Sunday, September 7, 2014

Menu Monday - Week of September 8, 2014

It feels so good to get back into the menu planning routine.  Below is the menu I've planned for this coming week:

Monday:  Spaghetti and Garlic Bread

Tuesday:  Chicken Fajitas and Mexican Rice

Wednesday:  Crockpot:  Roast & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, and English Peas

Thursday:  Pizza

Friday:  Eating out!  Home Football Game!  Go Vikings!

Saturday:  We have 2 birthday parties on Saturday so we're leaving the day open as far as meals are concerned.  Probably Pizza for supper.

Sunday:  Homecoming at Elon Baptist Church so we'll probably eat lunch with them

Sunday Supper:  Three Cheese Voila!  

And that is my plans for this week's dinners for . . .

                             the Ferrell boys and me!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Manic Monday

It's crazy at Ferrell Farm right now.

Not just crazy because of  3 little wild boys, but crazy with disorganization i.e. school schedules, football practice, homework, and life of 3 very active little boys.

I've got to get control.  My first response to chaos in my life is to make a list.  Make a plan.

The first problem area is dinnertime meals.  I have had no plan therefore we have been eating pizza and corndogs and McDonalds or KFC most nights for supper.  Yuck!

The second problem area is my messy cluttered house.  Summer with 3 boys at home added a lot of clutter and mess to my sanctuary from work.  My home is not my sanctuary when it's messy and cluttered.  

So that's where I'm going to start. . . first with a Meal Plan.  I've used menu plans many times, but always seem to drop my menu plans during the summer when our schedules are so irregular with ball practices and games and vacations.

September 1st seems like a great time to start planning our meals!

Here we go:

Monday:  Chili Dogs 

Tuesday:  BBQ Baked Chicken / Pasta Sides / Green Bean Bundles

Wednesday:  Crockpot:  Roast Beef Sandwich with Gravy/ 
          Cole Slaw

Thursday:  Sloppy Joes / Sweet Potato Fries

Friday:  Hamburgers / Fries

Saturday:  Baby Back Ribs / Baked Potatoes / Mac & Cheese /          Baked Beans

Sunday:  Lunch:  Baked Chicken / leftover Mac & Cheese /              Purple Hull Peas / Cole Slaw / Cornbread

Sunday Supper:  Chicken Noodle Casserole / Peas / Rolls
Now to tackle the messy cluttered house problem.  I've decided to take strategic assault on the clutter by focusing on one room a week.  There are 16 weeks until the week of Christmas so I divided my house into 16 sections or rooms.  I wrote each room on a slip of paper.  

Shane drew out one slip from the vase . . .

and randomly determined that the boys' bathroom would be my focus area for this week.

Now I'm still going to continue cleaning my entire house daily/weekly, but I'm going to focus on the boy's bathroom and try to de-clutter and organize that area specifically during this week. I'm also going to try and complete some of the areas in the boys' bathroom that we haven't finished since building the house.

Here's a peak at the boys' bathroom as it is right now:

Seriously messy and no place to hang up hand towels . . .

No doorknobs.

No mirrors . . . lighting issues . . .

No place to hang up towels . . . no shower curtain . . .

Wow!  What a mess!  I honestly wouldn't have picked the boys' bathroom to start my de-clutter/clean up mission, but now I think it was a good thing their bathroom was chosen.

Looks like I'll be cleaning out some cabinets and shopping for mirrors, towel hangers, shower curtains, light bulbs, and doorknobs this week!  Wonder if I can get it all done in just a week!?!

And so begins another attempt at organization with . . .

                                  the Ferrell boys and me!

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Great Day at the Zoo!

We love going to a zoo, and my favorite zoo to visit is the Birmingham Zoo.  There's  so much to do and so much to see that you should plan to spend the day there.

Before we go to the zoo, we try to eat a good meal.  The food at the zoo is a little expensive so eating before we go is one way we try to avoid that additional expense.  Also, it just so happened that this day was special. . . Father's Day.  And anyone that knows Dave knows that he loves pancakes . . . Ihop here we come!

We headed to the zoo after eating a huge meal of eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, and french toast.  Yum!

Because it was Father's Day, Dave got in the zoo free.  We purchased the armbands for the boys that allows them unlimited access to ride the train, carousel, and play in the foam area of the children's play zone.  The armbands were very reasonable at $7 each.  Considering the train tickets and carousel tickets are $2.50 a piece and my children rode the carousel at least 10 times . . . I got my money's worth.  Not to mention the foam area.  But I'll tell about that in a minute.

