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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Menu Plan January 25-31, 2015

Well, even though I plan out our meals, sometimes life happens and things don’t go as planned.  It’s also very hard to get motivated to start dinner when your husband isn’t home to join you most nights of the week.  However, I still have to make a game plan…even if I don’t always stick to it.  LOL.

So, no, we are not eating the same meals every week…it’s just that some haven’t actually been prepared even though they’ve been on the menu for several weeks.

Here’s what’s cooking this week...

Sunday —Meatloaf, Pasta, Veggies
Monday —Ham Steaks, Sweet Potato Souffle, Veggies
Tuesday —Mahi Mahi, Rice, Veggies
Wednesday —Stuffed Shells, Salad
Thursday —YOYO
Friday —YOYO
Saturday —Kielbasa, Pasta Veggies

What’s on your menu this week?  Do you always stick to your menus or do you deviate?  

I will add though…one nice thing about this month is that because I’ve deviated so much I’ve only had to make ONE major trip to Walmart and Sam’s.  Now, I have stopped at Publix (thankful we have one in our neighborhood that’s less than 5 minutes away) almost weekly, but I can handle that.  LOL!


 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Menu Plan January 18-24, 2015

Well, since we’re already into the week, I’ll just share our menu plan for the remaining days of this week...

Tuesday — crockpot port chops, rice, veggies
Wednesday — meatloaf, pasta, veggies
Thursday — ham steaks, sweet potato souffle, veggies
Friday — YOYO
Saturday — breakfast for dinner

What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?   

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Menu Plan January 11-17, 2015

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday — Tacos
Monday — Frikadellen, Pasta, Veggies
Tuesday — Grilled Tilapia, Rice, Veggies
Wednesday — Parmesan Chicken over Salad
Thursday — Noodles and Eggs
Friday — YOYO
Saturday — Neighborhood Holiday Party

What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?  It’s a week of favorites here.
 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Goals for 2015

Well, with the approach of a New Year, everyone is thinking about their resolutions or goals.  While I don’t typically set them, I thought it would be a nice change to type up my thoughts on what I’d like to change for the upcoming year.  So, here are my goals...

Find a church and get involved —We have been in Port Saint Lucie since May, and with Brian’s work schedule, it’s been tough to try to get settled into a church.  Admittedly, we haven’t even visited any.  This doesn’t mean the thought hasn’t crossed our minds a lot, because it surely has.  However, we plan to change that this year.  We are hoping to visit a church this Sunday.

Get healthier —I will focus on making better eating choices and getting more active.  It’s not that we eat a bunch of crap as it is, but there’s always room for improvement.  And it’s always a good idea to be active…whether it be walking, biking, swimming, playing outside with the boys, or other activities.

Make more digital scrapbooks — Now that all of our pictures are organized, it’s time to start putting them into digital scrapbooks/photo books.  I made and ordered one for each boy’s first year of life, and I’ve composed one for our first two years of marriage.  My goal is to do my best to get current.

Play with my children more — Yes, I play with them now, but I want to play with them more.  We’ve got tons of board games, so it’s time to put them to good use and spend time together.  This also includes outside…they like to throw footballs, frisbee, kick the soccer ball, etc…and there’s no reason I can’t join in with them.  

Do a better job with housework —This one is tough…I do a decent job with the laundry and dishes, but it’s hard to stay on top of everything else.  Cleaning isn’t fun, but it has to be done.  However, I don’t want this to interfere with the previous goal…I think it’s more important to spend time with my children than to have a spotless house.  However, that doesn’t mean my house can’t be presentable on a daily basis.  If I stay on top of it, then it most definitely will.

I have some other things that I plan on working on; however, I’m not willing to share those with the general public.  I may check in from time to time throughout the year to give an update.  Hopefully they will all be positive.  

Did you make any resolutions or goals for 2015?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Menu Plan January 4-10, 2015

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday — Easy Chicken Casserole, Veggies
Monday — Burgers, Tater Tots
Tuesday — Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Rice, Veggies
Wednesday — Parmesan Chicken over Salad
Thursday — YOYO
Friday — YOYO
Saturday — Ground Beef Stroganoff over Rice, Veggies

What’s on YOUR menu this week?  I’m hoping to really do my best with sticking to our menus this year.  We will see how it goes...


 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Menu Plan December 28-January 3, 2015

I'm so over Christmas leftovers, and I think the boys are, too. So, here's what's cooking at our house this week...

