A Peek Into Our Week (the last days of summer)

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2018

It’s official… summer is basically over as Dave heads back to school for meetings THIS WEEK!

Nora still has 2 more weeks before she starts school, and Simon doesn’t start preschool until the middle of September — so we’ll gradually ease into the school year little by little!

Only a couple more days of lunches all together though! 

We usually all sit at the table for our meals, but the kids think it’s super fun to sit at the island, so I let them eat there a few times over the summer. Eventually, as they get older, it will be easier for them to eat at the island more often.

Although Dave and I might prefer to savor a few more weeks of summer vacation, the kids are 100% ready to go to school.

We have all their school supplies purchased, they have new gym shoes, new school water bottles, new goodies to hang in their lockers, everything is labeled, and their backpacks are literally packed and ready to go (yes, I know, they are crazy!)

Nora had her first experience with Vacation Bible School last week — every morning from 9am – noon at a local church. She absolutely LOVED it!

Every day and every lesson were very well done, and it finished with a fun family night on Friday night — games, prizes, snacks, candy, activities, photo props, etc.

While Nora was gone every morning, Dave and I took turns going on fun outings with the boys during Clara’s morning nap.

On Monday, Dave took them to a class on reptiles at a local nature center.

On Tuesday, I took them to a toddler yoga time and story hour at the library.

On Wednesday, Dave took them to his school to play in the gym, watch a movie on his projector, and go to a park close to his school.

On Thursday, I took them to the mall to ride around in the double fire truck “strollers” (something they’ve been begging to do FOREVER), ride the carousel, and play on the play place.

On Friday, we went to Costco for samples! 🙂

It was SO much fun hanging out with just the boys and not worrying about Clara’s schedule. I didn’t bring a stroller; I didn’t bring a diaper bag; we just left after breakfast and came home before lunch.

And yes, it was also nice for the parent who got to stay home with Clara while she napped!

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Speaking of Clara, she’s starting to walk along furniture. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN ALREADY! 

She’s getting into EVERYTHING, climbing the stairs, and pulling herself up on anything sturdy enough!

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The older 3 kids have honestly played so well together this summer.

Yes, there has been lots of fighting and shouting; but for the most part, they have had so much fun with each other, and Dave and I have enjoyed being able to take a small step back as they don’t need us constantly anymore!

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A Few Highlights for Me:

I finished James’ photo book! I usually try to finish it within days of their birthdays, but since we were on vacation over his birthday, things got pushed back a bit.

At least I finished it before school started up again!

Our library finally got the movie Tully, which I was excited to watch at some point. It was OK, but not as funny as I was anticipating (it was listed as a comedy.) It definitely wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, but I’m happy I actually forced myself to sit and enjoy a movie one night after the kids were in bed, instead of working all night long (although I did fold laundry throughout the movie!)

Since we did so many extra things last week (VBS, fun outings with the boys, pool party with church friends, dinner with extended family, etc. etc.) my main goal for the week was just to stay on top of everything — and for the most part, I did!

  • I’m caught up with laundry
  • The house is fairly clean and organized
  • The garden was picked regularly (and I made more pickles!)
  • The flowers were watered and the yard was maintained
  • The fridge, freezer, and pantry are all still fully stocked
  • My blogging and VA work was completed on time (at least according to my self-imposed deadlines!)
  • We ate 3 meals a day and the kids got to bed relatively on time every night

The only “extra” stuff I did was to finish James’ photo book, better-organize our pantry, clean out our dryer vent, and buy insane amounts of groceries to restock our home with lots of school snack and lunch supplies.

It was a fun week to do lots of extras — especially since Dave will be getting back into his school routine starting later this week.

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Our Weekly Menu:

I told Dave that I feel like I’ve spent over half my summer meal planning, buying and prepping ingredients, baking and cooking, and then cleaning up.

Most of it is by choice as we’ve invited many people over for meals, hosted backyard BBQ’s, made food for so many people, and made 3 meals a day for my family… but I’ve actually really enjoyed it (mainly because Dave is around to keep the kids out of the kitchen when I just want a little peace and quiet!)

I told him he’ll have to get used to “normal breakfasts” once school starts as I highly doubt I’ll be making him fried potatoes, omelettes, pancakes, waffles, breakfast meats, etc. on a daily basis… and I certainly won’t have time for as elaborate of dinners when the kids are “helping” me prepare the food!

