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01-07-2009, 08:12 PM #61
I was soooo lucky today. I was only supposed to have one daycare child, but her mom phoned at drop off time to say that she is sick with a double ear infection so she's bringing her to her grandma's house. I feel bad the little girl isn't feeling well, but I'm so happy to have a day off with my kids only. I needed the little break because tomorrow and Friday I have 4 kids (including my own).
I decided to visit my grandparents in a nursing home with DD2 after dropping DD1 off at school. I took a tin of cookies that was gifted to us from a couple at our church. The cookies "may contain traces of peanuts/nuts" and DD1 has a severe peanut allergy so this was a great way to get rid of it and share it at the same time! My grandparents are both in a nursing home. My grandma has dementia and my grandpa has severe alzheimers. When we first arrived and my grandpa wasn't in the room I asked my grandma where he was. She said he's at work and will be back at 5 (as she looked at a decoration on the wall). Other than a little confusion here and there we had a wonderful visit. My grandpa isn't doing well; he has a lot of mucous build-up which makes him cough a lot. A volunteer came into our room and played his guitar and sang for a while, and another woman brought a therapy dog by for DD2 to pet. Let's just say that this was the most enjoyable visit we've had in a long time. I love my grandparents dearly and I wish they could be healthy. It'll be a wonderful day for them (especially my grandpa because he's living in such a sad state of alzheimers) to wake up in heaven. I'm so thankful that they're both born again Christians and that even after they die I'll get to see them in glory some day.
Once I picked DD1 up from school, I took the girls for a visit to my parent's house. They live about 5 to 10 minutes away. They weren't home when we arrived so we helped ourselves to leftovers in the fridge. The girls had lasagna with buttered toast and I had a tuna sandwich with cheese. My parents arrived while we were finishing lunch.
After lunch I put DD2 down for a nap in a guest room, and DD1 and I napped in another guest room. We slept for about an hour and a half. I kept on thinking about getting onto FV, but I was just too tired. My mom ran a few errands in the afternoon and came back, and we visited for about 45 minutes before I left at 4 p.m.
Once I got home I started putting away my many loads of folded laundry. DD2 hung off me while I was stripping the beds and putting fresh sheets on. I know that this stage of "Pick me up! Pick me up!" will pass and it will only be a distant memory, but I'm so tired of it. I try my hardest to stay calm and give her as much attention as she seems to need, but it's so hard to stay on top of housework and pick her up all the time. I have to remember that the housework will always be waiting for me, but she'll grow up sooner than I can imagine.
In our mail today we had a stamp for $1.15 that wasn't covered with the post office's black stamp thingy. I ripped it out and I'll re-use it. Frugal!!!
As soon as DH gets home with DD1 (they went to get her bangs and hair trimmed), I'm heading over to a neighbour's house. She does alterations; I bought new blue jeans that need hemming. I know that I should learn how to do it myself, but I honestly don't have any idea and don't want to ruin my new pants. It'll cost $8...not frugal. I know, I know. If I lived near and were friends with some of the people from FV, I'm sure I'd learn lots of self-sufficient things.
Yesterday evening and this evening DD2 pooped in the toilet. It was a big ordeal since she's very stubborn, but she did it! Yay! Hopefully she'll start telling me right before she needs to go and it'll save a lot of time. This evening, it took 1/2 an hour of crying "No toilet...Diaper!" before she finally went. I don't remember it being this hard potty training with DD1; DD1 was very mature for her age, had a huge vocabulary and basically potty trained herself by following my instructions. DD1 was also in underwear during the day by 27 months...This is a whole new ballfield! (I know that I shouldn't compare, but it's so hard!)
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- 01-07-2009, 10:51 PM #62
While bathing DD2 this evening, she told me "Poo! Poo!" I took her out of the bathtub and started reading her a book while she sat on the potty. She kept on jumping up saying "No!" (because she really wants to poo in her diaper), but as soon as she started going she sat and pooped in the toilet! Yay! (I promise not to write about all the details from now on...I'm just so proud she's starting to potty train!) We did a happy dance once she got her diaper on, and she got 5 chocolate chips as a reward. I know that some people disagree with bribing, but it worked wonders while potty training DD1 so I'm hoping for the same!
While DH was putting DD2 to bed, DD1 and I had a shower together, and we're going to have a sleepover in the guest room bed. Maybe it's just me, but I think that she's noticing that DD2 is getting all the limelight because she's potty training, so I want to make sure she feels special as well. DD1 always brings stuffed animals or toys to bed--tonight it is Foopa (from Yo Gabba Gabba), her praying bear and Sarah Kitty. When I climb into bed for our sleepover I'll have to throw them on the other side of her because they always seem to be in the way when they're in the middle of the bed.
