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2009 March 16 » Philoxenos

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Budgets - friend and foe

16th March 2009

Budgets - friend and foe

I was told by Handsome over the weekend that we had no more money for dining out for the rest of the month. Not even a run through the drive-thru for hungry kids. And definitely no money for a coffee at Starbucks. Poor me.

Please don’t think that this budget has been imposed on me and I am just the poor little woman that has to deal with it. We worked on it together and we both agreed to abide by it. We have certain financial goals, one of which is to remain debt free while also being generous with the money God has provided. To do this we have to make certain choices. One of those choices is not spending much money on eating out (we budget $50 a month for entertainment, which covers eating out and renting movies and all that). So, okay, that’s fine.

As a result I’ve been thinking today about some new food ideas to make things a little bit more exciting and interesting in the food department. It’s when I get bored in the kitchen that I want to eat out. I know how much I have left to spend on food for the month and I’ve got enough to allow me to be a bit creative.

Budgets are an interesting thing. They tell us that we may only have $50 a month to spend on entertainment, but they also tell us that hey! We have enough saved to buy that pair of shoes! They show us how much we’re giving back to the Lord, which I always find very exciting. So budgets are sometimes a pain in the butt, but they’re also very freeing. I believe it was my husband that once said “A budget is not so much a spending plan as it is a freedom plan.”

So I think I’ll start thinking of it as our Freedom Plan. I like the sound of it better :)

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16th March 2009

What I’ve been doing today

Today has been a really good day for us. I got up at dark o’clock to go the gym. Came home, did the email/blog thing, then had a shower and got ready before the kids woke up.

For breakfast I tried something new: Green Smoothies. Go read the link. And then try it! It was really, really good. And Little Boy ate two glasses of it, essentially getting three servings of vegetables in his breakfast. I made mine with banana and blueberries, as well as several handfuls of spinach. Yes, it was green. Yes, it had spinach in it. But you really couldn’t even taste it.

After breakfast the kids got dressed and got ready then did their jobs - Cutie makes sure there is toilet paper in each bathroom and empties the rubbish bins. Precious wipes down the counters in the bathrooms.

Then we got onto our school work! Lots of fun for everyone. Then a friend came over to visit with her two children and stayed until after lunchtime which sufficiently wore everyone out so we had a good rest time.

Precious and I spent some time outside in the front. She rode her bike around while I chatted with a neighbour. I think he’s quite happy that we’re going to be doing some work in our front garden. I’ve also discovered that having new daffodils blooming in the garden covers over a myriad of ills. People don’t even see the weeds! I also flipped through a cookbook looking for ideas on kid-friendly food. Do your kids want to eat as often as mine? I think we’re doing some serious growing around here.

The other two kids woke up eventually and came out to play too. Now they’re all sitting watching a movie we got from the library and I’m about to get started on dinner - corned beef and cabbage! We love corned beef but don’t eat it very often since we moved to America.

So, that’s it for today. I highly recommend the green smoothies!! I’m going shopping tomorrow to buy more fruit to put in them. Can’t wait to try it with strawberries.

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16th March 2009

update on the pacifier

Remember what I said in the previous post? About finding more pacifiers? Little Boy found two of them today. And he was very upset when I took them out of his mouth and threw them in the trash.  I’m pretty sure that he’ll be telling his therapist about it in about 25 years.

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16th March 2009

no more dummies!

In NZ a pacifier is called a dummy. I’m not sure exactly why, but I think it’s because when it’s in the baby’s mouth he becomes dumb or mute. That’s my guess anyway.

On Friday Little Boy went cold turkey on his dummy. He is the only child I’ve had that used a dummy because the girls both sucked a thumb or fingers quite early on. Not quite sure how he got so attached to a dummy but he did. We’ve spent countless hours searching for a dummy at bedtime and I think we even made an emergency trip to the store to by one because one couldn’t be found.

I knew that with his birthday approaching it would soon be time to wean him off. I didn’t want it to impair his speech, which it most certainly was. My intention was to do it slowly, making it only for sleeping times. But Friday night it was bedtime and we couldn’t find one. They had been slowly going in the trash as he chewed holes in them so we only had one or two left. But after a half-hearted search on Friday Handsome and I decided that was it. We said good night and shut the door.

And the screaming commenced.

For about 10 minutes. Which isn’t so bad considering.

Then I noticed that on Saturday there was a lot less whining and complaining from him. I like that.

But yesterday ( Sunday) I had to put him down to sleep in the afternoon by myself because Handsome was at work. I think Little Boy knew that I was alone because he really ramped it up. Screamed a good 30 minutes, with me comforting him every five minutes or so. After practically falling asleep standing up he finally conked out on his bed, pitifully sucking on one of his fingers, kind of.

So. Looks like that’s one less thing to think about at bedtime! I’m just praying he doesn’t find any hidden away somewhere and then starts remembering the joys of  a pacifier.

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