Feb 28, 2012

Bake Sale for Backpacks

My sister Brooke and I have the AWESOME privilege of teaching our church's high school girls Sunday School class.  These girls have such a heart for Jesus, each other, their fellow students, and their community.  They put their faith into action last Saturday as they donated $912 to our 4-H backpack program.  Five of the girls even took the "Penguin Plunge" on a freezing cold day.  The money they collected during their bake sale will be given for students in our community to take home a backpack of food each weekend.  Each student's backpack costs $100 for the year.  So they collected enough for 9 kids!  How amazing. 

Smell the Flowers

I received the sweetest bouquet of flowers yesterday!

Feb 27, 2012

Meal Plan Monday 02.27.2012

I'm linking up with I'm an Organizing Junkie for this week's menu planning. 

And just like I promised, here is my custom grocery list. 

Every week I go through and write down my meal plan in the top form.  I list everything we could possibly eat or need for each meal.  So even though it  seems silly to write down cereal every single day, it helps me assess what I need to be buying.  This week I actually did my meal plan on a notepad and did shopping that way.  So my above computer version only left the roast in my "to buy" section.  I am a vegetarian and hubby won't let me buy the meat.  I am somewhat unsure in that department :)
After I've made my plan I fill in my grocery list and cross the item off my "to buy" section.  I've arranged the list in the same format as my local Kroger store.  I assume it is probably pretty close for most stores.  This keeps me from overlooking items because I am following my list and going through the store in the same way.  I hope this gives you a good idea of how I menu plan and make my grocery list.  I'm still perfecting my method, but I am so much more efficient and effective compared to two months ago!  Let me know if you have any questions or if you'd be interested in me sending you a copy of my list. 

Come back next week and I'll tell you how I grocery shop!

Feb 23, 2012

Just like Daddy

Vince is growing up into quite a little boy. He loves to wear a "tucky" shirt and athletic pants. Whenever I got these Nike pants out to put on him he said, "Daddy!". I said, "Yes, Daddy is really going to like your pants!". I had to snap a pic the other day when Vince climbed into his chair and sat like a man. He's going to be a good man one day!

Feb 20, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

Join in with I'm an Organizing Junkie for this week's menu plan Monday!  Here's my menu for the week below.  Also look for my menu next week when I'll discuss how I use my planner and I'll show you my customized grocery list that makes sure I don't miss a thing on my list!

Feb 15, 2012

So many things

There are so many things I'd like to blog about.  I absolutely love blogging and the way it brings lives together and shows us glimpses of how others live.  I'd love to be blogging about my baby boy, my amazing husband, my great family, my awesome job and coworkers, my Sunday school girls, my church in general, etc. etc. etc.  However, I haven't been!  I could blame it on my current graduate program or just being a mom or just being busy.  But  I'll just say I haven't done it and I'm sorry.  I really want to start blogging again regularly since I haven't done it in about 3 years!  My posts since then have been pretty sporadic at best.  So here I am starting back, just a little at a time :)

Some of my current passions and things I may look to blog about soon:
Family life in general
School - My master's degree program
Youth Ministry
High School Girls SS Class
My Favorite Things
Vince's Favorite Things
Project 365
Meal Planning

So, what do you think?  Have you been blogging regularly?  I read every day (okay....multiple times a day) but I want to make sure I'm checking in and posting regularly as well.  Help keep me accountable, okay?


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