The boys loved the animals.  We saw the birds and reptiles first.

The strangest looking bird we saw . . .

Then we went for a train ride.  

It was a really good train ride.  

The conductor shared so much information about the zoo and animals as we circled the zoo stopping periodically so we could see the animals.

When we disembarked from the train, we were just in time for the sea lion show.

This was a great show.  I love animal shows like this so I really enjoyed it.

After the sea lion show, the boys were anxious to get over to the children's play zone so we headed over there.  Dave and I needed a cool place to sit and rest anyway.

The zoo has this fun splash pad and foam area . . .

The armband covers playing in the foam area too.  

All three boys LOVED the foam area and the splash pad.  Here all 3 of them are right under the foam dispenser . . .

They would get all covered in the foam bubbles and then go to the splash pad to rinse off . . .

And the place next to the splash pad/foam zone is nice and shaded.  Perfect place to sit and relax while your children wear themselves out.

And surprisingly, after a while of playing, all 3 boys came up and said they were ready to move on to other parts of the zoo.

The Carousel was right next to the play area so we spent a lot of time there.  

The boys kept wanting to ride it.

Mostly because the guy running the carousel kept "scaring" the boys and they Loved that.  It became a game to see if he could sneak up on them and "scare" them.  

Did I mention the Alabama Wilds area that has a petting zoo?  Yes, even though we have goats and chickens and kittens and dogs, it's still fun for the boys to pet and play with the animals at a petting zoo.

And part of the Alabama Wilds is a cool zip line you can do.  It costs a little money ($16) to do it or you can buy the armband that includes everything as the other armband plus the zip line for $20.  We weren't sure about the zip line so we didn't buy that armband. 
All three boys wanted to do the zip line once they saw it, but Shane didn't weigh enough.

It was like 4 or 5 different zip lines you do as a part of the course.

It looks like fun, doesn't it?

Dave and I thought we would try it too.  
Here's me getting ready to do it.

And here's me backing out and climbing down the ladder.  :)

But Dave didn't back out.  Nope he embraced it totally.  

After the zip line, we set off to see the rest of the zoo.  First the Predators:

And the boys rode the camel:

Then we went to the Savannah area:

Then the Primates:

And then finally the Rhinos and Elephants:

At this point, the Zoo was closing and I think we might have been the last ones to leave because the other people leaving with us were zoo employees!  Ha!

Anyway, the Birmingham Zoo is awesome and fun and definitely deserves an entire day to fully enjoy which is how it was for . . . 

                               the Ferrell boys and me!

A Vacation Weekend in Birmingham

So on Saturday while Dave, Zach and Alex were at the Men's Gridiron Conference, Shane and I explored the Sheraton Hotel.  
What's there to do in the Sheraton Hotel?  Let's see . . .

This hotel had a couple of different levels connected by escalators.

So we spent a while riding up and down the escalators.  Fun.

Then we found an elevator that goes up the 16 floors of the hotel.  No big deal except this elevator goes up the 16 floors on the outside of the hotel with a glass wall.  Here's our view of the city of Birmingham from the glass elevator.

We went up and down in the glass elevator a few times.  :)

Then we decided to wait on Dave and the boys at the top of the stairs at the hotel entrance.  Shane was having fun being a daredevil at the top of the stairs.

He kept wanting me to take a picture of him with my camera phone.   :)

So once we met up with Dave and the boys, we headed for lunch at Dave's favorite place to eat in Birmingham . . . Joe's Crab Shack.
On the way to Joe's Crab Shack, we passed Chuck E. Cheese's . . . so Dave being the sweet daddy that he is . . . turned around and took us to Chuck E. Cheese's for lunch . . .

And for some fun play too.

After all, it's a place where a kid can be a kid!

And since this was Shane's first time, we had to get a special souvenir to remember this trip (or so that's what he said).

Boxing gloves and a punching bag . . . hmmmm . . . does that sound like a good idea to you?!  

I think Zach might've gotten socked in this next picture.

We had planned to go to the zoo, but we decided to spend the night and go to the zoo on Sunday instead.  So we got a one room suite (which means it had a bedroom and living area with a pull out sofa bed) and went to see a movie . . . 

This is not a typical girl movie, but then again, I don't live with any girls.  :)  Thank goodness I've seen all the X-Men movies or this movie would have made no sense to me.  It was great.  We loved it.  Now we can't wait for the new Transformers movie to come out!  It's definitely a boy world for me!

Next post will be about our trip to the Birmingham Zoo.  It's was so great and so much fun that it deserves a post of it's own from . . . 

                                 the Ferrell boys and me!