Monday Love / Storytelling

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote:After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Philip Pullman

Something personal:  Sometimes one picture just doesn’t tell the whole story.  I often sit and ponder what a fantastic life my children are living.  Not because they have everything they need (food, shelter, clothing), but because they have two parents (plus Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and friends) who love and adore them.  I realize there are SO MANY children that do not have these very basic things. On Saturday morning I was leaving for a baby shower and Jeff asked the kids if they wanted to go to the park and ride bikes, which they love to do.  Kylie instantly responded, “I want you to make us a fort and play the tickle-monster game, PULLLEEEEEEEZ!”  This game consists of some elaborate fort creating (aka: blankets hanging from the table), followed by dramatic nah-nah nah-nah boo-boo dancing, and finally the CHASE, before the tickle monster (aka: Daddy) tackles the kids for an intense torture session (aka: tickling).  Rough-housing is definitely Daddy’s department.  As an only child, with a single mom, I have no experience in this area.  Though, I do try to get down on the floor and take part when I can.  But on Saturday, instead of participating, I took pictures.  And while I don’t have any memories like these from my childhood, I have a feeling Kylie and Jake will treasure these moments forever.

The nah-nah nah-nah boo-boo dance looks like this (waving your arms up and down, while teetering back and forth on each foot).

Then, you have to RUN like a bat out of you-know-where so the tickle monster doesn’t catch you.

Because when he catches you, things like this happen…..

And when you escape, you go back to the fort hoping he won’t find you….

But, of course he finds you, so you have to try to escape before he grabs your feet and pulls you to the ground for another round of tickle-torture…

And then you start the dance all over again.  The tickle-monster looks a little tired…..  :)

Kylie spent some time making a picture for Jeff out of the letters in the word Father.  I love watching her intently work as she is learning to translate her thoughts to paper.

It’s stuff like this that makes me wonder what it would have been like to have a father around.  And, to grow up with a father like Jeff.  My kids are so incredibly lucky, and so am I.  XOXOXO to you my sweet husband.

Something I love (besides my husband):

I am an Apple girl.  Ever since we made the transition to a Mac several years ago, then the iPhone, Apple TV, and the iPad – I am hooked.  But, I get overwhelmed by all the apps and endless ways to organize, share, learn, read, etc.  I don’t play any games on my phone or the iPad, but I do enjoy reading my favorite blogs (Seth Godin, the Organic Consumers Association, Design Aglow), checking in on facebook and instagram, and having everything accessible to me anywhere I go (email, messages, calendar, photos).

But now I found something REALLY cool and so-so-so useful!  Enter Paprika!  It has become an overwhelming task to do meal planning and grocery shopping for our (very hungry) family of four.  I’ve used E-Meals (which I discussed HERE) and loved it, and I’ve used this printable Weekday Meal Plan and Shopping List from Real Simple, and loved that too.  But, I think I REALLY love this Paprika App the very bestest of all!  ;)

It does all the things that I need -

* Captures recipes from ANY website.  (If it doesn’t work automaticallly, there are little clipboard tools that “read” the recipes and store them for you).

* When you type in a recipe, it recognizes the words (measurements, etc) and converts the ingredients into a shopping list by grocery store category.

* You can create  a weekly meal plan (including other meals besides dinner if you want) – and then convert all the recipes into a shopping list with ONE CLICK!

* Everything syncs with iCloud, so if I do the meal plan on the iPad and then I’m at the store with just my iPhone – no problem!

I stayed up way too late last night putting some of my favorite recipes in my app, and finding some new ones online.  We are leaving town on Thursday so I’m not doing a meal plan for this week but I still did a “sample” plan just to play around with it.  These are some screenshots from my phone:

One of my favorite recipes from Skinnytaste.com

A sample weekly meal plan (with just dinners).

A snapshot of the grocery shopping list:

It’s funny the things that get me excited these days……  ;)

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

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