Back To School Time: Homemaker Monday & Menu Plan

It is back to school time!  Normally, I might be writing that with enthusiasm.

However, it is much too early.  I’m not even sick of the kids yet.  They are still (somewhat) getting along well.  The weather just turned to the true August “I can’t breathe” when stepping out the door hot.  Going to bed early?  It’s not happening over here although it will have to happen on Tuesday.

How can it possibly be back to school time already?

Where did last week go?  I can’t believe it is already time to plan my week and link to another Happy Homemaker Monday hosted by Sandra from Diary of a Stay At Home Mom as well as come up with a back to school menu to link over at Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura from I’m An Organizing Junkie.

The Weather This Week

Highs in the upper 80s and low 90s all week.  We woke up to thunderstorms this morning and yesterday but I don’t see anymore in the forecast.  Of course, we didn’t think it was supposed to rain yesterday morning either.  And it’s HUMID out there.

Things That Make Me Happy

a kitchen table clear enough that we can eat dinner as a family, seeing my boys get along with each other so well, and a little gray cat that keeps us on our toes and has decided her new place is directly on top of me at night.

Weekly Menu

I did an okay job of following our menu last week but we did vary from it a bit and go out.  I’ll probably have to be a bit better about planning and following our menus for back to school time.

Tonight is Meet the Teacher night for J and both kids start school on Wednesday.  I also have a middle of the day hair appointment today.

MONDAY:   Sesame Ribs in the crock pot.

TUESDAY:  Salt and Pepper Turkey  (This is just what J calls smoked turkey I buy at the store.) and sweet potatoes

WEDNESDAY:   Chicken Strips, homemade potato chips, salad

THURSDAY:   BLTs and French Fries

FRIDAY:  Pizza!  Probably from out somewhere.

To-Do List

  1. Make sure the kids have all their school supplies
  2. Organize the art supply cabinet into a homework supply cabinet/kitchen cabinet.
  3. Get things together for charity truck coming on Friday
  4. Go to grocery store (this should be number one on the list really)
  5. Find a new welcome mat for the front door
  6. Figure out a time to get together with a friend
  7. Laundry (mainly, just folding it)

On the blog

I’m bringing this category back to see if it will motivate me a bit.  I had fun last week with a vacation week theme. I think this was my favorite post of the week.  It seemed to inspire me to post a bit more so I’m declaring this (wait for it)…back to school week on the blog!  Original, huh?  It will at least be from a perspective of having somewhat older kids.

Books, Movies, and Television

I read another one of the Amazon prime book selections over the weekend.  While The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner wasn’t a bad read, it was another mildly predictable mystery that left me wanting to go pick out a book more my own style.   I think a visit to a book store or the library may need to be number 8 on my to-do list.

The boys and I (plus one of their friends) all went to see Pixels last week as well.  The reviews were awful but we all loved it!  I think the point of movies like that is to be stupid and fun and in slightly poor taste but not to be taken seriously.  My 10-year old enjoyed it but I do think that’s about the age cutoff for this one (my opinion only…note the movie is rated PG-13) regarding younger kids.

In television land, my husband and I are still slowly working our way through The Americans.  We binge-watched a bunch of episodes Saturday night while our kids were out with their cousin.   Pathetic.  I do see some new shows coming out this fall that intrigue me especially Limitless (I loved that movie).


J and I went with friends to Powell Gardens, a local botanical garden, to see a Lego Connects exhibit.  We were also able to see a small part of their butterfly festival exhibit (my favorite).

This blue morpho butterfly liked me!

This blue morpho butterfly liked me!

I used the zoom lens for this photo!

I used the zoom lens for this photo!

I prefer this creature.

I prefer this creature.

J's favorite Lego sculpture

J’s favorite Lego sculpture

 Looking forward to this week

Hearing all about the boys’ first days of school, not fighting over the computer or television or Internet usage, reconnecting and catching up with friends, and spending a bit more time with this blog.

Homemaking Tips and Trials

I read this one in a library book, Coming Clean: Dirty Little Secrets from a Professional Housecleaner by Schar Ward.  Give your cleaners time to work.  Don’t just spray them on a surface and wipe them right off.  Let them sit there a few minutes.  It really does make a difference especially on greasy kitchen surfaces and in the bathroom.

Lessons Learned the Past Few Days

Even small commitments are important to keep sometimes they do turn out to be the more important ones.  I need to remind myself that no is a one syllable answer, no explanation required.

Thoughts for the Week

 Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring enough worries of its own.  (Matthew 6:34)

Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


Is it back to school time for your family as well?  Or are you still enjoying a few final weeks of summer vacation?

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10 thoughts on “Back To School Time: Homemaker Monday & Menu Plan

  1. Renee

    I know what you mean about the kitchen table ~ it’s like a catch all magnet isn’t it? I really enjoyed your pictures and my boys drooled over the lego scuplture. Wishing you all a great start to the school year!

    Renee’ My HHM post

    1. Jean Post author

      The kitchen table does attract everything. I just had ours cleared and now it is covered AGAIN. I think the Lego exhibit travels, I know I’ve seen writings about similar exhibits in other states.

  2. Christie

    Great post! I agree with letting the cleaner sit for a minute or two before wiping. It really does make a difference. I like to do list item #6! And for the record, I am not ready for back to school, but I am over summer weather! Why can’t I just have my cake and eat it too?!

    1. Jean Post author

      Yay! For list item 6 🙂 Oh you fall weather people (my husband and G are among them)…I’m over here feeling like we didn’t have nearly enough of my lovely summer weather 😉

    1. Jean Post author

      Well, I’m a bit more in the first part of your comment but I was putting on a brave face to take my picture while my son was rattling off some statistic about what small percentage of snakes are actually poisonous. Thank you, butterfly photos are a lot less scary to try and capture 🙂

    1. Jean Post author

      I have quite a few movies I’m saving for Netflix. I surprised myself at how brave I was taking the picture of the snake. It was gone when we walked by the building later.


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