Monday, August 30, 2010

Use # 1007689 for duct tape

Yesterday, The Boy got a small scrape on his arm. It didn't even really warrant a band aid. He completely freaked out. There wasn't any blood. No pain. But he was certain as the sun rises in the east that he was going to get an infection.

The band aid wouldn't stay on. Two band aids wouldn't stay on. Neither would three. By this point, we're out of band aids. Finally, his stroke of genius hit. He adhered toilet paper to his arm with duct tape.

And when that fell off, he did it again. and again. and again.


Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By Einstein's definition, The Boy is insane, not an Aspie.

We also had unexpected company and a house that was neglected because I'd been sewing. That combined with the duct tape, pretty much sealed my complete and total mortification.

I finally got sick of seeing my kid walk around with duct tape on his arm. I knew it was going to be an issue in the morning for school, so I found some gauze and wrapped his arm up. He started playing with the adhesive and eventually it failed. The Boy wanted to put it back on with...duct tape!

By this point, I am beyond reasoning with him that the tiny scrape on his arm is fine. He's up more than an hour past his bedtime. D and I are no longer patient. We promise (quite loudly) that he will NOT die from this scrape. It will NOT become infected. But if he doesn't go to bed RIGHT NOW, he might have other things to worry about! GO TO BED NOWWWW!

Today, he is very much alive and still very much obsessed with the scrape. He swears there is something wrong with it. It has a scab with fibers sticking out. The fibers being the pieces of toilet paper he was securing with the duct tape.

He is still insisting that the toilet paper and duct tape have nothing to do with the presence of fibers on the wound and the lack of hair on his arm.

Meanwhile, I am fairly certain that the presence of duct tape in my life is responsible for my brain exploding.

The plan is...no plan

The week has not started well. Dead car battery. Kids missed the bus. Late for two schools. It's left me rather flustered.

I only have a rough idea of what we're eating this week...namely food. Yes, we're eating food.

Sunday--pulled pork
Monday--pork curry (leftovers)
Tuesday-- Green Chile Burgers (publix meal)
Wednesday-- Sweet Pepper Chicken
Thursday--chili, maybe
Friday--summer pasta
Saturday--pizza

Friday, August 27, 2010

Six Words Friday: Wait



The air is finally cooling down
the low 90s instead of high
the small change is just beginning

but the change takes so long
Not until October will it cool
Enough to really feel like fall

Just in time for the fair

I can't wait for the fall
I can't wait for the fair

It's my favorite time of year!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Candy Sushi & Birthdays


Danger Girl turns 7 tomorrow. She's driving me absolutely crazy about it. With six kids we don't do birthday parties for every single birthday. We just can't. If we did, we'd be hosting a birthday party pretty much every other month. I do not really like birthday parties, anyway. The kids do get friend parties for birthdays 5, 8, 10, 12, 13, and 16. Next year, by virtue of the kids' spacing, we will be having three birthday parties. This year, we had two.

Instead of a big party with lots of chaos, the birthday child gets to pick any restaurant he or she wants and has a special lunch date with D or I. We are gradually moving out of the fast food with a playland stage and in to the sit down stage. The Boy prefers all you can eat buffets. Leelee loves Italian. Little B always wants Mexican.

Danger Girl...she likes sushi. And we're not talking the california rolls. She loves nigiri .

She loves it so much that she asked if she could bring sushi on the day she brought home the snack bucket from school. I quickly explained that her teacher probably wouldn't appreciate her bringing raw fish to share with her classmates and they probably wouldn't eat it anyway!

Our compromise was candy sushi made from rice krispy treats, gummy sharks and fruit roll ups in lovely Shrek green. If you ever try to make candy sushi and it's really hot (like it is here 8 months out of the year), put the fruit roll ups in the freezer or else they will turn into a sticky gummy mess when you try to get it off the paper.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Menu Plan Monday--Aug 23

Big week around here! The Terrorist started preschool three days a week! It's actually a mother's morning out at our local community center, but we're calling it preschool. She is so excited. She came home today and wanted to do homework.

