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Operation “Get Life Together”

Operation “Get Life Together” is underway.  Here is a bit of what all has been going on the last week or two…..

  • Scheduled:  Dental appointment!  This is HUGE because I do not like the dentist, but my teeth do not like me.  It is what it is.  I have had a toothache for a while and because I CHOSE not to do anything about it (excuses:  time, money, don’t want too, doesn’t hurt that bad, blah blah blah), I now have 2 choices…1) get it pulled (insurance pays) or 2) have a root canal (insurance DOES NOT pay).  I also have to have a wisdom tooth out and some cavities to be filled.  As good as I am brushing, my mouth has always been full of cavities (maybe its genes maybe it is lots o candy).  Anyhow, I have my appointment made for my extraction or root canal.  I got them cleaned.  I also have 2 other appointments I need to make and then I will be caught up with my mouth!  Yay me!  And because I’m awesome, I went ahead and scheduled 5 of my 7 kids an appointment for their teeth to be cleaned.  Yes, I’m a rockstar, I know.
  • Scheduled:  Mammogram!  Girls…take care of your boobies!!!!!!!!!!!!  Breast Cancer is curable if it is caught early!  Now that I’ve said that, I will say that it has been 5 years since I had my last one (practice what you preach, I know).  It was also scheduled for today….which I had to cancel because I didn’t want to take the 3 little boys to this appointment and I had no one else to watch them.  I did reschedule for the week after next. I will be keeping that one!
  • Scheduled:  Papsmear!  Girls…..take care of your girly bits!!!!!!!!!  Is it fun?  Heck no.  Is it necessary?  YES!  I did go, but to my chagrin, I was late and I had started my period.  Good times were had by all.  The nurse and doctor sat down with me and we discussed life, my body, what the problems were, etc.  We have a game plan and I have a new appointment on the 25th of August.  I will be getting my bloodwork done (haven’t done that in about 3 years), I will be doing a urine test, an ultrasound on my insides, a hysteroscopy (they scrape the inside of your uterus) and a papsmear.  Getting it all done in one day (I may throw in a tattoo for good measures cause it is right across the street).  Once all of this is done and the results come in, I will be getting a hysterectomy, a bladder sling, and my girl parts fixed.  I am stoked.
  • Scheduled:  Hunter’s OMS follow up appointment and his Pediatric Opthamology appointment.
  • Need to schedule:  eyeballs for all.
  • I have begun working on our ZERO based budget plan and will do a follow up of that when Big Daddy and I sit down and write it all out.
  • We have discussed our debt and how we are getting out of it.  We are on the same page.
  • I have *not* been to the gym yet.
  • I have a goal of getting back into the swing of going to church on Wednesday nights.
  • I have begun a “for me” project…more to come on that.
  • I rocked the freezer meals.  I went and bought our groceries back around a month ago and we still have a good month left of freezer meals….it will last us almost 2 mths!  We have only had to go to the grocery one time (for lunch items and some breakfast stuff).  I spent about $550 on that July trip and we are still going strong.
  • Get my freezer meal ideas on paper
  • Cleaned my room!
  • Organized the laundry room
  • Organized/cleaned the garage
  • Made my purse emergency kit
  • Made my van emergency kit

I’m rocking it all out.  If you would like any info on organization, cleaning, the kits I’ve made, meal planning, etc….drop me a comment below.  I’m considering doing a video on some of these things to help with those who are visual, like me LOL

Posted in Budgeting, Everyday, Health, Marriage, Once a Month Cooking, Organization, Saving Money

Ode to My Instant Pots

Oh, Instant Pot DUO80 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 8 Qt | Stainless Steel

I love you.

Yes, I do.

I love you.

My….oh….my….oh….my…..

I bought an INSTANT POT a while back and I fell in love.  It is not like the love I have for Big Daddy or Cal Sisto…..it is a love of reducing heat in the summer, cooking fast, skies the limit, and endless possibilities type of love.

My love is SO bad, that Big Daddy ended up getting me two more…so now I have a GLORIOUS 3 Instant pots!  I rarely use my stovetop anymore (the Instant Pot has replaced my hot air popcorn popper and my bagged popcorn because that isn’t too healthy).

It has also replaced my Rice Cooker/Steamer and my FANTASTIC Soup Maker (I really do still love my soup cooker).  Now, I still have 1 of my huge crockpots (I gave the other one away) because, in all honesty, the Instant Pot does a CRAPPY job using the “crockpot” function.

I saute’ the most, in it.  I use the steam function for my frozen vegetables (that is all I buy because you get more product, it is frozen at its peak so it does not lose the nutritional value, and it has nothing added).  Beware with cauliflower and broccoli.  Once your steamer basket is in the Instant Pot, and you have added your 1 c. water.  Place your broccoli or cauliflower, put the lid on, set it to seal, and then manually do it for ZERO minutes.  By the time it comes up to pressure, it is perfect. Anything over that and you will have straight up mush.

Macaroni and cheese in 6 minutes.

Once meat is sauteed, you can make spaghetti in about 6 minutes.

Rice…..perfect.

Boiled eggs…peel like a dream.

Soups in 10 minutes.

If you do not have one (or three)…………..PLEASE go and buy one.  It is totally worth it.

Posted in Budgeting, Health, Once a Month Cooking, Organization, Saving Money

Breakdown of My Freezer Cooking

As you might remember….I did a MASSIVE grocery shopping trip.  I did this in hopes I would be able to freezer cook all of our meals and save me time and save money

Our goal was to not go to the grocery all the time, except for things we do need, weekly (ie fruit, milk, special milk, bread).  The sad part of this grandiose plan, was not what I spent…not the cooking part….but the freezer space.  We, literally, ran out of space in a HUGE deep freeze, another deep freeze, a freezer in our outside fridge and our freezer in our inside freeze *cue tears*.

With that being said, I have not touched the stuff that I have frozen, yet, because I’m still cooking what is leftover in our fridge that I bought.  Does that make sense?

My grand total cost of all that is listed below was $597.  That is for breakfast, lunch, suppers, and side dishes.  This is also for a family of 8 on a good day….9 when the oldest comes…11 when the male friends of the oldest two girls come…13 when my bonus daughters are here…..you get the point.  One thing that we do, every year, is buy our meat (beef and pork) in bulk.  This year has been no different.  We were able to raise a pig and get her slaughtered, so she is in one freezer.  We also buy a full cow (you can buy a 1/2 or a 1/4 of a cow), from my granny’s cattle.  The pig was about $125 for processing and packaging.  The cow was about $800…maybe??? Little unsure of that cost.  We pull out the cost of both of those animals when we get our tax return back, so there was no extra “out of pocket expense.”  We used to raise meat hens, but we do not do that anymore.  We also have some laying hens…so we *always* have eggs.

With all that I did, and have to do…..I have 50 suppers/sides, breakfast and lunches for 50 days, as well….I spent $597 at the store.  Dividing this number by 50 yields $11.92…rounding to $12 cause I suck at math.  That $12 is for one whole day and all that I feed for all three meals.  If all 9 of us ate, here…the cost per person per day would be $1.33.  So…not bad.

BREAKFAST

Pancakes (made from scratch, not from bisquick….we are all about saving money)

French Bread

Zucchini Muffins

Banana Muffins (good gravy these were good……1/2 c. butter, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1 c. sugar, 4 REALLY ripe bananas, 2 eggs, 1.5 c. self rising flour.  Bake at 350 for about 50-55 minutes)

Carrot Muffins

Granola Bars

Granola

Fruit bars

McMuffins

Omelet Cups

Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast burritos (taking this off because I used my flour tortillas for enchiladas when I had leftover meat)

Lunch

Meat and Cheese sandwiches (turkey, ham, roast beef, bologna, fried bologna….provolone, American, swiss, cheddar)

Leftovers

 

Supper

Homemade Pizza x 7

Spinach, Ricotta and beef Enchiladas on a bed of rice

Chicken & Broccoli, Scalloped Potatoes, Green bean casserole

Beef Stroganoff

Mexican Casserole

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican, Ricotta, and Spinach Lasagna

