Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Meal Plan and "B" week

First of all, God is so good to me.
Last week I was anxious about my schedule this week, and I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to accomplish what I needed to and God just worked it all out perfectly.

We are sending the children to stay with the grandparents the latter part of this week so David and I can sleep in, go on a late night date night and do some work on the house without them around. I only had to plan meals for half of the week. YAY!!!!!!!

Sunday- B- Applesauce Bread, Bacon and Eggs
             L- Family Dinner
              D- Breakfast for Dinner - (my kids LOVE this and it is so much easier when I'm in a hurry to get back for church)

Monday- B- Strawberry Muffins
               L- Finger foods- Lunchmeat, cheese, crackers and watermelon for kids
                     Late Lunch with my dad during naptime- chicken casserole, green beans, corn
               D- Leftovers

Tuesday  B- Baked Peach Oatmeal
               L- Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Bananas, Cucumbers, Blueberries
               D- Taco Tuesday

Wednesday B- Leftover Baked Peach Oatmeal- The recipe made ALOT
                   L- Banana Bread with Peanut Butter, Banana, Cucumbers, Blueberrries, Gummy Bears
                   D- Chicken Parmesan, Salad

Thursday-  B- Bacon, Eggs, Biscuits
                  L- Pigs-N-Blanket
                  D- Leftovers

Friday-    ???

Saturday - B?
                 D- Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole, Broccoli

This week I also started working on some preschool with Benjamin. He isn't overly excited about it, but I knew that I needed to do something with him because if he doesn't have something to do...he will find something to do, and that is not always a good thing.

I ordered the Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve Curriculum from Heavenly Homemakers. I use what I like from her curriculum and add some other things that might interest him.
This is Benjamin on his first day of "preschool."

We have had so much fun this week. We have learned all about the letter B and had a theme of bears. Our favorite books were "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and "Brown Bear,  Brown Bear." We played basketball, learned about Jesus healing the blindman, made several bear crafts, counted gummy bears...and then ate them of course.
 We also had a special verse for the week, Ephesians 4:32, and we talked about the character trait of kindness. When daddy asked him what he learned, he told him the verse and that kindness means you have to share. I thought it was pretty funny, considering I tell him a dozen times a day, "Benjamin, share with your brother!"

      Jeremiah still takes a morning nap, so we have the time to do these fun activities while little brother is sleeping.

 We also thought of several people that Benjamin knew whose name started with B and prayed for them specifically this week. We used the suggestions from Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve and chose a few of those people to do service projects for this week. Specifically we made banana bread, and brownies to take to our "B" friends. I don't know about other kids, but Benjamin couldn't care less about helping mama in the kitchen. I mean he shows no interest at all, other than wanting to taste the finished product. Dumping the ingredients in the bowl, using the mixer, pouring into the thank. you. So, needless to say I was pretty excited to learn yesterday that someone on our "B" prayer list was celebrating a birthday!! I told him the news and Benjamin practiced singing the birthday song through dinner until we called him and wished him a happy birthday. I just thought it was so neat that God worked it out for Benjamin to "bless" somebody in way that he could because baking just isn't his thing.
I'm so thankful God cares about the little things, like my schedule and providing the time and energy to do what I need to do, and giving a little boy the opportunity to be kind in way that he understands.

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