Life as we know it…

The kids have settled into a movie, so I thought I would grab a few minutes on the computer and give a little update on life right now. First things first, I have not had the baby yet. I’ll be 37 weeks this week, which is a great milestone to reach because it means this baby is full term, and can safely arrive at any time! I’m not at the point yet where I have to answer the phone with “No baby yet” but I’m getting close. I told my mom this morning that I was done; rough night of sleep with a daunting grocery store trip ahead of me and I just didn’t want to be so large and so tired anymore. But thankfully, I am still having more good days than bad. Which is nice for a change, since this pregnancy has been the roughest so far. I hate complaining, because we are so blessed to have this little life being added to our family, and I really haven’t had any serious complications…it’s just been long and tiring, and that is all to be expected.

We’ve been making good on our summer bucket list, which has made for some very happy kids. We’ve done the beach, and splash pads, and play dates, and bowling, and crafts and loads of other fun days!  We’ve also had lots of quiet days at home filled with baking brownies and watching movies. Its been a great balance, and I think I can easily say my kids have had a great summer, especially considering just how pregnant I am!

Our vegetable garden this year is doing really well, which is surprising since I’ll go days without getting out there to water it or check on it! Everything is growing like crazy, and we even have teeny tiny watermelons starting to grow! We’ve been enjoying the never ending lettuce, lots of carrots and green beans, and this week some of the turnips should be ready!

This third trimester has also brought the nesting bug into our home, but not in the way that it normally arrives. I think it’s pretty typical for most women to “nest” by getting things set up for their soon to be born baby. Me? I get stressed about house projects and little things that keep getting put off. With my son I had lots to keep my busy because we had just moved. With my daughter I wanted the entire main floor of our house painted. And with this pregnancy, I’ve been slowly redoing our living room: searching out the perfect curtains, buying fabric to make a slip cover for a chair and some throw pillows (which I will hopefully share with you!). You know, projects I don’t physically have the energy for, but mentally I will go crazy if they don’t get done! The nursery is sort of set up, I still need to pack my hospital bag and should strip my cloth diapers, but picking out curtains and fabric is much more fun!

So the count down is really on now. I cannot wait to see who this little person is that has been tiring me out so much! I can’t wait to see my husband holding our baby, and our two other kids meeting them for the first time. I don’t want to wish these last few weeks away as a family of four, but I really am looking forward to being a family of five!

I know things have been quiet on this blog, and they will be for the next few months, so feel free to follow me on twitter, or request to follow me on Instagram to keep up the day to day. Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!

 

6 weeks and a summer bucket list

Well, now is as good a time as any to jump back in to blogging I guess. It’s been about 6 weeks since my last post, and it’s about 6 weeks till this baby is due!  I just thought I would share a little of what we have been up to lately, all the frugal family fun we’ve been having and plan to have over the summer.

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Before school ended, I sat down with the kids and made a list of lots of fun things we’d like to do this summer. From different crafts, to places to visit, and even just different themed days we could do. I wanted a mix of free and paid adventures, at home and day trips, indoor and outdoor activities. I told them we wouldn’t do something every single day (which they still don’t understand) but that each week we’d pick a few things, plus have some quiet days at home. So far it’s going pretty well, considering just how pregnant I am, and dealing with a sinus infection that just won’t quit! So here is our frugal family summer bucket list:

Places to go:

-          Beach

-          Picnics

-          Splash pads

-          Parks (our town has 150 playgrounds! We are trying to visit ones we’ve never been too before)

-          Library

-          Indoor pool

-          Hiking

-          Bowling (search online, many bowling alleys offer free bowling for kids in the summer!)

-          Check for coupons (science centre, zoo, etc)

Crafts:

-          Stepping stones

-          Masks

-          Water sponge bombs

-          Craft kits from the basement (we have a stock pile of crafts kits from birthdays that we never used)

I also created a daily schedule, for those quiet days at home, just to make sure we don’t end up sitting in front of the TV all day, or I forget to give the kids a snack and wonder my they are fighting so much (we get Hangry in this house). I even have themes for the week day, that we will probably stick to in August once I am to pregnant to be romping around the zoo or beach. Things like “Make something Monday” and “Thoughtful Thursday” are great ways to be creative at home, and just mix things up a bit. Plus, my kids seem to get into things more if I name them, instead of just saying “let’s do a craft today” calling it craft time, or make something Monday gets them more excited.

