Thursday, September 25, 2008

What Is WEYW?

Michelle commented on this post and asked the following question:

Now fend for yourself sounds great. What do you have on hand that they can make? YOur kids are the same ages of some of mine but I just dont give them that freedom...though I think its a GREAT idea. I'm just nervous about them eating all the food I'm saving for another meal. So tell me more. Can you do a blog post on it and comment on my blog to let me know? LOL. Asking much of you these days????
Well Michelle, I try to keep basics on hand for these days, and I actually have two pantries. The first one is a normal pantry filled with all the food our family would use on a regular basis. The second pantry is just a small kitchen cabinet where I keep any food that I am keeping for a specific meal, and any extra food that I might buy and stock up on when I find a really good deal on something. The kids know not to eat anything out of the second pantry without asking. I also have an extra freezer in the garage and I keep anything that I am planning to use in a meal in that freezer.
As for what they make, the boys usually end up eating pb&j or a ham or turkey sandwich. Sometimes they'll have a bowl of cereal. Kristen will either make a sandwich (usually grilled cheese on homemade bread) make herself a salad, or make some mac & cheese or ramen noodles. She would also be the one to heat up leftovers. (The boys don't seem to want to cook as much as assemble a meal) I also always have fruit and yogurt in the house and they can help themselves to that.
I try not to have a WEYW night very often, but sometimes life gets hectic and I don't plan ahead as well as I should. Currently Spencer has soccer practice every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 and unless I plan ahead and have something in the crock pot, it's either WEYW for the other kids, or we don't eat until 8:00. (we usually eat around 6:30, so eating at 5:00 is way to early!)
I hope this answers your questions Michelle!

Bible School

Tomorrow we are bringing Kristen down to Chicago to visit a Bible School. This is our first campus visit with her and I am feeling quite melancholy about it.

On the one hand, Kristen is going to have experiences and opportunities that I didn't have. On the other hand, my baby is going to be leaving home.

It doesn't seem possible that my little girl is preparing to go away to college.

Where did the time go?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Apples to Apples

With kids ranging in age from 18 (soon to be 19! Yikes!) to 9, it isn't always easy to come up with family activities that everyone will enjoy. One of the games that we love to play is Apples to Apples.

I won't try to describe the game to you because, quite frankly, Amazon does a much better job of explaining the game. But I can tell you that our whole family loves playing this game! (The box says it's for ages 12 to adult, but my 9yo plays it with no problem.)

So, if you are looking for a really fun game for your family, try playing Apples to Apples! For more great tips check out Works For Me Wednesday over at Rocks in my Dryer.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday Scripture

And now I ask you, dear lady-not as thought I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning-that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
2 John 5,6

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Thank You

I'd like to say a big Thank You to the Queen of Good Intentions for two new blog awards!

You are sooo sweet!

I'd like to pass these awards on to the following lovely ladies:

Do You Like It?

I've got a whole new look on my blog! Many thanks to The Retro Housewife who linked to The Cutest Blog on the Block.

Go check it out, it's so much fun!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Well, after an extended absence, I am back to blogging again. With the kids back in school I am settling into a regular schedule, including planning my menus So, without further ado... here's the menu for the week.

Monday -
Polish Sausage
Corn Casserole
Homemade Bread

Tuesday -

Wednesday -

Thursday -
Broccoli Ham Ring

Friday -
Sourdough Bread

Saturday -
Homemade Pizza

Sunday -
Roast Chicken
Oven Fries
Homemade Bread

Head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie for more great menus!

*WEYW stands for What Ever You Want. This is where the kids make their own dinner-as long as it's something they can make by themselves, and they won't burn the house down making it. (Does this make me a bad mom? I don't know, but my kids really like fending for themselves...maybe I'm not a bad mom, just a bad cook!)