Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Getting back into the swing of things (DITL)


Last week we slowly started getting back into the swing of "doing school". My plan was to officially start in August however the kids were ready and I am thrilled with the idea of accumulating some extra school days that will allow us to be more flexible throughout the traditional school year.

So without any further introduction, here is how today shaped up:

6:30am-- The first risers in my house-- my husband and oldest son (almost 9)--  begin to get up and assemble their hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and oatmeal made with banana, raisins & coconut oil. They sit down together to study their Bibles, discussing when appropriate. I am still rolling around in my bed trying to squeeze out just a few more minutes of sleep because, in this final trimester, a solid night's sleep is hard to come by.

8:00am-- Today is Tuesday and my oldest daughter (age 7) makes breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Breakfast around here changes with the season and budget but right now it's usually a yogurt parfait for her and cold cereal with a piece of fruit for her younger siblings (ages 5 & 3). I begin to emerge from my bed around this time too.

8:30am-- While I eat my breakfast-- today it's an apple with peanut butter and a glass of grapefruit juice-- the kids get started on AM chore time. Since it is still summer, my oldest heads outside to tend to gardening and weeding while the others work together to clean up breakfast and unload the clean dishwasher and empty the drying rack. I use this time to check out my planner and see what's on tap for the day.

9:00am-- We're "doing school" today so we all head into the living room to have circle time. I know this is a preschool term but I've still been calling it this because I can't think of anything more creative! Circle time includes reading a devotional together (current read: God's Providence by Sally Michael), explaining the plan for the day (the kids seem lost and, let's face it, beyond obnoxious if I don't fill them in on what's going on each day) and writing an entry in our thankfulness journal. I have a few extra minutes before we want to start our lessons so I throw a bunch of dirty dishes into the dishwasher.

9:30am-- I send the littles into our sitting room to play with some busy bins while I do a history lesson with my son. We are using A Beka's The History of Our United States. My daughter heads up to her room to work on some worksheets.

10:00am-- We take a brief respite so that I can make myself an iced coffee and we notice that they are paving our road. Kids all run to the windows and spend the next 10 minutes watching the big trucks and machinery at work.

10:10am-- *Now* we get started on the next lesson. This means the littles shift gears and sit down for an episode of Paws & Tales. My daughter and I read her history book (we're finishing up History for Little Pilgrims before we move on to A Beka's Our America) while my son does a lesson from Draw and Write Through History: Pilgrims, Pirates & Patriots.

11:00am-- A few lessons complete. My youngest is starting to get irritable and suggests a bath. It sounds like a good idea to me so I fix a bubble bath and take the opportunity to send a few messages on my iPod. The bigs sneak into the TV room and I'm content to let them watch an episode or two of Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego.

11:30am-- Babe is clean and dressed and lunch needs to be made. We pull together an assortment of leftovers and I am able to put a little more effort into loading the dishwasher. I also move some wash into the dryer.

12:00pm-- Kids are assigned to pick up the living/dining room while I eat my lunch and search for some coupons online. Normally we do PM chore time immediately following lunch and then Pick up & Praise time (focusing on the living/dining room area of the house) around 4pm however I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon so we won't be able to get to it. After they finish straightening up the area and I finish my lunch, it's time to get dadda's lunch packed (a homemade turkey hoagie, cucumber salad, a hard boiled egg, pretzels & a Larabar). He is working nearby today so we will drop it off with him. Kids are sent upstairs to play because it's just too stinking hot and humid to be outside this afternoon (in my humble, pregnant opinion)!

1:00pm-- Dadda's lunch gets delivered and we opt to skip nap time in favor of running a few errands before my prenatal appointment. We sit down in the [clean!] living room to begin reading Patricia St. John's Star of Light.

1:30pm-- Reading time is over and it's time to run those errands. They are fun errands today as we are going deal shopping for school supplies. The kids have inherited their mother's excitement for office supply stores. Hooray! Before heading out the door, everyone is sent to the bathroom to take care of business, comb hair, and brush teeth (if they "forgot" to do so this morning). I quickly throw the remaining dishes in the dishwasher, make sure I didn't forget to brush my *own* teeth and gather up the trash so we can drop it at the dump on our way to Staples.

2:00 until 4:00pm-- We run a few errands (the dump, Staples, then Kmart) and head over to my doctor's appointment. All is well with baby!

5:30pm-- We are back home again and the kids are ready for dinner. We didn't eat the chicken noodle soup that I made in the crockpot yesterday so that's what's for dinner tonight. Soup and cheese seems to satisfy all.

6:30pm-- My son wants to play a game of chess with me but I admit to him that I don't have the mental capacity nor patience to play chess tonight! I suggest a more relaxing game of ColorKu instead. The middles busy themselves with a game of Slamwich and the babe, well, she just flutters nearby looking at some books and toys.

7:00pm-- Kids get a little time to play in their bedrooms while I veg out a bit. Dadda is not expected home for a few more hours so I'm on bedtime duty alone. Big kids have started helping siblings get teeth brushed and pajamas and it has been a *huge* blessing to me!

7:45pm-- I make my way to their rooms to finish up bedtime duty. We say our prayers and head to bed. Everyone is exhausted and this momma is more than ready for a shower and bed.

10:00pm-- DH is home, fed and showered. We chat a bit before I turn in for the night (around 11).

So, there you have it. One normal, crazy, busy day in the life of this homeschooling family of 6 (soon to be 7)! Hope you enjoyed hearing all about our day!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: July 27 - August 2

For those of you who have been keeping up with my YouTube channel, you already know that I've been back and forth with meal planning this summer. Earlier I did a once-a-month grocery haul and meal plan and now, well, now I am back to weekly shopping. That again may change-- who knows! But this week I am feeling pretty good having just one weeks worth of meals planned out and shopped for.

