Iwoke up this morning with an overwhelming urge to take action on something I've been contemplating for a few months. I decided to remove the television from my bedroom. Lately, I've sensed that it is interfering with my productivity. You know, distracting me from things that really matter.
Once it was gone, I felt sort of like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I didn't expect that. It's in the garage now. Here's what else I did to make it a great day:
Cheer. Today was my daughter's first day of cheer leading. Class started at 10:45, but she was up at 7:30 bouncing around the house, doing cart wheels and splits. As you can see from the photo (the arrow points to her head), she's not the only one excited about cheer leading. After they stretched in this cramped room, they moved to the gym so everyone could be categorized according to their capabilities — which I think included a general “perkiness” assessment.
Clipped some coupons. You can tell from this video that I'm really into coupon clipping. Someone swiped my coupon notebook several months ago, and today, I finally got chance to start catching up on organizing my new one. I enlisted the help of my kids.
I try to take advantage of teachable money moments — here's an example from last year. I teach them that there are only five things you can do with money: spend it, save it, invest it, donate it, or waste it, and that every penny they get should be deliberately placed into one of those categories and handled appropriately.
We clipped a few hundred coupons this afternoon, then did some math problems to see how much we saved by using coupons to purchase some of the items. I had one child purchase an item with a coupon, and the other purchase the same item without a coupon. When we were done, we added up who had saved the most. A little unexpected sibling rivalry worked in my favor. Now, they want to go to the store and compete. That will be a fun project, and I'll let you know how it goes when we get to it.
A hay ride. Well, it was supposed to be a hay ride, but as you can see we (well, the kids) ended up riding a horse around a little patch of grass.
The website promised hay rides, horse rides, a maze, and a pumpkin patch. Let's just say they over-promised. But we made the best of it, which is what we have to do in life anyway, right? That was another good lesson for my kiddos.
After we came, home, I made a tossed salad and spaghetti. I then posted this. So that's that.
One more thing. I met a special new friend today. I'm excited to tell you about her, but I I'm going to wait until I have something more substantial to include. It's very good news and I can't wait to share.
Question: What did you do today?