Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What am I giving up for Lent?

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Today in the Christian church, begins the season of Lent. It is the season leading up to Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus. Lent has traditionally been a time for people to give up something as a sacrifice to remind them of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made.

I have been giving up things for Lent as long as I can remember. Being raised in the Catholic Church, I was encouraged from a young age to give something up...growing up it was usually sweets. Even now, I try to give something up for Lent and I encourage my kids to also give something up. 

SO WHAT AM I GIVING UP FOR LENT THIS YEAR? 

This year, I am giving up drinking pop. I have gotten into a really bad habit of drinking a lot of pop again and I know it is not good for my overall health. I will be replacing pop with water. My husband is also giving up drinking pop. It is going to be a hard sacrifice for both of us, but will be worth it in the end.

I am also going to vow to exercise at least 20 minutes every day during Lent. I have let me weight and overall health go by the wayside and now is the time to get back into the habit of exercising and working on becoming a better me. I will do this either by walking the kids to and from school (when the weather allows), working out on the Wii, or working out to an exercise dvd. I own a couple and I can always get more at the library. 

I hope by doing these 2 things that I will feel more in control of who I am physically and will feel better overall, while reminding myself that my body is a precious gift and I need to take care of it. 


Do you give up anything for Lent?

Monday, February 8, 2016

What are we eating this week?

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!







HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK???


MONDAY::: Ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots--YES

TUESDAY::: grilled chicken and salad--YES

WEDNESDAY::: Hamburger helper and peas--YES

THURSDAY::: Fish, Velveeta shells and cheese, broccoli-- YES

FRIDAY::: Pizza-- We actually had pizza rollups and mandarin oranges, so still pizza-y :) 

SATURDAY::: Chili and grilled cheese-- YES

SUNDAY::: This is Super Bowl Sunday which is a National Holiday according to my dear hubby. I will make him chicken wings and am not sure what I am going to make the kids and I yet. -- I made chicken wings, loaded french fries, and and chicken nuggets.

So overall, a much better week than the week before when we were all sick! I also managed to clean out and organize the freezer and the refrigerator and now I know exactly what I have and what I can fix . Hopefully, this coming week is just as good as last week....

                      So what are we having this week??

MONDAY::: Orange chicken in the crockpot, rice, green beans

TUESDAY::: Lasagna soup casserole and corn

WEDNESDAY::: Cheese pizza and fruit

THURSDAY::: Taco boats, mexican rice, and corn

FRIDAY::: Fish, macaroni and cheese and peas

SATURDAY:::Whole chicken in the crockpot, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans

SUNDAY::: This is Valentine's Day. We will NOT be going back but I will cook my dear husband a steak dinner at home! Steak, baked potato, asparagus and salad. I will probably do chicken nuggets and french fries for the kiddos as that is their favorites! :) 
 
I tend to make our menus out on Sunday night to go from Monday to Sunday. I usually go to the grocery store one day during the week (usually Wednesday but sometimes another day). For this week's menu, I just need to get potatoes and salad stuff.

Hopefully, I will be able to stick to this plan and can report back success next week! 


Do you menu plan? 
Do you have a favorite dinner to share? 

 


Sunday, February 7, 2016

I watched 2 movies!

I will never be described as a movie fanatic. In fact, there are months where I don't watch a single movie at all. (Which is funny, because my husband LOVES movies-- I guess opposites do attract! LOL) Anyhow... Friday night I watched, not one, but 2 movies in a row! 

At our house, Friday nights are typically a pizza dinner and kid movie night. I hardly ever watch the kids' movies because I have either seen them a thousand times already (can we say "Frozen"? LOL) or I really don't want to (can we say the live action Alvin and the Chipmunk movies that Rebecca loves!). 

 

Well Friday I rented "Snow White and the SEven Dwarfs" for the kids to watch. Disney re-released it and it was digitally remastered. My kids had never seen it and the last time I had seen it was when I was a little girl. The kids loved it, even though I forgot how dark the movie was. It was nice to pay attention to it and I am only slightly annoyed that I am still singing "Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to work we go." in my head 2 days later! LOL


 After the kids went to bed, I then put in "The Martian" starring Matt Damon. According to IMDB.com, this is what "The Martian" is about:  During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

One of my all time favorite movies is "Apollo 13" starring Tom Hanks, so I thought I would like this movie as well. And I was right. I thought it was funny, emotional, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I would highly recommend you see it. 

So, for someone who typically does not watch movies, to have watched 2 in one day is something! 

Have you watched any good movies lately? 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Busyness continues

It is Saturday already...this week has flown by. I got a lot done the other and then some things done. My husband says I try to do to much. I don't know, better to plan to do too much than to do nothing. 

I still feel like I am behind from when we were all sick. This past week, I was able to get some tutoring hours in so that helped a lot. I also had an AHG meeting-- only a couple more months of that! I just can't seem to get ahead. I still have a lot to do on my to-do list...including:

  • finish taxes (need to finish Federal and State, but need to go over it with Bill-- then need to figure out how to do our local taxes due to our freelance income this year)
  • laundry-- I did 5 loads today from start to finish, I still have at least 4 loads to do.
  • Kids' valentines need to be written out
  • Plan for this week's tutoring session including Spanish club
  • Find at least 5 more items to list on facebook selling wall
  • Deep clean bathrooms this week
Stuff will get done. Just a lot that I want to do and it has been hard to find a rhythm.....

