Monday, March 28, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

This week we are going on a mini-vacation to a cabin in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. We went there for our one year anniversary and loved it, and have since been waiting for an opportunity to go back! I am looking forward to our cabin getaway and all the relaxing and rejuvenation that comes with it!

Monday - Dinner with family

Tuesday- Asian Stir Fry

Wednesday- Crockpot Chili w/ cheese and crackers

Thursday- Veggie Grill Out w/ Hamburgers

Friday- Freezer Meal - Brown Rice Soup

Saturday- Tacos

Sunday- Dinner w/ church group

This post is part of Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring Hiking

Last weekend, we took a hike out to a nature preserve near our local farm pickup. We're trying to take a family hike once a week this year, committed not to miss too many opportunities to witness the wonders of nature and share it with Peanut! She had a great time as always - this baby loves being outside. As soon as she gets strapped in her pack, she starts giggling! During this hike, she loved watching the cold, moving spring waters. Who could blame her? The peacefulness this time of year on the trail is captivating. Every sound and song of a bird is magnified and appreciated as the earth roars back to life after a deep sleep.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Menu-Plan Monday

I thought I would post another one of our family's menu plans for week! As a rule, I only plan dinners, because our family typically eats the same things for breakfast (eggs, bacon/sausage, toast) and lunch (leftovers or a sandwhich). All of my meals are made from scratch and are farm sourced or local if at all possible.

Menu Plan week of 3/14

Monday- Roast chkn w/ potatoes and carrots and salad
Tuesday- frugal meatloaf w/ broccoli and corn
Wednesday- Asian Stir-fry w/ leftover chicken (if any)
Thursday- hamburgers w/ french fries, broccoli
Friday- Tacos w/ peas
Saturday- cottage pie w/ mashed yams
Sunday- ??

I am trying to get us on a 2 week menu plan once the farmer's markets begin, which I will just repeat throughout the season. But this seems to be the last of the winter meals!
This post has been entered in Menu-Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

We're back!

It's been a while since I've updated here. Due to how busy our days are with the move, I haven't had much time to blog! We've been working on getting the house straightened up and all "moved in", slowly going through boxes and fixes all the little things that you don't notice until you need them (for instance, upon installation of our home phone and Internet, we discovered there are no working phone jacks in the house! A brief visit with a technician allowed us to temporarily thread the cords through a spare bedroom window- thank goodness-until we can get one installed.) We've also been hard at work planning our first real vegetable garden (more on that later). But now, things are calming down a bit, and I am hard at work getting back up to speed with our daily routines as well as blogging!

Peanut has done pretty well with the move. As long as she has Mommy and her breastmilk, she's good to go! I have noticed, however, that she is not all the way used to the new house, and she has definitely noticed something is different, which shows when she gets super needy and cannot bear to have you sit her down! I think she just isn't all that comfortable with all the rooms yet, although it is getting better every day.

One significant improvement over the last couple of weeks is that Peanut is now napping predictably. This is huge, since she previously would only nap for 20 minutes at a time. Better naps also means better sleep at night, and she is now only waking 1-2x at night instead of 3-6x! One night last week, she actually slept through the night without any night wakings! It was so wonderful!

She hasn't begun crawling yet, but she is getting into the position and trying! Most of the time, she just face plants herself into the ground when she tries to move forward, which usually ends up in bouts of crying! She will army crawl towards objects, and I think it's only a matter of a few weeks before she is cruising all over the house. We need to get some child gates for sure!

It's amazing to see the changes in her, and witness her budding personality. It's hard to believe she is no longer my tiny little newborn, but a soon-to-be toddler!