Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thankfulness Is In Our Hearts

391. Sweet uncle who comes to visit and play in the garage
392. Drew’s kind voice asking “momma, will you play Lego’s with me?”
393. Drew is going through a “needy” time, he now wants to be a baby and has started to call me “mama” instead of “mommy.” He is growing so quickly!
394. Letter puzzle stacked 12 high – a wonderful way for a boy to learn letter names and dexterity – not so much fun crawling on hands and knees under table with dog hair and cheerio’s
395. CareNow – so glad its open Sunday’s – Gabe jabbed a medal pointer into his cheek and we went over for Antibiotics just in case.
396. Intimate times with the Lord – I wish I were more diligent about keeping my mind fixed on Him
397. Musical reminders “Be careful little feet where you go, for it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow” from Casting Crown song Slow Fade
398. Coffee chat with friend – sharing struggles, brief stitches of time, & strength God is growing in our hearts.
399. You know those friends who call just to say I’m thinking of you – well my friend and I called each other at the exact time yesterday – it never rang on either end it was timed so perfectly!
400. Homemade laundry detergent that smells heavenly and costs .01 a load - fun to make with children too!
401. Dozen or so breakfast burrito’s sitting in freezer awaiting the busy August close
402. The smell of homemade oatmeal and hungry tummies eager to feast
403. The pending Autumn – I can hardly wait for the days to cool, leaves to fall, and coats to come out of the closets!
404. Best friend coming for annual Fall visit – only 4 weeks away!
405. Downpour coming out of nowhere to water our thirsty lawn
406. French Drain completed in time for the rainy season & grass quickly growing to hide bare spots
407. Dressed up husband trekking out for more interviews, resume distributions, and growing more connections –we hold to truth “all in God’s perfect timing for He is in the waiting.”
408. More memorized Catechism’s for Mommy & Drew!
409. Drew can now say his whole name thanks to “Bribery & Fruit Snacks” – a lazy speech we will conquer!
410. My wonderful husband – always learning, changing, adapting, teaching & doing anything he can think of to love me better. What more could I possible ask for?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Quiet Day

Today is a quiet, peaceful nap day! We've been off our schedules lately and both boys haven't been getting enough sleep. So, today we're just resting and getting things ready for September.

Drew hasn't quite been his joyful & fun loving self the past few days. I'm not sure why, but his little heart has been very defiant. So, today he has spent some much needed rest time in his room. I didn't realize how tired he must have been - he has slept most of the late morning to afternoon. Plus went to bed last night early. I'm fervently praying for wisdom and discernment concerning his attitude - so is John.

The house is quiet, the boys are quiet, and the radio isn't even on - very weird for our house.

Gabe and I spent the morning quietly playing and singing, then he crawled around under my desk while I worked. He is such a sweet boy - his teeth are very close to breaking the skin! Drew is excited for school to begin next week. He gets to meet his teacher on Friday! John has been working on projects, 1 of which was more shelving under our bathroom sinks. He did an awesome job, doubling the amount of useful space I have! He also put one under the kitchen sink! Now its up to me to paint them all.

Fall is coming and I can't wait! Texas dropped into the 90's this week - maybe we'll have an early Fall? I can't wait to get out the Fall decorations and make cider and bake bread!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

CVS/Walgreens



This morning Gabe woke with a swollen cheek. I ran into CareNow to get a prescription for antibiotics. The Dr. gave me one specific for mouth infections which turned into a huge debacle since Walgreen's didn't have any stores carrying the medicine. I would have had to order it and pick it up tomorrow, but I really needed to get it into Gabe's system today. So I dropped by CVS and they said they could mix it for me... so sweet!

While I waited at CareNow & CVS & Walgreen's, Gabe slept in the car some of the time and I looked through the adds and planned out my items - I normally head out on Monday nights, but since I had the time and was there anyways it seemed stupid to go out again tomorrow. I found a few great deals!

