Monday, April 26, 2010

Menu Monday

I'm using up some pork roast and ham I got on deep discount. It's a porky week.
Sun-pork roast, broccoli, baked potatoes
Mon-bbq pork sandwiches, chips, relishes, applesauce
Tue-ham, corn, boiled potatoes, grapes
Wed-spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, oranges
Thu-shepherds pie, peas, apple slices
Fri-breadsticks&cheese sauce, relishes, fruit salad
Sat-split pea soup, hm bread, fruit bowl

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spring Beauties

They are so princesses. They've just been kidnapped by peasants.

Friday, April 16, 2010


Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. ~W. Earl Hall

We've made the most of spring this week. We've tramped, tilled, mowed, played and generally been outside, even if the weather was only so-so.

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens

I hung as much laundry outside as possible. Comforters, towels , rugs. Gotta suck up the spring smell.

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

Phil took a low census day this week. We took the kids to the reservoir where they had put in some new equipment. It was like a whole new park. We also went crazy and bought a pizza to eat there as a picnic. That's right, we know how to live on the edge!

A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Fun So Far

We've been trying to squeeze some fun out of this break without spending any dollars. I did have to spend money at the doctor's yesterday because Mel has managed to get a double ear infection. I don't think she's ever had one before. Strange to wait until she's six. Hmm, what have we done?
The egg hunt of course

We did the traditional scavenger hunt for the baskets. Never start these traditions if you don't want to do them for 20 freaking years. That afternoon we went walking in the woods to a nearby pond and the kids caught little frogs.

Yesterday we worked our butts off cleaning (mean mommy) and while I was gone taking Mel to the doc C and L took F and Ads outside and to the library. They got some movies we haven't seen. Score!

Today after more cleaning (I have an agenda) I took them out to the reservoir where we flew kites, played tag, shot hoops, blew bubbles, drew with chalk and went for a walk in the woods. I have a fairly decent batch of horticultural/forest trivia in my head from being raised by the Clampetts. I'm going to call it nature study. We saw lots of wildflowers. Even found some bloodroot and Dutchmen's Breeches (I say britches). Oh, and these

Yellow Trout Lily

Friday, April 02, 2010


Oh yeah, I'm yelling it. I have been absolutely exhausted this past week. I'm not sure why, maybe I'm trying to catch the bronchitisy thing the little girls have, but I am so glad to take a break this coming week. Public school also being on break means that clubs/sports/meetings are on hold. The only things on the agenda are Spanish and PE for homeschool which we might or might not do depending on the weather and the inclination. So far having E home is great since she got up with the coughing 2 year old (she told me to go back to bed and I didn't argue) and she just took said 2 year old with F tagging along for a bike ride. I'm going to take L to get her ears pierced later this morning and I'll leave S watching the littles. It will be a good mommy break. As much as I love them sometimes I don't want to remind someone to go potty or get a tissue or use utensils when eating.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Sunshine Vitamin

I'm taking this article under advisement. But instead of supplementing we're actually going to go out in the sunshine.

For laughs I'm going to read this.

We're starting our Spring Break tomorrow. I'm gonna lounge around, eat bonbons, read glossy magazines and let my kids run wild. Ok, probably not but since some seem to think that's what I do all the time I thought I'd live up to my image. Actually I'll probably have to hike through the woods, go bowling, laser tagging and I promised someone she could get her ears pierced.