Ok so I started this morning out so excited to share with you what a wonderful weekend we had, and I like an idiot again erased all my pictures I had to share. I am completely bummed because we had a surprise visit from my Mr. B and Mom Mom Bella aka my parents.
I had a great picture of them with my kids and it's gone...and they left early this morning. The reason this picture was so special and this trip so important....mom mom Bella has been fighting cancer for a little over two years and this is the first time she has been well enough to travel. We were so blessed they showed up on Valentine's day. I happily cleaned our room up and gave it to them for two nights while hubby and I shared the couch. We had a great time. They are headed out to spend some time on a cruise.
Getting to how we saved this week, on Valentine's day, I made homemade lasagna and the kids and i decorated the table and lit candles in the house to surprise the hubby when he got home from work. We even got out the fancy glasses and had grape soda! It was so awesome, but my pictures got erased. I want to make special dinners a monthly event maybe with a different theme so maybe a picture will happen next time. We decorated with things we already had with the exception of a table cloth and pink rose petals from the dollar tree. I gave the kids each a home made decoration as a gift. My son made great chocolate chip cookies all on his own. I just pulled up the recipe on the computer. He did the rest while I worked on other things.
My dad forgot to pack some casual clothes for his cruise because their plans changed last minute (originally they were not going on a cruise) so we made a trip to Walmart. I found these beauties for half price left over from Valentine's. Originally I think they were 8.98. They are tulips. Tulips were my birth mothers favorite flower but she died when I was a little girl. These are a sweet reminder of her, and as a bonus they come back each year after you plant them.
Yesterday Mom Mom shared some of her special recipes with us, and we had a great meal right here at home that consisted of meatballs, chicken and dumplings, and cheesy potatoes. She also worked with me and showed me how to crochet, but I need a ton of practice. We have so much food left over that there will be some for dinner today!
I did shop a little this week at Kirkland's and I visited the mall with my daughter, but anything that was purchased we tried to use coupons or shop sales. I saved 10 percent at Kirklands with their spin and win app, and signs at Claire's were by one get one half off. I have really been working on the house, I hope to share some type of home tour soon.
Let me share also a beautiful blessing my husband received from a customer. It was originally designed to be a birdhouse, and while i think it would be gorgeous on the front porch, my hubby says it's too pretty to put outside, so I have put a tiny little nativity I have on it to remind use we need Jesus everyday and set it up on our entertainment stand. The guy that made this does it as a hobby, and would not take any money for it. The particular day hubby brought it home was a bad day for me, and I sort of felt like it was the Lord's personal touch in our lives when hubby received this item.
This was our week in a nutshell. I didn't do anything huge to save money, but the little things count too. It was a great week.
Oh yea my final thought is...our electric bill this month was back down to a manageable 140.00. This is the first bill we have gotten that did not reflect usage from when my nephew and his family were here. My goal is to get it down to $100.00. Maybe that is no longer ideal though, perhaps the rates are just to high now. I don't know. I hope each of you had a great week as well.