Hey there friends! I am not even sure what is going on with my life right now. I feel like I am barely floating above water. Work takes up far too much of my days, and when I am home I am trying to spend as much time with Zoe as possible….and get shit done whenever I can spare an extra minute. I felt off all last week. Zoe woke up Monday with a fever, so off to the doctor we went. I guess she just had some sort of virus that hung around for a few days. Monday was supposed to be her first day of school for this year, and I hate that she missed it. I stayed home with her Tuesday as well….and we were back to reality on Wednesday. She was so cute for her “first day” picture.
I kicked off my weekend with a trip to Trader Joe’s to grab a few things, and stumbled upon this Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl. OMG!!! It was only $5.99 and it was so fresh and delicious! I cant wait to go back and get another one ASAP. I checked on Weight Watchers, and it is only 7 points for the entire bowl, so really not a bad way to spend lunch!
Saturday morning, my sister and her crew were over at our house bright and early to help us do a few things around the house. Words cannot describe the gratitude and appreciate I have for their time and hard work. My BIL spent several hours on a VERY tall ladder painting our foyer area mostly by himself. It looks SOOOOO good now that it is all done! I got a lot of boxes packed up (home decor and stuff from our guest room) while my sister and the boys hung out with Zoe. I feel like we really knocked a lot off our to-do list with them. And Zoe absolutely adores my sister and had so much fun playing with her and the boys. She cried every time my sister left the room and it was hard for her to wave good bye as they drove off in the late afternoon.
In order to get to the very top of the wall over our stairs, we had to use this handy little paint brush holder contraption. It was pretty cool watching my BIL do it so patiently and perfect!
To thank them for their time, I made sure we had lots of snacks available! I had gotten some dips and other fun things at Trader Joe’s, and Chris went out and got Landmark BBQ and brought it back for everyone. This Spinach Kale dip from TJ’s is low in calories and only 1 WW point per serving. It was seriously SO GOOD and everyone liked it better than the much higher in calorie sour cream spinach dip. Get you some!
Also not to be missed, is the caramelized onion and feta cheese pastry puffs. These things were divine! As Zoe said, mo peas!
Other weekend things included getting rid of a trash bag full of stuff from the master bathroom and two trash bags out of our bedroom. Why do we have so much shit??? All the cabinets in the kitchen were organized, cleaned and purged. The pantry was half way cleaned, I will get to the rest of it some time this week. The guest hall linen closet and laundry room were re-organized. Now we have the big stuff left…like tackling the garage and moving stuff to a storage unit. Fun times.
Zoe and I made a Target run Sunday morning and ran into two daycare friends there. Funny how we all end up at the same place at the same time. When we got home, Chris was laid out on the couch with a really high fever. 🙁 He was miserable all day yesterday and staying home from work today. I hate to see him down. And I also hope that whatever he has doesn’t spread to the rest of us! It doesn’t look like much fun. This week I am just going to focus on knocking out as much as I can a work during the day, and doing all the cleaning that didn’t happen this weekend a little at a time each night this week. I really hope to clear out the guest room and paint it next weekend. Right now that room is full of all the boxes I packed, and a bunch of other stuff!
I hope you all have a great week! Linking up with Biana.
I totally know how you feel. Working FT with children and a home feels impossible sometimes. Hang in there!
I’m so sorry to hear that Zoe was sick last week but glad she was able to get to school! That bowl you found at TJ’s looks amazing and I’m so happy that i can now eat that stuff again LOL! I hope you have a great week ahead because you were so productive this weekend! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston
Girl, I feel the same way about my to-do list kind of unraveling with all the time spent with work, commuting from work and attempting to have some quality time with my child. Life gets easier, right? As Zoe would say, “Peas?”
How cute is Zo! so sorry she was sick.
Girl Im 4’11 and at my last apartment I attached a paint brush to a broomstick to paint the top of my walls. Seeing that made me laugh!
My whole house needs a ton of garbage bags… or more like HUGE SHIPPING CONTAINERS – TOO MUCH CRAP!!!!!!!!!
Ummmm…. why does Zoe look like a real toddler in that first day pic?
OH MY WORD – I would have paint EVERYWHERE with that contraption!!!!! That takes some skills!
ick! a speedy recovery to Chris and fingers crossed that you don’t catch it.
how cute is Zoe on her first day? WHY IS THE TIME GOING BY SO FAST? wasn’t she born just yesterday or something?!?!?!?!!
Bless your heart, it’s overwhelming I know, I wish I was there to help you! Zoe looks soooo cute! Going to be even more fun this year I bet! Hope Chris is better too! You know this whole week calls for birthday celebrations!
Oh no! I’m sorry Zoe was sick last week! That’s the worst. My boys were fighting some sort of virus, too, and it was not fun all around. I feel you on frustrations though. It’s such a hard balance working with kids and a home to keep. You’ll get there, mama, even if it feels overwhelming right now!
Ugh, I hope everyone feels better soon and that no one else catches his sickness! We need a contraption like that to paint up our stairs because it looks awful. Lol. I’m glad you’re doing WW too because I need the inspiration!!
That spinach and kale dip is one of my all time TJ’s favs! So glad Zoe felt better enough to be back at school on Wednesday, but oh no poor Chris! Hoping it stays contained, and he feels better ASAP. Because birthday week! Sending lots of hugs <3
I’m glad Zoe is doing better – her first day photo is adorable! That’s really sweet how much she loves your sister. 🙂 I hope Chris feels better!!
Holy cow… Sending you guys lots of healthy and productive vibes this week!! I hope Chris is back on his feet soon, Zoe stays healthy and happy, and all the house stuff gets finished 🙂 That dip looks delicious!!
I’m glad that Zoe is feeling better, her little tongue out in her first day picture is so cute! I hope that Chris feels better soon! I’m definitely going to have to try that spin dip!
I can completely relate. My work day takes up so much time and I am really hoping I can find away to balance things better. I need more hours in my day and I’m not sure how to make that work aside from cutting into sleep. I hope Chris is feeling better and the germs stay away for you! Sisters are such a lifesaver and yours sounds like a gem. Sierra Beautifully Candid
Ugh sorry about the sickies and feeling unbalanced. That first day pic is so cute! I just love everything at TJ’s! Good work on the purging!
Zoe’s first day of school photo = total cuteness! I so wish we had a trader joes where we lived, their food always looks so yummy!
She is so darn cute with her little tongue hanging out. Nice getting all that stuff out of your house – that’s awesome. Since that dip is super low in points, I’m going to have to make the trip out there to get it. I also want to scan a whole bunch of their stuff to see how many points in my favorite stuff!
So sorry to hear that Zoe and Chris got sick this last week. That sucks. All in the middle of this too. Sounds like you got a lot done this weekend though. Have a great week.
How cute is Zoe on her first day of school! So sorry to hear she was sick and had to miss the first 2 days. I love that spinach and kale dip from Trader Joe’s. Reminds me I need to make a trip there asap! Hope you’re settling in ok this week. Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis
Sounds like you are knocking it out of the park with house organizing actually!! I am feeling very low motivation for that right now but I need to get back at it.