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Friday, November 22, 2013

A two year old's perspective

You need a hair cut on your face.

{Ouch}

This is said as she pokes my face with a bobby pin, pretending to have tweezers.


There's something beautiful about the way a toddler perceives the world….uh, except when the need to tweeze is involved.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Approaching - Tis the Season

Is it just me or have Christmas cards gone up in price considerably in recent years?
Actually, it probably IS me because I don't think we've paid full price for a photo-Christmas card since we started sending them out.
I've been looking around and gathering prices from various sites: Shutterfly (my usual favorite), Snapfish, TinyPrints, Office Depot….etc, and I found them to be crazy expensive and way beyond my budget for even thirty cards.
Then through a link on MoneySavingMom.com, I found York Photos. The link wasn't for Christmas cards, but I figured if they were selling personalized desk calendars, the odds were good that they'd sell photo cards too. I was VERY pleasantly surprised at their prices. Emery was so surprised that he decided we could get 100 cards instead of just 30, and with shipping and everything our total was UNDER $35.
That means we could stamp and mail the cards for around 75 cents a card, total. And, uh, I couldn't even find ANY cards anywhere else that could be produced for that price.
SCORE!
If you're suffering sticker-shock from Christmas cards, wander over to York Photo and see if you can't recover.



---York Photo doesn't know me, and I don't really know them. I can't vouch for the quality since our cards haven't arrived yet. But the frugalista in me has to share a great deal when I find it. Happy 6 weeks to Christmas!-----

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sometimes it's about self-control

I deactivated my Facebook account back in July. I've had several people ask why, and I've proceeded to tell them an entirely too long story concerning Little House on the Prairie and how it was nice seemed for people not to know what has happened in every person they ever met's lives for the past twenty years, whether or not they had seen or spoken to them. {There's some weird grammar in that one.}
But the short of it is a self-control issue. Because I'm really not that good at moderating how much time I spend scrolling and scrolling through my newsfeed, and I'd rather just eliminate the temptation.

After being away for some four months, I'm not sure how I had the time to look at Facebook anyway. I don't want to fall into the trap of distracted parenting. I don't want to be too busy looking at the computer (or smartphone - for the rest of the population) that I'm not paying attention to my children. I don't want to miss out the little moments of these tender years. It's not worth it.

I do get curious. I want the easy way of finding out how people are doing (without actually talking to them), but after a few minutes of reactivation this morning (to get a blog url), I realized that I'm not at all interested in maintaining Facebook anymore.
Granted, I don't think you're a sinner for having a Facebook, but for me it's not a good fit.



Monday, November 11, 2013

A Mama's Hats

Saturday, I was looking around {the internet} and learning about essential oils. I'd been afraid to sick my toes into the depths of that subject, but I'm in now and the water's fine! And if I had a few hundred dollars just laying around with nothing to spend it on, I'd really take the plunge…..but I don't, so I won't, yet.
I'm really interested in trying some of the oils blended to boost immunity, especially this time of year. Do any of you lovely readers use essential oils? What brand and which ones??

All the research the other day got me to thinking (again) about all the hats a mama wears during this journey of motherhood.

  • Head Chef (of course)
  • Nutritionist
  • Allergist - at times
  • Dr/Naturopath
  • Laundry Master
  • Cleaning services
  • Book Reader
  • Educator
  • Dance Partner
  • Song Singer
  • Van driver
  • Night Duty
  • Boo-boo Kisser
  • Wardrobe Specialist
  • File Organizer, house organizer
  • Football tolerate-er
  • Imaginary food tester
  • Dental hygienist
  • Diaper Changer
  • Researcher
  • Gift-giver
  • Personal assistant to husband
  • Cheerleader
  • Frugalista
  • Interior Decorator
…….Mother.
What a resume!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

First World Problems

You probably seen the video of children in Africa saying statements like "I hate when I have to sit on the floor because my phone charger cord is so short."

The gist is that our "problems" are so insignificant compared to what plagues so much of the world.

I was thinking about that today as I had to give Adele her first bit of discipline for touching the outlet. And I speculated that most babies in first world countries have to learn that lesson very early, but in much of the rest of the world, it's probably not a lesson that gets learned at all.
First world problem.

Or when at the grocery store, attempting to maneuver cart with car on the front and using all my body weight to get the thing going because it's heavy from children and food….

We are richly blessed!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Good-Will Hunting.

It's been a long while since I've been to a Goodwill. Actually, I think it's been four years, but it just happened that there weren't any close by where we've lived, so I didn't go. It wasn't about avoidance.

But to my great pleasure, Goodwill opened a new store right next to my good friend, Big Lots, and today brought my first venture into the treasure trove. It was an excellent day of shopping. The girls were patient, and Hattie liked "helping" me shuffle through the dresses and shirts. I came away with almost 13 new additions to my wardrobe, each one averaging less than $4….and that fact makes my face smile. I can't deal with paying thirty or forty dollars for a shirt, but four dollars is RIGHT up my alley. :)

The Lord knows our needs. I'd been feeling frumpy and faded with concern to my closet, but not feeling the liberty to spend much….God clothes the lilies and He clothes me, too.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Crawling, Worry, and WEEKEND!


-I get disappointed every time I don't win a Pioneer Woman give away. I'm determined to win…one day. She gives away so many lovely things, I'm just bound to win SOMETHING, even if there are 30,000 other people vying for the same thing. Except I'm always afraid that I won't remember what I wrote as my entry in the comments, and that when I do actually win, I won't be sure that it was actually me.

-Adele learned to crawl on Saturday. And life has changed. She is going places. She hasn't quite got her form down, but she can cross a room, and clearly that's all that matters to her. How did my baby get to be 7 months old?!? She anxious to be included in mealtimes and she loves her Hattie. Hattie still makes her laugh better than anyone else.

-Hattie had a check-up yesterday. I was so pleased and thankful for how well she's growing. Above 95% for her height (and head circumference) and 40% on her weight. She eats so much, I guess all of those nutrients are just growing straight up, instead of around.
You know, mama's going to worry. I had her pegged with type 1 Diabetes, which is why I made her an appointment. And it was fairly agony to have to wait ten days for the appointment to come. She was having so many odd symptoms; I was just sure we'd be having to stick her finger at every meal for the rest of her life. But, GLORY HALLELUJAH, her sugar and iron counts were both right as rain, and this mama is some kind of relieved. You know what the Dr essentially said everything accounted for? Two-year old-itis. (Granted, I made up the term.) She just said that she's two and two year olds do things like this.
Well, I'm glad to know. Maybe I won't be diagnosing Adele this way when she's two.

Hattie was a champ when they pricked her finger. I hadn't told her it was coming because I didn't want to scare the life out of her. But she didn't even flinch at the prick and the nurse just squeezed drop after drop into her little vial, and I was so thankful they didn't try to put a needle in her little arm.

In other news, it's (FINALLY) Friday. Our company is coming in tonight and we're going to have a some fun weekend. Although tomorrow's wedding will mean my good friend is moving off to Memphis, where a large portion of my good friends reside - and I don't like that part one bit, but I suppose I'll have to just deal with it and not interrupt the nuptials.

Happiest of Friday's to you. And Happy November! Is it too early to get out the pilgrims??