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Monday, September 29, 2008

Schedules/ Menu Plan Monday

I've always prided myself on being flexible and a sort of go-with-the-flow kind of gal. Apparently, I'm more of a schedule kind of person than I thought. Don't get me wrong, I've done menu plans for as long as I've been the menu planner. That is mostly because I would NEVER be able to go to the grocery store without a list. I cannot put meals together that way. I would most assuredly come home without half of my ingredients.
I have also had a 'cleaning schedule' for a long time. I've always chalked that up to the fact that I don't especially like cleaning house and without a schedule I might not get it done as I would just do something else that I want need to do.

Of course, it could be that the more kids we've added to our family, and the older they've gotten- the more extra curricular things they do -- the more schedule bound I've become.


At any rate , it has become rather apparent that I like my schedules. With the new baby being here ALL of my schedules have been incredibly interrupted. I didn't struggle with this as much when L was born. I've been thinking about why, and I think it is because when L was born, A and M were still preschool/toddler age and we had no extracurricular activities. At least not any that hugely affected my other schedules.


This time around, though, things are different. This time around we are in the throws of fall soccer which A and M are both doing and that takes up Monday and Tuesday evenings and part of every Saturday. Luckily, it will end in October. To say that I will be jumping for joy is an understatement! Besides soccer, all three girls are in dance this year. A has 2 classes and M and L both have 1 and NONE of them are in the same classes. Therefore, we are at the dance studio 4 afternoons/evenings a week. Then of course we have church on Wednesday nights.
Between all of these things and just trying to tend to a newborn ,my house looks like a tornado came through. To be honest, my house wasn't spotless before the baby came. Having moved in late June,being really pregnant, along with sort of waiting to see if we are going to stay in this house for the long haul or not (I don't mean we are moving from this church -- just maybe to a different house) I haven't really gotten everything unpacked and put in a place or on the wall or what have you.



I am to a place now where the tornado is driving me crazy. And really it is just embarrassing when people come to visit B and I have to apologize for the state of things. Don't get me wrong -- my house is clean. I can't stand the thought of my bathrooms not being cleaned once a week , etc.....It's just that the clutter is driving me mad.



All of this to say that I am determined to get back to my schedules. To stop the chaos-- to control the madness. Starting TODAY -- I'm going back to FlyLady. If you don't know FlyLady, you should really check her out -- she is very helpful for those of us to whom housecleaning doesn't come naturally.



With all of that in mind here is my start --

Monday is laundry day at my house. I will be washing,drying, folding, hanging and putting away laundry. I will also be beginning to switch out the summer clothes for the winter clothes.....YEA!!! I'm so excited that fall is here - and where I am -- today and tomorrow's highs are in the 70's and the rest of the week -- it will be in the 60's -- I am beyond elated about this! I LOVE FALL and cooler weather.



I digress.

Besides laundry, here is my menu plan for this week....Hopefully I can get the list made and go to the grocery store sometime today also.....



M - Grilled Chicken, broccoli, potato's

T - We have a meeting at school and a soccer game so we will grab something quick.

W - The Gathering Meal at church

T - Enchilada Casserole, black beans and Spanish rice

F- Indian Fry Bread (Fundraiser for our kids school)

S - Baked Cod (I'm thinking I'll use this recipe), green beans, brown rice

S- out to eat



For more Menu Planning, go on over and visit Laura. Now, if you'll excuse me -- I've got to take the baby to the dr. for a checkup (he is a month old already!) and all the other things listed above! Have a great Monday everybody.

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