We, here at the Washburn household, are turning over a new leaf. John and I sat down yesterday and figured out our budget, something we've been avoiding for a while now. As we were talking about ways to cut back costs we decided a couple things. Now, when I tell you the first one you may not think it's that big of a deal. But any mom, especially with lots of young children, will understand how big of a sacrifice this is for me. As of yesterday, the Washburn's will not be buying bagged, dry ceral anymore! Oh! Even typing it makes me stressed. Well, maybe not really. I've always been outraged at how expensive it is to buy ceral. For a while I was buying all of our ceral at a local food salvage store but even that was kind of expensive. Plus, it's very hard to find ceral (unless you buy organic which is $$$) that has no "bad stuff" in it. So, John and I agreed that cold ceral was out. So far things have been going okay. Ha! Maybe not. This morning the children woke up starving and they had to wait about 20 minute while I fixed them some oatmeal (real oatmeal, not that boxed stuff). By the time breakfast was on the table Luke was crying on the floor and so hungry I had to feed him! But, this can all be remedied if I would only GET MY LAZY BONES OUT OF BED EARLIER!!! I have the bad (BAD, BAD) habit of waking up when the children wake up. I hate it. I always have. But I am a slave to it. It's actually something I've been praying about lately and I really feel the Lord telling me I need to do it. Sigh. Maybe this will be my motivation. Here are some of my breakfast ideas:
~ muffins (easy to make ahead and freeze)
~ pancakes/waffles ( again, make ahead and freeze)
~ french toast
~ homemade granola (I have two REALLY good recipes)
~ eggs and garlic rice (okay, this one sounds wierd. But my sister in law is from the Phillipians and she makes this for us whenever we come visit and it is WONDERFUL. John's favorite, by far.)
That's what I got so far. If you have any suggestions, let me know. My plan is to make a schedule and each day of the week have the same thing. That will make it easier for me, I think.
We've also made the decision to make the switch to cloth diapers. Well, switch back really. We had been using them and then when we moved I used disposibles and never went back. So, my very expensive Fuzzi Bunz have been sitting- not used. But I need some advice. I've written emails to a couple people asking this questions but, people have lives, I understand! After the diaper is soiled what do you do with it?? I understand you dump the...ahem...solids in the toilet but then do you drop the diapers in a bucket with some sort of solution?? If so, what? Anybody know? I'd really like to start using them as soon as possible so if anyone could solve this mystery I'd be endebted.
There are a few other things we are doing too. I'm baking all of our bread from now on. John is riding his bike to work. We are keeping the heat at 65* and so on. But those are the two things that will probably effect me the most. It should be an interesting adjustment period! But to tell you the truth, I feel really good about it. We have been wanting to get a lot...simpler. And more self sufficient. So, I think this is a good move for us. I've just got to give it up to the Lord! Thanks for reading, again. God bless!
Running the race,