And since this is The Terrorist, you know this isn't going to end well. It ended with her asking to put her art work, to which I said "yes" and figured she'd put them up on the refrigerator with magnets. That would be too easy. She decided to attach them to the wall with elmer's glue. I know, I should have been in the kitchen observing her, but I was eating my lunch with no one begging for food or asking for anything! I was going to enjoy that particular blissful moment before dealing with impending disasters.

Speaking of impending disasters, if any of you have suggestions for how to lock my refrigerator, I would appreciate it! We have a side by side and the handles aren't open all the way around. This means traditional refrigerator locks won't work. Yesterday, The Terrorist helped herself to some strawberries and left the fridge open. Little Miss got there before I did and grabbed a carton of eggs and dropped it on the floor. Even when I'm on the ball, I'm still left cleaning up major messes throughout the day!

Menu Plan

Sunday--Breakfast (thanks to the dozen cracked eggs, we had omelets)
Monday-- Cola Roast (yum!)
Tuesday-- Paula Deen's Leftovers Shepherd's Pie
Wednesday-- Paula Deen's White Bean Chicken Chili
Thursday--HAwaiian Meatloaf
Friday--Danger Girl turns 7! She's requested PIZZA
Saturday--Spaghetti

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dessert Sunday! PB Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

We don't do a lot of dessert around here. If we're going to have dessert it's going to be Sunday night after a nice supper or Friday night with the pizza and movies.

Tonight's dinner was supposed to be a lovely roast. However, The Terrorist got in to the refrigerator and left the door open. Little Miss saw her opportunity and grabbed a dozen eggs and dropped the carton on the floor. The mess wasn't too bad since the eggs were still in the carton. But they were broken. We ended up having breakfast for dinner.

Dessert actually came earlier in the day. We had a potluck lunch immediately after church services. I opted to use make a crock pot dessert. From the comments of the crowd, it sounded like no one had seen dessert in the crock pot before! They were a bit apprehensive but once they tried it, my dessert was gone in a flash.

Like most hot fudge pudding cakes, this one was exceptionally rich. What makes this one special is peanut butter. Oh yes...peanut butter and hot fudge. It would have only been made better by vanilla ice cream, but that could quite possibly put it over the edge for richness. I think cool whip would be lovely, too, but I'm a vanilla ice cream kind of gal.

I made this recipe in my 6 qt crockpot and had to QUADRUPLE it! I think it was designed for a small crockpot. If I made this for my family, I think I would still have to at least triple the recipe. If you are serving at least 4 people, double it.

Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Pudding Cake


  • In a bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, and baking powder.
  • Add milk, oil and vanilla; stir until smooth.
  • Mix in peanut butter and pour into Crock-pot.
  • In the same bowl, stir together the 1/2 cup of sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Gradually stir in the boiling water.
  • Pour this mixture over mixture already in crock-pot.
  • DO NOT STIR
  • Cover and cook on High for 2 to 3 hours or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge sauce and top with your favorite nuts.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Six Words Friday: The Best

The Best time is spent here
With my family by my side
Children fighting, smiling, giggling, singing, sleeping
It's all here; it's all mine

The best fights start with pillows
When kids are supposed to be asleep

The best smiles are baby smiles
As they drift off to sleep

The best laughs are belly ones
That shake shake your whole body

The best songs are at bedtime
When everyone is quiet and still

The best sleeping comes after exhaustion
When you've played with your family

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Five Lessons every Child Should Learn

People are always asking how we do it having a large family. It boils down to knowing the basic lessons that every child should know. Twittermoms, once again is inspiring a post on the topic :) inspired by the life lessons that Nanny McPhee teaches in her latest movie. My kids are very excited to see the movie! We don't get out to movies very often.

Children are like little plants. In order to grow, they all need a little food, a little water and lots of sunshine. Add in plenty of talking to and lots of love, and you children will blossom!

But the life lessons...those are a bit harder to come by and take a bit more effort.

The first three life lessons are based on the three Rs. No, I'm not talking about reading, writing and arithmetic, but Reliability, Responsibility and Resourcefulness. I've blogged about these before, but they bare repeating. The next two life lessons build on that: Hard work and Charity.

Reliability

That means a child needs to know you can count on them. The child learns that when they make a promise it means something. It means when they make a promise, they follow through. And, it means you follow through, as well, with whatever you promise them!

