There were so many school activities to deal with. All fun…but all requiring a lot of effort. As you can see by my photo, I spent a bit of time in the kitchen creating holiday treats for the boys’ parties. I also made Grinch Kabobs but those were made at the last minute and I was in such a rush to get out the door that I forgot to snap a pic. I do love being able to provide treats but, talk about time consuming. I made enough for both boys’ classes so it took me a while to get them all done.
Then there was a field trip for my little one and my oldest son was in the Spelling Bee. Jake did a great job and made it to the 5th round. He was very bummed as he didn’t quite hear the word and panicked. Instead of asking the man to repeat the word or request the definition, he just started spelling what he thought he heard. I could see that he was upset but once you start spelling you can’t stop. After it was over, he ran over to me asking what his word was. When I told him, he said “h-a-y-l-o-f-t…I know how to spell hayloft, awww man!!” It was a good learning experience for him and if he makes it in next year, I think he’ll remember to stop and get more info if he needs it.
So now my boys are out of school for about 3 weeks. Today was my first taste of the chaos. There were three dogs and three boys running around all day and I have to admit, I was really questioning my sanity! What was I thinking adding a new puppy to our crazy mess–tee hee. The extra kid will go back to his house today but for the next three weeks I’ll be chasing dogs and boys ALL DAY while still trying to get everything done. I have a feeling that laundry and some housekeeping may not get done as often as usual. I am really not complaining too much…I have to admit that a part of me likes having them all around. I just wish they’d all pick up after themselves a little more
My family will be here tomorrow so I have been trying to get ready for them. I think once tomorrow is done, I’ll be able to relax a bit. You know how much there is to do to get ready for company. I have almost finished my Christmas to do list. I have to get to Target to find some stocking stuffers and do a little wrapping tonight but then I am DONE! My hopes are to relax a little bit next week…fingers crossed!
I did pop in to the store a couple of times to shop for a few things but I already picked up my turkey a few weeks ago and I am opting for a fairly simple meal tomorrow. Here’s our menu:
- Appetizer – Brie En Croute
- Appetizer – Sausage Balls
- Appetizer – Veggie Tray (brother is bring this one)
- Fried Turkey
- Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Bacon & Pecans
- Crockpot Mac & Cheese
- Watergate Salad
- Pie (not sure what yet but my mom will be bringing it)
My husband takes care of the turkey and I’ll do the sausage balls and watergate salad tonight. I can throw the mac and cheese together early so that I really just have easy stuff to deal with.
I spent a chunk this week and some of it really needs to come out of my entertainment budget but I don’t feel like separating it out right now.
Nilla Wafers – $3.89
Velveeta – $2.89
Marshmallows – $1.99
Jello – 75¢
Bananas – $2.16
Strawberries – $4.99
Grapes – $4.42
Tomatoes – $1.63
Potatoes – $3.99
Onion – $1.07
Brussel Sprouts -$6.89
Half & Half – $1.83
Brie – $10.29
Sargento Cheese x 2 = $2.50 (PQ + insert q)
Sorrento Cheese Sticks x 2 = $13.98
Jimmy Dean Sausage Roll x 2 = $5.50 ($1.5 IP)
Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage x 2 = $7.98
Cool Whip = 95¢
I was over $80 for the holiday goodies and a few things I needed for the week. There weren’t many coupons for the things I needed but I was able to save $10 by exchanging some cash for a gift card thanks to the Publix coupon. The party was a success and our dinner should be too. In the end, it should all work out great!
How did you guys do this week? Share your savings in the comments or link up below.