Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
My youngest son tends to worry about things like that, he goes around at night with Jackson checking the locks, he thinks about what would happen if someone broke in while we were away. It started when, a couple of years ago, someone broke into our car, parked here in our dooryard, and stole a cell phone, dvd player and some money. This person was later caught but it was disturbing for us, so close to where we were sleeping.
This week we had the security system installed, Phillip is feeling much better about our trip and most everything is working properly. I say most everything because there is a cell back up to the system, in case we lose power and the phone goes out. OK that cell back up keeps signaling that it is not working, not continuously but randomly. My thought is that maybe the cell signal in the closet is not the best ;-) So now we have to do all these tests to figure out what the problem is and I am feeling like a prisoner in my own home. I don't dare activate the system because of this random problem, it will signal that something is wrong, and the alarm will sound, etc etc, you can imagine what is going through my head, especially if we are not home. Which is what inspired us to act on this now, as we will NOT be home.
Just a feeling of being trapped, waiting for that beeping again telling me that the signal is bad.
So now I need to adjust the attitude, and I am so grateful for a son who cares so deeply and passionately. Who feels things deep inside himself, and freely expresses this. I am grateful for a family that is so worthy of protection. It will work out, I will get through these tests, and the problem will be fixed. Gratitude for the time necessary to work it all out. And also gratitude for Robyn who created this lovely doll, who at the present is nameless. She sits by my computer reminding me each and every day to be grateful.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
That includes things like budgeting eating out, movies (average of once a month), travel plans, vacations, AND miscellaneous spending. That last category includes all of us, the budget for Target purchases, books, fabric, toys, games etc. It is one lump sum of money each month, not separated into each individual person and what each is "allowed" to spend, but rather one lump amount, and is spent based on wants and needs, so each month is probably different as far as who spends what amount. Any balance at the end of the month goes toward our vacation savings. We talked at one point about each of us having a monthly allowance, but that just didn't work for our family, so after a month we rethought that idea, it just seemed like each month was so very different as far as what each person needed for spending money. This month I might need $20 but next month I might need $100, for example.
We each keep track of our spending so we don't go over our budget, and if we do need to go over our budget on spending we all sit down and figure out where it is going to come from. We have a family checking account, and each have our own debit cards and credit cards. So that is our budget history, it is working so well for our family.
This week Phillip saw something he wanted to buy, it was a nerf "recon" gun with nerf darts. It was like $19.99. We happened to be at Toys R Us looking for something else and they actually had this gun, Phil was just so excited. So I took a quick look at our spending list, and let him know we had enough money left in the budget that he could get it if he wanted to. I didn't think much more about it, I went along looking at what I needed to look at, he looked around the store some more with his brother. I fully expected that he would get it, just based on history, Phil is a person who knows what he wants.
We were getting ready to check out and I asked the boys if there was anything they wanted to include in the purchase so we could get it all at once. Both of them said no. So I looked at Phil and just kind of matter of factly said "so you aren't getting the Recon Gun today?".
Phil said he wanted to "work for it". OK what?? I wasn't quite sure what he meant by that. But he explained and what he wanted to do was do odd jobs around the house, for payment, and save up enough money to buy the gun. This was something we have never really done before. But it was something he really wanted to do. He didn't want to just "buy it".
So when we got home he and I sat down and listed things that needed to be done, and what he wanted to be "paid" for each, like unloading the dishwasher, planting trees with dad, weeding in the garden , etc. And when each item was completed Jackson or I paid him with cash, the money he "earned". Then yesterday we went back to Toys R Us and he gave me the money back to buy the toy gun. No he didn't want to give the money to the cashier, all he wanted was to "earn the money".
My guess is that he was trying it on for size, seeing what it was like to work and earn money and then spend it for something you want. He has never done this before, and I am not sure if he will again in the near future, but I am sure that the experience was what he needed at this point in time, and was valuable to him.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Not sure if you can see the pattern, let me get a closer shot so you can really see the bamboo like pattern:
Isn't that really neat. And the wool is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, a temptation buy, I mean who can resist such a wonderful wool. I have been challenging myself with my knitting lately, looking for more interesting patterns that add a bit of difficulty to my socks. I have found a great site for free patterns. This pattern, if you are interested in knitting them yourself, is:
using 4 double point needles
K2P2 for about 2 inches for the ribbing then:
Round1-K, Round2-YO, K2 St, then slip the YO over the 2 K stitches on your right needle, Round 3+4-K Repeat this for as long as you want the body of your sock.