We had homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and I put a couple in a to-go container and put them on the porch with a note for our UPS driver, who stops by at least a few times a week thanks to our Amazon Prime orders.
They delivered a package and didn’t take the gift, and I was a little bummed (I really did want to do something nice because they provide great service!) and took them back inside so that we could eat them. I figured maybe they can’t accept gifts or were leery of taking a food gift from the people that live in the old house that’s undergoing renovation.
And then UPS stopped by later in the day and I realized… It wasn’t UPS that came by in the morning, it was FedEx! And so now our FedEx driver knows how much we appreciate our UPS driver but the UPS driver doesn’t have a clue. Agh…
A few months ago, I got leotards and ballet/dance tights for my girls to wear for fun. They wear them all the time, and I quickly noticed that those dance tights last way longer than regular tights, maybe even better than a lot of leggings, even though the girls are running around and rolling all over in them! I think I’m going to buy some more in different colors and start using those instead of regular tights. I’ll have to let you know how it goes. I get so frustrated with clothing wearing out quickly!
I was inspired by a post from Modern Mrs. Darcy (that I can’t find now), where she talked about how her kids have better days when they simply know what’s going to be for supper. It got me thinking, and as a result, I started a same-every-week breakfast and lunch plan, and also re-started pizza on Friday nights (instead of adjusting the day to suit my fancy).
So now we have meat sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, PB&J, ravioli, and taco salad set on a certain day of the week for lunches. The kids have an assigned day to be the kitchen helper (It works out nicely with five kids – and I
have get to cook by myself on the weekends! ;), so they chose what they wanted on their day.
And for breakfasts, we have an assigned day for oatmeal, eggs and bacon, sausage English muffin sandwiches, pancakes, and biscuits. (Side note: yes, we have a hot breakfast every morning, and this is possible because we don’t have to leave the house to go anywhere [we homeschool] and Jeremy rarely has to leave before 8:30. So please don’t envision me making pancakes at 6 AM before everyone hops on the bus!)
Anyway, it’s working well so far – it’s helped streamline my grocery list and three out of five of the kids can at least get lunch started on their own for their assigned day. I don’t know what’s taken me so long to do this, but it’s really nice to not have to think about what’s for breakfast or lunch!
Our house renovations are coming along – well, sort of. (We are living in 1/3rd of our house right now – the other 2/3 is completely down to studs and floor boards and doesn’t even have lights.) There’s structural work that needs to be done, so we are working with a draftsman, structural engineer, and general contractor to get a game plan together.
The planning part is taking longer than we thought, but hopefully that will make the actual construction part go faster. We’re having a contractor take it to the drywall stage, and we’ll do (or contract out, depending on various things) the trim, flooring, paint, etc. The goal is to be “finished” with it, apart from the kitchen, by late this year.
I’m almost out of the buying-diapers stage. Our almost-three-year-old is sort of potty-trained: she usually goes in the toilet, can go by herself most of the time, and knows how to change her Pull-Up when it’s soiled; so for all intents and purposes, she’s trained, right? I suppose one of these days it would be nice to not have to buy any diaper-related items, but at this point, I’m happy with it! (Oh, how I slack by the time it comes to child #5!)
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