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because I love this kid...

Last night I carried a very drowsy toddler to his bed and I looked at him, and I can't put into words how much I love this kid! Not to mention the fact that he is adorable, and does some cute and hilarious stuff, and is even learning how to talk. So indulge me for a minute while I post some really cute moments that I have captured.
adorable  read more »

use your imagination

use your imagination, and you'll see the wonder that will be my new kitchen...


(click through to flickr to see photo notes and lots more images)

getting organized and and a request for ideas

January seems to be the time of year that everyone has organization on the brain. We've packed away the Christmas boxes and with no major holidays on the horizon, we focus on bettering ourselves, our homes, and our families.

I mentioned a while back that I am finally getting control over the chaos that has been my life since the summer of 2007 when we tore the back room of our house down and began the biggest DIY project imaginable.  read more »


No need to spend a ton of money on baby shower gifts! Something handmade is almost always more appreciated and needn't take a lot of time.

I spent some time at the sewing machine this morning whipping up a couple gifts for a couple of new babies being born in my circle of friends over the next month. The instructions for the ruffles come to you courtesy of Char and her award-winning tutorial. I've "known" Char for years and years online (like since we had 1 kid each or something and met on a parenting forum) and she makes some really cute stuff.  read more »

Trouble is now spelled F-R-U-G-A-L-B-A-B-Y


I kid you not, he is literally contemplating climbing up on to the piano keys to play with the decorations on top of the piano. He has been removed multiple times over the holidays. (and I do realize this picture is blurry. how else could I snap it in time to grab him off the piano bench?)

We had a great Christmas. The boxes are packed and ready to be stored on the shelves once again and the house feels bigger with all the decorations down. It will feel even bigger when I send the masses back to school and work.  read more »

catching up

I finally got a lot of pictures uploaded off the camera! Some are on flickr. Take a look if you're interested.

In the meantime, I am stalking the UPS truck that is carrying the washing machine pump. The clothes are sorted and ready to go. Who would have thought someone could be so anxious to do laundry?

celebrating the small stuff

I am choosing to focus on life's small victories. It makes for a happier mom.

So, instead of focusing on the fact that the pump on the washing machine died, I am happy that I can replace it myself for the cost of the part. And that I get three days off from doing any laundry. And that it waited until my last load yesterday to die.

I go through each day with this focus in mind, thinking, "What is the victory here?"

It's a victory when I go to bed with a clean kitchen (yesterday I cleaned off the corner of the counter that has been cluttered all summer long--why did I keep those broken things anyway?).  read more »


A week or so ago, an old friend of mine posted as his Facebook status, "I think that people who take the time to log onto Facebook and post something about "how busy they are" are probably not as busy as they think they are."

I hope you understand that my absence from blogging is because I'm busy, and too busy to get on and blog about how busy I am. There are days when I don't even get online, days when I don't dare sit down at the computer because I can't pull myself away from catching up and the other stuff on my list is just more important. Five kids keeps me on my toes, but I choose to live this way so I have no complaints.  read more »

Aporkalypse now...

I'm pretty sure we had swine flu. Cross your fingers.

Since I've been too busy to blog, today you can help celebrate Frugalbaby's birthday by reading his birth story. Happy Birthday Baby!

the box it comes in is way more fun

the other half of the story

(pretend that it hasn't been almost a month since I told the first half of this story)

So when we left our brave skunk-fighters, we had two plans. One was to try and poison the skunk with smoke bombs, the kind that you can also put down gopher holes. We thought we could block both ends of the pipe with a feed sack full of dirt and slip the smoke bomb in and let it do its work. But since I am such a fraidey-cat, I was afraid of getting skunked when I blocked both ends of the pipe.

Our other plan was to try and dispatch the skunk with a .22 rifle.

Frugalboy, who at the ripe age of ten has already proven himself to be an excellent marksman with a .22 when plinking at soda cans up in the mountains with Frugaldad, was recruited to be our sniper.  read more »