Friday, September 20, 2019

Weekly Menu - One last camping trip

When we camped last time, we decided to squeeze one last camping trip in this summer and it really was "squeezing" it in around lots of things.  Not to mention my brother Kel and sister-in-law Deb will be in town AND it is Halloween Weekend at the campground!  So, busy, busy, busy!

Friday - Stuffed Shells - a carry over from last week.

Saturday - My mom is cooking because my brother and sister-in-law are in town.  I hear we are having Ribs.

Sunday - Again, my mom is cooking - this time I hear it is steaks on the grill!

Monday - Tacos!  :-)

Tuesday - We are camping!!!  After unloading and setting up, we are going to get our favorite pizza from Bernie O's Pizza!

Wednesday - Camping!  Steak Kabobs, baked potatoes, and salad

Thursday - We are coming home from camping!  Corn Dogs in the freezer for a quick dinner!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Our Week in photo #34

I totally missed last week!  As I mentioned previously, we got sick in this house with a crazy cold so I was out of it all weekend!  I'll catch up today though!

We started school on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Hard to believe we have a 4th and 5th grader!  Normally we go swimming the first day of school but the weather did not cooperate!  The boys also returned to piano lessons and we managed to squeeze in about 15 minutes at the park for something fun on the first day!

 Nathan



 Joshua




 On Wednesday, September 4th the boys both got braces.

 Joshua's smile "before" 
 Nate's smile "before" 
 Josh's smile "after" 
 Nate's smile "after" 

On Friday, September 6th we started Friday School!  It was a busy day so I didn't get many photos but I did get this one! 
 The boys are excited to be back with their friends! 

Apparently I didn't take photos this week HA!  Oh well.  This was our second week of Friday School! 
 Josh's "school" photo - 5th grade
 Nate's "school photo" - 4th grade




Friday, September 13, 2019

Weekly Menu

The start of the school year is still kickin' my behind.  Well also the fact that we have been busier than normal and we all got hit with a pretty bad head cold so we have been just trying to get the bare minimum done.  Crazy, I know!  The good news is that we eat at home more :-)  I'm actually enjoying cooking a little more (well, except for the days my head was so stuffed I couldn't breath!) so that makes eating at home a little easier!  This next week is a little busier than normal though so I have to do some planning to keep us on track!

Friday - I am not sure :-)  Maybe stuffed shells or maybe Darryl will "cook" :-) (For real, Darryl will probably pick something up on the way home :-) )

Saturday - Crock Pot Fajitas.  This was on the menu last week but it's the one meal I didn't get to so I'm sticking it into this week!

Sunday - Stuffed Shells and garlic Gread

Monday - Slow Cooker Pork Loin Roast, mashed potatoes and green beans.

Tuesday - We have a field trip that will take up most of our day so dinner has to be simple - Turning leftover Pork Loin into BBQ pork is perfect.  Add Mac and Cheese and applesauce and life is good.

Wednesday - Tonight is the kids first night back to AWANA.  I try to keep it simple - corn dogs, frozen pizza ect.

Thursday - The boys and I will be gone all day on two different field trips.  So, again, dinner has to be super easy and ready to eat when we get home.  Tacos it is.  I'm actually to prepare everyone on Wednesday so all we have to do is eat it up when we get home on Thursday.  After a long day, if I don't do this - we will 100% eat out.  :-)


Friday, September 6, 2019

Weekly Menu

Sorry for being absent this week - the first week of school always brings about a new routine which means that blogging takes a back seat for a few weeks.

This week I really focused on making sure we ate "in" and not "out".  Eating out had become easy this summer especially on nights Darryl worked later.  I made a menu and stuck to it.  Plus we were super blessed by my mom this week with meals making it even easier!  I am also thankful that this year the boys have piano lessons during the day verses during the dinner hour!  It makes it so much easier to plan meals :-)

Here's the plan for the coming week.

Friday - It's the first week of our co-op.  I was going to throw something in the crock pot (because I hate cooking after a day of Friday school!) but I have an eye appointment sending me to Grand Rapids during the dinner hour.  The boys will be at my moms and Darryl and I will mostly be on our own since I don't think the timing will work for us to meet up :-)

Saturday - Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Chicken and Asparagus.  This is a new recipe that looks really tasty - hopefully it's as good as it looks!

Sunday - It's Football Kick-Off!  I've said this before but Darryl and I used to do all kinds of snacks on this day but since having kids (or at least kids at the ages they are) I find that they eat at normal times so having snacks all day doesn't benefit anyone!  Instead we will have sloppy joes, baked beans and Mexican dip and chips.  Still, good Football food!

Monday - Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken with potatoes and carrots and homemade biscuits.  Nate goes back to Tae Kwon Do tonight which means we eat in shifts so a crock pot meal is perfect for that.

Tuesday - Stuffed Shells with Cheese, green beans and garlic bread

Wednesday - Chili Dogs (with left over Sloppy Joes), Chips and potato salad

Thursday - Did I mention how much I love not having piano lessons on Thursday night?  Well, I do love it.  Crock Pot Fajita's is on the menu tonight.  I kind of forgot how much I love Fajita's until I made them for camping back in August.  This is a different recipe - hoping the crock pot does wonders for it :-)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Our Weekly Photos #33

Here's a look back at our week!

