Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October 30, 2012

We survived Sandy. No issues. It was nice to be all cozy together indoors for a whole day. Abby and Vera did lessons, Scott worked from home, and I made sure the house stayed clean. Thank the universe all my friends in NYC are safe, and most have power.

So I've been thinking about how to do a food blog post. I'm going to post bit by bit, since I blog from my phone when I have a moment to spare. First up- meat. It's a hard one, but I think we have it figured out. This is per week for a family of five who don't eat eggs, dairy, wheat, or nightshades, and four out of five eat all three meals at home.
-two organic chickens whole from Trader Joes.
-two pounds organic ground beef from MOMs (local, grass fed)
-one pound organic ground turkey from MOMs. (Local)
-bacon from Trader Joes
The chickens Scott de-bones, and makes broth with the bones. This makes four meals- soup with a breast, a meal with two chicken breasts, a meal with a breast (usually fried rice or salad), and a meal with legs, thighs, and wings). The turkey I make into patties for the girls and I to eat for lunch. It's cheaper than buying organic lunch meat, and lasts longer. The beef can be used in two meals, and the bacon is for Saturday breakfast. So that's six dinner meals, leaving one meal totally veggie.

Friday, October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012

Really quick because it's late, and I need sleep, yet I'm annoyed. So...

Maybe because we're dairy, nightshade, egg, and 90% gluten free, our food bill is astronomical. (Veggies ain't cheap, y'all.) Though you figure cutting out whole food groups would bring the bill down. Not so. Here's where my annoyance comes in. I love reading 'how to eat healthy on a budget' blog posts. Usually, the "tips" are crap, especially if you're eating cleanly/paleo. I need to organize my thoughts more, and type up a post on how to really feed a family of five on a tight budget- with food restrictions.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

October 6, 2012

Our first 'official' week of third grade went well.  I need to get used to the jump in work load.  Lessons now take up the entire morning, and some times a bit after lunch.  It means adjusting how I plan activities.  What I love about homeschooling, is being able to go places during the day while all the other kids are in school.  This past week, I found we weren't getting out the door until 2 or 3, the same time school gets out!  To make it in time for homeschool rollerskating, I had to pack, and get the littles ready, while Abby finished her lessons, then bolt for the car as soon as she was done.  Don't get me wrong, I love the increase in work, but some days I worry I'm not spending enough time with Vera.  Penny is still young enough, that she plays on the floor/table near me, nurses, or hangs out on my back in the carrier with a toy.  Vera needs more of me, if that makes sense.  Me, present with her.  Which is where, I think, her yearning to start math and reading comes into play.  Vera started the Kindy handwriting book, and she loves having me stand next to her, helping her as she learns to write.  She surprised me Thursday when she was working on the letter f.  She knew the sound f makes.  Actually, she knows quite a bit of how the alphabet sounds.  Vera's path to reading is vastly different from Abby's, and I can't wait to see how Penny's plays out.       

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 2, 2012

Just a quickie because it's late.

Today's first lesson with Math 54 went well. It's wonderful to have a somewhat new format to math lessons. There's more independent work, and Abby was a bit pissed about it, but she's ready for it. Both girls did handwriting work in their books. We did lessons from about 9:30 ish to noon. Really, we should be starting at 8, and finishing at 11 for lunch. If we eat at noon, the whole afternoon gets pushed back.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

All the third grade books are in! I can't wait to get started. I'm super tired of our huge science/geography block, and so is Abby. The Math 54 looks sweet. A nice change from Math 1-3. Abby saw the cursive handwriting book, and was really happy. She patiently worked her way through all the Handwriting Without Tears printing books to get to the cursive books. Grammer looks intense, but we'll get through it. All that's missing is Latin. I might save the Latin to work on over the summer. I need to see what our current work load is going to look like in action.