CVS

1 Kotex 16 Ct 1.39 - 1.39 ECB = free + 2.50 overages
I used 1.00 coupon + 1.50 CVS printout for hygiene products + 1.39 ECB

2 Zipfizz 5.99 - 5.99 ECB = free + 2.00 overages
I used 2/10 coupon

CVS Total - I made $4.50 + gained more coupons & a free aspirin for my next visit.

OOP I spent 5.87 & received 13.37 in ECB's! Not bad for buying 3 items!


Savings of 134%

Walgreen's
I needed iron supplements for Gabe so my savings % wasn't as good - only 71%.

3 Smuckers Jelly 3/5.00 on sale used 2/.35 coupons 1/.75 coupons
Total: 3/3.55

1 Enfamil Iron Drops 8.99 used 5.00 reward bucks
Total: 3.99


PrepH 3.99 used 3.00 coupon + 2.00 easy saver store coupon
Total: - 1.01

Walgreen's total: 6.53 71% savings

All my groceries are purchased for August. I'm anxious to see if I stayed under the 250.00 mark goal?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Added Bonus



(Making Laundry Soap from Scratch; Drew was my super helper! He especially loved grating the bar of soap!)

Drew I made our own laundry soap yesterday - we had a ton of fun and loved the outcome! Our liquid soap fits perfectly in the Kirkland containers. Now my only problem is that I recycled all but one of those Kirkland containers! An added bonus - the washing soda + Borax mixed 50/50 also works in the dishwasher. For a rinse-aid you can add vinegar! I just ran my first load and really liked it. I also read that you can add a tbsp of dish soap for particularly greasy dishes. Oh the wonders of the Internet! I think I'm sold on the homemade dish washing soap - we spend .30 cents a load using the Costco package with the rinse aid & soap squares. The homemade kind costs a penny per load!



We are celebrating my mother's Birthday this weekend; thanks to Titi, Drew knows Mom will be 52 and freely tells everyone! Tonight we all had dinner and Gabe found a plate stand under the hutch, would you believe he got the wire stuck in his cheek - he looked like a fish with a hook stuck in his mouth. It was really stuck in there tight, so I held Gabe and our wonderful nurse/aunt did the removal. Would you believe it didn't even bleed? Poor Gabe, I'm glad he is up on all his shots. I can feel a little puncture on the cheek, but there isn't any swelling. Between the "fish hook" and the ant bites from a few weeks back - Gabe has been through a lot. I don't remember Drew being such a target for accident.





I'm off to give the dog a bath - she got into something very smelly a few days ago. Both John and I commented on this horrible smell that kept following us all over - even to my mom's house. My sister informed me today that the dog smelled terrible, sure enough she was the smelly culprit!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fasting

Well, our fast ended on 8/8/08 - we celebrated by watching the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. I learned that giving up TV is a piece of cake, giving up the convenience of dining out wasn't so easy. I cheated a week before our fast ended and met a friend at Starbucks. I cheated again on 8/7 and ordered a cheeseburger at McDonald's while running home from the store. I did learn that convenience is a huge decision maker when ordering out. So, to help my cravings for convenience I've started cooking a few items in "bulk". Tonight I made breakfast burritos after the kids went to bed - 15 to be exact. I then wrapped them in plastic wrap and stuck them in the freezer. Now I have a simple breakfast item to grab when I'm rushed. In case you want to make them, their very simple and cheap!


Dozen Eggs .99 * sale at Safeway
Ground Sausage .65 * discounted meat at Safeway
Grated Cheese 1.67 * 3/5 at Kroger
Tortilla's .90 * Costco 50 for around 2.50
Rice .10 * Leftovers from dinner
* throw in additional leftover items like that salsa you need to eat up

Total Cost 4.31 or .29 cents a burrito

I've been doing this with Chocolate Chip cookies too - my friend Bethany showed me how she made double batches and then wrapped enough dough for 6 or so cookies in plastic wrap and freeze. I added to Bethany's great idea and rolled the dough in balls and froze them in ziploc containers, then all you need to do is pop them on a cookie sheet - no need to thaw - bake for 12 minutes. If you lay a baking sheets on top of the pan you don't even have to clean it! An added bonus, you only cook the amount of cookies your family is eating - then you aren't tempted to snack on leftovers!

