Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Budgetting Life

What are the children doing now that we have had a budget cut?

We are doing all good things...
 and watching our pennies
while we do it!

Sometimes different situations come as blessings
 so we are trusting in HIM,
that this is the case!

We have been abundantly blessed
and have had the pleasure of many
experiences and activities.

We are thankful for each and every one of them.
We are thankful that our children are HOME!

We are creating more of our own fun
and a less structured activity schedule
with the budget in mind.


We purchased a groupon at the local bowling alley!
It's the deal of the century and we are going bowling once a week!
(for literally pennies each time! Shhhhh!)


 While our kids bowl....
Selinda and I get to visit!
We are pretty close to figuring out all the important questions in life!
This is a highlight of my week!

The local YMCA is an amazingly family friendly place!


The kids do swim lesson there for a very affordable fee!



Because we are homeschoolers we can do swim lessons
 in the quiet afternoon while all the other kids are
at school!

Our kiddos have become really good swimmers!
They are on track to be potential life guards!


Jake, Grace, Luke and Joey are working on their skills!

The other kiddos are in the swim crew class.
Competitive swimmers, we are not but good solids swimmers, we are!

Jake accidentally took the larger shirt and left the tiny one for Sam!


Some of our kiddos are amazing organizers!

 As we continue to go through things to~
1. get rid of,
2. throw away,
3. give away, and
4. sell

This is soooo helpful!


Organization brings me peace!

Thank you
Melissa, Jenny and Madeline!


The kids have been watching some cooking shows lately!
Wow, it makes a difference!
They really know what they are doing,
including how to peel an avocado!
(currently looking for my other cooking pics)

We really have fun cooking together!
These Easter egg dishes turned our GREAT!





We happen to have a fantastic sledding hill right in our yard!





What goes down must come up!
Perfect way to tire out 16 kids!




Sunshine or snowstorm,
either way they have fun!


 And sometimes in March the sun feels quite warm and the jackets and hats come off!




When the snow melts they get creative!


 Instead of attempting to slide down a muddy hill
the throw snowballs into their inner tubes!


 Got one in!


 They have been doing a whole lotta this lately!

Kids that were not readers and now avid readers!

The complete
Harry Potter series,
the Chronicles of Narnia series,
The Among the Hidden series,
Michael Vey series,
Lemoncello series,
and soooo much more!

We have also watched the movies after reading the books!
The kids love watching movies with Mom and Dad!

So, although budget cuts are not my favorite
we are making lemonade out of our lemons!

God is so good!

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