Saturday = a quiet day at home.  Darryl has been feeling a little under the weather so we hung around home.

Sunday = church, dinner with my mom, and a restful afternoon.

Monday = Nate and I worked on cleaning out the playroom so we can make it "his" room.  He requested to have his own space for his stuff so we are making that happen.  For now, he still wants to sleep in the same room with Josh (plus we have a couch in the playroom for now) so we are just moving his stuff and it will be "his room" to hang out in.

Tuesday = Today I worked with Josh on organizing his stuff and then the boys and I worked through the playroom stuff to figure out what needed to go where.

Wednesday = SWIMMING!!!

Thursday = Agape Stuff!

Friday = NOTHING!  HA!  Actually, I sat outside for over an hour on my swing and read.  The weather was perfect for that!

Do you notice what's missing?? Photos!  Anytime we do reorganizing I never remember to take photos!!!  Oh well.  We did have a busy week but we got alot done and had fun too!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Weekly Menu - The unofficial End of Summer

Wow.  Just wow.  It is Labor Day Weekend.  The unofficial end of summer.  We have to shift into a different gear with School, Friday School Co-Op, Piano Lessons, Awana and more.  Last week I actually planned meals (no more of the "something with chicken" HA!) and it kind of felt good to have a plan.  We eat out less when I plan because I actually KNOW what I'm going to cook all week.  I also make less trips to the store every. single. day. when I plan out a good list and double check it against the fridge/cupboards before I leave home.

With that said, here's the plan for the coming week:

Friday - Tacos :-)  This is a carry over from last week actually

Saturday -  Crescent Chicken Braid.  This is another carry over from last week.

Sunday -  Baked Ziti and Garlic Bread. Yep, another carry over!

Monday - It's Labor Day!  I'm sure we will do a cook out with my mom.  :-)

Tuesday - Today's our first official day of school.  (It is all intro lessons so it takes about 20 minutes HA!)  My mom has offered to cook dinner tonight to make my life easier so we are going to her house.  Rumor has it she is making ribs!

Wednesday - Meatball soup and French Bread

Thursday -  Again, my mom has offered to provide dinner for us to help me out as we start school.  Rumor has it she's picking up a take and bake pizza from Aldi's for us.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

September Goals

Sure, I'm technically still wrapping up a few lose ends from my summer goal list but it is time to think about September!  I had to look back and remind myself of what I posted back in January because I had completely forgotten!

I don't necessarily have a specific focus this month as I had at the beginning of the year.  Rather, I just have a list of goals I hope to accomplish!

1. Finances - I'm working on sticking to a budget this month that includes getting the bills paid (of course) and then saving for other things that are coming up in the next 3-4 months (Like birthdays and Christmas)
2. Menu planning - my goal this month is to be intentional about menu planning.  Planning meals that we enjoy, keeping the grocery budget in line,  not running to the store multiple times in a week and not eating out on nights where it is easier than cooking.
3. Deep clean the bathroom and also update the art on the walls.
4. Create and tweak our school schedule this month.  I always start out the month with ideas I want to implement but those ideas have to be tweaked throughout this first month of school.
5. Another school goal is to help the boys be more independent in their online classes.  The "easiest" class to do that in is math so my September goal is to have them doing their math lessons by themselves by the end of the month.  Why? Because the more independent they are, the more they can direct their time.  For example, if one boy wants to start his lessons at 8;00 AM and get everything done by 11:00 - they have to do it independently.  If I have to do all subjects with both of them, they have to rely on my schedule to get work done.
6. Camp - we have a camping trip scheduled.  I need to plan the details, pack, load and go!
7. Look for other fun, inexpensive, things we can do as a family.  I use facebook to help me by clicking "interested" on lots of activities that pop up so I can remember them later!
8. Read.  It's time to get back to reading.  I need to go back to my challenge of years ago and pick out 4-6 books I want to read each month and post about it!
9. Update my holiday journal and also read through the items for Thanksgiving and Christmas from last year so I'm prepared!
10. Get Halloween costumes for the boys
11. Purchase Josh's Birthday Presents this month.  This is always a stretch but I'm hoping I can accomplish this.
12. Follow the flylady schedule I have weekly.
13. Scrapbook - I'd like to finish 2015 - I just have December to finish so it is doable if I take time to scrapbook this month!
14. Scrapbook - I'd like to spend 2-3 hours a week scrapbooking.  With football season coming, I'm thinking I can scrapbook on Sunday afternoons while watching football . . . but sometimes, Sunday afternoons are my do nothing times - so we will see! There's a scrapbook weekend in October I'm hoping to attend so I need to register for that soon!
15. Bake.  Breads, fun desserts, cookies.  Just one little thing a week.
16. Clean out my truck - once swimming has wrapped up, I will need to clean out the summer stuff and make sure it is ready for winter.
17. Sort the photos I ordered several months ago and see what I need to order next.  Order at the end of the month.
18. Have the boys try on all of their fall/winter clothes and see what we need.  I automatically know that they both need boots HA!
19. Plan out the topic/class I want to teach next semester at our co-op.

Once again I hit 19 :-)