Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ready. Set. GO!

Hello my dear stitching buddies....
today marks the first day of the 2009-20010 school year! Fingers crossed we have a wonderful year, and I'll say a rosary every day for my children to be safe and to have success both academically and socially.

So to start everything off.....
on the right foot, I got my rear end out of bed (4:45 a.m.), kissed the hubby good-bye ~ told him to drive safe and rinse out his oatmeal bowl (he typically does NOT do this), then marched downstairs and hopped on the elliptical. After 15 minutes of hell, I mean fun! (not)....I ran back upstairs to shower, moisturize, deodorize, beautify (didn't help) and dress. Then I ran back downstairs and I made homemade Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs and sausage patties for the growing school children:

I awoke the children.....
and they dressed and came down to eat with gusto.

Then I packed a hearty meal.....
everyone got a PB & J (no nut allergy rules at our school yet), Cool Ranch Doritos, a cup of diced peaches, a cup of strawberry yogurt, a homemade brownie and a big squirt bottle of H20. They probably won't eat all of this but I pack heavy for a reason....what is left over, they eat for their after school snack (kill two birds with one stone and usually we are wild going to after school activities, and I don't have to worry about packing them a snack...they already have it with them).
**Here's a little tip for Mama's out there** if you pack school lunches and want something that is quick and easy...I make the "sweet treats" in advance. I bake once or twice per a large, large quantity. Like yesterday I made 24 banana bread muffins, two batches of chocolate chip cookies and 4 (13 x 9 inch) pans of brownies. Once all were cooled I put them into sandwich baggies in individually sized portions. Each bag gets either: 1 muffin or 2 cookies or 1 large brownie. After all the treats were bagged, I put them into large Tupperware boxes sorted by type. I put a label on the outside that said, "Muffins", "Cookies" and "Brownies" and then placed these containers into the deep freeze. Everything was made by scratch and doesn't contain preservatives. Now I have a months (or sometimes more) worth of homemade "sweet treats" for my kids lunches. Every morning I pull the "treats of the day" and put them in their lunch boxes - it thaws by lunch time. A easy way to send a bit of love with your child to school....and it makes you look like you are a real Suzy Homemaker too ;)

Then it was..... your backpacks? What about the Kleenex, hand sanitizer bags? Lunch boxes? Wait! Wait! WAIT! We need our 1st day of school picture....WHEW! Then.....we walked to school. We always walk...Ellie always rides (I'm sure you noticed! LOL!) ;)
Now Ellie and I are back......
from our walk/ride to school and supper is slow cookin' away ~ looks like crap now...but tonight it will be the most luscious, rich Beef Stroganoff with the few simple additions and ladled over egg noodles. YUM-O!
if only I had something WONDERFUL waiting for me besides this:

Oh well....
what is a Suzy Homemaker to do?!
Until next time....
love and best wishes, as you count your blessings and your stitches, from our house to yours!
"For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the Lord, "plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to
give you hope and a future."
~Jeremiah 29:11~


  1. whew! i'm exhausted for you! love the baking idea, but i have teens and they wouldn't last in this house. LOL

  2. WOW! You are full of energy early in the a.m. I know, you have to be to get them all up, dressed, fed, packed and to school but still.... LOL

    I get to do the same thing without the 4:45 wake up in one week and five days. The kids are chomping at the bit and ready to be back at school. It amazes me everyday to hear one or more say, "Mommy, when does school start??!!" I used to love summer the best and never wanted to start back to school. LOL

    Great idea baking ahead of time. What a great time saver!! I'll have to attemp that myself soon. LOL

  3. Wow I need a nap after you morning LOL.....Readinf this post one fine day was playing from your music selection Made me laugh dor some odd reason.

    Hope the kiddos enjoyed their 1st day back. Can I come and have luch at your house LOL

    Take Care

  4. Oh Vonna, wow, you really are a go-getter:)

    DH loves Strogonoff, could you possibly share the crockpot version you rely on, when you have time, as if you don't already have enough to do...

    Sweet Stitchin...

  5. Lovely post Vonna - I hope your kids have a great first day and good luck with all of your laundry!

  6. Hmmm, so is there enough leftover for me to come for breakfast?! :) Good luck to the kids on their first day of school. I'm amazed at how much you get done before 9am! Good luck to you with all that laundry...

  7. Vonna! You are mom of the year in my book! I slept until 10 this morning! Cole watched Sesame Street while Sarah and I snoozed (a rarity, but still). And you've been going since before 5am! You are AMAZING!

  8. Oh my goodness, but reading your morning routine has me smiling and tired. :)

    Now may I ask, is this routine everyday? Or just special days? LOL

    I love the photo of the boys "enjoying" their yummy breakfast. Well, it does look yummy to me. :)

    I hope the laundry is all caught up and you are finding a moment to yourself to sit and relax and stitch away.

