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Being a One-Car Family

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We’ve never had a second car, mostly because it’s a luxury we can’t afford. This means that the kiddos and I generally stay home all day every day. In case you’re tempted to pity us, remember that outings get very complicated when you have to schedule them around naps. Of course, you could choose to throw the nap schedule out the window, but that generally results in 1) Gareth crying 2) Emmeline whining/baby-talking for attention and 3) Mommy exhausted and snapping at them. Mommy’s nap schedule is most important, she really can’t function without at least two hours a day of–oh wait; Mommy doesn’t take naps.

Because outings are difficult anyway, it’s usually not a big deal that we can’t go anywhere. And we’re blessed with a nice yard, so we just go outside when we’re feeling cooped up–and that generally happens every day about 30 minutes before Josh gets home.

One day a week Josh either takes the bus to work or we drive him in (depending on if the sleeping fairies have woken him up in time to make it to the bus stop). On those days we load up in the car for a marathon day of grocery shopping. We go to three or four different stores to try and get the best deals. It’s exhausting, the kids whine and cry for at least half of the trip, and Emmeline will spend the other half talking about how much she wants to go to the playground. I will then feel guilty for dragging them to all these different stores, and I’ll start to think, “Why can’t I just relax and be more fun? Who needs groceries, anway? We should just forget this and go to the park…”

Then reality sinks in and I realize I still have to drive to Sam’s Club to get baby formula.

Then we go home and try to eat lunch and nap in time to pick Josh up from work at 4:00. Thankfully I only go grocery shopping every couple of weeks, so on the off weeks I try to take the kids to library story time or the park. That’s the organized chaos we lovingly refer to as our system. But most days you’ll find us in our yard, where Emmeline digs the dirt and Gareth eats it. They’ve got a good thing going on.

Addicted in Bulk

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I have a confession to make. A certain new habit is getting a tad out of hand. It involves a membership to a wholesale club that goes by the name of Sam’s. Oh Sam’s, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

1. Cheesecake: Pumpkin, turtle, plain–so many delicious, fattening dessert options.

2. Low prices on meat

3. Prepackaged foods that make it easy to pack lunches

4. My favorite cheese: Cabot 50% reduced fat white cheddar. It’s the only store I’ve found that carries it.

6. Giant boxes of soft pretzels. Carnival food right in your very own freezer!

7. Lots of pre-made meal options, for the nights when cooking is just not going to happen. Sam’s has saved us from eating out too often.

8. Did I mention the cheesecake?

Our fridge, freezer, and pantry have gone into bulk overload. Seriously, though, Sam’s is a lifesaver. Here’s how our weeknights used to go down: We’d spend all day at work, get home right at dinner time, and we didn’t want to spend precious family time fixing meals. We ended up buying a lot of takeout, so we could have more time with the kiddos. Now we have a Sam’s membership, and we’ve essentially brought the takeout to us. But lest you think I never cook, I did come home from my last Sam’s trip with seven pounds of chuck roast. Pot roast, anyone?

Hi, we’re the Krebses, and we’re DIY addicts.

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Here’s a little glimpse of what our sunroom looks like currently:

  

When we’re finished there won’t be a surface in the room that hasn’t been painted, including the windows–but that was an accident and will be getting scrubbed off soon.

We started this project last night, the night before we were expecting family to visit. Excellent timing, don’t you think?