What a fun week! I think we had the most fun this week watching Ivory, who is walking. She decided that she liked it so much that once she figured it out on Sunday, she spent every waking minute walking around.
We accepted a used portable cd player/radio this week. We didn’t have one and the timing was perfect; Winter used it outside and my husband used it in the garage.
The weather was wonderful, so we spent lots of time outside. Winter had a French-themed party with some friends. I made macarons and French bread, they listened to some Francis Cabral, they cut out Eiffel Towers, and we watched Betty in Paris. She made her friends Eiffel Tower necklaces and melted crayons into heart shapes. She pushed an Eiffel Tower charm into each one to leave an impression on them.
Afterwards she had a party with her sisters.
Then everyone decided to jump on the trampoline.
We harvested lettuce from the garden this week. I am so glad I put in those extra rows of drip irrigation. I have a lot more rows of lettuce because of it.
I picked a few outer leaves from different lettuces for a salad for the family every other day this week. (As you can see, I still have jars out on some of my newer lettuce seedlings. The tomatoes didn’t like the jars once the days got the to the 70’s, so I removed those several weeks ago, but the lettuce still likes the jars, and it means more lettuce sooner.)
I also harvested 3 French breakfast radishes, a few springs of asparagus (enough for an omelette for myself a few times), and a few sugar snap peas.
I transplanted lettuce thinnings again to another row in the garden.
My boys had a Cub Scout pack meeting this week, and my husband is the Cubmaster for the pack. A few boys were earning their Arrow of Light award, so my husband was busy finishing some Native American costumes for the presenters to wear. He made an authentic breastplate, a choker, and a war bonnet (he dyed the leather, punched the holes, fastened on horsehair, trimmed the feathers, cut the leather strips, sewed the feathers, and so much more). He spent a lot of hours working on it. The boys loved it. The presenters also had their faces painted, and they painted the faces of the boys who earned their Arrow of Light award.
My husband worked from home a couple of days this week.
We had some fun science experiments this week.
My husband was given two pairs of hand-me-down shoes.The man who owned the shoes passed away a couple of weeks ago.
My husband took the boys to a nearby shooting and archery range to learn to shoot a bow. The range is for for children under 18. While he was there with the boys, he spoke with a man who works there, who also teaches children for competitions. He gave the boys some good instruction, and also gave my husband some useful information as well about the bow the students use here (he said they use Genesis bows, which will work for both adults and youth, and also happens to be a less-expensive bow). We have decided that this would be a good sport for our family to enjoy, and we love that the children can practice without an admittance fee (they can also practice at home). I would love to hear from those of you who do this sport in your family and enter competitions; do you find it to be a frugal sport, after the initial cost of equipment?
My daughter attended two birthday parties this week. She made a necklace for each of her friends, and I helped her to make a pair of earrings for one of her friends, using beads and findings that I had on hand (total cost for the earrings: 20 cents).
I cut branches, daffodils, and flowering branches from the garden this week and brought them inside to enjoy.
I made homemade popsicles with leftover whey from making Greek yogurt, frozen blackberries from my garden, and frozen whipped cream from my freezer.
I mended a dress.
What did you do to save money this week? Did you have some frugal fun?