Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ben's cow and chick

On Wednesday, Ben's preschool class participated in their building's art show. (Ben's school building houses 4 different preschools for a total of 8 different preschool classes.)

Ben was so proud to show off his cow that he had made using recycled materials and his chick that he made with his hand prints. 

Underneath his cow it said: 

"I made a cow. Cows eat grass. I made a boy cow. My cow has a tail. My cow has spots. I like cows." 

Ben also made this chick. Near the chick, it said that Ben had said: "We eat chicken. I like chicken."  LOL

Ben has really flourished this year in his preschool class and we are so grateful for his teachers, his aide (who has become like a grandma to him!) and his therapists.

Monday, April 25, 2016

What's for dinner and yes I am still here!

One reason I haven't been blogging--spending time with my kids outside

I am still has been extremely busy and hectic and crazy. Lots of stuff going on, which I will blog about later... There are times I feel I have so much to say that it was hard for me to sit down to put things into words. I have been reading blogs when I can, but haven't been able to carve out time for writing. But that is changing as of right now. I do miss blogging as it is like a journal into my life, so I am going to try to make more a of a conscious effort to blog at least a few times a week.....

For now let's get back into what we are eating this week. I have been doing well with making out a menu and mostly sticking to it, even if I haven't been blogging about it. I am trying to cook healthier meals, but also trying to use up what we have at home. Bill is trying to cut way back on his sodium intake as we think that that may be why he is not losing weight despite cutting calories and exercising more. That is making my job a little more difficult, but that is okay. I have tried several new recipes that have turned out to be winners in our book that are also low sodium!

So here is what we are eating this week::

MONDAY::: Chicken and turkey enchiladas, corn cake, and strawberries and cantaloupe

TUESDAY:: Sloppy joes (made with ground turkey), green beans, corn

WEDNESDAY::: Spaghetti with crockpot sauce (new recipe for low sodium sauce)

THURSDAY::: Breakfast for dinner-- scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, fruit

FRIDAY::: Sandwiches, chips, fruit

SATURDAY::: homemade mini pizzas and salad

SUNDAY::: meatloaf, ??? side dishes

Well I am off to take Ben to speech therapy! Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday! 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Books that I read for fun in February 2016

Over the last year and a half, I started documenting the books that I read for fun (and not just for review purposes).  I have decided that I need to continue that as reading is important part of how I relax. Books that I read for fun are books that I have not been asked to review and that I have chosen to read, well because I like to read. In 2015, I read a total of 49 books! This year, 2016, I am aiming to read 52 books

So how did I do in February

I am still thoroughly enjoying Susan Mallery's series "Fool's Gold." I am up to book #10 in the series and I believe there are 20 books so far in it. It is really good, even if my dear hubby teases me for wanting to read them in order. You could probably read them not in order, but they kind of build on each other in the way that she introduces her characters. I would highly recommend the series.



I have a goal to expand my reading habits and to try to include at least one non-fiction book each month, to expand my mind and to get me to think about what I read and not just get lost in a good story. 

Sadly I did not read any non-fiction books this month. 

Here are the books I read for fun in:

January 2016
Books from 2015
Books from 2014

                                                 Have you read any good books lately?

What's for dinner?

One of the things that I want to do in 2016 is to plan our dinner menus weekly and post them here for accountability.Breakfasts are usually yogurt and fruit or cereal and fruit for the kids and Bill and I find whatever we are in the mood for. Lunch is usually something quick for Benjamin (chicken nuggets, corn dog, PB and J) with fruit and leftovers for Bill and I. During the school year, Rebecca and Jacob get free lunch at their school. That leaves dinner for the family....

I started menu planning at the beginning of the year and I will say that with a few exceptions, it has worked!

MONDAY::: hot dogs, baked beans, salad-- YES

TUESDAY::: Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice (new recipe)-- YES and it was super yummy! (will be posting the recipe this week)

WEDNESDAY::: Turkey Smoked Sausage Bake and salad-- YES

THURSDAY::: Chicken enchiladas, mexican rice and corn-- NOPE, it ended up being a whatever you could find night. Kids had grilled cheese, I had a smoothie, not sure what Bill had.

FRIDAY::: Fish, baked potato (for Bill and I), macaroni and cheese (for kids) and green beans-- YES and NO, the kids and bill had fish and veggies, I didn't end up eating dinner.

SATURDAY::: Homemade pizza and fruit--YES and NO--- Kids had homemade pizza, grapes and mandarin oranges, Bill and I had an impromptu date night with ordering chinese food.

SUNDAY::: ???? -- We ended up going out to dinner with my parents and sister, who is home for the week from college, at a local Mexican restaraunt.

So overall, not too bad. This week I really was not feeling the eating well and I made some bad choices, but onward and upward, right


Macaroni and cheese and green beans

Chicken enchiladas, mexican rice and corn

Hamburger helper and peas

Chicken patty sandwiches, green beans and carrots

Cheese pizza and fruit

Pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans


So, that is the plan for this week. We shall see how it goes. It is tournament time for Bill's job, so I never know when he is going to be home, etc. Right now I think the only things I need to get for this menu are hamburger buns, lettuce, onions, and raw carrots. I was able to get our deep freezer defrosted the other day, so I will also be looking at restocking it with healthier options!                
Hopefully, I will be able to stick to this plan and can report back success next week!