Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Goals Update and Goals for Week of July 15, 2012

 Ah, yes. Goals.  We're actually doing pretty good with several things.  The kids are really getting into the whole chores routine - which we as parents love!  The kids are loving the "extra" time that it gives Mom and Dad to spend with them, not to mention the time spent on the chores themselves. We've gotten a lot of things that weren't on the list done too:  new edging put around several flower beds (we still have more to go, but it looks great in the meantime!), several functions at the church John is working at, VBS for the kids, and getting a huge chunk of my sewing/craft area cleaned out (LOVE that!).

Here's the list from 2 weeks ago.

Work:
* Finish outlining my first units for each class I'm teaching. (This is almost done - 2 units for one class left to go!)

School:
* Finish going through interview transcripts (Almost done with this too!)

Jazzercise:
* Teach class 3x
* Put together 1 new set
* Learn new Opener

Home:
* Catch up ironing
* Water vegetables and vulnerable flowers every day we don't have rain
* Finish cleaning out our bedroom (Didn't get much of this done, but still working on it!)
* 1 hr sewing/mending
* Rearrange everything in the media center
* Finish sorting through our giant stack of CDs - upload songs to keep, donate CDs (Sorted through the CDs, haven't uploaded anything yet!)



Family:
* Read at least 30 minutes with each kid 4x this week
* Finish travel game tin for kiddos (Need to do this THIS week!)
* Date night out with John
* Make cookies with the kiddos 
* Work on solidifying our morning routine (This needs some tweeking!)
* Work on solidifying our chore routine  (This has gotten pretty solid so I'm crossing this off!)
* Attend 2 4th of July events, including fireworks display
* Meet with folks about the issues that came up this last week
* Purchase or make a Birthday present for the children's friend
* Finish and mail baptism gift for our Nephew (Got this finished - need to get it to him - we didn't make it to the baptism this last weekend).

Ministry/Faith:
* Continue memorizing the Sermon on the Mount
* Review John's Sermon for the weekend (4 services at the same church = 1 sermon!)
* Finish Lutheran World Relief Quilt Top (return to church)  (Done - just need to return it!)
 * Review and Update my prayer journal
* Send Birthday Card(s) to our Compassion International Child

Personal:
* Paint my toenails (and hopefully Missy's too - that way I'll actually do it!)
* Get my hair cut - appointment on Tuesday! Whoot!  (This turned out to be way shorter than I had anticipated. I like it, but I'm still getting used to it. Can't hide a bad hair day as easily anymore! :)  )
* Blog 4x this week (Blogged 3x that week - none last week)
* Pray about a new routine/schedule/something to make my days more efficient and productive  (The new chore routine is helping this, but I'm still working on it. John and I talked about it a lot too and I'm hoping to have something solid in place by the time teaching starts again in September)

Now we're back to this week!  Here's the goal list for this week:

Work:
* Finish those outlines
* Clean up my filing cabinet

School:
* Finish those transcripts
* Meet with my adivsor

Jazzercise:
* Download new routines! Whoot!
* Learn 2 new songs.
* Set for first class this week
* Set for second class this week
* Attend class at least once when I'm not teaching this week

Home:
* Catch up the mending again
* Catch up the ironing again (I think this one multiples on it's own!)
* 30 minute clean out in my sewing/craft area x 3
* Weed back flower bed (weather permitting)
* Have AC serviced
* Finish updating budget with John
* Water flowers and veggies on days we don't have rain

Family:
Breakfast with my cousins on Saturday AM
* Take the kids to the park
* Finish that travel game tin
* Renew library books
* Read 5x with the kids for 30 minutes each
* Finish reading The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis to the children
* Mail our nephew's gift
*   Fill out and mail paperwork for fall for the children
* Start planning John's endorsement celebration for sometime this fall (more on this later, Lord Willing, of course!)

Ministry/Faith:
* Continue memorizing the Sermon on the Mount (parts of this are easier than others!)
* Proof John's sermon for Sunday
* Return that quilt top to church
* Purchase gift cards for relief effort for Northern Minnesota flood victims (part of a group project from church)
*  Drop off bagged items for donation
*  Set up a time to meet with a staff member at our sponsoring congregation

Personal:
* Update my "Everything" Binder and calendar
* Paint those toenails (really already!)
*  Blog 3x this week :)

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Menu Plan, er, Tuesday - Week of July 15, 2012

Our homemade Vanilla Ice Cream from the 4th of July (thus the red tablecloth).

