I have been very quite here on the blog this week and very busy around our home. We had a full week of school lessons, met with our homeschool group at the playground one afternoon, worked in the yard, and completed the planned spring cleaning tasks.
We’ve had nice weather the last few days. The kids have enjoyed playing outside in the afternoons without their jackets. The winter things were put up in the attic just a bit too soon; it’s supposed to be in the 30’s the next couple of nights!
I didn’t take many pictures of our activities this week, but there are a few to share.
One day after a rain shower Mr. C found a baby turtle and gave it to the kids to play with. Curly Girl loves little critters and was disappointed to not be able to put it in our pond, which is currently undergoing a facelift.
Mickey discovered a baby snake slithering in the woods. He and Curly Girl took turns carrying it around.
Bookworm treated her sisters to a “spa day”. She styled their hair and painted their toenails. Since we didn’t have any cucumbers on hand, she improvised a bit so that they could have an eyelid refresher. Notice the artwork taped to their eyes. 🙂
I spent most of my free time working around the house (hence the lack of blogging). One afternoon I tackled cleaning out my dry goods pantry. I removed the contents, removed and washed the shelving, and then replaced the goods. I was surprised to see how many processed foods were in the pantry. While I enjoy cooking from scratch, I do keep a lot of extra things on hand for when I’m in a pinch. After taking inventory of what exactly was in the pantry, I realized that there is enough food on hand to last us quite a while.
The next few weeks I plan on only purchasing dairy items and fresh produce at the grocery store and using up my pantry supply. I have enough vegetables and meat in the freezer to last a while, and then there’s always Mr. C’s deer meat, too. 🙂 This week’s shopping trip only required 2 gallons of milk, 10 pounds of apples, 4 pounds of grapes, 4 pounds of bananas, 4 pounds of pears, carrots, celery, and 4 boxes of cereal. I usually pick up a bit more produce halfway through the week.
I am looking forward to seeing how creative I can be with our menus and also save some $$ over the next few weeks. My Suburban will be eating most of the savings, as right now it’s costing right at $100 for a full tank of gas. 🙁
Preparations for Sunday are almost complete. My church tote is by the door and everyone’s clothes are ironed. I am looking forward to seeing the sweet kids in my Sunday school class and hearing some great preaching tomorrow. I hope you have a wonderful Lord’s Day!
The turtle is a keeper…the snake would have to go!
Oooo I wish I was getting a spa day!!
Sounds like you’ve had a busy and productive week! I’ve started weeding out my winter clothes to pack away…but our weather can turn cold in April too, so I’ve left some warmer weather things out.
I paid $3.69 yesterday for gas. It makes me sick everytime I fill my tank…and I drive a mid-size SUV, I can’t imagine a Suburban! : (
Blessings to you!!
It’s fun to dig through the pantry now and then and see what’s actually in there, isn’t it? It always surprises me. (As you can imagine I was doing some rearranging in my own pantry this week – trying to find room for everything!)
If you come up with any creative new recipes after all that sorting, be sure you let us know!
Looks like a very fun, interesting and productive day.
I don’t care for critters!
Oh yea and we are paying $6.30 per gallon here in Croatia! Of course we don’t drive as far as y’all do in the states but it still hurts!
Have a great Lord’s Day!
Mrs. C says
I have heard from so many missionaries how the flailing dollar has really affected their support currency conversion. I cannot imagine paying as much for gas as you are having to pay, but unfortunately it looks like prices will continue to increase.
Linnet's Nest says
And congratulations on getting all that work done!
The turtle I could deal with. My 9 yr old loves turtles and she has an adorable stuffed one on her bed. As for the snake….ick. But your boy looks so cute in the pic. The girls are looking like they enjoyed their “spa day”….those are precious!
I too like to cook from scratch but also have certain boxes on hand (rice mixes, soups, veggies to add to casseroles, etc.). And wow…I drive a Nissan Sentra which costs me $23.00 to fill….I can’t imagine driving the huge car you have! Our gas here in capital area of NYS is going for $3.36 for regular….our nation needs prayer in so many areas!
Nancy M. says
So sweet and fun! Thank you for your prayers.
Hope you had a wonderful Lord’s Day!!! We sure did.
Your life is so organized, Mrs. C!! I stand humbled just reading your blog!
Mrs. C says
You are very sweet, but don’t let what I post on this little blog deceive you. 🙂 If you were to walk through my house right now and peek in every nook and cranny…
You have been a very busy lady, Mrs. C. Have a blessed week!
What a great update, Mrs. C! I love the critters, well, the turtle more than the snake. ;0) The eye patches are very cute and creative! Yes, these gas prices are hurting.