Monday, April 13, 2015

Menu Plan for the Week of April 13

Homemade Pizza Crust

Monday April 13
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Spaghettios/Bread/Canned Fruit/Candy
Dinner: Homemade Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets/Roasted Potatoes/Homemade White French Salad Dressing
Baking: Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

Homemade Pie Crust

Tuesday April 14
Breakfast: Pigs in a Blanket/Hashbrown Casserole
Lunch: Pasta Salad
Dinner: Hawaiian Fried Rice/90 Minute Rolls
Baking: Bunny Bait

Amish Peanut Butter Pie

Wednesday April 15
Breakfast: Simple Pancakes/Bacon Hearts
Lunch: Pizza/Salad/Pudding

Dinner: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken/Scalloped Potatoes/Cornbread
Baking: Banana Bread

Thursday April 16
Breakfast: Pop Tarts
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets/French Fries/Yogurt/Pudding
Dinner: The Best Lasagna Ever/Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Copycat Recipe)/Salad
Baking: Cream Egg Brownies

Friday April 17
Breakfast: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Lunch: Fish Sticks/Soup/Cheese Curls/Applesauce/Brownies
Dinner: Pepperoni Pizza/Cheese Pizza (Made with Homemade Pizza Crust)
Amish Baked Chicken
Baking: Caramel Popcorn

Saturday April 18
Breakfast: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Lunch: Sandwiches/Potato Chips/Fresh Fruit/Snack Cakes
Dinner: Amish Baked Chicken/Mashed Potatoes/Bread Machine Buttery Rolls/Fresh Corn Casserole/Noodles with Sauce
Baking: Amish Peanut Butter Pie (With Homemade Pie Crust)

Goals for This Week (April 13)

I am going to try something a little different this week in the hopes that it will help me to accomplish more of my goals and start to get things done around here.

First thing I am going to work on this week is my Morning Routine! I want to get this established. I would like to have it accomplished by 9:00 a.m. but probably won't until I have other areas (such as school) under control.

I actually have two morning routines (one for when Micah works his second job at Publix and one for the mornings he does not work at Publix).

When he works at Publix I get up at 2:30 a.m. and fix his breakfast and pack his lunch. I then sit with him while he eats his breakfast and I have a cup of coffee. Once he leaves at 3:00 a.m. I do my daily devotional and then sign on to the computer and read e-mails and blogs while I finish up my coffee. Then at 4:00 a.m. I go back to bed. I get up at 7:00 a.m. and my day continues as normal.

When Micah does not work at Publix, I get up at 4:45 a.m. and have my coffee, do my daily devotional and read e-mails and blogs until 6:15 a.m. Then I fix our breakfast and pack his lunch and help him get out the door by 6:45 a.m. Then at 7:00 a.m. the kids get up and my morning routine continues.

Here is the morning routine I would like to have

Kids Breakfast
Finish up my coffee and my blog reading/writing
Kitchen Cleaned
Laundry started
Kids all working on school (by 8:00 a.m.)
I know that there are other things I should be/could be doing but to be honest right now I would be thrilled if just these few things were happening on a regular bases before noon!

So everyday this week I will be working HARD to get my morning routine done by 9:00 a.m. and I will be checking in here to update on how I have done.

I am also going to be trying to accomplish one other chore/goal a day besides the regular things that I do on a daily basis.

Clean out, organize and inventory the pantry in the kitchen

Clean out, organize and inventory the pantry in the hallway

Clean out, organize and inventory the refrigerator and freezer in the house

Clean out, organize and inventory the refrigerator and freezer in the garage

Clean out, organize and inventory the freezer in the garage

Catch-Up on anything that I did not get done during the week

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Financial Goals for April and an Update on Our Financial Goals for March

We had some pretty BIG financial goals for March

  1. Pay all of our monthly bills 
  2. Pay our 500 dollar March payment to Ryan Homes 
  3. Save an additional 300 dollars toward our April payment to Ryan Homes 
Here is how we did

  1. Paid all of our March bills! 
  2. Paid 1000 dollars to Ryan Homes (that was our 500 dollar March payment and our 500 dollar April payment)! That brings out total money paid to 2000 dollars! Just 500 dollars more to go!
  3. Saved 341 dollars toward our 500 dollar May payment! 
 To say we are thrilled with our progress is an understatement! It has not been easy but we have managed fairly well. And the success has kept us motivated!

Our April Financial Goals

  1. Pay all of our April bills 
  2. Pay our last 500 dollar payment to Ryan Homes! (that will be all of our Good Faith Money paid in full a month early!) 
  3. Save another 500 dollars toward our closing costs (which we estimate to be around 1800 dollars)
This month will be a little bit harder due to Easter but we are committed to reaching our goals and hopefully going a little bit beyond! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Menu Plan for the Week (March 16)

The menu plan will be a little different around here for the next 21 days as Tyler is doing a Daniel Fast (no meat, no dairy, no sugar, and no leavened bread) and the rest of us are doing a modified Daniel Fast of no sugar and also giving up some forms of entertainment.

