Monday, October 23, 2017

A Fresh Start!

Hello friends and readers! How time has flown.

Life has continued in all it's ups and downs since my last excursions into blogging. Our family is now six! Fostering is now a distant memory, and our own children are growing quickly. Having four girls ages 5-10 is sometimes a challenge, but mostly a lot of fun! We live a simple, hearty life, homeschooling and being entrepreneurs.

I am now an ESL teacher with VIPKID, and am finding much joy and fulfillment in teaching children in China (from home, thanks to the internet)! It is making me a better mom and teacher to our own children here too. 

Boo is 10 this November, and she has started her own blog as well, which I'm trying to encourage her to use as a regular creative outlet. Once she gets in the habit of posting regularly, I hope to link to her from my blog. She is such a funny girl! Cutes is nearly 9, and still loves sneaking snacks. ;)

DJ is 7, and is working hard at earning the title of "the good child". She is a real people-pleaser! Pacy is 5 (going on and she is a little firecracker. I really need to take more photos, so that I can remember these crazy, fun, wonderful days!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Purging and Procrastinating

I do not like housework. I like to cook, bake, even iron clothes, when my house is clean & tidy, and above all QUIET. Which pretty much never happens. I still make an effort to cook and bake when I can muster the fortitude, because the payoff is so worth it! I do love food. But then, I do not like housework. And cooking and baking have the unfortunate side effect of creating more of it.

Another blogger mentioned amongst her radical purging that she kept only enough dishes and utensils for one meal, and enough clothes for 7 days. Although I have considered such measures for clothes, it never occurred for me to do the same with dishes! I usually thank God I have so many dishes, so I can get through a whole day of meals (and then some, depending on the meals and who is home) without having to do dishes. But after sitting crusted with food from breakfast until late evening, cereal bowls get harder to clean. Forcing myself to use fewer dishes in a day - what a fantastic idea! I feel all pumped to do some purging, but first I need to wash the dishes that are currently dirty.

I also badly need to purge the kids' clothes (they have more than they will ever wear!), but first I need to wash all the clothes that are currently dirty. And I desperately need to purge my mismatching tupperware pieces! But first I need to find, wash and sort the tupperware that is currently dirty.

So, to help me get ready to purge our unnecessary belongings, I think I'll spend the afternoon looking for quotes from Molly Maid and competitors. ;) I need help.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How Much For Groceries?

I must confess I have been doing much more blog reading than blog writing! One of the many blogs I have been sporadically following made the following comment on budgeting for groceries:

"If you are on a particularly tight budget, it is realistic to spend $100-$150 per family member for the month."

The author also noted that this includes toiletries, diapers, etc. as needed. So, for our family of 6, not counting the 3-4 times a week we are feeding an extra 2 people, we should be spending... $600-$900?? I realize that this is highly subjective depending on what area you live, cost of food, etc., but this blog post was from July 2008! Here we are in 2011, and when I spend $600 a month for groceries, we are definitely over budget! Is my budget unreasonable? I do cook at least a few meals a week from scratch, and I don't buy pre-made meals. My "fast-food" dinners are things like hotdogs or spaghetti. I also have 3 kids in diapers (one almost done toilet training) and one still on formula.

Let me ask you, how much do you spend on groceries per month? How many people are in your family? Are there special reasons why you would spend significantly more or less? Why do you spend the amount you do?