Ahhh...relaxing on a log down by the Crow River. Our weekly nature walks have officially become a habit. We sure do love them! Oh, the things we find and observe! It's probably our most anticipated event of the week.
Last week, I was in the mood to clean. Matt was out of town and I wanted him to come home to a clean house. So on Thursday, I told the kids we were going to clean the house from top to bottom. I made myself a list, and I made the kids a list. Here is what we accomplished (in under 3 hours!).
dust main level
sweep main level
vacuum main level
clean main bathroom
clean kids bathroom
clean master bathroom
dust master bedroom
pick up kids bathroom
wipe down 4 kitchen chairs (each)
get all laundry downstairs
shake out 3 kitchen rugs
The kids were done in about an hour and then they got busy playing. But, we felt so accomplished! I think I would rather spend one full day cleaning than have to do a project or two every single day. And, this week, I finished my list in 2 hours! It takes a lot less time to clean a clean house. Hmmm. I'm hoping we can continue this! It's so nice to enjoy a clean house! And, when the kids participate, they're much more picky about keeping it clean.
I made this Mango Smoothie last week and the kids really loved it. Here's what I did:
Mango Yogurt Smoothie:
1 mango (peeled, chopped, frozen)
2 bananas, frozen
2 cups of plain yogurt
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
Blend until smooth and enjoy! Makes 4 (large) smoothies.
Oh...I added a little update to my Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies...I made them healthier! Instead of 4 cups of white flour, I did 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 2 cups of white flour. And then, I cut out 1/4 cup of white sugar and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. I actually think they taste even better! I posted this change to the cookie page.
This afternoon my parents are having all 4 grandkids over to play...I'm going to run errands (and maybe sew?). Then, they are having Matt and I and my brother and sister-in-law over for Thai food. Should be a fun day!
Have a wonderful weekend! BTW...I've been reading through a lot of Emilie Barnes books on organizing...I've been getting a lot of great tips...you should check some out from your library!
"I leaned against the warm brick wall and gazed up. It was a bright, cloudless day, the sky a mocking blue". Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier