Sunday, June 26, 2011

Reunion Cake, Pantry Organization, and "Blog-cation" for Planning

Reunion Cake

Yesterday, we attended a family reunion that brought together my father-in-laws side of the family.  My husband helped coordinate and organize the reunion with the help of lots of family members.
My father-in-law is one of 12 children! There were 3 girls and 9 boys in the family.  Currently, 5 out of the 12 children are still living.  So those that attended were my husband's immediate family, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, third cousins... :) This was the first reunion like this in over 25 years and it was so nice to gather with so many generations under one roof.  Usually we see some of these family members only at sad occasions like funerals so it was a blessing to see everyone during happier times.  There were about 80 family members that gathered.

Each family brought food to share and there were alot of delicious dishes! I brought the homemade white cake with homemade cream cheese icing that I made for my daughter's soccer birthday party and my other daughter's horse cake.  I decorated the top of the cake with the monogram of an "S" which stands for the Smith family.  It was a great time and I hope we can meet with everyone again soon!

Pantry Organization
Since I have been shopping this past week like crazy at Harris Teeter finding all the good deals for Super Double Coupon week, my pantry has looked a bit messy as I fill the shelves with all my good finds:
I had a helper today....

And we got to work today reorganizing the shelves which was quite helpful since I now know what NOT to buy with coupons during the next several weeks. Here's the organized pantry:

"Blog-cation" for Homeschool Planning

This will be my last post until the end of the week sometime since I will be using my "blog-cation", or break from updating my blog posts, to start planning my homeschool lessons for this upcoming school year.  I have ordered most of my books and I have to still go through the 6 boxes of new curriculum that I ordered and then plan out a schedule of how I want to use the resources and when.  So I thought leaving blog land for a bit to concentrate on lesson planning will help me stay better focused on the overwhelming yet exciting task of trying to plan out what will be best for my children. 

I will have the July No Ordinary Blog Hop (NOBH) post up by Friday, July 1st so be on the lookout for the new July NOBH post with new buttons and friends to meet!

Speaking of homeschooling, I encourage you to go over and visit Hip Homeschool Moms today and read a great post by Jenny Butler, a public school teacher, NOT a homeschooler.  She explains why homeschooling is the best for a family that chooses this route.  I thought it was an interesting post coming from a different point of view.  I hope you enjoy reading it, whether you homeschool or not. 

Join the crew at  No Ordinary Blog Hop (NOBH) !


Unknown said...

Your pantry looks great! Enjoy your blogcation and your homeschool planning, I need to do that in July :)

How fun to have a family reunion:) Pantry looks fab, you both did a great job! Enjoy your blog break and good luck with lesson planning. I am still sorting out my curriculum choices:) Voted for you today:)

Mom2Seven said...

Wishing you a productive week! +JMJ+

Melissa N. said...

We don't do reunions... 8( Pantry looks great! Have a nice and productive time this week planning!

Anonymous said...

What a great pantry...very jealous:) I sort of miss our family reunions with the extended family. It's nice to have almost all of our immediate family right here in the same block. The kids are able to play together all the time!

Your cake looks great and I love the black and white. Pantry looks good too. I really need to get back into couponing!! Have a nice break from blogging. Hope you get a lot done! :)

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed the article at HHM. Thank you for posting it. Enjoy your time away, and don't get too stressed about the planning. You are a wonderful mom and teacher. The cake looks delicious. Love your pantry!

Voted for you today and a few times this week. Hope your school planning is going well. Hope you have a great July 4th weekend planned:)

Renee said...

Blessings as you plan and enjoy your blog-cation!

HI Jen,
Thanks for stopping in...I wish I could say plans all done, but at least I'm off to a good start :)

Thanks Anna-Marie, Thanks for stopping in not one but two times this week :) Planning is going slowly but it's a start. I'm still trying to decide on curriculum on some subjects!

Thanks Annita!
It was a productive week for the most part. Did alot of cleaning, organizing, and started planning! Thanks for stopping in!

HI Melissa!
Thanks! We don't do many family reunions on either side of my family, but when we do it's a blessing!

HI "renitakuehner"
That's so nice that you have family close by! That is a blessing!

HI Christine,
I know couponing takes alot of time so I hope I can keep it up since I feel like I am making money for my family :) Thanks for stopping in!

Thanks Lynda for all your encouraging words! Planning is going, but I have alot more to do for sure :/ Thanks for your visit!

Thanks Renee Ann and Anna-Marie! Have a great July 4th weekend!

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