The Car ~ We spent the week with my husband's car in the repair shop for the second time this month. This time it is still there and they still don't know exactly what is wrong. The electrical system has a short, but no one can yet figure where the short. The car is 16 years old and I fear this may be the end of it. On the bright side, we only live a few miles from dear husband's work, so taking him back and forth is not really that hard.
The Groceries ~ We kept the groceries to $143.00 this week. That is a little higher than the goal of $125.00, but not bad considering that I was $30 under last week. I shopped at the regional supermarket, Ingles, Walmart and the local scratch and dent store.
A Gift Card ~ Toward the end of the week we were feeling disheartened by the broken car, issues with the public school system and how it relates to Goldilocks (our daughter that is in an out-of-the-home placement because of her mental health issues), the loss of our son Timothy's favorite staff worker at his day program and dear husband having an extra hard week at work. We had been given a gift card to Olive Garden for Christmas. So we purchased two adult meals and a kid meal for takeout. The meals came with salad and bread sticks. It was plenty of food for all of us and reminded us of the many blessings that surround us, even in the midst of a storm.
Geography ~ For years Anne has struggled with geography. This subject does not come easily to her. I knew that she usually learns easily from games but hadn't found the right one. This Christmas we received the game, 10 Days in Asia. Anne is in love with this game and is quickly picking up geography. She is retaining the countries and where they are. We have played this game every night for a week. I can't wait to get the other games in the series.
Snow Tubing ~ We had a very special treat this weekend. We promised Dean that he could have a friend for a sleepover and snow tubing in lieu of going on the youth church retreat (for which we felt he was too young at this time). The weekend finally arrived and one of his friends came over. They had a blast playing computer games, staying up late at night and going out for pizza and snow tubing. It was a fantastic weekend for all.
|I loved this sign at the snow tubing place.|
|They allowed trains, which was a highlight!|
|Dean loved it!|
|Dean and his friend J on the slope|
|Dear husband really got into it!|
|We were so hungry that we forgot to take a picture of the pizzas. The five of us finished off two large pizzas!|