Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekly update and Menu plan Monday

So, I'm coming off another busy weekend. It was filled with travelling, children, exercising and reading and fellowshiping. A great weekend, but busy nonetheless. It was our weekend for Sahara and Aidan, so that required the trips there and back to get them. A lot of time was spent sledding down our driveway. There really are some benefits to having a very long and hilly driveway. Gage is not a big fan of the sled. We took him out on Sunday, but after a few minutes of screaming, we figured it was time to take him back in. He'd rather be in the house causing havoc, then being confined to a sled.

The week on a whole was fairly busy. I worked all week, and on Monday had my first ladies Bible study meeting. It is a twelve week program that focuses on bringing me closer to God, by focusing on how He is my Abba Father. Hopefully I 'll learn a lot from it.

I've started following a weight loss program this week too, with my neighbour. I've been following it loosely for the last few months, but we decided to work together with it and hold each other accountable, especially with consistency. I've almost lost all of my baby weight (it's about time!) but I wasn't exactly where I wanted to be before I got pregnant with Gage. I'm thinking of it as a competition, so I want to win! I've also been working out, as I've mentioned before, and I'll be giving a bit of review on that in the next few weeks.

Finishing up my catch up post, I feel the need to post the plans that I am hoping to adopt in our family life. While I'm at work, Matt does most of the household cleaning when he's home with Gage, but isn't able to get to some of the more nitty gritty parts. As I'm not a natural homemaker, and wouldn't say I'm the most anal about cleaning, I felt that it was important to start some chore lists and plans for our household. Sahara and Aidan have a chore list for the weekends they're with us, and in the next few months I'll try to get Gage doing some age appropriate cleaning. For my part, I'm going to follow a chore schedule that Darlene at Time-Warp Wife has posted, with my own changes.

Cleaning Schedule:
Monday: Kitchen
Tuesday: Garbage, Bathroom
Wednesday: Bedrooms
Thursday: Floors, and vacuuming
Friday: Groceries, running around
Saturday: Clean car

It's also Menu Plan Monday! As we've been looking in to many ways to save money and have been working on eating up our pantry, I believe it is important for me to start menu planning. Especially because after I come home from work I don't really want to have to be starting a meal from scratch.
So here's our menu plan for the week:
Monday: Potato soup and baked Potatoes (Meatless Monday)
Tuesday: Chicken Enchilads (Try It Tuesday)
Wednesday: Cheesy rice bake
Thursday: Chicken pot pie
Friday: Homemade pizza (Fun Friday)
Saturday: Spinach Lasagna rolls, Lasagna soup
Sunday: Venison stew, biscuits

I'm looking forward to some great meals this week and I have a lot of new recipes to try out in the next few weeks! It looks like it'll be a tasty winter.

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