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Monday, April 18, 2016

Menu Plan: April 17 - 23

We had an incredibly busy weekend. Our Friday was pretty clear, except for errands, but Saturday we began with a homeschool roller skating event, then a produce co-op delivery, then we had our dance lessons that night. Instead of resting after church on Sunday, we drove an hour to pick up bee packets to replace ours which died in the hard freeze this winter, and to get some for friends who want to begin bee keeping.

We've been so full with ballet and baseball and committee meetings for a homeschool formal dance that we're holding in May that it's been hard to have any normalcy with meals. Almost every night, no matter the schedule, we still eat together as a family, but sometimes that means we are eating dinner at 8:00. I began hosting a knitting lesson and knit night at our home this month and forgot about Rich's monthly meetings for a neighborhood group (kind of like a grange) that meets the same night of the week. So, last week, this meant that Rich had to get Mariam, Yasmina, and Amira to dance, Jerome to a baseball game, and get everyone back to be kicked out of the van to eat dinner so he could get to the meeting, a half hour late, all while I was making dinner, cleaning, trying to get the other kids in bed, and preparing for my class/gathering, then hosting and teaching while getting the latecomers their dinner, and trying to get them to do their chores, clean up and go to bed. We've decided that in May and June, we will cancel the knit night on his meeting nights, because not having him around to wrangle kids while I do my thing with the ladies and having him have to do all the driving on that night, when I normally can do some of it, or at least pick kids up, was way too much. Anyway, we're exhausted and scaling back where we can this week. Which isn't that much. However, fortunately, Jerome only has two games and no practices this week, which makes our driving schedule a little less hectic.

There are a couple repeats this week and then a busy weekend ahead again. We were hoping to get some rest next weekend, when there are no classes, games, dances, field trips, errands to far off places, or anything like that, but then I realized that's when Elijah's belated birthday party is supposed to be. So, maybe in July we'll get a rest.

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up.

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