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Large Family Real Talk

We have become a real homebody family. My husband for the past 6 months has been working a job that is VERY physically demanding and comes home not only complete exhausted but it takes half his days off to recover.

There have been other factors as well in our lives that have caused us to hit pause, reflect and evaluate how we are spending our time and redirect more to strengthening our family versus being very social and out and about a lot.

Today we woke up and I made our big Saturday breakfast. A nice treat when dad is home is that he leads the morning Bible time. After talking about the end times (we are currently in Revelation) we knew the feeling was creeping up of just hunkering down at home. The kids are all just finally better, and I wanted to do nothing more but lounge under the covers reading a book. However, Joe and I told the kids we would do something fun today out of the house.

We tried to come up with ideas that weren’t too far, or would break the bank. I thought it would be a lot of fun to go to one of those paint  pottery places. There was one only 20 minutes away and we figured it would not be too bad if we just painted ornaments. When we arrived we learned it was $7 per person art fee + cost of what you wanted to paint (and the smallest ornament was still about $15). That’s when I got the look from my husband that we should talk about it outside first.

We had the money for the outing but the cheapskates in us could NOT pay over $100 for this outing. We could go to the dollar store and buy 6 wooden ornaments and paints for a fraction of the cost. There was a Peter Pipper in the same plaza and we asked the kids how would they like to each have a cup of token to go wild. They loved the idea! Whew!

No matter what jam we are in, we know we can offer the kids some play time at Peter Pipper and they will be thrilled. We ate lunch at a mom and pop New York Pizza place elsewhere though, ha!

Joe is always the best at finding that one machine in the place where he can cash out a ton of tickets. This time was no different and got thousands of tickets off one game. He was able to score all 6 kids a goodie bag full of little trinkets and to them that was the BEST SCORE.

We were also in the same plaza as my #1 favorite clothing score and Joe sent me in there with his card and lucky me- 70% off!!! I was able to get 2 dresses, a sweater, 2 tops for $20. One of the dresses was brand new with tags. As much as I droole over some websites like ROOLEE, I don’t think I can ever bring myself to pay something like $70-80 on a dress. There are just so many deals out there if you look for them.

We then tried out a new pizza place and all the kids liked it.


Followed by a quick peek in at Target that was just a big mistake and waste of time. It’s getting harder for us to pay retail prices for things, there are just better deals to be had! It was also crazy packed, I much prefer purchasing on Amazon.

The rest of the day we spent at home. The bags of trinkets from peter piper kept the kids occupied while we parents relaxed. I made a very simple dinner and then we made cookies. We watched one last Christmas movie and that’s it. Christmas time is nearly over now, it was a great season this year.

Christmas Eve is tomorrow, what are your plans? I am looking forward to spending it at our church.


Christian, Homeschooling, Mother of 6 with way too many ideas.

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