SUNDAY: 

MONDAY: 

TUESDAY: 

WEDNESDAY:

  • Grilled chicken salads (using leftover grilled chicken)
  • Quesadillas for the kids with leftover beef and bean mixture
  • Leftover Cowboy Caviar, Guacamole, and Chips
  • Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY: 

  • Pizza with Dave’s family
  • Raw veggies
  • Mixed Fruit
  • Italian Chopped Salad (recipe coming soon)
  • Cheesecake!

SATURDAY: 

We’re eating zucchini, squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes for almost every meal these days in attempts to use up our garden’s bounty. I’m even eating huge quantities of veggies for breakfast, hiding them in pasta sauce and baked goods, and giving them to friends and family!

I’ll be sharing a bunch more zucchini recipes in a post next week… until then, you’ll most likely find me in my kitchen, trying to come up with more creative ways to use up our veggies!

Yes, Clara… so many veggies! 

How many more days of summer break do you have left?

 

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19 comments

  1. JJ

    08/15/2018

    We were suppose to start on the 13th(homeschool), but my daughter got really sick. She tested positive for salmonella. It is the craziest illness any of my kids have ever had. And the worst thing to see her kid go through so much pain and not be able to fix it. She is getting slightly better after the worst day of it–yikes! So I have been disinfecting and just being with her and spending time with my boys in between bathroom trips. It has really changed my perspective on things. When you’re afraid of your kid dying, prioritizing is a no-brainer–time with your people is number 1! So glad you had such awesome quality time with your family!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, priorities for sure! How nice that you can just push school off for a bit while you take care of your family. And yes, we definitely enjoyed all our quality family time this summer.

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  2. ShellyL

    08/14/2018

    Love the kid pics!! Such a sweet group of kiddos. The pic of Clara at the end is priceless!

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    Andrea Reply:

    she’s a crazy cat… that’s for sure! Such a cutie though!

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  3. Stephanie

    08/13/2018

    I am looking forward to making your zucchini brownies…on the original post you talk about freezing them..,do you freeze them with the frosting or frost later. Also, what tips if any do you have for freezing zucchini?! Thanks!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    You can freeze them with or without frosting — they taste good either way. If they are frosted, make sure they are in a container with a firm lid so the frosting doesn’t get messed up with tinfoil or plastic wrap pressing down on it.
    I’ll be sharing more about zucchini in a post next week, but freezing it is super easy. just shred it and divide it up into 2-cup portions as most recipes call for roughly 2 cups of shredded zucchini. It will be very watery when it defrosts… but most of the time, I just dump the extra water into the recipe as well. It always seems to turn out!

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  4. Erin

    08/13/2018

    School started last week for us. Great pic of you and your hubbie!

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  5. Meghan

    08/13/2018

    We have two weeks and 2 days left! It’s hard to keep morale up in late June and July but worth it now!

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    Meghan Reply:

    I meant May and June!

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  6. Christina M

    08/13/2018

    I’d love to know what was on your grocery list for restocking for school lunches and snacks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Just lots of snack foods — pretzels, goldfish, pop corn, granola bars, fruit snacks, applesauce pouches, yogurt pouches, Oreo cookies, etc. etc.
    I make big breakfasts and dinners (mostly from scratch with lots of veggies) so I like to keep lunches more “fun” for the kids with special snacks and treats they wouldn’t normally get. Plus, it makes it much simpler to quickly pack lunches if we have a variety of pre-packaged snacks on hand!

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  7. JoAnn C.

    08/13/2018

    Thanks for sharing all your fun activities. What a great picture of you and Dave.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks — photo credit goes to Miss Nora!

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    JoAnn C. Reply:

    She did a great job!

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  8. Chris

    08/13/2018

    The Italian chopped salad looks delicious! Looking forward to the recipe.

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    Andrea Reply:

    It’s really good and REALLY easy!

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  9. Lesa Humphreys

    08/13/2018

    Beautiful family!! Ppl

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  10. Jamie

    08/13/2018

    We are back to school already. We homeschool so we make our own schedule. We like to start back the week after the 4th of July so that every 4 weeks of school we take one week off and finish up in Mid May before the homeschool convention. Public school’s first day is today in our area. Enjoy your last couple of days with everyone. You are so blessed to have Dave home every summer. 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    That sounds like a nice schedule — one of the perks of homeschooling!!
    And yes, we know how fortunate we are to all be home together during the summer. We LOVE it!

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