Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ten Tidbits about My Big Family’s Milk Consumption

If you’re my friend on Facebook or you follow me on Twitter, you may remember this picture I posted last Friday evening.


I took this at Sam’s Club, right after loading our cart with a week’s worth of milk for our family of eight. {Our children are ages 14, 12, 10, 8, 5, and 3.} I’ve posted photos like this before, and they always spark questions. So, I apologize for the egocentricity of this post, but here are ten tidbits about my family’s love of milk.

~ One ~
Eight gallons last about a week. J

~ Two ~
We all like milk, including my husband and me. As the 14yo says, “Who doesn’t like milk?” J

~ Three ~
Even before my husband and I had children, we would buy two gallons every time we shopped, about once a week.



~ Four ~
Our family has pop maybe once or twice each week and only if we have pizza or Mexican. This seems like a lot to us. We drink some Koolaid but not every day. I make iced tea but not every day. Our two main drinks are water and milk. {Plus a bit of coffee in the morning. J}

~ Five ~
We have a refrigerator/freezer in our garage that houses our extra milk. We keep only one gallon inside, so someone goes out to the garage for another gallon at least once a day. But we’re going to have both refrigerators in the kitchen in our new house! J

~ Six ~
On those rare occasions that we eat someplace like Cracker Barrel or O'Charley's, I drink water or tea as do our children. Have you seen the prices for a glass of milk? I could buy almost an entire gallon for that amount. And they don’t give refills!!

~ Seven ~
With a Sunday dinner of beef roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, and fresh vegetables, I'll have 1 1/2 to 2 glasses of milk. Milk, for me, cleanses the palette. I've tried drinking fruity, flavored drinks with a meal. It's disgusting. Water is doable, but it’s not the same. J

~ Eight ~
So why would a grown woman like milk so much? Let me lay down on the figurative couch.... J I have always liked milk, but I think I grew to like it more as a child because my mom was not a very good cook. Milk would wash away the flavor of the food.

~ Nine ~
I can taste a difference between Aldi milk and Meijer milk and Walmart milk and Sam's Club milk. Sam's Club milk is the best, plus it has an extra seal for freshness.

~ Ten ~
You know how the OB always wants to push a calcium supplement when you’re pregnant because it takes three glasses of milk every day otherwise? No problem.
J









What other questions do you have?

How much milk do you drink? Or do you? J {My mother-in-law doesn’t like it and won’t drink it. She thinks I'm crazy.}




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Monday, April 21, 2014

Dreaming of International Travel ~ My Daughters’ Modest Monday

I dream of overseas travel someday. We’re saving our pennies and making our lists for where we would visit first and second and third.

First, England and Ireland.

Second, France and Switzerland, maybe Germany and Italy and the Netherlands. Why not make it a European tour? J

Third, New Zealand. Do you think we could stay in a hobbit hole?

That’s why these shirts that the daughters are wearing for today’s post caught our eye at the thrift store.

And yet, as I write this, I remember the readers I have here and the friends I have on Facebook that are already living in some of those places. One friend lives in France and sometimes leaves her comments on my updates in French, a challenge to my memory of my high school French class. J {Bonjour, friend!}

Would they find these shirts funny? J

All together now ~ it’s a small world after all…. J


What better place to take photos of our international-style shirts than a hotel lobby? J I took these photos the day we attended the Abeka Materials Display. I apologize for the graininess. Right after I took these, my iPad decided it needed an update and the camera quit completely.


What the 14yo wore ~

Denim skirt ~ hand-me-down from me
Paris shirt ~ thrift store half-off day
Navy Mary Janes ~ Payless sale


What the 12yo wore ~

Beige skirt ~ thrift store half-off day J
Rome shirt ~ thrift store half-off day J
Brown Mary Janes ~ Payless sale ~ Love. These. Shoes. J


The 14yo ~ half-up in the extra-small Lilla Rose Copper Rose flexi

The 12yo ~ oblong bun in size large Lilla Rose Freestyle Tiara flexi ~ a little windblown and off-kilter from our activities that day. J








Have you traveled internationally or are you still dreaming? Where have you been?



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