Baked Pasta, Garlic Bread, Salad

Burgers/Hotdogs/Fries x 5

Tacos, Refried Beans, Rice x 3

Chicken stuffed cheese/spinach wrapped in bacon, Roasted Potatoes Sweet peas

Pork Chops, Hashbrown Casserole, Corn, Lima Beans

Chicken Cordon Bleu, Cream Corn, Baked Potato

Cheeseburger Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet peas

Chicken Alfredo, salad, bread

Round Steak with Mushroom Sauce, Broccoli and Bacon, Mashed Potatoes

Philly Cheesesteaks, Homemade fries

Greek Marinated Chicken, Fried Zucchini, Rice (I am not adding the Greek Marinated Chicken to my recipes because I did not like it.  We ate it, but we had a lot of chicken (on the bone) leftover.  I just pulled off the skin and I pulled the meat off the bone and froze it, so now I have chicken for another meal.)

Pork Roast with Feta and Mushrooms, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet peas

Baked Chicken, Cream Corn, Cauliflower and Broccoli Au Gratin

Beef and Broccoli, Fried Cauliflower rice

Garlic Cheddar Chicken, Mac and cheese, Roasted potatoes, sweet peas

Tater Tot Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Corn

Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Asparagus/Feta

Ethiopian

Spaghetti, French Bread, Salad

Lasagna, Garlic Knots, Salad x 2

Breakfast (Sausage and egg casserole, bacon, biscuits, pancakes)

Soups x 7:

  • Stuffed Pepper Soup and Chili
  • Vegetable Beef and Cheeseburger
  • Chicken Noodle and Tomato
  • Tortellini and Zuppa Toscana
  • Broccoli and Potato
  • Enchilada and Beef Stew
  • Chili and Chicken Noodle
  • xtra chili

Roast/Potatoes, Asparagus and feta, Green Beans, Mac and cheese x 2

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Enough is Enough

Tonight, I had this overwhelming feeling of being suffocated by debt.  I hate that feeling. I hate the fact that I am a slave to money.  That is not how it is supposed to be.  When we moved into this house, about 10 years ago…we had no debt (other than our previous house).  We do not do the whole credit card thing (learned our lesson from that), we didn’t have new furniture…if we did, we paid cash for it.  Our cars were paid for, no student loans…nothing.

Now…..shazaam……we have a van payment, a student loan, an equity loan, another type of loan, a house loan, medical bills, bills from where things have broken and they have to be fixed.  It could be worse.  I know that, but I feel like, right now, this is worse because I know better.  I know what Jesus teaches us and instead of walking that narrow path that He chose for us….we saw the bright shiny-ness of the wider road and we took it.  Now, we are standing on the little strip of dirt between the wide road and the narrow road.  I equate it, in my mind, as those little pieces of dirt between the different lanes of the interstate.  Where it is posted no U turn.  That is where we are standing.  The wide road is so shiny and it is filled with new vehicles, coach bags, sports obligations, vacations, and movies.  The narrow road is not so shiny, but it is being protected, from the elements, by these beautiful weeping willow trees.  It is filled with discipline, being trusted with little, tithing, paying cash, not serving two masters.

I am over it.  I am ready to walk on that narrow road…not sure if Big Daddy is, but I also know he is tired of it too.  This is scary.  It is a hard road.  We’ve walked on that road.  We’ve made sacrifices.  We succeeded.  We can and we will, in the Name of Jesus, succeed again.  It is time to hand over this endeavor and because we are so weak…..we need to lean on Him because He is SO strong.  He is our Strong Tower.

Another issue that we have given lip service too is our health/weight.  We are fat.  We are fat people.  We are not fluffy.  We are not round around the edges.  We are not jolly.  We are fat.  Straight up.  Our health sucks.  We get winded walking up the steps to the bedroom.  Big Daddy can’t hardly walk because of pain.  We have purposed, for years, that the next year will be the year.  It is the magical year we get fit.  We give it a week…we only lose 4 lbs of pee weight and we are done.  We want a double quarter pounder super sized with a coke the size of my face and a side of a double decker death by chocolate cake.