Thinking about Tomorrow--I've got to get serious about finishing 2008's bookkeeping. I have January to June done in the ledger book, but I have the rest of the year to work on. Maybe tomorrow afternoon while the babies are napping I'll have the energy to work at it. I've got to get motivated. Coffee may help!01-10-2009, 11:28 PM #63
Two nights ago I went over to Loblaws and got 20 bars of Oil of Olay Moisturing Soap for a grand total of $2.50. I had a coupon for "Buy 3, Save $10". The soap was in packs of two and was $1.99 each. I bought 5 packs and used the coupons so had to pay taxes only. Pretty good deal, eh?
Yesterday I read on another Canadian frugal forum that Rice Krispies cups were on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for 99 cents each. The front store manager put a limit of 8 on them, so I bought 8 of every flavour. (I had a coupon "Buy 2 Kelloggs cereals, Save $2".) I got 8 Rice Krispies cereal cups, 8 Frosted Flakes cups and 8 Special K cups for FREE!!!
These past couple days have been a bit of a blur. I've got my house in order a little more (since last week's getaway). We tried inviting company for supper this evening, but all three couples that we tried weren't available for whatever reason. We ended taking as a sign to not have company tonight.
This afternoon a friend (from the city where my in-laws live) phoned to ask if I wanted to take my girls to McDonald's Play Place to play with her two kids. I brought my own coffee in a travel mug and in the diaper bag had goldfish crackers for DD2 to munch on. (She got up from her nap shortly before we left so she needed a snack.) I ordered two tap waters with ice for the girls, and everyone was happy.
This evening DH rented Kung Fu Panda (with a free video coupon I had) and ordered in pizza, potato wedges and wings for a "family night". It was fun. We haven't done that in a long, long time so I don't feel guilty about the money at all.
Tomorrow the plan is to skip second service at church and head over to Sears for a sale that ends at 2 p.m. On Sunday from opening until 2 p.m. there is save 50% off men's dress shirts. DH is is need of dress shirts because of the job he has, so we might stock up while it's a good deal.01-10-2009, 11:34 PM #64
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Hope you get can get some shirts for your dh. Sounds like you've been busy too.01-10-2009, 11:35 PM #65
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It sounds like you are doing wonderfully! I love reading about what you are doing.01-11-2009, 06:29 PM #66
Just wondering if anyone has frugal tips on how to get the yellow sweat stains out of the collar of white dress shirts. I've posted this in the "Just Tips" section and haven't seen any answers yet.01-11-2009, 11:46 PM #67
After second service DH, DD2 and I went to Sears to check out their shirts on sale. The area was messy and very weeded through. DH got 2 blue shirts and 2 white shirts for about $60. Not the greatest deal, but since he needs shirts and they weren't all 100% cotton, not bad in the end.
DD2 and I had Campbell's chicken noodle soup in a cup for lunch. I bought them on sale and used coupons so they only came to about 20 cents each. DD2 played with her noodles and only wanted the pickles that I had out on the table. Oh well...at least it was only 20 cents.
While DD2 was napping I made chocolate pudding and baked two dozen chocolate chip banana muffins for DD1's JK class tomorrow morning. DD1 has asked me a couple times if I could bake them her favourite muffins so I finally decided to get it done. While they were baking I whipped together another two dozen apple streusel muffins. They are DH and DD2's favourite. DD2 was very excited when she woke up from her nap to find a warm muffin waiting for her.
This afternoon I did some banking and wrote the 2008 daycare receipts for the families in my care. There are so many little things that I needed to get done, and I felt that I got a lot completed.
For supper, DH BBQ'ed prime rib steaks and sliced potatoes. I can't remember enjoying a steak as much as I did that one. Every 9 months or so we buy 1/2 a cow from my cousin; the price is approx. $2.29 or $2.39 per pound. It includes everything from ground beef to T-bone steaks. DH is a big meat and potato eater.
Once the kids were in bed at 8 p.m. I packed the van (with a box for a man at our church who works for the local prison ministry) and store returns. I got to Wal-Mart around 8:20 p.m. only to find they closed at 8 p.m.! To make my trip worthwhile I phoned my friend who lives in that neighbourhood to find out she was going to watch Desperate Housewives at 9 p.m. I went over to her basement apartment to watch it with her and her SIL.
It was nice to come home to the main floor tidy and in order. Very often I leave the house tidy to come home to it messy. I'm sure it's not only my husband who does these sort of things.
