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Blog: Balancing Thrifty And Fun

This blog will ramble on about raising two boys while working full time as an editor for ThriftyFun. I'm really lucky in so many ways. I have a loving, hardworking husband, a not too heavily mortgaged home, and two healthy and bright boys. But it is still hard, despite my blessings. I thought I'd share my challenges and my techniques (or lack thereof) for staying ahead of the wave of chores, responsibilities and financial problems.

Showing 2 posts from January 2007 for this blog.
Volunteering At School
Thursday, January 25, 2007

Good Morning!

It's a cold and foggy morning here in Oregon.  I got up a bit early this morning.  It's funny how I have more energy if I get up early, but can never remember that when the alarm goes off in my dark, warm bed.

Yesterday, I volunteered at my son's elementary school. I was there for the library time in the afternoon and stayed to the end of the day.  I shelved books and read nursery rhymes to the kids.  My son is in first grade and they listened pretty well to the nursery rhymes, chiming in when they knew it and clapping for me at the end.  The next class was second graders, and it was obvious that these kids were older and more jaded.  There were some behavior problems, many rolled eyes; a tough crowd.  All in all, I had a pretty good time.  I  think it will be helpful to see other kids besides my own.  Plus, my son Beck was thrilled to see me and showed me how he was sitting perfectly and following all directions.  Of course, we had a big battle of wills at dinner time but I'd rather have it that way than bad behavior at school and good at home.  As my little brother said growing up, "I can't be good ALL the time"

The shared room thing seems to be going well.  They only try to sneak into our room every other night or so.  Yesterday morning, I found them both in Ethan's bed, two little angels (while sleeping anyway). We need to work on the cleaning and making beds but . . . baby steps, right.

Well, time to get to work!

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Juggling in the Dark
Thursday, January 11, 2007

Hi, I woke up before the alarm went off today and couldn't go back to sleep.  It is so dark during the winter!  Even though it is just about six am, it feels like I am the only one in the world that is awake.

The holidays did me in!  I love to cook but I'm just starting to recover from all the special cooking tasks I took on this year.  I'm still trying to find my balance between watching Ethan, keeping the house tidy and working enough to justify not having a 9-5.  It should be easier to juggle all the responsibilities in the spring.  Lately, when my husband gets home, instead of making dinner or doing something constructive, I just turn off.  I'll read or do the minimum housework so I can stand it.  We got a couple of new items for our house recently, but that means that furniture and such gets moved around, making even more chaos.

Well, the alarm clock is about to go off and the whole day is starting again. I think I will go and beat the rest of the family to the shower.

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Hillsboro, OR USA
About Me:

I'm a 39 year old . . . what? Mother, college graduate, housewife with a full time job, mostly unpublished writer, the list just goes on. I'm spiritual, but not religious; lazily liberal; frugal but with a love of pretty, shiny things. My mother, Susan, was the founder of ThriftyFun and scrimped all her life to have enough for her kids. I try to do her proud but sometimes stumble along the way.

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