Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Goals For March

I've been hoping to get back to posting regularly for quite a while now, and I'm still hoping to get back to at least three times a week.  Thank you so much for sticking with me in the meantime!

March starts on Thursday this week.  Ummm, where did February go?  I think I missed it!

I'm hoping to post on my goals for January and February next week but right now, here are my goals for March:

* Wash Face Nightly - I have acne and I hate washing my face but it's a necessity. I know that if I was more diligent about this, I would have less acne.  So this is my "small goal" for this month.
* Figure out a way to attend 3 Jazzercise Classes a week - I teach two but really should attend three times a week.  I practice daily at home, reviewing routines and learning new ones but I love going to class and I miss seeing my friends at the other classes.  Plus, it's just good to see other people teaching!
* Update budget - we need to sit down and do a review and update the budget.
* Cross 3 things off my Dissertation to-do list
* Submit my Midterm grades - is it that time already?
* Reinforce "Please", "Thank You", and "May I?" with the children
* Spring Flower Twig Craft with the children
* New love letter books for John and me - John and I went through World Wide Marriage Encounter 2 years ago and we write love letters to each other following their 10/10 technique each night.  We need to journal-type books for this so I'm making some for us this month!
* Continue my Lenten Discipline -  30 minutes of exercise, prayer and dissertation writing (body, spirit, and mind) each day - this was a challenge from a friend and I'm loving it!
* Write to our Compassion International Child - I'm trying to do this Monthly so she knows that we care!
* Make homemade birthday presents for our parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. - I have things to make for everyone but I always seem to get behind, so I'm going to try to get them all done this month!
* Spend time with John daily - we try to do our 10/10 nightly but sometimes life just happens (sick kids, John getting called into work, me getting stuck late at work, etc.).  We're trying to make "us" time a top priority!
* Finish 1 baby quilt gift - really do need to get this done!
* Finish comforter covers for the kid's beds - these too!
* Bake French Bread - I want to do this on an afternoon when I can be home to watch it the whole time.  Hasn't happened yet! This month - really!
* Finish reading Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn
* Finish decorating kids rooms - I need to hang pictures and sew a set of window toppers.  That's it!

I'm hoping that this is all do-able - even with the busy weeks we've been having.  Now that the bulk of the house cleaning out is done, it's so much easier to work on other things and actually accomplish them!

What are you going to work on in March?  Care to share?  I'd love to hear!

Menu Plan "Monday" - Week of February 26, 2012

This week is just flying by - and fast too!  We totally forgot that we have several things happening on Saturday this week, the kids are leading worship with the rest of their class on Sunday AM (March 4) at the church affiliated with their school, John's leading Lenten worship on Wednesday night, and my students had their second test of the year on Monday.  We have 8 people coming and staying with us Friday through Sunday.  Missy had an allergic reaction to the antibiotic she was on for strep throat (she was one giant, puffy red polka dot) and we had a major plumbing problem already this week!  Oh, and my Dad is turning 80 on Friday.  The party is later this month, but we definitely have to do something on Friday!  Every time I think things are going to calm down, they just plain don't!  I think I'm okay with that though.....

Anyway, what are we eating this week:

Sunday, February 26:
    Breakfast: Cereal and Milk
    Lunch/Dinner: With Friends
    Snack: Caramel Rolls (leftover from time with Friends)

Monday, February 27:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with raisins
   Lunch: Hot for Kids, Leftovers for Mom and Dad
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner:  Pork Loin, Cuscous, Salad, Sliced Apples and Pears

Tuesday, February 28:
   Breakfast: Toast with Peanut Butter, Bananas
   Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Mandarin Oranges, Carrots, and Cookie
   Snack: Apple with Cheddar Cheese
   Dinner: Leftovers

Wednesday, February 29 (Leap Day!):
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Almonds
   Lunch: Fruit Kabobs, Yogurt Dip, Carrot Sticks, Crackers, and Cookie
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: At Church

Thursday, March 1:
   Breakfast:  Oatmeal Muffins, Bananas
   Lunch: Apples with Peanut Butter, Cheerios with Milk, Cookie
   Snack: Crackers with Cheese
   Dinner: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham, Salad, Apple-Banana-Strawberry Salad

Friday, March 2 - My Dad's 80th Birthday:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Raisins and Craisins
   Lunch: Hot for Kids, Leftovers for Mom and Dad
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Beef and Barley Stew in the Crockpot, Salad, Cornbread, Orange Wedges
   Desert: Sugar Cookies 

Saturday, March 3:
   Breakfast:  Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits, Bananas
   Lunch: Turkey Wrap Sandwiches, Carrots and Celery
   Snack: At Events
   Dinner: Roast Chicken and Potatoes, Carrots, Apple-Pear-Orange Salad
   Desert/Snack: Sugar Cookies

We're still spending way less on our grocery bill - $22 this week - then we have been.  I'm excited about that!

Check out I'm an Organizing Junkie! to share your menu and be inspired.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week of February 19, 2012

Our crab legs for my husband's birthday back in January - yum! 

Oh, my, I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted here.  *Sigh*  I knew it had been a while, but I didn't realize it had been that long. 

Our pantry month went well and we had enough meat left over that we've been able to keep going in a way, staying well under our weekly grocery budget and stocking up at the same time.  I'm hoping to keep it up!   The crab legs in the picture were for my husband's birthday the beginning of January - the only time of the year we get them.  They were wonderfully decadent and we have enough crab meat leftover in the freezer for crab cakes later this month!  Yum!
Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, February 20:
   Breakfast: Yogurt
   Lunch: Buttermilk Coffee Cake, Bacon, Oranges
   Dinner:  Hamburgers, Steamed Broccoli, Oven Fries

Monday, February 21:
    Breakfast:  English Muffins with Peanut Butter, Sliced Pears
    Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Sliced Apples
    Snack: Popcorn
    Dinner: Hard Shell Beef Tacos, Salad, Apple-Pear-Blueberry Salad

Tuesday, February 22:
     Breakfast: Pancakes with Lingonberry Syrup
     Lunch: Hot for Kids, Leftovers for Mom and Dad
     Snack: Cheese Stick and Apple
     Dinner:  Vegetable Calzones, Salad, Apple-Orange-Blueberry Salad

Wednesday, February 23, Ash Wednesday:
    Breakfast: English Muffins with Peanut Butter, Oranges
    Lunch:  Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Carrots or Tomatoes, Sliced Apple, Cookie
    Snack: Yogurt
    Dinner: At Church

Thursday, February 24:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Raisins
   Lunch: Hot for Kids, Leftovers for Mom and Dad
   Snack: Cheese Stick and Apple
   Dinner: Hot Dogs in Buns, Pasta Salad, Corn on the Cob, Apple-Pear-Orange Salad

Friday, February 25:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins, Oranges
   Lunch: Hot for Kids, Leftovers for Mom and Dad
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Shrimp Stir Fry, Rice, Orange and Grapefruit Wedges

Saturday, February 26:
   Breakfast: Out for All (Bible Study)
   Lunch: Chili from the Freezer, Wrap Turkey Sandwiches, Oranges
   Snack: Goldfish Crackers
   Dinner:  Baked Salmon, Couscous, Salad, Apple-Pear-Orange Salad

What are you eating this week? Check out I'm an Organizing Junkie! to be inspired!