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You are a busy woman. I asked my mom about the yellow stains, she said you might try baking soda with just a little water mixed like a paste and take a toothbrush and scrub it in, leave on overnight and then wash. She said it may help.01-12-2009, 10:11 AM #69
~You really did awesome getting all that stuff free or tax only! And I'm not a fast food fan but I serious applaud your willpower taking the kids to Micky D's and only having water. WOW! As frugal as I am I still don't think I could resist getting fries or a sundae. ~01-12-2009, 02:22 PM #7001-12-2009, 08:28 PM #71
It's been a normal (and busy) day today. After dropping DD1 off at school I went to Wal-Mart to do some returns and purchases with DD2 and my daycare child.
For lunch the kids had french fries and chicken nuggets. I had a salad.
DD1 and the daycare boy played very well this afternoon. I got a lot of laundry washed...I just have lots to fold when I'm done typing this. I'm also going to try to iron about 6 of DH's dress shirts before going to bed.
We had roast beef, mashed potatoes, asparagus, carrots and salad for supper tonight. I can't remember the last time we had roast beef with just our family; usually we have that meal with company. I used some homemade jarred chili that a friend gave me one time as a hostess gift. It was really good on the roast beef!
Shortly after dinner, about the time I started getting the girls in the bath, DH went to singing lessons. (He really has the desire to sing better.) The girls both started acting up (whining and crying) while I was bathing them this evening. I got them out of the bath quickly, got them ready for bed and let them play for a few minutes quietly in their bedrooms. You know it's time for a break when you're head is whirling from all the noise and your temper is rising.
My plan for this evening is (like I said) fold, fold, fold and iron, iron, iron. Sounds fun, eh?!01-12-2009, 08:46 PM #72
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Glad you were able to find some shirts for your dh. You've also been one busy lady. Don't forget to take a rest okay.01-12-2009, 11:15 PM #7301-13-2009, 01:00 AM #74
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I saw that fold, fold, iron, iron and it gave me a headache. lol
But it also reminded me that I have to iron dh's work shirts and pants.01-14-2009, 10:21 PM #75
Yesterday wasn't too exciting. DH was supposed to start drinking water/liquids and taking medicine all day so that he could have a barium enema today. Right after he took his first pills, the lab phoned to cancel and reschedule his appointment to the end of the month. Because of the pills he had taken, he wasn't too "comfortable" if you know what I mean.
The weather was terrible yesterday. I went to a playgroup in the morning after dropping DD1 off at school. Other than that it was a pretty boring day. My mom popped by in the afternoon to give us muffins and a hamburger/hashbrown casserole (which was supposed to ease the burden of cooking because of DH's appointment the next day). This may sound rude, but it wasn't very tasty. We had to put seasoning salt and ketchup on it to make it better tasting. At least it was free...and it's the thought that counts, right?
This morning after dropping DD1 off at school I went to Canadian Tire and returned some mixing bowls that we received during a $10 gift exchange at DH's family Christmas. We absolutely do not need more mixing bowls. Thankfully, the price hadn't gone down from $9.99, and we got the price that was paid on store credit. Afterwards, the kids and I went to MWWH and exchanged some ripped pants that I gave to DH at Christmas. Because of the difference once I did the exchanged, I owed $2.50ish.
Then we went to my parents' house to return the casserole dish and plate. DD2 and my daycare girl played with my nieces who were visiting my parents. (My brother and SIL are in the process of packing because my brother got a job in the field he went to school for and is being sent a few provinces over for training.) The kids had fun having their morning snack and playing together.
On the way to pick up DD1 at school, I stopped at Tim Hortons to buy a coffee (because I was given a $5 gift card at Christmas), and when I went to pay I couldn't find the gift card. I had to use some cash. I guess today wasn't a no-spend day after all.
I made Spaghetti Pie for supper tonight. It tasted very good. You know your hubby likes it when they take seconds! Here's the recipe... [ame="http://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1089131#post1089131"]Spahetti Pie - Frugal Village Forums[/ame]
I'm having issues with DD2's potty training. Here's what's happening... [ame="http://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1089131#post1089131"]Spahetti Pie - Frugal Village Forums[/ame] I've decided not to feed her any more prunes to clean her out. I think in the night or tomorrow morning she'll be pooping left, right and centre. I'm also going to lay off on potty training her right now; I know she's probably not ready. I just don't know what to do when DD2 tells me "Poo! Poo!" Do I ignore her (which I would never do), battle her with the potty (which is what happens when I attempt to put her on the potty) or tell her to go poo in her diaper? All three choices don't seem very pleasant. DD1 was a breeze to potty train; I thought I had all the potty training answers until DD2 came along!
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