Responsibility

Children learn responsibility through chores. Give them a job and teach them how to do it! Children can an do rise to challenges. Don't underestimate them. Even your two year old can help unload the dishwasher! Small and simple steps to do great big jobs later.

Resourcefulness

Set the children a task and let them figure out how to accomplish it. Let them set goals. Let them work it out. This can be done through imaginative play. Children don't need the latest and greatest toys. Let them create a world of their own. There is something pretty cool about seeing your child with a cardboard box, some duct tape, a few sticks and paint create something that gives everyone in the family a good time. Let them ask questions and figure out the answer themselves. It's not all that unusual to hear us answer "Google it!" when the kids ask questions!

Hard work

This is an area that is often neglected today. Children aren't expected to work. So much is given to them. But hard work gives the best rewards. Right now, we're facing a challenge with Leelee learning to play the flute. It's beyond anything she's done before. It's hard. She wants to quit. But, the value here isn't learning to play an instrument, it's about the process of learning to play.

Charity

Forgetting one's self in the service of others is something else lacking in many people today. Children are inherently selfish little creatures. Find ways for them to give back. There are many opportunities to give back in the home, to neighbors and the community at large.

One way to do it around here is when the kids are mean to each other, they have to do something nice to counteract each offense. The kids also participate in service projects through our church. Random acts of kindness and doing things without the expectation of reward will help children learn there is much more to life than meeting their own needs.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Menu Plan Monday--Aug 16

The first week of school is done! Yay! I'm slowly getting things back in order around here.

I even found time to sew something for myself! I haven't done that in ages. It felt good to do something nice for myself. I should put that on my weekly "to do" list!

This week's biggest challenges are going to be (continuing) the schedule and getting in my sewing work. When the school sent home paperwork asking about occupation, I wrote down "seamstress" it sounded a little bit better than "blogger" since I actually get paid to sew for people whereas I don't really get paid from the blogging (aside from the occasional product or promotion).

Next week, the terrorist starts Mother's Morning Out three days a week! I am soooo excited. Three whole hours of just chasing after Little Miss. I have a feeling it's going to be more work without The Terrorist around LOL

We don't have any major adventures this week, which will be nice. It will make the menu planning a bit easier. We went off menu a lot last week, so much of this week's menu is recycled.


MENU

Sunday--Pork Loin in crockpot, biscuits, vegetables
Monday: BLTs
Tuesday: Brats & cabbage
Wedneday: Chicken soft tacos in the crockpot
Thursday: Hamburger casserole of some sort that i'll determine when i'm in the mood.
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: fish Sandwiches

Friday, August 13, 2010

Six Words Friday: This Much I Know


It is too hot to cook
It rains so I can't BBQ
The rain doesn't cool things off

It's too hot to play outside
The kids are bored and fighting
It is Friday so no homework
They think that means no chores
It's get to work or outside
Fighting is driving me absolutely crazy

Please please let it bedtime soon
Go to bed. go to bed!
I need my quiet time tonight

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tommee Tippee Explora Easi-Mat review


I was recently provided with an Explora Easi-Mat to review by the folks at Tommee Tippee.

The Explora Easi-Mat is designed for children who are moving on to solid foods. It's designed to hold plates, bowls and even silverware in place. It works best with the other Tommee Tippee Explora-line, but it also works with other flat bottomed dishes. It's dishwasher safe and it rolls up for easy storage and travel. It's also BPA- and Phthalate-free.

For those that also aren't familiar with Tommee Tippee:

Tommee Tippee, from the UK-based Mayborn Group Limited, the #1 brand of infant and toddler feeding products in Great Britain, is loved by parents and children alike and is one of the top brands of infant products and accessories in the global market. Tommee Tippee has received numerous brand accolades in Great Britain, including top ranks in the prestigious Mother and Baby Gold Awards – a head-to-head assessment of competitive products voted on by moms themselves. The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature line of baby bottles has been chosen as Great Britain’s best baby bottle by The Mother and Baby Gold Awards: winning the category in 2006/7, 2008/9 and again in 2009/10. In 2009, Tommee Tippee was the first and only children’s feeding brand to be selected as a UK Superbrand in a nationwide poll of consumers, putting it on par with brands such as Microsoft®, Coca-Cola®, Nike®, Lego® and Google®.

