Weekly Meal Plan for June 14-20

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png

Well, we "finished" school this past week. I say "finish" because we school year round and never stop for longer than a week or two. However, last year I realized that not having an official start/stop date created some problems. So June 10th was Kate's last day of 1st grade. We will take a 2-week break and then resume some light studies through the end of June and July, starting back up with our new curriculum and a rising second grader and kindergartener in August. (I will share later this … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for June 7-13

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png

Finally! We finish school this Wednesday. I've felt like we've been slogging through the mire these last few weeks, but we are almost there! To celebrate we're having an ice cream sundae party because, well, sweets are our happy place. We'll take the rest of the week off. Then, next week the big girls are going to grandparents' camp. When they return we'll resume a relaxed summer schedule and begin our Summer of Learning. What's coming up on the blog Later this week I'll be sharing my … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for May 31 – June 6

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png

I skipped posting my meal plan last week because we were out of town enjoying some family time at my parents' cabin. Life is slowing down as summer approaches, and as we break from activities for a few months, I'm realizing how much I need margin in my life. I'm tired. There are a lot of really good things I'm doing, but they've all worn me out. We will officially finish our school year on June 10, and I'm looking forward to a little break and a lighter load through the summer. So, in an … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for May 17-23

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png

This week my husband and I celebrate 8 years of marriage. If you're curious as to how we met, you can read our story. It's been a blur, honestly. Having 4 kids in 8 years will do that to you. But it's been a soul-satisfying blur: we've grown individually and together in many ways, and I'm looking forward to the next year together. Also this week, our oldest daughter finishes up her second year of American Heritage Girls. We still have a few more weeks of school here so I'm trying to have … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for 5/10-16

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you were able to celebrate with your loved ones this weekend. God has so richly blessed me with an amazing mother plus 4 little darlings of my own. (Yes, the dog has a dress on. It's the baby's.) Whew! This past week we celebrated Annabeth's third birthday, culminating with a family party yesterday afternoon. The birthday girl seemed to enjoy herself :) Here she is with her "Monkey Cake" -- courtesy of her grandparents who are quite adept cake makers and … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for 5/3-9

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png

This week we're celebrating my third daughter's THIRD birthday on Monday and having a family party on Saturday. On Wednesday, we have our last CBS class, culminating with our Children's Program -- always a hit! On Thursday, my big girls will be attending an enrichment program where they will learn about Trees. On Saturday, our church is hosting a Mother's Appreciation Breakfast, and don't forget Mother's Day is May 10th! Here's Annabeth and her sisters on her second birthday. Monkey cake, … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for 4/26-5/2

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png

Wow! Can you believe April is already over?! That means it's garden planting time here in Tennessee. We've planted lettuce, spinach, and broccoli but I don't feel very enthused about planting anything else right now. Gardening is not my favorite activity, and since we're very close to putting our house on the market, it seems like one more chore on my to-do list. However, I do love fresh tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers, so I guess I need to suck it up and get to work. We do have … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for 4/19-25

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png

So, last week I announced that we were doing another Whole30, and, well, my husband and I came to the conclusion that it'll be a Whole7 :) I am burned out. Seriously, I feel like I have so many self-imposed dietary limitations that I don't need any more right now. I just need to eat. And watch my sugar intake...and limit dairy...and lay off the carbs with high glycemic load (i.e. potatoes). You get my drift. So, instead of continuing the Whole30 this week, we're moving back to our regular ol' … [Read more...]

Whole 30 Meal Plan Week 1

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png

This past week we enjoyed the warm sunny weather here in Tennessee with lots of outdoor play. My daughters would rather be outside make-believing than doing anything else, so we cut back on our school work, just doing the bare minimum -- you know reading, writing, and arithmetic -- in order to make the most of the lovely weather before it gets too hot. We even did a little math outside :)  On the Blog I participated in the Schoolhouse Review Crew Real Life Homeschool blog hop and … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for 4/5-11

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png

This week we are back in the swing of things around here! Back to American Heritage Girls, back to gymnastics, the Y, Community Bible Study, and back to a more rigid school day. Last week I was pretty lax, but we focused on important topics like the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, and we went on an educational field trip to the TN Aquarium with our cousins. So we did continue learning, but I don't want to lose momentum when the school year is almost over! I'm hearing, "I think I can, I … [Read more...]