Weekend: We actually had a Saturday with nowhere to go, other than swim lessons for the girls. It was very relaxing, until Mr MIP decided it was the perfect day to clean out the garage attic. So then I spent the rest of the day sorting into keep, save, garage sale piles. One bin is all my cards and letters and journals I kept from over the years. I have a sweet family who sent me lots of cute letters and I enjoyed reading them, including the Best Letter I Ever Received. It was a letter from my dad when I was at college. Maybe someday I’ll share some of it for you – because I think he’d tell you the exact same thing. Isn’t it cool that even when someone has died, we have their words to read over and be reminded of what’s important in life?
Books I’m Reading: I haven’t actually finished a book in a while, because I’m in the middle of a bunch of them. Jodi Picoult’s book Handle With Care about a little girl with brittle bone disease (OI). The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I was so scared to read him at first, but now I have an author crush on him – he creates the best atmospheres and stories. Why We Love the Church: in Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion. by Kevin DeYoung and by Ted Kluck. I stayed up until 1:30 last night reading it. Very good and very much what I need right now.
SuperBoy News: SuperBoy is obsessed with Star Wars Lego Wii game right now. Obsessed, I tell ya. We have to set strict limits on how much he plays, when he plays, etc. It’s good training for me dealing with him when he’s a teen, right??
Allowance: I’m enjoying my kids doing chores. Yep, tis true! I tell them I am willing to do the jobs myself for free, so the reason I’m giving them money is as PAY. I’m paying them to do the work. Money is never free. I also discovered my older daughter likes to make money and I like to have the bathrooms clean. So, it’s a win-win for both of us! Life has gotten better!
Coupon: Last week my big celebration about ME was that I cooked/made every stinkin’ meal for the week – every breakfast, lunch and dinner for all of us. No eating out! Very proud of myself, because that was tough! Yesterday, went and stocked up and managed to pay $78, with $13 earned in cashback – so we’ll see if groceries worth $65 can feed five people (plus a couple extra dinner drop-ins ) for a week!