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Fuel Cycle Week 3 (June 22-28)

Last week I did pretty good. The first week I cut it short and goofed on one meal, yikes! I don’t know if I should go one more week after this or do what the Healthy Trim Mama’s call free-styling. Free styling is eating E, S, FP, all mixed up. So for breakfast you might have an S , FP snack, E lunch, and an E dinner. I call this the mix-and-match eating Winking smile. Then again, just eating natural (Paleo) is good too. My daughter Annette wants to go Paleo (with a few cheat days now-and-then) after her Whole30. I’m so proud of her.

Week 3

Day1
Weight: 145.6

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with spinach
Lunch: Chicken thigh cooked in butter and cauliflower rice also cooked in butter.
Snack: Cake in a mug pg. 380
Dinner: Salmon with broccoli. Salted and peppered to taste

Hubby got home late and I didn’t eat dinner until 8:00. I was so not feeling good. I know I went too long without eating.

I made some Skinny Chocolate and had a few pieces. My last batch lasted two weeks (only ate on deep S days), so I don’t eat much at a time. Just a bit here-and-there.

Day 2
Weight: 144.8

Breakfast: Fat Stripping Frappa (Sunday morning I need a quick breakfast).
Lunch: 2 scrambled eggs with Louisiana Hot Sauce (family will have Whole 30 approved Chili).
Snack: Cake in a mug and green salad. My stomach felt like something more nutritious. I knew not to eat the cake but ate it anyway and felt a bit nauseated.
Dinner: In-n-out burger with no sauce or bun
Snack: Starbucks Skinny Mocha with Heavy Cream (couldn’t resist writing heavy, hehe).

Dinner was pretty late (8:00 p.m.) and had Starbucks aft wards, so I don’t expect any pounds lost over night. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m back to 145.

Day 3
Weight: 145.5

Brunch (woke late): Scrambled eggs with spinach cooked in butter.
Snack: Frappa and green leafy salad.
Dinner: Fantastic Meatloaf pg. 316, no tomato sauce on mine. Green leafy salad mix.

I was a bit disappointed about being up a pound but I was expecting it. During the Fuel Cycle I have not yo-yoed but pretty consistent, so that has been encouraging.

I think I haven’t been eating enough greens so snacks today will include salads. I’m going to be a rabbit today Winking smile

Day 4
Weight: 144.4

Breakfast: Big Man Smoothie with 1 cup frozen strawberries. Had an early 8:00 dentist appt.
Lunch: Fuel Pull Pizza (tomato paste, 1 laughing cow cheese thinly sliced, cottage cheese), green herb salad.
Snack: Coffee with stevia, Cake in a Bowl with a bit of Reddi Wip . The cake came out really good.
Dinner: Mini Meat Loaves pg. 318, Qiona, huge green leafy salad.

That smoothie did not hold me until 12:30 when we got home. I was so hungry!!!

I was happy to see I lost a pound and am back at 144.

Day 5
Weight: 145.0

Breakfast: Cookie Bowl Oatmeal pg. 232 with some Reddi Wip, sugar free of course.
Snack: Muffin in a bowl
Lunch: Fuel Pull Pizza with green salad
Snack: Frappa
Dinner: Easy Chicken Yogurt Bake pg. 322 with green veggies

We did not like the Easy Chicken Yogurt Bake, not one of us.

Aaack, I gained some ounces today. Only a few more days to reach my –5lbs. I’m so close but not sure if I’ll make it.

The Muffin in a Bowl is so good!

Muffin in a bowl

Hubby took us all to the track today. I walked a mile.

Day 6
Weight: 144.0

Breakfast: Trim Healthy Pancakes with either sugar free jam or Cottage Berry Whip pg. 379.
Lunch: Tortilla with 2TBL cream cheese, lean meat, and greens, with baked apple (apple cored, cut, baked with cinnamon and sweetener) pg. 379. (Ooops, cream cheese made my E meal a light S)
Snack: Muffin in a Mug with a cup of java. So good!
Dinner: 1/2 cup beans, 1 low carb tortilla, greek yogurt, med. apple (I didn’t have it for lunch after all).

I’m bummed I goofed with my lunch but that’s okay. I’m almost done yay! As much fun as I’m having on this Fuel Cycle I’m ready to be done as well. I walked another mile today.

I’m yo-yoing again, not good. 144 then 145. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be 143!

Day 7
Weight: 144.4

Breakfast: Trim Healthy Pancakes (so good) with coffee (stevia and a dab of reddi wip).
Snack: Big Man Smoothie
Lunch: Bean burrito with Greek yogurt and salad
Dinner: Fuel Pull Pizza I ended up changing this to a bean burrito dinner because hubby said he’d bring pizza home for the kids and I was too lazy to make a pizza.

People say they gain on their E days, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow. As you can see I haven’t been able to get any lower than 144. I started at 148.6. My goal is to lose 5lbs. I’m so close too. Tomorrow’s weigh in I really do hope to see the scale at 144 or below. Kinda scary with all the carbs I’ll be eating today.

Weighed in at 144.0 for a total weight loss of 4.2 pounds. I didn’t make it to my goal of 5lbs but hey, I loved eating chocolate cake everyday!

I don’t know where I’m going. I love being able to have berries as a ‘free’ food but I’m still uncomfortable  with putting together an E meal (not afraid just not sure if I understand how to).

While on the Fuel Cycle I found I’m allergic to wheat gluten. I was bloated and had gas a lot because of the Joseph breads, low carb tortillas, and chia seeds. When I ate the Trim Healthy pancakes I’d get gas as well due to the oats in the recipe.

I use to be like this a lot before I started Atkins. All the stomach and bathroom issued disappeared while eating Atkins/Paleo (having no grains or legumes). I just thought gas and being bloated was part of what happens when one ages , haha, not so. It was from the wheat.

Here’s what I had today (not on fuel cycle anymore):

Breakfast: Woke late had a cup of coffee with heavy cream. Yum!
Lunch: Three hours later I had the last of my Trim Healthy Pancakes with jam, berries, and 0% Greek yogurt.
Snack: Green leafy salad with tomatoes, mushrooms, and some Walden dressing.
Snack: Around 5:30 I was hungry again and had a muffin in a bowl.
Dinner: Steak with a salad at Steakhouse
Snack: Coffee with cream and stevia

As you can see I put an E meal in there but am not sure if I’ll continue tomorrow. I’ll do an Atkins day tomorrow which means S meals to give me more time to decide.

School Thoughts for 2013/2014

Well it’s that time of year again when I’m thinking, thinking, thinking. Oh my. Every year I think I have it figured out and I don’t, haha.

For this coming fall I thought Heart of Dakota was going to work for all my kids. I had hoped so because I love the whole set up but you know what? Juggling those guides is not for me. I tried and failed miserably.

I also found that I want to go back to grouping some of the kids together and it was really hard with Heart of Dakota. So I’m not sure what to do.
This summer I have had Ethan, Brent, and Caleb work together with Excellence in Writing, Moving Beyond the Page, and Latin. We actually liked it. So I’m thinking of doing something similar this school year.

Caleb commented how he liked us learning together rather then him going off to read and do all his schoolwork or most of it on his own.

I think I’d like us to have group time and assign their work to do on their own. I do think that the children need to have ‘seatwork’ time and use workbooks as well as oral and written narrations.
My brain is working hard to figure this out and I’m looking at two companies right now. Simply Charlotte Mason and Memoria Press.

I know for Lance I want him using Memoria Press Curriculum package. I want to start him with more structure. That child has too much time on his hands.
Ethan and Brent need more structure too. I found with Brent that he needs more direction. He’s not a ‘send off’ student like Josh, Annette, and Caleb. With them you can assign and they get it done. Brent has a hard time with this.

Ethan too needs structure. I find that he like Lance has too much free time and I don’t think it’s building his character. Let’s just say too much feeling sorry for himself and bickering with his siblings.
This year I want my children a bit more near, like a one room schoolhouse but I’m not sure how to accomplish that.

It becomes a bit harder when one has struggling students. This means mom needs to be more involved. Of course I don’t mind but it’s always been a struggle for me to juggle all the children.
With Simply Charlotte Mason I like how history, geography, and Bible would work with Caleb, Brent, and Ethan. What I don’t like is I’d need to schedule Latin, Grammar, Math, etc. I want something that has it all. This is why I was looking at Memoria Press. My thoughts were to find one package that would fit all three children. The 4th grade package seems like a good place to start because it seems all the higher packages say to do the previous grammar, writing, etc. anyway.

Then I was thinking I could use Simply Charlotte Mason Bible, History, & Geography, with Caleb and he could join us for Latin. Then have him do any SCM work on his own and use Excellence in Writing on his own and math. But then he’s only with us for Latin.
Yikes, it’s almost five o’clock. I am late with getting supper going. I’ll have to come back and continue writing my thoughts later.

