Monday, July 9, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
In a side note, my niece is back in the hospital. As you can say, the party is over. All I can say is that I feel for her, not because what she has done, but because of what she gave up. She could have had a great life with us, but chose differently. I don't know where she will go from here. Somewhere for troubled teens to be sure. I will just keep praying and hoping that she can change her life and really let Jesus in.
Enough on that note. We are going to the beach on Saturday, so my goal is to not grocery shop this week and to finish up anything in the fridge and eat from the freezer. I will combine my grocery money from this week and next to let us eat well while we are gone. I will probably go buy some shrimp and fish from the docks which is so much cheaper than eating out. We may go out once, but last time we it was so expensive and we were disappointed in the quality. I would rather buy it myself and cook it. We will see. I usually bring alot of food from home, but this time I think I will bring a small cooler with milk and bring cereal and muffins and then shop when I get to the island. I need to see what is down there because my parents go often and tend to store up stuff while they are there. We will see what is in the pantry and freezer there and then go shopping. Don't worry, I will bring my coupons. I never like to spend more than I have to even on vacation.
Well, I am off to finish addressing Evan's birthday invitations. His party is on Saturday and we are getting a blow up water slide and sharing it with my nephew. We are praying for good weather!
Friday, June 8, 2012
So for the birthday party we are taking a van load to the movies to see Madagascar 3. When we are done we are coming back here for a cook out and cake and ice cream. The cake is a rainbow cake. I can't wait to post pictures, but we have to wait until it is cut because it is the inside that will be so cool.
For a birthday party i normally spend around $50 to take the kids to do something special. We have been skating, to the water park, gotten nails done, and movies. We then normally come back here an invite the family to come over for a cookout with hotdogs and cake and ice cream. It usually is another $25 for the cookout, but that is usually my total expense. The birthday kid also gets to pick the meals for the day on their birthday. Sometime it is some strange combinations of food, but usually it is pretty good. The point is to make the day all out them, and to focus on them for a day. We usually buy simple gifts and a few items that they need. If they are wanting something expensive we will encourage the family to give them money and they can pool that and go get what they want. I personally would rather them have one nice thing than a bunch of junk.
I don't think my niece is enjoying her run away life like she thought she would. We tried to tell her that, and we tried to convince her not to act the way she did. Unfortunately for her we do not have custody of her and if she wants to make other choices we can't help her too much besides talking to the Grandparents. People have to some day learn that you have consequences for your actions. You can't lie, steal and run away and then come back and live your old life like nothing ever happened. You have to pay the consequences and then try to make things right, but you can't go back to where you were. I don't know what will happen with her. It is out of my hands. Prayer is the only thing that will help her get her head straight and get through everything.
Well, I have to get started on some things for today. Babysitting this morning and movies this afternoon. Yeah for us we live a blessed life because of the Lord Jesus. He is our rock and salvation!
Saturday, June 2, 2012
So like I said we are moving on. Ashley has her dance recital today. They are doing the Lion King and she if Rafiki the monkey. It was a little rough on the dress rehearsal, so I guess the recital will be good! After we are going out for Mexican food. It is cheap and good and I just am not coming back here after the recital and cooking for a crowd. I think Ashley's friend is coming and spending the night. More fun fun!
I went to Aldi shopping yesterday and spend over $100.00, but it was also stuff for a cookout next weekend for Ashley's birthday. It still seems like alot of money. I also went to Publix and spent $30 on meat. I only buy ground beef from them since I found out about the pink slime. I know theirs is good. I am hoping no grocery shopping except for a few fresh things for two weeks. We will see how that goes.
Well, it is 9:00 and only have the crew is up. I think I will make them some pancakes. Pancakes on Saturdays are so good! Have a great Saturday!
Monday, May 28, 2012
I am still upset. We feel betrayed and used. We gave her things and tried to let her live a life of love and compassion. Then I have to remember that she is 17 and doesn't understand about sacrifice and being hurt by loved ones, she is only interested in the moment. She can't see that her future was going to be bright here, with schooling, and friends, and the things that a teen needs and wants. She can only see that she wants to be with someone else right now.
