Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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Outside my window...it is a little cloudy and hazy, and it looks hot out there already.
I am thankful for...the Holy Spirit, who is speaking to my heart today about my selfishness. I am so thankful that God doesn't leave me as I am.
From the learning rooms...I am finishing Stepping Heavenward by Mrs. E. Prentiss. The girls have the day off of school today!
From the kitchen...I just had my morning bowl of Banana Oats. Apparently my breakfast rut is back.
I am wearing...PJ bottoms, t shirt, no socks.
I am creating...laundry piles. I have four loads to fold and put away.
I am going...to take Curlyjo to piano lessons today. I am also getting my hair trimmed today, but I really just want to shave it all and start over.
I am reading...the book of Proverbs. I need some wisdom (see the above statement).
I am hoping...that through this current trial, my family will be stronger, and I will be less interested in myself.
I am hearing...Curlyjo and her friend giggling upstairs.
Around the house...is the evidence that my mind has been distracted the last few days. Things are disheveled and making me crazy.
One of my favorite things...fresh strawberries, local and in season. One of my dearest friends gave me some, and it did just brighten my day.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Whew! It has been Monday all day, if you know what I mean ;)
So, I did the Aldi shopping this week, and it felt good to leave the grocery store with a HEAPING cartful for $160! I stocked up on some staple items, too.
Monday: Grilled burgers, macaroni and cheese, roasted veggies (Brussels sprouts/broccoli)
Tuesday: Chicken Sausage Pasta, salad, garlic bread
Wednesday: Chicken Wreath, frozen veggie
Thursday: Beef Stroganoff, egg noodles, green beans
Saturday: Pizza, salad
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Let me begin by saying that I have shuddered at the thought of doing a "lapbook" with my children ever since I began homeschooling. I simply didn't think I could deal with all that detail! Lapbooks are an awesome why to learn, just not for me. Until Tiny Love began school.
Tiny Love cannot sit still. During read aloud time, she must have Silly Putty to play with (or Legos, crayons, something). She can read, but doesn't like the lack of ACTIVITY that reading entails. If she could only figure out a way to read while riding her bike, I am sure she would do more of it. (Someone is just the opposite.) So, at the homeschool convention, I picked up a lapbook kit by "In The Hands of A Child." It scared me, but I was brave and desperate to find something to appeal to Tiny.
She loved it.
She asked to do it.
She didn't know it was school.
*cue angels singing, clouds parting, sunlight shining on my blessed homeschool*
It totally freaked me out, what with all the cutting, pasting and lack of uniformity in the placement of items in the folder, but such are the sacrifices of a homeschool mom :)
We are all finished now, and Tiny is enjoying playing with her little project, showing it off to family and friends. And it worked in other ways, too...she can read even better after doing the lapbook!
So, as Tiny is my last "beginning reader," I would like to pass the fun on to another family!
If you have a beginning reader and would like to have this lapbook guide to do with them, just leave me a comment below. Make sure to include your email address, which I will not publish. This would be a great summer project for kids who are not homeschooled also!
I will choose a winner tomorrow... that is if I have one or more people comment for it! LOL
I will get an address to mail it to when I have a winner.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I am working on this not being true.
For me, the following things also mean a broken computer:
- a kind temperament when my children need something.
- morning Bible reading that is uninterrupted
- school work that is done...smoothly, happily, and timely.
- time spent listening to, responding to and praying for others--especially the Husband.
Maybe the computer isn't your struggle. I find that it can distract me and pull me from what is really important. I am trying to be more wise in this area.
Do you think you spend too much time on the computer? How much is too much? How do you know?
Monday, May 17, 2010
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Monday again! This week I am trying to use up some pantry items, so I am making things that will allow me to not purchase anything but a little produce until Friday. Then I have a plan...more on that at the end of this post!
Tuesday: Bean Tostadas and Salad (I may make a little taco meat for the carnivores)
Wednesday: Veggie Quiche and Homemade Bread
Thursday: Spinach Enchiladas and Mexican Rice
Saturday: Leftovers or out?
