Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
*Adventure Van trips with Mrs Epi and family. Some are adventures are found here and here
* Hiking- both Chuckles and Bones have specifically asked to hike to Squires Lake, again
* Letterboxing - Here is one of our local letterbox adventures
*Summer Reading Program through our local library. Chuckles is also going to be doing Book Adventures
*Get Movin- this year the program is run through the Whatcom County YMCA and offers free programs - In the past, the program offered free passes to the local aquatic center, YMCA, along with other events. Details on page 19 of their summer program brochure.
*#1 Son is doing a computer course through the local community college
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Yes, menu planning can save you money. I am definitely a fly by the seat of my pants menu planner. I browse the grocery ads on Sunday and grocery shop on Monday. I try to base my menu on what I have already stock piled and what is on sale. Things in my world work better when I know what I am making for dinner. I need to be pretty flexible. I fail a lot in the whole menu planning arena but sometimes you just got plan failures in to the plan. By failures I mean, I don't want to cook, I forget there is after school appointment, dinner doesn't turn out or I don't have all the ingredients on hand. I plan on having one of those once a week or so. The breakfast sandwich is my back up meal idea or my failure meal as I call it. I almost always have eggs on hand and bread. I can usually scrounge up a side of fruit or veggie. It is also a meal that my hubby likes to make and everyone will eat without complaint. I keep my plan all scribbled down in my handy dandy notebook. This is what this week looks like.
Mon - Hamburgers/potato salad/beans
Tue - Turkey Rope Sausage/macaroni/potato salad/beans
taco salad-(ground turkey)/corn
hot dogs/oven fries/fruit
chicken?( got a couple of fryers in the freezer) garlic mashed potatoes
Things I had to purchase this week that weren't in my pantry
Hot Dog Buns
Bag of Potatoes
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I our last book club book was Sarah's Key. We weren't able to secure enough copies through our library so we purchased the book at Costco. The book is about the round up of Paris Jews during WWII. This is a fictional story about a true event. Sarah's Key is a real tear jerker because it tells about a family being rounded up and the little boy being locked in a hidden cabinet by his sister, Sarah.. The rest of the family is taken but the little boy remains locked in the cabinet. The parallel story is of journalist who is researching 60th Anniversary of "Vel d' Hiv "and finds that there is a family connection to this story.
Everyone in our book club really thought this was a good read. I am happy to report all of us read the book. None of us really had heard of the Jew roundup in Paris. This hit home to me as my hubby's grandparents met in Paris during WWII. Pappy was a US soldier and his soon to be French wife worked in Paris during this time period.
This book also reminded me of the book My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young also set during WWII but about mother's homes. It is about the Nazi Lebensborn program. A Lebenborn was a maternity home for girls carrying babies of German Soldiers. I read that last year
I also read another outstanding book about this time period but set in America in Seattle, Washington called The Hotel At the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. I read this earlier this year. This book deals with the wartime persecution of Japanese immigrants in the United States as seen through the eyes of a 12 year old Chinese boy who falls in love with a 12 year old Japanese girl.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I convinced The Diva to help me with this project. The whole thought bubble thing has been banging around in my head. I love the pictures Katie at Color Me Kattie takes. They make me laugh. I thought that doing thought bubbles might be fun.
Photojojo has chalk board thought bubbles that are really cool, too.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
May 9th this year is a double whammy type of day at our house. It is not only Mother's Day but THE GIANT MAN CHILD'S BIRTHDAY!!!
This picture just goes to show you are never too old to learn how to long board. He has mad skills.
***Edited to add Photo was taken by the one and only Polyester Princess
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Hey, Giant Man Child check these out these shelves from Knock-Off Wood. (THAT IS A HINT)
Top 10 Blessings of ADHD really touched me.
6 year Med and Polly Pockets- Kids say the darnest things.
Exercise Block - This made me laugh. Check it out.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo. It takes a few minutes to load but it is very cool. I showed this video to the kids. They liked the video. I keep looking at birds on wires and thinking does that make music.
The Diva made "Birds on Wire". It was a fun little craft from Frugal Family Fun blog. I wasn't able to find the stickers at my local Dollar Store but the local grocery store had them for a buck. The kids went on to so various creations with the remaining stickers. It always good on a Monday to have a non messy craft.