I woke up the kids early today because we had big, fun plans. But first – breakfast. I mixed a container of strawberry Greek yogurt, a splash of almond milk, and some Quaker oats in bowl and let it chill in the fridge for about an hour. Easy and delicious.
After breakfast, I took the kids to Monkey Joe’s, which is a play place with giant inflatables, slides, and games. We went once over the summer and the kids were dying to go back.
When we were at my brother’s house yesterday, I printed a buy one get one free coupon for Monkey Joe’s. That’s a $10 savings. Well, in between yesterday and today, I lost the coupon. Excellent. And I don’t have a printer. Double excellent.
I searched everywhere for that coupon, and finally I gave up and we just went anyway. We pulled into Monkey Joe’s about five minutes before they opened, and right next door was an Office Depot.
Lightbulb! (that means that I had an idea)
I took the kid’s into Office Depot and asked the employee if it would be possible to print something from my email. She called another associate to help me with my dilemma. Five minutes and 11 cents later, I had my Monkey Joe’s coupon. Yes!
On the way out, I spotted a Keurig coffee machine that was set up with k-cups. Is that free coffee? I asked. Yup, sure was. So, not only did I get my coupon, but I got a free cup of coffee. I know where to go now when I run out of k-cups and¬†need coffee to drink. Thanks Office Depot.
We went to Monkey Joe’s and got there early enough to get a table. They have tables set up for the adults and they also have recliners, flat screen televisions, and free wi-fi. But they get taken fast, so you have to get there early, especially like today when there is no school.
So, I was able to sit at a table and get some work done while the kids played and monkeyed¬†around. I like Monkey Joe’s because it’s good for kids of all ages. My kids are six years apart, so sometimes it’s hard to find something that they both like to do. Usually my older son is too big to do the stuff my younger son likes to do, or my younger is too little to do what his big brother does.
But Monkey Joe’s was perfect. What kid doesn’t like to jump on huge inflatable monkeys? I actually kind of wanted to get in on that action.
My son is so excited in this picture that he is jumping about three feet off the ground.
I brought some Bear Naked granola with for a snack. I might have also had one handful or maybe seven handfuls¬†of popcorn.
Monkey Joe’s ran into lunchtime and I still had to go to my¬†brother’s house, so I stopped and got a fruit¬†& yogurt parfait at McDonald’s. Is it just me or are these things getting smaller? I swear, they are even tinier than they used to be. Too bad I’m not shrinking in size too…
After my brother’s, I had a few more errands to run, so I didn’t get home until late this afternoon. I made an Amy’s frozen light¬†& lean meal to hold me over until dinner.
This is my first time having this three cheese¬† penne marinara meal, and it was really good. The noodles were really thick, which I liked.
This evening, Danny met me at karate and I left to take a night-time Body Pump class. It’s so different going at night. It’s a whole different group of people, who do things a little bit differently. So, even though I have been going to Body Pump for almost two months now, I felt a little bit out-of-place.
I still had an awesome workout though. (damn those lunges!)
Going to Body Pump with my crazy hair and¬†huge teeth:
Tomorrow’s plans include going to the grocery store to pick up the items that I need to make food for Thanksgiving. We go to my grandparent’s house every year for Thanksgiving, and I am getting so excited.
My youngest son requested a cheese ball for Thanksgiving. And that it seriously all that he will probably eat. When I first asked him what he was excited to eat for Thanksgiving, he told me a lunchable.¬†So, at least a cheese ball is a step in the right direction.
Besides a cheese ball, I am also bringing cookies and carrots.
What are you most excited to eat for Thanksgiving?