Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fun Summer!

Yes, I stink at blogging! I think I need to quit saying I am going to write more, and just write when I can. :) Life just seems to get in the way. In a good way, of course!

We have had a great summer so far (minus the house problems!), and are glad that July isn't quite as busy as June. So far this summer we've already tackled:
  • two vacation Bible schools (kids)
  • soccer (Owen)
  • golf (Quinn)
  • camping (everyone!)
  • a long weekend at a friends' home (everyone!)
  • a softball (Brad)
  • a new walking class (Amy)
  • making strawberry jam (everyone)
  • (Riley hasn't been left out! She starts an art class on Friday.)
It's been fabulous!! But being home is great as well. The quiet days of playing in the sprinkler, doing laundry, and grilling out are the "lazy days of summer" and what we seem to enjoy most.

I've also been working on updating our budget (fun, fun) and following the 90-Day-Budget-Boot-Camp. The first week was a simple (for me) challenge: meal planning. Here's our meal plan for this next week - most of these recipes come from the latest issue of Taste of Home magazine . . . yum!

Wednesday: Barbecue chicken, blueberry muffins, veggies, potatoes
Thursday: Spaghetti, garlic bread, green beans, fruit
Friday: Out with my parents
Saturday: At a cookout (I'm taking Blueberry Cobbler to share!)
Sunday: At a cookout again! (This time, I'm taking Grilled Glazed Drummies)
Monday: Southern-Fried Chicken Strips, veggies, fruit
Tuesday: Pizza (busy night for us!!)
Wednesday: Marinated ribeye, corn on the cob
Thursday: Curried Chicken Shepherd's Pie, fruit
Friday: Enchilada Lasagna, french bread, veggies, fruit

I made my menu using the ingredients I already had on hand for the most part - this way I only need to buy a few remaining ingredients to make our meals complete.

Happy summer!!! :)