I know it’s only July, but I have to start preparing now if I plan to survive the busy fall season. August through October are always our busiest months of the year, as we start school, freeze and can garden produce, and juggle umpteen soccer practices and games. I love soccer season, and am so excited for it to start I can hardly stand it. My husband helps coach our local York College ladies soccer team (I can’t wait for these gals to get back into town!), three out of four of our boys play on teams, two boys referee, and two boys are on additional traveling teams. There are a lot of schedules to keep up with.
I’m not complaining. I soooo love it. But at the same time, I’ve started to feel almost panicky about being away from home so much and keeping up with all of my responsibilities. My solution? I’m praying for peace. Panicking helps…nothing. Oh yes, I’ve proven that over and over. I’m asking God to help me relax, to use me to bless people, and to help me enjoy the ride this fall. Oh, and I’m also already starting to warn and remind my friends that in a few weeks, I will not be able to formulate cohesive thoughts or finish my sentences. I am so blessed to have friends who continue to put up with me during these busy months.
In addition to spending much time in prayer, I’m doing as much as I can now to make my homemaking and home schooling efforts easier once we’re in “the thick of it”. I decided to share my “to do” list with you, then blog my way through it during the next several days. You do want to watch me prepare for the insanity, don’t you? Yes, that’s what I thought. ;)
First, here are the home projects I’d like to complete by August 5:
- Clean and organize our “School Room”.
- Help the boys get their bedroom and the “Lego Room” cleaned and organized.
- Type up book lists and writing goals for the boys for the year.
- Take the boys on our traditional “school supply shopping, then eat lunch out” celebration. (They’ll never be too old for this, right?!)
Here are the kitchen projects I’d like to work on so that our fridge, pantry, and freezers are stocked and ready for busy days ahead:
- Make a double batch of Homemade Chewy Granola Bars for grab and go snacks.
- Make a batch of Whole Wheat Graham Crackers.
- Put together a boat load of Meat and Cheese Burritos for the freezer. (How many is a boat load? We’ll just see how the energy holds out that day…)
- Bake at least one batch of 24 Corn Dog Muffins for the freezer.
- Cook two Pizza Casseroles and freeze.
- Make 4-6 pounds of Sloppy Joe Meat for the freezer.
- Experiment with Whole Wheat Pizza Dough to make frozen pizzas.
- Make a double batch of Chicken Patty Sandwiches for the freezer.
- Make a double batch of Whole Wheat Calzones for the freezer.
- Refill all jars in my pantry with beans, rice, etc. for convenience.
- Make sure Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing, and Italian Dressing Mix jars are full.
- Make four batches of Peanut Butter.
Disclaimer: All items on these lists are subject to change. I may not be in the mood next week to make calzones. I may instead decide to make Creamy Chicken and Rice Casseroles. Or maybe I’ll make both. Or neither. I will likely think of something in the middle of the night tomorrow that I forgot to add to my list. I’ll be sure to call you at that time so that you are aware that my list has changed. You’re welcome. I may decide that cleaning the Lego Room isn’t even worth it since it’s likely to be a mess thirty seconds after we finish. If produce becomes freezable or cannable during this next week, that will trump all else. (“Cannable” isn’t a word and spell check wants me to change it to “cannibal” but that is obviously not at all related to my plan for next week, so I am leaving it as is. We all know what I mean. I think.) Regardless, I do plan to take lots of pictures and blog my progress. It
maywill be messy. Read at your own risk.