Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WFMW- DONE Being the Fat girl.....

While I am sure many of your are familiar with Sparkpeople (a free online weight loss tool), many people have a hard time finding the encouragement and "camaraderie" that they need to help stay focused...well I have found it! I re-joined sparks a couple weeks ago and found the name of a group I thought sounded "cool" is called "Done being the fat girl."

So true! How many of us want to just be DONE???? They constantly have challenges and competitions that you are held accountable for. I constantly have a message in my sparkpeople email box about

birthdays, encouragement, or even posts on my spark blog offering encouragement or some other characteristic that goes with their "Go get 'um attitude." It has really helped/pushed me so far the past couple weeks to start shedding the pound again (See weight loss tracker above). I know that with all the challenges and support this group offers I will meet my goals!

For more WFMW posts check out Shannon's blog!

Monday, October 27, 2008

If you don't know the Heimlich.....

Learn fast! The kids were sitting down eating lunch (bread, lunchmeat, cheese, corn, and a fruit of their choice). Noah and I grabbed a pear while the girls grabbed tangerines. Noah and I finished ours and the girls were finishing up. I was logging my food in to sparks when I heard Katharine coughing. I looked at her for a 2nd (it almost sounded like that asthmatic cough...and get a winner!) and then she turned and looked at me pushing herself away from the table. I asked if she was ok and she didn't answer me..she just kept gagging. I ran over and flipped her onto the table and before I knew it my hands were on her stomach and the little piece of tangerine came sputtering out of her mouth. Point never know when or where you may need is best to KNOW it and NEVER need it...than to NEED it and never KNOW it!

Menu Planning Monday

Welcome to another exciting week of "How frugal can the Caswells eat?" aka Menu planning Monday......

Sunday- Baked Oatmeal, Chili, and yet more chili

Monday- Leftover Baked Oatmeal, Lunchmeat & Cheese sandwiches w/ celery & ranch dressing, Pasta salad w/ homemade bread

Tuesday- toast & peanut butter, "build your own" baked potato, Bean soup w/ cornbread

Wednesday- Grits w/butter, Peanut butter & (homemade) apple jelly sandwiches w/carrots & dressing, Roast w/ broccoli and potatoes

Thursday- Bagels &cream cheese, Tuna salad w/ homemade bread and carrots, Grilled cheese and tomato soup (YUM YUM!)

Friday- Fried eggs and toast (from homemade bread), noodle soup w/ carrots, Pancakes w/fried apples (homemade)

Saturday- Waffles, Peanut butter w/homemade apple jelly on homemade bread w/celery and cream cheese, Pumpkin and black bean soup


Yesterday my "baby" girl turned 9! For months she has been reading the American Girl stories and decided last summer that she really wanted an American Girl doll. After finishing all the stories she decided that she liked Samantha the best. She has continually asked for her for MONTHS and if you know her, you know she never asks for ANYTHING! My other 2 I take into the store and its "I want this" or " I want that." She is not that way...she never asks for something unless she REALLY wants it. We even told her that if this is what she wanted...she was going to get the doll going out to dinner for her birthday or any other gifts..just this doll. She said that was more than fine with her. That just cemented that YES she REALLY wanted the doll! Well moms, you know how it goes, you really want your kiddos birthday to be special.....So on Saturday I took the trio and met several other moms from her dance class and we all went to lunch and to see High School Musical 3. They absolutely loved it! Several of us moms looked at each other when the movie was over and said "wow...that was actually good" LOL. In our opinion, it was MUCH better than the 1st two...of course the kids think they are all cool!

Here are a couple pics of my girl who woke up at 6:30 (am!!) to open her gifts (I say that with shock as we have never ever had an early Christmas morning.....every year we have gone in and woke the kids up at 8:00 LOL they just like to sleep)

Friday, October 24, 2008


Doing schoolwork with a boy after having a shot of proventil is..such.a.dumb.idea.

Where have I been???

Going crazy would be my 1st answer! Last Friday Kyle and I went to Sellersburg to pick up a heater from Free cycle (yeah for freecycle!). On our way down a friend of mine called and said that she was as tired of her kids as I was of mine had couple free tickets to Little Nashville to go see the house band and wanted to know if I wanted to go with her. I was jumping out of the car and running home without my feet hitting the floor saying TAKE ME PLEASE! TAKE ME PLEASE! I said "ok, sounds good." We headed out that night and it was SO much fun. It was Eastern star night so I think we were the youngest ones in the crown by about 40 years, but that's was fun anyway!

