Sunday, September 26, 2010

I'm Back

It's been forever since I have been able to blog and I've missed it so much.SOOOO much has happened in the past 6 weeks!

My computer crashed and it took forever to be able to afford getting it fixed. My youngest son moved in with us until he goes off to basic in Jan 2011. Our oldest daughter has changed colleges and majors (instead of a vet she is studying to become a chorus teacher- which suits her more since she was in chorus all through school). High school started back for my youngest, she is a junior this year and is following in her older sister's footsteps and is now in Woman's Chorus Honors along with three other honors classes. My youngest son's car broke down so we had to buy him a new used car (can't afford a New New one). Now to work out all the little kinks in it so he can get in on the road.

I have missed Menu Plan Monday's so much and had actually stopped doing ANY menu planning since my baby boy moved in. I had forgotten how much a young man could eat! We have averaged between $250.00 to $300.00 a week! That is everything I make going for food every week!

I am contemplating going ahead and legally opening a family daycare. It would mean taking some classes, getting first aide and CPR certified, setting up a tax schedule, etc.... but, I think it would be a great step for me. I mean, I already have 5 toddlers between the ages of 17 and 22 months old! Just a thought I've been researching.

On the crafting front, I have started an afghan for my youngest. Just a Granny Stripe blanket in white, teal, purple, yellow and baby blue. She likes the colors so it's off and running! You can find the free pattern
here: Granny Stripe Blanket

Hoping everyone is well and happy!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

This week, I'll be doing things a little differently. I am going to list the DayCare menu first, then our own personal menu plan.

Daycare Menu Plan:
     *Breakfast: Toast/ banana/ milk
     *Snack: Crackers/ juice
     * Lunch: Macaroni & Cheese/ Green Beans/ Pears/ Milk
     * Snack: Dry Cereal/ juice

     *Breakfast: Eggs/ Toast/ Bacon/ Milk
    *Snack: Fruit cup/ juice
    *Lunch: Chicken Nuggets/ Fries/ green beans/ milk
    *Snack: Watermelon/ juice

      *Breakfast: oatmeal/ banana/ milk
      *Snack: Dry cereal/ juice
      *Lunch: Peanut butter & banana sandwiches/ applesauce/ milk
      *Snack: Cookies/ juice

      *Breakfast: French toast sticks/ orange wedges/ milk
      *Snack: Banana/ juice
      * Lunch: Grilled Cheese/ Peas/ watermelon/ milk
      *Snack: Cheese Sticks/ jiuce

      *Breakfast: Cereal/ fruit/ milk
      *Snack: crackers/ juice
      *Lunch: Hot Dogs/ Corn/ Mixed fruit/ milk
     *Snack: cookies/ jiuce

Now onto the family menu for the week!

*Monday: Pork Chops/ Rice/ Cauliflower
*Tuesday: Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot/ potatoes/ corn
*Wednesday: Burgers/ salad
*Thursday: Chicken/ pasta/ salad
*Friday: Eat out night
*Saturday:Hot Dogs/ fries/ salad
*Sunday: Whole roasted chicken/ mashed potatoes/ corn

Well, that is my plan for the week! For more menu ideas, stop by The Organizing Junkie!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Proud & Scared

My youngest son joined the Army this past week. He took the Oath yesterday and will be going off to basic training in January. I am so very proud of him! But, I am also scared. He will be enlisted for 8 years as a helicopter mechanic. He hopes to make a career out of it like my Father did (he was in the Army over 20 years and I grew up an Army brat).

Right now I am not sure of how I feel. I am proud, VERY PROUD. But, if he gets deployed over-seas, I will worry every minute that he is gone. I know that this is what he wants to do with his life but, it doesn't stop the worry. Are their any other Mother's of soldiers out their with advice ?

