Sunday, April 24, 2011

At the Marina

The weather is slowly improving enough to get outside, so the kids and I went to the marina down the road a bit.

Carefully crossing,

but still getting muddy pants.

A few minutes later, her feet were wet.

Ollie was really checking out the rocks

. . . quite closely.

On the beach

Finding the perfect skipping stones

and getting at least 10 skips with one stone.

Yes, that's a plastic comb he found.

Remy and Raina, always a few steps ahead.

What good is a walk without a stick in hand?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2011 Goals, April Update

Time for another update!

Spiritual Goals:
I finished reading through Proverbs. Some of my favorite verses:
18:10--The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (This verse immediately brings to mind the praise and worship song with these words directly from Proverbs.)
18:22--He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord
19:14--Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. (These two give me a lot to live up to I think!)
19:21--Many are the plans in a mans heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
20:1--Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
21:9--Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
And similarly, 21:19--Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
21:30--There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.
22:6--Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
I could go on, but I won't. I was struck as I read through Proverbs by the comparisons made, of wise vs. foolish, lazy vs. hardworking, rich vs. poor, and I will strive to be wise and hardworking, and a good steward of all God has given me.
I'm now reading through Romans.

Looking forward to a summer getaway, time and place yet to be decided.

I know we played Uno a few times in March. That's all I remember.

Part two of my 40 by 40 coming soon!

My coupon jar had $76.62 at the end of March. I'm using the money to buy things that contribute to a healthier lifestyle. In March I bought Torani syrup for coffee as an alternative to the chemical concoction known as non-dairy creamer. It is made of natural ingredients, but still has a high amount of sugar, so it's not exactly healthy. I bought some seeds for the garden--if it ever warms up! I also bought a new digital scale so I can weigh myself with more accuracy.

Health and fitness
I exercised 14 days in March. I got a new scale partway through the month, but I think my weight stayed the same through the month. Still trying to make lots of little changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle.

I followed the JustMommies task calendar and did many of the same jobs as I did in February. Thinking about doing some major spring cleaning soon.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Super One Highlights

Since we were in Two Harbors for Remy's checkup we did our grocery shopping for the week. Overall I saved 39%, or $111.70, by shopping the sales and using coupons. Here are my best deals:

Birdseye frozen veggies were $1 each, used $1/3 coupon=$0.67 each

Brownberry bread was $1.88 each, and it's not made with high fructose corn syrup

General Mills: Buy 4 products at 4/$10, get free Cinnamon Cheerios
Used two $1/2 coupons, so end price was 5/$8, or $1.60 each

$1.00 produce:
Avacadoes, celery, lettuce and 5 pounds of potatoes were $1.00 each
Zucchini/yellow squash and pink lady apples were $1 per pound

Yogurt: Yoplait Greek yogurt 4 packs were $1.77, used two $1 coupons=$0.77 each
Stonyfield organic yogurt: Big container was $4.39, used $1 printable coupon (from the Stonyfield website)=$3.39
Small containers were $0.99 each, used $1/3 coupon=$0.66 each, which is more than I usually pay for regular, non-organic yogurt, but considerably less than the regular price of $1.19.

Colgate: $0.99-$0.75 coupons=$0.24 each
Softsoap: $1.00-$0.35=$0.65

Cranberry Naturals (made with truvia instead of high fructose corn syrup): FREE with coupon from promotion

Thursday, April 14, 2011

This and That

I see I haven't updated in awhile. The kids had Spring Break the last week of March, although it wasn't very spring-like. One day it snowed and Raina made a snowman.

Jackson's ready for spring so he can play baseball.

Ollie showing how he eats snow.

We ended the week with haircuts/trims for everyone. It was finally time for Ollie to get rid of the curls. Now he has a big boy haircut.

Last weekend I left the kids home with Barry so I could spend time with my sisters before one moved to Colorado. We couldn't remember the last time we had spend together without kids/spouses, and decided we should do it more often.

Remy had his 4 year old checkup this week. He's 38 1/2 pounds and 43 1/2 inches. He's always good for a laugh, like during his eye check where he had to identify pictures. He got to the moon and said, "Crescent moon." The last line (for 20/10 vision, where everything is tiny), the nurse pointed to a teacup and he said, "Polka dot." So thankful for funny, healthy kids!