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.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
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
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
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.