Sunday — YOYO
Monday — Cowboy Casserole, Salad
Tuesday — Ham Casserole, Veggies
Wednesday — Honey Garlic Chicken, Rice, Veggies
Thursday — Taco Soup
Friday — YOYO
Saturday — YOYO 

What’s cooking at your house this week?  Have you used up all of your Christmas leftovers?  We have some ham left, but that’s it.  I’ll re-purpose it for the ham casserole to be served tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Weeks 17 and 18 of Learning 2014-15

Well, it’s been a bit since I’ve updated our schooling.  We finished up our necessary schooling on Saturday…just in time to have a week off for Christmas.  Here’s how the past two weeks went...
Micah, First Grade
Bible — Micah’s lessons were on Catechism questions 1-10, and we read Isaiah 40:28 and 2 Samuel 7:22 to accompany his lessons.

LLATL —Micah worked on the sight words “good, they, like, night, jump, up, down.”  He also worked on the numbers 0-9, compound words, plurals, and sequencing.  He read another book for his program as well.  We also read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
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Math — This week Micah worked on counting backward by 2’s; reading a number line with a scale of 1’s with 10’s labeled; need for standard units of measure; counting by 2’s to 24; reading odd numbers on a number line; identifying 1/2 of a group; reading number words; and counting dimes and nickels.
History — This week Micah learned about “Christ Builds His Church."
Science — This week Micah learned about arachnids, crustaceans, myriapods, mollusks, cnidarians, echinoderms, sponges, and worms.
Caleb, Sixth Grade
Bible —
Caleb’s lessons was on Israel’s Idolatry, and we read Exodus 32-34 to accompany his lesson.
Math — Caleb worked on long division; long division with remainders; zeros in the quotient; dividing by two digits; multiplying with three or more digits; hours, minutes, and seconds; longer periods of time; and do I multiply or divide.
Reading — Caleb finished reading Little Pear by Eleanor Francis Lattimore.  He also completed a comprehension and vocabulary quiz over the story.
Geography — This week Caleb learned facts about our great state of Florida.  We are taking the time to spend more time on Florida and learn as much as we can.  This week his lesson focused on some of Florida’s geographical features.
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Writing — Caleb had to complete his writing assignment which was a final poem on the parts of speech he’s learned thus far.  We then spent some time playing review games.
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Science — Caleb read the same information as Micah.
I’m glad to have a week off from lessons, and I’m sure the boys share my feelings.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Menu Plan December 21-27, 2014

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday — meatloaf, pasta, veggies
Monday — spaghetti, biscuits
Tuesday —  sautéed chicken, pasta, veggies
Wednesday —breakfast for dinner
Thursday —  Christmas leftovers (ham, turkey, dressing, gravy, broccoli casserole, sweet potato souffle, rolls, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, cheesecake bites)
Friday —  YOYO
Saturday —  YOYO

It’ll just be the four of us for Christmas, so it’ll be a very low-key family day.  Brian only gets that day off, so we will be sure to spend as much quality time together as we can.  I’ll be cooking our traditional feast with a few new additions.  Are you hosting Christmas?  What’s on the menu?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Menu Plan December 14-20, 2014

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week...

Sunday —Italian Meatballs, Noodles, Gravy, Veggies
Monday —Lawnmower Taco Casserole
Tuesday —Chicken Pot Pie, Salad
Wednesday —Parmesan Chicken over Salad
Thursday —YOYO
Friday —YOYO
Saturday —Beef Taquitos, Corn

What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Week 16 of Learning 2014-15

We actually finished up week 16 over the weekend, but I'm just now getting around to posting our review.  Here's what we worked on...

Micah, First Grade
Bible --
This week Micah's lesson was on "My Bible Teaches Me Honesty," and we read Acts 5:1-11 to accompany his lesson.

LLATL -- This week Micah read another book for his program.



Math -- This week Micah worked on understanding dozen, reading and writing time to 5 minutes past the hour, reading number lines with only 2's labeled, and measuring with cubits.

History -- This week Micah's began learning about "Christ builds His church."

Science -- This week Micah learned about invertebrates, arthropods, insects, and insect metamorphosis.

Caleb, Sixth Grade
Bible --
This week Caleb's lesson was on "Giving of the Law," and we read Exodus 19-20 to accompany his lesson.

