two cent tuesday: vacation days

In two days we’ll be heading out to Puerto Rico! Why Puerto Rico? We’ve never been there before, there’s lots of sand, ocean and sun; and I didn’t need to apply for three new passports. Plus, I need to practice all that Spanish I’ve been learning.

I’m typically a last minute, do whatever works out, sort of vacationer. I pack last minute, like to sleep in on vacation, and sort of just lazy about. I figure that’s what vacations are for–to be lazy and not have to really think too hard.

Then last night I realized with only four full days on our trip I should probably look into some ideas of what we could. Planning ahead, what?? So today as I was doing laundry and I thought maybe it’d be the perfect time to pack. Everything is clean, and most of what we’ll take won’t need to be used in the next two days. Double planning ahead, no way!

Does anyone know how to do this plan ahead thing? First there’s the question of what to do once we get there. Top of my list is the bioluminescent bay, and Tyler really wants to try spearfishing. After these two things we’re sort of up in the air on plans again…

And as long as I’m thinking of packing, who has some good tips?

Probably not something to get excited about, but my favorite thing about packing is that the boys are in a pretty good habit of doing it themselves. I write everything needed in a list with two columns of boxes on the left side. When they’re done I double check they pulled the right things, then I put them in the suitcase. Sometimes I have to make sure the tops and bottoms they’ve gathered actually make useful outfits, but for the most part they’re pretty good on their own.


two cent tuesday: what to take new parents

The other day I was talking to a few friends about time-outs, behavior charts and all the other fun times of trying to get small children to behave. As we talked I thought, “This is better than searching Pinterest!” And since I’ve been so good at keeping up on two posts a week *cough* I may as well add another one. Hello, Two Cent Tuesdays! (Because who loves alliterations? Me!)

adventure time


Within the last month our church welcomed four new babies–which basically made me an instant pro at transporting our favorite slow cooker dinner. It’s simple to make and easy to take in reused glass jars that families don’t have to return.

Then today I came across this article about what you should really take someone who just had a baby. I cringed a little reading it, wondering if I made the right choice with my meal. I think I did ok, but I do love the idea of taking fresh fruit or breakfast items.

Who’s had dinner brought to them when they’ve had a baby? Any other good tips of things to bring? I saw someone comment on the article about calling a friend to see if they needed anything from Target. Running errands with a new baby was definitely last on my list.

If you’re really interested, here’s the life-changing meal I took everyone. It’s adapted from this recipe if you’d like to see the pretty pictures. Basically I simplified the recipe instructions, because I am a lazy cook and that’s what I think slow cooker meals are meant for.

tex-mex chicken soup recipe