Archive | December 2012

Working On My 2013 Goals (A Little Early)

I have been trying to take my 2013 goals seriously.  I have a tendency to start out great and then fizzle out.  I thought, that putting them here on the blog,  I might actually follow through with them!  My goals are here if you want to see them.  I have been baking zucchini bread and pumpkin bread.  I also have been making homemade bread to have with our dinners.  I used this recipe from moneysavingmom.com.  I have 2 bread machines so I can make 2 loaves at a time.  I use the dough setting like she says. I use white flour for now, but I hope to start sneaking some wheat flour in soon.   It turns out great!  The kids love it and it really helps to stretch our meals.  I enjoy doing this baking and cooking when I have the time and energy.  It helps when the baby cooperates.  Hopefully, I can get ahead of the game and then if the baby is having a bad day it is no big deal.

Here are a couple of pictures of my work.

Three loaves of zucchini bread.  The zucchini was pre-measured and frozen in my freezer.  It was from my garden.

Three loaves of zucchini bread. The zucchini was pre-measured and frozen in my freezer. It was from my garden.

Three loaves of pumpkin bread.  I bought this canned. It is from this fall.  I want to use it up.

Three loaves of pumpkin bread. I bought this pumpkin canned. It is from this fall. I want to use it up.

I have been trying to use up our leftovers too.  If you know me, you know that I don’t really like leftovers.  Thankfully, my kids do.  I am trying…I even ate my daughters leftover oatmeal (that is how serious I am about this goal!)

What do you hope to accomplish in 2013?

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Enjoying Time With The Kids

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It has been a great week off with the kids. We did some Chistmas baking, we went up to see my side of the family for Christmas, we braved a snow storm on the way home. We enjoyed another snowstorm last night and the kids are loving all of the snow.

I am enjoying not running around all of the time. We still have another 9 days off of school. Yahoo.

Things Are Coming Together…And Goals For Next Year

All of our Christmas stuff is coming together now.  The money that we donate each to the family of my husbands’ friend is in the mail and will be delivered Thursday.  I think that is the last thing that I had to do except teacher gifts for the kids and they are bought and packaged and just waiting for their parties on Thursday.

We are going to my parent’s for Christmas this year.  Usually we go for the long Thanksgiving weekend, but with the baby being due, we weren’t able to travel.  My mom said that everyone is excited to see us, and of course the baby.

Speaking of L, my husband weighed her and she was 10# 3 oz. with her clothes on, so I am figuring around 10 pounds or so.  She is growing beautifully!

I am enjoying feeling better and better every day.

 

GOALS FOR 2013

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1.   I want to make sure to use up all of the leftovers.   My kids are really good about eating leftovers, so that isn’t the problem.  The problem is finishing up every little bit of many different items without anything getting bad or lost in the refrigerator.

2.  I want to try some new recipes.  I am going to try for 2 new recipes each month.  I think food prices are going to go way up soon and I would like to have some cheap, filling meals that the kids like and will eat.  I have found that as my boys are getting bigger, they eat a lot!  They aren’t too into casseroles, but they have been really open to trying my food experiments lately.  If I come up with some good recipes, I will post them on the blog for others to try.

3.  I am going to try making more stuff from scratch.  I want to try to cut my grocery bill.  With 5 growing boys, it will be tough, but I think with smarter choices, it can be done.  I want to make at least 2 things from scratch each week.

4.  Learn how to can with a pressure canner.  I am getting the canner for Christmas.  I want to learn how to use it and fill up our basement shelving unit with the stuff that I have canned.  I want to have 10 jars canned each month.

5.  I want to keep track of some of the frugal things I am doing to help save time, money, or gasoline.  I will try to update one time each week.

6. ETA: I also want to be able to run a 5k without stopping by the end of the year.

I want to challenge myself to use our resources wisely and not be lazy (which I have a tendency to do when I’m tired.)  I will be using the older children to help me out and hopefully teach them some cooking, canning, and grocery strategies that will help them in the future.

Here’s to a great 2013!

Busy, Busy, Busy

It has been a busy week!  We have had some sort of kid activity each day this week.  Monday there was the Cub Scout Christmas party and J’s drum lesson.   Tuesday, was Boy Scouts plus J had his band concert for school.  Wednesday we had the American Heritage Girls Christmas party for my daughter, A.  Thursday we had the Christmas band performance for R and T.  Today R and T are doing a field trip for MRDD that I will attend so that I can see the performance as my husband went last night.

I am soooo ready for the weekend!  I need a little down time.

R performing at the MRDD concert.

R performing at the MRDD concert.

T with a "Santa" belly performing at the MRDD concert.

T with a “Santa” belly performing at the MRDD concert.

L slept through most of the concert.

L slept through most of the concert.

A loves all kinds of concerts.

A loves all kinds of concerts.

Reading to A before bedtime.  Our new routine is that A holds L during her story.

Reading to A before bedtime. Our new routine is that A holds L during her story.

S in his school Christmas program.  He is holding the heart.

S in his school Christmas program. He is holding the heart.

S freezing at the Cub Scouts Christmas party.

S freezing at the Cub Scouts Christmas party.

A at her American Heritage Girls Christmas party.

A at her American Heritage Girls Christmas party.

Only 4 school days until Christmas vacation!!!  Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A’s Thanksgiving Field Trip

Our group of Indians celebrating Thanksgiving!

Our group of Indians celebrating Thanksgiving!

I am trying to back track and post some of the things that happened in the later part of my pregnancy that I don’t want to forget about.

A had a wonderful Thanksgiving field trip at a local outdoor lodge area.  They played some games that the Indians might have played.  They had a sack race, they did an obstacle course, they learned about indian drums, music, hunting styles, and wigwams versus tepees.   They also sang songs and colored a teepee centerpiece for our home Thanksgiving table.  Then they  had a huge Thanksgiving feast!  It was about a 3 hour outing.  I held up pretty well considering I now know that I was 4 days from delivering our baby, L.

There was a lot of walking around, but nothing terrible.  It was a wonderfully warm day.

A getting ready for her turn at the obsticle course.

A getting ready for her turn at the obstacle course.

A super excited to have her chance to do the sack race.

A super excited to have her chance to do the sack race.

Singing with Mrs. H.

Singing with Mrs. H.

A enjoying the wagon ride.

A enjoying the wagon ride.

What a wonderful day!

This entry was posted on December 9, 2012, in A. 1 Comment

We Have Two Inductees Into Honor Societies

My oldest J, was elected into his high school National Honor Society.  He is a very good student who does a great job inside and out of the classroom.

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I was never chosen, so this is a proud moment for me.  I was never very serious about school work while in high school, so it is no surprise that I didn’t make it!

Also, my husband was the only Doctoral Candidate at his university to be inducted into Tau Beta Pi, a National Engineering Honor Society.  He was inducted last night.

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I am really proud of both of their accomplishments!