Monday, August 29, 2011

MPM 8/29

Last week, I made a menu plan. 

I posted that plan.

And I quickly ditched said plan.

Let's see if this week goes any differently.

Here goes.....

Monday - Fried potatoes and kielbasa
Tuesday - Tacos/Burritos
Wednesday - Grilled chicken and fresh green beans
Thursday - Mexican Potato Casserole
Friday - - Not really sure yet, it's my birthday and I still haven't decided what I want
Saturday - Tri-tip, green rice
Sunday - BLTs/BELTs (E = fried egg)

Yup, that sounds like a great plan to screw up.  What do you think?!  For more ideas, check out

What did I just do?

A few weeks back, I read something about this web page,  I checked it out and really liked what she had to say about cleaning schedules.  I was at a point that I felt things needed changing up a bit.  I hated reserving Saturdays for cleaning.  I hated that I was always after the kids to clean their room.  I hated that I had junk residing in my house I no longer loved and no longer made me smile.  I hated that I always felt overwhelmed when it came to simple tasks like laundry.  I loved that she had things broken down into zones, and that spring cleaning really wasn't necessary with her "system" because you will eventually get to everything in your house with her and her "missions".  So, I've spent the last few weeks giving it a go.  It's been quite lovely.  One of her phrases is "You are never behind, Jump in where ever you are."  It made everything seem less daunting.  I wasn't trying to catch up.  I was just going with the flow of the program.  Except, I ended up viewing my house through a different pair of eyes, and I didn't like what I saw.  Disastrous, I tell you!  One mission I had to do was take down the light fixture in the bathroom and wash the glass shades.  Yeah, that made me realize that all the light fixtures looked awful!  So I couldn't let it go, I had to get the others cleaned up too.  I knew that eventually it would be a task to do on another day, but I couldn't handle the dirt.  Another task I had to do was dust the cobwebs in the bedroom.  No problem....until I realized that the walls were dusty.  The.  Walls.  Were.  Dusty?!?!  Did I know walls could be dusty? No.  Just another reason I hate textured walls.  Well, I couldn't let it go, I had to dust ALL the walls in my house!!

Now let's talk about the clutter and the decluttering I'm doing around here.  It's wonderful.  Things are getting tossed left and right.  It's been very beneficial to the soul.  I've let go of things that no longer bring me joy.  I'm reinventing my house, and it feels fabulous.  New routines, redecorating, reassigning things.  All very wonderful, and very much needed.  I was finally at a point around the house that I was able to take that much needed deep sigh, and feel like things were *right*.  It also meant I was at a point to start taking on new projects, and I was all about it.  I had told David that I wanted to move the desk out of the living room and put it back in our bedroom.  The desk was not giving me a feeling of serenity, but rather a feeling of CHAOS.  It wasn't working for me anymore.  So yesterday we moved it...back to the bedroom.

And now I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed again.  It's not that I don't like it.  I do.  But as I was trying to explain this very bizarre feeling to David, he looked at me and said, "You screwed with the feng shui of things."

Yes!  That's it!  And the more I thought about it, I realized that I've gone and turned every. last. routine. upside. down.  So now begins the journey of trying to figure out if things are going to work where they are.  I don't want to put something away somewhere simply because I have nowhere else to put it.  I want it to be logical...deliberate.  I had spent the last few weeks trying to make my house not be chaotic, and by moving things around, I jeopardized the flow.  Now I feel like I'm trying to re-reinvent the wheel in my house.  It's an awful feeling.  I need things to calm down.  I need my routines to work.  I don't want a routine to begin forming just because it had to.  It needs to work for me.  I remember when my sister moved into one of her apartments.  She was trying to get things unpacked and  had hastily opted to put silverware in one particular drawer.  At the time, it seemed logical.  But after she was moved in and the chaos of the move past her, it didn't work for her anymore.  She constantly opened the drawer that she thought should be the silverware drawer, only to find it was the wrong one.  When I asked her why she didn't just switch them, she said she was determined to remember that she had put the silverware in a different drawer.  She eventually did switch them and found she was much happier. 

