Every week, on Tuesday, I work on my meal plan and grocery shop. This is usually an all day endeavor but is all done on my iPad and phone. I make a list of normal groceries that we are running low on so I have that when ordering groceries. I usually use Pinterest to make a list of meals for the week, sometimes a member of the family will throw a meal idea at me. I don’t plan meals per day, just a list of meals. I don’t know what I’ll be in the mood for on a certain day of the week. Yet I do plan for easy meals or meals to go along with busy days. I plan lunches if we need to. Once I figure out what meals I want I will start my grocery shopping.
Let’s just say Walmart grocery pick up has been very good to me. I take my time to put my groceries in my cart. I go meal by meal making sure I get everything, still doesn’t always happen, but less often than when I grocery shop in the store. Once I have my meals in my cart I then go through and put my grocery list in my cart. I then go look in the cupboard, fridge, and freezer to make sure I didn’t forget to put something on my list. I review my cart over and over trying to make sure I don’t forget anything and to see if I can slim it down to save some money. Why does healthy food have to cost so much?! If you haven’t tried the grocery pick up you can try it for $10 off of $50. Just click on this link!
It doesn’t seem like this should take all day right. If I had uninterrupted time to get this done it wouldn’t take me so long, but I have 3 kids and a dog, so yea, it takes me all day, a little here, a little there. Before kid #3 and our move we used to go to 2 grocery stores in a matter of a couple hours and pretty much plan meals as we shopped depending what the first store had in stock. Right now Walmart is the only cost effective store I have found in the area. Those of you that have an Aldi will understand how much I miss it.
I will start sharing my meal plans with you weekly. There will be attached links (just click on the meal name) to meals if I get it off of the internet, which I usually do. You can also check out my Pinterest page (<—click there) for the weekly meals.
This weeks meal plan:
-Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs, Salad
-Pasta, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
-Smoked Sausage, White Bean, Veggie Soup
-Italian Minestrone Soup
-Homemade Soft Pretzels
It may not seem like a weeks worth of meals but that's just how our week is going to go. We have lots of left overs and the husband is out of town for part of the meal week. From week to week you may see the same meal on the menu, usually that's because we didn't get to that meal due to eating out or just eating out of the fridge and pantry.
A couple weeks ago Delilah had me blow up a few water balloons with air. They were the only ones she could find and they are a pain to blow up. So I put regular balloons on the grocery list, I only spent about $1.
Buying those balloons was one of the best things I have done for my kids in a while. The possibilities with a blown up balloon are endless. The kids and I have been moving around more, great for winter. The older kids have been playing together more because of these balloons. They will start playing games with the balloons then go off and play something else together. The big kids have times when they don’t do anything together for a week or more, 2 totally different people. Parker will even put away his iPad and video games to play with the balloons, or he will play with a balloon in one hand while his iPad is in the other arm and listening to a video(multitasker). Ayden likes to watch his siblings hit the balloons around but will only play with balloons himself for a very limited time.
I am sure the fun of these balloons will fade away sometime soon, but it’s good while it lasts. Now I will keep them stocked for when the kids are in a slump and need something to motivate them to move around or play together.
Some games the kids made up:
-keep your balloon off the ground while trying to knock the other persons balloon down, using short sticks or wands
-have one try to keep the balloon up while the other tries to knock it to the ground
-jump on the trampoline with the balloons bouncing around, or hit them with a pool noodle
-rub them on your hair and attach to the wall
-just throw them at each other
-put a string on the end and use it as a bopper, I am about to go do this one right now
-hit it back and forth like volleyball
Buy a bag of balloons and see what your kids can come up with.
I know I haven’t been posting much about homeschooling other than links on Facebook. I really just realized that. Chores and finding your routines are a big part of homeschooling. Chores get the kids ready for the real world. Routines, if you have them, help your kids stay on task or help them remember daily/weekly things that need to done. I don’t think I post much on homeschooling because we don’t do school at home. We learn through everyday events.
We are a real tech friendly family. A lot of homeschoolers, or anyone, may be put off or not agree with what our family does. That’s ok with me, not everyone agrees with other people’s choices. We do what works for our family. Before I turn this into a tech post let’s move forward. My kids have learned most of what they know from some sort of electronic device. When Parker started homeschooling at the age of 4 he used TimeForLearning because he already knew how to mostly navigate a computer. They all play games on the iPad, yes, even Ayden is beginning to sometimes. As they are young we try to stick to educational shows, but even shows that aren’t deemed as educational you end up learning something from.
They do learn in other ways also. Playing board and card games teaches kids a lot. Some reading does go on here, not as much as I would like but let’s leave that for another day. Playing, hanging out with friends, and just talking to others helps the children learn also. Sometimes Delilah likes to do worksheets. When she was little she loved doing worksheets. When holidays come up we usually talk about them. If we don’t know much we will look to the internet to find out more. Sometimes I will be ready for the holiday and have some books handy if anyone wants to look at them or read together.
So here is the post on homeschooling, there will be more covering some topics that I just skimmed over.
Take a step into the life of Auer (pronounced like our) homeschool. We are a family that likes to learn through life experiences, pretty much unschooling. We would like to share our experiences so maybe we can make a difference in the lives of others.