I am over it.  Done.  Just done.  I do not want to give the illusion that we eat crap all the time.  Frankly, I do not buy sweets (now there are other people in my house that do, then eat it all in one sitting). I do drink coke.  I am going to try and cut that down to 1 a day.  We only drink water.  I cook with tons of veggies.  We do not eat much bread or pasta.  We are fruit eaters…..we do not do things badly BUT we are completely inactive and we do not blink if we want to eat out…we eat out. So, we are affecting our health and our finances by poor choices along those wide roads.

I will be documenting our journey of getting out of debt and getting this fat off of us.  You are welcome to follow along.  You can subscribe to my blog >>>>>>>>in this side bar>>>>.  You can also follow me on any social media platform (also on that side bar).  If you have suggestions, by all means, give them too me.  Suggestions on stay at home jobs, how to make some extra money on the side, healthy recipes, or exercises.  Anything.  I am open.

Here’s to having my belly full of ENOUGH.

Onward and upward.

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DIY Essential Oils Cleaners

Carpet Deodorizer

Empty container (I used an empty parmesan container…washed/dried well)

Baking Soda

10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice (I use purify cause it knocks out the smell of boy)

Mix well.  Shake on carpet before you go to bed to absorb the most smell.  Vacuum in the morning.

 

Room Deodorizer (think Febreze)

Spray bottle (I use those little ones from the travel section at walmart)

10-15 drops of essential oil (again, I use purify.  Be cautious of using lemon oil in a plastic bottle…it should really only be put in a glass or metal bottle)

1/4 c. witch hazel

Water

Pour in your witch hazel.  Fill to almost the top with water.  Add essential oil of your choice.  Shake before using.

 

Furniture Cleaner

Spray bottle

10-15 drops essential oil

1/4 c. vinegar

Water

Pour in your vinegar.  Add water to almost the top.  Add essential oils.  Shake before use.

 

Everyday Cleaner

Large spray bottle

Vinegar

Water

20 drops Essential oils (purify, Frankincense, tea tree, pepperment, etc)

Onguard Concentrate (optional but worth it as an added protection for fighting germs)

Pour 1/2 the bottle with vinegar, add a good squirt (about 2 T. Onguard Concentrate), fill up with water and essential oils (if you have a glass bottle you can use lemon).

 

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Buy TEA TREE OIL Get PURIFY Free!

Tea Tree retails at $25.33 and Purify retails for $24. Get BOTH for $21.14 (this includes shipping and handling.

Tea Tree: gets rid of zits, stops itching of bug bites, repels bugs and mice, helps with ear pain, also good for cleaning house.

Purify: smells good, eliminates odors (I use it in the kids bathrooms and the boys bedroom), it helps.with ear pain, and I use it in my cleaner.

If you are interested….comment below. Please feel free to share.

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Motivation Monday

This funk has GOT to go….so go it will.  As my Lady always says “pull yourself up and get outta that pit.”  With that being said….I’ve got things to do, places to go, and people to see!

  • Get thank you cards mailed
  • Email G her letter from the kids
  • Make a dentist appt for me and Noah
  • Make dentist appts for the three younger boys
  • Reschedule eye appt.
  • Schedule ACT for Noah
  • Let him drive (insert me vomiting)
  • Pack for Lville and our next drs appt
  • Call dr with update on Hunter
  • Wear makeup
  • Work on Family calendar
  • Pull some homeschooling stuff together
  • Get my letter of intent finished
  • Call OT to cancel appt
  • Reschedule said appt
  • Clean my bedroom
  • Go through and super clean the boys’ rooms cause there is a nasty smell that, frankly, scares me.
  • Call my mama
  • Go see V’s new apartment
  • Set my month’s goals (yes, we are 1/2 way into July but why wait)
  • Start my Bible reading again
  • Clean of and prepare homeschool computers and tablets
  • Read to my baby
  • Finish Freezer cooking
  • Baseball……….Baseball………….and more baseball
  • Go and see my Lady.

This season has sucked.  This year has sucked.  I have not enjoyed any of 2017 and not a whole heck of a lot of enjoyment was had in 2016 LOL.  What holds me together is knowing that known of this surprises Jesus.  He has got all of this.  He has my family.  He knows the beginning from the end.  I just have to buckle in and deal with the twists and turns of the rollercoaster I have been living on for the last year or so.