I learned one other thing - that this house is just too small for us.  As I'm trying to put things away, get rid of what we don't need/like, and keep the serenity, I don't have room for everything.  Here's my example --->  I'm trying to figure out where the printer will go.  I couldn't remember how I had the whole thing set up in our room.  Then I remembered that the last time the desk and computer were in our room, the printer was not.  At that time, the boys shared a room and the third bedroom was an office/guest room.  The printer comfortably resided in there, in that third bedroom.  However, now that room is Jordan's room, so I'll need to find somewhere else for the printer.  While the desk was in the living room, the printer was on a TV tray next to the desk.  Now I don't have a place in our room for the TV tray, so it needs to be put away.  But where?  I put it in the front closet and now my vacuum almost doesn't fit, and the closet feels crowded and cluttered.  But I'm not ready to get rid of the TV trays.  So now what?!  See??  Welcome to my dilemma. 

So if I seem a bit scatterbrained over the next week or so, you'll know that the changes weren't working, and I'll be trying to fix it.  I had hoped that I would be able to declutter my house and life on a slower pace, but it seems that I'll be fast-tracking it....not the way I wanted it to all go down, but if it gets me to a serene place, I'm all for it!

Wish me luck!

If this seems to ramble on, my apologies.  I just had to sit down and try to think through some things. So in my attempt to regain control over things, I threw it out there for all of you, whoever you are.  I'll get there, I promise!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

MPM 8/22

I'm ready for this week to be over, and it's barely begun.  David has been pulling 12-14 hour days since Tuesday of last week, and he's been battling being sick on top of that.  It's been rough on all of us in general.  We aren't used to eating at 7pm on school nights, and I don't like not eating as a family.  That makes for quite a quandary, I know.  School has been going well, but it will be nice to see how this year's routine will work without David's crazy late schedule....

So, here's the plan for this week.

Monday - Spaghetti and garlic bread
Tuesday - Thai Beef over Rice
Wednesday - Beef Mac ~ Game Night begins again!
Thursday - Eggs and toast
Friday - Homemade Pizza
Saturday - Grilled Chicken and green beans
Sunday - BLTs/BELTs (it has a fried egg on it)

For more ideas, check out

Monday, August 15, 2011

MPM 8/15


Where did my summer go?  Although we were constantly on the go, it doesn't seem like we were able to do half the stuff we wanted to.  Camping trips, hikes, playing in the river - - all things we wanted to do, but there just wasn't the time.

We didn't even get to grill that much.  That fact alone is an atrocity.  And sadly, I'm not really even sure how that happened.  Such a pity, really.

Here's the plan for this week.  Looks like this will be another grill-less week...but we'll eat well, I promise!  You'll recognize a few of the meals since they are reappearing this week; we weren't able to get to them for one reason or another.

Monday - Provincial Chicken (new recipe, crockpot)
Tuesday - Pretzel Dogs & Roasted fries with fry sauce (first day of school)
Wednesday - Ham & Ranch Potatoes (new recipe, crockpot)
Thursday - Pancakes
Friday - Homemade Pizza
Saturday - Mexican Potato Casserole & Green Chile Rice
Sunday - Tomato Basil Soup with rice

For more menu plans, check out

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

MPM 8/8

Ugh - I promise my menu was ready to post Sunday night.  Somehow life just got in the way of me sitting down and posting it.  Well, truth be told, The Help got in the way.  Fabulous book, might I add!

So, let me get the menu out there...I'm backing it up to be from Monday like it should have been...

Monday - Tacos
Tuesday - Breakfast for dinner, but turned into a FFA due to a late lunch
Wednesday - Mexican Potato casserole and green chili rice
Thursday - Boys' FFA -- I have a Girls Night Out to go to
Friday - Homemade Pizza
Saturday - Ham and Ranch Potatoes (crockpot, new recipe)
Sunday - Pretzel Dogs and Roasted French Fries

There you have it.  If you want more ideas, check out

Friday, August 5, 2011

How could I forget? (MPM for the week of 8/1-8/7)

Here is our menu for this week.  It hardly seems worth the energy to post this, but I'm trying to get back into the realm of accountability.  Therefore, in an attempt to be back in the game, I'm posting the whole week's plan.  I have next week's plan too, but I'll post it Sunday night, like usual.

Monday - We ate at Cracker Barrel, still on vacation
Tuesday - Traveling, eat on the road
Wednesday - Chili and salad
Thursday - Spaghetti and salad
Friday - Colorado Pork Chops, salad and rice (new recipe)
Saturday - David BBQs (probably tri-tip), veggie skewers, sweet & sour coleslaw
Sunday - Crockpot Lasagna, salad, garlic bread (new recipe)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I'm Not Lost

It's been a little bit...I'm well aware of it.  I'll try to be better.

Here are a couple signs I have fallen in love with.

How awesome is that street name?

It would seem that the deer in this part of the country simply stand there and look across the highway.