Monday, September 25, 2017

It's OK (by me)



  I'm going to play along with airingmylaundry today as I tell you what items/events/activities I missed but didn't lose sleep over.



  It's OK that sometimes I accept that the weekend went by too fast then two days into the new week I want to fast forward back to it.



  It's ok that Starbucks has another new drink called Maple Pecan.  I haven't tried it but, whether I do or don't I'm still good with pumpkin.


  It's OK fall is here. We need a buffer between extreme heat and extreme cold.  I do like the warmer clothes and love to see the new leave colors.


  It's OK that Cadillac unveiled a hands free car because once my teen starts driving I will be hands free too and it didn't cost me even half as much.



It's OK that I woke up on a Saturday for a (new to me) 8 am class at my gym pool! Partly because I like the teacher and the other half because I thought someone I knew would be there. She wasn't but I still liked it. So it's OK to workout alone! The moral of this is try it you might like it!


  It's OK that the lawn was mowed and the grass clippings went all over my truck.  It will rain soon and wash it all away.  My son insists on spending money to take it to a car wash because it's filthy!


  It's OK to try new food you may like it.  I always get chicken and rice at the Chinese restaurant.  Maybe shrimp fried rice but usually a chicken rice combo.  I tried shrimp pancit and really liked it!

  Now it's your turn.  Tell me what your OK with?  Are you OK with the weather and temperature?



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's OK (by me)



  I'm going to play along with airingmylaundry today as I tell you what items/events/activities I missed but didn't lose sleep over.

You can find her current post here.

It's OK that I took my son out to play in the puddles last week.  What are rainboots for!


It's also OK that HE has long hair.  He has mentioned now a couple times that he is ready for a haircut so it may be gone soon.  I just wish people would see his monster truck or dinosaur shirt and realize he's a boy.

It's OK that I can't get the buy one take one home deal at Olive Garden still haunts me from weeks ago.


For a little as $12.99 you can buy one take one.  I have never tried that option before but, I will the next time I go!  I choose the Fettuccine Alfredo to eat there and for my to go was the five cheese ziti! It comes to your table at the end of your meal frozen! That ziti was amazing. With some self control I spaced it between two days.  I have however done a lot of math. 12.99 for 2 meals split into 4 days equals $3.25 a day for 4 days!!! That's the cheapest fast food meal EVER!!

It's OK that I'm excited for a new Andi Mack because my daughter likes that show and is counting down.

Photo credit Wikipedia 

It's OK that I just wish it was the weekend even though I don't have any plans nor will I probably sleep in.

What are you OK with this week? Feel free to let me know any meal deals I can stretch! What fall show are you waiting for?

Monday, September 18, 2017

School with Letter B



  Another successful week completed. Another letter set to memory with learning and fun along the way.  Repetition is key and incorporating it in a variety of ways solidifies the word.  After this week he not only points out the letters he sees he will tell me the b words he learned. This is a ball and it starts with a letter b.

  B kept us busy everyday from bike rides to baseball!  We were not in a shortage of ideas to go outside.


  We did 2 miles on the bike this day.  It was not easy and he wanted to turn back which essentially at that point still would have been 2 miles.  Baseball is a work in progress.  He is a lefty so we got the bat accurate but my throw is not always precise.  He does pretty good though and we need to work desperately on throws and catches.

  He had structured computer time for the alphabet song (somehow he skip's letter j everytime), some letter games and to aid in phonics.


  We pulled out beans and did several different things with them.  He needed to find the letters A-Z in the alphabet soup.  Using a pair of tongs he pulled them out and placed them appropriately.

I am not quite concerned with him pulling them out in order or knowing them.  He doesn't know all of them but this is a good way of getting familiar with them. 

We used the same sheet to match bottle tops with the letter.


He can match the letters together.


Here I called out the object on the sheet and he spelled out the words by finding what letter the object was. Such as r was for ring.

We read some great books just like last week.  One book for although it centered around the winter season we used it to our current advantage!


Boot Weather was about a little girl who out her winter boots on and did more then what the naked eye could see. She was climbing mountains and going through tunnels with her boots and yet still close to home.


He put his boots on and checked out the depth of puddles!


Of course writing is a daily thing.  To make it not seem like work we change up from paper, to the chalkboard or whiteboard.  He writes but his favorite thing is to erase.

 A little indoor fun included bowling and block building.  This intentional play is another thing he likes to do.   Normally he may play with his sisters but, I know he really enjoys when I sit down and directly play with him.



