Sunday, September 9, 2012

Happy Pre-K Day!

September 4th was our first day of homeschool Pre-K. I wanted to make it a fun one!


 Luckily, I was able to get myself out of bed before he did! 

First, he had to do the standard picture with the sign...before things got too crazy!

Then we busted out the "one in a lifetime" breakfast of donuts and chocolate milk! Here he told me "No more pictures Mommy, we already did that."

After we ate, he got to open his bag. Presents are always a big hit around here! He LOVED his Lego pencil box, because it was red! He had never had a pencil box before, so we got to explain to him what it was for. See how excited he is to add his pencils? :)

Five minutes later..., finally the pencils are just right!
Daddy is doing Bible time this year. It's a new thing to have Daddy involved with most things school related, but I told him how I thought it was very important for us to do this together and he agreed.
Then we took a break to do a sign picture on the steps. I imagine this happening each year, so I made him move to the far right to leave room for "Baby Grill" when she's a bit older.
Then, we got down to work! Obviously, we need some practice holding a pencil!
We did this listening page and ended with some pot and spoon music time!
Snack time came (he got this snack in his bag) and he wanted to sort....ok by me!

Finished product!

In the afternoon, we went outdoor to compare evergreen and deciduous trees during the summer. We will do this during each season this year.

This was a great first day!










Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sicko!

We have illness running through our house again.

It's been about 5 days of kids with fevers. Last night, my baby broke out with a rash! On Friday, the doctor was thinking hands, feet, and mouth, but since the rash is not on her hands or feet, it actually looks more like roseola.

It's funny though, I keep complaining about being stuck at home and just not doing much of anything, but I have to admit that I am kind of enjoying the peace. I get the feeling that we all are. I have had time to cook, clean, and plan when I'm not holding crying kids.

It's amazing to think of how different I feel from a few years ago when I could not stand to be home for even a few hours to now staying home the better part of a week. Times have changed.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Menu plan with ALL the work done for you!

A few weeks ago, I'd just had it! Sometimes I feel like I am trying to juggle too much, not succeeding,  and feeling discouraged, because I was not able to do 100%.

I call myself a "mildly extreme couponer". That means I strive to save, but if "extreme" means you save 90%+ off your total bill, that's just NOT me! Saving 50% and up is good enough for me. That said, I go in and out of it. Sometimes it's just too much work!

I know that I can also save money by planning out my menus. One thing I've learned about myself is that I am a horrible planner. Okay, not just a horrible planner, but also pretty bad a follow through. As soon as something comes up to derail me (like sudden change of plans when the baby wakes me up at 5am and totally starts my day off on the wrong foot) I'm done!

I'm really trying though. In fact, I stumbled upon this fantastic site! Within it, was just the gem of a plan that I was looking for!


6 WEEKS OF MENU PLANS, ATTACHED RECIPES, AND ATTACHED GROCERY LIST!!!!!

It was like a WAHOO! moment!

Knowing that I could shop and know everything that I would need to make this 7 big meals was great. I added in a few things here and there for breakfast and "lunch" (quotes, because at our house lunch in a big meal because right AFTER lunch is when my husband leaves for work). I knew that a lot of these meals would end up being leftovers, which was also helpful.

I have done week 1 and loved all but one recipe. It was honestly like being on vacation and having someone else cook. Instead of all of the "regular meals" that I make week after week, month after month, I was trying new things and my mouth was receiving totally foreign flavors! I would finish making these and just kinda look at the food on my plate and think..."Hmmm...did I really just make that?" Extra added bonus is that none of these too much effort.

For example, today I made the salmon listed under Week 1 (we went way out of order). It took me about 5 minutes of prep and cook time for the salmon was about 10 minutes total.

Even if you're an "extreme" meal planner, I think that you should take a look at this link. You may find some great recipes! It might also be a great way to toss aside planning for a week and just let someone else do the legwork!

http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2012/03/poyel-six-week-meal-plan.html

Let me know what you think!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Oh boy, where does time go?

I've been wanting to toss out a blog post for at least a month. I didn't realize it had been nearly 4 months since my last post. In all honesty, I don't know where the time has gone.


We've been staying pretty busy. Matthew is finally potty trained...AMEN! We took things one step farther this week when I decided to let him go diaperless at night as well. Scott was totally against it, but it's been great! There was one minor accident that wasn't actually because he didn't make it...more like he can't totally wipe himself.






I love that little string of pictures....it really makes me chuckle!!!



Chloe has been growing like a weed! She figured out how to crawl about 2 weeks ago. She started going backwards and getting her feet stuck under the couches. After a week of that, she figured out forward and now she's just all over the place. Everything is in her mouth too! She is also saying "Da da" and "Ma ma". She laughs at everything Matthew does and he is so protective of her. They are going to get along well as playmates.

Homeschooling has been a little bit on the back-burner lately. I do things with Matthew from time to time. We do read almost every single night before bed and usually a few times during the day, but we are not doing anything very structured. He has gotten to the point where he knows all of his letters and most of their sounds. We play games where I say a word and ask him to spell it. Then I say, "What letter says Pah, pah, pah, pah, pah" (insert sing-song tune in there) and he will identify the letter. He really is so good at so many things that it is just really impressive to me.

One area that is a challenge for him, and I expect it is for all three and half year olds, is writing. I know that step one is to be able to create shapes. He can do some shapes, but we need to work on that a lot more. I see my son as a boy that will really enjoy writing. I think that he will really enjoy writing sci-fi stories about whatever interest he has at that particular time.

I have an idea that I could use a little help with....

basically because every time I think about doing it, I go blank!

I want to make up something like 30 different activities that I can do with Matthew....like playing with shaving cream, playdough, painting, etc that I can write on popsicle sticks and use when I am in a rut and can't think of anything to do. Matthew loves to do all of the things I mentioned above and we probably do those and many others multiple times in a week, but sometimes I feel like we just did everything recently and need something new.

Got any ideas for me????????????????????????????????

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Squeezurts!

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I came across these Squeezurts on Etsy.com and had to try them! I told my mom friends that I would let them know how it went. Here's a little video! At the end, my son walked in and wanted I tried to get him to try them, but he wasn't having it....OF COURSE, less than two seconds after we ran out of video he went to town on it! If you are interested in trying Squeezurts, here is the link:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/82105914/squeezurts-the-original-reusable


UPDATE: These have been AMAZING for the summer! I've been making popsicles in them just about every day. I have mixed up my own concoctions, used 100% juices, and also used organic juice. I found that using the turkey baster is PERFECT for filling!! I can put the baster in the juice container and then into the Squeezurts without much mess at all. Actually, I can do it with no mess, but my son LOVES to help with the turkey baster, so I let him help me make popsicles as one of his "chores". He's actually pretty good, and just a little bit messy.