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2008 November 18 » Philoxenos

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Box of beans

18th November 2008

Box of beans

I mentioned in the previous post that I’m watching my friends’ kids, one girl, age 4, and one boy, age 2. Knowing that we’d have another little boy over, I brought out something that I keep for special times when I want the kids to be occupied for a long time, particularly the younger ones. If Handsome didn’t have the camera at the office, I’d show you a picture.

What is this special toy?  A box of beans. Pinto beans, to be exact. A big clear plastic box with about 10 pounds of pinto beans, as well as cups and spoons.

Right now I have it set up inside a small inflatable pool and the two boys are busy digging and pouring and sifting, getting quite a few beans on the floor in the process. I know whenever I get out this box that there will be beans on the floor, so I intentionally choose the times when I know I can handle it. It’s in our school room, which is newly remodeled and has a wood floor, so it’s easy to sweep up. Before we had this I put it on the tile kitchen floor.

Can’t think of what to get a busy two year old as a gift this Christmas? I highly endorse the box of beans!

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18th November 2008

Cheap Christmas present and helping a friend

I’m seeing a lot of ideas online about having a frugal Christmas, in light of the current economic times. I find this amusing because even when the economy wasn’t down, Handsome and I were pretty frugal about Christmas.  Our gift giving philosophy is different from many of our family and friends and we’re okay with that.  We still love to give gifts, but they are often not material gifts, but rather gifts of time.

This morning I’m watching the children of a church friend. I had been thinking about something I could do for this family, knowing that I couldn’t buy anything. What mother wouldn’t love a morning by herself?? So at church I told her that I’d like to watch her two kids either Tuesday or Thursday this week. She chose Tuesday.

When she dropped off the kids this morning just past 9am, she said that ever since I spoke to her on Sunday morning she’s been so excited!! And I’m glad. I wanted to give her a gift and this is it.

I know a lot of you are stay-at-home moms. You may not have extra money to buy your friend a day at the salon, but you can offer her a few hours of quiet. Instead of buying a gift for your friend this Christmas, why not offer to watch her kids for a few hours? I promise, it’s better than almost any gift you could buy.

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18th November 2008

6 weeks until Christmas

It has come to my attention, via the radio announcer this morning, that Christmas is just 6 weeks away.  I knew it was on the way, of course, because the calendar has been getting slimmer each month as I turn the page. And the stores are on the way to getting plastered with Christmas decorations. I was at a mall the other day and Santa was already set up on his sleigh, taking pictures with the children! It’s not even Thanksgiving!!

And I checked the forecast this morning and it’s supposed to be 75. This is ridiculous. However, by Thanksgiving next week it should be in the low 50s.

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