So I just started school again after 4 years, I am very excited, I only need 7 classes to get my associates degree and then I plan to transfer to another college to get my Bachelors. Not to mention my husband and I have been talking about another baby, we are not sure yet, I have always wanted 3 kids but things with the two are so good right now, I am afraid I will regret the decision to have another baby if it messes things up with the girls, I feel guilty thinking about another baby, I think mostly because I feel like Ellie needs a lot of my time, she is very jealous of her older sister, I am not worried about Eden though, she wants another brother or sister. She said Ellie is her baby and now Ellie needs a baby for herself. Then my sister and grandmother say we shouldn't do it now because of finances and the economy but if everybody waited until they were financially secure then nobody would ever have kids, because there is no such thing as financial security. Babies don't cost a lot anyway, it is when they get into their third and fourth years that they become expensive. Anyway, I am just very nervous, not to mention it is just getting to the point where I can finally get some breathing room from the kids and go and have fun for a while, but that is more scheduling and planning than a real issue if we have a willing sitter, which is hard to find, my family is so unreliable and his lives an hour away. I think now is a good time though, If I am going for my bachelors I will have at least 2-3 years depending where I stop or not before I get a job, I want all my kids to at least be in preschool before that happens. I think it is a good choice but other people's doubts make me doubt my own decisions. It doesn't help that all my husband has to say on the issue is "If it happens it happens, it is the kind of choice that has to be made for you." which really helped me a lot...not!
So after a major panic attack because I realized that after paying rent this month and paying people back the money we owe them, we wouldn't have money for Easter!!! This kind of put a dent in our Easter plans, I wouldn't even have the money for chocolate to make their candy! Thankfully my sister knew our situation and told me to just pay her back next week. So I was able to go and get Easter stuff, I think I did pretty well and I even fell below my budget by $8. I found that when you are buying for two little girls that most of the candy will be on the floor the next day anyway so I went light with the candy and just got enough for the two of them. I got gum balls, candy necklaces, chocolate covered marshmallow eggs, and mars assortment. So I got the chocolate wafers as well to make the candy for them. As I was shopping I walked by and saw some pretzel sticks and thought of a great idea of dipping them in chocolate and either Easter themed sprinkles(which I don't have) or Easter colored chocolate(which I do have). So I am satisfied that we got them enough, it was a close call though! Anyway, Eden will just have to live without her Tinker Belle costume for a little longer. If I can think of any other cool Easter ideas I will let you know.
Hey, I actually found some pretty interesting ideas for green Easter ideas. My favorite was making a grass basket instead of buying fake grass. I am not sure I have enough time though to do this now because I only have 13 days left. Sounds awesome and easy.
Another good idea is using natural dying agents for the eggs, like beat and carrot juice among other things. I think I am going to try that this year and see how it turns out.
Like I said, I am making home made chocolates this year and I am still looking for some other neat ideas. I was thinking of letting the girls make their own Easter baskets with cereal boxes and tape and maybe toilet paper rolls ribbon and paints or construction papers. Many possibilities there and I think they would have fun with it.
In fact the whole grass basket had me thinking of the possibilities of making a mint/dark chocolate themed Easter basket, that would be pretty neat to have real mint leaves among yummy dark chocolate. Anyway, I am gonna get back to brain storming.
With Easter coming up I was just reminiscing about Easters' past and wanted to go smaller this year than we usually do. We usually get them everything under the sun. Easter is like a second Christmas to them. Christmas is when they get all their indoor toys and heavy clothes and stuff and Easter is when they get their outside toys and spring/summer clothes. I think we go overboard though and I don't want them to get used to getting a lot, I don't want them to take things for granted. This year I bought candy molds and am making their Easter candy myself. I can't wait! I also got them some plants to grow that were in ceramic egg cups. You have to break the top of the 'egg' and just water it and let it grow. I found these at Lowe's for nearly $3/ea. with a variety of different flowers to choose from. We usually don't get things for them until the last minute because I am so bad at waiting to give them stuff, I love how excited and happy they get. We are getting our 3 year old, Eden, a Tinker Belle costume, which she has been begging for, for about a month now. I am not sure yet what I am getting for our other daughter Ellie, who is almost 2 now.
Gotta run, I am gonna try to find some Easter freebies around for you, if not some good green ideas for Easter.