Friday, July 25, 2014

Seventh Week of Summer Break

This week flew by!  I seriously can't believe it's already Friday.  Kaden was on vacation on Monday so we just had a four day week, but we still packed it full of adventure!
 
On Tuesday we went to the library where Sam's Petting Zoo put on a show for the children.  It was a lot of fun and the best part was being able to touch the animals after the show.  I really wanted to kidnap the monkey and bring it home with me! The boys played outside in the afternoon.  Chalk and sand are two of their favorite outdoor activities.
 
 






 
On Wednesday, we went to see Epic at the $1 Movies.  It's fun having Mike come along with us while he's on his two week vacation.  We all enjoyed our Free Milkshakes from Arby's that afternoon. 
 
 
 
 
 
On Thursday, we headed to Hollywild Animal Park.  They have a huge selection of animals, more than the Greenville zoo but you definitely need to wear your rain boots.  The walking paths are rough and very muddy!  The apes were a big hit and had us laughing a lot.  The bears were really cool to see and it was fun to feed the goats and donkeys from our hands.  The safari ride was really neat and the boys had fun seeing the larger animals.  Kaden was brave enough to feed the larger animals but Bradley didn't want anything to do with them.
 















 
On Friday we went on a scavenger hunt looking for Mice on Main Street downtown Greenville.  The boys were awesome at finding all eight of the mice very quickly.  The boys cooled off at the children's water play area and had a blast getting wet by the waterfall.
 






 
 











 
 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Earth Fare and Costco Groceries Week of July 20-26

I went over my budget this week and I didn't take one single picture of any of the groceries.  The days I went grocery shopping were very hectic days so I didn't have a chance to lay everything out and take pictures.  My grand total was $156.81.
 
Costco - My membership expires at the end of July and there's no reason to renew it since there isn't a Costco in Maine.  :(  So I'm stocking up on some items this week and next week.  I was so happy with all the organic items they had on sale this week. 
My total spent was $95.12.
 
Earth Fare Trip #1 - I went to stock up some more on the 99 cent/lb chicken sale they were having but they were completely sold out.  I ended up just grabbing a couple of last minutes items we needed to make a couple dinners this week.  My total was $15.82.  I lost my receipt so I'm not sure what the savings were.
 
Earth Fare Trip #2 - My second trip this week was for some vegetables, milk, cheese, butter, sour cream, and flour tortillas.  Total spent was $45.87 and I saved $2.66.
 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How Great is our God - Starting a New Chapter

 
This song sums up perfectly what my heart has been singing lately.  God has shown me numerous times in the last 3 days how truly great He is.  He has proven how true Ephesians 3:20 is "Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."  God hasn't just taken care of our needs, He has exceeding abundantly taken care of our needs.  Needs that we hadn't even thought of or prayed for.  Matthew 6:8 says "your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him."  How incredible to see that verse applied directly to my life!  How Great is our God!!
 
About 3 months ago God started working in my life preparing me for something big.  I didn't know what it was but I knew He was ready to do something with our family.  Remember this post back in May?  I was trying so hard to be patient while waiting for Him to reveal His plan to us.  My pastor, Marcus was doing a study of Jonah on Sunday mornings at church.  It was such a powerful study on making sure we are in God's will and not delaying or modifying His will for us.  I know God had that message just for me.  He wanted me to realize the important of being in His will in His timing.
 
My husband's family is originally from the New England states.  His parents just recently moved back to Maine.  They lived across the street from us for about 2 years so it was hard to adjust to them being gone.  The house across the street still looks lonely and empty without them.  Mike's sister and her family moved to CT last month.  That was another hard goodbye.  I started to wonder if this was what God was preparing my heart for....a big move up North.  Mike and I started tossing the idea around and told each other to just pray that God would clearly show us what to do.  Over the next few days all I could think about was Portland, Maine.  I've only been there one time all for about 5 hours.  I'm a Southern girl so the idea of going that far North was a little frightening.  But God continue to soften my heart with the idea of moving out of my comfort zone.
 
After talking to Mike about how I was feeling, he agreed that God was working in his heart and he had peace about Portland too!  But just to be sure Mike was going to submit his resume to several different locations up North.  We knew God wanted us up there and Portland would be our dream location, but was it where God wanted us? 
 
After a long grueling process of watching Mike go through sending out resumes, phone interviews, in-person interview, waiting, waiting, and some more waiting, we finally had some answers.  Two different jobs in two different locations.  One would be staying with the company he currently works for, an easy transfer to CT.  The other would be a management position, something different for him, with a company in Portland that I had never even heard of before.  As much as we wanted to live in Portland, the job in CT would be easier for Mike as far as knowing what is expected of him.  He's already comfortable with his job description so transferring would be so much easier. 
 
After lots of prayers and sleepless nights of begging God to reveal His will clearly to us, God gave us answers.  And they were all in His timing.  This long process that was making me so impatient was truly perfect timing in God's eyes.  I'm able to finish my summer babysitting commitment and it gives us some extra time to sell our house here in Greer.  Mike is able to have the next two weeks off PAID before he starts his training for his new job.  This is a huge blessing since he's able to me pack and get the house ready for selling.  The new company is  graciously giving us an apartment in Portland for two months as we look for a new house.  How Great is our God for providing that detail that I didn't even think of??!! 
 
I can't even begin to describe the peace that God has given me that this move is what He wants and everything is going to be ok.  This is a huge step for me completely out of my Southern comfort zone.  Philippians 4:6-7 reminds me "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." 
 
It's exciting to start this new chapter in our life and I can't wait to see how God is going to use us in Portland, Maine for His glory.  How Great is Our God!

Menu Week of July 21-25

Yes, I totally realize we are having 3 Mexican meals this week.  It just happens to be easy and we LOVE some Mexican food!  And I'm so excited about making Georgia Peach Bread this week.  I only make it like once a year...try to move past the amount of sugar in the recipe.  Every bite is incredibly delicious and worth the extra pound of fat you will gain.
 
Breakfast
Cereal
Homemade Biscuits
Oatmeal
Cheesy Eggs & Toast
 
Lunch
Taco Salad
Homemade Pizza
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes
Mac & Cheese
 
Supper
Crockpot Chicken & stir fry veggies
Chicken Fajitas
Grilled Cheeseburgers
Beef & Bean Enchiladas
Leftovers

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sixth Week of Summer Break

 
Wow!  Only four more weeks of summer fun!  This week our activities were: David Jackson park on Monday, $1 Movies on Tuesday, Runway Café on Wednesday, Fun at Home on Thursday, and Ice skating at the Pavilion on Friday.  We had gorgeous high 70's and low 80's degree weather the last several days so we were outside a lot!


What can be better than a bubble machine?

Helping me shop for groceries at Earth Fare

Outdoor Reading Time!  The boys read over 25 books this week!

Digging in the dirt is what boys do best!

Water Table Fun!

Because making dirt wet is even more fun!
 
They both love to color.

Ready to go ice skating for the first time!
 
He did very well for his first time on skates!

 He was a lot more confident when we switched out the
 skates for his tennis shoes.
 
 
Ready to ride George the Train with Karlie!

The weather was perfect to be outside!
 
Checking out the airplanes at Runway Cafe

They had a blast at the park outside the café.

All the kids piled on the airplane jungle gym.

Watching a plane land.

Time for lunch!

Other than waiting forever for our food, we had a great time at Runway Café!