Getting A Rental Ready

Lance Sweating
My Lance wanted to show me his how sweaty he was. It was very hot this past Sunday. The kids were working a lot outside.
Caleb
Here is Caleb getting the edger ready.
Brent
Brent mowing. I took this picture through a window with no screen.
Josh
Joshua fixing a cupboard.
Brent and I
Brent and I being silly.
Working, working, working
Brent and I working, working, working.
Dad and Lance
Dad, Annette, and Lance. You can barely see Annette. She did a lot of painting.
Mom and daughter
Mom and daughter. Is was hot and we were all sweaty and yucky. I love this picture though because Annette and I look a like. See the front of my black skirt, how it gathers? That’s because I have to tighten it more. Yay!
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The kiddos were so excited to be completely done with getting a rental ready to rent. They worked hard on the weekends with their dad. Mostly it was the three older ones. We all pitched in on the last day.
Double Yay
Once done with the house we headed to In-N-Out Burger. Yum. One of my favorite places to eat. I love how the cheese melts and combines with the caramelized onions.
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Love seeing the kiddos smiling and loving each other.


Ethan and his look. This was his second burger. My boys are no longer lite eaters.

Lance looks funny in the pic below. He’s just being Lance =)

Whole30 Kids

Whole30

Annette enjoying her Whole30 lunch. Chili and watermelon. One of her favorite recipes is that chili. When she’s done with the Whole30 I plan to make the chili but add cheddar cheese. This way we can figure out if dairy is one of the culprits that is causing allergies or her asthma.

Annette wants to continue eating clean as possible and mentioned she’d like to go Paleo with some cheats now-and-then. I do think I can help make that happen.

Whole30

Here is Caleb enjoying some Whole30 meatloaf, apple, and celery sticks. He is making a grocery list of Whole30 items he would like.

Caleb is doing very well, especially since he’s my big mac & cheese eater. He is dreaming of the day he can eat some junk food. No candy, soda, and chips but bread, pasta, and a burger with a bun.

Schoolhouse Review: Moving Beyond the Page

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Moving Beyond the Page is a complete curriculum for ages 4-14. It promotes critical thinking skills, engages the child in their studies which makes the subjects more meaningful, and it supports different learning styles. For those who enjoy reading great literature to children who are more hands on.
As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was able to review two units from Moving Beyond the Page. They sent everything I needed to get started for their Poetry-Concepts 1- Relationships:Unit 1 and Immigration~Diversity and Interdependence: Unit 2. Recommended age for both units: 9-11.
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Both units can be purchased with the student schedule and activity sheets as an online version or physical book.
With the Poetry Unit I received ($61.86):
  • Online access to the unit activity sheets and schedule
  • Physical book: Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
  • Physical book: My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Physical book: R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet by Judy Young 
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Immigration Unit:
  • Physical book which included the schedule and activity pages
  • Physical book: If Your Name was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine
  • Physical book: Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman
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(I also purchased the online version to use with multiple children for $12.93. I was able to print copies for each child)
Here is the table of contents for the poetry unit and below for the Immigration unit. The online version does expire after 90 days.
Table of Contents-Poetry
Immigration Table of Contents
Each unit can be used by the child independently. If using the online version the child can check off each assignment once it’s completed. All activity sheets may be printed in advance or when prompted in each lesson.
If using the physical book your child will just move from one page to the next and will work their way through the workbook. Both options are very organized.
Moving Beyond the Page
For each unit here is a list of items that will be helpful to complete each course:
  • Thesaurus and/or dictionary
  • Watercolors, paints, scissors, glue, and other craft supplies.
  • Timeline (social studies)
  • Internet access
Prerequisites for the poetry unit:
  • Child should be able to read at a 5th or 6th grad level.
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic.
Prerequisites for Immigration unit:
  • Your child should be able to read and comprehend at a late 5th or 6th grade level.
  • Like the poetry unit your child should be able to write multiple paragraphs.
Moving Beyond the Page
Each unit can be used by your child independently. I decided to use both units with Caleb, Brent, and Ethan (grades 4th, 5th, and 6th). We did this as a group.

