Wednesday, January 12, 2011



Outside my is very cold, windy, and snowy.

I am thinking...brrr, I do not want to go outside today.

I am thankful many things but most especially my family.

From the kitchen...not much happening in there right now.  I need to get some ground beef out of the freezer for Hamburger roll-ups tonight.

I am wearing...jeans, an old softball T-shirt, and a sweater.

I am creating...not much at this time.  I need to make some time for that.

I am going...nowhere today, thank goodness.  It is not nice outside.

I am reading...a bit of this and that this week.

I am hoping...the weather co-operates and my cousins/sisters can come visit this weekend.

I am hearing...the wind howling outside.

Around the house...the kitchen is clean, now I need to work on the living room.  Hubby helped clean our bedroom on the weekend but I still need to go through my clothes in the closet and do some decluttering.

One of my favorite things...watching LK work on taking his first teetering steps.

A few plans for the rest of the week: get the house ready for company this weekend, play with LK, and work with girls on their confirmation book.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Emptying the cupboards is so much fun and mom's pots make a great drum set.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Well it is a full back at school this week and we are getting back into our regular routines.  That means it is time to put a menu together.  I always do so much better getting supper on the table when I have a menu plan.

Monday: Today the girls have skating after school so a slow cooker meal is in order.  Roast Beef in the slowcooker, potatoes with gravy, peas.

Tuesday:  I am all out of homemade bread so I will make bread and use the leftover roast beef to make BBQ beef sandwiches.  We will have carrot sticks on the side.

Wednesday:  Hamburger roll-ups (recipe to come).  I will have the girls help me make this.  Broccoli will be our vegetable.

Thursday:  Leftovers.

Friday:  Another skating day so we will have Sweet and Sour Ribs in the slowcooker with rice and corn.

Saturday:  I think we will be having some company and I plan to make pizza.

Sunday:  Leftovers or soup & sandwiches.

That's it for this week.  Head over to for more fabulous menus.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!

Yes, I realize that New Years Day was a few days ago but today was the girls first day back at school after the holidays so it feels like now is the start of the new year.  I hope everyone had a good holiday.  Ours went quite well.  We ate too much food, got lot's presents, and played a lot of games.  It was great to have a lot of our family come and visit.  While nobody was able to stay very long, it was kind of nice to see everyone without having to travel.  We did travel for the New Year's weekend to my sister-in-laws place (about a 3 1/2 hour drive).  The roads were good and we made use of our vans DVD player so the trip was no hardship.  The girls really enjoyed playing with all their cousins there.  We did go skating a few times over the holiday as well which is always fun and it was good to get out and get some exercise to offset all the eating we were doing.

  Star and Sky at the skating rink.

            LK was happy to hang out and watch us skate.

So with the new year comes of course New Year's resolutions.  I don't always make New Years resolutions (and never actually keep them) but I do like to have some goals that I am working on and the new year does seem like a good place to start.  I did find it hard to pick what I wanted to work on for this year as there is so much I would like to go.  I decided to work on establishing 3 daily habits that always seem to make the rest of my day go smoother but they always seem to go undone when things get busy.

The three daily habits that I want to establish are:

1. A prayer/meditation time.
2. Exercise.
3. Doing the dishes each night so as to wake up to a clean kitchen.

At this point I am not worried about how long or productive #'s 1 & 2. I just want to establish the habit of doing these things daily.  I plan to keep track on a calendar the days I reach this goal. 

In addition I will be posting some monthly goals.  This month my goal is to clean and declutter the master bedroom.  This room is somewhat of a dumping ground and I really need to go through, get rid of stuff I no longer need/wear and give it a good cleaning.  It has gotten so bad that sometimes when I ask the girls to clean their room they say, "But your room isn't clean, so why do we have to clean ours."  Eeeek, time to get that cleaned up and lead by example.

Also this month I want to work on LK's first year scrapbook.  I can't believe that his 1st birthday is rapidly approaching.  I would like to get this book mostly complete this month.

There you have it.  My new year's resolution and some monthly goals for January.  I will check in at the end of the month and let you know how it is going.

Do you make New Year's resolutions?  What are you working on this year?