I'm trying my hand at homemade laundry soap tomorrow (bar of soap, laundry soda, Borax). If I like the way it cleans the clothes then it is a great idea, however a 500% savings only comes down to a savings of 43.68 per year - I'm not sure if that's worth it or not.

7 Loads per week X .15 a load using Kirkland brand = 54.60 per year
7 Loads per week X .03 a load using homemade brand = 10.92 per year

So now that you think I've gone totally nuts I'll quit rambling.......

Might I mention that John took me on a date tonight (yes we went where I had coupons - Spring Creek BBQ BIGIF & a friend watched the kids for free). I had John run me by Target to get a few bargains since we couldn't use the dining in coupon until 5:00:

(12 packs) 2 Root Beers, 2 Dr. Peppers, 1 Sunkist for 5.00 (1.00 per 12 pack)
6 bottles of Suave for 1.80 (.38 per bottle)
Glade Plug Ins - .14 each

Here is the link to the site where I copy all the deals- its great, I don't have to think too hard because moneysavingmom write it all down! The CVS deals for this week weren't very good, but Walgreen's had some great buys!

If your enjoying the benefit of couponing consider taking that savings and sponsoring a child through Compassion International - most of the world is going through a great famine, war has only increased, as well as national disasters. Much of the world doesn't have the luxury of shopping and couponing, their just trying to survive one more day.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

It Rained

It finally rained and cooled off. Today it was only 80 or so and tonight it gets into the 60's! Here comes my favorite season.... Autumn!

Drew is very ready for preschool! He is also ready to move to the "big kid" hall at church. His new class attends a puppet/lesson/singing class and also has a game time! He so wants to go to worship and sing! We walk by while they are practicing and Drew always has to stop and watch.

Today Gabe is 9 months old! He went in for his well-check and had another shot. He is days away from getting his two bottom teeth - the gums are so swollen and tender. Poor kid, he drools and gnaws on anything. Gabe weighed in at 20.6 pounds and 26 1/4 inches long. Gabe is now standing unassisted - just today. His personality is becoming crystal clear to all! He is an extremist - most of the time happy and joyful - always laughing at his big brother. However, he has a temper! You don't want to cross him or he'll scream so loud you can't hear anything else. I'd say 99% of the time he is wonderful, but that 1% is terrible.

As for me, I've been cvs'ing and shopping for bargains! Monday night is my time out - so far our grocery bill has dropped 150.00 per month. We are averaging 250.00 a month for everything - diapers, wipes, formula, etc. August is shaping up to be our cheapest month yet! We've also been cutting down on our energy consumption and for July we dropped our bill 30.00 - which should have increased 30-50 since it was the hottest month so far. John and I have made it into a game - every transaction either makes or breaks the goals we've set. We are currently thinking about investing in Smart Strip Power Strips, John is still researching, but so far we've only heard good things about them.

John has been so diligent in applying for teaching jobs, waiting for principals so he can give them his resume. He has had a few more interviews this week but still nothing. We are getting discouraged, but know God has a plan in all of this. Please pray! John so desperately wants to start a career and this waiting is driving him crazy. We are trying to be patient and obedient while we wait for God's perfect plan to unfold.....

Friday, August 15, 2008

Catechism's & Learning God's Truth

"That which is known by heart is what the heart knows."

~Dennis Lennon


Some have asked what the Catechism's are that Drew is learning. We got them out of a wonderful book called, "Big Truths For Little Kids" by Susan Hunt. She was on Focus On The Family a few years back and I desperately wanted to teach them to Drew (he was only 9 months at the time). So, here we are at 3 1/2 and Drew knows about 10 of the statements, 20 with some help. Each week we read a story and add 1-2 new statements. Each concept builds on the next. For the entire list of Catechism's click on the title of the post. Below are the ones Drew has been learning. This process of Questions & Answers has been awesome! Drew has learned his birthday, address, phone #, and various states just by using the question & answer form of training. I'm excited to start included scripture memory in this too.

