Perfection Is My Enemy

A Chrisitan mom & crafter shares what's worked for her.

Towels, Towels, Everywhere May 30, 2011

Filed under: Frugal,Kids,Uncategorized — Perfection Is My Enemy @ 8:33 pm

We used to have a big problem of towel over usage in our house. The kids would use a towel once, leave it on the floor, and it would end up in my laundry room. I spent more than half my laundry time and money washing towels. It was getting ridiculous.

So, I came up with a plan. I would make each kid their own, wonderful, hooded towel and give them their very own place to hang it. I went to JC Penny’s and bought 3 bath towels and 3 wash cloths on sale. I stitched them together, along with a loop to hang them up with, and there you have it. It is a great system. I now do one load of towels a week. It is quite wonderful.

 

Where they hang their towels up (Don't look at the wallpaper. I hate it, but not enough to spend time and money to replace it. Especially since it's the boys' bathroom.)

Sam all wrapped up in his soft, snuggly towel.

The next time I make one of these for a baby shower I’ll create a tutorial. They really are super easy to make.

You could probably even make them without a sewing machine.

 

 

 

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I Hate Being Sick May 29, 2011

Filed under: Kids — Perfection Is My Enemy @ 8:02 pm

I have been so sick this weekend. There are several posts I’m working on right now. One on my public school/private school/homeschool philosophy. Another one, which may take me quite a while to finish, is the story of our lives the last 7 months. All the fear and uncertainty and the most amazing blessings. I really can’t wait to get it finished and posted. It’s exhausting to recall it all, but it’s oh so worth it to share our story. So, since I just don’t have the energy for that, I thought I’d share a couple of pictures of our boys from a trip to the tulip fields this spring.

 

Mac, Sam & Luke ~ They weren't too excited to be up in a tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little old school type coloring. I love playing with Lightroom.

 

 

One of my favorites, because it's just so "my boys".

 

Groupon May 28, 2011

Filed under: Frugal — Perfection Is My Enemy @ 8:02 am

If you haven’t already heard of a little company called Groupon, you should really see what you are missing.

 
Each day, they send an e-mail to your inbox with a new Daily Deal. Some of the recent ones I’ve purchased for our family are a family pass to the Clackamas Aquatic Center for $10 (the regular price for our family is $35), and tickets for the Centralia/Chehalis Steam Train at 50% off. Today’s deal is:

NorthWest EcoExcursions – Columbia River Boat Launch

$40 for Half-Day Kayaking Trip (Up to $85 Value)
 
 
You usually have 1-2 days to purchase the deal. Once you do, they send you an e-mail with a certificate that you print out. Most expire in 6 months, so you have plenty of time to use them.
 
There is no cost for for signing up. Simply enter you e-mail address and choose your city. You don’t have to enter any credit card info until you choose to purchase something.
 
Here’s a little promotional video provided by Groupon.
 
I have been using this company for years and I would highly recommend it. The deals are real, and I’ve never had any problem using them. I’ve purchased everything from a spa package to pizza and been completely satisfied every time. I hope you’ll give them a try, and then let me know about it.
 

Sam’s Birthday Interview ~ 5 Years Old May 27, 2011

Filed under: Birthday Parties!,Kids,Kids Say the Dardest Things — Perfection Is My Enemy @ 11:16 pm

Yesterday, my baby turned 5. I’m sad to leave all the baby years behind us (well, a little sad anyway), but oh, so excited to watch him grow up. And being 5 means he gets to go to kindergarten in September. I can hardly wait, um, I mean he can hardly wait of course.

 

 

Last year, I started to do a short video interview of the boys on their birthdays. In Sam’s interview, you can learn all about David & Goliath, and how the Israelites chased the Philibeans. Click the link to watch the interview.

