Sunday, August 29

Meal plan Aug. 29th

Ok, so when making my meal plan last week I completely forgot I had an anniversary (love you hubby) that we needed to celebrate... So we kinda got sidetracked on the meals... they were all made, but in different orders... oh well.

chicken wraps

Beer-brats w/ sauerkraut

Roast (crock pot)

left overs

Stir Fry (beef) with rice

mac&cheese with tuna and peas (homemade noodles and sauce...)

left overs

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The things one learns in school...

Well, N is in Kindergarten.  That is right Hawaii takes kids as young as 4.5 years old and lets them go to kindergarten... whereas I was 6... but I digress. 

She is learning a lot there too.  Letters and letter sounds... writing her name... that  she wants black hair instead of blond.... Oh wait... that isn't good.  I can't blame her for thinking this last bit.  She is the ONLY blond in her class and 1 of the 2 students that is not Asian... in fact her teacher is Asian.  Now this isn't all bad either.  She is getting very well versed in animes that are for her age group.  And is with any hope falling out of the Disney Princess thing (has anyone noticed how all the princesses have dead or absent mothers?  Yea... not good...).

Sunday, August 22

My 1st meal plan...

Ok, so it isn't my 1st really.  I did try this once before, about oh... 3 or 4 years ago.  And wow did I go over budget.  At the time we only had 50 dollars per person per month as the budget to run our household so that made 150 for a month.  I just could not do it, I did much better with my hodge podge way of just throwing something together from what we had on hand.

Now though I get 600 a month for food/household... well I feel rich get 150 dollars for my week!  (Of course we live in Hawaii now too and anyone can tell you it is expensive here!  And we have 5 mouths to feed too... still 120 per person per month just seems lavish!)

Anyway I think that now that I have more money I can experiment with this again... in fact I might save money... doubtful though... 

Rubens (Crock pot)
Steamed veggies (seasonal)

Shake and Bake Chicken
Mashed taters (hide 3 cups mashed taters)
steamed veggies (different than Mondays)

Shepard's pie (use left over veggies and taters)

Left over day

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Lasagna (crock pot?)

left over day

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Wednesday, August 18

The Portable Patriot

Normally I am not into historical documents.  I like history, and like to do reenactments but the actual studying of documents isn't all the appealing to me.  So why then did I request a book that is basically every document written by the founding fathers?  Well, truthfully I got it because I know my husband would like it and that it will be a wonderful resource for when my little darlings are ready to actually understand our founding fathers.  Did I expect I would like the book?  No.  Did I like the book? Yes actually.

This is a book that would be in my estimations understandable by a 7th grader or older.  Now would that 7th grader be interested in it?  Well it matters on the 7th grader.  Some would hate it, others would not put it down.  It really matters on the temperament of the child.

The book is very comprehensive and really shows how much the public schools omitted in my education about the founding fathers and America's history in regards to the faith they had in God.

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Sunday, August 15

Ok, things are a bit calmer now

Well, now that things are calmer I am able to post again. 

Lets start with the house.  It is Japanese.  Yup, Shoji doors everywhere.  wood floors as well and unpainted wood walls.  It is so pretty!  We also have a WONDERFUL view of Honolulu and see rainbows every day!

N has been enrolled in school.  They call it Junior Kindergarten but since they don't have separate classes for "JK" and "K" here it really is just Kindergarten. 

We have lovely neighbors too.  JH is to our right and she has a 5 (boy), 3 (boy) and 6 month old (girl), so our kids kinda love playing all the time.  She has a great sense of style and, though she denies it, is a very good hostess.  She and I are sharing driving the kids to school.  She drives them to school and I pick them up.  It is so much easier than having to go 2 times a day.

Yarn wise I have got nothing done.  I am VERY behind on knitting.  I can't wait to get back to it.