Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring Where You Are...

Spring Where You Are

Lisa, at The Berry Patch is holding a contest to show everyone what spring looks like in your neck of the woods. I thought I'd join in since spring is one of my favorite times of the year.

Spring, to me is...

Fresh new gardens...

Little baby blueberries...

Little oranges too...

Edible green stuff...

And of course, nice warm laundry hanging on the line...

Really, it's the beginning of the year for me. It's as though I've woken up from a nice winter's nap and am ready for the hard work ahead.

If you'd like to join this contest, head over to The Berry Patch. Good luck!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Farmer's Market

There's a local Flea Market that has become mostly a farmer's market. My mom goes every Wed and some Saturdays. It has become a big way to save money on produce for my family! On weeks when everyone is healthy, I go with Mom. It's our standing date. On weeks like this one, I send one of my older kids and they go out to lunch afterwards.

Today Jon went and returned with this...

1 box of Navel oranges (84) $10.00
1 flat of strawberries $15.00
1 watermelon $4.00
4 broccoli
1 bag of carrots $1.00
3 gallon bags of greenbeans
8 yellow squash
5 greenpeppers
1 red pepper
4 bunches bananas

Total $44.00

The oranges last us two weeks and everything else is for a week. The strawberries we'll freeze if they start to get soft before we finish them.


The Jon Manual...

Jon made this cake completely from scratch to celebrate Allison's birthday yesterday...

I am continually amazed at his artistic and cooking abilities!

Allison loved it...


Monday, March 23, 2009

Sophia Skuuts

Sophia Skuuts

We made this video of Sophia riding Isaac's Skuut today. I can't believe how fast she is already! We moved the seat down on the Skuut a week ago and she's already balancing really well.

Allison has figured out my video camera and has uploaded this video for me. I now have a whole new realm of possibilities.LOL Of course, once I tried adding text, it all messed up so I'll add this comment to another



Friday, March 20, 2009

The Sophia Chronicles...

We were making Allison's birthday treat and when our backs were turned, we found this...


(Good job watching her Allison requested Death By Chocolate from De'Etta's blog for her birthday treat. She never picks something easy, like, I don't know, maybe CAKE?! No, always the difficult one.LOL

Sophia's a cutie, that's for sure...

Park Day

Today, we tried a "new to us" park. It was really nice and we'll be going back again sometime soon. Here are some photos to prove that I'm still doing things even though I'm totally burned out and would like to sleep for the next two

*I had a hard time whittling the photos down to a reasonable amount.LOL (Sorry in advance.)

The Park

The Hurler, I don't usually allow much time on this...

The Monkey

She did quite well for a first timer...

Cutie at the slide...

Even Allison had fun...


Have I mentioned how nice Sophia looks in orange?lol

She loved all the tubes and slides...

So did Allison,lol...

I looked up and almost had a heartattack...

Sophia was up there! Luckily, Allison was too...

Cute Shot of Sophie alert... love those curls...

The great teeter totter experiment of 2009... how many kids does it take to lift Jon in the air...

Whoops... (no children were harmed in this experiment,lol)

Everyone on the teeter totter and we don't even know all these

We had a fun time and was sad to leave. I think that we'll make this one of our parks in rotation with the other ones. It was fun, yet a little far with lots of contruction between us. I'd love to spend some time looking around the whole park next time. It was very large with a frisbee course in the back. That'd be fun!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

5 Week Spring/Summer Menu Plan

Well, the seasons are changing and that means the kids would like to see a different menu plan. We're getting great fruit and veggies from the farmer's market now and will hopefully get many nice things from our new garden this year. With the warmer temps, we will be adding grilling to the rotation and drop the soups and stews. No one wants a nice hot soup when you're already nice and hot.LOL Here's the new menus and I hope they help.

Week 1

Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert

Pancakes and fruit, egg salad and carrots and cucumbers w/dip, apples and peanutbutter, Taco stuff, popsicles/fudgesicles

Muffins and fruit, homemade bread, fruit and cheese, chips, spaghetti pie and salad, fruit pie

Granola bars, mac and cheese, steamed carrots, apple sauce, yogurt, hamburgers/hotdogs, potato wedges, salad, milkshakes

eggs and sausage, biscuits, leftover burgers/dogs, cheese and fruit, cream cheese and crackers, sauteed chicken, noodles, steamed veggies, popsicle/fudgesicle

muffins and fruit, tortilla pizza and applesauce, rice cakes and yogurt, kabab's, rice, grilled veggie, brownies

pancakes and fruit, leftovers or ramen w/peas, pudding and whipped cream, tilapia/salmon, rice, steamed veggies, popcorn

eggs and cheese, tortillas, subs, chips and pickles, fishy crackers, pretzels, and m&m's, heavenly chicken, rolls, fresh greenbeans, icecream

Week 2

Pancakes and fruit, tuna salad-carrots and cucumber sticks w/dip, apples and peanut butter, taco pie, pop/fudge

muffins and fruit, homemade bread-fruit and cheese, chips, pizza and salad, fruit pie

granola bars and fruit, mac and cheese-steamed broccoli, fruit cup, yogurt, potato bar w/broccoli, cheese and ham, milkshakes

eggs and bacon w/fruit, chicken nuggets-french fries and peas, cheese and crackers, grilled chicken, noodles and corn, pop/fudge

muffins and fruit, pizza and applesauce, rice cakes and yogurt, chicken salad, brownies

pancakes and fruit, leftovers or grilled cheese/PBJ's, jello, shepard's pie, popcorn

eggs, bacon, and toast, subs, chips, and pickle, fishy crackers, pretzels, and m&m's, salisbury steak, corn and greenbeans, mashed potatoes, ice cream

