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Grocery Spending

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Oct 2010 - $231.39

Nov 2010 - $998.22

Dec 2010 - $340.29

Jan 2011 - $855.15

Feb 2011 - $203.17

Mar 2011 - $916.52

Monthly Average $590.79

Weekly Average $137.85
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hey, Holly - Read This!

Last week when I was rambling on about my latest crafting obsession, my friend, Holly – mom to two, two-and-under, commented:

            Seriously, how do you have time for these things!?!?!? :cP Holly,

First off, congratulations on your precious new girl! We have her picture on our fridge and several times a day I hear “Ahhhh! Cute baby!”

You asked how I have time to do my little projects. The biggest reason is that I don’t have a newborn! I might have eight children, but not one of them needs to eat and be changed every two hours! (Although, some of my boys might enjoy meals that frequent!)

I usually don’t even attempt to do any extra projects until the baby is about four months old and sleeping on a regular schedule. Prior to that, consider the day successful if you make dinner and get the dishwasher unloaded! I have sewed while trying to nurse a baby. No one enjoyed that!

I’ve learned to craft in snatches of time. I keep current projects out in my kitchen so I don’t have to spend time hauling things out and setting up. It’s not tidy, but the satisfaction outweighs the mess.

I involve the children by giving them fabric scraps or scraps of scrapbooking paper. Older children will work on their own scrapbooks when they see me working on mine.

I keep my expectations of how much I’ll accomplish LOW. If I’m feeling like I need to be super-productive, my parenting skills definitely suffer.

Finally, at the risk of sounding cliché, enjoy this time! It does go by too quick! You are a wonderful mama and I look forward to watching your babies grow!



1 comment:

  1. HA!!!! Too funny!!! Our computer crashed and I have been without internet for 4 days and today we finally got it up and going and I happened to check the blogs and surprise! I was so excited to see this post! Thanks Lainie! You are too sweet. Glad to hear your advice as always. I just keep saying "someday....." We miss you and the family lots and need to get together soon. Thanks for the post :cP.