After reading this week's menu plan, go ahead and check out the grocery haul I did this weekend!



Monday-- Chicken Noodle Soup
Tuesday-- Tacos
Wednesday-- Chili over Rice
Thursday-- Fried Egg Sandwiches with Roasted Red Potatoes
Friday-- Beef Roast and Sweet Potatoes
Saturday-- Pork Chops, Red Cabbage, Rice
Sunday-- Leftovers or Homemade Pizza

That's it! It's fairly simple and pretty basic but it's full of meals that my family loves.

This post is linked at OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Monday!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

YouTube videos!

I've been filming a bunch of YouTube videos the past few days to give you all a glimpse of our homeschooling life. I hope you enjoy the videos even though they are super amateur!

Thanks so much for checking them out!

Monday, June 1, 2015

OAMS June 2015 AND Menu Plan Monday

Hi friends! Life has been busy here as I suspect is true for all of you as well. I know you can relate. Since this pregnancy has begun, we have honestly been in survival mode, that is up until a few short weeks ago when I started feeling better. 

Since then, I've been working hard on getting the house back in order, catching up on laundry, reorganizing bedrooms, scheduling play dates with friends, posting a few YouTube videos and working on a OAMS (once a month shopping) trip and meal plan for June. 

I am still exhausted but this month I've got a plan and I always feel better about that! 

So, in honor of the first day of June and summer approaching and second trimester glory and Menu Plan Monday, here is a pretty comprehensive look at what we'll be eating this month. And be sure to take a peek at my OAMS grocery haul videos here and here!




Date
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
June 1
Cold cereal
Yogurt with toppings
Leftover beef vegetable soup
Salisbury steak, roasted vegetables
June 2
Cold cereal & fruit
Yogurt with toppings
Roasted vegetable & hummus wraps
Chicken burgers, raw veggies, milkshakes
June 3
Cold cereal & fruit
Yogurt with toppings
Smoothies & nuts
Frozen pizzas
June 4
Cold cereal & fruit
Yogurt with toppings
Leftover pizza
Bacon lentil stew, bread
June 5
Cold cereal & fruit
Yogurt with toppings
Leftover stew
Nacho bar
June 6
Oatmeal & eggs
Hot rice cereal, apple
Taco Rice
Spaghetti,
Salad
June 7
Oatmeal
Rice cake w/ PB, apple
PB & J, raw carrots
Leftovers
Spaghetti,
frozen green beans
June 8
Cold cereal & fruit
Yogurt with toppings
Mac & cheese with veggies
Beef roast (w/ veggies), sweet potatoes
June 9
Oatmeal
Rice cake w/PB, apple
Roast beef leftovers over rice
Salad bar (lettuce, veggies, beans, cheese)
June 10
Oatmeal
Yogurt with toppings
Green smoothies, celery w/ PB
Tuna cakes, baked beans, roasted squash
June 11
Cereal & fruit
Yogurt with toppings
Tuna cakes, raw veggies
Chili over rice
June 12
Sprouted muffins, yogurt with fruit
Leftover mac & cheese
Leftover chili
June 13
Sprouted muffins, yogurt with fruit
Eggs, raw veggies
Leftovers
Steak, sweet potatoes, frozen veggies
June 14
Cereal & fruit
Hot rice cereal, apple
Black bean dip w/ crackers, veggies, cheese
Leftover steak dinner
June 15
Oatmeal
Yogurt with toppings
Tuna salad, pretzels, veg
Black bean dip leftover
Beef vegetable soup, cheese
June 16
Cold cereal & fruit
Rice cake w/ PB, apple
Leftover soup, cheese
Taco salad
June 17
Oatmeal
Yogurt with toppings
Nachos
Breakfast: eggs, waffles, potatoes, bacon
June 18
Oatmeal
Rice cake w/ PB, apple
Yogurt smoothies
Tuscan chicken, rice, roasted carrots
June 19
Oatmeal
Yogurt with toppings
Leftover waffles, fruit
Pizza (broccoli, onion, bacon)
June 20
Cold cereal, fruit
Yogurt with toppings
Leftover pizza
Spaghetti, salad
June 21
week off!
Cold cereal, fruit
Yogurt with toppings
Lunch out
Dinner with family
June 22
Cold cereal, fruit
Rice cake w/ PB, apple
Packed lunches (crackers, cheese, fruit, veg, nuts)
Dinner out
June 23
Cold cereal, fruit
Yogurt with toppings
Leftover spaghetti
Grill out? Sausage
June 24
Cold cereal, fruit
Yogurt with toppings
Packed lunches (crackers, cheese, fruit, veg, nuts)
Dinner out
June 25
Cold cereal, fruit
Rice cake w/ PB
PB & J, raw veggies
Split pea soup (frozen)
Strombolis, wings
June 26
Oatmeal
Yogurt with toppings
Green smoothies, celery w/ PB
Dinner out
June 27
Oatmeal
Yogurt with toppings
Leftovers
Chili over rice
June 28
Oatmeal
Yogurt with toppings
Leftover chili
Burgers, roasted potatoes
June 29
Cold cereal
Rice cake w/ PB, apple
Black bean dip w/ crackers, veggies, cheese
Pizza pork chops, side of spaghetti, frozen veg
June 30
Oatmeal
Rice cake w/ PB, apple
Leftover pork chops
Bacon lentil stew, bread