Friday, February 21, 2014

Five plus a few on a Friday

1. Yesterday while I was changing Grant's diaper, Sammi started saying the Pledge of Allegiance. What?  Man, that girl learns some stuff at school!
2. Grant is totally into books suddenly. This morning he was lounging on the couch looking at a seek and find.
3. We had a few warm days this week, some thunder, some crazy wind and now it's chilly again. So over winter already.
4. I have spent the better part of this week working my butt off man. We are pouring all of our money into paying off some credit card debt which requires about a billion hours of effort on my part.  Between selling anything and everything not nailed down, touching base with every insurance company, utility, etc to make sure we are paying the lowest amount possible, listing things on etsy and ebay, calling every preschool in town to find cheaper school for Sam - exhausting. And hard.  I like Sam's school a lot, but I can send her to a different school for half the money (and frankly a schedule I like better). I just can't see spending twice as much money on *preschool* (which for my kids is totally play with friends time).
5. It's totally worth it to me to have this time with the kids, so I will keep working at it, even though I recognize that being cheap and living small is hard work sometimes!
5a. I am feeling especially grateful that I can always figure out how to make some money to add to the pot even while being with the kids. I should have started etsy a long time ago. I get to buy things I love and  make enough to send Sam to school? WIN.
6. In that same vein we are eating at home all of the time, shopping at aldi for 75% of the groceries and rarely leaving the house. I can tell the kids are getting bigger because I am almost able to do things like make spaetzle with no one dying (although there was much screaming and crying). I wouldn't have been able to do that a year ago because it simply took too long.
7. I was emptying some photos off my ipod and there was one of a baby Grant and a tiny Sam and I had a real moment of  "WHOA it is no wonder why this past year has felt so hard, look at them!"
8. Right now Grant has discovered he can tickle his own feet, too cute.
9. Dave is turning 40 in April and we are planning a big party for him. A party for a grown up? What is this you speak of? After 9 years of kid parties this should be fun. :-)
10. The kids and I did temporary tattoos yesterday. Mine is the wonder pets, which is appropriate for this week. "we're not too big and we're not too strong, but when we work together we have all the right stuff!"
11. That's all the puke in my head for today. You?


*I am not intending to start some kind of political war there, it is what it is. I do think some transparency around finances amongst friends would be useful though. I mean how on earth are people paying to go to Disney every year? Is it generational that people don't discuss this stuff? Did my grandparents talk money with their friends beyond can you believe the price of a beer? :-) (My grandpa used to tell us about buying beer by the BUCKET! LOL)

I recognize that some of this is the choice I make staying home with the kids, and I would not change that.

6 comments:

  1. Totally. I wish more people talked finances, but at the same time, it is weird. I wish you well on your financial decisions, looks like you're being super smart! and (as encouragement and conversation, not bragging? see, this is where it's weird) I will say that we paid off our house last year. WOOO! Paying stuff off is the best. My husband is all 'Ack! don't tell anybody!' but if no one talks about it no one will think it's realistic ever. and we are NOT rich.
    how's that for word vomit? :)

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  2. I love this post! I think it is awesome that your goal is to pay down debt. Mine too. It is hard. I am tired of being broke all of the time. I can't wait until my debts are paid and I don't own any money to a store or bank. That would be awesome. Once my cards are paid I vow not to go back to being in debt. I don't get the whole Disney every year thing either. There are many in our community who go once or twice a year. They also seem to go everywhere else too. My husband and I wonder how they can possibly do it. These are people with young children and maybe only one person bringing in an income. I think you are smart. Better to be financially secure in the long run. Your kids will thank you for it later - and for being there with them when they were little.

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  3. You're in a good place today!

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  4. I had the same opportunity as you do now. I stayed home with my 3 kids until the youngest turned 5. You're right it is a lot of work. Every meal was handmade with no East or, take out etc. I loved every moment of being home. Good for you! I'm almost 60 now and I wouldn't trade a moment of it. In fact I wish it had gone on longer.

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  5. I was blessed with a hubby that is wise beyond his years in managing finances. Most days, I mean...everyday, I enjoy staying home with Piper. I'm very grateful for the opportunity. I do also think that certain circumstances can put you in a situation that you wouldn't necessarily let yourself get to freely. Like dr bills, etc. It is just the frivolous spending of my generation that I don't understand. I also think that most of it is a lot of spending to make a statement to people instead of making yourself happy. Anyways, good luck!

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  6. I was blessed with a hubby that is wise beyond his years in managing finances. Most days, I mean...everyday, I enjoy staying home with Piper. I'm very grateful for the opportunity. I do also think that certain circumstances can put you in a situation that you wouldn't necessarily let yourself get to freely. Like dr bills, etc. It is just the frivolous spending of my generation that I don't understand. I also think that most of it is a lot of spending to make a statement to people instead of making yourself happy. Anyways, good luck!

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