I was telling Steven the other night that I felt like the last 6 weeks that she has been here has been a waste. That we wasted all of our time, energy and money on her and she just runs off and steals from us, and then I said no it wasn't. The bible says that his word will not return void. I shared scripture with her daily and we had discussions about how God wants us to live as Christians. We took her to church, youth group, and to the Rush weekend at rock ranch. We showed her the love of a Christian family and what that love can mean. I believe that one day she will turn to that word and remember what we talked about. She will want in her life what we have here. I will be there to show her how to come to the Lord when she wants it. We will always love her, even if we don't love her actions. We can show the love of Christ through us. We don't have to let her exploit us again, but we can help her get the help she needs and to fully engage in Christ. He is the one who can heal her. He is already healing our family from this.
On a positive note, we are going swimming today if the weather cooperates and we are cooking our with family. My parents are at the beach, but we invited my sister and her family and Steven's brother and his family over to cook out and churn ice cream. We are going to continue to have fun and make family memories and just pray for the lost that they would one day return. Have a blessed memorial day and remember the sacrifice that our forefathers made so that we could have the freedoms that we have here.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
9:00 Breakfast - if someone is hungry before they can eat, but I want everyone up and eating by this time.
9:30 Clean up Kitchen, get dressed, make beds, clean up rooms, morning chores.
10:30 Those still homeschooling will work on schoolwork, others will have time to journal and read books from the library.
11:15 - 12:30 Free time, work on project of choosing, legos, free play time, (no computer or tv) finish up school work.
1:00 Clean up lunch, put away laundry, clean up from free time.
1:30-4:00 Summer fun time. During this time we will go swimming, go to the river, go to the museum, go to the library, etc. If it is poor weather or we have more to do at home we may watch a movie or we might do some crafts or have game time.
4:30-6:00 Dinner prep - one child will help with that every night, free time, computer time, tv time.
6:00 dinner, family bible time at table.
6:30 clean up table, clean up other messes
7:00 - 8:30 Family time - work in garden, swim at river, go for walks, play outside, etc.
9:00 - 10:00 Bed
I think this is structured but loose at the same time. I am not tight with the schedule, but just want our days to flow nicely.
We will take some days and go to a state park, water park, have friends over, etc. We will also have appointments and such so this is loose, but just something to strive for.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I received some wonderful heartfelt cards and notes, and the kids didn't let me lift a finger today. We went and visited my mom and we went out for ice cream. Yummy and fun! I don't want to ever forget my first mothers day with my new child. She has come a long way and is turning into a wonderful young lady. I hope she along with all of my kids will reach her full potential and just love the Lord and her family. You don't have to birth kids for them to take up space in your heart!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
We are closing in our garage to make another bedroom. We don't want the kids to feel crowded. Luckily we have a large living room where we can all be together. We have never been crazy about kids spending time by themselves in their room. We think everyone should spend as much time together as possible.
I went to town and went grocery shopping. I spent $30 at Publix (best meat), $80 at Sams (cheese and meds) and $80 at Aldi (everything else.) I still have to get some bulk macaroni from Ingles but they were out. All of the cheese I got will last the month and most of the meds I got will last a year. Sams has super cheap over the counter meds. My grocery bill is growing, but so is my family and my heart. I just have to remember that.
Well, I need to go get ready for bed. Mothers day is tomorrow. I love my own mother so much, and I love my mother in law even though she is not in love with us right now. I keep praying for some reconciliation, but it hasn't happened yet. She doesn't want us to come see her for mothers day. It stings to hear that, but in a way it is a relief. I don't really want to deal with all of our emotions tomorrow. I want it to be a happy day.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Well, since we have been so busy with moving in a teen, baseball, babysitting, and general stuff I have not been bargain or coupon shopping and it has shown. I am going to Publix tomorrow with my coupons after baseball and I will let you know how is goes. I have got to get back into saving money. We sure don't have any extra to burn at this time.
