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My little boy is turning three FOUR on Wednesday, and I haven’t even blogged about my baby girl’s birthday yet.  Shame on me!  So here we go…

Sweet Charlotte turned one on June 27th.  We celebrated with a butterfly party on the 30th.  I had fun planning my first little girl party.  I had the combination of pink and orange and butterflies in my head since she was brand new.  Charlotte slept through the beginning of the party, but she woke up for her very first taste of cake.  She was an enthusiastic but tidy cake eater.  Here are some images from her day.

Project: Food Budget (Week 41)

Have you ever lived on the road for an extended period?  We aren’t exactly backpacking across the country.  We have the wonderful comforts of living with our families and visiting friends, no backpacks, and no hitchhiking.  But after more than a month of living with others, I miss a lot of normal things.  I miss grocery shopping, and I plan to volunteer to do more of it for our hosts.  I did get to grocery shop with my sister last week.  We took our babies, and I had this weird/wonderful moment of realizing that Kristy and I are actual grown-ups.  Adult sisters take their babies to the grocery store.  The tiny nephew decided that he would much rather nurse at the market, so I scooted around the store following my sister’s list while they hung out in the food court area.  I had fun!  Although it is a little hard to pick out food for someone else.  Which cereal?  Which lettuce for burgers?  Tomatoes on the vine or plum tomatoes?  It made me remember the early days of this challenge when I stood in the aisles staring at shelves and packages and weekly fliers, figuring unit prices.  I need to get back on that train!

We had another week of traveling and eating out.  We spent about $125 for the week.  Over budget, but boy was it fun.

 

Week 41 Participating blogs:

Beautiful Weekend

It’s already Wednesday, but I’m still daydreaming about the beautiful (extended) weekend we had with my sister and her husband in New York.  We stayed in the wonderful, old home that the couple purchased last summer.  The big, early 20th century beauty is filled with lots of wonderful elements that made me feel like I was walking around in a magazine.

I love old houses, and this is a great one.  The wood floors, doors, beams, and built-in cabinets give the place a sense of stability and richness.  At the same time, high ceilings, a hidden passage, stained glass windows, and quirky features like the interesting light switch above fill the house with whimsy.

You know the very best feature of my sister’s new house?  A certain little nephew who was baptized on Sunday.  Oh my.  I love that little man, and I am completely delighted to be his godmother, a role I will cherish always.  I love watching my sister and my brother-in-law be parents.  I love their tenderness, the careful ways in which they tend to the baby’s needs, and the joy that surrounds them despite cries and marathon nursing sessions and diaper explosions.  I love the little songs they sing to their son, the smiles they exchange.  We had a happy weekend–a joyful, blessed weekend that I hope to repeat many times over the years.

Project: Food Budget (Week 40)

What?  Week 40?  Can that be right?  I had high hopes for this project, and I have to say that I’m disappointed with myself.  It’s really hard to focus when the days seem to be zooming along.  When life gets back to normal, I’ll have more interesting posts to offer in the way of food and budgets and a happy blend of the two.  Until then, here is one of the cake recipes I used for Charlotte’s birthday cake.  It is a great basic white cake.  I made a chocolate layer as well, but I misplaced the link.  I’ll share that as soon as I find it!

White cake can be found at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-white-cake/.

Forty weeks is a long time to commit to a project.  Ask any mom who made it to the end of a pregnancy!  Please reward my fellow budget bloggers with a glance at their posts.

Participating blogs:

Project: Food Budget (Week 40)

What?  Week 40?  Can that be right?  I had high hopes for this project, and I have to say that I’m disappointed with myself.  It’s really hard to focus when the days seem to be zooming along.  When life gets back to normal, I’ll have more interesting posts to offer in the way of food and budgets and a happy blend of the two.  Until then, here is one of the cake recipes I used for Charlotte’s birthday cake.  It is a great basic white cake.  I made a chocolate layer as well, but I misplaced the link.  I’ll share that as soon as I find it!

White cake can be found at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-white-cake/.

Forty weeks is a long time to commit to a project.  Ask any mom who made it to the end of a pregnancy!  Please reward my fellow budget bloggers with a glance at their posts.

Participating blogs: