Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It Started Happy

Yesterday started on a happy note and the girls wore their green and gold with pride to school.
Thank you Grandpa Mark for our adorable new game day outfits.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Preschool Pictures

Just a quick check in to share a few pictures of the girls having fun in preschool. By myself and the girls teacher take photos during some of the activities and post them on the schools Facebook page to show parents what we are busy doing during the day. Anyways, here are a few photos their teacher took of them and I thought they were too cute not to share.
In this first photo, the kids each were able to make a painting, but the girls wanted to paint together, so they have a shared masterpiece. 
 On Monday, they had their feet painted brown and they were turned into adorable robins. Lillian didn't seem overly phased by the tickling paint brush.
 Looks like Claire couldn't hold back the giggles while getting her piggies painted. I love her face here.

Friday, September 14, 2012

A Zoo Trip

Several weeks ago, by that, I mean almost a month ago, we spent the morning at the zoo. It was a beautifully cool morning and hardly anyone there since schools had already started back. It's been too long since our last trip because of the summer heat and the girls were loving it.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Monthly Menu

This is now my second month of planning our menu for a month in advance and I am loving it! Up until August, I would sit down and plan out our weekly lunch and dinner menu and then base our shopping list off of that. I would spend sometimes two hours a week searching recipes, planning the menu days out (some things just don't reheat well when Josh get home from work, so I plan those meals on days he is off), writing our shopping list after searching the store ads and then matching up my coupons. Oh and let's not forget the hour we spend at the grocery store and that is if we do it all at one store, usually we stop at two in order to get the most bang for our buck.
On Pinterest, I found a link to a woman's blog where she talked about how she planned her menus out for the month and did all of her grocery shopping at the start of the month. On top of all that, she did as much prep and cooking at the start of the month so all she had to do was pull meals out of the freezer and throw it in the Crock Pot or baking dish the day of. Yes, it sounds like a lot of work, but when she says she feeds her family of 6 for only $350 a month, I had to read more.
That same night after reading her blog, I sat down with my computer and created a menu for the month of August. This forced me to try new recipes since I could see how many times in a month I would normally repeat the same basic dishes. Looking at my menu, I was able to have something different each night. I also printed all my new recipes and hung them with my menu in the kitchen so Josh could also see what we had to look forward to. In August I was not able to do all my shopping at the start of the month since we were gone for a week and I didn't want anything to sit. However, September I had planned out and everything bought before the month even began. We do have to make occasional dairy and produce trips for fresh fruit and veggies, but for the bulk of our month, we managed to spend roughly $200 for our family on groceries for the month. It has been great so far not having to sit down each week to figure out a shopping list and what to eat, just look at the menu and it's all done.

I am sure most of you who usually read this blog don't really care about this detail of our life, but this is something that I am excited about.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The First Week

Yesterday we finished our first week of school. They girls are loving preschool so far and share the silliest little things that happen during their time at school. They haven't spent much time talking about other kids in their class, just their teachers, so hopefully they are playing with others and not just each other. I know this year will be fantastic for them and they will learn and grow so much. This week has wore them out though. Last night (Friday) they were so tired. They were grumpy all afternoon and crashed at bedtime. They slept for 13 solid hours. This morning when they woke up, they were still a bit grouchy and ended up taking a two our nap this afternoon, which almost never happens.
I had a great week as well. It was crazy, but the I think the first week of school is supposed to be crazy, especially when I haven't been in the classroom for almost 3 years. I am learning a new daily routine. I am getting to know a group of 12 kids and what works best in our classroom and day. Each day the schedule has varied a little and I am sure it will continue to change until we get everything working just right. My class is wonderful and I know they will keep me on my toes this year, but I am so excited for this adventure we are all taking on together.