Like most families, our children participate in various activities. There are some things that happen every week and the rest usually fall twice a month. But one week a month, all of the kids’ activities converge and everybody has everything in one week. This is that week. I will be shuttling at least one child to one activity every night this week, plus a couple of before-school clubs, and Firstborn’s homeschool PE class and art class, which are during the day. I know for some of you this sounds like your daily reality, but for me it’s a busy week, “the perfect storm”.
The main issue this creates is dinner time. We normally eat about 6:30 or 7:00, because that’s when Craig gets home. This week I will need to feed one of the kids before I drop him/her off, and then I'll get home right about the time Craig does and the rest of us will eat. Meal planning is not my forté, but this week I decided to be very organized about this and plan mainly crockpot meals which will be ready for one person to eat early, without sitting around and getting cold or over-baked for the rest of us. It will also avoid last-minute dashes to the drive-thru.
Here’s my menu:
Mon: hot ham sandwiches, celery and carrot sticks, tortilla chips
Tues: crockpot chili, cornbread muffins (I like this Wendy’s copycat recipe, but this time I’ll omit the beef and use all beans)
Wed: sweet and saucy chicken, brown rice, salad (new recipe for me; I’ll use boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
Thu: swiss steak, egg noodles, salad (put round steak in crockpot w/ sliced onions and green bell pepper, mix a can of tomato sauce with minced garlic, thyme, and salt/pepper, and pour over steak)
Fri: we always have pizza/movie night; no activities
How about your family? Do you have any strategies for activity nights?