Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Second Trimester Energy

My very favorite part about pregnancy is feeling the baby move.  My second favorite part is the energy I have during my second trimester.  I have been taking full-advantage of it this past week.

I reminded myself how to use my pressure canner and canned 18 pints of black beans and pinto beans, 6 quarts of pinto beans, 4 quarts of homemade chicken soup, 3 quarts of chicken, and filled 5 quart jars with brownie mixes for an upcoming baby shower I'm hosting.  By the day's end I will have 7 more quarts of beans for shelf-stable storage.

  Bread kits were prepped and picture was taken a few weeks ago.

I took an inventory of my freezers to see what kind of room I have and to make sure I have a balanced variety of meals and prepared ingredients (to make easy meals).

I decluttered my laundry room this morning while making a to-do list (otherwise I'll forget what needs to be done), and started some laundry. 

Peach was not so happy about having her bunny and blanket washed.  In hindsight, I should've washed them in separate loads so she had some comfort.

I have cream cheese chicken in the crockpot and a loaf of whole wheat bread in the oven.

What to do next?


Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Oh Wow! You're on a roll. I love hearing about your accomplishments.

Sara said...

Share some of that energy around! ;) I am glad to be in the final stretch, but the tiredness gets old. :P I hope your energy sticks around for awhile! Sounds like you're doing great. :)

Large Family Small World said...

Good job! I love that 2nd trimester energy! You are so smart to get so much done now while you have the energy, I always wait until the 3rd trimester when I'm wiped out. You would think I'd learn faster....maybe I've learned from your example? ;)

Julie V. said...

Kids must have been in school!

Nikki said...

You're right! The oldest three were at their charter program today while I did the freezer asessment, baked the bread, and made the cream cheese chicken.

The laundry room decluttering was done by the time I took them to school. And the canning was the past three days.

I just found my canning books-- so I am SO excited to plan more!

Laurie Fifield said...

I'd love to hear more about this charter program. Is it connected to home schooling, or is it a new thing?

Nikki said...


It is a WONDERFUL charter school program that the school-aged children attend twice a week. They teach the "fun" subjects-- or from my view, the subjects that require more prep: Science, History, Art, and Music. And they spend all day there. 8:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

And since it's a public school, they pay $250 for each child's curriculum for what they need to learn at home. Basically all I'm required to do at home is Math, Language Arts, and P.E. Last year we got $750 to go towards that curriculum-- which was more than enough. Next year, if Hammy joins them, it will be $1000.

They give us a list of approved resources, books, curriculum, workbooks, manipulatives, even online programs, and we order through it. So we have computer games, workbooks, things on Health, Literature, handwriting, Spelling & Vocabulary, Logic & Reasoning, DVDs to help nearly ANY subject, etc. Certain things have to be returned. Many workbooks and teacher's guides we get to keep.

It works really well for our family. I keep track of what they learn at home and submit worklogs to show that they're progressing. It's really easy.

Laureena said...

YOU. ARE. AMAZING! I read your blog, and get all excited about all that's being accomplished, and them I'm like "Oh, yeah. I didn't do all that work, NIKKI did!" Oh, and reading about the bread kits reminded me that I wanted to share MY new approach to having bread almost every day, with very little work. It's a refrigerator dough from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Google it! They have a cookbook out, but honestly, why would I buy it when their website has most of the recipes anyway? Don't know how well it will work for you, but it's been AMAZING for us!


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