 

 

 http://youtu.be/efYEjzX0zTY

 

The Cracked Pot May 25, 2011

Filed under: Wisdom — Perfection Is My Enemy @ 4:34 pm
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Every once in a while, I receive one of those mass, forwarded e-mails that is really worth sharing. Here is one of them:

 

 

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

 

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

 

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

 

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

 

 The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

 

Author Unknown 

 

Musical Birthday Party

Filed under: Birthday Parties!,Frugal,Kids — Perfection Is My Enemy @ 1:57 pm
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Our son Mac is the musician in our family, the only musician (the rest of us couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket). So, for his 7th birthday party, we chose a musical theme. We decided to have the party in our church’s fellowship hall because we weren’t sure if the weather would hold out for an outside party and our house is really tiny. It worked great. Easy set up, easy clean up and lots of room to run. I should say the clean up was SUPER easy for me because I had just had ankle surgery and was still on crutches. I have to say another thank you to the wonderful adults at the party who graciously helped while I sat.

I picked up a dollar store shirt in Mac’s favorite color (at the time, now his favorite color is blue) and let him decorate it.

The birthday boy

 
I made a guitar cake. It didn’t turn out quite like I wanted it too, but it wasn’t too bad, and it tasted great.
 
 

The cake.

 
I’m a big fan of giving the kids a craft to do when the arrive. It gives them something to do while they are waiting for everyone to get there.  We made maracas out of toilet paper rolls and filled them with beans. The kids used foam stickers to decorate them.
 
 

Decorating the maracas

 
Then we practiced some rhythms and then played the maracas to the song La Cucaracha.
 

La Cucaracha

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dancing and playing their maracas

 
  
 
And what’s a musical birthday party without the Hokey Pokey and the Chicken Dance?
 
 

You put your right foot in (or is that my left foot?)

 

Flap those chicken wings

 
 
 
 
Cake time!
 
 
 
 

Make a wish

 

Mmmmmmm, cake

 
 
  
 
Instead of Duck, Duck, Goose, we played Trumpet, Trumpet, Piano. Perfect game to go along with our musical theme.
 
 

Trumpet, Trumpet, Piano

 
I have always made the kids pinatas myself, but since I was on injured reserve, my kind husband bought one for me.
 
 
 
 

Store bought, how un-orginal

 

Will this be the right ribbon?

 

Dash for the loot!

 

 
  
 
One last game, Freeze Dance. While the music played, the kids danced. When the music stopped, the kids had to freeze. The last kid to freeze was out. Play music, freeze, repeat, until there was only one kid left.
 
 

Freeze Dancing

Another successful birthday party. Looking forward to the next one.
 
 
 
 

Bike Race Birthday Party May 23, 2011

Filed under: Birthday Parties!,Frugal,Kids — Perfection Is My Enemy @ 11:19 pm
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When our son Luke turned 8, he wanted a NASCAR birthday party. It only took about 5 minutes to see how expensive that was going to be. He got a new bike from Grandma for his birthday, so we settled on a bike race theme.

I bought everything for the party at the dollar store and spent less than $40.

We had the party at a local park with a paved trail that went around the perimeter. Lots of room to race and play and clean up is a breeze.

Decorating the Bikes

 
 
I bought streamers and foam craft stickers and stuff at the dollar store for the kids to decorate their racing bikes. We let them start decorating as soon as they got there. It kept them busy and entertained while we waited for everyone to arrive.
 
 
I put almost no effort into the cupcakes. We just used Betty Crocker’s gluten-free cake mix, cream cheese frosting, added little cars from the dollar store, and used crazy candles.
 
 
I made a trophy (Piston Cup) pinata out of paper mache, spray painted it gold, and filled it with goodies from (where else) the dollar store.
 
 
While I was at the dollar store, I picked up a t-shirt in his favorite color and let him decorate it with some fabric paint that I already had on hand.
 

The birthday boy is ready to race!

We took some dollar store sidewalk chalk and Luke drew start & finish lines on the sidewalk.
 
 

On your marks . . .

 
 

. . . get set . . .

 

. . . GO!!!!

 
 

Lined up to take a whack at the pinata. We thought it best to have them keep their helmets on.

We had perfect weather, no injuries and just a great day. I love birthday parties!