Meal plan for November 18th - 24th

Well, it's official.  My kid is a psycho stalker.

We had his parent-teacher conference on Friday.  Overall, the report was good, but his teacher did note that he seemed a "bit possessive" of his friends, and had we noticed it?  Um, yes, it has been noticed.  I told her we call it the "Single White Female" type of friendship.  Oy, I don't know what we're going to do about this.  Have you ever had stalker kids before?  How do you get them to "share" friends?

Jack attends a Montessori school, and the Montessori philosophy is all about getting kids to be independent.  His teacher said that he works great independently, but needs to be told what to do before he goes about his independent work.  Little dude is following in Troy's footsteps!  Both are fabulous with taking direction, but neither can seem to take the lead in their own lives.

Scene: Troy has been off all day, while I was at work until 7 pm.  I arrive home.

Me:  Phew, long day.  Did you collect the eggs, and fill up the chicken's food and water?
Troy: No.  Did you tell me to?
Me: (repeatedly slamming head in to the wall)

For the sake of Jack's future spouse, I need to nip this shit now.  Any ideas on getting kids to take independent actions without too much prodding?  His teacher and I agreed it is likely tied to the fact that he is an only child and with Troy being gone so often, I drag Jack around all over town running errands.  And when we're home, I'm occupied with getting shit done (hell, no one else is going to do it) so I give Jack tasks and other things to do to keep him from getting in to trouble.

In better news, Jack is currently doing a "task sheet" at preschool, which his teacher typically doesn't start any kid on until they're five (he is 4 and a half).  His reading level is hovering around first grade, and will likely be at second grade soon.  After that conversation, I called the school where I am hoping he will attend.  I spoke with the principal for 15 minutes (good sign of a great school that the principal is willing to talk that long with a parent of a kid who doesn't even attend his school yet) and we have a game plan in place.

In March, we'll have Jack evaluated and observed and will enroll him in kindergarten for fall 2014.  Sadly, the school where I want him to go only has half-day kindergarten, so we are going to try to work it out for him to attend first grade for the other half of the day.  It's not a promise, but the principal wants to work with us.  Socially, my freaky stalker bunny boiler kid is perfect for kindergarten, but if he gets bored by the work, he will become a distraction.  I know my kid, and he'll be a royal shit in school if he isn't challenged.  How do I know this?  I'm the exact same way!  Bad things happen when we're bored.  You won't like us when we're bored.

Saturday, I spent about 30 minutes cleaning chicken crap off of our walkway in the front yard.  I've been letting them roam the entire yard for the last few weekends, until the punks ruined it for themselves by figuring a way out under the fence (you go through the Japanese maple, around the fence, and out to the stairs.  Stinkers), so they're back to being caged up in their yard.

While wearing dirty yoga pants, a fleece, a LL Bean down vest (best Goodwill find ever), a scarf, and gloves and spraying chicken shit in to the garden, I couldn't help but think of that Fergie song Glamorous.  My fancy.

This past week our meal plan got shot to crap.  Monday was a crazy crazy day for our family, and as a result, we turned to take out.  Truth.  The weirdness of the week just increased from there, and things got jumbled around quite a bit.  I say that, because you'll see a lot of repeat from last week's plan; many of the stuff just didn't get made.

With that in mind, it's meal plan time!  Reminder, I only plan dinners.  My breakfast of choice has changed, and I'm now obsessed with homemade Greek yogurt with tons of cut up fresh fruit, and a homemade granola bar crumbled on top.  It's delicious and keeps me completely full and satisfied until lunch. Lunches are always leftovers.  We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.

Monday:: World's Second Best Baked Potatoes, tomato soup, and salad.

Tuesday:: Chicken roll up (will share the recipe if it turns out), and my Mother-in-law's Cabbage Thing.

Wednesday:: Frittata, salad, and fruit.

Thursday:: Turkey day!

Friday:: Popcorn dinner.  Yes, seriously we eat popcorn for dinner.  It's popcorn, leftovers, cheese slices, fruit, and cut up veggies.  Everyone gets as much as they want, and no one leaves hungry.  I adore Fridays because it is the easiest night of the week for making everyone happy!

Saturday:: Crock pot French Onion Soup, crack bread, and salad.

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent's with extended family.  The menu gets hammered out via email during the week - my dad makes the main dish, and we each contribute sides.  Another day of the week that I love!

This week I spent $4.50 at Costco, $3.50 for raw milk, and $36 at the grocery store...all despite not needing a thing for my meals.  How does that happen?  Please explain!

What are you having for dinner this week?