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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Menu Plan August 14-20, 2016

I have to admit...I did a horrible job with the menu last week.  So many things came up and happened that it got tossed completely out the window.  I think I only cooked one night, and that's just embarrassing.  I'm really hoping that this week will be better.

Here's what's cooking at our house this week...

Sunday -- YOYO
Monday -- Portabello Mushroom Pork Tenderloin, Pasta, Veggies
Tuesday -- YOYO
Wednesday -- Dinner at Church
Thursday -- Frikadellen, Pasta, Veggies
Friday -- Grilled Chicken Sausage, Salad
Saturday -- Chicken Alfredo Skillet, Steamed Broccoli

What's on your menu this week?  How did you fair sticking to your plan last week?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

2016-17 School Year Update 1

We began the 2016-17 school year two weeks ago.  The boys are both doing well, considering.  Caleb's attitude towards his work has greatly improved this year, and he doesn't give me too many problems.  Micah still requires a bit of coercing and convincing, but I'm praying he'll come around soon.  It's neat to hear Caleb encourage him to 'just get the work done'.  LOL!  I guess the past 8 years have made a mark on Caleb, and he's approaching his 9th year of homeschool with an improved attitude and work ethic.

Here are a few pictures of the past two weeks...

Micah on the first day of school, 3rd grade

Caleb on the first day of school, 8th grade

Caleb's writing assignment

Another writing assignment for Caleb

Assignment #3 in writing for Caleb

Micah's creative story for the week

Caleb's 4th writing assignment

Micah read his first chapter book, mostly independently and silently.  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Menu Plan August 7-13, 2016

Well, there were just a few hiccups to the menu plan last week.  Nothing major, but a few items got pushed down a few weeks due to some last minute plan changes.

Here's what's cooking this week...

Sunday -- Parmesan chicken strips, pasta, veggies
Monday -- Portabello mushroom pork tenderloin, pasta, veggies
Tuesday -- YOYO
Wednesday -- Dinner at church
Thursday -- Frikadellen, pasta, veggies
Friday -- YOYO
Saturday -- Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos, corn, salad

What's cooking at YOUR house this week?  Were you able to stick to your plan last week?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Menu Plan July 31-August 6, 2016

I have so neglected this blog lately.  Just when I think I've found my blogging groove, I seem to lose it again.  I don't know why...just not feeling it.  Maybe I feel no one reads it anyway, so why bother?!!?  LOL!  Prove me wrong...comment to let me know you're still reading and following along...

With that said, with the start of school next week it's time to get back into a routine.  So, I'm going to try my hand at menu planning again.  We joined Costco last week, and my freezer is stock full of yummy meat choices.  So, I have no excuse not to get my act together, plan a menu, and put a nice, warm meal on the table each night well almost every night.  A mom deserves a few breaks here and there, right?!!?

Here's what's cooking at our house this week...

Sunday -- YOYO
Monday -- grilled pork medallions, pasta, veggies
Tuesday -- grilled filet mignon, salad
Wednesday -- dinner at church
Thursday -- spaghetti, biscuits, salad
Friday -- homemade pizza
Saturday --  parmesan chicken strips, pasta, veggies

What's cooking at YOUR house this week?  What do you do to try to stick to your menu planning?  Any tips you'd like to share?

Thanks for reading, and I'd love to hear what you've got on your menu this week...so share!

Monday, June 6, 2016

2016-17 Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Even though we have two months off for summer vacation, no time was wasted in making plans for our next homeschool year.  Caleb will be entering 8th grade, and Micah will be entering 3rd grade.  Here are the curriculum choices for the upcoming school year.

Caleb, Eighth Grade
Bible --
Wise Up!  Wisdom in Proverbs
Grammar -- Easy Grammar Ultimate Grade 8
Writing -- Write with the Best; Writing Frames
Literature -- Abeka Grade 8
Math -- Math U See Pre-algebra
History -- Notgrass America the Beautiful
Science -- Master Books Intro to Oceanography and Ecology
Vocabulary -- Vocabulary Cartoons

Micah, Third GradeBible -- Growing with God
English -- Time4Learning
Math -- Time4Learning
Science -- Time4Learning
Social Studies -- Time4Learning
Spelling -- Spelling Classroom Grade 3
Writing -- WriteShop Primary Books B and C
Handwriting -- BJU Grade 3
Reading --reading books of different genres and completing quizzes on Book Adventure

Caleb's new materials will be Bible (which I'm super excited about...using the book of Proverbs to gain wisdom for everyday life), Grammar, Writing, Literature, Math (familiar but we stepped away from MUS a few years back), and Science.  He used the same History and Vocabulary last year.  I'm trying to prep him for high school, so he knows what to expect and isn't shocked or taken aback by the work load he'll be responsible for as he goes up in grade.

Micah is using all familiar curriculum next year.  We are playing math by ear because he doesn't enjoy the animated, cartoonish aspect of Time4Learning; however, I like that it's thorough and easy to navigate for both of us.  I've looked into other computer math programs, which is his preferred style of learning, but none really struck my fancy.  I've assured him that should T4L become 'too babyish', that we'll try to find something comparable.  So, if any of you homeschool moms out there reading this have any suggestions, please send them my way.  It would be greatly appreciated!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fun with Friends and Family...

March, April, and May were spent enjoying time with friends, hanging out as a family, and just enjoying life.  Here are some snapshots of all the fun...

Caleb skating with his friend, Wyatt

Fun at the beach with friends after homeschool co-op

Caleb receiving his Presidential Fitness certificate at SAINTS PE

Fun at the dinosaur exhibit at the botanical gardens with homeschool friends

Enjoying Brian's day off...bowling and gun range

Caleb after getting his locks cut

Fishing in the pond in the backyard

Skating with the homeschool Teen Club

Caleb after getting his hair cut just a tad bit shorter

Friday, June 3, 2016

Micah's 8th Birthday

Micah turned 8 back in March, and we had a small celebration with a few of his friends.  He also chose to spend some time at the beach with the family.  It was a great celebration, and he is growing into such a special young boy.

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