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Welcome! We are a homeschooling family of 12 living a smallish home, with a Lab named Samson, a Morkie named Cookie, and square foot gardens. Loving the Lord and learning as we go!



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Slow down sweet baby!

Just had to post..my sweet little baby boy, who isn't even 7 months old yet (will be on the 22nd)..pulled himself up to standing tonight!!

How is this possible?!?!?!

My baby needs to stay a baby..while he's a baby, for goodness sakes!

I tried catching it on video later on..but he was too worn out, I think, and soon went to bed. I'll see if I can catch him doing it sometime tomorrow.
Or maybe he'll change his mind and slow down a bit.....

Here's a pic for now..my oldest baby..and my youngest baby.

Caleb is completely infatuated with his big brother Ethan and gives the biggest smile when he's around...... or maybe it's the other way around?? Seems like every time I turn around, Ethan's picking him up. :o)

13 and 6 months.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Avon anyone?

Gabe and I walked down to a local craft fair a couple weeks ago. There was an Avon display and the lady asked if I had ever thought about selling Avon. Actually, I had been looking for a way to earn a little here at home in spare time (spare time?? what is that anyway?!) She gave me a call this week and I'm all signed up!
After hearing everything there is that goes with selling in person..I began to realize, after she left, that I might not have as much 'spare time' as I thought I had, and I'm really 'not' the type to go door to door and bug..I mean, ....visit with people...but there is a way to do it all online, via eRep. I signed up and am ready to roll! If you want to order Avon products, you can do so through my own personal link and have it mailed directly to you (or if you're local to me..I believe you can save on shipping and have it sent to me, and I can drop it off or you can pick it up at my home)
It's worth a try. I won't have ANYTHING interfering with homeschooling or taking care of my children and hubby..they are number # priority. :o) But this could be an easy, fun way to earn some extra savings..and this mama can get a discount and I could use some new make up anyway! :)
If you like, you can go to my site and sign up to become one of my customers. Thanks!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Hubby brag..

I'm going to brag on my hubby now.

He finally had some time to get to the smaller 'honey do' list.

We broke down and bought a new microwave the other day. We don't really have a specific place to put one. I suggested over the stove but he didn't like that idea..and I'm not sure it's 'to code' anyway.

I certainly can't have it taking up counter space in my kitchen, either. I need that space to prepare meals.

He suggested in the cupboard by our fridge. I didn't think it would fit. He insisted that it would. (I still didn't think it would!)

Guess who was wrong??

Boy I love being wrong.. :o)

He cut down the cupboard a bit, drilled a couple holes for the cord to plug it in, installed a strip for the middle and..tada! We still need to put a cupboard door above..but we'll get to that eventually.
Now ..once again...the kids can enjoy their cheesey tortillas and I can reheat my coffee 2 or 3 times throughout the morning.


Thursday, November 04, 2010

Where did October go??

Did we really have an October?? Boy that flew by fast.

Mikey had his vision appointment and his sight is fine. Caleb had a check up and is 19 1/2 lbs. Roly poly. :o)

The past month has had me preparing for winter..and preparing for Christmas. We managed to finish the children's Christmas shopping already with some money we had set aside. Also stocking up on what I'll need in December for baking, like butter on sale at our local Kwik Trip. I bought Christmas cards already and will be ordering some prints of pictures soon.

I've been trying to reevaluate our finances and my 'frugal attempts.' Raising 7 children on one income isn't the easiest.. but the Lord always provides, doesn't He? He always has for us. I have a budget and if I stick with it everything usually comes out fine. It's actually kind of fun to see how far I can stretch the budget. Following a menu plan helps. I have a two week menu for supper, breakfast and lunches.
Sometimes when I look at our budget it seems impossible...but we ALWAYS end up with more than enough! :o) My 'grocery' budget is 700 a month. That's roughly 500 for food and 200 for non-food items. I bake alot from scratch and our meals are simple..yet healthy. Things we eat are healthy natural peanutbutter, whole wheat bread, stir fries, and I try to avoid HFCS as much as possible (high fructose corn syrup), and lots of chili in the crockpot. I tried baking with just honey and only using pure maple syrup..but the cost was too much this last month and I went back to using dark brown sugar again. We do get WIC for our younger 3 children, which gives us a few gallons of milk every month, plus some cheese, whole grain tortillas, eggs, peanutbutter and cereal (I always get Cream of Wheat on it). So if you include WIC food I probably spend about 600 a month for food. I felt I should mention that because it does make a difference in my 'budget', of course. Children can qualify for WIC till age 5.

One of our favorite at home, from scratch brekkys (or suppers) is homemade waffles. It takes me about an hour to make them all but we usually end up with leftovers for the next day. I really want to get a second waffle iron so I could cut the preparation time in half!
Each square is 4 waffles..I made about 48 waffles and they lasted two meals.
There were made with part whole wheat, part white flour..no sugar added. We made homemade blueberry syrup to go with them!

Noah tried his hand at baking cookies...all on his own.

He measured, mixed and baked every step by himself. I considered it part of his schooling for the day. :o)

(notice the salt and pepper shakers on the back of my stove? I bought those at a yard sale before we moved to Minnesota. Mom and I went yard sale'ing for the last time before my move and this was what I bought at a white house along Highway 6. They're one of my most favorite possessions. )

Another thing I love to make is homemade granola. It us absolutely the best! The kids like it with milk, but I love to mix mine with plain yogurt and frozen blueberries. Oatmeal is super for nursing mamas, too. :o) My recipe is very simple..

RECIPE~~~1 large container of old fashioned oats. Poured into a large bowl. Pour 1 cup oil over the granola and either 1 cup of honey or 1 cup of brn sugar, lots of cinnamon, 1 cup of sunflower seeds. If you want sweeter granola, add more honey than I mentioned. I mix well, and pour into a large (15 by 10) in baking pan. I bake it on 325 for an hour or so stirring every 10 minutes. I don't let it get too dark or it will burn. The granola will crisp up as it cools. I store it in a large ziplock freezer bag. You can add coconut if you like or other 'goodies'..but I like this basic recipe and it's pretty inexpensive. ~~~~~

If you have any 'frugal' tips please leave a comment and share with me! I'm about to go over my menu plan again and change some things. Maybe I'll post it on here soon. I hope this post gave a little insight to 'how we do it' on one income with so many young'uns.

Have a blessed day!