Week 3

Pancakes and fruit, chicken salad sandwiches-veggies and dip, apples and peanutbutter, fahitas w/cheese and sour cream, popsicle/fudgesicles

eggs and sausage, homemade bread-fruit and cheese, chips, garlic-butter pasta and salad, fruit parfaits

granola bars and smoothies, blackbeans and rice-veggie tray w/dip, yogurt, BBQ chicken-rice and steamed veggies, rice crispie treats

eggs and biscuits, chicken nuggets-fries and fruit, cheese and crackers, chili and cornbread, cobbler

muffins and fruit, frozen pizza and applesauce, ricecakes and yogurt, porkchops-noodles, greenbeans and applesauce, dessert pizza

pancakes and fruit, leftovers or ramen w/peas, jello, hotdogs and hamburgers w/fries and salad, brownies

smoothies and leftover baked goods, subs w/chips and pickles, fishy crackers, pretzels and m&m's, oriental peppersteak w/rice, ice cream sandwiches

Week 4

pancakes and fruit, egg salad sandwiches, veggies w/dip, apples w/dip, nachos, pop/fudge

eggs and sausage, homemade bread w/cheese and fruit, chips and salsa, lasanga-breadsticks and salad, fruit parfaits

granola bars and smoothies, mac and cheese-fruit cups, yogurt, sloppy joes w/rice and greenbeans, rice crispie treats

eggs and toast, chicken nuggets or shrimp w/fries and fruit, cheese and crackers, blackbeans and rice w/salad and breadsticks, cobbler

muffins and fruit, tortilla pizza w/apples, smoothies, grilled steak w/corn and potato wedges, dessert pizza

pancakes and fruit, meatball subs and chips, veggie tray, steak salad, brownies

smoothies and leftover baked goods, ramen w/peas, fishy crackers, pretzels, and m&m's, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn/greenbeans, ice cream sandwiches

Week 5

pancakes and fruit, tuna salad w/veggies and dip, apples and peanutbutter, burritos, pop/fudge

eggs and bacon, bread w/peanutbutter and fruit, chips and salsa, baked ziti w/salad, parfaits

french toast and fruit, blackbeans and rice w/veggie tray, yogurt, tuna noodle casserole w/fresh greenbeans, milkshakes

eggs and biscuits, chicken nuggets w/fries and fruit, p-nut butter crackers, hash w/steamed veggies, rice crispie treats

muffins and fruit, frozen pizza and applesauce, smoothies, breakfast for dinner (pancakes, sausage, fruit salad), brownie

coffeecake and juice, meatball subs w/chips, veggie tray, bbq pork w/noodles and greenbeans, popcorn

smoothies and leftover baked goods, garlic butter pasta w/veggies, crackers, pretzels, and m&m's, meatloaf w/mashed potatoes and beans and corn, ice cream

Some differences in the winter verses the summer menu...

1. I realized that the littles did not do well with a sweet treat for a snack. I've moved those to dessert and made healthier choices for during the day.

2. I eliminated the cold cereals. We don't have any early morning appts anymore and cereal NEVER lasted until lunch.

3. My kids prefer pancakes every single day.LOL I've moved it to twice a week. Hopefully that'll keep them happy.

4. We now have two that can't have dairy products-me and Sophia. I've adjusted the menu to include food for us when the others are having pizza or cheesy stuff. It's not listed here, but it's on the main plan.

5. I've tried to add in more fruit and veggies. They are cheap this time of year and I want us to be thoroughly sick of them come wintertime.LOL

Well, I guess that's it. I'm still working on the grocery lists but hope to be done with it by the weekend. So far, we're on week 2 and it's working nicely. Let me know if any of you have questions.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Sophia Chronicles...


Today, Sophia has decided that she'd like to potty train herself. She's seen many a person sitting on the potty, and not one to be left out, started sitting on the potty at regular intervals throughout the day today and right before bed last night. The only problem? She's not to be trusted!!!! Sure, she's looks innocent enough, but when you turn your back, she's sticking toys in the potty, or herself in the potty. Where is she now? In the tub, because she stuck her foot in the potty.

I have spent almost the WHOLE day standing in the bathroom.


I didn't even get to go.


Sunday, March 01, 2009

Home Decorating...

I bought some paintings for the new rooms yesterday and today we got them all put on the walls. I've never had a home so "put together."LOL

Here's the little nook when you first walk in the house...

The painting was on clearance at World Market and the vase I got at a gargage sale last year for a $1.00.

This painting goes on the far wall of our new living room. I just fell in love with it! It was on sale also but still pricey for me.LOL


The wall below it will have bookshelves running the whole length of the wall. We accidently broke one in the remodel so we'll have to replace it.

What it looks like

I got these cute ones on clearance also. They go above the tv...

View from the front door...

We're almost done! We just need a fan, I'd like to find an area rug, and I've decided on a window treatment. I just need to run to JoAnn's fabric. This has been a lot of fun!


Happy Birthday Sophia!

My baby is TWO!!!

What a blessing this little one is.

She had a nice party with family, presents, pizza, cake (made by the kids), and icecream.

Happy Birthday sweetie! We love you!