Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Here is a collage of some of the burp cloths. Starting with top left it is a ribbon with pink, orange, white stripe, next is ladybugs, then pink, green, and white strips. Next row, a little hard to see light pink and green polka dots, purple swirly ribbon, and light green paisley. Bottom row, dump trucks, blue polka dots, and a cherry ribbon. If you would like to see a better view of any of these let me know and I will post a bigger picture.
Here are two new patterns. The one on the top is my favorite and says, "Happy Hippo."
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
A year ago I had no idea what our finances were like or how much money I spent, but then Andy became very concerned about our money spending. But God works wonders! Our church has MOPS group (Mother's of Preschoolers) and last Sept/Oct they had a lady speak about couponing. Well, I have never couponed because I thought who cares about saving .50, but this lady had tons of coupon tricks and rules that I had never heard of. After hearing how she gets like $200 worth of groceries for $20, I thought I have got to do this! That month after hearing her I couponed some, but did not have a lot of coupons yet. I tracked our grocery, warehouse, and eating out spending that month and it totaled over $900! Yes, that does include diapers and anything else like paper towels, toilet paper, etc. After couponing for about 4 months I had cut the grocery bill down by over $300 and it still keeps going down! I was even interviewed by our local paper about milk prices one day while I was grocery shopping, because the lady saw me stocking up on yogurt and saw my ginormous coupon notebook. By the way milk is SO much cheaper at BJ's, Sam's, Costco, Walgreen's than it is at the grocery store! My best savings was during a Harris Teeter triple coupon shop where I got $65 worth of groceries for only $2! Now how can anyone hear that and not want to know how they too can coupon!
Now that I have gotten good at the grocery savings thing (I still need to work on the Target, clothes, kids savings thing, which is in progress) I can't understand why more people don't coupon! I really see this as something God brought into our lives to relieve stress on our marriage and provide for us. We have so many free things or things the grocery store paid us to take that we give food away every month to our church's food bank ministry. It does take some time to cut and organize the coupons, but I look at it as my job. I am a stay at home mom and my job should be to spend as little possible on what we need so that we can pay our bills and save money for emergencies or college tuition for the kids. Even if you work full time you can still find time to do this like when you are watching TV or on Sunday afternoons while the kids are napping. Those are the times I usually cut and organize coupons. The coupon lady's website is http://www.smartspendingrescoures.com/ if anyone is interested in saving lots of money every month!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Finally, we got rid of the baby swings and put up big boy swings! We were waiting to get mulch to put down for cushioning, but then remembered that we had all these foam squares we were no longer using and used them instead. They are actually pretty soft! I am so glad to be done with the baby swings, because it has gotten to the point where all they want to do is swap everything back and forth. Well now they can swap all by themselves. They really love swinging on their bellies!
They also drank from a cup all by themselves! Carter did excellent at it and Cale just needed a little help at first. I know their preschool teacher will be very happy, because in the 2's class they need to be able to drink from a cup and my boys were the only ones in May when she gave them cups that spilled it immediately all over the place. It is something I just never cared to attempt with them. I knew that I would have to give them a regular cup at some point, but I guess part of me was hoping when they were ready they would just start doing it and I would never have to clean up any messes. Wishful thinking, but it did pretty much did go that way!
We also gave them a Capri Sun to drink by themselves for the first time and they also did great with that! Around our house it seems to be that when it comes to growing up we have a weekend filled with new accomplishments. Every time they have started one thing new it has snowballed into being several new things by the end of the weekend. I am glad that they are being more and more independent, but I really miss them being babies! I think it was just so incredibly hard when they were babies that I didn't get to enjoy it and live in the moment and now that I am not wishing one day away they are growing up so fast!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
The first part of the week we spent playing with our cousins, Jacob and Maria. The boys had so much fun with them.
They were so sad to leave Mawmaw and Papaw. We left before they did and stopped for gas and while we were pulling out of the gas station Carter said, "Bye Bye Mawmaw Papaw." Andy and I just thought he remembered we were leaving and was saying bye again, but when we looked up Mawmaw and Papaw had just drove by and were in front of us. He must have gotten his wonderful observation skills from me!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I didn't think it would work with my two. First of all, I thought they are way to young to get this and will run to the gate and yell for us. Boy was I wrong!! The other day at nap they were not staying in bed and not being quiet so I thought, well I have tried everything else I might as well try this. The last time I went in to make them lay down I walked out and left the door open. I stood just outside the door and when the first one got up I leaned around and told them to get back in bed and close their eyes and that it was time to go to sleep. It only took me standing there for about 30 minutes before they were alseep. I didn't stand there the whole time just enough for them to think I was. This is a HUGE improvement over the hour and a half it normally takes. After about 30 minutes Cale was upset about me ruining their party and was crying, so I closed the door and waited. I didn't hear another peep out of them. I won't say it has been a complete success, but out of the 5 times we have used this new technique it as worked 4 times!