Monday, August 27, 2007

Today's (non) events

Couldn't sleep last night - Zach woke me up around 2:30 when he crawled into bed with us, and I just couldn't get back to sleep after that (thanks Zach :) ). So I did some cross stitch, did some internet searching, and finally fell asleep around 5:45 am. As much as I really hate not being able to sleep at night, our home is so very peaceful in the wee hours of the morning. It's nice to be able to enjoy them sometimes.

Katie started her classes this morning. So far so good - she likes all her teachers, and other than one inappropriate writing assignment, the classes look like she'll enjoy them. We went out car shopping with her today. Didn't find anything definite, but it's always fun to test drive a car and negotiate, even when you know they won't take your price.

Josh and I cleaned out the attic this morning. We have MORE stuff to sell at our yard sale. Gosh, how does one family collect so much? My goal is to get rid of anything we don't use. I think I have a long way to go.

So, I really didn't accomplish very much today. But it was a good day.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My Morning

School has officially started for Josh. Zach and Maddie are impatiently waiting for Friday - they get to take classes at our homeschool co-op. Katie starts on Monday.

So, this morning I was up at 4:00 am. Zach wasn't feeling well and he crawled into bed with us. Out of bed at 7:00, shower, etc. Take Kate to work at 7:30, run into Target to pick up some last minute school supplies for Josh, drive home, get little kids dressed, fed, ready for the day, sew Josh's jeans that he wanted to wear today and were ripped along a seam (he told me last night at about 9:30), make up his daily schedule draft to take to chemistry class as proof that he has time in his schedule to do the work he's going to need to do, drive back into town for dr. appointment (the fun annual physical, blood work, etc. woohoo), hit Big Lots for a magnifying glass set that Josh needs for today that no one else in Texas seems to carry, drive home, call Josh on the way and tell him to be ready to go because there's lots of construction, come home, inhale a rice cake with peanut butter, make one for Josh because he "forgot" to get lunch, get everyone into the van, drive back into town taking the long way because construction is really slowing everyone down, get to enrichment 2 minutes late, but still early (class starts at 12:00, everyone must arrive at the building by 11:50 so as to still have time to get to class), turn around, drive home, get lunch for the littler kids, find the daily schedule draft that I wrote for Josh on the counter because he didn't put it into his bag when I told him to, do the dishes from breakfast and lunch, check email and that brings me to now. Just a typical day in the Blanchard home.

I must say, there is an odd sense of beauty in the busyness of daily life. At least I know I accomplished something today.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

What the World Eats

Here's a link to a great photo article. What a big difference between industrialized countries and non-industrialized.
What the World Eats

Here's what this tells me. We American's are fat and spoiled. We eat a ton of processed and prepared foods. We eat lots of white flour products, lots of sugar, and very little fruits and vegetables, then we complain that we're overweight and have no energy. I don't know much about most of the countries listed, but you can really tell which ones are prospering and which aren't. We also spend a HUGE amount of money on food. I personally don't really know how to spend less than I currently do and still eat relatively healthy. I can spend less and eat lots of carbs, but fruit and vegies seem to be our personal budget killers, and meat is even more expensive! I think I'm going to start looking for cookbooks published in the 30's and 40's. The people who lived during the depression knew how to stretch their food dollar.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

What I know for sure

Wow, I haven't posted in a while. It's not that I don't have anything to say, God knows I have LOTS to say. I just don't know how to say all the things that run through my head. The summer is nearing an end for us, and I need to start getting my mind back into "homeschooling mode". Zach and Maddie are out playing with friends, Josh is playing the guitar, Kate's at school, Tom's taking a nice long soak in the tub - he deserves it, he works so hard.

I'm enjoying a moment of peace, contemplating the future both near and far. This is what I know for sure:

My husband is the perfect match for me
My children are amazing
Life is too complicated, but we're the ones who make it that way
Paying a mortgage stinks!
Homeowner's associations stink!
I want to live on more land than a 50'X 120' lot
I LOVE fabric
I love fresh garden produce
I don't sew enough
I wish I had my degree
Clutter is distracting
T.V. is a waste of time
The government is out of control
Friends are priceless

Hmmm, maybe I don't know as much as I thought I did.


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