- the prices are pretty hard to beat, even with sale ads
- the selection does get better all the time
Drawbacks of shopping at Aldi:
- not many name brand items
- not all products are available all the time
- not all Aldi brand products are as "good" as the name brand
- you have to bag your own groceries
- they don't carry specialty food items (tofu, veggie burgers, protein powder, etc.)
Still, you know how I love to save money! I enjoy the couponing, but I find that on food items, Aldi is hard to beat. I like most Aldi products, so I think I am up for the challenge! So, for a month, I am going to menu plan and shop for food using Aldi items.
Exceptions to the rule:
- I buy eggs from a local source.
- If I can get milk cheaper than Aldi, I will.
- I will buy things that I have coupons for only if I can get them free or almost free!
I can't wait to see how much I can save this month! When I am frugal with the grocery budget, I feel like I am still contributing monetarily to our family while I stay at home. Plus, I like to be trustworthy with the home budget, and the Husband likes it too :)
I will post a grocery shopping recap on Friday, and I will plan an Aldi menu that will be up next Monday!
Are you ready for Aldi adventures?
Friday, May 14, 2010
for free coconut oil! My favorite coupon website shared a contest recently. All I had to do was create a recipe using coconut oil, submit it with a picture, and I might win 2 free quarts of coconut oil!
cooking + free stuff = good day
Vegan Coconut Banana Bread
1 1/4 c. unbleached flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Egg Replacer equal to 2 eggs (you can also just use 2 eggs)
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. natural applesauce
1/3 c. sugar
1 c. oats
1/4 c. sliced almonds
1/3 c. shredded coconut
3 ripe bananas, crushed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray, or just rub more coconut oil inside it. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the egg replacer according to the package directions (or just whisk up the eggs). Add the coconut oil, applesauce, sugar, and crushed bananas. Mix well. Add the flour mixture and stir until moistened. Add the oats, almonds, and coconut. Mix lightly. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!
Yeah, I already ate those two slices...and the crumb.
Outside my window...it is cloudy again. On the back deck there are eight cats waiting for me to feed them their breakfast.
I am thinking...about my Bible study that I read this morning. I saw Abraham and Isaac a new way, and it was wonderful.
I am thankful for...Jesus Christ, and His love for me. And the Husband, who used his over-time money to buy me a new bike. He is the most self-less guy.
From the learning rooms...Today I fully intend, if I get nothing else done, to read the Bible with my kids and practice our memory verses. If raising my children in the fear and admonition of the Lord is the most important reason that I homeschool, why do these things come AFTER Math, reading and writing?
From the kitchen...Norman made himself an omelet for breakfast, of which he was so proud that he made me look at it before he ate it. I plan to bake bread today, though it may be a bust as it is so humid.
I am wearing...the husband's boxer shorts and my Walk for Water tee. Bare feet. I am not moving very fast today. LOL
I am creating...a giant mess on my desk, a serious stockpile of body wash in the bathroom cabinet, and a recipe that uses coconut oil.
I am going...well, I am not going to the gym. My legs are too sore and tired to even walk normally. I need a rest day. And a ride on my new bike.
I am reading...Walden with my book club. I am also reading The Peacemaker by Ken Sande, which is so awesome that I wish I would have read it about a year and a half ago. It would have helped immensely. Last, I am reading Home Education by Charlotte Mason.
I am hoping...that it will not rain today. I need some sunshine. I am also hoping that July comes really fast, because I get to see my parents and go to Florida!
I am hearing...the ceiling fan humming, the clock ticking, the birds singing, and chores calling.
Around the house...there are signs that little girls live here: baby dolls, strollers, little flip-flops. There are also signs that a teenage boy lives here: opened bags of potato chips, socks on the couch, toothpaste splattered on every bathroom surface.
One of my favorite things...coffee. I think I love it too much.
How many cats do you see?
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