Tuesday, December 01, 2015

A Little Christmas Creeping In

Little by little the Christmas cheer starts popping up throughout the house.
First it was the Advent Calendar.
Now, it is the piano book.

I plunk through and my fingers go all knotty on me, but it is still a joy to hammer out We Wish You a Merry Christmas or Joy to the World.

I am like Beth in Little Women, playing on her clunky, old, out of tune piano.
The major difference is she could play very well!
I, alas, cannot.
But I can play some, and that's enough.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Stay At Home Friends

Every stay at home mom needs at least one.

A fellow stay at home mom friend.

A partner in crime.

A bosom companion.

A woman who will cheer her on while she's ambitiously vacuuming cobwebs.

A woman who will text her a challenge to stay off of Facebook for the week with her.

A woman who will encourage her to donate another 25 items to Goodwill.

A woman who extends grace when she's having a bad day.

A woman who understands her desperate need for a good chocolate or coffee NOW!

I have three such friends:  my sister, my mother, and my mentor.

I sincerely hope you can find at least one other lady who's either been there or is in the trenches of stay at home motherhood right now to be your confidant.

This also works for career moms, too.
, Find a peer, another career mom, and be each other's cheerleaders!

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Makeshift Advent

This year the kiddos didn't want the usual 99 cent cardboard Advent calendar with the gross chocolates inside.  Neither did I, so I had to come up with something with more variety since I have a non-chocolate eater, and inexpensive.

So, off to the Dollar Store I went and this is what I came home with, a felt and glitter tree and a variety of candy "ornaments."

There is one ornament for each day of Advent and the children take turns who gets to choose an ornament off the tree as their treat.

It isn't as religiously instructive as I'd like, though before they get to choose an ornament I ask them a question about the Christmas story.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Today I Am Thankful for My Basement

Sorry.  I don't have a pic of  my real basement, but it isn't pretty and finished.
I am thankful for it, however.  It holds a man cave, a play area, laundry, utilities, a pantry, and a corner where I can sew.
It helps make this little house all that much more usable for our larger than average family.
And for that I am thankful!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Today I Am Thankful for My Dining Room

As small as this house is, I am forever thankful that it has a dining room.
It truly is the heart of our home.
It is used for everything from meals to homeschool to projects to parties.
The room is small, 9x15, and it also serves as our library, so it can get tight, but without it this house would absolutely not work for us.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Today, I Am Thankful for My Little Stove

Living in a small house with a large family poses some challenges, and sometimes I get frustrated that we don't have more square footage.  But, there are aspects of this house that I do appreciate, even in their imperfect ways...or perhaps because of them.

Today, I am thankful for my little stove.  It came with the house and is an inexpensive basic apartment model electric range.  There are absolutely no bells or whistles so it has challenged my cooking skills.  As you can see there is no oven window.  I have learned to rely on my sense of smell and perhaps a bit of instinct to let me know when something is done.

There is no preheat setting, timer, clock, temperature gauge.

And it is small.

I chuckle to myself when I see small families who eat out most of the time drooling over big 6-burner ranges with double ovens.  I make most of our food from scratch and I can all on this little range.

It reminds me of the little cookers used in the 1930's-1970's in Britain.  The smallness gives off quite the vintage vibe.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

I Bought Myself Roses

A frivolous purchase for one on a very tight budget, but they were marked down to only $1.99 for the bunch at Aldi!  I couldn't pass them up for pocket change!