Menu Plan Monday: June 6-June 12

It’s Birthday Week at our house. On Thursday, my son turns 8 years old. We have a couple of traditions in our home that make it special. Every other year, we switch up how we celebrate birthdays. One year, we have a birthday party, inviting friends. The next year, we have a “family-only” (sibling and parents) celebration, where the birthday boy/girl gets to choose what they’d like to do on their special day.

Also, we began celebrating Birthday Week. What does this mean? Well, in our home, it means you are relieved of one chore responsibility. Which chore is most often selected by our children? Well, feeding the cat and scooping the poop, of course. As well, during Birthday Week, we go all out celebrating. Not in huge, expensive ways but in ways that are meaningful and memory-making for all.

To kick off Birthday Week, we had a lunch picnic outside in the sun (LOVE). Then, the kids ran and played on the Slip ‘n Slide. The Birthday Boy opened his birthday present from his sister, which was totally rockin’ cool. He was still talking about it at bedtime. Another day this week, the Birthday Boy gets special time with Mom and Dad. Later in the week, we will have a fun family lunch, then go see Kung Fu Panda 2. After church on Sunday afternoon is the birthday party with friends, where Dad is making his famous frosted sugar cookies (Birthday Boy is not a fan of cake).  Birthday Week concludes with a family dinner Sunday night with aunts, uncles and cousins.  Not a lot of work for the parental unit but tons of fun for the Birthday Boy, filled with memories that will last a lifetime. Happy Birthday, Jadon!

Monday:

Mom and Dad’s Date Night

Tuesday: Middle Eastern Meal

Dajaj Bel Laban (Chicken with Yogurt), Brown Rice Pilaf, Fasooleyah Khodra bi Zei (Oriental Green Bean Salad) and Honey-Dill Carrots

Wednesday: Fast Food at Home

Black Forest Ham and Cream Cheese Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks and Apple Slices

Thursday: Birthday Boy’s Special

Cheese Pizza and Salad

Friday: Mexican Food

Chicken Tacos, Refried Black Beans, Mexi-Corn with Chips ‘n Salsa

Saturday: Soul Food 

Tuna Fish Croquettes, Home Fries, Black-Eyed Peas, and Corn Bread

Sunday: Birthday BBQ

Cheeseburgers, French Fries, Brownies and Ice Cream

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