Fall bucket list

Every season I sit down with my family and we talk about what memories we want to create in the coming season.  It is a lot of fun to write it all out and cross things off as we complete them.  It is important that we do something as a family to make sure we don’t let the season fly by without making some memories!  One of the things about being a working mom that I struggle with the most is I’m seriously always on the go from dawn til dusk.  I have to focus on a thousand different things and can easily forget to relax and have fun!  I have found this is an easy way to ensure we do that as a family.

Here is our Fall Bucket list this year!

  1. Jump in leaves at the park
  2. Make leaf prints
  3. Go to the playground 
  4. Buy costumes
  5. Go trick or treating 
  6. Go to the zoo
  7. Pumpkin patch / hayride
  8. Campfire / marshmallows
  9. Carve pumpkin
  10. Play football
  11. Decorate the house
  12. Make popcorn from a cob
  13. Go to a Baylor game
  14. Cook a turkey

I have this list written out and posted on our fridge.  Every week or so we cross of things we have done and plan when we want to do the others.  This weekend we are going to a church camp out which will count as our campfire!  Here in Oklahoma we will probably have to wait until late November to jump in leaves but we already know of some good places we can go to do that!

This is something I highly recommend for any family!  It is a lot of fun and a good way to make sure you creat memories!

Til next time!

Five go to meals I love

As a busy working mom it is important that I plan what we will be eating weekly.  I don’t get so specific about which day we eat certain things but I always plan 4-5 meals that we will eat the next week.  I thought it would be fun to share five of the go to meals we use to get us through the week!
I am very lucky in that my husband likes to cook so I can depend on him a couple nights a week to cook a meal.  I normally have David cook on Tuesday and Thursday nights.  Tuesday nights I take Reagan to her toddler music class (it is called Creative Beginings and I will do another post about it sometime!) and Thursday nights I have my Weight Watchers meeting so it is really helpful to come home to an already cooked meal!  He is a pretty good cook but these meals are super easy and even he can get them cooked while rangling two kiddos.

I am not even going to pretend these are recipes I came up with myself!  Most of these are easily found on the internet.  As you probably know by now I am a member of Weight Watchers so I have to know how many points are in every meal I eat.  Most of these are pretty doable as long as I plan my daily points around what we are going to have for dinner.  Here are the five go to meals with links!

Bowtie Lasagna

Pesto Chicken Pasta

Onion Goodness Burgers

One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac

Chicken and Rice – I’m sure this exists on the internet somewhere but we mainly just made this one up.  I am no culinary mastermind and I’m sure I will use all the wrong words but here is the recipe!

1 lb chicken breast 

2 cans cream of chicken soup

2 cups uncooked rice

1 cup shredded cheddar 

Preheat he oven to 350.  You will want to start cooking the rice first since that takes the longest.  While the rice is cooking slice up the chicken and cook through on the stove.  Pour the two cans of cream of chicken soup into a 13 x 9 dish and add the cooked chicken to rest.  When the rice is done mix the rice into the soup and chicken mixture.  Top with cheese and place in oven for 15 minutes.  Pull it out and enjoy!  I would say this makes 6-8 servings and it is very filling.  We always have lots of leftovers!

I hope this was helpful!  I’m always looking for fast and yummy dishes my family enjoys.  I will share more as I find them!

Til next time!!

 

What’s in a name?

Today I thought I would go into a bit more detail regarding my blog’s name.  You may be thinking “What in the world does ReyDelle mean?”  Well today you will learn!  ReyDelle is essentially my daughter’s names squished together!

My oldest daughter’s name is Adelle.  Her name is of Germanic descent and means “sweet or noble”.  While I love the music of Adele, almost obsessively, she is not named after her.  My grandmother’s name is Delma and she passed away when my mother was eight.  I look a lot like her and I am told behave a lot like her as well.  So naturally I loved the idea of incorporating her name when I had my own children.  I’m not ashamed though that I didn’t name her Delma because well…nowadays that would be a little cruel!  Most people called her Del and Adelle is the perfect way to honor her while staying modern.  Here is a picture of the two of us one Sunday morning.


My youngest daughter’s name is Reagan.  Her name is of Irish descent and means “little ruler” which is so funny because she definitely thinks she rules the roost.  Most of the time we just call her Rey because it is cute and honestly that is all she can say anyway!  She calls her self Rey Rey.  I love the spelling “Rey” because of the character in Star Wars.  I know as Reagan gets older she will be proud to have the same name of a strong female character.  Reagan isnt’ named after anyone I’ve just always liked the name.  I taught preschool before David and I got married and there are many names I will not name my child based on interactions with certain kiddos back then!  There was a little girl named Reagan that was so sweet back then so the name was untainted for me.  Here is a picture of her at school recently.

So as I was pondering what I should name my blog it just made sense for me to incorporate the two things that mean the most to me in this world.  Now if we ever have another kid that may changes things a little bit but we will cross that bridge when (and if) we get there!

Til next time!

