Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kirchhoff Menu & Activities: Week of August 18, 2014 {PEACE Week}

Kirchhoff Menu & Activities
Week of August 18, 2014
PEACE Week

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Activities
M & A: Addie to school | library books | Mani Pedis with Presley | thank you letters | Presley well visit

E:
M & A: girls to school | World Market (umbrella canopy & treats) | housekeepers | finish thank you letters | work on iPhoto

E: watch Dallas
M & A: shut down FB | bathe Lucy | picnic lunch with girls
 | paint & tissue paper art 

E: watch Ninja Warrior
M & A: Lolli over: swim | lunch | tea party | gifts for Sunday’s party  | organize lunch prep station 

E: Kindergarten Meet-the-Teacher & Orientation
M & A: Presley to school (last day) | | prep appetizer for evening | first day of school prints | prep & freeze egg sandwiches | make signs for Presley

E: Coppell peeps party
M & A: Connect group meeting | visit Amanda

E:

Amy @ Amanda’s house
M: church | Amy drives back

A: Kindergarten Rocks party (1:30)

E: Prep for 1st day of school
Meals
B: cereal

L: macca’s 

D: sweet chili shrimp & cheese bread
B: egg & spinach on toast 

L: wings

D: honey smoked salmon on pasta
B: banana bread & bacon

L: beans & sausages

D: okra & potato hash
B: biscuits & fruit

L: mom’s choice

D: Sonic
B: steel cut oats

L: leftovers

D: @ party
B: homemade pop tarts & chicken sausages

L:

D: leftovers or pizza night for G & girls
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D: salmon quesadillas & peach salsa
Last Week’s Keepers
Won’t Make Again 


Last week's Joy week went well. My favorite thing was the no complaining day. I think it ended up being my favorite because I was actually proud that we weren't complaining much. There truly was joy in most circumstances! The most anyone had to switch his or her bracelet around was three times. I will probably incorporate that activity when I sense our family is lacking gratefulness and joy because it worked well and was fun.

This week is Peace week. The week before we start school. Ummm....

I've decided instead of planning so many activities to show what peace is, I've decided to not plan much of anything. We're reading a bit of scripture about peace in the mornings. I'm minding my tone when I'm tired or overwhelmed. The one day when it's just the girls and me, we're taking it easy, playing outside, painting...Just whatever. I'll be dedicated to them that day and praying for a sweet day. I'm personally praying that I experience God's peace regarding Presley starting school.

The point I'm trying to get through to the girls this week is, ironically, "make peace, not a point." It's something our pastor says a few times a year and really resonates with my naturally angry, controlling, justice-seeking self. So when the girls are bickering with either themselves or me, my hope is that I can keep this saying front and center and show the girls what being a peacemaker looks like, even when the point is valid. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Kirchhoff Menu & Activities: Week of August 11, 2014 {JOY Week}

Kirchhoff Menu & Activities
Week of August 11, 2014
JOY Week


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Activities
M: introduce “Joy” to kids & read verses | watch funny video | gratitude wall | play date

A: Urban air play date

E: thank you notes | pancake batter
M: read verses | watch funny video | gratitude wall | girls to school | return library books/DVDs

A: clean for housekeepers

E: GRANT HOME…OMG
Grant @ Home
M: housekeepers | read verses | watch funny video | gratitude wall | start “no complaining” day” | girls’ haircuts 

A: puppet skit | grant takes girls out

E: paint girls’ toenails
M: read verses | watch funny video | gratitude wall | girls to school  

A:

E:
M: read verses | watch funny video | gratitude wall | swim play date

A: add Joy to “fruit” bowl” | Addie well visit

E: family movie night
M: register Presley for dance | Jenny/Jacob day

A:

E:
M: church

A:

E:
Meals
B: leftover breakfast casserole

L: out

D: grandma’s baked chicken & fried okra
B: zucchini chocolate chip pancakes

L: fig & goat cheese pizza

D: salmon with roasted tomato & shallots | baked zucchini chips | bread
B: omelets using rest of Greeling veggies

L: out

D: lemon ricotta quiche | rosemary roasted potatoes | frosted zucchini brownies
B: cereal & egg

L: leftovers

D: Olive Garden
B: waffles & egg

L: picnic lunch

D: pizza night
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I'm really excited about this week for lots of reasons. The first is that Grant is coming home on Tuesday!!! Wahoo! I can't put my finger on exactly why, but this has been the l o n g e s t week ever. It's not like I'm not used to him traveling for business. But maybe it's because we'd only been back from Vegas for two days before he left. And that the house still looks like Goodwill on donation day since there hasn't really been much time to organize this joint since we actually moved back 4 weeks ago. Or that he hasn't traveled more than 3 days or so since my "passionate" child (2-years old) has been old enough to notice...and had strong feelings about him being gone this time. Or that the trip spanned over a full weekend. Probably all of these reasons. But his women are thrilled to be getting him back in two sleeps.

The second reason I'm looking forward to this week is that the Fruit we're discovering is Joy. Man, I totally should have started with this. I'm an anxious Martha to begin with, and this past week - because of Grant's absence and things happening in the news and obsessing over our future plans when I know I shouldn't be - felt heavier than usual. This translated to my kids for sure right when we were supposed to be focusing on Love. (We did focus on Love and had some really sweet moments and realizations. But I had a couple melt-downs as well when I didn't feel very loving.) So focusing on Joy might be just the ticket. In learning abut joy, we will actually be honing in on gratitude, so that will be fun. Plus, I intend to laugh a lot: We'll be starting each morning with a kid-friendly hilarious YouTube video just for grins. There's a silly puppet skit planned as well as a complain-free day with accountability in place by way of a rubber band bracelet. In the downtime, we'll have on music much more often than normal. I've been meaning to do this anyway. So I'm praying for a game-changer here. 

A few other things: I've started Greenling deliveries, which I'll blog about later. Housekeepers are coming. There's a lot of unscheduled time for just whatever later in the week. And we have some overdue catch ups with loved ones happening.