Busy, Busy!

Wow! It has been a couple weeks since I’ve done a blog post. In the blog world, that is a big no-no. Well, it is what it is and at least I’m finally typing something! I thought I would just give you an idea of some of the things taking up all my time. Having a 17 month old and 8 month old has a lot to do with my lack of blogging! Haha!! Speaking of them, I have started cloth diapering. We are on day two and things are going well so far. Now I just need to get the hubby to understand how to use them!

They just look so cute in them! While looking at our budget, after insurance increases, things are not looking good. So, despite the fact that keeping up with the laundry for cloth diapering two kiddos is daunting, it is my only option at this point. Money stuff stinks! It is so weird to go from doing pretty well financially to…ummm….drowning. That is the only word I can think of right now. But, alas, this isn’t a sob story. It is just our reality right now and we will figure it out. God will provide in some way! I choose to keep trusting, even if there is the occasional panic attack mixed in to my day!

I did say I would show you a picture of my strawberry pie.

Now, the credit for the recipe goes to a dear friend, but I make this every Thanksgiving. This year I also made some homemade whipped cream to go on top. If you have never made homemade whipped cream, you are missing out! It is super easy, just heavy cream, sugar, and some vanilla. You will never want the store-bought stuff again! I did make my own crust for the pie. If I’m being honest, I don’t always do that if I’m pushed for time but I definitely prefer it!

I had some leftover crust, actually, and rolled it out. I then sprinkled some cinnamon and sugar on it, baked it at 350 for maybe 20 minutes and wham! It is such a tasty treat. (not that I needed the extra calories after Thanksgiving festivities)

Doesn’t that look yummy?

We finally had some colder days where I could use our wood burning stove. For a while I had been trying to figure out how to protect our littles from getting burned. Again thinking of budget stuff, buying a $100 wood stove fence was not an option. I went to the basement and garage, perusing our junk to see if I could find anything that would suffice. Toddler bed! Score! So, as you can see in the picture, I fashioned a fence together using pieces of a toddler bed and zip ties. Does it look fashionable? Absolutely not! But, it does the job!

My daughter did shimmy underneath this, so I have added extra bars since this picture!

I finished decorating our tree. It was a process over the last few weeks. I would add new things and try and teach my daughter to stay away! She has done pretty good with it, but some days are better than others. I didn’t hang any breakable ornaments in her reach and every ornament is one that could just slip on the tree without a hook needed. I was afraid those hooks would end up on the floor for little man to put in his mouth. He puts EVERYTHING in his mouth! Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite things, but the decorations are minimal this year because of little hands grabbing and destroying things! Oh, well. Some day I will get to put everything out again!

This isn’t the best picture of my tree, but little man just looks so cute, doesn’t he?!

So that is about it around here. We are just trying to figure out where we can cut costs on everything. Actually, we are considering culling our chickens and sending them to the freezer. It breaks my heart, but feeding them is just costing too much. We can start over with chicks once things are better. Some of them aren’t laying anymore anyways. I am just not completely ready to make that decision yet, but it is being discussed.

Things may be tough, but I am so thankful to be in this position. It means I am a mom, trying to do what I think is best for my children by being home. I would rather this situation than us never having had children. So each day, when I’m stressed, I look at their faces and thank the Lord Jesus for my little blessings!

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