So far we’ve done lots of park trips, and the beach! This week we are hitting a local water park, and possible a pioneer museum too. And since I am nearly 34 weeks pregnant, I am feeling a bit of a push to checking things off this list before this baby arrives, and before I’m just too big and uncomfortable to be out in the heat much.

What frugal family fun have you been up to this summer?

Meal Plan Monday – May 26th 2014

Well, with gorgeous weather comes spending much more time outside and not at the computer…and that means a lack of posts. And with the holiday last week in Canada, I didn’t plan on posting our meal plan on Monday, and I forgot on Tuesday! So here is this weeks’ plan, in case you need some inspiration for your own dinners.

Don’t expect much from this blog as summer arrives, and I’m busy soaking up each day with my kids and hubby as a family of 4, before life gets really crazy again when the new bundle arrives at the end of the summer.

Here’s what we are eating this week:

Monday – homemade cheesy pasta with ham and peas

Tuesday – meatballs, rice and corn on the cob and asparagus

Wednesday – homemade burgers and corn on the cob

Thursday – breakfast (eggs, ham, toast, and smoothies)

Friday – popcorn shrimp, grilled peppers, and corn

As always, I’m linking up over at Org Junkie.

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Meal Plan Monday – May 12 2014

Start your BBQs and break out the sandals! What beautiful weather we are having here in Ontario. Finally! This weekend was gorgeous, and today it was already 20 degrees at 9am! Oh how I missed this weather! But this also means I’m chugging water like crazy, 20 feels hot when you’ve had a winter of -40 and are early 26 weeks pregnant!

We has such a great weekend here; I hope all you moms out there were spoiled by your loved ones as much as I was. I even managed to get some gardening done too, and finally planted those veggies seeds…only 2 weeks late, opps!

Last weeks’ meal plan worked out really well with both kids. I must admit that it was nice have super simple and easy dinners to make, but I did miss the slightly fancier dishes I’m used to. But I’ll take simple kid friendly dinners if it means my kids actually sit still at the table and eat what is in front of them without too much fighting. So once again, things are simple, and the kids helped pick what we are eating. Some repeats from last week because we ended up buying dinner one night, and well, spaghetti should always be on the plan!

Here is what we are eating this week:

Monday – kabobs with chicken and sausage, peppers, zucchini, and roasted mini red potatoes

Tuesday – homemade burgers with potato salad

Wednesday – homemade pizza (want your kids to eat veggies, get them to help make their own pizza!)

Thursday - my famous spaghetti

Friday – fish tacos (boxed pasta as a Friday “treat” for the kids)

As always I am linking up over at Org Junkie. Happy menu planning everyone!

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Meal Plan Monday – May 5th 2014

This weeks meal plan looks a little different from past ones…it actually probably looks more like yours, if you have a 4 year old and a 2 year old like I do.

I have always tried to make meals that everyone in my family will enjoy, but with my son becoming pickier and pickier, we are changing things up a little. Over the weekend he helped me make a list of meals that he would like to have/be willing to eat. We do stand by the rule that you have to try whatever is put in front of you, and if you honestly don’t like it, you can have something else. But this has led to many dinner table arguments, resulting in someone sitting there for an hour with a plate full of food, or me making two different meals. So instead of trying to get him to eat the more foodie/adult meals I prefer to make (and that 3 out of the 4 of us enjoy) we’re simplifying things, as a test run. And if it goes well, and gets him back into the habit of eating whatever is in front of him, I’ll gradually add back in the meals the rest of us enjoy too…though I can’t complain too much; we made pizzas yesterday and the kid ate the red peppers he used to create the face on his pizza!

So, this meal plan is brought to you by my 4.5 year old son, his choices mostly (I really want fish tacos this Friday, so he’ll get to have his KD or canned pasta), but other than that, these are meals he wants…wish me luck! Between fighting him at the dinner table over food, and fighting with his sister at bedtime over staying in bed, my husband and I are exhausted!

Here’s what we are eating this week:

Monday – chicken strips, steamed broccoli, cucumber slices, parmesan noodles

Tuesday – breakfast: scrambled eggs, toast and fruit smoothies

Wednesday – bbq’d hot dogs and coleslaw

Thursday – baked spaghetti with garlic bread and salad

Friday – fish tacos with Baja sauce

As always, I’m linking up over at Org Junkie.

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