I think time officially got away from me a bit!  We've been getting a lot done, having a lot of fun, and spending a lot of time together as a family!  LOVE that.  Now if the weather would just cooperate for getting the outside work done, life would be about as close to perfect as it can get!  :)   

We still have about a pint of the ice cream in the freezer - that recipe made a TON of ice cream; or at least way more than we expected.  I'm not sure I would call making the ice cream "frugal" - we don't have cream on hand regularly and we drink skim, rather than 2% or whole milk, so we had to buy those for a total of about $8.  The good news is that a little of this ice cream goes a lot farther than the store bought stuff - seriously yummy!

Anyway, what are we eating this week?  Here we go:

Sunday, July 15:
  Breakfast: Cold Cereal and Milk
  Lunch: Baked Eggs, Bacon, Fruit, and Zucchini Bread
  Snack:Zucchini Bread
  Dinner: Grilled Kielbasa, squash and onions, Mixed Fruit
  Desert:  Blueberry Cream Cheese Bars*

Monday, July 16:
   Breakfast: English Muffins with Peanut Butter and Jam, Bananas
   Lunch: PB&J, Applesauce, Tomatoes, Cherries, Graham Crackers, Juice
   Snack: Blueberry Cream Cheese Bars
   Dinner: Veggie Stir Fry, Rice, Pineapple

Tuesday, July 17:
   Breakfast: English Muffins with Peanut Butter and Honey, Bananas
   Lunch: Cheerios, Strawberries, Applesauce, Yogurt, Juice
   Snack:  Blueberry Cream Cheese Bars
   Dinner: Pork Loin, Homemade French Bread*, Tossed Salad, Pineapple & Strawberries

Wednesday, July 18:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Raisins
   Lunch: French Bread with Cheddar Cheese, Apple Sauce, Tomatoes, Juice
   Snack: Peanut Butter Pastries*
   Dinner: At Church: Bring a Tossed Salad
  
Thursday, July 19:
   Breakfast: Pancakes and Banana-Strawberry Smoothies
   Lunch: Peanut Butter Pastries, Applesauce, Carrots, Cherries, Juice
   Snack: Peanut Butter Pastries
   Dinner: Soup from the Freezer, Cornbread, Pineapple & Pears

Friday, July 20:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Craisins
   Lunch: No-Bake Energy Bites*, Yogurt, Mandarin Oranges, Juice
   Snack: No-Bake Energy Bites
   Dinner: Leftovers

Saturday, July 21:
   Breakfast: Out with Family (YAY!)
   Lunch: PB&J, Pretzels, Carrots or Tomatoes, Cucumber Slices, Grapes
   Snack: No-Bake Energy Bites, Popcorn
   Dinner:  Chicken, Rice, Tossed Salad, Grapes 

The "*" means a new-to-me recipe. The Blueberry Cream Cheese Bars are a recipe from my Grandmother - something I remembered from summers at my Uncle's lake cabin as a child. My cousin Diane graciously shared the recipe and I was so pleased to discover it was as good as I remembered it! ('Cause you know that's never the case!) I'm finally getting ready to try the French Bread!  I'm hoping it turns out well (it's rising as I type).  I'm severely editing the No-Bake Energy Bite recipe from Money Saving Mom - we don't eat coconut or a few other things that are in that recipe so we'll see how it turns out!  The Peanut Butter Pastries are from my daughter's children's cookbook and we'll see how those go too.  I challenged myself to try 12 new recipes this summer, and these will bump us up to about 10!

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Super Savings Saturday - Spent $63.35

We're still at the no-picture edition - sigh.  I really do need to get that camera battery replaced. Or figure out how to take tolerable photos with my iPod. :)

We had some "extra" money left after buying groceries last week ($25 + change) so we bought ahead some sausage for our camping trip later this summer and some bacon as well.  Yum.  I also took advantage of the Kellogg's deal (8/$20) and received coupons for a free gallon of milk and free dozen eggs on a future visit.  Milk runs anywhere from $1.99-$5.00/gallon here and eggs run about $1.50, so that's a savings of at least $3.50 on a future visit to the store!  Plus, since the milk coupon is good up to $3.50, I can buy the Kemps brand and save the top for our kids' school!  I'm hoping to do a "Pantry Challenge" month in August and really take stock of things around the house here. I guess in the meantime, since this month is rather crazy, I'm not being quite as careful as I could be with our grocery shopping as I could be.

