Those who live in the south are probably counting down the last few days of school, but we still have just under 5 weeks to go around here. And, it seems, that suddenly all of the activities that were *maybes* after the numerous snow days are now piling on. We have at least one field trip a week through mid-June. And field days, track meets, concerts are filling our free time, plus countless athletics. But it’s a good thing. I mean, sure, we’re stressed finding the extra time to squeeze in the grocery store and Target runs because the kids keep eating all the food and outgrowing, or overwearing, their clothes, but…
It’s a good thing. Because, without this hefty schedule of busyness (that I’ve come to accept is year-round), we wouldn’t be able to enjoy those kids in the way we do. In fact, in the few nights that we’re free (whoohoo rainstorm tonight!) we’ve started celebrating downtime with game marathons, movie marathons, book marathons and baking marathons. We’re somewhat in a marathon mode.
Oh. And last week I earned the title “Best Popcorn Maker in the World.” That’s a pretty big honor, yes? Also, we went against better judgment and allowed our kids to watch Iron Man (I just love RDJr). We fast-forwarded the first scenes and Big and Middle learned the background of one of their favorite Super Heroes. Also this weekend, Big, my husband and I caught the latter two-thirds of Rocky IV. (Rated PG. Boxing is a sport, afterall.) I found it necessary to explain a bit about the Cold War but, as Big pointed out, it’s not all that different right now with this bitter dislike between the US and Russia. Interestingly, after the movie, Big commented he’d always thought Rocky was a runner because, duh. You run through Franklin Circle and up the Art Museum stairs in Philadelphia. Also, he shared that he dislikes the sport of Boxing, because why would one ever want to punch and get knocked out and bleed and nearly kill each other for sport??
I’ll just take that as a #MomWin, TYVM.
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Use the plan below, shuffling as necessary to make them work best for your family’s busy spring schedule. You’ll find a mix of grilling dinners, make-ahead dinners and dinners using fresh items. The April Meal Plan will be-reposted each Monday through the month.
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April week 5, May week 1
Monday: Spiced Chicken with Chickpea & Cucumber Salad
Tuesday: Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Wednesday: Beef/Corn Tacos
Thursday: Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas
Weekend: In honor of the Kentucky Derby, have Louisville Hot Brown Sandwiches and Barbecue Ribs with Rosemary Corn
May, week 2
Monday: Fish Tacos with Pica de Gallo and Coconut Cole Slaw
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Mango, Pepper & Avocado
Thursday: Seared Beef with Oranges & Arugula
Weekend: Shrimp & Vegetable Fried Rice
May, week 3
Monday: Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Tuesday: Steak with Artichoke & Cherry Pepper Saute
Thursday: Halibut Baked in Parchment with Summer Squash
Weekend: Greek Marinated Chicken and Quinoa Greek Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber and Feta
May, week 4
Monday: Apricot Glazed Ham with Potatoes and Asparagus
Tuesday: Warm Eggplant & Goat Cheese Sandwiches
Thursday: Minty Bulgur Salad with Salmon and Cucumbers
Weekend: Skinny Chicken Parm with Spinach
May, week 5
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