Happy happy Tuesday!
It’s another edition of Shay’s Random Grab Bag!
You know the drill…I pull some of your random questions and answer them all here in one little post.
If you missed Grab Bag #1, I covered everything from Kensington’s daily g-free meals, to where Andrew buys his clothes, marriage advice and more! Catch it HERE. If you missed Grab Bag #2, I cover how I handle crappy days, parenting tips, how I started my travel agency, how I pack my toiletries and how I organize my closet! You can read that one HERE. In Grab Bag #3’s post, I shared how I plan vacations for my family, more book suggestions, house cleaning tips and more #OOTD. You can catch that one HERE! In Grab Bag #4, I answered questions regarding my kids’ quirks, Pinterest, what I wear on a plane and more! That post is HERE.
This time, when I randomly picked from your questions, here is what ended up in the grab bag…
I feel like the older Andrew and I get, the less we like technology in our house. Or maybe it’s the older our kids get? Or maybe it’s both? Either way, we seem to limit it more and more each day because it just keeps our home more peaceful/quiet/happy/fun/better. I also think it’s not just our kids, but Andrew and I aren’t watching as much TV these days/on our phones/etc as were were ten years ago. I don’t know? I don’t have all the “right” answers for your family (or mine!), but right now, here’s pretty much what we do (and if you do something different, that’s totally cool!)…
…no TV on in our house prior to 5:00 PM. We used to let the kids watch TV in the morning before school and/or after school, but eliminating that ended up eliminating a lot of bickering/complaining/arguing. At 5:00 PM, if they’re home and inside the house and want to turn it on, I don’t care, but it goes off during dinner. I would say that most days, due to their extracurricular schedules and/or they like to play outside A LOT, the TV doesn’t get turned on until closer to 7:00.
Our kids have iPads that we used to let them watch instead of TV but last summer, Andrew took them away and locked them in our safe and now, they only get their iPads for plane rides. (Have I mentioned that Andrew HATES technology 😉 ).
We have TV screens in our cars but never turn them on. I mean legit, I’ve never used mine, and I’ve had my car for about 18 months. When we’re in the car, we listen to music and talk.
The kids don’t have phones, so that eliminates that.
The two older kids have school issued MacBooks that they use in the kitchen to do their homework. They have to stay on the kitchen counter and are only used for schoolwork when necessary.
And that’s what we do. Maybe we’ll do something different six months from now? Maybe we won’t? That’s just how it’s done right now at our house.
I love this question! Okay, off the top of my head, I always have some sort of protein (chicken breasts, ground beef, pork tenderloin, etc), Jasmine rice from Trader Joe’s, gluten-free pasta, canned tomatoes, red onions, green onions, garlic, Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, salsa, frozen spinach, frozen corn, avocados, Romain lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and basil. Those are the dinner staples I always have on hand (that I can recall right this minute sitting here at my desk…).
I thought one portion of this question was unique, so I’m going to address it (since the other portions are addressed in other grab bag posts already). If you’ve been here a while then you’ve followed Andrew and me as we’ve moved twice. We’ve been married 18 years and owned two homes during that time. When we first got married, we lived in an apartment in Dearborn, Michigan for a year, then we lived in an apartment in Irving, Texas for a year, then we bought our first house in McKinney and lived there for about 7 years, then we rented a home for about 18 months while we built the house we currently live in (it will be 8 years this Memorial Day since we finished and moved in!). So, we’ve basically been in McKinney for 16 years and living in the same area the entire time (both houses and the rental are all in the same master planned community). We bought our property in 2010 and knew we wanted to one day build our house on it, but weren’t ready to at the time, so we waited a few years and didn’t officially move in until May 2014. When we first built it, we thought this would be our forever home, but the older Andrew and I get, the more we realize this is our “raising our kids” home. We love it, but we get excited thinking about the next chapter of our lives too when the kids grow up and leave (hopefully, that will take a long time because I’m in no rush, but we have a plan for when it happens). I guess to answer the question…we drove to McKinney on a Sunday and went to some open houses. We met a realtor we liked and he helped us find our first house. Several years later, we found a neighborhood and property we wanted to build a house on, so we bought it and then sold our house when it was time to start building. Fun fact, the current mayor of McKinney was our homebuilder…he’s a super talented, very versatile guy 😉 .
So many questions about travel, so I thought I’d just share a few pics from last week’s trip to Mexico! Andrew and I headed back to Grand Velas for a few days (if you’ll recall, we went there last May with the Slaughters and then in June with the kids!). It’s so easy to get to Mexico from the Dallas area, so we got a little spontaneous (for us at least!) and decided to get away for a few days before the kids were out of school for summer break. Why go back to the same resort? Because who wants to mess with perfection 😉 .
We did not take many pics, but here are a few…
The food at Grand Velas is one of the major reasons why we love it so much. It is absolutely delicious…and all inclusive!
Not a bad view 🙂 .
It’s always SO FUN to get away with my favorite guy!
For more info on this resort and a million more pics, head to my other blog posts from last summer where I detail a lot about this resort!
I saw this question and my heart burst. So far, this is the best question to date…
…I have a post HERE where I detail my relationship with Jesus and then another one HERE where I talk about my daily quiet time. Without a doubt, the most important thing to me is my relationship with Jesus. If these posts don’t answer your questions enough, please, please, please email me. I would be happy to discuss my heart with you more. email@example.com
That wraps up this edition of Grab Bag!
I have big, fun plans for today, so I better go! I’ll see you back here tomorrow!
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