Ray Romano once compared life with twins to living in a frat house. As he put it, "no one sleeps, there is a lot of noise and a lot of throwing up." I find this very true with 4 young children, including twins. However, though things are always crazy, we always try to have fun and, most certainly, always love each other.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
4 Kids, 6 New Shoes and a Grand announcement!
I finally went shoe shopping for my children and I am broke. And I don't buy fancy expensive shoes... With 4 children, I actually had to buy 6 new pairs of shoes. That doesn't add up does it? Well, Kenny and Jacob start school next week and they will be attending school in a brand new building that will barely be finished being built when school starts. In an effort to keep their new gym floors nice, they are requiring each child to bring an extra pair of tennis shoes to keep at school to be used only during gym class. What???? Are you kidding me? While I understand their dilemma, I find this ridiculous! We do not live in an affluent area at all so I am sure it isn't just us huffing about it. This meant two new pairs for each of them because both of their old tennis shoes are just too small and too beat up to be used for ANYTHING! And, the girls do not have any tennis shoes that fit them at all. While that is fine for now, while it is warm, they obviously would need some here in a few weeks. So, between the "Buy one Get one 1/2 off" at Payless and also going to Walmart, I have bought 6 new pairs of shoes this week. The plain white shoes in the picture are what I got the boys for gym- basic and cheap- $6 each.
And, did I mention that my children could all be nicknamed "big foot"?!?! Kenny is in a Boys 3 already. Jacob in a 13. And the girls...... I bought them a size 8!!! I couldn't believe it- they aren't even two and I had to buy toddler size 8!! I bought them a little too big so hopefully they will still fit in a month or so when we need them, but they really aren't much too big. They can wear them now and they don't fall off their feet..... ugh.... Now on to Aaron and I... we both desperately need new shoes as well- it has been a few years since either of us got new tennis shoes...we are much overdue.
And now.... the Grand Announcement....
Well, some people know that I have been on a pursuit to bring in some much needed extra money while still staying home with my kids (gotta do something about all these shoes to pay for). For example, I may start babysitting a single child in a few months, but that is up in the air. I have decided on something that I am nervous yet excited about..... I signed on with Pampered Chef to be a Independent Consultant! Before anyone starts thinking I am too crazy, let me explain why I decided to do this. Until now, I have NEVER been interested in doing anything like this party kind of thing. I would sometimes go to a party, but it always seems so expensive, so it wasn't always top on my list. Recently, as I was looking into finding some kind of work at home, I thought that I still wasn't interested in this kind of thing, but if I ever did, I would probably do Pampered Chef because I love their products and enjoy cooking and their parties always are fun- with the consultant making yummy food you get to eat afterward and such-but still didn't think I would ever do it. Well, fast forward to last Friday when I went to a local fair that had a Pampered Chef booth. I was filling out a free entry for a drawing to win a large basket of Pampered Chef stuff (I didn't win- bummer...) and got chatting with the lady and asked her some questions. Turns out they are running a special for new consultants- you buy the starter kit for $155 (really not bad- the kit has a huge amount of stuff- retails for much more than that...). If you sign on before August 31st, and then sell $1000 worth of product within the first 30 days (which I am optimistic won't be too hard to do...) then I will get 50% ($77) of the starter kit fee back! So, say I only sell the minimum $1000. My commission would be approximately $22o, plus the $77 rebate- that is $300 in the first month. I will have already made more than I put in. I figured that would make it worth it. Even if it doesn't work out, at least I have a bunch of cool product I know I will use. So, there you have it- my new adventure. As if I didn't have enough to do.... Although I will be busy the next month or so getting started, I won't go that crazy all the time- I will probably try to do only 2-4 parties a month.
Here is my shameless promotion.... If you live local to me, I would love to do a show for you! They have awesome hostess specials where you get free product and a huge discount- and Christmas really isn't far away. Pampered Chef makes great gifts for many on your list! Let me know if you are interested and we can arrange it! And, I promise to make it very easy on you to have a show. I will provide the food to be cooked (you choose the recipe from a list) and I will send out the invites!
I love being a mom to my two boys and twin girls. No matter how crazy it gets, I wouldn't change a thing! I believe that chocolate and peanut butter are two of the worlds most perfect foods! (especially when combined!) I truly believe we could end the war in Iraq simply by having the world leaders sit around the table together with some Reese's cups. You just can't help but feel peace with this kind of perfection there!