Time to live.  Time to breathe.  Time for a new season of life.  Time for new beginnings…..this is where Eccl. 3 comes into play.

Ecclesiastes 3 (NLT)

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.

What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

14 And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him. 15 What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.

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Once a Month Cooking Menu

Recipes will follow but for now, this is what is on tap for me to cook for this month (actually a month and a half because we have some stuff already put in the freezer).

This list will be for Breakfast, some Lunches, Dinners and sides that will go from July 10-August 31.  For lunch…we eat leftovers regularly, so I’m not going to break the bank buying stuff to make some gourmet lunches when my kids will happily gnaw on what is left in the fridge.

I WILL NOT cook on Sundays, so that takes out 7 days.  Also, on Thursdays (with the exception of July 31 which is Daniel’s 13th bday and I will cook whatever he wants) is ALWAYS pizza night…so that is 7 days worth of Thursdays.  The other date to note is August 24th, which is Jude’s 11th bday . I can already tell you that he wants Ethiopian food.

BREAKFAST

Pancakes (made from scratch, not from bisquick….we are all about saving money)

French Bread

Zucchini Muffins

Banana Muffins

Carrot Muffins

Granola Bars

Granola

Fruit bars

McMuffins

Omelet Cups

Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast burritos

Lunch

Meat and Cheese sandwiches (turkey, ham, roast beef, bologna, fried bologna….provolone, American, swiss, cheddar)

Burritos

Quesadillas

Supper

Homemade Pizza x 7

Spinach, Ricotta and beef Enchiladas on a bed of rice

Chicken & Broccoli, Scalloped Potatoes, Green bean casserole

Beef Stroganoff

Mexican Casserole

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican, Ricotta, and Spinach Lasagna

Baked Pasta, Garlic Bread, Salad

Burgers/Hotdogs/Fries x 5

Tacos, Refried Beans, Rice x 3

Chicken stuffed cheese/spinach wrapped in bacon, Roasted Potatoes Sweet peas

Pork Chops, Hashbrown Casserole, Corn, Lima Beans

Chicken Cordon Bleu, Cream Corn, Baked Potato

Cheeseburger Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet peas

Chicken Alfredo, salad, bread

Round Steak with Mushroom Sauce, Broccoli and Bacon, Mashed Potatoes

Philly Cheesesteaks, Homemade fries

Greek Marinated Chicken, Fried Zucchini, Rice

Pork Roast with Feta and Mushrooms, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet peas

Baked Chicken, Cream Corn, Cauliflower and Broccoli Au Gratin

Beef and Broccoli, Fried Cauliflower rice

Garlic Cheddar Chicken, Mac and cheese, Roasted potatoes, sweet peas

Tater Tot Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Corn

Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Asparagus/Feta

Ethiopian

Spaghetti, French Bread, Salad

Lasagna, Garlic Knots, Salad x 2

Breakfast (Sausage and egg casserole, bacon, biscuits, pancakes)

Soups x 7:

  • Stuffed Pepper Soup and Chili
  • Vegetable Beef and Cheeseburger
  • Chicken Noodle and Tomato
  • Tortellini and Zuppa Toscana
  • Broccoli and Potato
  • Enchilada and Beef Stew
  • Chili and Chicken Noodle
  • xtra chili

Roast/Potatoes, Asparagus and feta, Green Beans, Mac and cheese x 2

 

***Recipes to come***

 

 

 

 

Posted in Everyday, Organization

Getting It Done

Today, I slept in, which was glorious.  I love sleeping in on rainy days.  I have one child dog sitting for the week, one child on a church retreat, one child at a friend’s house, and three children home just watching movies and playing.  I’m trying to sit here and ignore the fact that school starts back up on Monday.  *Sigh*  I need to let that resonate…….School.  Starts.  Monday.  Ugh.

My goal, this weekend, is to get my house put back together.  Christmas stuff has been LONG put up (I begin taking it down Christmas Day and finish up the day after), so that is not the problem.  The problem is that in 2014, I have slacked in the organizing/cleaning/keeping stuff put where they belong department.  I was aware of it all last year, but chose to ignore that still small voice that said “get your stuff in order.”

