Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Monday-Crispy tofu triangles with fried rice
Tuesday- Indonesian chicken satay with peanut sauce
Wednesday- Spaghetti bake
Thursday- Leftovers, Chili potatoes with sweet peppers
Friday- Grilled caramelized ginger salmon, veggies, rice pilaf
Saturday- Italian sausage linguine with grated carrots
Sunday- Deer roast, veggies

I think this will the last menu plan with tofu in it, as I'm not really a fan to tofu, I realized.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Menu Plan Monday- or in this case, Wednesday

It's a very beautiful winter day here in the country, although in other places of the province it's blizzard like. Winter has settled in, and I find that I've been wanting heartier meals- which isn't really that helpful for losing weight. But a well-fed Jiselle is a happy Jiselle, and by extension a happy family.

Here's the plan for the week.

Monday- Switched from Meatless Monday, to Matt's Monday- He made a chicken stirfry
Try It Tuesday-Maple glazed pork tenderloin, roasted vegetables and stuffing
Wednesday-Leftovers and snacks
Thursday- Pork chops, mashed potatoes
Fun Friday- Spaghetti bake
Saturday- Calzones
Sunday- Venison stew- Promised to be made this week.

This is my last week working fulltime, so hopefully meals will get a little more exciting!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Remembering Jason

It has been fifteen years since that horrible day. Awakened with the sounds of dogs barking, knowing something was not right...then the knock on the door. Listening from the doorway, hearing the RCMP tell the unthinkable to Mom, a scream leaving my lips. Then a day filled with phone calls, travel arrangements, visitors, people crying that I never expected to see crying, and the piano. A day that reminded too much of days 18 months before. A day that a 11 year old should not be going through.

So much has changed since then. I have grown up, graduated high school, finished three degrees, got married, and become a Mom. So many opportunities and experiences missed that we could have had. So many what ifs and what would he have become. Yet, he is always in my thoughts, he will always be a part of everything I do, just like Dad.

I choose to remember the best things- how great a brother he was, how he always treated me with respect, even when I was bothering him. How he never made me feel like I was a nuisance, even though he was a 19 year old boy when he died. How he loved music and reading, television and movies, and our family. He took on the role of the man of the house, and did the best that he could, even though the pressure was so high. He was FUNNY. Laugh out loud, great twisted view on life that I loved. He was king of parodies and quick on the draw. He loved to mock Mom, in a loving matter, never to hurt, just to point out the idiosyncrasies. He was a good friend-loyal, caring, committed. This was evident at his wake and funeral-so many people at the funeral that the church was full and people stood in doorways, halls, the basement, and outdoors-even though it was a cold February. Some friends still call and check in with Mom occasionally-and come to my wedding. He would have been a great uncle-his nieces and nephews are missing out-but he will be remembered. They know he is in Heaven with Grandpa. I miss what we could have become-not just an older brother and his younger sister- but more equals. I miss that we never got to see him find the one, get married and have children. I miss that we never got to see him grow up. He never got to see me fall in love-he never got to meet my husband. I mourn the loss of the relationships he would have had with his brother-in-laws.

We were a family of five, then four, and now three. While I understand that their deaths were of God, and there was a purpose, I miss what we had. Most of all, I miss them.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Week That Was

I've decided it is time to start giving a weekly update on what has been happening in our household. Although often nothing exciting has happened, with the children being the ages they are, time goes by quickly and it would be nice to be able to look back and document all that has happened.

So here it goes...
This past week was filled with work, sleep and getting ready for Sahara's 8th birthday. Her birthday was Saturday, and we had them this weekend, so it was extra special, because we think it is the first birthday that we've ever had her. We got her a pretty pink scooter and cool helmit, so she was a pretty excited little girl. Matt calls her 8 going on 18, so it was nice to see her happy with a "kid" gift. She got to pick her birthday meal-hot dogs-and I made her a ice cream sandwich ice cream cake, which she thought was pretty cool. Saturday afternoon before we dropped them off was full of excited children running around playing together. I love seeing Gage interact with his siblings, and have the opportunity to be teh youngest, when usually he is the only one around.

Gage has decided to start talking a lot more. Still not where I think he should be at, but getting better. This week he has added "doggy", "Kia", "help", "please", "beep beep beep", "Gloria" to his expressive language. Yes, they were mostly repetition, but some was spontaneous. He delights in all things boy, and was a real trooper, as he got babysat by some different people this week.

I got a couple of outdoor runs this week, and realized that I really want to do a couple of races this spring/summer. Running is a great stress relief, and although I am not the best at it, I love the feeling of accomplishment when I'm done. Hopefully the weather will improve, and I'll be able to go out for more!

I'm anxiously waiting the arrival of my new niece or nephew as my siser is due in 9 days. It will be great for Gage to have another cousin, and since she only lives 7 or so hours away for this birth, I may actually get to see the baby when it is an infant!