  9. Breakfast looks wonderful Vonna! What a nice mom. Your kids are so cute, and I hope they have a wonderful year at school. And, I hope the school year brings you more free stitching moments!

  10. Here's hoping that you all have a wonderful school year! I can hardly believe it's time for school buses to roll again!

  11. I like the baking idea! And I don't have kids.

    Hope the kids have a great first day. Can't believe they go back so early. Our schools don't start here til the 26th.

  12. OH,what a great Mom you are! Your kids will always remember how Mom did this for them when the grow up and look back! Not a lot of kids have these great memories! Bless you, Vonna!

  13. Wow, you are on the ball! YGG! Great back to school photo. :) I can't believe they're back so early! I wish them loads of success this year.

  14. Oh my I'm exhausted just reading about your morning !! Breakfast looked delicious, Lunch ideas are great. Supper in the crock pot, you are so organized.

  15. Forgot to say I love your Autumn looking blog.

  16. Anonymous1:44 PM

    I was going to tell you I like your Autumn blog and new photo of you.....but Irene beat me to it. Sounds like you are back on schedule and like I always tell you in my books you are The Best Mommy in the World.


  17. My clock (or is it me) doesn't do 4.45AM!

    I remember those hectic first day back at school days - enjoy it - they soon grow up!

  18. Will you adopt me? LOL
    Your a wonderful mother!!

  19. Hi Vonna!
    My DD goes back to school on the 24th much to my dismay. I love having her home with me and I feel like this summer went by way to fast.
    I also over pack lunches for the same reason... after school snack is ready.
    I love Beef Stroganoff and am also hoping that you will share the recipe when you have a spare moment.
    Hope your kids enjoyed their first day.
    Oh, BTW, in case you remember finishing DD's teacher's end of the year gift, it was a big hit. She loved it.
    Happy Stitching,

  20. Your post reminded me why I am soooo grateful that my youngest is 25 ... Now all I have to do is spoil two wonderful grandchildren ... I still get up at 5am to tend to my husband and get the housework done before going to work ... but at least, I am not getting children off to school.

  21. Wow! You're so good! There's no way I'd get up THAT early! lol! 6am is early enough for me! I can't believe school is already starting in so many places. Ours starts early too, but not till Sept. 2. It usually starts after Labor Day. You are such a good mom! Such fancy lunches and a scrumptious breakfast too!

  22. Whoa woman - you're up way too early for my tastes! LOL I guess I shouldn't say that - I'll be there too in a few weeks. Love your idea of the mass baking at one time - I should try that out. And the wash is a never ending battle. Hopefully you'll get through it fast and get some stitching done in your quiet time now that the kids are back to school.

  23. Vonna,
    Just read your comments on my blog. I am currently back on my "meds", so the masses are safe, LOL! Be careful what you wish for, you never know when I might show in Indiana.

  24. Dear Vonna,
    Can you please come move in with us? The boys would sooooooo love for you to cook like that for them! hahaha (It was pretty much cereal or grits!) oh yeah, can't forget the pop tarts! We would normally over sleep again, so most times the kids would either poptart it or eat at school. Which we did alot!
    Bless you for being able to get up so early, I cringe when the alarm goes off at 5:45.
    Hugs my friend!

  25. What fond memories your post brought back! You are quiet the woman! Hope the kids had a great first day. Love the autumnal look to the blog.

  26. Wow, school starts so early in your burg! Doesn't start here for another 10 days. Went to registration today for the last time and I am not going to miss it! Lots of forms and long lines. I got my kids trained to make their own lunches at an early age and they did pretty good. They learned not to rely on a mom who doesn't like rising early.

  27. Hi Vonna..your fall look is so pretty I like:).

    What a cute back to school picture...I hope they all had a happy first day...hugs, Linda

  28. What a wonderful start to the school year. The food looks scrumptous and the childen look all spit and shined. Love the photos of your home life.

  29. Whew, what a busy day! I enjoyed this post so much! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Wow! So lucky the kids back to school already.'s still 3 weeks away for us here in Canada! I can hardly wait :) They are bored, I am bored and that's when trouble starts! LOL. Great baking tip esp. since my son has a major peanut allergy will have to bake more for him.

  31. WOW ! You're a Super Mom :)

  32. You are an amazing mother, dear Vonna! Wonderful tips, just wish I had them when my kids were all at home.

    Heck, that tip about making the homemade snacks ahead is a good one, I can still do that, and have the snacks out when the kids come home!;)

    Hope and pray they have a wonderful school year! Hey, maybe you could train Ellie to do laundry?:)

  33. Holy, do you ever have any time to stitch!!! I was exhausted reading about your morning...whew!!!

  34. Hope all the kids have a great year in school Vonna. Sure wish I had had your tips to use when my kids were little!

  35. You get up about the same time that I am going to bed! Seriously, that is way too early. :D You're a good Mom!

    Wow, your kidos return to school so early. Kids here go back 8/24 and in CT they return after labor day.

