Today was a wonderful day that started with a trip to the grocery store to stock up some on food items. One of the things that had been voted on at our Friday meeting was to have sort of a mini lecture hall where a variety of topics will be explored. On the way to the store we had our lecture on Hurricanes since it looks like Hurricane Earl is going to be hitting North Carolina sometime Thursday Evening. So we discussed how hurricanes form, talked about hurricane Earl itself and what are ways to prepare for hurricanes. We also talked about who would see more problems associated with this storm, their aunt who actually lives at the coast or us which we live pretty far inland. Being inland we discussed the types of weather we could see produced from the hurricane which would involve high winds, rain and tornados. From watching a show at some point over the summer, our daughter knew how hurricanes formed. It was a pretty cool discussion.
We must be quite frugal with money when dealing with groceries this can be quite a challenge for our family, typically on average spending around $250 a month for a family of 5. This usually means I take total control of what to get, mostly from being experienced at what to buy and how to stretch it to get the most food for our money and the most meal from the products. However I had an idea to create a sense of everyone having options and getting food they wanted. We had a hundred dollars altogether today to do a 2 week shopping endeavor. I took $40 of that and told them I would get the basic staples with that such as oatmeal, grits, eggs, milk, bread, flour, sugar, coffee, rice and peanut butter. The rest of the family members would get $15 a piece and put whatever ingredients they wanted in the cart.
Each child used their math skills comparing prices, looking for the sale prices, keeping track of how much of their $15 they had left. It was the most fun we ever had shopping and the kids were so engrossed in looking over food and making choices. It was an amazing experience and I had a blast watching what my husband, children and even adult daughter purchased. They have the option of challenging me to cook with ingredients they bought or making their meals themselves they have in mind. I also will come up with meals with surplus ingredients they do not use in their dishes. To my surprise they purchased reasonable grocery items, no sweets and no junk food other than a TV dinner a piece for the kids. Our daughter got her TV dinner due to the fact she chose items to make a salad for the family but can not stand to eat salads herself.
She did ask once if she had enough left over if she could get items for a dessert which I said yes to. It ended up she did not have enough money after getting all her ingredients and her TV dinner so that is all there was and she did not mention it again. When we got home she promptly made her salad for our dinner. A double bonus for me as I finally get a break from cooking! She was so proud of being able to make the salad with ingredients she chose. Our son got things for Mexican inspired cheese burgers which should be extremely interesting! I am enjoying an array of new ingredients I would not typically buy in the house. Later on she made chocolate oatmeal banana muffins with me and her sisters help for a late night snack with plenty left over for tomorrow!
We had time to play word games with Boggle, although until her spelling gets better we will not play by the rules. We just had fun shaking up the cubes and exploring together the words we could find. She found several on her own, the larger words I helped her with and pointed them out. Our son joined us for a little bit but she was getting upset that he was finding her words. I then gave her a laminated sheet I have that is full of common words in alphabetical order so we spent some time going over those and she practiced reading them and writing them down on a tablet of paper.
Our son joined us tonight in watching the Colony, which is so fantastic and showing unique ways to adapt and survive a disaster. It is funny how something small like a computer game on Roblox sparked his interest in watching the show with us when he had not interest last week at all in it. He really got into it tonight though and can not wait until next Tuesday. He also had watched part of President Obama’s speech, although we came into it late not knowing it was on. He really enjoys watching things that have to do with the President.