We had our first “at home” day in a while this morning.
The girls played dress-up, Lincoln Logs, rode bikes and scooters, colored with chalk, played on the playground…
Meanwhile, I did a load of laundry and a load of dishes…
Fed the chickens. Rescued one of the chickens from being eaten by the dogs…
Fed the tortoise…
And when it was time for lunch, I started cutting up an apple and some cucumber slices.
On a cutting board.
Then I got the brilliant idea to put all of our food on the cutting board.
And just let everyone eat what they wanted.
Hence, the Indoor Family Picnic Lunch was born.
I am just now jumping onto the Aldi train, but let me tell you I sure am glad I did!
I had been seeing my friends’ posts about it and I was always a little skeptical. To be honest, it seemed like one of the “cheap” grocery stores and I wasn’t sure it would have good, quality stuff.
Boy, was I wrong.
Since the girls have started school, I make one day a week my grocery shopping day. I plan out all of our meals on Sunday and usually do my grocery shopping on Wednesday.
My Aldi obsession all started with this lady. I found this meal plan and made almost everything on it.
I started with the Italian Beef. Then, the Snap Crackle Pop Chicken and then the leftover Italian Beef & Black Bean quesadillas.
Since then, I have moved the majority of my shopping over there and here’s some of my favorite things I have discovered there:
- Seedtastic is my everyday bread, I have one in the fridge and one in the freezer at all times.
- Plain Bagels
- Brownies (I used to make the Raspberry Brownie Bites for Valentine’s Day)
- Oranges (Cuties)
- Romaine lettuce
- Strawberries (Which were LOCAL, btw! Plant City strawberries! What?)
- Caesar salad mix
The day of love has come and gone…
Here’s what ours looked like!
This year, we made Froot Loop hearts for the birds
“I Love You to Pieces” tissue paper hearts
AND I added in some school stuff too:
Trace and color Hearts, ABCs with conversation hearts, name puzzles, and color matching with conversation hearts.
Food (Heart-shaped EVERYTHING!):
It’s been almost two months since my last blog!
In case you can’t tell, we’ve been super busy!
Miss Addison turned 3 in January and we celebrated with a Fox birthday party in the park. And at Disney (of course!).
And we just finished all of our Valentine’s Day fun!
We are also participating in a hiking spree at the local parks. We have to finish 8 hikes by the end of march, so we’re doing about one a weekend!!
Eric and I also just registered for our first half marathon! We’ll be running the Disney half next January!
So I’ve been busy training for that as well. Here’s what my weeks have been looking like lately:
Monday– Hikes with homeschool group/ Busch Gardens/ Karate
Tuesday– homeschool testing/ Dance class/ Chick-fil-a/ tea party
Wednesday– school from 8:40-Noon/ all my grocery shopping done/ Karate
Thursday– school from 8:40-Noon/ run while the girls are in school
Friday– Friend’s houses/ play dates at parks
Saturday– Farmer’s market/ Home improvement store/ gardening/ family time/ date night
Sunday– hiking/ gardening/ Disney
What Mom’s week doesn’t look like that?!