Morning lists, and other drivel

Did I mention we are going to renovate this house? Well, we are now talking MAJOR, as in second story on top of bungalow. (Talking, not confirmed.)

Did I mention my kid is getting recruited by at least two (as far as I know) coaches from Single A hockey? He’s not even 9 yet…but, at the same time, if this reno will happen, not sure if we need to rush his, um, professional development in hockey just yet. Won’t be able to afford that and a new house…

Did I mention the polar vortex is causing my house to look like a pigsty? Or, rather, a college dorm room? BLAH.

Did I mention my first born is almost 9? Less than two weeks, and I will have a tween on my hands. I am looking forward to it. I think. Maybe. Knockonwood. He’s a great kid, and will only get greater as time goes on. Yep. That is the story I’m sticking to right now.

Did I mention that grade 3 is causing me grey hair? And wrinkles? And digestive problems? I have a meeting with the teacher tonight, see if he can clarify some of my confusion. Perhaps I will post something along the lines again, perhaps not. But school is always on my mind, and not in a good way. SIGH.

Now, to lighten the mood, I have two little lists my 6 year old wrote to show you.  I am one of those parents who does it wrong…I repeat myself too many times, and then I turn into a drill sargent, or shepherd, or something like that, all in the name of getting those two monkeys out of the house and to school on time. The deep freeze hasn’t helped as some days it is too cold to walk the five blocks, which we really miss because a walk to school helps to burn some of their energy…but alas, winter decided to stick around for a while, so we’ll just have to wing it. But Sonja, hearing me complain about how often I have to say the same thing each morning, went and wrote two lists of things to do before school. They are posted below for your enjoyment.

Morning list by 6 year old for herselfMorning list by 6 year old for her 8 year old brother

The trouble with coupons

Do you want to save money when you shop? How do you go about saving your money? Do you look for sales, shop at thrift stores, don’t shop at all, or clip coupons?

Shopping with coupons is one way of getting a better deal. The challenge however is to remember that you have the coupon handy when you need it.

I am eternally challenged with this coupon clipping. But I am also optimistic that proper coupon clipping and shopping will save me money. We’re looking at a pro and con situation here. Continue reading