Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
She recently celebrated her fifth birthday. When her daddy walked in the door with a large bouquet of flowers on her "birthday day" her face lit up and she immediately asked "who are the flowers for Daddy?" He replied, "they're for you!"
She is a true "girly girl" ~ she loves tea parties, ballerinas, and dressing up. And she loves it when her Daddy brings her flowers.
This is the first bouquet of flowers he brought her, on her 2nd birthday.
A Daddy who makes his little girl feel special by bringing her flowers, definitely a finer thing.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Now all we need is the return of our bird friends! Oh, and a bit warmer weather would be nice too ~ our chilly mornings haven't been too conducive to opening the sliding glass door just yet :)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Basically, you insert a credit card sized birdsong card into the indentiflyer, and you can playback a digitally recorded bird song. Our Identiflyer came with two birdsong cards, Yardbirds 1 and Yardbirds 2. We also picked up an Eastern Yardbirds card. The kids and I had a blast playing all the songs (each card contains 10 birdsongs) on our car ride home.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I love that most of the animals were labeled with their particular species name - I'm thinking this could be counted as a homeschool field trip :)
The little spots all over this bear's head are supposed to be bees, there's a bee hive just above him, I guess he got a bit too close.
If you look closely, you'll see that there are real, live fish in this pond.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Last week, the kids and I headed to a local farm and stocked up on beef, so we do have a bit more beef in the menu this week - it does feel good to have a full freezer again.
Breakfasts ~ french toast, overnight whole wheat breakfast cake*, pancakes, amish baked oatmeal*, cinnamon rolls, cereal & yogurt
*Both the baked oatmeal, and ww breakfast cake are prepared the night before & kept in the fridge. I love that all I do in the morning is preheat the oven and then add the prepared pans - and they are both so YUMMY!
Lunches ~ tortilla pizzas, grilled cheese, pb&j sandwiches, snacky lunch (pretzels, cheese, fruit), tuna fish sandwiches, cheese 'n chips (basically tortilla chips topped with melted cheddar cheese)
Dinners ~ Cracker Casserole (named by my kids:) ), Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Chili (leftover from weekend), Beefy Enchiladas, Pizza Bread, Baked Ziti, Sloppy Joes
For more menu plans, check out OrgJunkie!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Welcome to my little place at the Ultimate Blog Party 2009!
Who Am I?
I am a former teacher "wanna-be" turned newbie homeschool mom.
I am a mama to three little ones (who are growing up too fast!).
I am a wife to one hard working and long commute drivin' husband.
I am an imperfect Christian woman who truly desires to become the wife, mom & friend that God has called me to be.
What do I blog about?
As my blog description states, "my favorite days are when we are simply at home" - and that is my blog in a nutshell. I blog about my simple days at home.
And even though we spend lots of time at home, my days are anything but boring. As a homeschooling mom with three kiddos, my days are filled with: cooking, cleaning, reading, schooling, laughing, crying, loving, and so much more.
On this blog, you'll find posts about:
what's on our bookshelves
gadgets that make my life simpler
I'm definitely heading back over to the Ultimate Blog Party - I can't wait meet some "new-to-me" bloggers!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Set up a wishlist and include all the books that you are wishing for, you may be surprised which books are eventually listed by other members. For instance, I just received Family Math from another PBSwap member. I had this book on my wishlist for over a year. This book usually sells for over $20 and I obtained it for one PBSwap credit! Believe me, I did the "Happy Dance" when this book arrived in the mail :)
Recycle your mailing envelopes. I am always careful when I open the packages that I receive from other PBSwap members, and I am usually able to re-use these envelopes when I mail out my books - just tape the PBSwap mailing label over the previous label, tape the package up and you're good to go!
Monday, March 16, 2009
I put a massive amount of spring books on hold through our library's online catalog (I love the internet!). As these come in, I will add them to our shelves.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Hopefully, I can make it work again this week - it was SO NICE to walk in the door at 6:30pm and sit down to a homecooked family dinner 10 minutes later (instead of picking up drive-thru food on the way home).
So here's the plan:
Lunches ~ grilled cheese, pb& j sandwiches, snacky lunch, Cheesy Brown Rice, tortilla pizzas
For more menu plans, head over to $5 Dinners!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
When I got home I did what I always do when faced with finding a good recipe, I hit the internet. My search for "homemade yellow cake" yielded this recipe that only required ingredients that I already had on hand, was extremely easy, and according to my husband "better than box cake". It can't get any better than that, can it?
