What We’ve Been Up To…

Okay, how is October halfway over already?!
If you were to ask me, I’d swear it was still August. And, not just because it was 90 degrees yesterday.

With homeschooling Stinker every day, including one full day of classroom time per week at a local church, Junior’s therapy appointments running two to three times a week, plus the sports and activities Stinker is involved in, I have two days this month with nothing on the calendar…and one of them is my birthday!

Despite the hectic schedule, I think I’ve been really productive. Here are some updates and some fun homeschooling ideas! (The above picture is how I organized supplies for our school room. I love that I can put all our supplies in the baskets and keep them accessible but hidden away.)

1. Junior (16 mos)
-We’re doing Auditory Verbal Therapy two to three times a week, getting him to use his cochlear implants as effectively as possible. He’s now saying “mah” (meaning either “more”, “mine”, or “mama” depending on the context), “up” (which was ironically Stinker’s first word), “hi”, and is babbling. He also understands “no”, “bye-bye”, and starts doing hand motions as soon as I start singing “The Wheels on the Bus”. It’s amazing that our child who was born deaf is learning to speak and listen, and we are so grateful for the technology!(Not familiar with Junior? Read his story starting HERE)

2. Homeschooling
-We’re thoroughly enjoying Classical Conversations. Here are a few review games we’ve done.

Lego Review. See the original Post HERE for a printable version and the rules. I found a set of these awesome make-your-own foam dice at Lakeshore, and they’ve been very useful for several review games.

Magnetic Puzzle Review.
I wrote each of the 6 review subjects on a piece of paper and taped it to the back of this magnetic puzzle we have. (Melissa & Doug Deluxe 10-Piece Magnetic Bug Catching Game). Stinker uses the attached magnetic bug catcher to pick up one of the pieces. I ask her a review question, and if she answers correctly, she gets to put the piece in the puzzle. The goal is to complete the puzzle. She likes to win, even when she’s playing by herself :)

Ping Pong Cups
I modeled this game after a well-known carnival game. You stand a few feet away, and throw the ball into a plastic or paper cup. I turn the cup over (which I’ve written the subject on the bottom), and ask Stinker a question on that subject. She gets a point when she answers correctly. 10 points and she wins! (Luckily, not a goldfish like at the fair :)

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Weekly Menu February 6-11, 2012

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Here’s our easy menu for the week. I’m using as many freezer items and crock pot meals as possible. All the meals are very quickly prepped. Our grocery budget for the week is $50.

-Pancakes and Fresh Fruit x 2
-Waffles and Fresh Fruit
-Cinnamon Rolls, Scrambled Eggs, and Fresh Fruit
-Bagels and Cream Cheese, Fresh Fruit

-Tuna Sandwiches, Chips, Fresh Fruit
-Dairy Free Fruit Smoothies, Toast
-TBD x 2
-Out to Eat x 2

-Meatball Sandwiches (meatballs from freezer), Baked Fries, Green Salad
-Strawberry Balsamic Salad, French Bread
-Sausage-Pepper-Spinach Bow Tie Pasta, French Bread, Steamed Green Beans
-Chicken Tostadas, Steamed Carrots, Chips and Salsa x 2

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Weekly Menu January 29-February 4, 2012

I’ve been unable to consume dairy during this pregnancy, so I’ve had to find ways to substitute non-dairy items and still enjoy my favorite foods. I was craving smoothies tonight, so I used my regular Smoothie Recipe, but substituted Coconut Milk for the milk, and Almond Milk Ice Cream for the regular ice cream. It turned out wonderfully!

Sunday, January 29
Coconut Milk Smoothies

Monday, January 30
Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken
French Fries
Steamed Veggies

Tuesday, January 31
Dinner from a Friend

Wednesday, February 1
Beef Tacos
Green Salad

Thursday, February 2
Beef Tacos
Green Salad

Friday, February 3
Minestrone Soup

Saturday, February 4

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My Goals for the Week

Last week was crazy around here. Besides the relentless 24-hour morning sickness and fatigue of early pregnancy, I also came down with a cold that morphed into a sinus infection, and somehow caught the stomach flu. Now that last week is behind us, and this sinus infection is almost cleared out, I can look at my goals again. Here are my goals from last week:

Have a positive attitude and look at the positive more than the negative.
I tried, but, it was a tough week!
Do an art project with my daughter.
We did a “Clown Fish” art project. Basically just a clown fish cut out and paint. But, she had fun!
Get some headway on Christmas shopping.
I got some great ideas and even purchased a gift!
Encourage someone with a phone call, note, or email
I fell behind on this last week, but have several people in mind that could use encouragement this week.
Worry Less, Trust More
This is a continuing goal that I can always improve in, so I won’t be crossing it off :)

Here are my goals for this coming week:

Goal #1
Finish and Publish Two Blog Posts
I have a few holiday related posts I want to finish this week!

Goal #2
Encourage Someone with a Phone Call, Note, Or Email
There is always someone that needs encouragement!

Goal #3
Come up with a Plan for Meals
We’ve been eating out more than I would like the last month, so I hope to plan out a few meals that don’t require much (or any) preparation, so we can eat at home.

Goal #4
Spend 15 Minutes per day Reading to My Daughter
We’ve been falling out of regular reading time lately, so I want to restore that to our routine.

Goal #5
Worry Less, Trust More
Continuing Goal…remembering that God knows what is best for me, not me!

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Weekly Menu-October 2-8, 2011

This week we’re eating mostly from the freezer and pantry. The only things I need to purchase are fresh fruit and vegetables. So, I’m setting a $40 budget for the week. (It may end up being less, but I don’t limit the amount of fruit my daughter can eat, so $40 is the high estimate.)

Sunday, October 2
Green Salad

Monday, October 3
Buttermilk Pancakes
Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, October 4
Garlic Bread
Green Salad

Wednesday, October 5
Chicken Enchiladas
Black Beans
Steamed Veggies

Thursday, October 6
Grilled Greek Chicken
Twice Baked Potatoes

Friday, October 7

Saturday, October 8

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