Thursday, July 31, 2008


WARNING: Tired mommy vent ahead. Proceed with caution. A little tired this week. Dad is out of town so I am left to be mom and dad to my four lil ones. My oldest ones have had complete meltdowns over nothing this week. They miss their dad.
We started off strong this week. We swam with friends on Monday then had a sleepover Monday nite. Hung out with our company on Tuesday. Another sleepover on Wednesday night. I keep thinking that we need to do all of this play time before school starts. While it was nice to have others to entertain my kids, we are all completely exhausted from it. It seems that we go from one extreme to the next. We are bored or we are running around like crazy. Sounds like it may be time to get on a schedule again. Don't get me wrong we have PLENTY to do around here. I need to start refreshing the reading skills before school starts. I also aspired to doing piano lessons here this summer with my kids but we simply have not sat down to do it. I have these great ideas and they always get shoved aside. Anyway, it is late. We are shopping for school supplies tomorrow.We will see what this weekend brings.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Good Morning Sunshine!!

Bet your morning didn't start out by confiscating 3 light sabers, 1 ninja sword, and 1 batman sword due to a screaming 5 year old---something about not being fair!!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Treasure of the Week

Our treasure of the week has been cherries. I finally purchased some after the priced dropped by about $4. My kids ate them up so I bought another bag. So proud that my kids are eating a new fruit, I got online to find out exactly how healthy this treasure is. Check out I noticed that the kids began to slow down eating them today so I found a great recipe that I wanted to share.

Cherry Muffins
1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1c 2% milk
1 c cherries, chopped (pits removed)

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray mini muffin pan with olive oil spray. Mix together dry ingredients. Stir in egg, milk, & butter. Fold in cherries. Fill muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

A little more serious blog

I have been struggling with a decision lately. I really am interested in sending my kids to public school. The school we are zoned for is really.....awful. So I talked to a few people about getting a new address to send them to a better public school. The verdict is "iffy." The new address would not be our primary residence so we could be asked to leave if someone turned us in. Ok, so that sounds like a NO. The private school we attend is just okay. We pay alot of money for okay. I could go back and teach at the school where I want my kids to attend but with that comes a lot of guilt for leaving my youngest. I am not sure that I am ready to go back to work. The money would be good. The changes for our family could be not-so-good. My children want to stay at the "just-okay" private school.

I am tired of thinking about it!!!! Anyone else in a situation like this????

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Easy Craft!!

Need an easy craft?? This one is cheap and easy for all ages.
You will need:

sidewalk chalk

First step is to pour salt on a piece of paper.

Next, rub chalk in salt until it is colored.

Use paper to pour colored salt into containers.

These leftover jelly jars worked great. The kids loved seeing the layers and experimenting with new colors. Kept them busy for quite a while;)

Monday, July 7, 2008

An Idea for all of those "extra" clothes

I am a bargain shopper!! I love to find that super sweet deal on something that I was really needing anyway. This weekend it was t-shirts for $2.99 in my daughter's favorite princesses. Just love that! The deals were so good that I stocked up on nightgowns, a birthday present, and a few Christmas items. Ok, so you get the point--bargain shopper all the way!!
I always donate to Goodwill and our local store. Some items I just hate to give away. I go through our clothes for the upcoming season and see which ones fit, which ones will be handed down and which ones are good enough to auction off. I have found that I usually end up with enough "auctionable" things that I make enough $$ to turn around and buy new or gently used things in the next size. I have been doing this for a couple of years and now look at it as recycling. Such a great thing to let someone else have great clothes at a fraction of what it would cost at the store. Such a great thing for me to use that money to buy the clothes we need for the upcoming season. I am already getting my fall stuff out and seeing what will be need for my kids.