Monday, January 26, 2009

Menu plan for Jan 26th

Monday: crock-pot creamy pork chops with noodles and corn.

Tuesday: Leftovers.

Wednesday: Italian lentil & barley soup with bread.

Thursday: Crock-pot chicken made into burrito's.

Friday: Soy balsamic chicken with rice and green beans.

Saturday: Chili (not sure if it will be in the crock-pot or on the stove in the dutch oven).

Sunday: Brownies for Fellowship.

For more menu plans, visit I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Friday, January 23, 2009

We were blessed with a membership that gets us into all the science centers and the zoo for free. So yesterday we decided to take a "field trip" up to the A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village. The kids had a blast and, of course, can't wait to go again!

Here they are being "digested" in the "stomach"

Little P didn't want to be left out of the dress-up. Doesn't he make an adorable tocan?!?

Here they are playing around. Not sure what they were, but hey they had fun!

And, of course, you can't leave without a picture in the giant rocking chair!
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Not popular around here.

I have decided that I am sick of tripping over and stepping on toys constantly, so I have decided to take action. First, I went through and purged many things, although, I'm sure some of my friends (cough, cough, Angie, cough, cough) would argue that there is still plenty more that could go. This did not make my sheep very happy. Then I moved the play area out to the main room. And now I am basically following my sheep around making sure they put away what they are done with before getting something else out. I am not currently the popular shepherd in our home. Hopefully what they say is true, that it only takes 21 days to make a new habit. Then I only have 20 days left! (sigh) I wonder who will break first, me or them? Leading sheep is not an easy task...............(sigh)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Menu plan for Jan 19th

OK, so I've been planning my menus out lately in an effort to save my sanity and my money, lol. I have also been trying to encourage my friends to do the same. So this week I decided to participate in Menu Planning Monday. For more menu idea's check out I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Mon: Fried chicken with au gratin potatoes and corn

Tue: Red beans and rice

Wed: Pork roast with green beans and mashed potatoes

Thurs: Leftovers

Fri: Sausage and potatoes

Sat: Pizza using leftover pork roast

Sun: Potluck dish for fellowship that is still anyone's guess :o)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's amazing what they can acomplish.....

.......When you let them have free rein. Yesterday Munchkin asked if she could get out her sewing machine. I told her she could but that I didn't have time to sit down and help her right then. She said that was OK and came back with a scrap of fabric and said she was going to make a shirt for Peanut with it. I told her that was a great idea, but remined her that I couldn't help her with it right now, she would have to do it by herself. Apparently determination can get you pretty far! This is how it turned out.

Not bad when you consider this is really the first thing she has sewn, other than just sewing scraps together!
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Healthy Kids

I was thinking as I was getting ready to refill my soap dispensers (I use the Pampered Chef Foaming Soap Dispenser) that my family has escaped the usually "winter sickies" this year. We haven't had any flues and no colds. As I was contemplating that and wondering "why?" it occurred to me that it probably has a lot to do with essential oils. I have been encouraging hand washing a lot and I have added the essential oil, On Guard, to all of my soap dispensers. On Guard is an oil blend formulated by the company doTerra that is designed to support healthy immune function. I love the doTerra oils and firmly believe that they are helping me to keep my family as healthy as they have ever been. I encourage everyone to check them out.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Food for thought regarding CPSIA

Good morning,

**Caution: I am getting up on my soapbox now :o)**

I've been thinking a lot about this new law (CPSIA) and felt compelled to share my thoughts. I know we all breathed a sigh of relief when they released the clarification stating that resellers wouldn't have to comply. I know I brushed it off after that was released. What a relief! We can still buy used items for our kids, it won't hurt our pocketbooks, the problem is solved. Hooray! But is it really? It was brought back to my attention yesterday when I received an email from a small homeschool retailer informing me (and everyone else) that they were liquidating EVERYTHING in an effort to get ready to comply with the law. That made me pause and think. This law is still retroactive. It is still going to have a HUGE impact on our (already struggling) economy. Think of all the retailers who are going to have to "dump" their entire inventory. How are these businesses going to survive? Virtually EVERYTHING in Toys R Us is designed for under 12. It will all have to go. The Children's Place, Gymboree, Elephants Trunk. The children's departments in Macy's, Penny's, Target, Wal-mart, Ross, TJ Max, Borders, Barnes and Noble, Parable, Christian Supply. And this is only a small sampling of our local market. We have to remember this is going to be nation-wide. But lets hit closer to home for most of us. What about homeschool-family-owned Timberdoodle? Kingfisher Curriculum Cove? The Learning Parent (they even manufacture some of their own products)? We're talking about getting rid of everything and virtually starting over. Sure, all of these places will have liquidations sales, but lets be real. How many of you have the money to go buy a bunch of stuff right now (even at rock bottom prices)? I know I don't. Sure it would be nice to get all of this years Christmas shopping out of the way early and at crazy low prices, but I still don't have the money. So what do we do? Put it on a credit card? Gee, do you think that will help our already debt crippled society? So if these retailers are unable to sell everything, then what? Can they really afford to swallow the loss? Will they have to file for bankruptcy? Will the government jump in with another bailout? I think this is going to put a lot of small retailers (and possibly some larger ones) out of business.

Now lets discuss where all of these "dangerous" products are going to go. That's right, the landfills. Once February 10th rolls around, these retailers will be unable to sell or even GIVE away this stuff. So that means truckloads, and truckloads, and truckloads (are you getting the picture?) of stuff added to the landfills in one fell swoop. And I would imagine that at least 90% of it will not decompose any time soon. So it will just sit there, forever, taking up space. That will be good for the environment.

Also, let's look at the effect this will have on our work-at-home-parents. The mom who makes diapers or the dad who makes toys to help make ends meet for their families. They wont be able to afford testing, they'll have to close up shop. So now what? Mom has to take a job outside the home? Dad has to take a second job, making it difficult to spend time with his family? What kind of effect is this going to have on their kids? Are they really being "protected"? But I'm sure the government will say it's for "the greater good". It's OK to step on these children because it will help protect the rest.

And speaking of protecting, whose job is it anyway? The governments?
The parents? Gods? After all, whose children are they? The governments? The parents? Gods? I think this law definitely steps into the gray area. Whose "rights" are more important? The children's? The parents? This law definitely teeters on that line. Who has more "rights" in this one? The children or the parents? Hmmm..........something to think about.

I could go on and on with this. After all, I haven't even mentioned: Why books? Clothing? CD's? DVD? Why not just test everything that comes in from China? That's where this all started, isn't it? But I will let you cogitate those on your own.

However, I urge you not to let this drop. Let's be diligent. Let's bend the ears of our Representatives. Let's stand up for what is right. This law is flawed in many ways. We need to make a stand and let them know it needs to be fixed. Let's remind them that the government is supposed to be "by the people and for the people".

OK, I'll get down off my soap box now :o)

In Christ,


Monday, January 12, 2009

I finally did it!!!

Well I finally decided to start a blog, so here it is! I'm not sure what I'll be posting about yet, probably a little of "this and that". Right now it's still a work in progress. My goal is to keep a record of our year. I'll probably be posting about homeschooling, ways I've saved money, sewing projects and whatever else comes up :o). Hopefully, I'll find the time to keep it updated!
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