A Look Into Our Life-Day 1

I thought it would be fun to remember what a week in our life was really like.  In a few years I'll look back on this and think "Wow!  We really did make it through."

So, day 1 starts on an abnormal Monday since we had the day off for school in honor of Dr. King.  Everyone but Ella and Erik (who had to work) slept until 8:00.  Let me just tell you that that NEVER happens.  Ella enjoyed waking up before everyone else and felt like quite the big girl being downstairs alone. While I enjoyed my sleep, the type A in my can't stand to wake up behind the curve ball.  I really struggle with my love for sleep and insane need to be in control of my day.  If I haven't had a shower by 7:00 or if I have to shower after all the children wake up I feel as if I spend the rest of the day playing catch up.  Thankfully, Ella is old enough to watch Jack and Lucy while I quickly try to make up for lost time.

And when she's not playing with Jack, she is busy making mechanical masterpieces.  That brain of hers is something else!  (and so is that hair)

I spent a little time yesterday morning organizing my coupons.  It's something I'm gradually getting into.  I'm trying to pace myself and not get too carried away.  I'm in no position to become an extreme coupon-er, that for sure!

After lunch, when Jack was down for a nap, our friends Madison and Mary Leslie came over to play with the girls.  As you can tell from the pictures below they did a lot of makeup and nails!

I took advantage of the babysitting and headed out to the grocery--its was my first real trip with coupons.  I saved about $30 and was very pleased with myself.  What I wasn't happy about was the fact that Kroger didn't have any grocery sacks.  Seriously.  They are a grocery store!!  I had to pile all my groceries into produce boxes.  It was a bit frustrating to say the least.  

Ella typically has tumbling on Mondays, followed immediately by basketball practice.  I get dinner ready and Lucy and Jack a bath before Erik and Ella come home.  After dinner, it's homework time!  Here is how we spent our down time Monday night.

Oh, Monday.  How I loathe thee sometimes.  

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  1. I've been a reader of your blog and prayer supporter of your family since Lucy became sick. I've never commented, but have enjoyed following your journey and count it a privilege to pray for you although we've never met. Your story about Ella building mechanical masterpieces reminded me of a toy I recently heard of. It's a girl-friendly engineering toy that is associated with a book. It's a really cute concept that I heard of through a friend around Christmas. I'm not sure if it's available yet, but may be worth checking out!


  2. I am amazed as mothers and wives how much we accomplish by 8:00 in the morning.

    Yesterday I had some medical tests and one I had to lay still for well over an hour. The attendant said most people go to sleep...not me I was making a mental checklist of everything I needed to do for the week.

    I need to better organized on my grocery shopping and coupons.

    I thank you again for opening your doors, sharing your heart and testimony. You are a blessing.

  3. Sounds like a great day and the savings sure top it off. :) I sure do miss the time when my kids were little, busy but so much fun.

    Blessings hon,

  4. I have never commented before but have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and encouragement. Your children are beautiful!
    I also wanted to ask because I may have missed it but I am very interested in purchasing a few of the tevas tumblers for Lucy's foundation. Are they available? Sorry if you've said. :-)

  5. My daughter decided to try the couponing bug when it first started and she did save alot of money but she also found it to be work also. I guesss that is why I was always told nothing that you do not get anything without working for it. I believe that you have to like to shop to really get into the couponing. (That leaves me out) I don't mind using 1 or 2 coupons but really haven't got into the extreme part of it either. I do have to give it to those whom do it though. Good for them. Love those pictures of the kids they sure look like they had a great day off.

  6. I loved a glimpse into your day. Such cute pictures.

  7. I love seeing glimpses of how other people spend their days. Thanks for sharing. And I'm glad you had a fun Monday night at home!

  8. In Austin, they have banned the plastic grocery bags. You have to take your own bags...and there are only certain bags they will allow! My head was swimming after I read list of "approved" bags. I get it. I do. But why be so picky about what bags I bring as long as they are used plastic bags?

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