Archive | September, 2009

GAP Model

29 Sep
Heading to Sunday School

Heading to Sunday School

He should get paid for it, I swear.

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On a Sunday Afternoon

27 Sep

wonderful things can happen.

The 3 Boys

The 3 Boys

 

Creative genius at work.

Creative genius at work.

Just a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Just a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Precious hands.

Precious hands.

On a lazy Sunday afternoon…magical things take place. You just have to know where to look.

The Tale of a (Grocery) Shopaholic

26 Sep

Johnny and I have had to budget much more carefully since moving into our new house. It’s significantly more expensive than our rent at the downstairs apartment that we lived in before, so some things have had to be put on the back burner and others have to be higher priority. We’ve also had to be much more careful about our grocery expenses.

Now here’s the thing. I love grocery shopping. Most people I know hate it. My sister Linda, for example, would rather be attacked by a pack of rabid wolves than have to make a supermarket excursion. I adore it. I can spend far more time perusing the spice section than shopping for new shoes. (That may also explain why I buy new sneakers about once every four years…) I like grocery shopping and trying new recipes and I have an awful time sticking to a budget when it comes to food. I’ll go into the supermarket with a $200 limit and walk out with $280 worth of groceries. I’m just terrible.

So today my parents are in town and my daddy offers to watch Hayden (Aka: The Child Who Wants…) while Mom and I take Silas and James shopping with us. Before Johnny leaves for work he gives me The Look and says “There’s a $200 cheque on top of the refrigerator.”

That means: “PLEASE DO NOT SPEND MORE THAN $200 BUT I’M NOT HOLDING MY BREATH OR ANYTHING.”

So off I go to the supermarket…and I find sales. Sales are good, right? No. For me, sales are BAD. Sales mean I buy way more than I need in the name of maybe saving 20 cents next month. Meat is on sale! It was like…Meat Christmas! Chicken! Pork! Beef! All on sale! So I started loading up my cart. Oh look! Cheese is on sale too! And cereal! And yogurt!

I headed to the checkout with a sinking feeling. This wasn’t going to be pretty.

When I was given my final total, my jaw practically hit the floor. I’d spent roughly $125. So $75 came home in my wallet! And our freezer is half full…there’s enough meat for next month too!

I’m pretty darn proud. Maybe I have learned something about this budgeting thing after all…and maybe sales aren’t so bad after all!

New Blog Home

25 Sep

So due to many many technical difficulties at the old blog home, I’ve moved to wordpress. Elkei over at Witchhazel pointed me here and so here I am. So far, I like it. For those of you familiar with the old blog here you’ll notice several new features that I couldn’t offer at the old hosting site.

The tabs make for much easier navigation and will soon be host to some very cool things. “The Army” will feature updates and pictures of the boys, “The Hubs” will be Johnny’s very own spot to put things that pertain to him and maybe we can even talk him into blogging on occasion! I’ll add more tabs as I get more into the swing of things, maybe even a scrapping section when I yank all my scrapbook supplies out of storage!

If you want some background story or anything like that, I’ll still leave the old Raising An Army site up in it’s current condition, but anything new will be added here. Thanks for visiting, sorry about the confusion and/or inconvenience and don’t forget to update your bookmarks and links!

Silas would thank you for your patience...but he fell asleep waiting.

Silas would thank you for your patience...but he fell asleep waiting.