Menu Plan Monday (with a weekend update)

It’s been one of those weekends where I got a lot accomplished but now I feel like I need a weekend.  How about you?

I was up waaaay too late last night, in large part because I slept for a good portion of the afternoon, but also because I was in the middle of a project I’ve been meaning to get to for the last six months and I didn’t want to quit till it was done lest I never go back to it — updating my photo albums.

I’ll pause while you all express your condolences.

Like a typical first time mom, I got all ambitious and decided that in addition to my annual family album, I would also do a baby album for each child.  And then.  THEN!  I would continue on.  Oh yes.  A baby album was not enough for this first time mom.  When my son turned one, I decided to do a “Toddler Album” for him.  And then of course when he went to school, I started a “School Days Album.”  Oh, Creative Memories, how you suckered me in with your fantastic marketing and your oh-so-cute themed albums.  What good 21st century mother wouldn’t capture every milestone for her child in his very own set of albums?

Now I have three children and I’ve gone digital for my family albums (iPhoto, how I love thee!), but I feel the need to continue the tradition of the School Days Albums.  I don’t want to be paying for therapy when my 2nd and 3rd children get to be teenagers and realize that their big brother has 3 of his very own albums and they only have a half-finished baby album to document their lives.

I try so hard to collect all of their school pictures and class pictures and sports pictures in one place so that when I finally drag out all of my scrapbooking supplies I have everything I need to document their school carreers, but somehow along the way I’ve misplaced a few.  And I realized yesterday that I didn’t even order class pictures this year.  D’oh.

And THEN at some point I realized that I didn’t even have a School Days album started for my third, and I left off in her baby album after her 1st birthday.

So.  I sat up last night, going back through three years of photos, picking out the best and ordering them through Snapfish (after my printer decided to flake on me and make smudges on all the photos I was trying to print.)  Oh the joys.

And then I went back to iPhoto and tried to finish my 2009 family album, and THAT is when finally at 12:30am, I gave up the ghost and went to bed even though I wasn’t quite done because I knew I had a good hour left on the project and I felt like someone was rubbing sandpaper on my eyeballs.  So my goal today is to get back to that family photo album and finish up and order it for goodness sake, and then I don’t have to worry about another one until January 2011.

Who wants to take bets on how long it will take me to get my 3rd child’s baby album caught up and get started on her School Days album, once my Snapfish order arrives?

Wait.  Did someone say Menu Plan Monday?  Oh yeah.  So anyway.  I did get up at the butt-crack of dawn this morning, despite my late night date with iPhoto, to make a menu plan for this week.  I never got around to it last week, what with the holiday weekend and all, and I can’t believe how many weeks (months?) of my life I spent without a menu plan.  It was misery, people, without a menu plan.  So.  Here we go.

MONDAY: Chicken In A Pot (from mary kathryn), Zucchini Pancakes, Quinoa

TUESDAY: Lentil Soup, fresh baked bread

WEDNESDAY: Shrimp Scampi, oven roasted asparagus

THURSDAY: leftovers

FRIDAY: Rib-Eye Steaks with Cornmeal Fried Onion Rings, herbed new potatoes, and steamed broccoli

SATURDAY: broccoli and potato frittata (with leftover broccoli and potato from Friday)

And there you have it!

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday.

But wait.  Stay tuned because later today I have a giveaway to post, and it’s a goodie.  I’ll give you a hint.  It rhymes with historic.  😉