Week 347 and 20 hours of driving

Hi everyone!  I'm happy to have a day off today to spend with my kiddos at home.  My weekend ended up being different than I originally planned.  My dad's older brother died unexpectedly and I got the chance to go to his funeral.  

I drove 10 hours to Utah with my cousin who lives a few miles away from me (without our families) on Friday and came back on Sunday.  It was good to be with my family and to be there to hear my dad share stories at the funeral.  Almost all of my cousins and extended family were there, most of whom I hadn't seen for at least 10-15 years.  It was nice to reconnect, reminisce and give hugs.  I am forever grateful for my faith and belief that we will be with our families after death.  This brings so much comfort to me. 

This quote was on the top of my instagram feed this morning.  It sums up pretty much all of my feelings about things as death puts things back into perspective.  Make the most of today and remember the good things about the past without dwelling on it.  
I'm thankful for my family for functioning without me this weekend.  It was nice to come home to happy kids, a clean house and groceries in the fridge and laundry washed and put away.  I'm also thankful for friends that I can just send a text to and they'll do anything I ask.  

Menu planning is pretty easy this week since I didn't make much of what I'd planned last week.

Tuesday:    Bistro Chicken, garlic mashed potatoes

Wednesday:  Quick French Dip Pitas, baked sweet potato fries

Thursday:   BBQ Chicken Pizza

Friday:  spaghetti

Saturday: easy night 

Sunday:  roast, potatoes, etc.  

What are you making this week?  I hope you all have a great week.  I'm going to work on being a little nicer, more patient and making my home a little bit more peaceful and organized.

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  1. So sorry to hear about your dad's brother - but I'm glad you got to attend the funeral. Thanks for sharing your testimony here.

  2. Two weeks ago I was in the temple and saw Mitzi. We remembered each other. Last Thursday Randy was in the baptistry and was told the assistant coordinator, Brother Cox, had passed away suddenly. We didn't have enough info to put it together then. Not until your post today. I'm so sorry, but glad you were all able to be together.

  3. Sorry to hear about your Uncle. Glad you got to see all of your family though. We had your Chicken Tetrazzini last night. I needed to make a freezer meal for a baby shower so I doubled your recipe and froze part. So yummy! Thanks! Here's the rest of my menu for the week:

    Mon: Leftovers
    Tues: Chicken Tetrazinni, green beans
    Wed: BBQ sausage, bleu cheese potatoes, caesar salad
    Thurs: Homemade pizza, garden salad
    Fri: Easy Night
    Sat: French dips, cottage cheese
    Sun: Crockpot beans and hamburger hash, fried potatoes, salad


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