I showed the product to a mom friend and she thought it was brilliant. When her little one was small, she used a couple suction cups to hold the bowls and plates on the table!

I do not own any of the other Tommee Tippee products. In fact, this was my first experience with the line. I'd heard rave reviews, so I was very excited to try it out ourselves. Little Miss loves to try to feed herself and it usually ends up a mess.

The first time I had D use it. He put it suction cup DOWN on the table and proclaimed it didn't work very well. We had to try several bowls and plates to find ones that we owned that worked. All of ours have been through many children and the bottoms have become slightly warped over time. In order for the suction cup to work, the bottoms MUST be flat. No slight bulging. And, some bowls that have too deep a rim on the bottom will also not work, unless there's some secret I don't know about.

Once we found plates that worked (plastic plates from Ikea worked best), the product worked as promised. Little Miss couldn't push her plate all over the table. Her food stayed in place in front of her. Much happier Little Miss. It did not, however, prevent her from picking up the plate and mat and dumping the whole thing on the floor. I have a feeling that would be an issue even if we had the proper plates!

I will continue to use the product, but not necessarily for Little Miss til she's out of her dumping phase. It does work well to hold flat bottomed cups and if we can prevent a few cups knocked over at dinner, then it's a real winner!

Monday, August 9, 2010

That's my kid!

I think this blog should be renamed Confessions of a Mom with INSANE CHILDREN!

Danger Girl is now in first grade. Her teacher asked them to fill out a get to know you sheet. Pretty standard. DG loves to write and did not wait for me to oversee this process.

When I rolled out of bed this morning, she had her sheet all filled out. It looked like a first grader did it. Generally, this is a good thing, but she goes to a school where parents do most of the projects. It's like the School for Future Stepford Families. I know some of the teachers read this blog (HI!!! LOVE YOU!!! KISSES!!!) but I also know they will tell you the parents do the projects. The parents who say they aren't helping are LYING. I'm the negligent rebel parent who makes sure my kid does her own work.

Anyway, DG shows me her favorites and it's all pretty standard. She loves red, all flavors of ice cream, her favorite sport is WRESTLING and her favorite hobby is Getting Hurt.

*sigh*

This is going to do wonders for my reputation at the school...

One day last year she came home from school with a message from the nurse: She needed to take a bath every day. Which is interesting because she does bathe regularly. If you've read this blog for anything length of time, you know my Danger Girl lives in trees, collects various dead things, and is always covered in some sort of goo. Somewhere between when I dropped her off CLEAN on the school bus and when she got to her classroom, she acquired some sort of red goo on her face. The teacher thought it was blood and sent her to the nurse. It was barbecue sauce.

Or there was the time I picked her up from school early and she had spilled what looked like her entire lunch down the front of her khaki jumper. Or the day before the last day of school when the nurse called me to say she suspected DG had LICE! I got home. No lice. DG and her friend had been throwing sand at each other at recess.

And let us not forget her Halloween costume last year. Totally HER idea to be a roadkill rabbit. This year, she wants to be a zombie ninja and already has the costume planned out down to where I'm to attach the sword so it sticks out one side like she's "for really really been stabbed."

I know, TOTALLY AWESOME kid...but my gosh...not at the School for Future Stepford Families.

Menu Plan Monday -- Aug 9

I didn't want to take up the space of the cleaning/organizing with, well more organizing in the form of meal planning.

Meal planning has saved me so many times. It really does cut back on the spending. It's also nice to know I always have one emergency meal ready to go in the event of kitchen disaster. We had another one Saturday. The pipe under the sink broke, so I was without kitchen. We ended up making homemade pizzas. Fast and easy.

MENU

Monday: Chili
Tuesday: Chicken Soft Tacos
Wednesday: Sausages and Slaw
Thursday: Beef Curry
Friday: Buttered Toast Crispy Fishwich
Saturday: Potluck (bringing a side dish)
Sunday: Honey and Soy Baked Chicken Thighs

CleanHer10: Back in School!

Wow! Today was the big day for my kids. Four kids in four different schools. It's going to be a challenge, especially if there are more incidents like Orientation Night last week. Each school hosted orientation on the same night, one at 5 p.m. and the rest at 6! I am praying that we can avoid that sort of scheduling fiasco in the future.