I am going to eat lunch with Emma and let Brianna work on her school work. Geometry, Yuck!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I don't know if I will be able to hike with the family. I hate not to. I love seeing their faces and experience times with them, but with my ankle just getting healed I don't want to reinjure it. We will see how it feels. I can just stay behind and read and work on my bible study.
I might bring my computer and post pictures. I hope the weather is nice and we can all relax.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Well you know that I have to post about going to a funeral frugally. We have to travel two hours out of town, so I got us two hotel rooms online. It is only $50 a night so we got two rooms so that we don't have to have someone sleep on the floor. It it supposed to have free breakfast. I am hoping that her church will bring food to the house so that we don't have to eat out a bunch. I am packing sandwiches and snacks for traveling and a cooler with water, juice and soda. So, we may have to eat out once, but not too much.
I still want to write a post about coupons and my opinions on them. I will do that after Easter.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
I am hoping to sub a few days this week. The little kids that I babysit are on spring break. I also hope to get some housework and some organizing done. We will see how it goes. All of my meal for next week are either freezer meals or crock pot, just in case I get called in.
I am going to post later about my reformed way that I am shopping. No more coupons (well, maybe a few but not heavy). That is for another whole post. We have church tonight so I don't have time. Look for that to come later.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
We had our town's annual festival also this weekend. Ashley usually dances at it, but since she was with the youth group we just watched my niece dance. We then walked around, ate a gyro and a fried Oreo, and went home. My foot wouldn't allow for much more, but it was enjoyable. We had my sister in law and brother in law over for homemade pizza for dinner. Busy but enjoyable. Now is the catch up time. I made the little kids clean their bathrooms and their rooms since we were not here this Saturday to do it then. I hate it but there is no maid and the week starts tomorrow.
We are doing a women's study at church on Sunday nights. I feel guilty that I am going and not helping Steven, but he said that he didn't mind. I love a good women's study. He knows this and supports me in this. He is a great husband!
Friday, March 9, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
I guess this summer we will be staying home more and more. I hate it, but what choice will we have? When we lived in Leesburg we had a pool, but here we do not. My mom has a pool, but she lives 20 minutes away from here. They spend alot of time in the summer at the beach, so we may just stay at her house a few days at a time just so that we can swim and be closer to town for outings. I have also thought about spending some extended time at the beach this summer. My grandma has a beach house and lets us go. We will have to share some with my parents, but extra time in the water would be great! We do live 5 miles from the river, so we can take a picnic lunch and let the kids go swim there. I do worry about snakes. Yuck! I like pools better, but there is not one around here to join.
I don't know why I am worried about summer already. That is four months away.. I guess I should worry about this week first. Like, what am I going to wear to my cousin's bridal party this weekend with this boot on my foot?
I am babysitting the crew this week again. Luckily, my sister is out of school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so I will only have him two days this week and the other kids are coming on Thursday and Friday. I will have two days free with no kids. I am going to go and get my hair cut one of the days. I would love to go poking around Goodwill, I will just see how my foot is feeling. I can't walk a long way, only a short distance.
Well, I guess I will get in the kitchen in a little bit and fix these kids some breakfast. I might bake some biscuits for them. That would be a treat!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Steven is going to take Evan to buy a baseball bat and pick up some items for me at Aldi and Kroger. He hates shopping, but hates eating out more and hates spending the money to eat out.
The guys are going to a monster truck show tonight. The girls and I are going to my parents house to cook out. Nothing big. Maybe hot dogs and hamburgers. That is our usual Sunday lunch so I guess I will fix pizza for tomorrow. I think I will bake the crusts today and wrap them and put them in the freezer. Then we just have to thaw them and put the toppings on.