I read the books and poetry to the children. Then I’d pass out the worksheets for that day. They would answer questions, write definitions and so forth. All this can be done orally as well. I chose to have them write because I feel my children need more practice in this area. This is one reason why I wanted to review Moving Beyond the Page, to have them do more seat work. I believe orally answering the questions are fine but I think I’ve done this too often and both my husband and I want the children to write more and move to more independence.

The units are set up to be completed in about two to three weeks unless you decide to take some rabbit trails or linger in a certain area. I know with some of the poetry we took a little longer than a few days and thus stretched it out.

Overall we really enjoyed both units. Caleb found out he enjoys poetry. Brent loved learning about immigration. He’s my history boy. Ethan, well he doesn’t like school period.
I thought the units covered many subjects including spelling and vocabulary. One can easily add to the units if desired by including lapbooks, flipbooks, coloring pages, and notebooking pages but the units are very thorough and are great as is. I know many homeschoolers who really like to dig deeper and add to programs.
I would have liked an answer key for the parent to be able to check the child’s work. Especially if children are using the units on their own. Because I used Moving Beyond the Page in a group setting with my children we were able to correct and discuss the answers together.

Moving Beyond the Page has many samples and to read more about the online benefits, which are many. I’m usually a physical, hardcopy, book kind of homeschooling mama, but with this program I really preferred using the online version as I was able to print multiple copies.

If you’re looking for a full curriculum program or would like to pick and choose a few to try or maybe need something to teach over the summer that won’t take all summer, then I’d highly recommend giving Moving Beyond the Pages a try.
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Our First Pickings

Garden

Here is our first pickings from our garden. 2 cherry tomatoes, 1 strawberry, 1 zucchini, and 1 funny looking cucumber. The zucchini is funny looking too. Ethan helped me pick them. That cucumber has prickles on it.

Atkins Phase 3 (Wahoo)

I’m 15lbs away from my goal weight so I’m moving to phase 3, wahoo!!! I’m really excited. This means I can add some oatmeal, beans, and the more starchy veggies. Phase 3 is for those who are 10lbs away from their goal weight. I’m 15 am okay with 50 net carbs. If I stall I go back 5 net carbs. I’m so excited.

Phase 3 grains

Phase 3

Phase 3 veggies and legumes

(Credit: list from Atkins phase 3 site)

I don’t think I’m ready to add in a white baked potato yet but I’ll welcome some oats, apples, and pinto beans.

Right now I’m finishing up my THM Fuel Cycle and am happy to say everything for this weeks THM menu lines up with my new foods that are allowed in Phase 3 of Atkins.

Fuel Cycle Week 2 (June 15-21)

I’m back and ready for week 2 of the Fuel Cycle. Here I am ready to go, blotchy faced morning picture. You know, the just got out of the shower and face is red. Not one of my best pictures but gotta keep it real =)
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So now that I’ve read the Fuel Cycle part (for the 100th time) of the the Healthy Trim Mama and am starting week 2 I have a better grasp of what I’m doing.

Here is how I labeled the S, E, and FP meals so I would not forget. Believe it or not I always forgot which was which. I’m just giving an overview not a detailed list of foods. You will need to read the book to fully understand the program. This is my quick way to remember what each letter stands for.
S- this is your satisfying meal. The ones with good fats like butter, olive or palm oil. Red meat but you can have chicken too. I just think of it as S for fat meals. This doesn’t mean that one can gorge on all things fat, just enjoy your eggs cooked in butter and such.

E- this is your energizing meals. They contain more carbs. Not processed junk food carbs but good ones like more starchy veggies, you want to go with more of the lean meats like chicken, turkey, and fish. I call E the carby foods (not that one can go hog wild on carbs).

FP- this is your fuel pull meals. You pull back on your fuel foods carbs and fat in a healthy way. You want to eat lean meats with lots of leafy veggies.

You don’t want to mix your S and E meals together but during the Fuel Cycle you’re only eating one way for the day, so that shouldn’t be a problem. I just gave a brief description that doesn’t do the THM diet justice but wanted to explain a little.

