Monday, August 16, 2010

A New Week

When my hubby left for work this morning (and boy, was it hard to watch him go after a week with him on vacation!) he said with a grin, "Have an adventure today!" He knows me so well. I do want to treat this job of mothering and housekeeping as a great adventure.
So what does our adventure look like this week? (In case your wondering, the big kids start a "tutorial" on Sept. 9th, and we'll start our home schooling with that, so we're still in the midst of summer schedule here.)
Monday: Vacuum, Do laundry, go to the library and the grocery, make crustless sandwiches and these cinnamon bread crusts for lunch, (they are getting rave reviews right now!) and make this tuna casserole (with adjustments) for dinner. We're trying to use only what we have for the rest of the month, so I'll be trying to be very creative with meals and snacks.
As a little bit of home school "get back into the swing of things" we checked out and read Alphab'art from the library. It's an excellent way to introduce art. There is a wide variety of art featured, and the book is interactive because you find the letter of the alphabet in each work of art. If the oldest is willing, she'll choose one of the paintings to sketch and journal about. And, totally unrelated, for some reason, the big kids are really in to coloring bird pictures (as realistically as possible) from this website. As if all that were not enough, while we were out we picked up panties for the youngest and she's been mostly successful in making it to the potty. Maybe we'll be out of diapers by the end of the week!

Tuesday: The kids got to choose the day's activity, and they have chosen to go to a friend's pool and eat ice cream. Apparently, we will transport the ice cream in the cooler, bring bowls, and eat our ice cream before we swim. We'll have a snacky lunch of cheese and crackers and apples and peanut butter and for dinner, home made pizza using this crust:
1 package of active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 T vegetable oil
1 t sugar
1/4 t salt
1 1/2 cups AP flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
In mixer dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil, salt, sugar, and 1 1/2 cups AP flour. Beat smooth. Add whole wheat flour to make a soft dough. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Add toppings. Bake 10-15 minutes longer.
Wednesday: We're headed out to a huge used book store on Wed. morning. We'll trade in some books and choose a few to take home. We'll be having home made kid's meals (with a very tiny toy) in the car on the way home and eating baked chicken, green beans, and rice for dinner.
Thursday: No big plans yet--we may try to get together with friends for a play date. Anybody have any ideas? We'll be having that snacky lunch again and having breakfast (eggs, and pancakes) for dinner. We'll try to read and/or study a couple more of the books we checked out from the library. Like Animalia or The Reluctant Dragon.
Friday: Another question mark day for us. We'll probably hang out at home so I can get clothes ready to turn in for the local consignment sale. Dinner will be a fun one: the "meal deal" from BiLo. I paid for buffalo chicken and got corn, fries, and a 2L Coke for free. This is our alternative for eating out this week. : )
Saturday: Busy, busy! The hubby will take the boy and the oldest to soccer practice. I'll take the youngest with me to the Y for dance (woo hoo!). Then the hubby will bring me the oldest and take the boy to the children's discovery museum here in town for a daddy-son date. We have a free child's pass there that expires at the end of the month, so they're motivated to have that outing they've been planning for a while. We'll probably have macaroni and cheese for lunch and tuna salad for dinner.

Oh, and just as a disclaimer:  "A man’s heart plans his way, 
      But the LORD directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9
So there you have it, the great adventure! Partly that's humor and partly that is stark, bare-faced truth. I truly believe that this daily life we mommas live is as important as that of any doctor or politician or spy or special forces or missionary to the most dangerous African tribe. Lord, help me to treat this life that way!

Linked with Menu Plan Monday, Preschool Corner, Weekly Wrap-up, Homemaker Monday and Makes My Monday.
Linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Anything Related, Delicious Dishes, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tuesday Tastes, and Tasty Tuesdays over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and A Beautiful Mess.


  1. Sounds like a fun week to me! Oh how I'd like to be so organized and motivated again...Enjoy what's left of the summer!

  2. Animalia is one of my favorites. My oldest loved that book as a little one. Sounds like you have a wonderful week of Adventures ahead!

  3. Those homemade kids' meals are very, very cool! Enjoy your week of adventuring!

  4. Looks like such a fun week!! What wonderful things you have planned & I love your attitude of it being an adventure!

  5. We need to do breakfast for dinner. We never do it, and it always sounds so good. I'm putting that on the to do list!

  6. Sounds like a wonderful plan to me one that will keep you and your children busy. My children started back to school today

  7. It sounds like a fun week. I agree with you, our jobs as Moms is so important :-)

  8. LOVE the homemade kids meals! I say no to the storebought "lunchables" all the time, because I just can't justify the cost for the amount of food. What a fun lunch! :)

    I also like the cinnamon bread crusts. We have leftover bread crusts all the time, cause even Mommy hasn't grown up enough to eat the crusts of her sandwiches. I'll be trying that soon.

  9. I love your disclaimer. =) And that is a very busy week! I hope to be a part of it somehow! I'll call you soon.

  10. YOU are amazing! I am going to make the pizza. Thanks for the recipe for the dough.

    You Rock! You must have a ton of energy!

  11. I believe that the most important job in the world is that of raising children. Raising them well, of course. Once heard it compared to an archer shooting an arrow: the arrow being the child, the quiver the parenting and the archer the parent. Tasked with aiming/guiding the path of the arrow/child to hit the target of well-adjusted adulthood. No small accomplishment.

    For Thursday, how about a taco party? With or without meat. Kids can participate in the tearing/peeling/cutting/grating vegs and putting each in different bowls. Slice button mushrooms in egg slicer. Different colors of bell pepper. Smoosh avocados for guacamole. Then you eat! More on my website, see Jan 3rd or under Preparations/Main Dishes/Tacos.

  12. Sounds like a wonderful week ahead! Animalia has been one of my son's favorite books for years now, and we had the incredible opportunity to meet Graeme Base at a local library. :)

    I will have to check out Alphab'art too!

    Thank you so much for playing along with Makes My Monday!

  13. Sounds like a great week! Love JoyACookin's idea of a taco party! You could also do a baked potato bar with all the fixings. :D

    Have a great day!

  14. That's what is so fun about life. You wake up and the adventure begins. You have no idea what things will present themselves. Adventures are not all fun, but always memorable. Good luck...
    Thanks for linkin up these fun recipes for tasty tuesdays.

  15. Sounds like a great week. And the cinnamon crusts sounds amazing.

  16. Hope your swimming today was fun! The weather here was a bit chilling for swimming, so I hope yours was warmer. Fun week, enjoy the rest of your summer.