Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan (2/3/15)

Tuesday February 3
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Fish Sticks/Macaroni and Cheese/Applesauce/Snack Cakes
Dinner: Chicken Quesadillas/Spanish Rice/Salad
Baking: Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast on Wednesday

Wednesday February 4
Breakfast: Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls
Lunch: Pizza/Salad/Pudding
Dinner: Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken/Baker's Dozen Yeast Rolls
Baking: Cookie Cake for nieces birthday (Thursday)

Thursday February 5
Breakfast: Pop Tarts
Lunch: Spaghettios/Bread/Canned Fruit/Candy
Dinner: Crap My Mom Made for Dinner/Leftover Bread from Wednesday Dinner/Salad
Baking: One Bowl Brownies

Homemade Pizza Dough
Friday February 6
Breakfast: Overnight Coffee Cake
Lunch: Sandwiches/Chips/Fresh Fruit/Brownies
Dinner: Hawaiian Pizza (using Homemade Pizza Dough)
Baking: 4-Layer Dessert (dessert on Saturday)

Saturday February 7
Breakfast: Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits
Lunch: Fish Sticks/Soup/Applesauce/Snack Cakes
Dinner: Oven Fried Cornflake Chicken/Mashed Potatoes/Green Bean Bundles/Butter Bread Machine Rolls/Noodles with Sauce
Baking: Candied Walnuts 

Candied Walnuts

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

This Weeks Goals (February 2, 2015)

So now that I have posted my monthly goals for February, I also need to post my weekly goals (some are just the monthly goals broken down into smaller pieces) so that I have some hope of actually accomplishing something around here! And others are goals that really need to become habits!

  1. Read and take notes on "The Money Saving Mom's Budget" by Crystal Paine for at least 15 minutes a day
  2. Make sure that we eat out only 1 night this week. Guess I better get a menu made and get to the grocery store tomorrow! 
  3. Spend at least 15 minutes a day in the master bedroom, cleaning and organizing
  4. Go with hubby on Thursday to the builder's office to turn in our loan application
  5. Spend at least 15 minutes a day in the kitchen, cleaning and organizing
  6. Make some Valentine treats for the family(found on Pinterest - of course)
  7. Clean out the BIG upright freezer in the garage and inventory the contents so that I can use up what we already have (trying to keep the grocery budget low this month to help with the vacation savings)
  8. Post a blog post everyday 
  9. Upload some pictures to Snapfish and order my 50 FREE prints! 
  10. Clean the kitchen every night before I go to bed! This is a big one for me! I love love love waking up to a clean kitchen, with the coffee brewed and the cups all set out and ready to go. But by the time dinner is over I'm beyond exhausted and can barely keep my eyes open long enough to sit down with the kids and watch a movie let alone stand in the kitchen and unload and reload the dishwasher! 
Do you set weekly goals? If you do set weekly goals, how are you at meeting them? 

Monday, February 2, 2015

February Goals

My February Goals:

I do not have a lot of goals for February but I have decided to post the few I do have on my blog in the hopes that doing that will keep me more accountable and maybe even motivate me to accomplish them :)

  1. Save another 1,000 dollars toward our Disney Vacation in May 
  2. Get the master bedroom totally cleaned out and decluttered 
  3. Apply for home loans (we have 14 days for shop for a mortgage and only have it "ding" our credit once)
  4. Finish cleaning and decluttering the kitchen 
  5. Finish reading and taking notes on "The Money Saving Mom's Budget" by Crystal Paine
I will update every Sunday night or Monday morning with how I am doing on these goals.

What about you, do you have any goals for February? I would love to hear about them!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

God Did It! He Really Did It!

That's My Name In Print

See that by-line? That's me!

I had my first ever published article in an actual magazine! I got an entire page (just like a real author)!

This is my dream, my heart, my desire and God is working it out! He is leading me and directing my steps and he is making my dream a reality!

Let me tell you, this is no ordinary moment! This is an extraordinary moment that only God could bring to pass. 

I know without a shadow of a doubt that any talent I have is from the Lord and I am so grateful and humbled that he is allowing that talent to be put to use for his kingdom!

I have a dream of writing a book and also of traveling to women's conferences and churches (maybe even a homeschooling convention or two) and speaking to women. It's a BIG dream. It's a GOD sized dream. But I know that if it is his will then it will come to pass.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A First

My "Little" Girl When She WAS Little
My "Little" girl shaved her legs for the first time yesterday!


How is this possible?

She was just a tiny pink ball of fuzz last week! How in the world can she be so grown up already? I think there has been a HUGE mistake.

Growing Up Way To FAST

She is turning into a beautiful young lady and I am so very proud of her but I really would like to stop the clock and just let her enjoy being little for a little while longer.

Another ordinary moment turned extraordinary. The beginning transformation from girlhood into womanhood. Just a tiny step into the adult world but I was there to guide and witness it.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Heading Out for Vacation (Kind of)

My children are Bible Quizzers (a whole other post) and they have made Nationals (think Superbowl).

Tyler and Andrew "FLORIDA 2"
 So our family will be loading up the car with suitcases and kids Friday morning and heading to St. Charles, Missouri (a 16 hour drive according to Google maps) for a week of intense competition with other Bible Quizzing teams from around North America.
Delaney and Christina "FLORIDA 3"

Getting a family of 5 ready for a 2 day road trip and a 5 day hotel stay followed by another 2 day road trip home is no small undertaking. It takes planning, preparation, and lots and lots of lists.

I have lists of errands I need to run.

I have lists of foods I need to make, pack, and buy.

I have lists of chores I need to accomplish before we leave.

I have packing lists for clothes and toiletries.

I was thinking about making a list of the lists that I need to make (and I guess I just did that) but I thought that might be a little much!

These lists are what help to keep me sane! They help me to not forget that the boys need dress shoes and that I need pajamas! They also allow me to not be a crazy woman (crazier woman)  for days wondering and worrying that I will forget something.

Packing and getting ready for a trip while stressful and a little overwhelming is just one more of the things in my life that I am SLOWLY learning to appreciate. Because I know that way sooner than I am ready our family of 5 will be headed out for our very first vacation as a family of 4 and then probably not long after that we will be down to just 3. I of course dream of huge vacations with my children's spouses and children all coming along but I know that even then it will not be the same! Someone else will be making the cookies and packing up the cars and telling Mom that she doesn't need to do everything. And my heart will break a little.

So this week, I will make my lists, pack the bags, cook the food, map out the route, do the laundry, AND ENJOY EVERY SINGLE MINUTE!


Monday, July 28, 2014

It's the Ordinary Moments

Lunch Break at McDonalds
Lunch Break at McDonald's

Yes, life is full of “Grand” moments.

When your future husband drops to one knee to ask “the question”.
When you announce to the world that you are expecting your first child.
When you buy your first home.
When your oldest child gets his driver’s license.

All BIG moments that take your breath away.

But what about the “little” moments.

Sneaking glances of that man (who would make you his wife) across a miniature golf course.
Buying the first tiny outfit that your new bundle of joy will wear home from the hospital.
Struggling and saving up every penny so that you can buy your first home.
Hours in prayer before you let your first born drive a car for the first time.

It’s the little moments that pass us by so quickly, that we hardly even notice, which will make the greatest impact on our lives. These are the moments we will search our memory banks for time and time again so that we can recall the look, the feel, and the smell of a place in time.

Yes, it’s the big moments that change our lives but it’s the small moments that change us!