Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Fixins'

The kids helped me plan out the menu for the upcoming week.  It's a little different....

Friday - Minestrone Soup, salad, breadsticks with alfredo sauce, sparkling cider

Saturday - Pigs in a blanket, salad, broccoli, fruit salad

Sunday - Beans, tortillas, fruit, green salad, make sugar cookies together

Monday- Pizza (no weired kinds, just pepperoni and cheese, thick not thin crust) Salad, fruit

FHE treat - Banana Cream pie

Tuesday - Homemade fired up mac &cheese w/ bacon in it....don't ask  Salad, green beans, fruit w/ bananas

Wednesday - Salad night (got this idea from a good friend)  Basically variety of lettuce w/ every raw veggie I think my kids will eat.  I also get some sliced chicken, cubed ham, cheese cubes, and corn bread

Thursday - DATE NIGHT - kids eat cheese crisp / cereal / fruit / leftovers.

It always feels SO good to have the menu planned.  No wondering for the rest of the week!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Walks on the farm

Part of my "grand family plan" has been to slow down some things. 

We rejoiced and shouted praises of hallelujah when soccer season ended last fall!  3 different soccer games every saturday was enough to do me in!

Then in the new year we have taken a break from Gymnastics. 

Quiting Gymanstics was a hard one for me.  I had to do reassuring self talk that my kids would still be valuable and successful human beings without mastering a back flip. 

After 3 weeks into being gymnastics quitters we I (the girls are still emotionally coping) am LOVING it!

They have time for helping at home and just playing with eachother!  It has been the best decision ever. 

It also freed up time for this walk the other day.

I have always loved to take walks.  There is something completely relaxing to me about them unless you add this brood to the plan.

(the farm looks so barren this time of year)

They planned this walk on Tuesday for Saturday and haven't let me forget about it for a second since the lovely plan was constructed.

I tried my best to be patient.... we had fun.  I was glad there was nowhere else I needed to be than here with my kids! 

It seems that when we get out and do things like this it always prompts interesting conversations with my kids.  The favorite of this walk I think was about how their grandma was bit by a rabid cat when she was three.  And she had to get 16 shots in her stomach.  That was certainly the worst pain my kids could EVER imagine!  We are so blessed!

What gets you talking with your kiddos?