  36. I just LOVE first day of school pics! We used to do the same things. My dd is 19 & her first day of college out came the camera, she smiled & stood in the "first day of school picture taking spot :-)

  37. Vonna you are a wild woman! I love it! Makes me miss those days when my children were little. We would take first day of school pics also. They hated it, I loved it! Ah to be a mom! I really wish I was more of a morning person tho! Have a wonderful week!

  38. I remember how busy my mornings were when I had kids in the house. I really miss it. I always made sure they had a good breakfast in their bellies...I called it "brain food". Also, the poor babies couldn't escape me...I drove their school bus! HA!!

  39. What an awesome job you do Vonna! I am an early bird too, but my kids aren't in the mood to eat much in the morning so they get muffins or banana bread and fruit to go. They start school at 7 so are on the bus just after 6. I love the baking ahead idea, I just bake every other day, and it might be nice to have some in reserve. I'd have to hide it from the teenager. Another thing I do is cook a couple of dinners at a time. I might assemble a pork chop casserole and make a lasagna to pop in the fridge for tomorrow night! That helps with all the after school lessons as well because I just have to pop pre assembled stuff in the oven and then do potatoes and veg, or salad or something.

  40. Anonymous10:08 AM

    I hope they enjoyed their first day of school! They all look so happy. What a great mom you are!
    An amazing woman & an inspiration for me to do better as a mom.

  41. You rock Vonna! I want to be just like you when I grow up!

  42. I dont know how you find the time/energy for everything! You are super Mum!
    Love the 1st day at school picture, so good to compare these each year i bet!

  43. Okay, you are making the rest of us moms (or at least this one!) look bad! My DS is lucky if I remember to replenish his online lunch account!

    Thanks for the hints on preparing sweet treats ahead of time! I might have to start doing that myself!

  44. You are a very organised mum. I feel tired just listening to your busy morning. I only wish that I could be so organised.

  45. Vonna you are the "bomb"!!I LOVE your baking tip and I am going to use it!! The kids look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready for new adventures!We don't start until the 24th, and then on the 26th its off to Marquette to drop my "baby", I mean "young man" off to college! Wah!I'll join you in the morning rosaries for safe, happy, healthy and studious kids!

  46. Ok, so you put me to shame with your earlier 1st day rise-time and your snazzy breakfast. Wow, what a spread. You should be patting yourself on the back for your super-mom-ness. Up before 5, elliptical workout before the kids got up, healthy, yummy lunches packed, dinner in the crockpot and I'm sure you had a smile on your face all day amidst the piles of laundry. I am as usual in awww :) I felt like a chicken with my head cut off all day and I only had 2 in school.

    We simply must get together, friend. Once we get in the school routine and things settle down I'll give ya' a ring. I miss ya' and it was great seeing you and Ellie speeding by us this morning at school :) Love ya!

  47. I think your kids and your DH are about the luckiest people in this entire world. Just saying the rosary takes a lot of time. Bless you for being such a great mommy and wife.
    I hope all of your days are as wonderful as this first day of school!!!
    Take Care. Have a good weekend!

  48. I hope your children were enjoying their first days at school. They should have - being prepared for school in such a wonderful way by you.

  49. Hi Vonna! Wow - kids are back to school already! Have you and Ellie survived the new school year routine without the big ones home all day? I love the baking idea and am going to try that when my kids start back to school (which isn't until Sept 10th this year!!) Hope they had a great first week and that the laundry piles have diminished - at least temporarily :-) Meredith

  50. Sounds, and looks, like the first day started out wonderfully. Boy the waffles look yummy.

  51. I hope to see your "sweet treat" recipes on your recipe blog soon! ;)

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  52. I LOVE your idea about freezing baked goods separately! Since my boys start school on Monday I must try this! I bake each Sunday night and now that my boys are 12 and 15 I find that it only lasts til Tues. lol! so I mix up a double batch of dough Sunday and bake it Sunday and Wednesday to keep it fresh... I think I'll try this instead :)
    Blessings, Patti

  53. Wow! You are Wonder Woman. Kids here don't go back to school until 9/1. We'll have a great routine and healthy meals - at least until about 9/4 - which is when I expect everything to start to slide back to pre-packaged "whatever was on sale".

    Your Stroganoff sounds great. I would love to see your recipe if you are ever inclined (and have time) to post it.


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