Friday Favorites…

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Fridays are what keeps us going every week.  Especially during February.  And maybe January.  Okay, maybe even March. Fridays usher in the weekend…where we can do what we want to do ALL DAY LONG.  Unless we are driving to soccer, futsal, shopping, youth group, garage sales, rehearsals…what have you.  But we love weekends because nothing hangs over our heads.

  • We watched Get Out this week and just loved it.  Creepy and thrilling AND humorous.  In a very intelligent manner.  In other words, this isn’t Scary Movie. The boys and I watched Hidden Figures for our Black History month film of the week.  We all loved it, we were all moved by it, and none of us have aspirations of going into space. Ever.  :-). Nor do we love math.  But the movie is inspiring and lovely any way.
  • Kenny and Rowan have been taking online courses before they are certified next weekend in Soccer Refereeing. I have no idea what this means for our future: Kenny refs his sons’ games?  Rowan refs his brothers’ games? Rowan refs his dad’s games?  Whatever the outcome, I’ve actually learned a few things about soccer rules.  Specifically…the players’ safety is of utmost importance.  I wish I knew that in our first coaching game when a player dislocated his knee and we had to figure out who to call (911) without the help of the referee.  I wish I could remember that day more.  I seriously think the referees did nothing.  I would have requested more from them if I knew they should have been more proactive. Apparently, they aren’t required to provide medical care (that’s the Club’s responsibility) but it would have been nice to have a ref who knew more what to do.
  • I know we aren’t alone in the “screen time” issue that kids, tweens, and teens are dealing with in their families.  I found this article helpful. We are the parents who offer our kids screen time.  They play, build, create online and also play games with others.  I know this is important for growing boys to learn how to play with others and it’s a social outlet for them.  Our boys have a healthy balance of in-real-life friendships (IRL friendships) and online friends (who are people they already know).  It’s hard for parents to feel the balance. I will always fret about it, and research and wonder if we’re doing the right thing. Moms of boys?  Please, let’s unite!
  • I finished this book in less than 24 hours. And in that 24-hours, I also slept, showered, drove to the city and back, led the boys in math and current events, and was sous-chef to my husband cooking crab bisque (recipe below) for our second Lenten Fish dinner. It was a quick read, and I already saved it on my husband’s Overdrive account because I know he’ll love to listen to it on his commutes to work.
  • I. Can’t. Wait!

I hope all of you have fantastic weekends of family time, creative time, and reading time! We have a futsal game to watch tomorrow with our youngest son, and family time on Sunday!


Crab Bisque

4TBSP stick butter
1 medium chopped onions
2 medium carrots minced
6 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup rice
4 TBSP tomato paste
1/3-1/2 cup sherry (to taste)
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 TSP cayenne (or more to taste)
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 TSP salt (or to taste)
1 can lump crab meat


Saute onion and carrot in 4 TBSP butter until soft.
Add stock, rice, tomato paste, and cook until rice is soft (25 minutes).
When cool, add 2/3 of the crab and puree in food processor or blender.
Return to pot, add crab, cream, lemon juice, sherry, cayenne.
Heat for 10 minutes.