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Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
When have you last taken a break from the mundane daily grind and gone outside to play with your family? Clorox2 has declared Sept. 24 to be Worldwide Day of Play and is challenging people to take their Play 2Day Pledge, http://clorox2play2day.com, and it got me thinking about some of the things we’ve done with Logan this summer.
We don’t spend lots of money on recreational things as a family. Fun can be free too you know! And so in the spirit of being thrifty, I thought I’d share some of the simple things we’ve done outside as a family this summer.
Every Tuesday evening is family night here and often that finds us taking a walk downtown. Sometimes just for the sake of taking a walk and sometimes to get ice cream at our delicious local creamery. But every time it involves Logan riding the trike he got for his birthday- legs frantically pumping as he flies along. I often wish that I could freeze those moments. Him intently riding his trike, hunched forward, focused. Us walking behind, enjoying his boyishness. It’s such a simple thing really, but it brings all of us such joy.
There have also been evenings where we’ve walked to the park 1 1/2 blocks away. Sometimes we take Logan’s ball along and play ball tag and sometimes we just sit, relax and read while he amuses himself kicking his ball, throwing sticks and just running off that endless energy of his. Again, a very simple thing to do but one that provides lots of fun.
And then there are the times we just stay put here at home but end up going outside to play. Usually the favorite thing to do is play ball. I think Logan could spend hours doing that! Our yard is small but we can still find room to set up a mini baseball field. Honestly, I’m always amazed at the delight little people can get from simply spending time together playing like that. And there’s something about being outside that seems to bring out extra spunk!
One more thing that we did this summer that wasn’t totally free was to go mini-golfing. That is actually one of our favorite memories of the summer! Our local mini golf place has little child sized clubs and so we all three could play. Well, the youngest one of us didn’t really play but he sure did have fun being like mama and daddy! And we were continually laughing and being amazed at how his wild swings could get him such good shots so often! Maybe we need to loosen up a bit and we’d get a hole in one a little more often too? At any rate, the $15 spent that evening was worth every penny of outdoor family fun.
The thing that really stands out to me as I think back to outdoor things that we did this summer is that all of them were easy to do and most of them didn’t cost us a penny. It just goes to prove that having fun really can be free!
What have you done fun outside this summer with your family? Do you have creative, cheap ways of having fun outdoors?
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Friday, September 16th, 2011
The Food Bank- when I was there though, the shelves were MUCH emptier!
I am so excited about my latest new experience with couponing! This past Tues. I went to the local moms group that I attend. It was the first meeting of the season so we just had a welcome brunch and then had time to just connect with each other again. For about 15 minutes though, one of the ladies from the Conestoga Valley Food Bank shared with us what they do, their needs and their vision. I was really impressed.
Not only do they help quite a lot of local families get through hard financial times by giving them needed food and grocery items, they also have a real heart for caring for these people. Instead of having the people line up to get their food and household items, they set up appointments for each individual/family and then a volunteer meets with them, helping them get the items they need and also giving them a chance to talk if they wish. Lots of times they are able to care for these people by listening to them and praying with them. I was so blessed by the ministry that the Conestoga Valley Food Bank is doing!
But my ears really perked up when Beth mentioned that they can always use volunteers to do different things, one of which was shopping for the items they give away. I’ve been wishing I could volunteer somewhere but with a 3 yr. old it’s pretty hard to be able to do that very easily. (I have family that would babysit but they live about 30 min. away.)
To make a long story short, I am now going to do shopping for the food bank, watching for low prices on the foods and household items that they need and using my coupons to get them ultra cheap. The great thing is that I can do this on my own time and really, it won’t even take up much of my time because I’ll simply do this while I’m already doing my regular couponing/shopping! And obviously, they’ll reimburse me for my purchases too. It just feels like the perfect fit.
So why am I sharing this with you? For two reasons. For one, if you live locally and have items that you get for free (or very inexpensively) and would like to give them to the food bank, I’ll gladly work with you to make that happen. Also, I’m guessing that other food banks would love to have someone do this same type of thing for them and I thought it might be something that some of you all would enjoy doing.
For you locals that would be interested in donating items to the food bank, they will take pretty much anything. Items like cereal, canned fruit and veggies, pasta, Hamburger Helper, toothpaste, shampoo and soap are things that they give out to each person. However, if someone donates other items they happily pass those along too!
