Wednesday, February 15, 2017


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I learned something this Valentine's Day.  Something about expectations.    :-)   My husband surprised me with Flowers (on the counter with a card at 3:30 in the morning); I planned some fun themed food including Heart Pancakes; made a great dinner and everyone got some little gifts.  Seems perfect right?

Expectations set by kids are sometimes hard to achieve.

I learned today that my kids expect a celebration for a Holiday.  Not just some food and a gift but to really celebrate.  I had to think about where this came from and realized it came from me.

Image result for Holiday funIn past years, I did a lot more planning and put together lots of fun things like crafts, snacks, I ordered fun t-shirts and spent time making it out to be fun all day long.  Somewhere along the way I lost that desire; that ability to put things together.  It's a mix of being too busy, still trying to dig through the surprises of grief, and homeschooling that have nixed my creative planning excitement.  Oh, don't worry, I have Pinterest boards aplenty with ideas enough to last years but I have struggled with getting them off the boards into creation.

Image result for St. Patrick's DayIn reality, St. Patricks Day is one of the most fun holidays for me to prep for so I've decided to use this is my saving grace.  I'm going to start some planning now.  We have fun things we always do (like hide Rolo Candies which the boys are still convinced the Leprechaun hides!) but I want to make it more of a day of celebration.  No "real" school, just learning activities related to the day.

Image result for ExpectationsOn a broader scale though, aren't we all guilty of setting expectations and then feeling let down when they don't happen?  I've struggled with that for my whole life. I think it comes from being a planner.  I plan and plan and plan but then when my plan doesn't work just right, I get the let down of that unmet expectation.  I've gotten better with this through the years thankfully.  I'm so thankful that Jesus isn't an expectation He just . .. is.  He is always near; He's always thinking of me; He has my best interest in mind.  I'm slowly learning to put my plans in His hands and trust him with the result - or maybe I'm really trusting Him to plan for me and I just accept what comes.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Weekly Menu

This past week threw me a curve ball because I ended up with the stomach flu on Sunday (Yes, Superbowl Sunday) so it changed the menu for the week.  Not so much that we didn't eat what I planned for Superbowl Sunday, but rather we ate it throughout the week.

So, here's the plan for the coming week and hopefully everyone stays healthy.

Friday - I'm making the last of my Superbowl Recipes - a Taco Pizza (Kinda like a veggie pizza) and Broccoli Dip.  Both are new recipes so I hope they are good!   I also have some chicken drummies that I will probably cook just as something I know we love!

Saturday - Ham and Cheddar Quiche, Asparagus, Homemade Applesauce and Scones

Sunday - Velvetta Cheeseburger Mac

Monday - Stuffed Shells with Cheese, Parmesan Roasted Carrots and Breadsticks

Tuesday - Asian Sesame Sliders and Corn and Broccoli Rice Casserole

Wednesday - AWANA night so the boys and I grab something out

Thursday - Dill Shrimp and Pasta

Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekly Menu

Menu planning and grocery shopping are going way to well lately so I'm excepting to get bored with it all soon HA!  That's what usually happens and then I change things up for a bit.  I figure that summer is coming an that always changes things so maybe I can hold out and keep things this way for a bit.

Here's the plan for the coming week:

Friday - My mom is here :-)  So she and the boys are going to have a date and Darryl and I are meeting for a dinner date.

Saturday - I'm going scrapbooking for the day.  My mom will be here and she is making Homemade Bean Soup - something she and Darryl both like but I do not!!

Sunday - It's Superbowl!  We are getting treated to lunch by my mom - which is so nice because otherwise I feel like I cook all day on Superbowl Sunday.  Instead, we can enjoy a nice easy lunch and then come home and enjoy our Superbowl food around dinner time.  The plan is to have Chili for Chili Dogs and Sloppy Joes - which can be eaten on its own or on a hot dog instead.  I have a couple new recipes I want to try - one is for a Taco Pizza - it's the same concept as a Veggie Pizza but with taco meat instead.  Also a hot broccoli cheese dip.  The other things will be cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, fruit and dip and then Peanut Butter Goodies and Floats for Dessert.  It sounds like a lot more than it is PLUS I'm planning leftovers for dinner on Monday.  (And the Chili was for dinner on Thursday so it is actually already leftovers!

Now, for the rest of the week I have an "either/or" plan and it goes like this:

On Monday, we'll either have Leftovers or Quiche

On Tuesday we'll either have Quiche or Pork Chops and Fried Rice

On Wednesday - the boys and I eat out before AWANA

On Thursday, we'll have either Pork Chops and Rice, Leftovers, OR Meatball Soup and Bread

Anytime we have a "big" event (Like Superbowl) I try to shop the Fridge/Freezer for the rest of the week and I have 95% of the items needed to make any of my either/or meals.

Also, I find it hard to believe that January flew by.  Maybe it was the warm weather followed by dark, rainy days . . .but here it is the beginning of February already.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Week in a Review

I missed the week in a review last week so this weeks will include a little from the last few weeks.

