Hillary Chybinski

Monday, November 05, 2018

Keep Family Traditions, Even When Your Oldest Goes off to College

College Planning and Family Traditions

We are entering a new phase or season of our family life . . . we are about to send our first-born off to college next fall. I can't believe how quickly we got to this point. It seems like only yesterday we were taking him to the zoo and stopping in at our local fire station on a weekly basis.

I began to realize rather quickly that this year would be filled with last "firsts," like the last "first day of school picture" and the last "first fall lacrosse league game," as well as first "firsts," like our first senior portraits and our first college application. Needless to say there are a lot of highs and lows and emotions are running all over the place for all of us.

One of the things I've been thinking about a lot lately are our family traditions and how this shift in our every day will affect those traditions in the year (and years) to come. We aren't sure where he will land at this point, but at least all the schools he's looked at are less than a 3-hour drive away. So I can breathe deeply knowing that unless there's bad weather, he'll be home for the major holidays.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Easy Family Meal Plan 2018 Week 42

Weekly Meal Plan

Happy Monday meal planners! So sorry I missed last week's meal plan, but I'm back on my game this week, and have four ideas to inspire you. Something new I'm trying in my meal planning is to use up things I have in my refrigerator, rather than buying new food each week, and tossing out so many leftovers.

I don't know about you, but I hate throwing away food. It's like a personal affront when I can't figure out a way to eat something we have on hand. But it's a terrible habit around here that I am trying to curb. On Sunday, for instance, I knew the temperature was going  down and I should make soup. I had leftover Rotisserie Chicken and leftover Rice. I did a quick Pinterest search, and realized I had everything on-hand for this recipe, except for carrots. So I added carrots to my shopping list, and whipped up this easy yummy Chicken and Rice Soup.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Easy Family Meal Plan 2018 Week 40

Weekly Meal Plan 2018 Week 40

Welcome back meal planners - sorry I missed last week. What did you end of making for dinner last week? We were going away for the weekend, so I wanted to use up stuff in my refrigerator before we left!

This week kicks off October, and we are finally getting some fall-like weather around here. The kind of weather that makes me think of soups and pot roasts. Do you have a favorite fall meal to make for your family?

We are starting off the week with a night out to dinner to celebrate our oldest's birthday. It's a busy week with school activities, so our meal plan may get shuffled around a bit. Here's what we have planned for this week: