Saturday, January 30, 2010

#1 habit - menu planning

this habit seems to be all over the mama-blogs but this is the first time i have actually jumped on the band-wagon! i have a white board that is up in my kitchen. i have breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner posted for the entire week. i am very specific and fastidious about meal times. reason being - kids love a routine. the menu does a number of things:

1. eliminates the constant questions of what are we having for dinner? snack? etc. this usually sapped about 1/2 of my energy just answering. so no more questions. i point them to the board.
2. no more arguments over what we are eating - if its on the board there are NO changes. its whats for dinner, if you don't like it, then don't eat. no complaining. and absolutly no short-orders for this cook.
3. they eat their veggies (i give them veggies and main course first) because they are actually hungry at meal times! they haven't been snacking all day. yes they are cranky come dinner but that was always how the witching hour was anyway. i just keep referring them to the menu board and saying cheerfully, "i am so glad that you are hungry b/c dinner is almost ready!"
4. although i don't actually have proof of this - i think, i will be saving money for our family. if we have all the things for our weekly menu, then i am not running to the store for odds and ends, thereby probably buying extra groceries and racking up the bill at the check out line. if anyone has proof of this please post in the comments b/c i would love to know.

tomorrow: #2 habit "the rule is..."

2010

having been gone from bloggyland for quite awhile, i hereby begin again! no regrets not getting to post, i say to my creative heart, just lots and lots of LIVING going around here. we have had company since mid-december and today marks our first day as just our family. well actually, graham is not here this weekend either so maybe technically its less then our whole family. but you get the idea.

marmie (aka rebecca) my mother-in-law, left today for home (after five weeks of visiting!!) she and pop (aka mark) stayed in monterey, while he worked on a book. (he is in haiti, working alongside the other docs in his hospital group!) we are very sad to see her go - she has been such a blessing, inspiration and wealth of knowledge for this mama. things around our home are a lot more organized, simplified, and more peaceful. so ...

for the next few days i am going to share some of our new habits. enjoy!