Last week, we wrapped up school.  We had odds and ends to do like a few journals, an art project, and some writing assignments.  My goal was to finish by Wednesday so I could spend Thursday prepping for Friday School.  That's exactly what happened - on Thursday I spent most of the day working on my class information for the class I'm teaching at Friday School.

Friday, we returned to our Co-Op (Last Semester we went on Thursday).  This semester we are staying the entire day.  The first three hours are spent in classes.  The boys are taking Mechanical Science, A Logic Thinking class, and then Josh is taking french and Nate is taking the class I'm teaching on Maps.

 The boys are also taking Tae Kwon Do again and are doing great. (Excuse their excessively long hair - they have since got haircuts!!)
This week, we started second semester and I created a new schedule.  I laid out their classes daily in a way that works better for us.  We focus on Language Arts in the morning along with their Live Lessons.  In the afternoon we work on the other subjects.  Our days seem to run much smoother and I feel like there is more teaching going on and less "lets get this done as fast as we can".

Josh and Nate (especially Josh) have been a little remorse about the complete and utter lack of snow this winter.  On Thursday, we started to get some flakes so Josh went outside in his coat and sat in the snow.  His excitement grew on Friday when we actually got enough snow that it stuck a little ;-)

On Monday this past week, the boys didn't have school due to teacher in service (yes, even with on-line school their "live" teachers have to wrap up grades) and, because it was the end of the semester, access to the lessons was blocked until Tuesday so I took the boys for much needed haircuts and then we went to the closest McDonald's with a playland and spent a few hours there.  It was a nice break from being home all of the time.

As you may notice, getting a picture a day did not happen!  I'm going to try for that again next week ;-)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Weekly Menu

I planned a great menu last week including breakfast and lunch (for me) so I wasn't just grabbing junk.  Well, I made the first breakfast - some kind of microwave apple pancake and almost threw up HA!  The texture was soooo nasty!  So, I enjoyed frozen waffles instead :-)  We had lots of leftovers this week so I just used those at lunch.  Then I planned one dinner - an Italian Meatball Soup . . .and it was a joke HA!  It was really like Meatballs in water with a few veggies so I made spaghetti and just drained the meatballs out of the soup.  Blah!  That's what I get for trying new recipes.

This coming week I'm sticking to more of what we already love.

Friday - We are going to clean up the leftovers from the week and I'll probably throw some stray weet potatoes and potatoes in the crock pot too.  Even though I went to the store yesterday, I still have some "odds and ends" from last week to use up.

Saturday - I'm not cooking :-)

Sunday - Chicken Scaloppini, Amish Butter Noodles, and Green Beans.

Monday - BBQ Cups, Crash Potatoes, and some type of veggie

Tuesday - Pork Chops and Scallopped potatoes and roasted cabbage

Wednesday - The boys and I always grab something before AWANA

Thursday - Chili.  (I want left overs to use on Superbowl Sunday!)

That's all!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Weekly Menu

I made it through another week!  I did go to the store on Monday night but it was just for a gallon of milk and that's to be expected so that's ok!  Not much else to say so here's the plan for the coming week:

Saturday:  Chicken Parmesan Bundles, Spaghetti and Salad

Sunday:  Darryl has a concert so we will eat out after that for lunch; Later for Dinner we will have pulled pork sandwhiches and fries

Monday: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Sweet Potatoes, and Salad

Tuesday:  Enchiladas, Rice, and Salad

Wednesday;  The boys and I always get a pizza before AWANA.

Thursday:  Crock Pot Italian Meatball Soup and Garlic Sticks

Friday: Chicken Stir Fry

It's a pretty quiet week :-)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Week In Review

This past week included fun and school!

The boys spent a few days with their Grandpa and Grandma at the beginning of the week.  The weather wasn't great but it warmed up enough for some sledding at one point.  Nate decided to try on the dogs winter coat - fits him pretty well :-)

 For Nate's birthday, he received a science kit which he has enjoyed very much.  A week or so ago, he made the volcano but hasn't had a chance to actually make it erupt.  There was an ice day on Thursday which gave a great excuse to get messy.  (And it tied in with science lessons that both boys were in the middle of too!)
 We spent Friday working on school work.  One of Nate's projects was to create a sculpture out of clay so we all worked together and created.  We are working on wrapping up the end of the semester.  My goal is to be done with all school work on Tuesday and then wrap up journal writing on Wednesday. Then the boys will get a break once again for a few days.
 Play time always happens in this house and on Friday afternoon these guys came out.  Power Rangers is a big thing in this house and the army guys have become the bad guys for the rangers.
 A big part of week was .  .snow and ice.  Two snow days this week (for the littles I watch) so usually I give the boys snow days too - it's easier and gives them all time to play.
The boys have some awesome Lego sets.  As they get older, the sets get more complicated so working on the floor is no longer a good option since it takes days to complete projects.  After taking the tree down, this corner opened up a great opportunity to set up a Lego station.  They each have a table with the perfect building spot.  We set up some bright lights for them and it's great to see them stop by their spot and work on Legos for a bit.