The Book "Big Truths For Little Kids" has a real life story to go with the questions as well as question to ask the children. The book is probably for children 4-10, but the catechism questions can be started earlier. Drew is so cute, he often starts talking to us by asking the questions! Drew can't say his G's very well, so his answer to the first three comes out like this:

Question "Who made you?"
Drew: "God, He made all things for his worry"

* Note, I am linking to a site that has these questions, I don't necessarily agree with the doctrine of the site. These questions are simular, but not word for word.

Here are he ones Drew is/has learned, there are a total of 150:

Q. 1. Who made you? A. God.
Q. 2. What else did God make? A. God made all things.
Q. 3. Why did God make you and all things ? A. For his glory.
Q. 4. How can you glorify God? A. By loving him and obeying his commands.
Q. 5. Why do you to glorify God? A. Because he made me and takes care of me.
Q. 6. Are there more gods than one? A. There is one True God.
Q. 7. In how many persons does this one God exist? A. In three persons.
Q. 8. What are they? A. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Q. 9. What is God? A. God is a Spirit, and has no body
Q. 10. Where is God? A. God is everywhere.
Q. 11. Can you see God? A. No; I cannot see God, but he always sees me.
Q. 12. Does God know all things? A. Yes; nothing can be hidden from God.
Q. 13. Can God do all things? A. Yes; God can do all his holy will.
Q. 14. Where do you learn how to love and obey God? A. In the Bible alone.
Q. 15. Who wrote the Bible? A. God wrote the Bible using holy men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Q. 16. Who were our first parents? A. Adam and Eve.
Q. 17. Of what were our first parents made? A. God made the body of Adam out of the ground, and formed Eve from the body of Adam.
Q. 18. What did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies? A. He gave them souls that could never die.
Q. 19. Have you a soul as well as a body? A. Yes; I have a soul that can never die.
Q. 20. How do you know that you have a soul? A. Because the Bible tells me so.
Q. 21. In what condition did God make Adam and Eve? A. He made them holy and happy.

*HAIRBRUSH EXPERIENCE OF BETH MOORE AT THE AIRPORT*

I heard Beth Moore tell this story in a Bible Study I took, it was just e-mailed to me so I had to post. I really makes me think about how many times I don't ovey God for fear of what people will think.


For those of you who do not know Beth Moore, she is an outstanding speaker and Bible teacher, and the author of several excellent Bible studies. She and her husband of a number of years live in Texas and have two grown daughters. This is one of her experiences: April 20, 2005, at the Airport in Knoxville , waiting to board the plane, I had the Bible on my lap and was very intent upon what I was doing. I'd had a marvelous morning with the Lord. I say this because I want to tell you it is a scary thing to have the Spirit of God really working in you. You could end up doing some things you never would have done otherwise. Life in the Spirit can be dangerous for a thousand reasons not the least of which is your ego. I tried to keep from staring, but he was such a strange sight. Humped over in a wheelchair, he was skin and bones, dressed in clothes that obviously fit when he was at least twenty pounds heavier. His knees protruded from his trousers, and his shoulders looked like the coat hanger was still in his shirt. His hands looked like tangled masses of veins and bones. The strangest part of him was his hair and nails. Stringy, gray hair hung well over his shoulders and down part of his back. His fingernails were long, clean but strangely out of place on an old man.

