Today's 'To-Do' List
Get kids to bus 6:40 & 7:15-- Brielle's bus never showed up or came early so I ended up driving her to school. Make menu / Grocery List Write Blog Dentist at 12 o'clock Get Groceries
- Laundry - Well I've got it all pretty much washed I just need to get to folding!
Buy more & Install new kitchen hardware- We were short a few.
Did some other various stuff but really not up for rambling off all my running around today. Let's just say I had a lot of running around to do but I got it done. I also made a Sam's Club trip since hamburger is so much cheaper there and got a few other various things we needed to restock and then grabbed a hot dog and soda for $1.80. I really do love how cheap I can grab lunch there when I'm in the area.
- Hamburger Helper
- Chili Dogs
- Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
- Beef Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, veggies and all that jazz.
This Week's 'To-Do' List
- Work -Tu-Fri
- Clean up around the house - This is a permanent main stay.
- Pull out Halloween Decorations -- yeah... Still not done. We had some storms move in so it seemed silly to pull them out when the wind would just pull them out and probably ruin them.
- Friday I have to start making chocolate coated cookies for the kids party Saturday. If I'm thinking I'll snap some pictures.
- Saturday we have an event at the card shop I believe (trying to remember so many dates to keep track of ) and then the kids party that evening.
- I absolutely have to make laundry detergent probably tomorrow. I wanted to do it today but it just didn't happen. I've got enough for one more was and that's it. I already bought the Fels-Naptha last week but I just never got around to making the soap I've been talking about it for weeks but what can I say, I can be very lazy at times.
Can I be truthful about last week?
It is all pretty much a blur. I know I went to work and dealt with a lot of various stress there as my workload keeps stacking up and I don't have enough hours to keep up.
Wednesday I took the kids to 4-H STEM Club and they took apart bat pellets... Remember that thing you did in science class where you separated out the bones from the fur and other stuff to try and see what the bat ate? Yup. Needless to say I did not get my hands in on this one LOL.
Thursday I took Brielle down and we purchased her a violin because we were maxed out on 'credit' through the instrument rental place so we basically bought the same model of violin she had already (the one she really wanted was $1300! Um no!) and we did this for two reasons. The first reason is so she'd have an instrument of her own when she got out of High School which is one of the things that really stops children (myself included) from playing later in life and the other reason is we were able to get the instrument for a little less than what it would have cost us in rental fees for the next 2 and half years.
Wednesday and Thursday were both very busy so I did the crockpot meals like I planned. We tried two of the free meals I won through Crockpot.
Wednesday we tried the Creole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken. The family was a bit disappointed in this as it seemed rather bland. You'd think with a name like that it'd have some spice but we all ended up with the pepper shaker to give it some zipp.
Thursday we tried the Stroganoff. It had very large chunks of mushrooms and some pearl onions though they were hard to find once it had cooked. Again it was very bland and had I paid the actual price these are (around $30 per meal!) I would have been very unhappy but since I get to try them I can't complain too much. It really did remind me of when we'd go to the Armory though on the holidays when Peter was still in the Guard. During Christmas they'd always have a big party for the Guard members and their families. The food was always very bland because there was no way to really tell who had what type of allergies. That is what this reminded me of. It was edible but I think the 'chief' tips on the side might be needed and not just suggested. Types were like for the Creole... to use chicken stock (which I did do this one) and to add shrimp which I did not do because Peter can't stand anything that comes from water. The Stroganoff suggested white wine to cook it in which I did not have so I didn't do anything for this meal.
I like being able to throw things in the crock pot and going but $30 a meal is not doing me any favors so I don't see me ordering any anytime soon.
Friday I took Brielle down after school to set up her first savings account. She had two checks from family from her birthday last month that she wanted to use for her starting balance.
Her friends apparently didn't think it was a big deal but she was just absolutely giddy about being able to start saving money at the bank.
Saturday I finished up Katherine's dress and made the little arm guards but have elected to not sew the hat. I have the fabric and part of me screams I should do it because I have the stuff for it. Just between time and stress I've decided just to try and dress up a premade hat some. I still need to do some work for accessories for Brielle's costume too so time really isn't on my side.
This weekend I had planned to do pumpkins with the kids so will have to do that soon but the kids had homework. Lots of homework.
Katherine made a carved soap canoe and a tepee for her school project. She really enjoyed that I pulled out the needle and thread and let her hand sew the cloth around the sticks. Later she painted it but I wasn't smart enough to take a picture of that.
This weekend Peter and I also worked a little bit more on the kitchen. Since we changed away from those gold colored light fixtures to the silver ones we decided to buy new knobs and handles for the kitchen cabinets match.
I think that's the really big things. I know more went on this past week but it's all pretty much a blur as I get ready to step into another work week.
Have a great week folks. I've been going through Pinterest recently so many be when things slow down a little I can do another project and get it posted it up!