Menu Plan: April 30 - May 6 {and Living in the Moment}

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

Sometimes, when I look at our toddler, I don't even recognize her. Instead of seeing our two-year-old, I see a child who speaks and acts as if she's three or four. I find myself doing more double-takes to make sure she didn't discover a way to speed up the passage of time.

Take yesterday, for example. We went out to lunch and, since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to sit outside. I watched her as she sat observing the world, pointing out the things around her. She was using more complete sentences and using words I didn't realize she knew. I found myself asking "When did that happen?"

I immediately said a silent thank-you to her teachers at school. As happy as I was to appreciate how much she's learned in the past nine months, I couldn't help but feel a little sad. She's not my baby anymore. Yes, there are moments when she still wants to cuddle. She'll still run to me when she's upset or scared. But she's starting to show her independence, proving to us that she can do certain things all on her own.

I guess there's some truth to the things I've heard about the first few years of your child's life. They go by quickly. And it's hard to document all the firsts because those years move so fast. (And because you're too damn exhausted to pull out a book every time you recognize the firsts.)

I'm learning, though, that there are things I can do to make time slow down. I can strive to live in the moment more, to be as present as possible so I can soak in the small stuff. Spend time creating the little memories... Because, one day, I just know that those are the ones I'm going to cherish the most.

Menu Plan: April 30 - May 6






Stephen's Choice



Girls' Night Out


If you need even more dinner inspiration, I've created a new Pinterest board -- Meals from the Menu Plan.

I'll be adding to the board each time I create our weekly menu plan, so be sure to follow the board for updates!

What's for dinner at YOUR house this week?

Thinking of starting a menu planning routine? Check out my previous menu plans, as well as these helpful meal planning tips.


One year ago: A Month of Dinners: Menu Plan for May {MENU PLAN}
Two years ago: Wish List: Pottery Barn Picks {FUN}
Three years ago: On the Side: The Power of Choice {LIFE}
Four years ago: Slow Cooker Asian Pork over Soba Noodles with Bell Peppers and Snow Peas {RECIPE}
Five years ago: Bolete Restaurant and Inn - Bethlehem, PA {REVIEW}
Six years ago: Something Lacking at South Gate {REVIEW}
Seven years ago: Banana Walnut Bread {RECIPE}
Eight years ago: Fiery Pomegranate Sauce {RECIPE}

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