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bye January, Hello February

Seriously, I am so glad that January is over. Between dealing with illness, lice, the stomach flu, etc. that month can just GO AWAY! I told a friend that if I could talk to the month of January, I would tell it to go away and not let the door hit it on the way out. So, SO glad that month is over!

Now onwards to February....

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First of all, Happy Groundhog Day! Apparently the groundhog in Pennsylvania did not see his shadow, which means an early Spring. However, the local groundhog in Columbus, did see his shadow which means 6 more weeks of winter...so who knows! LOL Spring will get here, when it gets here.

In other news, thankfully, fingers crossed, everyone seems to be on the mend from the horrible bout of stomach flu that hit our house last week. It was truly awful! I think Benjamin and I got it the hardest, but it hit everyone. Really was no fun. Being sick and out of it, really caused back-ups in cleaning and organizing and all those lovely unwritten goals that I had for myself for the new year. 

Oh well, onward and upwards I guess.

So to try to get some things done today, I figure I will write out my to-do list and see what I can accomplish.

Today I need to work on: 
  • Figure out tutoring activities for today
  • Pay Discover card bill
  • Make bed
  • Gather ALL the laundry from upstairs and take to the basement
  • Put away the folded laundry
  • Put bags in the trash cans upstairs
  • Take pictures of items for facebook selling wall and post
  • Figure out new cleaning schedule 
  • Homework schedule for Jacob (he gets homework from school, but it takes him 5 minutes to do and I want to work with him on his handwriting and writing skills)
  • Figure out activities for AHG meeting tomorrow
  • Make banana bread using old bananas 
So that gives me more than enough to work on. I need to get off of here and go get started on that laundry I guess! 


What do you have planned for today? 

HOPE EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL TUESDAY!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

What are we eating this week? -- a re-do of last week

f 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!





HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK???

MONDAY::: Ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots--NOPE

TUESDAY::: Chicken patty sandwiches, waffle fries, pears---NOPE

WEDNESDAY::: Hamburger helper and peas-- NOPE

THURSDAY::: Fish, Velveeta shells and cheese, broccoli--NOPE

FRIDAY::: Pizza rolls and fruit-- Yes, although the kids had pizza rolls and waffle fries

SATURDAY::: Chili and grilled cheese-- NOPE

SUNDAY::: Chicken and cheese casserole and green beans-- NOPE
Well last week was a loss except for Friday. Dealing with the stomach flu ALL WEEK LONG meant that at some meals most of us were not eating and at other meals I didn't feel well enough to make what was planned. Oh well. You have weeks like that. That made planning for this upcoming week rather easy as I just transferred everything to this coming week with a couple of changes. :)  Thankfully, we all seem to be on the mend, so hopefully I can stick to the plan this week.

                      So what are we having this week??

MONDAY::: Ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots

TUESDAY::: grilled chicken and salad

WEDNESDAY::: Hamburger helper and peas

THURSDAY::: Fish, Velveeta shells and cheese, broccoli

FRIDAY::: Pizza

SATURDAY::: Chili and grilled cheese

SUNDAY::: This is Super Bowl Sunday which is a National Holiday according to my dear hubby. I will make him chicken wings and am not sure what I am going to make the kids and I yet. 
 
I tend to make our menus out on Sunday night to go from Monday to Sunday. I usually go to the grocery store one day during the week (usually Wednesday but sometimes another day). I have everything I need for this menu!

Hopefully, I will be able to stick to this plan and can report back success next week! 

Do you menu plan? 
Do you have a favorite dinner to share? 

 


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Books that I read for fun in January 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 January: 

Well, I did AWESOME!!!! Sickness, dealing with lice, a snow day, and loss of work days meant more days at home and time to escape reality. I read a TON this month. I don't expect to continue this amount all year, but this is a great start! 

FICTION:::

I picked up a couple of Susan Mallery books at the library and let me say that I am hooked. I read her Lone Star Sisters series over the course of a couple days (Under Her Skin, Lip Service, Straight from the Hip, and Hot on her Heels). Let me tell you, I could not put the series down! It was intriguing, funny, and there was a mystery throughout as to why? I would highly recommend her writing. I am currently working my way through her "Fool's Gold" series and I look forward to reading more of her books! 




NON-FICTION:::

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. 

In January, I chose to read Knit Together: Discover God's Pattern for Your Life by Debbie Macomber. I will admit that it took me several readings to read the entire book. I would say I read it over the span of 2 weeks. Not that it was not good; rather, I purposely made myself read it slowly so that I could think about and reflect upon what she was writing about. I found it to be a great book that was a little bit of a memoir, a little bit of guidance on how we should live, and very inspirational without being overbearing. 




Here are the books I read for fun in:

Books from 2015
Books from 2014


                                                 Have you read any good books lately?