I looked down at my Bible as fast as I could, discomfort burning my face. As I tried to imagine what his story might have been, I found myself wondering if I'd just had a Howard Hughes sighting. Then, I remembered that he was dead. So this man in the airport....an impersonator maybe? Was a camera on us somewhere? There I sat; trying to concentrate on the Word to keep from being concerned about a thin slice of humanity served on a wheelchair only a few seats from me. All the while, my heart was growing more and more overwhelmed with a feeling for him. Let's admit it. Curiosity is a heap more comfortable than true concern, and suddenly I was awash with aching emotion for this bizarre-looking old man. I had walked with God long enough to see the handwriting on the wall. I've learned that when I begin to feel what God feels, something so contrary to my natural feelings, something dramatic is bound to happen. And it may be embarrassing. I immediately began to resist because I could feel God working on my spirit and I started arguing with God in my mind. "Oh, no, God, please, no." I looked up at the ceiling as if I could stare straight through it into heaven and said, "Don't make me witness to this man. Not right here and now. Please. I'll do anything. Put me on the same plane, but don't make me get up here and witness to this man in front of this gawking audience. Please, Lord!" There I sat in the blue vinyl chair begging His Highness, "Please don't make me witness to this man. Not now. I'll do it on the plane." Then I heard it... "I don't want you to witness to him. I want you to brush his hair." The words were so clear, my heart leapt into my throat, and my thoughts spun like a top. Do I witness to the man or brush his hair? No-brainier. I looked straight back up at the ceiling and said, "God, as I live and breathe, I want you to know I am ready to witness to this man. I'm on this Lord. I'm your girl! You've never seen a woman witness to a man faster in your life. What difference does it make if his hair is a mess if he is not redeemed? I am going to witness to this man." Again as clearly as I've ever heard an audible word, God seemed to write this statement across the wall of my mind. "That is not what I said, Beth. I don't want you to witness to him. I want you to go brush his hair." I looked up at God and quipped, "I don't have a hairbrush. It's in my suitcase on the plane. How am I supposed to brush his hair without a hairbrush?"

God was so insistent that I almost involuntarily began to walk toward him as these thoughts came to me from God's word: "I will thoroughly furnish you unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:17) I stumbled over to the wheelchair thinking I could use one myself. Even as I retell this story, my pulse quickens and I feel those same butterflies. I knelt down in front of the man and asked as demurely as possible, "Sir, may I have the pleasure of brushing your hair?" He looked back at me and said, "What did you say?" "May I have the pleasure of brushing your hair?" To which he responded in volume ten, "Little lady, if you expect me to hear you, you're going to have to talk louder than that." At this point, I took a deep breath and blurted out, "SIR, MAY I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BRUSHING YOUR HAIR?" At which point every eye in the place darted right at me. I was the only thing in the room looking more peculiar than old Mr. Longlocks. Face crimson and forehead breaking out in a sweat, I watched him look up at me with absolute shock on his face, and say, "If you really want to." Are you kidding? Of course I didn't want to. But God didn't seem interested in my personal preference right about then. He pressed on my heart until I could utter the words, "Yes, sir, I would be pleased. But I have one little problem. I don't have a hairbrush." "I have one in my bag, "he responded. I went around to the back of that wheelchair, and I got on my hands and knees and unzipped the stranger's old carry-on, hardly believing what I was doing. I stood up and started brushing the old man's hair. It was perfectly clean, but it was tangled and matted. I don't do many things well, but must admit I've had notable experience untangling knotted hair mothering two little girls. Like I'd done with either Amanda or Melissa in such a condition, I began brushing at the very bottom of the strands, remembering to take my time not to pull. A miraculous thing happened to me as I started brushing that old man's hair. Everybody else in the room disappeared. There was no one alive for those moments except that old man and me. I brushed and I brushed and I brushed until every tangle was out of that hair I know this sounds so strange, but I've never felt that kind of love for another soul in my entire life. I believe with all my heart, I - for that few minutes - felt a portion of the very love of God. That He had overtaken my heart for a little while like someone renting a room and making Himself at home for a short while. The emotions were so strong and so pure that I knew they had to be God's. His hair was finally as soft and smooth as an infant's. I slipped the brush back in the bag and went around the chair to face him. I got back down on my knees, put my hands on his knees and said, "Sir, do you know my Jesus?" He said, "Yes, I do." Well, that figures, I thought. He explained, "I've known Him since I married my bride. She wouldn't marry me until I got to know the Savior." He said, "You see, the problem is, I haven't seen my bride in months. I've had open-heart surgery, and she's been too ill to come see me. I was sitting here thinking to myself, what a mess I must be for my bride."