About me


My name is Amanda Johnson and I am an Okie girl.  I have lived in Oklahoma my whole life and love it dearly.  I love the Lord and strive to be close to him daily.  My husband, David, and I have been married for almost 10 years and we have two beautiful little girls.  

I’m a full time working mom and I’m constantly trying to find balance.  I love to blog as an outlet for honesty about life and focus on fun!  I thought I would start off by doing an “all about me” blog post.  Here are 10 facts about me:

1.  I have an irrational fear of frogs.  

When I was in third grade my family lived in a town home complex and there was a group of us kids who used to play together.  One summer day a boy about my age decided to chase me with a frog in his hands.  I already thought frogs were creepy so I ran away to hide in the community laundry room.  I slammed the door but since the top part of the door was a window my arms went through it.  I had cuts all up and down my arms and was literally and figuratively scarred for life.  Since the cause of all this started with a frog my fear of them grew to what is now extremely irrational and at times paralyzing.  

2.  I am a member of Weight Watchers.  

I have been a member of Weight Watchers for a little more than a year and a half.  It has had its ups and downs like anything but I have lost 55 pounds which is better than I could have done on my own for sure!  I’m a big believer in accountability and it has definitely helped me stay on track.  Knowing that I have to weigh and admit to what I ate every week makes me consider everything differently.  I love the meetings, all the support I get from my leader and fellow Weight Watchers people, as well as all the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.  I will likely blog quite a bit about things I’ve learned and how things are going!

3. I am a huge Harry Potter fan.

It’s strange because I’m not a huge reader but I have been a huge Harry Potter fan since the first movie came out.  I remember back then I worked for Blockbuster and thought I might check it out.  After that I was hooked and have read all the books and made the pilgrimage to Universal Studios to see Hogwarts.  I’m a closeted nerd and love that kind of thing!  

4.  I love carbs.

My favorite food varies but it is almost always very carby.  For the longest time my favorite food was spaghetti or anything pasta based.  Now I still love pasta but it switches between that and popcorn and a Japanese dish called curry rice.  The story behind curry rice is my grandpa has been dating the same Japanese woman since the 70s and she is like a grandma to me.  She makes a dish called curry rice which is essentially a curry stew with pork and vegetables poured over a bed of rice.  It is amazing!  My guilty pleasure is anything donut related.  It is so hard to say no…hence why I’m in Weight Watchers!

5.  My husband was my first kiss.

I was by no means a huge nerd in high school but I didn’t have a lot of opportunities to date back then.  I really didn’t blossom into my awesome self (haha) until college.  My husband had recently graduated from Baylor and moved back home to work for his home church.  My mom worked there too and we ended up meeting and falling in love.  He was my first boyfriend and first kiss.  I truly believe God knew I couldn’t deal with heartbreak after heartbreak so he gave me the right one the first time!

6. I drive like a grandma.

I suffer from anxiety and driving can be a big trigger for me.  I pretty much drive like a grandma.  Especially when I’m going somewhere I am not used to going or somewhere new all together.  My husband is a pretty aggressive driver so I normally let him take the wheel any time we are together.

7. I love the Lord.

I have been a Christian my entire life.  I love the Lord and he is the only way I have strength to get through the day.  His peace helps me deal.  Being a working mother is like moving a hundred miles a minute from the moment your feet hit the ground in the morning to the moment you fall into bed at night.  I know he loves me despite my failures and his grace means his love for me is unconditional.  

8.  I’m a worship leader.

As a Christian one of the ways I feel closest to the Lord is through leading worship at church.  I love to sing and I love to use my gift to help other people worship and feel close to him.  I am very active in my church’s music ministry and I have been committed for the last 10 years. It is just one of those things that makes me instantly happy and is a huge stress reliever for me.  I am teaching my girls to love music and see it as an oulet to praise the Lord.

9. My first crush was Johnny Cash.

I’m not exactly sure why this is but I think when I was really little Johnny Cash had a commercial where he was promoting something.  I thought he was dreamy.  As an okie girl whose grandpa loves country music I suppose it was only natural!

10.  My guilty pleasure is watching the Bachelor.

I must say I have many guilty pleasures but one of them is watching The Bachelor and other related shows.  I never watched it until I started in my HR role a couple years ago.  All my friends at work watched it and I felt the peer pressure!  I started watching so I would be able to join the discussion and now I’m hooked!

Well there you have it.  Ten facts about me that you probably didn’t know.  I’m sure as time goes on I will reveal much more but this is a good foundation!

Til next time!    

Hello

My name is Amanda and I am a working mom of two beautiful little girls,  Adelle and Reagan.  I’m a wife to an amazing husband, David, and we live life at what seems like a hundred miles a minute.  I have blogged in the past here and there and really enjoyed the outlet.  It is somehow soothing to word vomit onto the internet!  

These sweet girls are my entire world but as a working mom I suffer from guilt and feeling like I’m not enough.  I know others struggle with this but it isn’t something we freely discuss often.  We need more moms willing to be honest about guilt and trying to balance everything.  No one is superwoman!!  

My goal for this blog is more of a reminder to myself that I can be happy with my life the way it is.  I can keep it together but allow myself to fall apart if I need to.