Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
For your viewing pleasure...
Preston the Giant
Whatchu talkin' about Willis?
Wait a second! How'd that get in there?
Am I the only one who thinks my child looks like Haley Joel Osment?
And finally... the Many Faces of Preston
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Ok, ok you can't see my dazzling blue eyes, or my really cute shoes but this is the best you are going to get. I have to admit I take lousy photographs. Meaning, the camera points in my direction and I suddenly grow two more chins, my blouse decides to do crazy and disproportionate things, one eye decides to be smaller than the other, and I look four foot six inches... seriously! So, when challenged to do a self-portrait I did what any other self-respecting busy mom would do and headed into the bathroom, donned a daisy (that's real by the way) and used the mirror to snap a photo of my good side. Mischievous blouse and multiple chins defeated!
Friday, February 22, 2008
There are groups in just about every area in the country and even the world. I have freecycled a bunch of stuff and have actually received a good deal as well. Go here to find a group near you and once you sign up (don't worry, it's free) you're a freecycler! It is super easy... and did I mention, it's free?
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
I first became involved with Compassion through my husband, Phillip. Phillip sponsored his first child in the early 1990's and was able to maintain his sponsorship up until that child became an adult and graduated from the program. He then decided that he immediately wanted to sponsor another child and that's where Jennyfer comes in.
The great thing about Compassion is that you and your sponsored child are encouraged to get to know one another by writing letters and sharing information. We have received all sorts of pictures and letters from Jennyfer, and it is always a joy to receive a letter from her. Jennyfer lives in Columbia with her mother and father, and two siblings. She enjoys singing and art, and is an avid Bible reader. We first began sponsoring Jennyfer when she was very young and in the beginning her letters were dictated (as she was too young to write) but she would include a beautiful drawing that she had done. Now, Jennyfer is 13 and her letters are thoughtful and insightful. She often tells us that she is praying for us and how much she appreciates us being faithful to sponsor her. We often discuss the various parts of the Bible she is studying and what she is learning in school. We can tell that she has a quiet spirit, yet she loves the Lord and is passionate when talking about Him. It has been such a blessing to our family to get to know Jennyfer.
As Preston gets older I pray that he will have the desire to be compassionate. Having a sponsored child through Compassion it allows us to talk to him about other cultures, lifestyles, and God. Albeit still a bit young to fully grasp the meaning of it all, I hope that by seeing his parents and how we interact with those who are less fortunate, he will do the same and much, much more.
I want to encourage you to consider sponsoring a child through Compassion. For around a dollar a day you can give a child the opportunity to receive an education, be healthy, build self-confidence and social skills, and most importantly hear the gospel and learn about Jesus. It truly is a way for each of us to display our true compassion.
Friday, February 15, 2008
We love our library!
For more Frugal Friday entries and to find out how this all got started go here. And if you have a frugal tip you'd like to share, just let me know. I promise to give you full credit and I'll even link your blog.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
8am - Awaken by noisy toy being played in the hallway outside by bedroom by equally noisy boy. Superb hubby has allowed me to sleep in a bit.
Preston used a crayon to color the underneath side of a paperplate. Although hard to see as Preston was not very adventurous with the crayon. Preston helps staple the two plates and I trim the tops to make them look more like hearts. I then cut out the paper hearts and Preston glues them on the front and applies the stickers for the names. (Another alphabet recognition opportunity, thumbs up!) Preston holds the ribbon, I cut and attach them. Voila gift complete!
10:15 - Begin name writing on individual Valentines for Rec Center teachers and friends.
Preston's first attempt at writing his own name without my guidance. You can clearly see the "P" and "T". The "O" got squished against the "T", but all in all I would say he did a great job. We had seven of these to do so by the time we got the end he was all a bit done with it. I'm so proud of my little guy! We've only just started working on writing our letters.
12pm - Lunch is served: peanut butter and jelly, celery sticks and cheese puffs. And that was just for me. Just kidding! I had leftovers.
12:40 - Time to leave for T-ball at the Rec Center and deliver Valentines to teachers.
1:15 - I return home to sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Typically this is impossible to do with a 3 year-old who thinks he has to sweep and mop too, so I've taken advantage of the alone time. Also started on dinner - lasagna - and speed cleaned the house as mother-in-law was coming over for Valentine's Dinner.
3pm - Pick up Preston at the Rec Center and drive to friend's house to deliver paperplate Valentine holder/purse/doorhanger thingy to Kylie and Maya.
And this is what it looks like right before you sneeze. Visit friends, spread germs, mission accomplished.
4:10 - Finally home, Preston has a snack and watches TV *gasp* while I finish the lasagna, shower, more speed cleaning and put on my make-up so that dear hubby is not totally frightened on Valentine's Day.
5:40 - Mother-in-law brings Phillip home and gives Preston his present which just happens to be this green teeter-totter. May not mean that much to you, but this goes to his marble run and he thought it was the BEST THING EVER!
Mother-in-law gave me a bag of candy which included a large box of Junior Mints. May not meant that much to you, but trust me it was the BEST THING EVER!
6:00 - Dinner is served. Lasagna was mother-in-law's recipe and my first attempt. I must boast that it also was the BEST THING EVER!
9:00 - Mother-in-law helps Preston to bed, reads a book, says prayers and heads home.
10:00 - Everyone is fast asleep except for this tuckered out housewife. What? Are those my Junior Mints calling me? Gotta go!
Friday, February 8, 2008
So Frugal Friday it is (my best alliteration thus far). Every Friday I'll post a tip about how to save money. The point will be to keep it brief (I don't have all day, you probably don't either) and hopefully put some dough back in your wallet. I also can't promise that my frugal tip will be in any way original. Hey, like you I'm busy, I can't always remember where I read or heard something. So if I've "stolen" your idea I only did so in a moment of forgetfulness.
Here's your tip today (another alliteration! WOOT!):
If you are looking to be more green (And who isn't? It is all the rage, you know) and you've been setting your recyclables out on the curb for the trash truck, consider recycling for $$$. Look in your area for places that recycle aluminum cans or paper. Here in the DFW area (that's Texas, ya'all) check out Texas Recycling. They pay you cash for your newspapers, aluminum cans, and cardboard. It's quick, easy, and relatively painless - unless you throw your back out loading the back of your car.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Thanks again to Karen at Mommy of Three for hosting the giveaway.
Monday, February 4, 2008
- Tasha said: "... my kids had cake for lunch b/c it was already out and I didn't have time to fix a "real" lunch, ha!"
- suzzcq70 said: "I tell my son its later than it is, to get him into bed when I need time to do something!"
- Debbie#3 said: "I'm a slacker mom because I'm thinking getting a dog would be a good idea to get rid of the crumbs on the floor."
- Oh Amanda said: "I'm a slacker mom b/c I think that whole washing your hands after the potty is just a scheme. KIDDING. I'm a slacker b/c I think M&Ms make a great side dish to any meal."
- Stacey said: "i am a slacker mom b/c my kids have eaten cheetos with oj for breakfast before!"
And now for the winners! According to random.org the winner of the book "Confessions of a Slacker Mom" is Stacey at The Truest Thing! Who just happened to have one of my favorite responses. Cheetos with OJ for breakfast?! High five, slacker mom! LOL!
And the winner of the "Believe" frame is Sandra at Penny Pinching Pookie (sounds like a woman after my own heart).
Thanks again to all who stopped by and visited my little ole blog.