Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happenings around the house

I know I'm working on the year home posts but thought I'd say what's going on around here this week as well.  Between last week and this week, it's been an expensive week and an emotionally draining one on a few levels.  As for the expensive part.  You other parents will appreciate these things.  Okay, first the boys, Nik and Logan, broke my back van window.  I will have a write up on the glass company that fixes our stuff as we are unfortunately frequent customers.  Then, we of course had to put Kota down so that was a little bit of a vet bill.

And trouble in our little laundry closet.  Yes, it's literally a closet.  This house was originally 1900 sq. ft.  it's now around 3100 sq.ft.  Big families weren't in the original floor plans.

This is what he found in the pipe.  He said he could keep pulling it out for hours or cut the wall.  I said bring on the saw. 

She's happy no matter what is happening. 

And some moreof the pins from the needle art that got washed.  Along w/ the broken mirror.  Somehow, the broken mirror pieces didn't show up.   makes me wonder when they will.

 Alex, just hanging out w/ Dad in the kitchen.

 Summer saying she wants a tablet like Nik's for her birthday.  It's one of those v-tech innotabs.  Pretty cool and he's practicing words on it.

 The barber, getting frustrated w/ his client moving around.

Max, finishing up his work.  

Next up...Bojan.  And, you best be nice to Max or that haircut may not turn out too well.

Well, started this yesterday and today is Saturday.  We worked on the fence today and went to Wally World.  I broke down & finally bought Reni a spare pair of glasses.  She is rough on glasses and our insurance coverage is only good for a pair every 2 years.  Yeh, lots of out of pocket w/ that deal.  Anyhow, feel better that she'll have a spare pair soon.  Shopped w/ some of the kids and Warren went too.  So, divide and conquer the store.  Warren and Logan went and I got the rest of the kids who went.  Found turkeys on sale.  Score!  And that would be why we have a freezer.  A turkey for us is a normal meal.  I know most just eat it Thanksgiving but we can use it at any meal.

We found some cleaning supplies.  We're making more and more of our own products and finding what works and what doesn't.  Finding what doesn't is important.  Very important.  We tried making our own dishwasher detergent.  Epic fail.  Used citric acid.  Wondering if anyone has a recipe that works and that they like.  We hate the one we used.  But, in the same token need to save a few dollars where we can.  So, looking for ideas.

I think I should stop while I'm ahead.  I've started this post 3 times today.  CAlling it a night and I'll do some more year in review posts tomorrow.  They are due for sure.


  1. I buy my son's glasses at Wal*mart too! He is tough on them and I just got insurance that covered them but we have really utilized their kids guarantee. Our store has been great! As long as we have the glass part, they will replace the frame or fix it. I think that they also have a fair number of $10 frames that make the cost much more affordable. So I usually have a good pair and then 1-2 $10 frame pairs - so when they are being repaired he has something to use.

  2. This is SO easy, cheap, and Works! I LOVE it and will not use anything else now!!
    4 Cups - hot tap water
    1 Fels-Naptha soap bar (or Ivory or any kind of “natural” soap)
    1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
    ½ Cup Borax

    - Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. (this part takes the longest, but it’s still not bad) Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
    Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. (Seriously, stir and stir some more) Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
    -(Next day)Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser** half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

    -Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil (I have thought about doing this but I really like the clean smell the Fels-Naptha leaves).

    -Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

    -Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

    -Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

  3. I'm so impressed with Max. He's the jack of all trades.

    And Nik!!! I'm so proud of him!

    And little (not so little anymore) Summer. That smile will brighten anyone's day!

  4. Have you tried Zenni Optical for the kids glasses?? They are SUPER cheap, like $10-12, and good quality! Not sure on the exact website, you can google it.