Monday, March 23, 2009

Back to School, Back to Normal...

Today is Day 7 of our "Being Self-Reliant" family project. Yes, we lasted one whole week!!!

Not much happened today except that Spring Break is officially over! Today, since Charlie was off, he let me sleep in while he took the kids to school and then stocked up on some water. After about 8:45, he took off again for his doctor's appointment and dropped off some lunch money for the little ones' account at school. Don't I have a wonderful husband? YES, I DO!

Also, today, to distract me from my own aching back and grieving for Crystal's loss, Charlie agreed to have me browse the Housewares aisles in one of the nearby Goodwill Store. I didn't buy anything; as we are still on our family project of needs only... Was I sad, only a little because there wasn't much to salivate over.

Charlie and I shared some leftover lasagna then went back out to stock up on more water. Albertson's near us was selling 6-packs of Deja Blue bottled waters for 50 cents each! Since we stock up on water for Summer, this fell under the NEEDS category!

We also walked to the bus stop to meet Ian then turned around and picked up Jasmine from Choir practice. After Lisa got home, Ian and Jas were finishing up their homeworks and snacks.

Then we decided on an inexpensive dinner: Spaghetti with sausage, garlic bread and ice water. Remember, we are on "whatever's in the house" way of living, and since they are full on eating lettuce, peas and corn as veggies, then I didn't mind forgoing some tonight.

As before, I make our meager dinner interesting by setting a nice plate. I'm loving these striped dinnerware more and more, I already got my money's worth in so many different settings I tried with it.

Here's the spaghetti! This is Charlie's plate. I added the only Robin Egg's blue plate my MIL gave me to add height to the setting. He took this picture; he had the glass height changed so he can take this beautiful shot. Our dinner, $0, ice water, $0, knowing everyone loved it, PRICELESS...

Family Home Evening Activity: We played Jenga and learned about taking turns and patience.


Day 28
Love Others Like God Loves You

"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
1 John 3:16 KJV

Purpose to do what you can to meet the greatest need in your spouse's life right now.

What I Did:
Charlie has a very strenuous line of work and often comes home very exhausted. So, to recognize that, I offer massages and have been finding ways to cook the foods he loves.


Mojo said...

Sounds like an interesting experiment. And could be one we could all benefit from. But unless the water supply in town became contaminated I couldn't fit bottled water under the "needs" category.

Chandy said...

Sounds fair enough... Welcome!

Lisa said...

Browsing the aisles of Goodwill is one of my most favorite activities. I rarely buy. I think looking at the ever changing merchandise is calming.

Hansonpatch said...

The girls and I sat down to lunch today and out of no where they started saying "mom, do you know your friend with the curly brown hair?" I said which one, and then they said "the one with the two daughters and the son who is so sweet and you blog about?" I said "Carolyn Mathews?" Rorie said "no Sister Mathews!" :-). "Yes girls what about her?" Rorie and Caitlin then begin a dialogue somthing like this Rorie-"Her Maccaroni and cheese and muffins were the best I have ever had" C-"YEAH, and her daughter was so nice when I fell down outside!" Then in unison "MOM you need to blog them and tell them we said "Hi!" So I have now done as the told me! Thanks for being you Carolyn and Family!!!!!!!

Chandy said...

Anne, Caitlyn and Rorie: You are such sweethearts! Thank you for remembering us!

Charli and me said...

I enjoyed reading your post. I love the way you set your table. Soo pretty. Your hubby sounds like a keeper :>)

Chandy said...

Thank you Charli! I do think he's a keeper also! :-)

Chandy said...

Lisa, I agree! Thanks for not thinking I'm a nut! :-)