Well, I need to go shower and get moving. I love to lounge on Saturday a little too much.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Steven has been doing the shopping. He is not enjoying it, but he has been doing OK. I am hoping that I can walk well enough to shop for myself next week. We will see. I am getting cabin fever so I am hoping I can.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Valentines was nice and low key. Since I really can't go anywhere, we got some Chinese take-out. We really never get take out, so that was a real treat. Then we just sat around and watched TV and the kids worked on their AWANA books for church tonight.
I took Ashley to the orthodontist today. It was my first real outing by myself since I broke the ankle. We did OK but now I am tired. I hear a nap calling me. I think I am going to but clothes in the drier and try to nap for a few minutes. We have church tonight, but I am not doing the little kids. I don't think my leg is up to it. I think I will try to help out and listen for the AWANA kids to say a verse of something. Maybe I can be helpful and not walk.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
I am taking the kids to an animal refuge tomorrow if it doesn't rain. They are bringing a friend and we are hoping to bring our cousins. We never know if they are going to be allowed to go with us when we go somewhere. The grandparents are weird that way. We are also going to take a picnic. I might stop off and get them a movie to watch tomorrow night. I guess we will see what kind of mood we are in when the time comes.
I did really good with the shopping this week. I spend $6.00 at Publix and $28 at Wal-Mart. I price matched at Wal-Mart and used some coupons. The lady tried to tell me that I couldn't use both coupons and price match. I told her that I could, to just scan the coupons. She finally did and it worked. I don't know why some checkers hate to have you used coupons. All they have to do is scan them. It is not much more work. I often have to tell the clerks how to do their job. It gets to be annoying. I will put up with it because I save so much money shopping sales and using coupons. Combine that with trips to Aldi and Sams and I don't spend near as much as most of my friends. I also cook more than most and spend lots of time in the kitchen . We rarely go out and that is fine with me. I usually don't really like restaurant food and I hate spending that kind of money for one meal when I know that I usually spend that much for a whole week of groceries. Yes, I am cheap!
Well, the kids want popcorn. We pop it in the air Popper and put butter on it. Yum and so much cheaper than microwave. The kids are so spoiled with good popcorn and real butter that they don't really like the other kinds. I guess I will make them some right now.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
My kids have been busy having friends over, visiting with cousins, church activities, and whatever else they can find to do. They are really enjoying life right now and I am glad!
I have been doing pretty good with our finances and saving money this month. I am still not sure what to do about work for next year. For the past two school years that we have been here I have not been able to get employment in the schools. I have enjoyed watching Collin this year, but we need more money. I can sub next year if I don't get a job. I really don't enjoy subbing, but the pay is good and I can pick and choose day. I would prefer to get a job in the school system so that I can get paid through the summer. I guess I will apply and just see what happens. I will just leave it in God's hands!
Well, I guess I will go get some clothes out of the dryer and fold them before the kids get home. One more day until Friday. I am hoping to take the kids to do something fun this weekend. We will see how the weather holds up!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
We are still trying to eat from the pantry. I have only spent $35 this week at the store and $5.00 of that was on a container. I may go back tomorrow for salad fixings and a few things for the weekend. Steven's sister is coming to town. They were supposed to come last weekend, but the little boy got sick. We are also going to celebrate his birthday. I told them I will make a cookie cake for him with blue icing. Yummy!
We are still trying to help my nephew with some of his stuff. He is living with my in laws, but they are charging him $300 a month rent. He can barely pay that and go to school. I am praying that we can talk them into reducing the rent. I keep hoping that we will find some money somewhere that we can use to help him with. He has no car and is barely getting by. We might add on a room here or let him live in the camper if we get it. We are just praying about what to do.
Well, I have to go stir up the rice and broccoli for our chicken broccoli cheese casserole for tonight. I don't think the little kids are getting picked up until 5:30 and it is hard to get anything done in the kitchen with them here. My kids help, but they have homework and it is not really their responsibility. I will share the recipe later. It is so good and easy and it uses up leftover chicken.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I don't have the baby today because we switched days, so I am going to go and volunteer at the school with the special ed pre-k. I was bummed last week to find out that the lady in that class who was going to retire decided to stay another year. I am still going to apply for something for next year, but I am not getting my hopes up. Jobs in schools are so scarce right now. I really want to go back and work with the special kids. Maybe something will open up. I am getting together my new application.
