Friday, June 27, 2008

The Up side of soaring gas prices

Ok, I know you all are thinking there cannot be an upside to gas prices being so high. Yesterday I put $50 in my mini van and it barely hit the half full (or would that be half empty?) mark. We, as a family, like everyone else have been trying to cut back and I have noticed some improvements in our lives by this. So here is my bright side to the gas gloom:

~ I do more home cooking. I have always liked to cook, but now I am planning fun Sunday evening meals, like pancakes instead of McDonald's where for the grand price of $30 we can clog our arteries and fill up on msg.

~ We are staying home more on the weekends. No more trips down to the beach or to Orlando. We have been playing more board games. Last weekend Esther kicked all our booties in monopoly. Family time has increased and been sweeter
~ We are not going to see every movie that comes out! There are free older movies at the theater in the summer, so we will go to that and then when the kids get to go to see a new release it will be a treat. It also keeps the mind numbing Hollywood mindset away, but that is a far longer ,more serious post.

~ Appreciation for extras is beginning to take place. I have not bought any type of cokes for a long time and yesterday at Publix they were 5 cases for $11, so everyone got to pick out a case. There was great dancing and rejoicing in the aisle.

~ I am shopping less for frivolity. We are making due with what we have and we are not lacking.....who knew that could happen!!

I know that there are a lot of people that are in a lot worse financial shape than us and I realize that the economy is serious, but I just wanted to list some good things this crunch has taught us in the last few month!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Summer Entertainment

I have been able to watch quite a few movies since it is summertime and I wanted to give my humble reviews:
Miss Potter ~ a delightful movie about Beatrix Potter that is just so sweet and Abby and I loved it. Even Greg enjoyed it.
Amazing Grace ~ I honestly can't believe that it has taken me so long to sit down and watch this movie! It was a very very moving and inspirational and thankfully, clean.
Prince Caspian ~ I thought it was even better than the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe. My kids loved this movie and we will most likely be buying the dvd!
Kung Fu Panda ~ Not bad, not great. I would have rather rented it than go to the movies
Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull ~ One of the dumbest, unbelievable movies I have watched in a long time! When it was over, I wished that I could perform mental bulimia and throw up the previous wasted hours! Take a tip...don't go see it!
We just rented The Sacketts mini series that I guess was on tv at one point in time. Nathan is on a western kick and I am trying to find some without the bad language and really bad violence (that knocks Clint Eastwood out!). I will have to let you all know if it is good in a later post.
Here is my Summer Reading List too:
The Crossroads by Bev Lewis
Tales of a Hollywood Nobody by my pal, Lisa Samson
Crazy Love by Francis Chan * I am almost through with this book and would highly recommend it * (Click on the title to go to his website)
Biography of Beatrix Potter ( see review of Miss Potter above)
Biography of Daniel Boone (we will be studying frontiersman in school this year and I want to be ready!)
Biography of William Penn
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
Growing up Plain by Shirley Kurtz
The Pillars of Earth by Ken Follett ( I have heard good things about this book and I am hoping to read it this summer, but it better be really good for me to stick with this almost 1,000 page novel)
The brides of Webster county by Wanda Brumsetter (4 books in all)

Any "must read " books or "must see" movies anyone would like to share with me??

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My simple Daybook

I found this really cool blog and how women are posting a daybook once a week. Since I am going through a serious case of Bloggers Block, I thought I would give it a try! Just click on the picture if you want to see all who are participating (there is a bunch!!) Maybe I am just nosy, but seriously, I could read other people's blogs for hours!

FOR TODAY (June 17, 2008)...
Outside My Window... The sun is shining bright
I am thinking...I really need to go finish folding clothes
I am thankful for...My family and all the love I feel from them
From the kitchen...I made yeast rolls and chicken for lunch
I am wearing... a jean jumper and green top
I am creating...a new blog post..about time!
I am the movies tonight
I am reading...The postcard by Beverly Lewis
I am hoping...we can sell our house soon
I am hearing...nothing, which makes me wonder what my children are doing!
Around the house...I am going through closets and getting rid of junk
One of my favorite things... is coffee on a cool morning
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:... finish decluttering my house, mop my floors, maybe
even scrapbook a little.

Here is the picture I am sharing....

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It's Summertime

We are in the heat of summer here in Florida and boy do I feel it! I have zero energy when it is so hot! I am trying to have a garage sale on Saturday, but every time I go out in the garage to work, I quickly find a reason to come back inside!! So bright and early Saturday morning I will be in the driveway selling "treasures". Love going to yard sales..having them, not so much!

The kids have VBS this week and seem to be enjoying it. We have a wedding Greg is preaching next weekend, and guess what??It's outside!! Abby said she is not going unless she can wear her bathing suit....can't say that I blame her. Poor Greg, he will have to wear a suit.

We have a few weeks of just being home before we fly up to Virginia for a few days. I am looking forward to swimming in mom and dads pool and hopefully enjoy some cooler nights.

We have only been out of school 3 weeks and I am already itchy to get back at it. I went to a curriculum sale in Orlando and scored a KONOS Vol 1 for $6 (new it is $99). I am working on my planner for next year and trying to plan out a year long calendar.

Greg and I had our 13 year anniversary yesterday. I am so thankful God let me marry my best friend. We had a good date night out last night. We went to Outback (my fav.) and coldstone. Lets just say I didn't keep up my ww points yesterday.

Hope everyone is doing good. I miss my parents and Virginia "peeps". I miss my new NC friends. Love you all and see ya soon.