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Thursday, August 25th, 2011
I know I’ve been quiet on here this week and that is because we are on a week long vacation! Earlier I had thought I’d write some posts up ahead of time and then have them automatically post this week so that it wouldn’t be completely dead on here. But, well, with canning 1 1/2 bu. peaches, doing 400 ears of corn, 2 bu. tomatoes plus all the normal stuff in the last couple of weeks I just simply ran out of steam and didn’t get it done. And so, this week my blog is just going to enjoy a vacation.
Actually, Vince and I are enjoying an early 5th anniversary trip to the Boston area. We are thoroughly enjoying our time here and have taken in a whale watching cruise (we saw a LOT of them and it was amazing!), visited Plymouth Plantation (a great way to learn history for this non-history buff), taken a Segway tour of the city (this was a lot of fun!), as well as numerous other things. It’s been a fun time, although I’m wondering how rested I’m going to feel when we’re all done with all the running around we’ve been doing! It’s okay though, it’s still relaxing and we’re making great memories. I wish I had some way to upload some pictures, but we actually haven’t taken that many and I also failed to bring along the cord I need to upload the pictures from my camera.
I hope all of you are having a good week too!
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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
Logan helping fold washcloths
Oh my. I never planned to take a blogging break, but I guess I kind of just did, didn’t I? Life has been wild around here the last couple of weeks. We’ve had Summer Bible School (which we were in charge of), 2 sets of overnight guests, a bunch of green beans (I got 14 1/2 qt.) to put in the freezer and all sorts of other things. I kept thinking I’d get a post or two done but simply had no extra time. And so this blog just was kind of quiet.
And on top of all the busyness I wasn’t feeling just amazing either. Those of you that know me in real life know this already, but we are excited about welcoming another little person to our family in December. Yes, I’m pregnant! I’m starting to feel better but the last number of weeks have been a bit of a drag with being extremely tired and feeling kind of yucky too. I’m glad that seems to be a thing of the past.
While we are excited, after losing our newborn daughter almost 8 months ago, we also feel some trepidation. Eleni’s condition was a rare thing (it occurs in 1 in 60,000 births) so we really have no reason to worry about it happening again. But we are just much more aware that something could go wrong. And so we are constantly having to consciously choose to trust God and rest in Him. However, it’s comforting to know that if something happens again, God will walk with us then just like he has the past 8 months. We won’t be alone and we’ll have His grace to help us get through it.
So that is what’s been happening around here. I hope to get a couple of posts up in the next several days, but I have more green beans coming, possibly some blueberries too and we are looking forward to having some family come spend the weekend with us as well. So, it doesn’t look like life will be slowing down.
Blessings to each of you!
“Working” at popping bubble wrap while I did green beans
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Monday, March 28th, 2011
For some time I’ve been considering what I wanted to do with my blog. I love blogging, but it does take up a lot of my time and I’ve been battling that whole issue.
I’m not going to stop blogging, but you will see some changes. Starting this week I will no longer post freebies or coupons- or if I do it will be very rare. I plan to still do my Tasty Tuesday, Weekly Spending Summary, and You Might Enjoy posts. And I hope to do more “meaty” posts about how to lower your expenses and probably some posts with money saving tips as well. I’m guessing that I’ll do one or two of those posts a week. And along the way I’ll include other hopefully interesting things too.
My decision comes based on several things. For one thing I want to be able to give myself more fully to my family and to those who I’m in real life relationships with. As much as I enjoy blogging, it is not worth it if I am not able to care well for my dear husband, little boy and others that God has placed in my life. I want to live my life with no regrets and I’ve got this nagging feeling that if I don’t stop putting so much time into blogging I’m going to look back in a couple of years and wish that I would have spent more time with those that I love.
I also am finding this time of grieving to be exhausting. I never knew that grief would be so draining physically and emotionally. In the last couple of weeks I have felt extremely exhausted and I knew something had to change. I really sensed God was asking me to consider giving up my blogging time, even though it is something I enjoy a lot. I’m hoping that by not spending as much time blogging I’ll have more time for personal things. Things that help me work through this grief and also projects and activities that help me grow as a lady.
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Have a great week…and remember, I’ll still be here, just not quite as much as usual.
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