Only God knows how often He allows us to be part of a divine moment when we're completely unaware of the significance.. This, on the other hand,was one of those rare encounters when I knew God had intervened in details only He could have known. It was a God moment, and I'll never forget it .. Our time came to board, and we were not on the same plane. I was deeply ashamed of how I'd acted earlier and would have been so proud to have accompanied him on that aircraft. I still had a few minutes, and as I gathered my things to board, the airline hostess returned from the corridor, tears streaming down her cheeks. She said, "That old man's sitting on the plane, sobbing. Why did you do that? What made you do that?" I said, "Do you know Jesus? He can be the bossiest thing!" And we got to share. I learned something about God that day. He knows if you're exhausted, you're hungry, you're serving in the wrong place or it is time to move on but you feel too responsible to budge. He knows if you're hurting or feeling rejected. He knows if you're sick or drowning under a wave of temptation. Or He knows if you just need your hair brushed. He sees you as an individual. Tell Him your need! I got on my own flight, sobs choking my throat, wondering how many opportunities just like that one had I missed along the way. .. . all because I didn't want people to think I was strange. God didn't send me to that old man. He sent that old man to me. John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We Have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." Life shouldn't be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly shouting, "Wow! What a ride! Thank You, Lord!" Don't tell God how big your troubles are - tell your troubles HOW BIG your GOD is!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

God’s Blessings



364. A perfectly ordinary day!

365. A new, very fast computer – I'm thankful for my, 8 year old computer which has been passed along to Drew for his "gaming" with the alphabet.

366. John's hard work and dedication! He has been working so hard at finding a teaching job & working his business.

367. Teaching Interviews!

368. Completion of John's teaching program – 4 weeks of 40 hours sitting listening & writing – without pay

369. Gabe's full out belly laughs when you say "Boo"

370. Drew's new found love for geography, he loves our new maps and learning the names of the continents

371. Morning school with Drew while Gabe naps – Drew is learning so much these days


372. John selflessly taking the boys to Oklahoma and giving me 3 days to catch up on work & housecleaning


373. Completed Bible Posts

374. Deals & steals at CVS & Walgreens – I haven't a clue how these places stay in business when they give products away

375. Opening Ceremonies – Drew's first Olympics. We are addicts!



376. Drew's tumbling & jumping & swimming – each day he wants to compete in a different genre


377. Completion of a book, 90 minutes in Heaven. In my world, that is a huge feat- I read it in only 4 days, I haven't read a book that fast since before the kids were born

378. The joys of mothering, children ecstatic to see their mommy after 3 days


379. Sweet Sister & Brother in law who take in my family for a few days

380. Faith – after watching the Chapman's on Larry King it only strengthened my love and devotion to Jesus Christ – live on national TV – I know God was glorified & so was the life of Maria Sue.


381. Jogging with Kitty to the pond – it's a phenomenon I had the energy!

382. Root beer Floats

383. Drew's love for books, he fell asleep tonight reading "Busy Trains."


384. Drew's constant chatter, much of the time about Jesus. He loves to ask us, "Who made you..."

385. Work...completed

386. Life....enjoyed another day


387. Cool 89 today, much cooler than the 105 a few days ago

388. Watching Gabe use the pincher grab to grasp & stuff Cheerio's into his mouth

389. My messy house tonight... for it means children learned & played here


390. Calling a friend to hear they were just thinking about me!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

What's a Mommy To Do?

What does a mommy do when her husband takes the kids to her sisters for 3 days? She works, completes monthly posts for the Interactive Bible Reading, then completely vacuum's the entire upstairs (moving everything and getting into all the corners, then she takes a shower and reads a book before falling fast asleep at 2:00 am! I really enjoyed the first 12 hours of being alone. It was weird, I had such freedom! I could vacuum at midnight and not wake anyone up! This morning I tiptoed out of bed and then remembered.... no one is here to wake up! Alas, I have two more days of being alone and I'm already starting to miss my boys (husband included).

I'm finishing up cleaning the whole house tonight so I can enjoy it tomorrow. Maybe I can finish my new book - 90 Minutes In Heaven before Friday! I've been so busy lately the quiet is really nice and calming. John was so sweet to give me a little break. I'll have to surprise him when he gets home!

Enough rambling! I'm off to clean bathrooms and try and reconcile an account that has been giving me trouble!