Math -- This week Caleb worked on more on division; long multiplication; and multiplying with two-digits

Reading -- This week Caleb began reading Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore.  He read chapters 1-4 and completed vocabulary and comprehension activities related to each chapter.

Geography -- This was a study and test week for Caleb.

Writing -- Caleb continued to learn about commands this week.

Science -- Caleb read the same information as Micah.





We've actually had a few days off because Brian had two vacation days that he had to use or lose.  So, we are enjoying a staycation...we're enjoying time playing games and just being together.  We have two more weeks of lessons, and then we'll take our Christmas break.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Menu Plan December 7-13, 2014

Well, it's a little late, but here's the menu plan for our house this week...

Sunday -- Frikadellen, Pasta, Veggies
Monday -- Burgers
Tuesday -- Beef Chimichangas
Wednesday -- Baked Fish, Rice, Veggies
Thursday -- YOYO
Friday -- YOYO
Saturday -- Sauteed Chicken, Pasta, Veggies

What's cooking at YOUR house this week?  Are you trying any new recipes?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Menu Plan November 30-December 6, 2014

Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone.  We had a great time visiting with my parents and youngest brother.  The boys really enjoyed seeing them and spending some quality time with everyone.  Since I hosted, I was the one who ended up with all the leftovers.  There’s only so much ham and turkey one can eat without getting tired of it.  So, I’ve decided to re-use the leftovers in some of this week’s dishes.  Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week…

Sunday – Turkey Pot Pie, Salad (I’ve never made this, but I’m hoping it’s as good as chicken pot pie)
Monday – Easy Cheesy Pasta & Ham, Veggies (this is another new recipe, but it’s ham/cheese/pasta…how bad can it be)
Tuesday – Ground Beef and Gravy over Rice, Veggies
Wednesday – Roasted Chicken, Pasta, Veggies
Thursday – YOYO
Friday – YOYO
Saturday – Breakfast for Dinner

What’s cooking at your house this week?  Are you using your leftovers in any new dishes?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Menu Plan November 23-29, 2014

Here’s what’s cooking at our house this week.

Sunday – Parmesan Chicken Nuggets, Pasta, Veggies
Monday – Tacos
Tuesday – Sauteed Chicken, Pasta, Veggies
Wednesday – Ordering Pizza since family is coming into town
Thursday – Thanksgiving leftovers (turkey, gravy, ham, dressing, green bean casserole, macaroni ‘n cheese, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, apple crisp)
Friday – YOYO
Saturday – YOYO

What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?  I’m hosting Thanksgiving for my parents, youngest brother, and us.  We are so excited they are coming to visit as we haven’t seen them since July.  I took some short-cuts though by buying a spiral-sliced ham and turkey.  Oh well, it’ll still be a yummy meal.  Are you hosting Thanksgiving?  What’s on the menu?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Week 15 of Learning 2014-15

Here’s how this week went for us…

Micah, First Grade
Bible –
Micah’s lesson was on “My Bible Teaches Me Forgiveness,” and we read 1 Samuel 24:1-17 to accompany the lesson.

LLATL – This week Micah completed another book for his program.  We also started working on the letters ‘e, x’ and the sight words ‘O.K., just, for.’  We also worked on adjectives and reading comprehension.

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Math – This week Micah worked on the concept of fractions (whole and half); telling time to 10 and 15 minutes past the hour; telling time to 20, 25, and 30 minutes past the hour; counting by 2s to 20; and understanding non-standard units of measure.

History – Micah continued to learn about “God Keeps His Promise.”

Science – This week Micah learned about snakes, lizards, turtles & crocodiles.  We also used this week to catch-up on all of our “extra” science activities.

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Caleb, Sixth Grade
Bible –
This week Caleb’s lesson was on “Provision in the Wilderness,” and we read Exodus 15-18 to accompany the lesson.

Math – This week Caleb worked on multiplication; multiplying in your head; multiplying more than two; and division basics.

Reading – This week Caleb took his test over The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.

Geography – This week Caleb learned facts about Arkansas and Michigan.

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Writing – This week Caleb completed his writing assignment which was an Active Person Poem.  He then began the next chapter on commands.  Part of his lesson was following verbal directions to make a snowflake.

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Science – This week Caleb read the same information as Micah; however, he also read about rattlesnakes.

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We have next week off in order to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.  My parents and youngest brother will be joining us for Thanksgiving, and we are super excited to be seeing them.  We haven’t seen them since July, so the visit is highly anticipated.