Okay, enough about that. Here's what we bought:

Store #1:
Butter Kernel Canned Corn (4) and Canned Beans (2) :  $0.89x6 = $5.34
Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage: 2/$5 x 2 = $5
Hormel Black Label Bacon 1lb: $2.99 with store coupon
Bing Red Cherries: 2.31lbs @ $1.79/lb = $4.55 (Hubby loves these and this is a really cheap price here)
IttiBitz Ice Cream Cups: $0.80x5 - $1 = $3

Total Spent Store #1: $20.88
Saved: $9.18 (according to store receipt)

Store #2:
Store-Brand Popping Corn 1lb: $1.59
Kellogg's Cereals (6) and Nutrigrain Bars (2): 8/$20 - $1 - $1 - $1 -$1 - $0.70 - $0.70 = $14.60 for 8
Farmland Thick Cut Bacon: $2.99 with store coupon
Always Sanitary Pads 16 ct: $3.25- $1.50 = $1.75
Old Spice Body Wash 64oz: $3.50 - $0.50 - $0.50 = $2.50
Personal Size Seedless Watermelon: $2.99
Cantaloupe: $2
Bananas 2.15lbs @ $0.39/lb = $0.84
Red Anjou Pears 1.8lbs @ $1.89/lb = $2.68
Pint Blueberries $1.88
Whole White Mushrooms $1
Store Brand Skim Milk Gallon $1.99 x2 = $.398
Payday Bar (for Hubby as a treat this weekend since he's preaching 4 services!) =$0.89

Total Spent Store #2: $42.19 including $0.24 tax
Saved; $28.12 (according to store receipt) + received coupons for a free gallon of milk and free 1 doz eggs at a future purchase

Total Spent: $63.35. Saved: $37.30  or roughly 58% + free gallon of milk and dozen eggs at a later date

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Goals - Week of July 1, 2012 and Review of Last Week


Sooo, Goals.  Last weeks proved to be a bit too much.  We had some serious issues come up that we had to deal with (and we may be dealing with them for a while), it's been beastly hot here (heat advisories several days in the last week) and we've been running around like chickens with our heads cut off. 

So, in the midst of all that, how did I do last week? Not terrible, certainly.  I wish I'd gotten more done, but it's really, really nice to look at this list and see how much I really did accomplish last week.

Work:
* Finish outlining my first units for each class I'm teaching. (Didn't finish this but about halfway done.)
* Write up a list of things I need to make (or have the shop make) for my new class. 

School:
* Email 3 professors
* Finish going through interview transcripts (Still working on this - getting closer though!)
* Cross 2 other things off my dissertation to-do list (Got one of the two things done.)

Jazzercise:
* Set for first class/teach class
* Set for second class/teach class
* Learn new Glut routine
* Learn new Opener (I actually decided to learn a new upper torso routine instead!)
* Finish setting up paperwork for new classes (whoot - very excited about this!) 

Home:
* 1 hr weeding
* Catch up ironing (Didn't even touch the ironing this week - ugh!)
* Finish cleaning out our bedroom (About half done with this - this seems to be the catch-all for everything now.  We definitely need to work on that!)
* Label bins in Buddy's room 
* 1 hr sewing/mending (Does looking at my sewing machine count?) :)
* Finish planting my annuals

Family:
* Read at least 30 minutes with each kid 5x this week
* Library trip  (Still working on reading the books we picked up last time, so we decided not to go)
* Finish travel game tin for kiddos (I have all the parts done, I just need to put them together)
* At home Date night with John
* Family Night - Lesson on John the Baptist (Friday)
* Make cookies with the kiddos  (It was too hot most days to heat up the oven.)
* Make Fruit Pockets with the kiddos (Ditto from the cookies)
* Work on solidifying our morning routine  (These two routines will be ongoing for a while!)
* Work on solidifying our chore routine
* Write list of clothes to pick up from Uniform Swap at school
* Attend the Uniform Swap at the kids' school
* Make sure John and the kiddos get their hair cuts done! 

