Making meals to freeze ahead of time with a family of 6 seems SOOOO daunting! (Well, baby won't need them, but I'll eat enough for two people.
) I'm okay with preparing meals for my largish family, but to make something complete to freeze just sounds tough.
I will definitely make some soups to have on hand - they'll have to have plenty of meat in them because meatless soups just don't cut it around here. Other than that, I plan on just having the freezer/pantry stocked with ingredients. It's no so difficult to pull some chicken legs out of the freezer in the morning & throw them in the oven in the late afternoon with some sweet potatoes and serve with some fermented veggies & a salad or sauteed kale or something. I always have a tougher time with breakfast...but Dd1 cooks eggs, so at least I'll have her to fall back on if DP isn't here.
Aside from food, I've been bookmarking craft ideas to keep the kids occupied & gathering supplies. I have a bunch of packages of never-dries-out modeling clay, beeswax to make ornaments or window hangings (makes the house smell so good when the sun hits them!), lots of pretty wool for needle and/or wet felting, star paper for making window stars, scrap-booking paper for making hanging stars and other odds & ends. I *really* don't want them spending hours in front of the television.
They'll be really into holiday crafts, so at least we all have the crafty time of year on our sides.
I might try to set up some regular playdates for them or get them signed up for something at the Y or some place nearby. I have a neighborhood friend who would gladly take the younger two (and my oldest, but she'd be bored.) So I'll try to set some dates up with her before baby comes.
I don't know what else to do, really. Suggestions that haven't been posted yet?