Hugz to all!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Today was both crazy and hectic. Sophia and Bryce both have colds. The triplets only took a thirty minute nap, Luke didn't take one at all and Sophia slept a good hour and a half. Luke didn't go home until 9pm and was cranky with a capital C! So, Menu Plan Monday is late. Here is the plan for the week:

*Monday: Pork ribs/ corn/ green beans/ collard greens (all leftovers)
*Tuesday: BBQ Chicken/ cauliflower / rice (none for me)
*Wednesday: Steak/ scalloped potatoes/ green beans
*Thursday: Herb roasted chicken/ pasta/ collards for me/ corn for everyone else
*Friday: Eat-out night
*Saturday: Burgers on the grill/ Salad
*Sunday: Whole chicken in the crock-pot/ mixed veggies

So far that is the plan for Dinner. For more menu ideas, don't forget to run over to The Organizing Junkie for more menus & recipes!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

My Daycare Kiddies

I FINALLY think I've got the hang of uploading pics to the computer! So, I thought I would give you a little peek of my babies!

This is lunch time at my house! From left to right: Sophia, Luke, Chase, Bryce & Ashton!

Here is the lone girl! Sophia this past week. She is 14 months old and the resident DIVA! I have never seen another child as prissy as she is!

My "Little Man" Luke. He is 20 months old! I've had him the longest. And he LOVES to boss the younger babies around!

Ashton is the largest of the triplets, and 15 months old. Just look at those curls! Don't let the cuteness fool you! He is ALWAYS  bullying one of the others!

Bryce is the smallest of the triplets, again 15 months. Let me tell you, he is the little instigator! He is FEARLESS and HAS to be into something at ALL times! LOL, He always keeps me on my toes!

Chase is the quiet triplet. You find him off to himself, playing by himself or watching all the other babies getting into trouble. I think you can just see him just take it all in! When he gets older, I think he is going to be the sneakiest of the three!

This is snack time! Don't they all look like little angels? One quiet time of the day! Aren't they all just adorable? I swear, I love everyone of them like my own! And it is so much fun around here every day!

Well, off to bed! G' nite everyone!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bad, BAD Blogger!

Hello everyone! I know, I know, it has been almost two weeks since I last posted. I get so busy that at the end of the night, I completely forget to blog! I have had the Triplets more and they are a HANDFUL! I call them Triple Trouble.... you can just see the wheels in their heads moving -thinking of what to climb on next! And, they are learning to work together! HELP!!!!!

On top of that, Kirstey turned 18 and decided that she didn't like a rule we had set down. She had been leaving the house at 1 or 2 am and not getting home til 4 am. The Hubbeast and her got into a BIG argument where Kirstey cursed and then the Hubbeast started yelling. The next thing that I know, Kirstey is storming out the door at 9 pm WALKING! She wouldn't tell us where she was going or come back home. So, Summer texted her and found out that she was safe for me. She came home the next day and we had another talk. Her and the Hubbeast are so much alike, they HAVE to learn to talk without yelling at each other! We explained that even though she is 18, there are STILL rules that she has to follow. One is being home at a decent hour and my MAJOR one is no cursing!  I know that this is a normal phase when a child is becoming an adult. She is going to push the limits with us, but I can't wait til it all settles down again. I do not do well with stress with my children.

Also, I have started my low-carb diet again and have been sticking to it. I have lost 9 lbs in a week and a half. So, about 1 pound a day right now. I know it will slow down after this week but, I am ready for it. I actually feel a lot better and my legs have completely quit swelling! I can't wait to have my physical to see how it has effected my cholesterol and blood sugars!

I am going to try to get a post in 3 times a week from here on out. If I'm just doing Menu Planning, it's not much of a blog is it? So, I look forward to talking with everyone more often! Hugz!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

This week snuck up on me somehow. I went and did my shopping without a list. Just my coupons with some ideas, Didn't do to bad... We spent $160.00 and saved $84.00 using MVP products and coupons. So, I saved roughly 33% this week

Here is the Dinner Menu Plan:

   Hamburger Helper / Salad

   Chicken braised with cream of mushroom soup served over egg noodles with a side salad

   Sloppy Joes with a salad

   Oven fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans

  Eat-out night

   Spaghetti with garlic bread & salad

  Whole roasted chicken/ roasted rosemary potatoes with corn and homemade bread

Breakfast this week will be:
*Cereal & Juice
*Eggs & toast & Milk
*Waffles & Applesauce & milk

Lunches will be::
*Sandwiches & fruit
*Macaroni & cheese & fruit

For tons of more menu ieads, please head over to The Organizing Junkie!

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