I will get it done.  I keep a trash bag/can and a giveaway box handy to help out.  Once the boxes are full, I put the giveaway box in the truck to drop off at a local needline and I take the garbage to the garbage.

A few days ago, I tackled all but one of my kitchen cabinets. I got them all cleaned out and reorganized them.  I need to finish the one that I had left and the drawer under the stove.  Then, I refilled my homemade spices (seasoning, enchilada, taco, spaghetti, ranch, onion soup mix mixes).  Some of those recipes can be found here.  This is one way that I save money.  While I’m doing that, it depletes my spices, so I made a detailed list of the things that I needed to buy in bulk at Sams.  I also need to organize/sweep out the pantry, but that is pretty much it for the kitchen.

Today, I started in the laundry room. I went through every nook and cranny.  I put every tool back in its spot, wiped every surface and underneath surfaces and did all the laundry.  I still need to clean out the dryer hose, deep down the lint tray of the dryer and then that will be done.  It feels good.  Really really good.  I am also washing all floor mats and blankets/sheets today.  I also will be taking the pillows and throwing them in the dryer on fluff with a sponge made with my homemade dryer sheets (recipe found here).  I will have the kids (after they strip their bedding and bring me their pillows) spray febreze on their mattresses and flip them, if necessary.  Once their bedding is all done and smelling good, it is a good start to deep cleaning their rooms.  I also replenished all of my homemade cleaners.  I have my recipes here, if anyone is interested.

Big Daddy is running all my mundane errands.  He is a jewel like that cause he knows I don’t like to get out, especially in the rain.  He is working on refinancing our home to get us a fixed rate.  He is also picking up a kid, medicine, and doing most of the grocery shopping. We will do the rest tomorrow night at Sams.

The living room is pretty well organized and straightened. I need to dust and clean the windows.  I also need to brush off the dog hair from my furniture and clean one piece of furniture.  I am going to move everything to sweep/mop underneath and make sure the school closet is done. I went on a quest to organize Big Daddy’s movie obsession and I’m thrilled that he is parting with some movies.  We still have a TON, but I got some new shelving and have them all pretty and easy to find.

I also hung pictures and set up pictures that I have been meaning to do for a while.  I have a pile on my mantle of things that people have left here, by accident.  I’m thrilled to have got rid of most of that stuff.

The dining room is the same way…just needs a good sweeping/mopping.  I want to tackle my appliance closet and the boys toy closet.  The little boys will help me with that.  It is their stuff and they need to learn how to organize their stuff so it is easier to find.  I will also wash all of their play clothes because they STINK.

I cleaned the carpet upstairs, so I just need to dust and vacuum up there.  I need to rehang my curtains and put my books back where they belong instead of haphazardly stacking them everywhere.  I recently went through my filing cabinet upstairs and shredded a lot, threw away a lot and then organized the rest.  I have all my appliance booklets in a binder to make them easier to find.  That has helped a ton.

The kids bedrooms need their carpets cleaned and vacuumed.  They also need to be dusted.  We need to go through and find all the socks that are mismatched or don’t have a match.  I do this frequently. We throw away holey socks and holey underwear and when there isn’t a match, I have a small laundry basket in the laundry room that I can put it in or look through.  The girls socks are pretty easy to weed through.  They already wear mismatched socks so that takes off a lot of pressure for me.  The boys, however, go through socks like water.  We don’t have to try on/go through clothes again because we just did that, so we are good in that department.

The kids schoolwork is ready for them.  They each have their own buckets that houses their personal stuff in it.  All the tablets are powered and ready for us.  Computer has been cleaned off and virus protection has been scanned.  Schedules are already done because I do it a year at a time.

I’ve got this…………….really, I do!!!!!!!

Off to work.  I’ll be posting my menu for the next few days tomorrow.  Don’t forget about my giveaway for THE IDENTICAL movie.  Leave a comment, with your email address, in the comments section below for a chance to win.  The drawing will happen on January 5th!

