Small Successes Thursday, an opportunity for moms to pat themselves on the back for getting the job done.
1) Five of our six kids needed new tennis shoes. I took the whole gang to the shoe store, $211 later, they all have new shoes. I know I could have spent much less, but three of the five now wear adult sizes. Adult shoes are so much more expensive than children's shoes. Another factor that tends to drive the price upward is Wingnut believes everyone should wear well made, supportive shoes. He insists that we buy brand name shoes and have them fitted properly. As he's willing to shell out the dough for good shoes, I'm willing to submit :-)
2) I went through and swapped out most of the summer wear for fall and winter wear for the two younger girls. Other than their tennis shoes, I won't have to purchase a single item of clothing for either one of them. They had so many hand me downs from older sisters, friends, and neighbors, they were able to be a little picky and weed out some of their wardrobe. I gathered a bag of clothes the girls thought they would never wear and will pass them down to someone else down the road.
3) When I wrote out lesson plans this week, I left Friday open so that we could take a field trip. Our local science museum has homeschool days in September, and from what I could gather from their site, admission for homeschoolers is free. I'm usually not very good about planning field trips for the kids. I tend to get bogged down in making sure we meet our school work goals, and forget that sometimes we just need a break from the monotony. The kids are pretty stoked about going on a field trip, especially since some their friends are hopefully joining us. Watch out Baltimore, here we come.
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