My life in general is a scheduling disaster. Between all the kids and my ADD, getting on a schedule, keeping a schedule and not falling apart in the process is very difficult, but also very necessary. This is a big reason I'm doing CleanHer10 and kicking it off with A Back to School theme for the first day. It's back to school, back to routine. Or for some, I guess the first time with a routine.

I often feel like no matter how much I plan ahead, it's going to backfire. Yesterday for church was a perfect example. I am in charge of the library at church. I'm supposed to be there about 20 minutes early so people can get materials and make copies. Those who know my family know exactly how laughable this is. We're late to everything. D jokes that getting our kids to go in the same direction anywhere at the same time is like herding cats.

D hates being late so this always causes problems Sunday morning. He lists things that we could do to make it more efficient. We do them and it doesn't help. To prove my point, Saturday night I had the kids get all of their clothes laid out, including shoes. So we get up, get people showered...and then reshower kids who showered the night before because they are now covered in breakfast (and by covered, I mean food in hair, up the nose, etc). Now, we're running late because of that. We get Danger Girl dressed and she pulled out the WRONG shoes. The ones she found don't fit. We're late for church because of shoes again! Even in my best intentions, we're always late.

And I know that if we actually got everyone bathed, dressed to the shoes, hair brushed, fed, etc., then the little one would blow out her diaper.

It was a bit of a miracle that everyone made it to school on time this morning! Little B's bus comes about 5 minutes after Danger Girl's so at least if we make her bus we know we won't miss his!

I've got to get the kids in to an after school routine. They come home, change, do homework while eating snack. Then I have to immediately start dinner! They don't get home til 4. We enforce the following rules during the school year.

  1. No Cold Lunch without prior warning. The kids can't tell me in the morning they want cold lunch. Cold lunches must be indicated on the calendar a week in advance.
  2. No papers signed in the morning. Paperwork must be given to mom/dad the night before. I will go through the folders for the 1st grader, but everyone else is old enough to give it to me. This includes the dreaded reading logs.
  3. Clothes set out the night before. They wear uniforms. Each child has 5 school outfits. They are washed Saturday and placed on a hanger. All they need to do is grab a hanger, socks and shoes.
  4. One Chance, One Lightbulb. Two of the kids have to get up VERY early. If I have to turn off a light more than once, the lightbulb is gone. The big kids need sleep!
  5. No computer or video games. We outright ban computers for the kids during the week except for homework. TV is also limited. No TV before school! On the weekends, they get 30 minutes each.
  6. Chores, homework, snack. In that order. A couple of the kids claim homework to get out of loading the dishwasher, but seem to find time to call friends! Nope. Not happening.
Meanwhile, I also have to get my own morning routine in to action

  1. Snooze. twice.
  2. crawl out of bed.
  3. remind kids to brush teeth, hair, tie shoes, etc.
  4. rush to bus stop
  5. mama's computer time
  6. start cleaning/laundry
  7. remember to eat
  8. nap (please little miss nap!)
  9. more cleaning
  10. where did the day go? time to pick up from school!
I'm hoping for a bit more structure than that, but right now it's the best I can do!

I'd love to hear your day one organization tips!

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

CleanHer 10


Inspiration comes in the strangest places. I post on twitter frequently. If you don't understand twitter, it's like text messaging on a large scale. People create networks and share information. Many of the people are bloggers or run small businesses. We share links to support each other.

One of the tweeps called Backpacking Dad started his own virtual conference for those who couldn't go to the big blog conference. It started as a bit of a joke and has evolved into some really great fun.

That has inspired me to really create my own blog tour called #CleanHer10. It's kicking off Monday with #TheKidsAreBackInSchool!

The goal for this week long celebration is ideas and tips to get your home back into shape once the kids are back in school. Homeschoolers are not being left out. Homeschool participants are invited to share their tips for keeping life organized with the kids at home, so maybe the rest of us can prevent the absolute chaos and disorganization that happened over the summer.

I am going to post my daily goals each day starting Monday and invite each of you to share your goals. I do not have a custom linky, but if someone who has an account for custom linkys would like to hook us up, that would be all kinds of awesome! For now, please just add a comment to this post with a link to your blog. Grab a badge created for us by QandUs. I'm just an idea person...I'll let someone come up with the plan!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Back to school time!