Monday, August 4, 2008

My Little Student

Drew is fascinated with learning. He and I are into reciting various things back and forth. Saturday he was talking about his Birthday and how he would be 4 years old and that he wanted a rocket cake that would go to the moon. I asked him when his Birthday was, he said he didn't know . So we practiced "January 24" back and forth. Then today, I asked him when his birthday was and to my amazement, he replied "January 24!"

We also put a world and state map up in the kitchen. We added little ladybug pegs where various family live. I told Drew he was going to see his TiTi and Tio in a few days, he replied, "I'm going to Okluhuma" and then he ran and pointed to the state! I was so excited for him. He is learning so much! John showed him where Australia is and I mentioned that Kangaroo's live in Australia. Now he loves to show us where Australia & kangaroo's are located. We also put a peg where our missionary lives (India) and Drew has memorized that country too. We've been working on writing his name, so far he only knows the letter "D" but I'm in no rush because he is enjoying learning.

Our little man has started to learn about money too! I was in CVS today getting my bargains and Drew found this car that he desperately wanted for 3.99. I asked him if he had any money and he said no. I then asked him if he wanted to earn some money to buy the car. He caught right on! I thought he would forget the whole thing but when we arrived home, he told his Daddy that he wanted a car and he was going to earn the money. So, tonight he made mommy's bed and washed & filled the dog/cat water, & took his laundry basket upstairs. He made 2.00 - then we put 10% in a tithe envelope and 10% into a savings envelope. He has 1.80 for his car. He worked so hard and with such a cheerful heart that I'm taking him to CVS tomorrow and matching his 1.80. He is proudly going to take his car to "Okluhuma" to play with Titi!

Drew's summer has been filled with learning, I laugh because most of the learning came from watching his mommy and daddy, not from my style of "sit down" learning.

CVS: Deals of The Week!

Dawn Dish Liquid, 11 oz.CVS deal: Sale price $.88, no limit.Stack manufacturer coupon: $.50/1 - today's insert (exp. 8/31/08).Get it for $.38.

Fusion Razor CVS deal: Buy it for $9.99 and get $3 ECBs, limit 1.Manufacturer coupon from 8/3: -4.00
Total Cost: 2.99

Pert Plus 2in1 Shampoo/Conditioner 13.5 oz.CVS deal: Buy one (3.69), get one free (no limit).
Manufacturer coupons: $2/1 (use 2 from 8/3 save 4.00!)
Cost: Free plus 31 cents overage

Colgate Total Advanced Clean Toothpaste, 4 oz.CVS deal: Buy 2 for $2.99, get $2 ECBs, limit 2.
Use $1/1 manufacturer coupon
Price free or $.01 overage.

Extreme Energy Orange or Berry Flavor 2 pk, 4oz total CVS deal:
Buy it for $4.99, get $4.99 ECBs, limit 1.Get it free!

Also - CVS is issuing a free coupon for something when you make a purchase in August - I received a coupon for free pain reliever. (I think it just happens the first time you use your card in August). Sounds like it is either a CVS pain reliever, CVS lip balm, CVS allergy medicine or CVS hand sanitizer.

Covergirl CVS deal: Buy one get 1 free! Use coupons from 8/3 (buy 1 get 1 free) and receive 4 cover girl products for free!I received 2 because the computer was acting up and I was getting confused. So I just took the 3.

Best Monthly Deals:
Children's Advil, buy it for $5.79, get $5.79 in ECBs, limit 2. Then used 1.00 off Advil coupons and made 2.00!

Also use 2/10.00 with this coupon here.
**Use the beauty handbook coupon to get free or very cheap stuff - read about it here - look at end of post.

So, total out of pocket today was 13.50 (but I used my 30.00 gift card for transferring my prescription so I paid nothing!), received 16.50 in ECB's for next visit, plus free pain reliever. I also need to add my e-mail address to my card so I received a 4.00 ECB's for registering my e-mail address. I walked out with 2 tubes toothpaste, three cover girl products, 2 bottles Pert plus, fusion razor, 2 bottles children's Advil for 13.50 and ECB's of 16.50 for next week, so I really made 3.50. This was a great week for deals!