This morning as I was studying my scriptures (which I am thoroughly enjoying, by the way) I heard a piercing scream. I thought Evangeline, who was sleeping on my bed, had woken up and maybe fallen off the bed. I dashed back to the bedroom and she was sound asleep. I thought maybe the tv downstairs made the noise so I went back to what I was doing. A minute later Elizabeth came upstairs and said that the video she was watching had her squishy on it. It took me a second. “Were you screaming a minute ago about your squishy?” “Yes,” she said with a smile on her face. Silly girl. She asked me to come down and see. “Look in the box!” She rewound the video and there on the screen was a squishy like hers. She was so excited.
Later that morning I was doing my bills at the computer and I kept smelling salsa. I looked all around where I was and couldn’t find it. I determined to clean the basement to find the source. As I was straightening the bookshelf I found the culprit. A dried up bowl of half eaten salsa. On the bookshelf. The kids are pigs! At least it was in a bowl and not on the carpet.
I have figured that I get a ton of stuff done when I get up earlier and before the little kids wake up. I studied scriptures, listened to some podcasts while fixing breakfast and washing dishes and later when Evangeline was asleep I mopped the floor. I used vinegar again (it is cheap and it works really well). Noah came up and had a conniption. “Mom! Why are you using that stinky stuff still?! It is ‘ascusting’! Why can’t you use good smelling stuff?! Stop using that stinky stuff!” I had to laugh at that. He’s three.
So Alex and I are trying to do better with our finances. I have been keeping track of bills and such for years but the nitty-gritty details of the day to day spending was a bit out of my reach. I started a spreadsheet for my stuff and it worked alright. I was getting better at it and then asked Alex to help me with some stuff. He complicated the heck out of my spreadsheet. I tried putting the information in but was only able to figure out half of it. Ridiculous! But if I keep it this way he has to help me and thus be more involved in the process which is a good thing.
I didn’t eat sugar again today. And I got my gallon of water down. I really enjoyed my food yesterday but today’s lunch was really good. I made chicken with bacon, butter, cashews and a boatload of broccoli with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Elizabeth ate a few of my broccoli stems- she loves broccoli! It filled me up for hours.
So this was kind of funny. Benjamin was hungry before dinner and wanted to make cookies. When I am on a diet I rarely make junk food and the kids are left to their own devices. Benjamin was “starving” and wanted to make root beer cookies. We had no buttermilk. We had no milk to make fake buttermilk. But we did have a quart of cream. I told him to make butter. He complained that we didn’t need butter, just buttermilk. Yeah, that is how you get buttermilk, you make butter. We put the cream in a jar and told him to get to shakin’. They got bored of that pretty fast so I threw it in the mixer and we had butter and buttermilk in 5 minutes. It was really fun. I had never made it in a mixer before. I think I’ll do it again.
Benjamin finished the cookies but we had no powdered sugar for frosting and those cookies need it to really taste the root beer flavor. I’ll get some tomorrow so he can finish his cookies for an after school snack. Then maybe they won’t complain. At least for a little while.