Friday, June 15, 2012

Making it myself

I was talking to a friend today as we were planting and watering our garden about all the things I had been making at home. I am amazed by the things I have been making at home and not buying at the store. Here's a list:

Laundry Soap
Dryer Sheets
Disinfectant spray
Bathroom cleaner

Cakes- not from a box!
Mac and cheese- not from a box

There are so many more things that I was to make instead of purchasing from the store. This next week I am going to make cornbread from scratch instead of out of a box.

I would love to get to the point that I am making all of our bread products instead of buying them.
There are a lot of other things that I want to make they are:
pizza crusts
drain cleaner
play dough
finger paint
spaghetti sauce
pizza sauce
jelly's and jams
I am sure there are more but I can't think of them right now.

As I make things I will post what I make.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our Summer

So many things have happened since I blogged last. But those are in the past and I am not even going to try to sit here and think of all the things I have forgotten to blog about.

So for the here and now. School's out and I refuse to let the summer go to just laying around and doing nothing. I have come up with a daily schedule that we are just getting used to this week. The kids went to Papaw's for most of the week last week. What a way to start a summer, several days with Papaw. The kids had a blast and it was a great way to get geared up for the summer.

So back to our schedule.
We start the day by taking care of our bodies. This means getting up, getting dressed, brushing our teeth, brushing our hair, making our beds, and breakfast.
Then we move on to taking care of our souls. We do a devotion, a memory verse for the week (it usually reflects our theme for the week), and prayer.
Then we focus on our theme for the week. Here is what the breakdown of the week looks like.
Intro to Theme activity
Movie about the theme
Theme Activity
Activities outside the house

I try to involve the theme in all we do. We finish everything by lunch. After lunch the kids have free time to do what they want until 4PM. At 4 it's clean up and chore time. Then at 6 they prepare for dinner. I usually have one kid help set the table and one help clean up the table. We eat as a family. Then after dinner, while our food digests, we are going to take 15 minutes or so and discuss the day. Something we learned, something God taught us, ect..

After we have sat and relaxed with some discussion after dinner we are going to move into taking care of our bodies again. This is the time where we can go take walks, ride bikes, run, play, swim, ect... Then we will finish with bathing, brushing and pj's. One of my goals is to be better at bedtime. I really want to sit down with each kid and pray with them and for them. I get so tired in the evening that I neglect in doing this. I need to do this.

We are going to strive hard to keep this schedule through the summer. We may end up switching around days if there is an activity outside the house we would like to do and then do that day's activities on Friday. Also if we have to go do something in the morning then we will do our daily activities in the afternoon.

Some of the themes we have for the summer are
Our State
Our Country - Independence
Being Green
Super Hero's
Water Fun- Just a fun week playing in the water.

I am also trying to find fun snacks and ways to incorporate cooking into our themes.
Alongside all of this we will be celebrating the Unique Holidays that are out there. I picked some that I thought would be fun to do.
Here is a list of Unique Holidays:

1- Doughnut Day
2- Nat. Rocky Road Day
7- Nat. Chocolate Ice Cream Day
10- Ice Tea Day
17- Father's Day
20- Ice Cream Soda Day
29- Waffle Iron Day

1-International Joke Day
4- 4th of July
12- Pecan Pie Day
15- Nat. Ice Cream Day
23- Hot Dog Day/Vanilla Ice Cream Day
28- Nat. Milk Chocolate Day
30- National Cheesecake Day

2- Nat. Ice Cream Sandwich Day
3- Nat. Watermelon Day
8- Sneak some Zucchini in Day
9- Book Lover's Day
10- National S'mores Day
14- Nat. Creamsicle Day
15- Relaxation Day
16- Nat. Tell a joke Day
17- Nat. Thrift Store day
30- Toasted Marshmallow Day
31- National Trail Mix Day

We love to have others join us for everything so if you want to come join our fun let me know. The more the merrier.