Saturday, October 29, 2011

Like shopping, but not spending money?

Me too!  And most everyone probably.  Fortunately, there are lots of cheap options for us.  Yard saling is one of Brad, Joseph, and my favorite pastimes.  Sometimes we go all out; find them listed on craigslist, MapQuest ‘em, head over at opening and FIND TREASURES!  Town-wide sales are fun and annual fundraisers are great.  I am a little sad about the end of yard sale season, but realized we have enough thrifty options to make up for it.  So I decided to make a list!

Thrifty shopping favorites:

1) Yard sales

2) Craigslist:  We are always checking this.  Great for buying and selling.  

3) HOPE:  Used to be ACCAG, housed in a complex of local non-profits, just one part of which is a resale shop.  You can donate ANYTHING and find lots of treasure for really cheap.  My primary source for books (I love used book stores as well, but am almost too cheap for them.  HOPE is cheaper.)  And the money goes to the charities and it is staffed by participants in the programs. 

4) Junebug: Local children’s store, same idea as Once Upon a Child, but cheaper, friendlier, in Middlebury, accept more items, and proceeds go to charity.

5) Neat Repeats, Your Turn, and Sweet Charity:  More awesome local non-profit thrift shops.

6) Ebay:  I have just started using this myself.  My first score was 22 Berenstein Bear books for $7 plus $5 shipping.  I’ve been coveting a collection such as this since, well, since I was a child.  Joseph’s xmas present!

7) Friends:  We trade and hand stuff down all the time!  Sadly Joseph has outgrown Wyatt, our best source of hand-me-downs.  But now we are getting them from my cousins.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Where does he get it from?

Coordination/athleticism:  Brad (thankfully)

Sense of adventure/ interest in trying new things:  Me

Sense of direction:  Brad

Very keen observation skills: Brad

Life of the party-ness;  ???

Being extremely OPINIONATED and STUBBORN (or we could say he knows what he wants, isn’t afraid to express it, and is very persistent):  BOTH (no question about it)

Dark, dark brown eyes and long lashes:  Brad

Perfectionism: Me

Competitiveness:  Both

Flexible tongue: Me

Potty humor to umpteenth degree:  Brad

Creativity/imagination: Me

Long, fast growing nails: Me

“Husky build”:  Both

Great appreciation for food, especially sweets:  Me

Impeccable memory: ??

Love of books:  Me

Compulsion to climb anything:  Brad

Non-interest in ever playing by himself:  Neither

Interest in talk, talk, talking and a immense vocabulary to go along with it:  Me

Fair skin:  Both

Skin issues:  Me

Tons o’ hair:  Me

Tech savy:  Me

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Apples!

I am coming to terms with the fact it really is fall.  This summer seemed to go so fast (though I know it always seems that way) and had such highs and lows.  But, I do love the traditions and beauty that go along with autumn.  Last week Joseph and I headed down the road for our own little apple picking expedition.   WP_000354 WP_000355 WP_000373 WP_000375 WP_000376

This was the first year he tried out the climbing tree method of apple picking and that certainly added to the fun.  He was also very methodical this year .  He considered exactly which apple looked biggest and then very carefully checked the apples for any blemishes.  We also did some taste testing and selected Golden Delicious and Macintosh as our current favorites.

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Joseph requested an apple pie and so we later went all out and had a wonderful backing project and made my favorite apple pie I have ever made.  Fall at its best! 

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Happy Fall!