Posted in Everyday, Organization

I. Am Tired.

Wowser what a day!  I haven’t been sleeping well for the past few nights and last night…I just didn’t feel well.  Nothing major just a lot of minor blechs.  Big Daddy let me sleep in till 10:00 🙂 Yay him and yay me!  Once up, my feet hit the floor with correction for one child (enter go to Canada looks, pouting, stomping, deflecting, and whining)…those choices landed this particular child in the realm of cleaning out my vehicle, writing 3 chapters of Proverbs, and writing “Honor Thy Father and They Mother” many many MANY times.  It seemed to calm said child and the chores were done without complaining.  Score one for me!

Today was the day to switch out clothes (screams of horror and terror).  The little boys were first because, though they are 2 years apart, they wear the same size.  They have grown tremendously, yet they still have clothes to wear.  We had several bags of good…too small…clothes that we will donate.  Once we got their stuff done; I moved onto Boo.  He is fairly easy because he can try on clothes quickly and he accepts the “too small; too tight; too big” comments with grace.  Once the clothes/drawers were done…Boo pulled out the sterilite containers from the attic and we went through those.  I hate doing this.  Gigi was the last to go.  As we were shuffling through her MOUNDS of clothes and I observed the scowls and bad looks because these were “not her style” clothes…I told her to get over herself and she would wear what we had because these are good clothes and money does not grow on trees! While going through her things…we did find all of Bug’s missing underwear.  Why Gigi had them…I don’t know.  I don’t care.  We returned them with strict instructions to watch what she throws in her dresser and to return clothes that were mistakenly put in her clothes basket.  She doesn’t pay a lot of attention….to anything…ever.  She whined a lot during the clothes trying on session.  At one point, about 8:30 we all (Big Daddy, me, Peach, and Boo) got the giggles every time she walked out and therefore she started giggling…this made the time go by so much faster.  We were laughing over stupid things and frankly, I’m just slap happy because I’m so tired.

My kids get a few pieces of clothes for their birthdays and Christmas.  We live by hand-me-downs and consignment stores.  The thing about now is that Peach (child #2) is taller than Bug (child #1) so they can’t switch out clothes.  Gigi is lightyears away from how tall Peach is, so we are storing clothes for what seems like forever.  Boo is hard on his jeans/shoes/socks so none of that can be handed down.  It’s hard, but we do sales and we buy off season in hopes that something will fit someone at some particular time.

Peach did her own thing with her clothes and so did Bug.  Peach decided to move her furniture around and as she moved her bookcase…there we found a lovely mouse nest.  That pesky mouse that would run between Bug’s room, Peach’s room, and the bathroom…yep…it lived under her bookcase (nasty nasty nasty).  Though, now, I’m chuckling a bit.  This is a picture of what a mouse nest looks like…not the one we found in her room.

As the boys were playing in the garage, Little Man came flying in and said “guess what guess what guess what???”  Big Daddy and I said “WHAT?”  He threw something at my lap and said “Look what I found in the garage by those things that are big in the garage!”  I looked and it was the hearing aid that he had lost almost 5 mths ago!!!!!!!!!  I am THRILLED!  We had a replacement made, but still, this is a backup and when you have a kid with complete hearing loss, unilaterally, a backup aid is EXCELLENT.  Bonus…it totally still works.  We popped it in his ear and made him turn around.  We were whispering “can you hear us?”  He had no response, so I turned him back around and I said “is it working, can you hear better?” and he said “yes” because that is what he always says, but we knew that wasn’t the truth because Boo was talking to him and he couldn’t hear him.  About 5 minutes into the “can you really hear me?”  His eyes lit up and he said “Holy Crap…it popped and NOW I can REALLY hear you better!”  It was hysterical.

Thanking God for miracles and provisions!

The mantle is cleaned off.  A Christmas present arrived.  The clothes have been gone through.  The laundry is done.  I made a PHENOMENAL supper (pork chop and hashbrown casserole, mac & cheese, lima beans, and garlic bread).  My kids are groomed and bathed.  The dogs are asleep.  Big Daddy is cackling to the show Chrisley Knows Best.  Big Daddy also put up our MOUNDS of clean clothes (my personal pet peeve).  Peach asked if she could write Scripture on her wall…I said YES!  She is happy.

I am tired.  Life is good.  Never dull or boring, that’s for sure!