Chores are still being rotated weekly. This is relatively new for us but seems to be providing a nice balance of variety and accountability.
7yo Natalie has recently started Real Chores with lots of help and oversight, and 6yo Becca is practicing certain elements of larger chores rather than being in the Big Girl Rotation.
- Deanna: Dining room (includes table, side table, bookshelf, sweep)
- Kaitlyn: Bathroom (all the expected duties)
- Lydia: Kitchen (everything but dishes, which are a group effort)
- Megan: Animals & Laundry room (4 dogs, 2 cats and litter box, 2 gerbils, 2 rabbits, straighten and sweep laundry room, start 2 load each of lights and darks)
- Natalie: Living room (general pick up, straighten toys, dvds and books, vacuum)
- Becca: straighten bookshelves throughout the house
Last week was our first time in quite a while to have a menu for the week. While we didn’t rigidly obey it, it did provide an easy guideline and freed up my brain cells for other important thoughts like…important stuff.
Here’s what we have planned for this week. If you are really paying attention you might notice some of the same meals you saw last week. These are probably the ones that didn’t actually happen last week, though a couple are just meals we especially like and don’t mind eating 2 weeks in a row.
I have a lot of groceries left from last week so really don’t need to shop much this week. I’ll just pick up a few odds and ends when we’re out for dentist appointments tomorrow. Of course, odds and ends for a household of 10 usually means just one mostly-filled grocery cart.
If you notice a lot of ground beef meals last week and this week, it’s because we found some great buys and that’s what in the freezer. Hubby is fond of saying that red meat is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
breakfast: leftover muffins
lunch: leftovers: bean/cheese quesadillas (we butter the outside and cook these on the griddle. mmm!)
dinner: taco salad
breakfast: breakfast burritos (egg and cheese, maybe w/a bit of sausage)
lunch: picnic between dentist appointments (pb & j, carrot sticks, fruit, jug of water)
dinner: cheesy chicken/broccoli/rice casserole for potluck @ my sister’s house
lunch: pasta w/leftover spaghetti sauce
dinner: hamburger patties w/mushroom gravy, salad
breakfast: hasty pudding, a la Laura Ingalls
lunch: beanie weenies (we didn’t do this last week)
dinner: jambalaya (we didn’t do this one last week)
lunch: Ramen noodles
dinner: pizza night – every Friday!
breakfast: ummm…pour a glass of milk and get your tail in the van!
lunch: TBA (church fellowship)
dinner: leftovers and snackage (we don’t really eat a 3rd meal after the church fellowship meal on Sundays)
THINGS TO DO:
Mondays always take a while to reassemble the house. Does your house fall apart over the weekend too? We always seem to be so busy on projects and family time that we forget to do the usual maintenance, so we wake up to a fearsome sight on Monday morning.
Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish in addition to general cleanup and a bit of school. Tell me if you think I’m crazy.
- Grout the tile that we have laid so far in the bathroom. The tile is mostly but not entirely glued down; I’d like to grout what we have done so far.
- Cut and attach a thin layer of plywood to shim out a narrow ledge that we still need to tile, so I can tile that as well. After that, we’ll just need to do around the window and the shower enclosure will be finished. I think. I hope.
- Paint the girls’ bedroom in preparation for a major 3-way bedroom swap.
- Stain the boards for the built-in living bookcase that I’ve been in the process of building for the last 2 years.