Thursday, February 26, 2009

Science Fair

We spent the ENTIRE WEEK completing our science fair projectslast week! I even told my friends not to call until it's over because it's taking up so much of our time. Here's a pictoral of our week:

"CAKES RISING : Baking Powder or Baking Soda"




Wednesday, February 25, 2009

As Lent Begins...

We've all decided what we're going to sacrifice - each child came up with their own. And what family and personal prayer we're going to add into our days plus Lenten Adventure...

I'm a little sad. I love Lent. But the schedule of prayer and fasting will preclude me from doing any crafty, cool activities for Lent that we've done to describe it to the little kids in the past. They mostly understand and don't need the crafty activities. Then, I know, that just doing life and adding these times of prayer and sacrifice will take God's grace to get me through. I know--that's the point--relying on God alone. But I also know how much of a struggle it is to do and how much I fail. Today is busy with activities and checking each other's foreheads to see whose ashes have wiped off -- but I'm very reflective, considering the burden that sacrifice brings...and hoping for the strenth of God to carry me.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

meal planning

Now that the science fair is over *THANK YOU, GOD!* (my apologies to all those who like science) I needed to get my house, life and school back on track. I spent several evenings planning and today was the culmination of all those plans.

These are my meal planning steps :
  • choose 7 breakfasts
  • choose 7 lunches
  • and 10 dinners
I make my list from inexpensive meals. For our family of 6 (plus a baby) I have a list of
25 breakfasts (variations on a theme) with an average cost of $1.76
45 lunches with an average cost of $3.76
35 dinners with an average cost of $5.33

Those average costs are for the entire family. It doesn't include beverages per meal (which average $.95) or side dishes (which I usually have at least one veggie and averages about $1.25)

So, I plug and chug and made a menu plan for breakfast, lunch & dinner for a month (this time it was 6 weeks hoping to get me to Easter.) My goal is $400 for a month. This month I bought 3 fish meals and those were pretty expensive $8-10/meal just for the fish. I tweaked a few meals to lower my overall cost, so I could do it.

Yesterday I shopped for 4 hours (that was longer than it needed to take, but I ran into some glitches) and I came home and cooked 15lbs of hamburger, 6lbs of chicken (which left the remaining 9 to be cooked the next day), and 2 lbs of sausage. The girls and I (and a very pregnant friend came for a few hours -- she wanted to come help!) spent all day cooking. The boys helped some and were on baby duty alot. We put up 13 side dishes (mashed potatoes, garlic & cheese buscuits, cornbread and rice pilaf) and 17 meals (3 lasagna, 3 shepherd's pie, 3 sausage & rice bake, 3 sloppy joe, 5 omelet mixes). I also put up all the meat for the rest of the meals.

I ran out of time (and steam) and still need to make 10 meals worth (40 Cups) of Alfredo sauce, but then I'll be done. I'm so pleased that I don't have to mess with cooking for quite some time! One more item off my plate and we can focus on school! YEAH!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Real Life

This was one of the best blog posts I've read! It's got a Christmas theme, but it is applicable anytime - REAL LIFE

Monday, February 16, 2009

Holy Heroes Lenten Adventure

They're having the same kind of FREEEEEE program for Lent that they had for Advent. We're signed up -- are you?

They have coloring pages you can print FOR FREE! They have videos of kids praying and saints for the day...crossword puzzles, word searches, .....and more!!!
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The Stations of the Cross
The Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Bourbon Street Hideaway

Dave called me last week and asked me if I'd like to go on a date that night.

Bourbon Street Hideaway, originally uploaded by Scott Spaulding.

It was AWESOME! It was expensive. We didn't have an appetizer, but did each have a cocktail and we split a desert -- the bill ended up being around $70. It was something we almost never do. We both loved it.

It was a like a taste explosion in my mouth! I don't like fancy food and I don't particularly like spicy food -- but this was FANTASTIC! Definately out of the norm and wonderful!

Here are some REAL reviews, if you'd like to consider it further :

12-year-old speaks out on the issue of abortion


Saturday, February 07, 2009

My Blog Spot

It's not pretty, and it's ALWAYS messy (the last place in the house to get cleaned), but it's where I blog from (and teach from and drink my morning coffee from and grade papers from and...)

Amy tagged me, so I'm tagging Anne, Grace, Stacy & Nancy -- where do YOU blog from?

Friday, February 06, 2009

Would you be willing to...

Sit like this just to pick up a book?

I don't think that looks very comfortable....

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Football has been very, very good to me

Superbowl Party 2009

If you weren't here, this is the excitement you missed!

"Football" is one of the baby's 5 favorite words. He talks about it (saying the word over and over) all the time!