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Birthday Pics & A Vacation

November 6th, 2008 at 03:44 pm



I wanted to post some pictures of the stroller that DH made for our youngest daughter for her birthday this week. It came out so nice!

Today I am trying a new butternut squash soup recipe. It smells wonderful and I always feel so much better when I COOK a meal- rather than going out.

Today I also purchased plane tickets for a surprise trip to visit someone close. I hate to put details on here in case she DOES read this. LOL But we did find a good deal on airfare and I am excited about making the trip as cheep as possible without ruining the "fun" factor. It is a splurge that definitely isn't a necessity. It wasn't a step towards paying off debt so that doesn't give me "happy butterflys" but... I am being conscious of how much I will spend and I do think it will be beneficial to me to have some Fun Time. Smile

Grocery Day 11/5/08

November 5th, 2008 at 02:16 pm

I use the envelope system and I usually only carry $125.00 in it when I go for groceries each week. However this week I had some excess left over from our refinancing a few weeks ago (random checks from this and that showing up) so I decided to stockpile just a little more this week.

Here is what I bought for $241.25

2 pounds of cheese
3 pounds of butter
1 gallon skim milk
2 dozen brown eggs
1 ½ gallon egg nog
1 package sliced American cheese
3 containers of Bryers all natural ice creme
69 pounds worth of turkey (4 birds)
8 pounds of bacon
2 large packs of chicken breast
1 pound breakfast sausage
6 whole Tyson chickens
5 pounds snow crab
5 packages of flour tortillas
5 packages of gordita tortillas
1 package english muffins
6 pounds of onions
20 pounds of potatoes
12 pounds assorted kinds of apples
1 large package frozen corn on the cob
3 1/2 pounds jewel yams
1 red pepper
1 garlic
1 pound fresh green beans
2 packages of qtips
5 vitamin waters
1 2 liter Pepsi
1 rainbow cake mix
1 bottle soy sauce
1 jar strawberry jelly
1 bottle stir fry sauce
1 jar blueberry jam
1 jar organic peanut butter
10 cans Dole tidbit pineapple
5 big cans of yams
5 cans of sweet&condensed milk
10 cans of evaporated milk
1 chocolate frosting tub
1 box rice krispee cereal
1 container of allspice
1 container of ground ginger
1 container Bay seasoning


Birthdays are a little different now

November 4th, 2008 at 06:24 am

Roll back 14 years to when my first daughter was the birthday girl and you would see her surrounded by heaping piles of the latest and greatest PLASTIC toys. I was a single mother and I thought that the way to success was to show the world that I could indeed provide for my daughter by giving her quantity. I don't think we still own even a single toy from her childhood. I kick myself thinking "If I had only saved that money, she would have so much more right now."

Tomorrow our youngest daughter will turn 2. Her daddy jumped at the chance when I asked him if he could make her a wooden toy stroller for her birthday. I only asked him this last night on his way home from work. Smile He however went to the lumber yard when he got home and I heard all the power tools working in the shop late into the evening. She will have a single beautiful gift that will last through her childhood and perhaps more siblings.

I am much more wise now when it comes to how our family spends. We seek simplicity and quality. These choices provide much more in the long run than plastic mindless clutter.