For the Fuel Cycle my days look like this:
  • Days 1-3 are S days. Lots of healthy fats, good meats to eat and lots of low carb veggies. Leafy greens.
  • Days 4-5 you are eating FP meals. These are low carb, low fat, and low calorie days. THM has it so you won’t go hungry though.
  • Days 6-7 you are refueling by eating E meals. You’re still keeping things under control and not going over board on carbs. It’s  low fat days. You’re allowed 0% Greek yogurt, 1% cottage cheese, and even a Joseph’s pita bread.
Now for what I ate this week:
Week 2
Day 1
Weight: 146.4

  • Breakfast: I woke late and ate around 9:30 a.m. I had a cake-in-a mug with whipped cream, coffee with 2TBL of heavy organic cream.
  • Lunch: I was busy cleaning out my kitchen cupboards and didn’t get to lunch until around 1:30 p.m. I had 2 scrambled eggs cooked in butter and a handful of spinach, salt and pepper with water to drink.
  • Snack: 4oz of tuna with some leafy greens, salt, pepper, raw organic apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil. The eggs didn’t cut it for me.
  • Dinner: In-in-Out double-double with cheese and water.
I enjoyed and iced coffee today with 1TBL organic cream. Before my Whole30 I use to have 4TBL cream in my iced coffee. Not anymore.
Day 2
Weight: 146.4

  • Breakfast: Fat Stripping Frappe with MCT Oil
  • Lunch: Sirloin steak with leafy green salad (salt, pepper, raw apple cider vinegar, coconut oil), Zevia Raspberry soda.
  • Snack: Cake-in-a mug. I wasn’t really hungry but I splurged with it being Father’s Day and my son’s birthday. I didn’t eat off plan (thank you Lord).
  • Dinner: In-in-Out Double-double with cheese and sauteed onions, not tomato, bun, or sauce. Water.
I enjoyed an iced coffee with heavy organic cream (2TBL) and stevia for dessert.
I made my Frappa (I always call it a Frappe) with Hershey’s Dark Chocolate. I added some whipped cream.Fat Stripping FrappaDay 3
Weight: 146.8

  • Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with 2TBL canned green chili cooked in butter. Coffee with organic cream.
  • Lunch: Tuna salad (leafy herb blend of greens, 2 boiled eggs, salt, pepper, coconut oil, vinegar)
  • Snack: Fat Stripping Frappa topped with whipped cream
  • Dinner: In-in-Out Double-double with no bun, tomato, or sauce. I normally don’t eat so many double-doubles in a week. I don’t know why I wanted them so bad. In-in-Out is the only burger place that I know of that doesn’t add a lot of junk to their meat and saut├ęs onions without adding anything. I also had a herb salad mix.
This is what my leafy green herb salads are made of.
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Today is my last day for the week to have cream so I enjoyed an iced coffee. I drank lots of water and some sweetened passion tea.

Day 4
Weight: 146.6

  • Breakfast: Fat Stripping Frappa
  • Snack: Cake in a bowl
  • Lunch: Joseph’s Lavash bread (1/2) with dijon mustard, 3oz lean sandwich meat, tomatoes and a leafy herb salad.
  • Snack: Another Frappa to hold me over until dinner
  • Dinner: Same as lunch
  • Snack: about 3oz lean chicken with a little bit of cheddar cheese (a no-no).
This is the first time since January that I will have bread. It feels a bit weird but I was actually looking forward to it. Shortly after having my Joseph’s Lavash Bread I felt bloated. I was having bathroom issues before this so I’m not completely sure if it was the Lavash Bread or not. I am going to test it out again tomorrow.
Also I was so hungry today. When hubby came home from Alert Cadet we took another walking route. My poor hubby hadn’t had dinner yet so we stopped at a restaurant. I ordered a soft taco. I gave most of my chicken and cheese to my hubby. I eyeballed about 3 oz and only had very little cheddar cheese. I knew I should not have eaten it but I was HUNGRY.
Thursday my Kojac Noodles come, I can’t wait. I do hope this will help me next week during the FP days. I wasn’t able to order this before I started the Fuel Cycle.
Day 5
Weight: 146.4

  • Breakfast: 0% Greek Yogurt and 1 cup blackberries with Fat Stripping Frappa to sip while I teach.
  • Lunch: Joseph’s Fuel Pull Pizza using 1/2 Lavash Bread with some tomato paste, very little skim mozzarella cheese, 1% cottage cheese, some lean chicken meat and a few mushrooms. Veggie salad with fat free store bought dressing.
  • Snack:Cake in a Bowl and Matcha Green Tea
  • Dinner: Same as lunch except I used a round laughing cow cheese. I cut it up and it was enough to cover my pizza.
Joseph's Fuel Pull Pizza
My Joseph’s Fuel Pull Pizza was so good. I really, really enjoyed every bite! I was very careful not to go over my 3 oz of lean chicken. I weighed it to make sure I was accurate. The tomatoes are from our garden. Ethan and I found two small ones. I cut them up and added it to my pizza. I cut it my into fours so it seemed like more.

