I think I’ve decided to start a monthly family update so that you can see what we’ve been up to as a family, and can see some of our frugal successes, frugal failures, favorite recipes, and more. Not sure what all these update posts will include, but I’ll try to do one once a month!
What We’ve Been Up To
If you haven’t picked up on it via Twitter, we’re expecting our fourth child at the end of August! So, I guess now you know that some of my grocery impulse purchases are maybe sort of justified? Man, I’ve been feeling pretty good but hungry!
The only bad thing about this pregnancy so far has been going to my midwife’s office for a first appointment and realizing I weighed 10 lbs more than I thought. That is just not a cool way to start out, you know?
Anyway, we’re super-duper excited that God has blessed us with a fourth child and are excitedly anticipating his or her arrival in late August. My biggest concern right now is how on earth am I going to go grocery shopping with four children ages five and under?!
We used Christmas money from great-grandparents to purchase our three year old a practically new tricycle for $8 at Goodwill. The kids have been riding it inside, but of course there was a great desire on the part of big brother for a bike of his own.
We didn’t find a bike, but after a couple of weeks of waiting, we did find a Little Tykes car at Goodwill for $10. I think we are teaching our children something about the value of money, patience, and prayer by teaching them that we can’t always buy what we want to buy right away – sometimes we have to wait, earn, and pray for God to provide the appropriate thing at the appropriate price in His time!
They’re both thrilled to have their own bikes now and can’t wait for spring to come so they can ride outside.
Um, yeah. McDonald’s $1 large soft drinks and McDoubles were my downfall this month. See “extra 10 lbs I didn’t know about” above. ;)
Pictures of Family Life
Recipes We Tried And Liked
Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken and Bok Choy with Crispy Noodle Cake – this recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated, but I’m linking to a different site because the Cook’s Illustrated site is for members only. Anyway, we really liked this recipe – Jeremy said it was “different” than the Asian dishes I usually make, and he really liked it. The kids? Not so much.
Caramel Cream Cheese Dip – this isn’t a recipe, really… Just dump a brick of cream cheese and some caramels in a pan and melt them, then use it as a dip for apples. Awesome.
Fact You Didn’t Know
We don’t eat casseroles. None. There is one Mexican Spaghetti recipe we eat on occasion that is kind of like a casserole, but it’s cooked in a skillet on top of the stove, so it’s not really a casserole at all. We eat meat, potatoes, pasta, rice, veggies – but I don’t dare throw it together like a casserole. ;)
So, that’s our life in a nutshell! Hope you enjoyed the scatterbrained recap.
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