Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter Fun and Sunflowers

Since I am trying not to think about how long/little I have left (6 weeks, maybe) until I burst, I thought a little sharing of our springtime fun would be in order.

Easter was kept extremely simple this year due to early contractions that are more than I want right now. It was fun to surprise the kids after church with baskets full of goodies and fun things to do. I think we caught about 15 good "cheesies" per kid in about 1 minute on film. I actually think their favorite things were the pennies and quarter that filled a couple of the eggs. I couldn't justify tons of candy even for holidays. It causes more tantrum and meltdowns than imaginable and that isn't fun for either party! Plus the kids were just so darn cute! That makes every holiday grand.

We also planted some sunflower seeds. If you want quick results from gardening efforts give these babies a try. Every morning that the kids and I go out to "check" on them/ play before school, those flowers have added an inch or two and a few more leaves are donned. I realized to day that when we have full mammoth sunflowers blossoming out there I will have a newborn. THANK HEAVENS!!!! Now while I am sitting nursing I can lookout my window and gaze at the flowers we grew and my kids playing in them. I must capture some good pictures with them and make portraits this year. Kids and sunflowers are awful darling.

Lately I have been consumed with frugality, thrifty living, and in general living on less. So far I have been scouring the internet for things to read. I found some good info at www.budget101.com, and www.thriftyfun.com. Plus if you can get it at your library, Amy Dacyczyn's, Tightwad Gazette I, II, and III really get the cogs moving for ideas that one could apply to their own life. It is a little ironic and some what funny, that when I first read her books, I tabbed a couple items from each thinking that a lot of this stuff would never work. But as recently my book looks like a florescent green tab monster. heheh I think I am far more serious this time about changing the direction of our financial state than I was a couple of years ago. Plus it would be nice to have my husband home more often instead of working for things that we don't really need or that can be substituted for other thrifty ideas.

The draw back I now have a desire to learn the art of canning. I think I have more hobbies than I can shake a stick at!

3 comments:

Scully said...

My mom used to can things, but it just isn't cost-effective when you can buy canned peaches and the like for 79 cents a can at Safeway. Especially when you have to do the initial outlay for canning equipment, which is fairly costly, plus it is so much harder to find these days.

Lara said...

Thanks for the linkage...I've been looking for ideas to save more money and be as thrifty as I can.

Hope you start feeling better soon...being pregnant in the awful heat is no fun...believe me, I know, cause I did it in July of last year.

aquamarine said...

Scully, I was only thinking of canning produce that I get for dirt cheap because I volunteer my slave labor. hehehe. On the supplies home front, nothing like raiding my mother's empty stash of bottles. Three weeks of grandma time should get me a fair amount. ;)

Lara, thanks for making a stop at my blog! I just love getting the best bang for my buck. It is the challenge of getting more than I paid for without crossing any moral boundaries that is so satisfying.