I have tried to plan meals that will not make things any harder on Tyler (than they already will be) but since the kid loves to eat I'm not sure that is possible.

Monday: March 16
Breakfast: Peach Smoothies
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Yogurt, French Fries
Dinner: Taco Ring, Ranch Salsa Dip

Tuesday: March 17
DISNEY DAY! We will be eating at the park

Wednesday: March 18
Breakfast: Peach/Banana Smoothies
Lunch: Pizza, Salad
Dinner: Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken, Fried Rice

Thursday: March 19
Breakfast: Eggs, Toast
Lunch: Hot Dogs, Fresh Fruit, Pretzels
Dinner: The Best Lasagna Ever, Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits, Salad

Friday: March 20
Breakfast: Peach Smoothies
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Cheese Curls, Applesauce
Dinner: World's Best Burger, Homemade Cornbread Salad, Oven Fries

Saturday: March 21
Breakfast: Eggs, Toast
Lunch: Sandwiches, Chips, Fresh Fruit
Dinner: Hawaiian Fried Rice, 90 Minute Rolls  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Goals Update from March 9

Even though I kept my goal list small last week, I was still not able to accomplish it all!

Here is what I was able to get done, try not to be as disappointed in me as I am in myself.

Get all the laundry done including washing the master bedding
Didn't even come close to getting all of the laundry done! And so I am starting this week way behind! I hate when that happens. And not only am I behind but I am going to be out of the house for 1 1/2 days this week so that cuts down on the time I will actually have to do laundry. 

Make a loaf of bread, granola bars, cinnamon rolls, and my birthday cake
I did make a loaf of homemade bread (and now I need to make another one) but I didn't get any of the other things made. And of course with the no sweet fast our family is on I won't be making them for at least 21 days! 

Plan next weeks menu, make a grocery list, grocery shop at home, and get to the stores before Monday
 I did get my menu planned and even managed to get to all 3 stores (Aldi, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart). There were only 3 things that I was not able to get but Micah said he would run to the store for me on his way home one day this week so I don't have to worry about going back out.

Delaney's lesson plans and folders ready to go for next week, would love to get two weeks worth done and ready but I am not going to set myself up for failure.
I actually did get two weeks of folders done and lessons planned! I am so very happy about this! Of course with my goal of getting more than 5 days of school done in a week the two weeks worth of lessons plans will not actually last me two weeks. UUGGHH!

Goals for the Week (March 16)

I have a pretty busy week this week and some unique challenges to face too.

My oldest son is going to be doing a 21 day Daniel fast (basically no meat, no sugar, no dairy, no leavened breads) so I will be cooking separate meals for him. The rest of us have decided to do a modified Daniel's fast in that we are just going to eliminate sugar from our diet for the next 21 days. However, since we are not doing a full Daniel's fast we are also fasting other things (Movies, TV, and different forms of entertainment).

Also, we are going to Disney on Tuesday to meet up with some of Tyler's friends from Ohio. Due to the fact that I have given myself this crazy goal of finishing up Delaney's school year in August (so she can be finished when we move in September) taking a day off in the middle of the week has me a bit stressed out. 

So of course my main goals this week are SCHOOL AND LAUNDRY!

We will not be doing any school on Tuesday and Friday is only a half day because Andrew has a High School writing class on Friday afternoon. So we need to finish up at least 5 (I sure would like to get 6 or 7) days of school done in 3 1/2 days!

And I really really need to focus on the laundry this week and get ALL of it done by Friday! It has been about 2 weeks since I have had all the laundry done and that is just not going to work much longer.

Does anyone else fall behind on laundry and then feel like you are never ever going to catch back up? Well, better go and switch the clothes instead of putting it off any longer or I'll never get finished.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Goals for the Week (March 9)

Here are my goals for this week (March 9).

Yes, I realize that it is Thursday and I'm just now posting my goals for the week. See Monday's post for an explanation as to why I am so far behind in my week.

Since I am so late in the week of getting my goals posted (and let's be honest here, even deciding what they are) I am going to keep my list very short! 4 things only!

  1. Get all the laundry done including washing the master bedding
  2. Make a loaf of bread, granola bars, cinnamon rolls, and my birthday cake
  3. Plan next weeks menu, make a grocery list, grocery shop at home, and get to the stores before Monday
  4. Delaney's lesson plans and folders ready to go for next week, would love to get two weeks worth done and ready but I am not going to set myself up for failure. 
I am hoping that by keeping my goals for this week simple I will be able to get a handle on things around here and will be able to start next week with bigger goals (or at least more goals).