Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I hot glued (watch out this can be very hot!) batting around the handle. Then I used a paper punch and punched a hole on either side of the top of the container (about 1/2 inch down) and then snap the handle in. Hot glue the fabric down on the ends so that the handle will stand upright. I cut a strip of fabric around 3 inches wide and about 1 1/2 times as long as the handle. Fold the strip in half (length wise) with the right sides together and make a 1/2 inch seam. Turn so it is right side out and slip over the handle.
That is the last step, You now have a pretty little basket! I am doing this tutorial when I am rather sleepy and I know it is not very detailed. If you have any questions feel very free to ask in the comment section!
Our day in age however has given teenagers for the most part very low expectations and so they live up to them. This needs to change and it can change little by little in each home as either (and hopefully both) parents and kids decide that the teenage years can be great years for accomplishing things, learning and truly launching out on a lifetime of living for God.
Reading the book made me really excited about my kids reaching their teen years (though I am happy to have them at the age they are currently!!). I don't think we need to be scared but as we train them now we can also work to inspire them to want to be all that they can be and never give in to mediocrity!
The book also made me think of my own teen years. I was super blessed to be raised by wonderful christian parents in a christian home. In view of the book I can look at my own teenage years without regret. I grew up without a TV or computer to distract me (though I know teenagers can be raised well with both of those around as well), I was taught to love learning and working and during my teen years I was able to be a worker in the church, a worker in the home, work outside the home, go on a mission trip and help out at christian camps and I also was able to really pursue some of my interests like music. I have no regrets at all but I realize now that I could have even done more. But it is never to late to do stuff and I want to do as much as I can for God now too.
I do recommend this book, as with pretty much every book I read I didn't agree with everything 100% but that is why we all need to be comparing whatever we read, anywhere with what God says in his word!
Have you read this book? What did you think?
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Aren't we blessed to have a heavenly Father who is always wanting what is best for us and who is willing to teach us and guide us in the right ways?! I know I feel very, very blessed!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
My main ways to get rid of stuff were:
- Return everything that belonged to someone else.
- Give stuff away to someone else that might enjoy it.
- Throw stuff away and recycle stuff.
- Box stuff up for a garage sale or giveaway.
The top pictures was my Sunday stuff. Returning some stuff, taking a magazine to my parents to read and a newspaper to our international student because her picture was in it.
On Monday we did some major going through in both kid's rooms. I don't have any pictures but we came up with a huge tote full of stuff, as well as a bunch of trash and paper to recycle.
On Tuesday I gave away some Maple syrup and gave a (good) book to somebody else to read.
This is a whole box of stuff is stuff I lent to a student friend who was wanting some props for her pictures. A bunch of stuff to go back to Mom and Dad's and also some cleaning stuff for the church building.
I find fun Magazines hard to get rid of, especially when they have neat tips that I might want to use later. I really enjoy both of these magazines (Martha Steward Living and Family Fun) but decided if I needed anything in either of them I could find it later online. I gave them to a friend and my sister and hope that they have as much fun looking through them as I did (and then they can pass them on or recycle them).
It is amazing to me how fast we can get a bunch of stuff to be recycled. It was so nice to get all of this out of the house!
Library books are ready to go back! Part of my cleaning spurt was actually inspired because I had gotten an e-mail saying I had a book over due. It was called "Spirit of the Northwoods" and I thought it was a kid's book. We totally went through the kid's rooms and pretty much everywhere else upstairs but now success! Finally I found it in my office, on my desk. Turns out it was a quilt book! Some stuff to return to a friend as well as some thank-you gifts and card.
Well I can't say these were causing to much clutter but we did have fun getting them ready to send out. I also enjoy thinking about how happy others might be to get a letter. This week we also had fun getting some presents ready and delivered. It is so much fun to share with others! The kids really enjoy it too.
Is your house ready for summer? What have you been up to lately?
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Early on this month a passionate gardening friend sweetly gave me a bunch of little tomato, pepper, herb, lettuce, cabbage and flower plants. The kids and I also started a bunch of seeds of our own. We have them be the southern window in my office and they have been growing very well!
It is a jungle in there now! Starting your own plants from seeds is pretty frugal. I use recycled containers to start them in (my most often used container is cutting the bottom off of milk jugs) and then you just have to get dirt and seeds, neither one has to be very expensive if you watch for sales.
How is your garden going? (Probably many of you can work outside in it already!) What are your favorite Thrifty and green gardening tips?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Actually we like story CD's over all. We have some that their grandparents made for them (with Bible stories and original stories on them), we have some classics, some simple ones and some that teach through music and stories about some great composers. My kids love standing around the CD player or sitting quietly in the living room just listening. Simple fun for my children Works for Me!
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I would love to hear what CDs your children enjoy.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
We really love history and politics so these places are right up our alley! I have found a few spots that I have found very helpful in planning our trip they are:
- Very helpful and detailed for planning our time in Philadelphia!
- A list of 100 free or nearly free things (with lots of links) to do in Washington DC.
- Frugal things to do in Washington DC.
Do you have any suggestions of things that we shouldn't miss seeing while we are there? I would love to hear your input!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
My goal is to only have things "that I know to be useful or believe to be beautiful" in my house. (Or what other household members feel that way about.) I am hoping to get rid of at least something each day. I do not like dumping things in the trash but there may be a little of that. Mostly I am hoping to share what we have with others. We have been abundantly blessed and I hope we can also be a blessing.
I am hoping to use the box method and go through each room. I am also hoping to take pictures and report at the end of the week. I would love to hear your favorite tips for not having (or getting rid of) clutter!
If you too need to do a little declutter these places might give you the inspiration and help you were looking for:
I am excited about this! Join me if you like and please leave any tips you might have!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Present time (the girls were still enjoying their colonial hats)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
People stood along several blocks holding signs and flags for over and hour. (A bunch of people came over 1/2 hour early!)
The kids and I dressed in colonial costumes as we were doing all this in the spirit of the Boston Tea Party. There were others that had on special hats and outfits too. It was fun and we got a lot of comments from people on our outfits.
Megan and I
It was pretty fun to see a lot of people that I knew there who are not normally very involved in politics. (Among whom was my parents and Luke and Keren.) I think a lot of people are getting excited about the fact that we can actually do something to change the way our country is heading. We not only CAN do something but we MUST do something if we want our country to be the great country that it has been in the past.
This is our Declaration of Grievances (Here is where Ken got the idea for this, he just changed a few things so it worked for our time and place. )showing some of the signatures. (I wasn't able to get a picture of the full length.) I got the fun job of writing the whole thing out by hand in a calligraphy style (not true calligraphy, I am not that good!). It ended up taking me about 5 hours to do it and my hand was rather tired afterwards!! :-)
Sorry I haven't been posting much, between this, doing maple syrup and Megan's 3rd Birthday life has been more than a little hectic!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I replaced them with new ribbon roses (which I had on hand thanks to the gift from a friend!) and she was very pleased.