Today I wasn’t so hungry thank-goodness.

I tried my best to only drink water today but added in a Zevia. I also had some Matcha Green tea.
Day 6
Weight: 146.2

  • Breakfast: Trim Healthy Pancakes with sugar free jelly 
  • Lunch: Joseph’s Fuel Pull Pizza with 1 small Granny Smith Apple.
  • Snack: Cake in a mug
  • Dinner: Balsamic Chicken-E pg. 324 with sweet potato noodles
  • Snack: 2 med. Trim Healthy Pancakes with less than a TBL of sugar free jam.
I wasn’t planning on having 2 pancakes after supper but they looked so good when I was bagging them for breakfast tomorrow. Hoping I didn’t go over my carbs by eating them.
Trim Healthy Pancakes
I drank lots of Good Girl Moonshine (GGM) today and water. Had two mugs of coffee with magic cream (1cup almond milk blended with a scoop of protein powder, good for FP and E days).

Day 7
Weight: 146.0

Breakfast: 3 Trim Healthy Pancakes with Cottage Berry Whip pg. 379
Lunch: Fuel Pull Pizza, 1 small granny apple, green leafy salad
Dinner: Big Man Smoothie with strawberries
Snack: 2 med. Healthy Trim Pancakes (leftover from the morning) with less then a TBL of sugar free jam.


I went to the orthodontist this morning. They pushed, pulled, and did everything in between with my teeth. They had to readjust the wire too. This left me sore, thankfully it got worse through the day so for lunch I was okay to eat my delish Fuel Pull Pizza. By dinner time I was not able to eat what I had originally planned for supper so I had the Big Man Smoothie (I changed the name to man because my hubby is not a ‘big boy’ but a wonderful man. In the book one of the sisters makes this for her hubby and it fills him up which it should because it makes 4 cups. I know the authors are just playing around but I prefer to call it the Big Man Smoothie still. I’m just being overly nit-picky.)
Big Boy Smoothie
I didn’t lose any pounds this week but I stayed at 146 which is huge for this mama! Normally I’m yo-yoing up and down with the same pounds so it was nice staying some-what consistent.

Wow, I completed week two with no mistakes (I think). Those fuel pull days were a bit hard but now I have some Miracle Noodles and hope to fill up on those during week 3.

I’m looking forward to week 3 and have already planned most of my menu. I went shopping Friday for all the ingredients. Not any of the foundation foods because I already have that most of those items. I went shopping for veggies, meats, and such.

Because days 4-7 are lean meat days I bought a lot of ground turkey and chicken for those days (following the recipes in THM) and my food bill for 8 people came to $250.00.  This was a bit high but it also included organic milk, fruits for the kiddos, and I know the lean turkey had something to do with it (I had to buy half ground chicken because the chicken was cheaper). I don’t want to make two separate meals though and had to buy enough meat for all the kiddos. What I may do next time is have a beans and rice day with low carb tortillas for hubby and kids, and I’ll have a HTM dinner. I won’t have to purchase so much meat that way. Anyway, all that to say it’s worth it though. The children are trying some new recipes and I love having all the ingredients.
You can read :
  • Week 1 HERE.
  • Week 3 (coming soon)

Summer School Week 3

I haven’t taken too many pictures this week. We are continuing with our TOS Summer School.

Brent it really enjoying Moving Beyond the Page Immigration and Caleb loves the poetry unit. Ethan, well you now Ethan. He doesn’t like school period.

I did get a picture of my sweet girl.
Annette
Here is one of Annette’s writing assignments from Heart of Dakota. I thought her penmanship was really nice.
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Handwriting without tears
We are slowly getting Lance through his Handwriting without Tears workbook. I need to be consistent with him. I’m so bad. So many people think I’m Super Homeschooling Mom but I’m not. I’m super lazy mom or super unorganized mom.
ABCeDarian
Lance read his first Aesop Fable and finished his first chapter of B-1 ABeCeDarian Reading. I was hoping to get him further along in this reading program but like I said, I’m Super Lazy Homeschool Mom. Ugh, sigh, and we’ll get there.

Caleb, Brent, and Ethan, also studied their Latin and did math. Josh did almost all of his subjects.

A Bit Too Much Face Paint

Lance

A little goes a long way with this army face paint. I guess Lance didn’t get the memo!

Aaack

Serious

Army guy