Back to school for the kids is absolutely dreaded. I consider it my vacation. Life gets a lot easier for me once the kids aren’t home all day!

With kids heading back to school in 8th, 6th, 4th and 1st grades, we’ve become old pros at making things work. I was very excited to see Twittermoms looking for tips on how to get kids ready for back to school. Things have to work like a well-oiled machine around here or they completely fall apart. Back to school is no different.


1. BEDTIME: About a week before school starts, we get the kids back on the school schedule. For the little ones, that means a 7:30 p.m. bedtime. The older two are rebelling against the early bedtime this year! We’re moving their bedtime to 8:30. It’s still pretty early compared to their peers, but Leelee and The Boy have to leave the house before 7 each morning. Kids who are well rested do better in school.

2. SCHOOL CLOTHES We don’t have the option of the fun back to school clothes shopping. Our kids have to wear uniforms. I hate them. The kids hate them. It makes for a lot more laundry! My strategy is for the kids have just five school outfits. They are hung in the closets on hangers. In the morning, the kids pull out a hanger and they are ready to go. We do like to save our clothes from the previous year. A few weeks before school starts we pull them out of the box and see what still fits. Little B outgrew every pair of pants over the summer. Thank goodness he can wear shorts!

3. GOOD MORNING! Just as it’s important to get the kids to bed on school schedule, it’s even more important and probably even harder to get them up on school schedule! It’s not hard for them. It’s hard for me! I like my rest!

4. READING The schools ask the kids to do 20 minutes of reading every day. We don’t specify 20 minutes during the summer. Usually it’s a lot longer. Once we get close to D-day, we start back in with having a set time every day to do our reading. It’s good practice for the kids to know when that time is.

5. A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING As the kids needs’ change, so do the ways we organize papers and supplies. The older children have picked out binders to help them get organized. We talk ahead of time about what worked last year and what didn’t. It’s important to give the kids a voice in determining their best organizational styles.


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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Menu Plan Monday -- August 2

I can hardly believe August is here! It seems like school just let out and now they are heading back next week! We go back early here because it is so darn hot. I'm writing this at 1030 p.m. and it's still nearly 90 degrees. It's miserable.

The kids spend a lot of time in our inflatable pool in the backyard. If they are out in the pool, they don't fight and that makes for one very happy mama. It is small, but they splash a lot and cool off, and like I said, everyone is happy and not driving me crazy.

And, when there's outside play you know there's a Danger Girl story. As usually, it begins with a call to D and me saying "You are not going to believe what I caught her doing today!"

I am sure she is going to try this stunt again and I'm going to make sure the camera is ready so I can show you exactly what kind of maniac this child is! She will be 7 this month...if she lives that long.

The way my house is set up, I have a large kitchen window that looks out directly over our backyard. I have a full view of it. It makes it very handy for me to have the kids outside and be at the kitchen cleaning and still keeping an eye on things. There is a giant tree in our neighbor's yard along the fence-line that hangs mostly in to our yard.

It was from this vantage point that I look out and see Danger Girl hanging from a tree branch and swinging back and forth! I could tell she was trying to determine if she could get enough momentum to actually land in our small inflatable pool! When she realized that a) she wouldn't be able to achieve her pool goal and b) that she was caught, she quickly jumped out of the tree and went back to trying to kill herself in her more traditional way, doing flips on the trampoline.

She has asked to take up rock climbing. I told her I needed to check on our insurance first.

This week, she took three good whacks to the head with various stunts such as running full speed on to her bunk bead and hiding behind doors trying to scare people and not moving out of the way fast enough when they opened the doors.

I really can't wait til school starts next week and the amount of injuries decreases. The kids are still working up quite the appetite, so hopefully they will enjoy the meals this week. With the dishwasher breaking down last week, we ended up not eating half of what I had planned, so we're recycling those meals for this week.

Menu

Sunday: Spaghetti and meatballs
Monday: Chicken Fajitas in the crockpot
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken
Wednesday: Slowcooker Cola Roast
Thursday: Beef Stir Fry
Friday: Pizza and a movie
Saturday: leftovers