Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Break

Due to the extreme busy-ness of our lives in the past couple of weeks, I have been forced to take a break from blogging. I promise as soon as I get a day off (HA!) I will be writing some more. I am having withdrawals from blogging, writing in my head, so hopefully I get a vacation day soon. Enjoy your summer and please enjoy these photos of possible upcoming posts.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Special Day

Our oldest graduated from high school at the beginning of June! How does that happen when it seems like she was in kindergarten just the other day? To celebrate, all frugality went out the window when she chose to go out to eat the the Cheesecake Factory instead of having a graduation party. Grandma and Grandpa very generously paid the (huge, gasp!!!) bill. The food was delicious, large portions, and we did take home the extras. When it came to the cheesecake tho, we only ordered 2 pieces for the 9 of us to split because we were so stuffed by the time dessert came. It did live up to the hype (we had never been to the Factory before) and am glad Graduated Girl chose a new place to eat at. It was a very special and exciting day for all of us.

The reason for post is to make a point of not missing out on important times in our lives just because one is trying to be frugal. While we were soooooo grateful for Grandma and Grandpa paying for the huge treat, it is important to live a little when you can.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 162: Homemade Firestarters

I was going to show how I make these, but the Homestead Revival beat me to it, and they have way better pictures anyways, so use the link and see what I use for starting the fires in the firepit. We have a firering in our backyard and the kids enjoy impromptu smore making alot.

This is a real recycling project!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Pocket Change

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'" ~ ~Erma Bombeck

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Funny Things In The Mail

The mailman probably thinks I am a weirdo due to the things that come to my house in the mail. Good thing my husband is friends with the postmaster. Here is an incomplete list, due to the fact I am a bit tired from my overactive summer activities.

coffee cup, complete with instant coffee, but no water. cheap company.

baby magazines for new mothers. (my oldest is 17 and my youngest is almost 7. I don't think I qualify for new.)


personal mail for the previous residents. we've been here 8 years.

mail for my father in law who has never lived in this town and doesn't have the same first name as my husband and the zip code was even wrong to begin with.