  My craft for the week was trying my hand at making a bean bag.  Now I'm not a professional so and because I couldn't find a needle and thread and I'm not a professional I used stitch witch.


Surprisingly it held up at least that day so I'm happy with that.  I made two and they were played with for a good couple hours.


I had to fit a little food art in the week somewhere.  So my food fun was with lunch.  One day his sandwich became the letter B!

Cheers, to another good week and bring on a new week of adventure, fun and learning! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekly Meal 9/11-9/15


  Taking it easy this week.  Minimal recipes to share with you and actually only one is new to me.  Cheating with some meatballs that I received as a gift but, that's OK too.

Monday:
Crock pot
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe/2011/08/slow-cooker-bajio-chicken/

Tuesday:
Meatless
http://pinchofyum.com/garlic-butter-shrimp-quinoa

Wednesday:
Hotdogs, potato salad and baked beans

Thursday:
Spaghetti and meatballs (frozen from Omahasteaks.)

Friday:
Leftovers or everyone fend for themselves!

  Happy eating everyone.  As always feel free to share your favorite dish or what your eating this week!

Friday, September 8, 2017

School with Letter A



  This week started school for everyone here! My last child here is working on kindergarten grade level.  He was not real receptive last year but, this year has started out much better.  He's asking more questions, and repeating the correct answer when asked.  He's eager to learn and excited for more class.


  This week we learned the letter A.  He has had school on and off for the past couple years but each year it just starts over. So he has studied everything before but, at different levels, with different worksheets and less time.

  Each day we start with the desk.


The desk has 2 letter A titled books in addition to other items pertaining to the specific letter.


We take time outside to play and learn as well.  Writing the letter in dirt and using sticks impressed him.


Each day I subjected him to walks.  This is our PE/quiet/mommy and me/exploration time.  This go around was his second trip so I allowed the scooter. He doesn't like to walk and I want him to find peace in it.  Enjoy nature, get some fresh air and slow down and see things.  I will have you know this was day 1 and he took his father and sister on two separate trips around the block to show them all the A's! (Insert proud mommy smile here)

Some of our books gave us an excuse to get outside.


The Magic Acorn by Maggie Stern was about a special acorn. 


We went on a walk to gather our own acorns.


Our acorn hunt was successful.  This hunt gave us a hands on A experience, and a touch of science!  We checked our math by counting the acorns and touched a little science too in that we planted an acorn! 


Apple trees made out of playdoh!  Then with the help of a roll of dice we picked apples off and put them back on the tree. Hello math again!


After you spend a few days identifying it's time to write! So we practiced writing upper and lowercase a's. 


A workbook helps with more handwriting practice.  The pages are from various websites with requiring different tasks. Tracing, letter search, name writing and circling the correct numbers.

  In the past I tried to incorporate snacks into the day and I continued this year by having fun with food in some way. Applesauce was not received well but these two A's brought a smile!


Yesterday was his favorite as he had to run from number to number and complete a different task. He picked apples and had to transport them! 


My favorite was his ax and arrow tattoos! I though to myself hey its even on his arm! Ha win for me!!


Lastly our play time outside today involved air!


This was my first time with the sock bubble but, I should have made two because once my daughter saw it they couldn't switch off quick enough for the other to have a turn.

Well there's our one week of A's. I have a couple crafts I will be sharing in a separate post pertaining to the letter A.  I hope you enjoyed a peek in our day.  I haven't figured out if we will do weekly or daily letters.  We shall see as we go along but, we will actively learn and have fun everyday!


A is for angry!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dinner Collage


  This week is going to showcase my dinners from the last week or two!  I didn't use to make "real" food for my family.  I cooked what I knew and repeatedly cooked only that such as spaghetti or baked pork chop and potatoes and boxed food.  I never tried new recipes and everything was meat.

  I have come along way between using my food processor, spiralizer recently and the slow cooker.

  I now cook from my pantry and grocery shop every few weeks.  I incorporate meatless meals into each week and serve salads and soups as a meal!    My family likes the variety and my skills just improve along with my confidence daily!


                       Meatless Sloppy Joes


Pesto Pasta with Sausage 


Caprese Quinoa Bake


Shrimp Fried Rice


Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta


Garlic Zucchini Pasta


Shrimp with Couscous

Recipes for the above dishes can be found under my weekly menus.  Do you enjoy cooking?  What's the one dish your proud of making?