Saturday was Noah's football championships...he won! his team won for the whole division...exciting day! I was ashamed I didn't get that posted sooner :( great job little man!

This week we have been trying to stay on schedule/ahead of schedule with our school work being as we area headed out to Myrtle Beach in just 2 weeks (yeah!). If Noah keeps up his pace he should be finished with his phonics and reading by the time we leave and only have to work on math for a couple weeks when we return. Katharine has been trying to stay at least 2 days ahead of schedule...if they keep up this pace we should be able to break at Thanksgiving and then start again January I. long. for. that. break................

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A day in the life of a Homeschoolin Hot-rodder....

Maddie did her math lesson today and then played a game of "tornado." For those of you who are not familiar with math-U-See, each one of those blocks you see stand for part of a place value "equation." The green guys are units (ones), the blue are tens, and the reds are hundreds. MUS makes it easy for a kiddo to learn place value as each guy (green, blues, reds) all live in little houses on decimal street...only 9 guys are allowed to live in each house...the green guys house is all the way on the right, the blue guys house is in the middle, and the hundred guys house is on the left. In the game of "tornado" we place all the guys in the correct houses...and then a big "tornado" comes through and splatters the guys all over "decimal street." It then becomes her job to put them back in their own home (therefore learning the "place" of ones, tens, and hundreds)

Here is my Noah boy giving a big smile while doing his handwriting (brought to you courtesy of Rod and Staff curriculum)....

Isn't his handwriting NEAT???? I am so proud...he is only in 1st grade but I think he is finally learning to SLOW DOWN................

Yep here is Ms. Katharine doing her Language Arts ( Learning Language Arts Through Literature).........................

She is learning cursive this little perfectionist is hard at work. At the beginning of each line you see the 1st "word" that is pre-written in the book, the rest on the line are hers! I can't tell the difference in most of them!

Look who's back on track!

Yep my sis is back to bloggin' again.... head over and say "hi"!

sēē mē rēēd

I am a mom who is all for doing whats best for your kids....even if its not "your cup of tea." This one Here are some pics of my 4yo daughter reading her 1st story yesterday! She was so proud of herself! How did she do this? By using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 easy Lessons. We used it to teach my oldest how to read, and then we made it through 1/2 of it with my 2nd (He catches on to things VERY easily and he was getting bored with it), and now we are using it for my youngest. She is having a ball learning how to read and thinks that it is too cool that she is starting to be "Big" like bubba and sissy :) The lessons take about 20-30 minutes a day and are very smooth flowing. Pay no attention to the weirdness in the letters actually helps them later on (yes I was one who bought this curriculum thinking "I am NEVER going to like this!"). What else is good about this program you ask??? It will cost you less than $20! This is a great idea for people who are just getting their feet wet in homeschooling or for those who are seasoned and looking for a simple program to use! We love it and that is what worked for me!

Maddie Reading her 1st story yesterday

She's not proud at all..ya think???

Check out Shannon's for more WFMW posts!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Pancake house!

So now as the blog police have alerted me of my crime....

The pancake house...oh my....dream come true if your world revolves around pancakes (as it does to Maddie). Her most favorite....favorite...FAVORITE thing in the whole wide world is....yep...pancakes...

We have a new restaurant open here in town called "The Pancake House." They not only serve breakfast all day (one of my favorites but one of Kyle's pet peeves) but they also serve a wide range of sandwiches and dinners. We try to not eat out all that often, but it is pretty much guaranteed that we will eat out on grocery day (which falls every other Wednesday). A couple weeks ago we had said we would go to "The Pancake house" oops......we kind of....well...forgot.... We have not been able to live that one down *sigh* so needless to say today was the day to go to *yikes*! "The Pancake House!" As soon as Maddie's eyes popped open today it was "We get to go to the pancake house today!" Before I knew it...I was washing dishes and the youngin' was dancing around in her underwear singing " we are going to the PANcake house today! The PAN cake house! I am going to have PANcakes today!" All this while doing little twirls...and dancing on her toes...We go to pick up Kyle's check to deposit in our account and as we leave Maddie says "Papa! We get to go to the PANcake house today!" No joke...everyone we ran into before lunch knew we were going to the PANcake house lol. I brought my camera but forgot to take pictures...oh well..I would of had to of been pretty fast anyway as my little darling ate 6! whole pancakes before I had finished my sandwich!