Jan 26 2015

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This week my menu planning will be a little bit different than usual.  I will not be sticking to the normal meat or theme for each night this week.  I was able to clean out our pantry last week and upon completion of that task I realized there are some items we need to use up soon.  There were several items that got pushed to the back of the pantry or shelf that will be expiring soon so I will be trying to incorporate those items into our menu plan.  Hopefully, I will be back to our normal menu schedule soon!  Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef or Pork Entree):  Three Bean Chili, Stoneground Wheat Bread
  • Tuesday (Kid’s Night to Cook):  Beef Enchiladas, Mac-n-Cheese
  • Wednesday (Chicken or Vegetarian Entree): Chicken & Gravy, Biscuits
  • Thursday (Pasta or Seafood Entree):  Chicken Tortilla Soup,  Mixed Vegetables, Italian Herb Bread
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday:  Leftovers, Family Preference, and Hosting

I have a general pattern I try to follow for my weekly Menu Plan (for example Monday we have a beef or seafood entree and so forth).  It is my goal, at least in the beginning, to have at least the main dish and one side planned.  I will put together the remaining side dishes (veggies / fruits) based on the food items that need to be used up first and compliment the main entree.

Setting a weekly menu plan helps me utilize my time better, thus freeing up extra time to spend with my family.  On the days that I am working longer hours I can prep the meal in advance so it will be easier to pull together once I am home.  As I go through the menu planning process I will try to share some of our favorite family recipes.  If there is a specific recipe you would like please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate (some recipes are a toss together meal and I do not use any set measurements).

As a family of four our life can get busy.  What’s for Dinner is our weekly menu planning series and one of the ways to help keep us organized, on schedule, and within budget.  Our family typically eats 6 to 7  dinner meals at home a week.  We do try to go out to eat at least once a month as a special treat.  Breakfasts are eaten at home before work and school, lunches are eaten at work, school, or home, so dinner is our main meal together as a family.  Dinner is our time to reconnect, share, and enjoy being together after a busy day.  Our weekly menu plan covers Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only because the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is our time to spend with family and friends.  The weekends tend to be more spontaneous and my husband (who is the better cook) likes pitching in therefore we keep the menu open for variety.  We use up the leftovers throughout the week for our lunches and on the nights that we are busy or can’t cook.

Photo by Liz

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Jan 26 2015

I had high expectations to get so much more done this past week.  The good news is I was able to spend a full fun Monday with the girls since they did not have school for Martin Luther King Jr Holiday.  It was wonderful soaking in those precious extra moments together!

I did not make as much progress as I had hoped on some of the other items on my list, but for the most part I am moving forward which is better than no movement at all.  It is amazing how activities which appear to be easy or simple can actually take longer and eat into any extra time I had.  Trying to stay positive especially on those tasks that seem to never get completed (or take a long time)!  This week I have a lot of my list so hopefully it will be a more productive week.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Where the Red Fern Grows to the kids – getting closer (the busy weeks have slowed us down)
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Winter Events
  5. Spend time Tuesday – Friday helping the kids with Homeworkthey did not have school on Monday
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day - still taking me 2 days, hoping to get back to normal schedule soon!
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week – I planned it out, but had to alter it a little more than I anticipated this week
  3. Use up food items in our pantry and freezer
  4. Clean House (Focus – Master Bedroom & Master Bathroom) – got our new bed put into the room, just have some more organizing to do before I can cross it off
  5. Organize Chaos (Focus – Kitchen) – got the pantry cleaned out, but have some more items I want to get done in the kitchen
  6. Yard Cleanup (Focus – Leaves) – although I did some raking with the girls this week hoping for a dry week soon so we can get the side yard blown and raked
  7. Pet Care (Focus – Fix the Goat Fence)my sweet husband got this fixed

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails – have a few pending projects
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients – I have 2 projects I need to complete soon

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car - working on it
  2. Sale Some Items No Longer Using on Facebook / Craigslist
  3. Payoff Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, medical, and other debt) - working on it
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget – went to 2 stores and was $20 over budget

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Where the Red Fern Grows to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Winter Events
  5. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homework
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Plan a Fun Birthday Activity for the Kids
  9. Confirm my parents plans for their upcoming visit

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Use up food items in our pantry and freezer
  4. Clean House (Focus – Master Bedroom & Master Bathroom)
  5. Organize Chaos (Focus – Kitchen)
  6. Yard Cleanup (Focus – Leaves)
  7. Pet Care (Focus – Refill All Pet Containers)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, medical, and other debt)
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

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Jan 26 2015

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Jan 24 2015

If you can't be kind, be quiet - good advice my mom always gave to us as kids

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Jan 23 2015

General KaDargo

Dargo sporting some Christmas wrapping paper!

Today we are flashing back to Christmas 2004!  General KaDargo was the first dog Jake and I had together after getting married.  We called him Dargo for short.  His name was taken from a character on the Farscape show.  We got Dargo a couple years after we had been married.

He was a big black lab, but a real sweetheart.  In this picture Jake had wrapped him in Christmas wrapping paper.  He was being good sport while silently begging me to help him get it off!  The kids were pretty little when he got cancer, but we have a lot of great memories with this wonderful dog.  It is amazing how quickly animals can become one of the family!

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