We’ve been using this tablecloth a lot lately and we’ve had a lot of fun with it. These girls are characters!
Update: We love doing World Wide Wednesday Dinners!
We are trying this slowly but surely and are finding it is really wonderful for our family. Things that are making it successful for our family are:
- Keeping the actual meal pretty simple, nothing too extravagant unless I really feel like it. Last night we had Curry Chicken, something that I was going to make anyways. (Whatever you are making find out where it originates from if you don’t already know and have that country be what you talk about.)
- We explained to the kids where it originated from… Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh and had them find these countries on the map.
- We watched a little 1 1/2 min video on youtube of people eating curry in India and then one more 2 min video to show what it is like walking the streets of Delhi, India. It was great!
- This spurred conversation and questions. For instance we noticed typically this dish is eaten without forks or knives! Also, the kids wanted to know about the street vendors and the carriage bikes.
- Also, I haven’t done this yet but I want to go online and buy a Children’s World Atlas so we can look up the country while we are eating and read a few facts about the country each time. I want to just get one used so if it ends up getting a little food on it, it is okay. 😉
Also, If you repeat a country, no prob. Just see who can remember what you learned about this country last time and build on that to learn more.
Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant at all. If you make it too extravagant you are probably missing the point that it is mainly about just having fun learning and communicating with your family. Make it simple and fun enough that its something you look forward to and enjoy. We are loving it!
Ending result was it was inspiring and enjoyable. Once again opening our eyes to the expansive world beyond what we think is the norm. There are so many different amazing cultures, places, and people we can learn and be enriched from! We are excited to continue this!
The New Year is just around the corner and so is the time for a fresh start. After going over the budget this morning, I was surprised by how our food bill has gradually been increasing. I feel like we are totally out of food and yet my freezer and pantry are stocked full of stuff… Why is that?
Okay, so I have this habit that I am happy about and hope to continue all my days… it is meal planning and eating dinner together as a family. I have heard of some people planning out their entire month which to me sounds not fun at all but to do it once a week I am perfectly happy with. Everyone is different, I am just saying for me once a week has been SUPER HELPFUL. I decided to set this into practice from a blog I read a couple years back that gave me some encouragement and from my mother-n-law who recommended it as well. Thanks you!
All I do is jot down my meal plan for the week and alongside it I make a grocery list for the ingredients. I only plan dinners. Breakfast and snacks are sort just what we feel like or often lunch is a no-brainer because it is what we had yesterday for dinner. This gives me a specific list to go to the store with and helps me limit my grocery shopping excursions which is helpful on many fronts. I try to go only once a week which every other week, I go to 2 grocery stores to get more variety of things. I love not spending much time in grocery stores!!! I make a list, get what I need with a few extras, and then leave.
To make it easier on myself and more do-able I make sure to only have one or sometimes rarely two new recipes I want to try for the week and plan for those on days I am not as scheduled so that by the time dinner comes around I won’t be too exhausted to yes- read a recipe. Once a week or maybe twice is plenty- all the other nights we go to tried and true meals. I like to be healthy and eat well as a family but I also know I have many other competing interests for time. This streamlines the whole preparing dinner process and is awesome!!! Having dinner as a family every night is a top goal of mine. I have heard from many sources that meal time is a critical part of family bonding and helping children develop a healthy eating habits. I believe it, so mealtime structure it is!
Here is my mealtime menu planner sheet as a little gift to help you get going. You can do it. After 21 days of doing, it becomes a habit. I challenge you to set your family mealtime as top priority, too whether it is just two of you or a little crew. You are awesome and your family needs you and all your efforts.
MEAL PLANNING Cut down the middle for 2 per page. Print out at least 3 months worth to get you started. I put mine on a magnetic clip board to stick on my fridge.
It is not all fun and games over here. Through the years, I have learned to love work and understand it is not always the most exciting thing but necessary for peace and contentment. For the last year or so now I have been teaching my girls how to work with laundry, dishes, and vacuuming on a regular basis. We do a chore of some sort together once a day. Work is the stuff of life and starts right here in the home. 🙂
They in turn earn tokens that we use to purchase outings like this weeks $3 pony ride at a nearby farm. They are good little workers and are getting better all the time. One of the best tricks I have discovered is to play music while during our chores to set a more enjoyable atmosphere.
The kids love this! What it is is a large 3×1.5 ft container full of rice with little kid dishes, shovels, shells, and fake jewels. The kids get to use the shovels and mini rakes and search for hidden treasure. Somehow they love and get beg me to get it out. One of the best things about this is that I can put a lid on it and tuck it away somewhere once they are done. They come up with endless things to do with it including using the dishes in it to fill up with rice, just have fun pouring it from one container to another, to finding the hidden jewels and seashells within.
It is pretty simple to make as you can see. All you need a container with a lid, 5 lbs of rice, toy dishes, toy shovels and spoons, and then some “treasure” items. Check it out below!
I teach the youth at my church. This is my group of Activity Day Girls painting their feet. We made an imprint on a sheet of paper and wrote, “With our Heavenly Father We Never Walk Alone.” This was the theme of the evening because we read a recent General Conference address by our prophet and president of the church Thomas S. Monson entitled, We Never Walk Alone. Check it out here! What a wonderful story and uplifting message.