Monday, April 27, 2009

Rainy Day Fun


This past week, after school, we had some rainy day fun. Having a blast in the rain-priceless.

Homemade Baby Food


It's so easy. We throw it in the blender and out comes baby food. That's it. In this healthy baby food goodness is apple, banana, and kale. And it's Hannah favorite. Yummy!

Frugal Haircuts



One of the ways that the Reederbunch saves money is on haircuts. I've never taken any kind of classes, but I have done a lot of trial and error. It always grows back and every time I get better and better. The kids never seem to mind, and I've gotten good enough that even Chris trusts me. Here are some before and after photos taken of Chris' last hair cut. All you need is a pair of hair cutting scissors. I bought mine at Sally's Beauty Salon for $20. I got my money back in just one hair cut long ago.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Update

My husband has told me for the last few days... "You need to up date your blog." And I know I do, and when I do, I will have a ton of posts. Problem is time and uploading my pictures... I will do it...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Frugal

I thought I would share with everyone a few ways that our family is frugal. My FAVORITE way of being frugal is going to yard sales, garage sales, or rummage sales. It is my favorite thing to do. Seriously! In fact, I stopped at a yard sale today on my way home from a Homeschool Program at the Holly Springs Library. I got myself a shirt for 50 cents!

In the words of Michelle Duggar, "Buy used and save the difference!"

In the upcoming weeks, I thought it would be neat to share with everyone a few ways to save. Save on the little things, so when you want something big, you can buy it. I am excited to share with everyone a few ways that the Reederbunch saves!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy 30th Daddy!

Today is Christopher's 30th Birthday.

Happy Birthday Daddy!!!

We love you very much.

We made a video of all the fun Daddy did this last year. Starting from his last birthday. Enjoy!





Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cloth Diapers

I'm making the switch. Yes, you heard me right. I have taken the plunge! The Reederbunch is finally going to cloth diapers!!! I did the math and the total is in. How much have we spent in diapers over the last 8 years...

-The average American using generic diapers spends $60 a month in diapers

-So a Year in diapers is $720

-Our children stay in diapers until they are 3 that means $2,160 per child

-For the 5 of our children who are potty trained that was $10,800

-Then Elijah has been in diapers 2 years that's a total of $12,240

-And Hannah not quite a year, so we will say $13,000 have been spent in Diapers!!!

That is a lot of Money and Diapers!

We have been thinking about switching to the cloth diaper world, but just not sure. Well, last night I did it. I went online and took the plunge buying cloth diapers. Yes, they are an investment, but look how much I could have saved if I would have done this 8 years ago! I am very excited to get them in the mail. These aren't the diapers your mama used. These are exactly like disposable, but you wash them. I choose the BumGenius brand. One size 3.0 brand diaper. Check out the Youtube clip to see.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Eat Healthy Posters




I follow a few vegan blogs and today when I pulled up one of them, I saw these super fun posters! Check out more... http://www.learningzonexpress.com/search.php?runsearch=true&keywords=Foodscapes+Posters

Great Grandma


A lot of our friends have been praying for Chris' grandmother in the last few months. This morning we received a photo of Great Grandma that we thought we'd share with everyone. She looks great!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lord's Day





This past Lord's day we were ready early for church, so I decided to snap a few photos before leaving the house. They aren't the best photos, but they are the most current.

The fun continues...



The children loved camping out on Friday night with their friends, so... Saturday night the children camped again. Here are the children all comfy. We are out growing our tents!

A house full




This past Friday night was our turn to watch our friends children. We had a total of 9 children and it was GREAT! The children played, watched a movie, and camped out in the living room! What fun...

Hannah's First Green Smoothie


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Here is a photo of a typical Reederbunch breakfast. On this day, after Hannah ate her normal breakfast, I decided to give Hannah a try of very first green smoothie! She LOVED it!!! She will be having it from now on!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Vegan Pizza


Homemade Vegan Pizza Crust


Homemade Vegan Pizza Sauce


This night we were making two red pizza's and two white.


Here is my fake ricotta cheese... tofu, nutritional yeast, and spices.


The girls loved watching, learning, and asking a ton of questions.


Fake pepperoni... 90% pure gluten and spices


Pizza's ready to go into the oven.


100% Vegan Pizza's fresh out of the oven.


Tastes so good! Like the real deal only healthier!


This is what Elijah does with olives, he loves them!

Yes, 100% vegan pizza, right down to the pizza crust. Every now and then we have Family Fun Night. This night we did pizza and a movie. The family loves this pizza. I make my own, crust, sauce, fake cheese and even fake pepperoni. This night I also did white pizza so I even made my own ricotta cheese! It was fun to create something so healthy that tastes so good. I took pictures of almost everything! Yummy.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Practice, Practice, Practice...



Abigail and Caleb have a Recital coming up in May. They have been practicing, practicing, and practicing. I hear the piano a lot these days. Abi is still perfecting her piece, but I think it sounds great. Enjoy!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Date Night






This past Saturday night was date night for Chris and I. Our friends watch our children once a month and we watch theirs once a month for free. And last Saturday night was our turn to go out. This date was a big deal for Chris, because he was taking me to the the big hockey game, the Canes vs. Pens. Chris has been wanting to take me to a hockey game for close to ten years, and it finally happened. (He normally takes the children.) Our friends John and Tara were also at the game. It was a fun night out, just the two of us. I also learned a few things about hockey.

We of course are in Canes territory, but Chris is a big Pens fan. Chris had his terrible towel, which you wave when the Pens score. There was actually a bunch of Pens fans at the game. (Including our friends.) I was able to capture a few shots of us at the game. Enjoy!

Falls Lake




Last Monday, the children and I met up with friends at Falls Lake. Caleb enjoyed making little sail boats out of bark, a stick, and a leaf. Very creative. We all had a blast except, Elijah, who fell in the lake! After getting out of his wet clothes, I wrapped him up in a blanket. Elijah and Hannah took a nap, and I got a lot of time to sit and talk. Which every mommy needs.


Modesty



For the last couple of years, Chris and I have been concerned with the modesty of swimwear. Only allowing our daughters to wear one piece bathing suits. Our good friends told us, we need to make a decision, before our children get much older about what we will allow our children to wear, or not wear. It is a lot easier to tell an 8 year old they have to be more modest with their swimwear now, than a 16 year old, after years and years of typical swimwear. Chris and I were not only concerned about the modesty of our girls, but also the modesty of our sons. So after searching and searching... We finally decided on these cute rashguard swimsuits. So not only will our children be modest they will also be more protected against cancer causing rays. Here are some photos of the children in their new bathing suits.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Monkey Milkshake

So this morning, after eating our green smoothies. We were going through some of our library books. One of them was a kids cookbook. Since Abi is now 8, she is learning to cook. She is currently making 1 meal a week. And helping whenever she gets the chance. As Abi and I looked through the kids cookbook, which we have to adapt most of the recipes to our vegan diet, we ran across a recipe for Monkey Milkshakes. Abi and I looked at each other and said.... Let's make them, now!!! What a wonderful suprise for the rest of the children! They were wonderful!!! Here is the recipe....

Monkey Milkshakes
Serves 2 (we made this recipe X4 for the bunch)

Put all the ingredients into your blender.

1 Banana
3 Tablespoons of peanut butter or 1/4 cup of nuts
2/3 cup Milk (we use soy)
1 Tablespoon of Unsweetened Coca
8 Ice Cubes

Yummy!!! The kids were licking their cups clean!