Ministry/Faith:
* Continue memorizing the Sermon on the Mount
* Review John's Sermon for Wednesday
* Review John's Sermon for Sunday
* Finish Lutheran World Relief Quilt Top (return to church)  (This almost got done - hopefully this week!)
* Have everything ready to go for Wednesday and Sunday
* Send two sympathy cards to friends who lost loved ones last week

Personal:
* Paint my toenails (I never seem to get to this!)  (I'm starting to think that closed-toed shoes might be a better option!)
* Get my hair cut (this never seems to get done either) (Actually have an appointment for Tuesday!)
* Cut myself a flower bouquet from our garden for the kitchen table
* Blog 5x this week :)  (Made it to four times this week - hoped to get Super Savings Saturday up but just plain didn't!)

I'm not sure why I always think that I can get all sorts of things done when John has to be several places during the week...I think I'm overly optimistic.  I guess it's the to-do list version of the "eyes are bigger than ones stomach" thing.  We have several things going on this week - John's preaching 4 times (all at the same church), we have two fourth of July gatherings and the kids have a birthday party for a friend.

So, here's this week's list:

Work:
* Finish outlining my first units for each class I'm teaching. 

School:
* Finish going through interview transcripts 

Jazzercise:
* Teach class 3x
* Put together 1 new set
* Learn new Opener

Home:
* Catch up ironing
* Water vegetables and vulnerable flowers every day we don't have rain

* Finish cleaning out our bedroom

* 1 hr sewing/mending
* Rearrange everything in the media center
* Finish sorting through our giant stack of CDs - upload songs to keep, donate CDs



Family: * Read at least 30 minutes with each kid 4x this week
* Finish travel game tin for kiddos

* Date night out with John
* Make cookies with the kiddos 
* Work on solidifying our morning routine 

* Work on solidifying our chore routine 
* Attend 2 4th of July events, including fireworks display
* Meet with folks about the issues that came up this last week
* Purchase or make a Birthday present for the children's friend
* Finish and mail baptism gift for our Nephew

Ministry/Faith:
* Continue memorizing the Sermon on the Mount
* Review John's Sermon for the weekend (4 services at the same church = 1 sermon!)
* Finish Lutheran World Relief Quilt Top (return to church)  
 * Review and Update my prayer journal
* Send Birthday Card(s) to our Compassion International Child

Personal:
* Paint my toenails (and hopefully Missy's too - that way I'll actually do it!)

* Get my hair cut - appointment on Tuesday! Whoot!
* Blog 4x this week
* Pray about a new routine/schedule/something to make my days more efficient and productive


Since I'm about halfway done with or have most of these things already scheduled, I'm hoping this will be a relatively easy-to-achieve week.


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Menu Plan Monday - Week of July 1, 2012


Yummm - port loin, broccoli-cauliflower salad and fruit! I'm anxiously awaiting broccoli and cauliflower to be in season so we can make this again... okay, maybe not so patiently. ***GRIN***

We didn't eat anything that exciting last week at all. In fact, a lot of our menu planning last week was quite a flop. It was really hot, we had some unexpected things pop up and we ended up not being home one night at all when we thought we would be. I guess those things do happen don't they?

Anyway, here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, July 1:
   Breakfast:  Cereal and Milk
   Lunch: Out with friends
   Snack:  Yogurt
   Dinner:  Salad with Ham, Strawberries, and Grapes

Monday, July 2:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Craisons
   Lunch: Hot Lunch at Camp for Kids, Leftovers for Mom and Dad
   Snack: Popcorn
   Dinner:  PB&J Sandwiches, Fruit

Tuesday, July 3:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins, Bananas
   Lunch: Hot Lunch at Camp for Kids, Leftovers for Mom and Dad
   Snack:  Yogurt
   Dinner: Pot Luck at a Friend's House: Bring Fruit Salad

Wednesday, July 4:
   Breakfast: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, Strawberry-Banana Smoothies
   Lunch: Hot Dogs, Pasta Salad, Fruit
   Snack:  Candied-Caramel Corn
   Pot Luck Picnic: Bring Candied-Caramel Corn

Thursday, July 5:
   Breakfast: Pancakes with Blueberries
   Lunch: Hot Lunch at Camp for Kids, Leftovers for Mom and Dad
   Snack:  Leftover Caramel Corn
   Dinner: Vegetable Stir Fry, Rice, Watermellon

Friday, July 6:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Craisons
   Lunch: Hot Lunch at Camp for Kids, Leftovers for Mom and Dad
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Mac & Cheese and Fruit for the Kiddos, Out for Mom and Dad

Saturday, July 7:
   Breakfast; Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Bananas
   Lunch; Salad with Tuna
   Snack:  Ginger Cookies
   Dinner:  Spicy Black Bean Burritos, Watermelon

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