After that is church tonight and just picking up around the house. I feel like I lead a boring life. I wish sometimes that we lived in the 1950's when most moms stayed home and knew their neighbor. I hate not having ladies to go and visit during the day. Everyone I know either works, or homeschools and large family and really can't make time to visit much. Don't get me wrong, we have made some good church friends here, but I really would like some ladies to visit.
Well, I have to get the crew up. Justin (my nephew) is starting classes for his GED today. Wish him luck. I hope it doesn't take him a terribly long time to get done. He would like to take some college classes next year. Well, the kids have FCA today and no one is moving. I better get off the computer.
Monday, January 9, 2012
I only paid $1.78 for all 4. I had coupons and extra bucks. Love this stuff. I run my dishwasher twice a day and we have well water. This stuff gets my dishes clean with no film.
I also went to the grocery and got lettuce. They were on sale for .88 cents. I am not a big fan of iceberg, but everyone else is and it was cheep.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Last night I made chili for a crowd. We always have extras stop by right before church, so I try to make a soup or casserole that can feed a crowd and can be cleaned up quickly. I cooked the beans from scratch, and added ground deer meat, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and spices. My chili is never the same twice in a row. I just add stuff until it taste well.
Tonight I made potato soup and two loaves of bread. We ate one with dinner and can toast the other for breakfast with homemade jam!
Tomorrow is pizza. I have everything we need for that. We are off to a good start even though I have overspent a little this week. I just have to make up for it next week.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The kids want to go to a fast food place today so they can play on a playground and the older kids want to go to the mall. I don't know if we will go or not. It is really cold out right now and our mall is outdoors. Our nice indoor mall has gotten trashy and is now not in a good part of town. I won't go over there unless we have to.
We do have church and AWANA tonight, so we can't be gone all day. I have to look at my lesson for the 2 year olds. We don't do anything fancy, but I do have to gather materials for them and a snack. Never forget a snack with little ones.
Well, that is about it. Tomorrow the kids are in school, but I don't have any kids here so it is vacation for me! I am reading the bible at church in the morning (we are reading through the whole bible as a church) then I am free. Maybe a trip to Kroger to use some coupons but that is it!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
- I hope to really trim our budget in several areas, mostly in food and household spending. We do pretty good most months, but I want to do really good. I am going to cut more coupons for our household items (soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.) and cook more homemade items when I can.
- I want to pay off our van. It is a peace of junk van that we paid way too much for that has given us problems, but I want the payment gone!
- Pay cash for another trip to El Salvador. We would like for Ashley and I to go next year. We would love also to add Natalie and Steven to go back. We will see if we can save or raise this much. We do not want to rely on fund raising and donations again for trips. We want to have the cash up front.
Now my weight loss goals and heath goals:
- Ultimately I want to lose at least 30 pounds. More would be nice but I want to keep it real. I have already signed up for weight watchers online . New Years Eve kind of crashed the two pounds that I had taken off. Oh well, we start over today.
- Get some exercise daily. I tend to be a couch potato. I do work around the house all day, but outside yard work and strenuous stuff I leave to the men. We have a wii fit and on nice days I am going to try to get out and walk. I feel so much better when I exercise I just don't like to make time for it.Drink more water.
I think these goals are reasonable. I don't like to make goals that I cannot reach, but these are doable.
On another note, the kids have three more days until they go back to school. I hope they enjoy them and don't get too bored. I don't really have anything planned for them to do. Natalie is going to Emily's house today and Ashley and I are going to clean out her closet and dresser. We were given two huge bags of clothes last week and we need to figure out what to do with them. Wednesday is church, so we will have some kids over for dinner and then go to awana. That is about it. Not an exciting week, but we will be busy!