Spark the conversation:One thing we started doing as part of this resolution is to use the “question jar” idea. You fill a jar with conversation starting questions and each night you pick one out. I recently attended the Real World Parents Seminar where I learned about a twist on this idea. Mark Matlock has categorized 55 of the Proverbs into different themes and has created a card for each Proverb in the Wisdom Deck. As a family, you can discuss which theme you think the Proverb belongs in and why, if it belongs in more than one, if you agree with what the card says, etc. So, not only are you sparking conversation at the dinner table, but you’re also exploring scripture!!
I have a whole week off work! I made quite a long to-do list for this week… but so far I am making good progress!
Go for a walk together
Play a board game together
Attend kid’s group at church
Take my turn in the book we’re reading together
Hang pictures in the dining room and living room (we recently switched these rooms)
Make at least one freezer meal for after pregnancy
Stick to the menu I planned
Get ready to entertain at the birthday party on Saturday
Relax and don’t think about it! 🙂
On a side note, since we’ve started using a new budget software, we have done a great job of sticking to our monthly budget!
This post will be linked at moneysavingmom.com‘s weekly goal post.
I try my best to plan a menu each week for my family that works well with our many extracurricular activities. When I work late and know I need to have the family at a cub scout den meeting, I plan a crockpot meal. When I forget to put the food in the crockpot, then we eat out. A terrible, terrible habit. I really do enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. So, when I have a day off, I have a chance to experiment with something more difficult than throwing chicken and bbq sauce in the crockpot.
This week, we had scouts on Monday, a meeting Tuesday, kid’s group at church on Thursday, and a birthday party Saturday. Looks like a lot of crockpot dinners. BUT, I have this week off work!! My husband, Chris, has already commented that he hopes I find a work-at-home job after our next child is born, because I’ve had the chance to cook every night this week.
Monday: Chicken Parmesan with thin spaghetti (Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)
Tuesday: Tangy Ranch Chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, green beans with brown sugar sauce.
Wednesday: General Tso’s Chicken with Knorr’s chicken fried rice.
Thursday: Pot Roast and noodles with beef broth
Saturday: Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
Sunday: Dinner with family.