For more Frugal Friday posts, head over to Life As Mom!
However, when we brought our first child home from hospital, taking an accurate temperature became much more important to us. All the books advised that the rectal temperature was the most accurate way to obtain a newborn's temperature - so that's what we did.
But what do you do when your children get older and rectal temperatures are a bit, um, harder to obtain? (for us, this was when they graduated from diapers) Taking an accurate oral temperature (mouth) is not so easy when you're dealing with a preschooler. And ditto for obtaining underarm temperature readings.
Thankfully, in the midst of the latest round of sickness that went through our home, my husband came across this thermometer. He purchased it on his way home from work - and we tried it out immediately. It is so simple to use, and the kids even think it's kind of fun.
In fact, this thermometer is so easy to use, you may just become addicted - ask me how I know :)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
In addition, the two older kids are beginning swimming lessons on Tuesday evening (indoor pool, of course!). We have to be at the pool by 5:30pm on Tuesday & Thursday evenings, which means we need to leave home by 5:00pm at the latest! I would love to have dinner prepared so that all I have to do is re-heat in the oven for about 10 minutes when we get home - we'll see how it goes.
Breakfasts ~ Overnight Whole Wheat Breakfast Cake, french toast, pancakes, Amish Baked Oatmeal, cereal & yogurt, toast
Lunches ~ doctored spaghetti noodles, leftover homemade pizza, quesadillas, pb&j sandwiches, grilled cheese, snacky lunch (crackers, cheese, fruit)
Dinners ~ homemade pizza, egg casserole & fruit salad, Tortilla chips w/ taco meat & cheese (dd's choice), Chicken and Gravy over noodles, Broccoli Cheddar Soup & homemade bread, Pizza Bread & carrot sticks, Baked Ziti
For lots more menu plans, visit OrgJunkie!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I know, it's not the same as creating a book of memories with my own hands, and I admit, I do prefer the homemade pages that I created for my older children. But at this season of my life this option fits the bill. I get a tangible book filled with memories of my childrens early years.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
When I opened the freezer this morning, I got to choose between breakfast cookies, whole wheat pancakes, and french toast - I chose breakfast cookies. Then, I simply took the cookies out of the freezer and popped them into the toaster oven. A few minutes later we had a hot breakfast on our plates!
Stocking my freezer with these breakfast items was actually very simple. Last week on our baking night, we made a batch of breakfast cookies. I kept about a dozen cookies out for enjoying right away and put the rest into freezer bags (about 8 cookies in each bag). Then, over the weekend, I made pancakes for breakfast - since I already had the griddle out, I doubled the recipe - some of the pancakes went straight into our bellies and the rest were stowed in the freezer. And yesterday I made a double batch of french toast - this produced a hot, yummy breakfast for my family and two bags of french toast for the freezer.
Now if I can only keep up this momentum!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I also stocked up on some BOGO cheese - they'll definitely come in handy this week.
Here's the plan:
Breakfast ~ Amish Baked Oatmeal (Yummy! - thanks for linking to this recipe Amy!)
Lunch ~ Leftovers
Dinner ~ Chili, cornbread
Breakfasts ~ French Toast, Breakfast Cookies (in the freezer), pancakes, whole wheat breakfast cake, cereal & yogurt, toast
Lunches ~ grilled cheese, tortilla pizzas, pb&j sandwiches, spaghetti noodles w/parm cheese, snacky lunch (crackers, cheese, fruit), cheese n chips
Monday ~ Cheesy Chicken Vermicelli
Tuesday ~ Mexican Black Bean Rice Bowls
Wednesday ~ Sloppy Joes
Thursday ~ Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Friday ~ Pizza Bread
Saturday ~ Chicken Pot Pie
Sunday ~ Chicken and Gravy
For lots more menu plans - head over to OrgJunkie!
Whole Wheat Breakfast Cake
Amish Baked Oatmeal
Cranberry Orange Muffins
Bacon , Egg and Cheese Biscuits
BBQ Beef & Bean Cornbread Casserole
Mexican Black Bean Rice Bowls
Rodeo Chicken Sandwiches
Mexican Chicken Skillet
Homemade Pizza x2
Three Cheese Pasta
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Cheesy Chicken Vermicelli
Creamy Corn Chowder
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Spinach Brown Rice & Cheese Casserole
Cheesy Beef and Rice
Chicken and Gravy
Lots of these recipes come from my new favorite recipe blog - Cooking During Stolen Moments. I can't wait to try these new recipes out on my family.