Day 1: Our equipment is revolting

A bang-up start to our Thirty Days. The dishwasher is leaking and the van’s brakes are squeaking. Both are headed for repair this week. On the bright side, we did get a coupon for a free box of Cheerios in the mail.

During this 30 days I am going to try to:
–serve oatmeal at least a couple mornings a week
–do at least two vegetarian dinners per week
–hang all laundry out to dry (once I catch up from camping laundry, anyway!)
–go to the store no more than once a week
–group multiple errands together and hopefully have 3+ days each week where I don’t go anywhere

Tomorrow we are starting school for the year, so that will keep us busy. I also need to can some tomatoes, and am thinking about canning some zucchini relish. One of these days I’d like to make a few apple crisps for the freezer– they’re easy to make, and nice to have handy when you want a nice dessert.

We spent the weekend camping– got some fishing in along with hours of game playing and one really impressive thunder storm. Very fun. This morning we were still in the mountains. Camp breakfast was bacon and eggs. I made toast in our travel trailer oven–5 minutes on broil made it feel stale, but not brown. Hmm.

We ate lunch on the drive home: flour tortillas with peanut butter, cheese sticks, apples from our tree, and cookies.

This afternoon when we got home, the kids picked tomatoes, cucumbers, and grapes. For dinner I made Indian potatoes and peas (kinda like this but with split peas) and served it with biscuits, grapes, and tomato-cuke salad. Our first vegetarian meal of the week. And I don’t care what’s on the menu, if there’s fresh bread of any type, it feels like a much nicer meal. The split peas and potatoes were very nice. Even my bean-hating texture-sensitive 3 year old discovered she liked them (once I insisted she taste it, anyway!)

And one funny moment that happened at the end of the day. Our 6 and 3 year old girls share a bunk bed, with the 6 year old in the top bunk. Since we don’t want the 3 year old climbing up, we’ve removed the ladder, which normally is no obstacle to our coordinated and athletic 6 year old. tonight, however, she must have been more tired than usual, because when I walked into the bedroom to tuck her in, she was struggling to make the climb.

As I gave her a hoist up I said playfully,”What’s the matter, girlie?”

The three year old piped up from her vantage point on the lower bunk. “Her butt keeps falling back down!”


  1. I don’t know if you meant it this way, but the title immediately brought to mind the line from Chicken Run, “Mrs. Tweedy, the chickens are revolting!”

  2. Wow! I love your blog, found it via Home Team Wins. 10 kids from 3 different countries? Move over Brangelina there’s a new kid in town huh? 🙂 I think that is such a blessing. I hope to one day adopt from other countries as well. Where are your children from?

    BTW, stop by my blog and enter my giveaways! I’ll be giving stuff away all month!

  3. I would love for you to post your apple crisp recipe and how you freeze it. I love making apple crisp!


  4. My dishwasher was leaking awhile back, too. I cleaned out the edges. It leaked off and on for awhile. I thought it would be fixed and then it would leak. THEN I’d clean again. This happened several times……..and now it hasn’t leaked for several months.

    Thank you, God.

  5. That comment from your daughter at the end was just way too funny! That made my day!!

  6. A few years ago, during one of our more lean times, I decided to hang the laundry. . . .well, except for towels. . . . I do love me some soft and fluffy towels.
    I was amazed at how much the electric bill dropped.
    The clothesline and two folding racks surely do save the dollars.

    Good luck with the van repairs. My car recently got about $600 worth.

  7. I’m with Steph. I’d love to see your frozen apple crisp recipe. I freeze casseroles, but I’ve never done a dessert. Care to share?

  8. I love 3 year old brains. 🙂

  9. So I thought I commented yesterday but I didn’t do the math quiz or check that it got saved.

    Sorry about your appliances and your little one is too cute!


  10. Our 30 day challenge started out with my daughter needing a trip to the doctor’s office, medication, and some open-toed shoes so her ingrown toenail can breathe–it’s mighty infected. Plus, I ran out of ink for the printer and CDs for orders. And, I totally forgot about the 30 day challenge when I let my daughter buy a $5 movie. I always get her a treat when she’s sick. On the positive side, I put back the video I wanted to buy myself tonight–and it was only $5. I really, really wanted it.

  11. Our 3o day started out with the van running out of gas. Guess I am going to have to bite the bullet and actually put more than a few dollars in here and there. 🙁 Grocery wise we haven’t spent anything…tomorrow is shopping and I am determined that we will not be spending more than 300 this month (and our pantry is literally bare as I type, so it should be a real challenge. Thank goodness for friends with gardens that survived our June 10th snowstorm!

    Good luck with your van. I know how much it hurts to spend money you weren’t expecting to part with. 🙁

    Your daughters comment made me lol…what an honest child!