Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What I've learned

I've learned a few important things, that had it not been for the economy, I might have missed.

I learned that I have a passion for furniture refurbishing.
 (Something I had no idea I could do until there was no other choice.)

I learned that I really meant "for richer or for poorer"
( We never had to struggle before, I had no idea how stressful that could be on a marriage.)

I learned that nothing makes me happier than time with my family.
(and you don't even have to spend a dime to do it.)

I also learned that I don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy luxury. 
(Sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it?)

Last night was "Facials at Grandma's" night.

(Something that I might have missed had I had the $$$ to pay a professional)

We each had a bowl of hot water, lil' Red's had chamomile tea.
 Grandma Treasures and I opted for a few drops of eucalyptus.

Then we took a towel and placed it over our  head and the bowl.
The steam opens your pores and feels very refreshing!

Next up was the Oatmeal Honey facial... 

Good enough to eat! Just ask Lil' Red.

This is the look I got when I told her she was eating her portion of the facial.

That got her to stop long enough for me to put her mask on...

However, it didn't last long!!

She was right back to eating it!!

She barely stopped to take a photo!!

She ate so much...

I had to slop more on her forehead!

Then all of the sudden....

Mine started to slide off my face!

Lil' Red was laughing hysterically.

I did manage to catch it in time!

"Look Ma no hands!!"

After we were all rinsed off Grandma Treasures wanted a photo of the three of us.

Some how I don't think this.....

is what she had in mind!

In order to get her to stop making funny faces...

we had to each make one of our own.

I learned something else tonight...

It doesn't take much to have a great time.


P.S. here's the link to the facial mask.


Shawn Seay said...

I LOVE this!!! Think I will make time to do that with my girls. How fun creating memories together!!!

scrapwordsmom said...

Angie this post spoke to my heart. 5 years ago my family and I were making so much money. We went on trips, never thought twice about spending $200 or more at Wal-Mart twice a week, etc. But then our business began to get slower and slower and now...well, we don't spend much money. We wear our clothes out. And if I do splurge on something it has to cost 10 bucks or less.

We eat at home mostly, too. All of these things has made me realize it's not the stuff that makes up our's the people, the memories. I love that.

I am happier than I ever was before!!!!!!

Tammy said...

how sweet! love this post...

Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

Doesn't coat much at all! I'm glad you had a great night...well deserved...Made me tear up a bit too...too cute!

Trish said...

what a touching post. Thanks for reminding us that making memories with family are always free!!!!

...and sometimes they make us look better too :O)

Susie said...

Girl what a great idea. :) How fun. I LOVE the pics. Lil red is a doll!!!!

Sommer said...

I love this post! We have had many of these moments over the past year. Learning not only to live within our means, which doesn't include much haha. But also to learn to be happy with that. We've baked, and cooked more as a family. Played more games... my 9 yr old knows how to play rummy now! It's brought us together in more ways than I can I list and I'm happy it's done that for you too.

Anonymous said...

That was so sweet! I could feel the LOVE between you all! Sooo nice!

LBDDiaries said...

Oh my gosh, the curls on that girl's head in the last pix - beautiful! This was a great post and LOVED the facials pix and story - loved the all out laughing, enjoyment and LIFE shining out of the pictures!! Visiting via Leslia Ackman's Word's of Me Project!!

Angie said...

Thank you all!! ;)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

GIrl, I love this post!!!
It's so true, I love having fun with the family at zero cost! I love spending time with Grandma! I Have to try your mask!
Enjoy your week, this weather is awesome!

Leanne said...

Hey girlfriend! This post made me smile from start to finish!!! (And, NO, it's not just because you braved an oatmeal facial and took pictures to prove it.) It's because even with the challenges you've faced - your living life ... and having fun. I love these photos of Lil' Red and You and Grandma Treasures. They are so great!!!! Honey, you got it right ... it doesn't take much to have a great time. I really love this! (And LOVE the recipe, too!) Have a great week!

La Dolfina said...

This is your best post yet!!!
I love it. The 3 of you are amazing!
So much fun. Please invite me next time!
I think we've all been blessed in this tough economy by re-discovering what's really important. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and your beautiful family.
Love you!!