids play. The coach pulled me aside after the party and asked if Mason would want to join their Nike Select team in the Fall. Even though Mason is not big on offense, he is a beast on defense and the coach wants more time to work with him and develop those skills. Mason is stoked!

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And then Sunday night came. And Mason spiked a fever of 104. Awesome. I kept him home on Monday and it took work to keep his fever down under 101. When the fever was still requiring a Tylenol/Advil rotation every 3-4 hours to keep it in check I went ahead and took him to urgent care. I wanted to get him a flu test but they were out. How? I don’t understand. It’s flu season, shouldn’t you keep enough in stock? Anyway, the doctor said he was 100% sure Mason has the flu and didn’t need the test anyway. Poor kid. He’s miserable. He’s home for the rest of the week and I’m sanitizing every surface of our house in the hopes that the rest of us don’t get it too. 

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