Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Just finished dinner cooked by the kids....steak on the grill, baked potatoes & green beans. 
Getting ready to watch a movie and hopefully not fall asleep in in.  Sooo exciting!
Ready to say goodbye to 2016.  A year of big things rejoining the working world as a sub teacher, oldest getting a driver license, 2 kids in high school, friends of the family going through life altering events. Time for a new trip around the sun to begin!

Wishing all a happy & healthy 2017!

Friday, December 30, 2016

My least favorite question

This is a late Festivus post....hope you all have your pole polished and ready....
Everyone has questions that set them on edge....these are mine I've narrowed it down to 5

Mine in order are

1. What's your dinner plan?
    Why?  It's always from hubby, usually on the way home from work (a time I never know). No mTter what I answer I can count on at least 1 of 3 if not all 3 questions.....what are you serving it with, is it done/when will it be done and what made you cook that?     I was raised to not question the meal prepared, to just eat it - it's fuel and if you don't care for it, you eat it anyhow because that's what there was.    He was raised differently. His mom didn't cook stuff the kids didn't like - not that I do, but sometimes I make less than favorite meals and now the kids have developed a taste for them.  Besides, if there is something particular desired for dinner just freaking say so - my crystal ball is on the fritz.  

2.   Can I ask you a question?  
      Why?  It's frigging redundant!  It's probably my biggest pet peeve (other than they're, there and their grammar mistakes). Everyone asks it - and I find if I'm heading towards snarkyville, being asked this completes my trip there.

3.  What are 'we' going to do?
     Why?  In this context lately it's not a case of We but You going to do?  Usually involves a less than pleasant task, physical or brainy implying that the asker hasn't given thought 1 toward a solution to a problem needing solution.

4..  Where do you want to go eat?  
      Why?  This is usually met with resistance because when we eat out lately it's as a family.  Take into account my birthday or Mother's Day...I love Mexican and seafood and am not a big fan of BBQ.  Inevitably I'm asked  & if I suggest the 2 options and a usually told "you know X doesn't like spicy/fishy food". What about this place?  Well, if you know I like 2 places a lot and don't get to go often, don't ask me - you know I'm going to be disappointed if it's someone else's choice that really gets made while trying to make me feel like it was my choice.

5.  What do you do all day?
     Why?  I'm a stay at home mom, but I'm often not at home....I run errands, attend to volunteer stuff, sub teach, clean house and drive non-driver teens around to their commitments. Trust me, I would love to sit back, watch movies and nibble bonbons all day. But it doesn't work that way

January = Can Can Sale!

It's ShopRite Can Can sale time!!  The ad was in this week's local paper.  
Time to super stock up on staples....canned tomato products, progreso soups and beans. 
Look out - Sunday I'm hitting the store!  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Operation: Academic Success

Part of the new year will bring a bit of stress to our home - not a new stress because it's school related.

We will be searching for the best school for the youngest child for the fall next year. Currently a freshman in high school, this child was accepted into a magnet school and then decided to stay in the current school at the last minute - I suspect mostly because of the fear of the unknown.  Now this child is unhappy and overwhelmed and not doing well despite being very bright.  So we will be exploring the tech school route when school starts again in January. 

Our public high school isn't an option for many reasons (the principal and I didn't see eye to eye before regarding our older child's IEP vs 504 plan),  the school environment & staff loves super jocks or artists, the robotics team is by selection of the TAG teacher only - not by proven talent or aptitude (grades & test scores are a factor for our kiddo). Basically there is no place for the quiet kid who comes in behaves decently, is generally a good Kid and does their work; everyone is expected to be exceptional and if you aren't - they write you off.

That leaves us where we currently are, with academic tutors  at the current school or tech school (totally not the end of the world). 

Christmas recap.....

What a lovely holiday.  Plenty of family time, generous gifts and a few new items for my wardrobe, sweaters and vest.  Some new crafting supplies and snacky items.

Only 2 things bummed me out....
1 couldn't locate jarred or boxed mince pie filling anywhere at all. Other than Amazon ($22/2 jars no thanks). This really bummed me out since I can't have mince tarts now. 
2 no chai tea bags in my stocking - I can remedy that fast!

Ventured out today (outlet malls were still nutty busy) to exchange a gift from relations to one of the kids for the correct size.  Of course it wasn't available so an alternative was selected.  Then went to return the shirts I bought my stepdad for the correct size.  Glad I did, they were on even more of a sale so I saved another $22!  Was going to try and restock my tissue paper/gift box stash for next year maybe go tomorrow - depends on my mood in the morning.  

Hubby took oldest to ikea yesterday for a new desk (kitchen counter and legs). Came home with some new storage cubes for my craft area - they were 50% off for the 4 cube one.  

Tonight's plan is to find some new sneakers for me on sale online.  

Also last week I got the call to sub for the first week if the new year.  It's only 4 days but it will pay for my Scrapbooking retreat later this winter!  

I plan on spending what's left of this week puttering around sorting clothes for the last minute tax deduction (and decluttering). 

Hope everyone is enjoying a great holiday season!!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!  
We had Christmas Eve with the inlaws - very nice time and generous gifts for all around. 
Tomorrow is sure to be more festivities and hopefully a nap at some point 😅

Hope everyone has a great quiet day!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

One last push

Tomorrow and Friday...
thats it - those are the last days i have to shop/prep for Christmas 2016. 

plan is set....up early tomorrow to clean up/tidy and decorate.  then a fast run to BJs and wrappingin the   evening.

Friday has me up early and headed to Aldi for cheeses, crackers etc.  

i will do a quick check on stocking stuffers tomorrow night as well.  we have a new stocking stuffer rule this year useful (ie toothbrushes, toiletries socks) or edible (treats).   do you know how awesomely a bottle of shower gell fills out a stocking?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Back to routines

hi everyone!  I'm back from the hiatus. I find I need to get things posted for my own frugal accountability and sanity.

We are starting to get into a groove again after some very trying weeks here.
Heartbreaking news and a memorial service afterwards.
Add to it hubby's crazier than ever year end work schedule, a rotating series of vehicle issues (all $$$ and not one vehicle untouched), Christmas music concert, family commitments, winter sports practice until 8pm 3 nights a week.

We finally got a tree last weekend - almost had to buy a fake one since the usual tree farm had cut the quota for the season - luckily we found one nearby at a different gentleman farmers place.

I put a big push on shopping this weekend and I think I just need to get  a couple stocking stuffers to finish up the kids and hubby.

I've really enjoyed reading everyone's writing  break - better than napping at school pickup.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

taking a little break

I'm sorry -
I will have to take a little break - I've been pretty bad about keeping up on this blog.  I do sign in and read what everyone else is up to - but I just haven't had much to say in the thrift world - other than I have my donation/angel tree gifts bought and did it using coupons so I was able to buy higher quality at the same budgeted amount.

I'm in a brain fog & I have tons to say but its all related to an event close to home (another family) and out of respect to them I just can't type about it without starting to cry.

We are busy trying to get in the holiday spirit here and get things situated for Christmas. We have Concerts for School coming up too.  I'm going to have to focus on my kids and family now -
I am hoping to be back soon once the fog lifts from my brain with all that's going on. 

Christmas Blessings to you all and Hope you have a Happy & HEALTHY New Year!!!