Thursday, December 15, 2011
I'm really dragging today. I woke up at 1:30 a.m. (went to bed around 11:30 p.m.) so didn't get much sleep at all. The kids had dental appointments (no cavities thank goodness for either one, but my daughter has to have a baby tooth pulled since it won't come out on it's own) . We picked up some groceries on the way home today (double coupon stores of course) and all I have to get for Christmas is a ham, which I will do with a price match next week.
We had a few other stores to go to so I packed a lunch for us early this morning before we left for our dental appointment so we didn't have to buy anything to eat (gotta start saving even more money for a car) although I was really tired and didn't feel like it. It felt good to keep that money in my pocket around lunch time though.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The countdown to Christmas is here and I am so happy because this will be the first Christmas in a very long time that I don't mind having my picture taken. I missed out being in so many pictures with the kids because I simply didn't want to see how large I really was.
I feel so much more organized this year than I ever have and I think a lot of that has to do with making more time for myself and organizing more of the house.
We did get some bad news right before Christmas this year (my husband's employer is notorious for always laying people off, giving bad news, etc. the weeks before Christmas). We currently only have one car that we own and the other car that my husband drives belongs to his company. We have to pay money every month for that privilege and therefore have put off only having one car that is ours.
We starting next year (before April) we will have to buy another car as they are taking that privilege away. It wouldn't be so bad if my husband had the type of job where you just drive to work and then work in the office all day and then drive home. He probably spends around $600 just on gas because he services machines all over including hundreds of miles away and into another state every day.
Not only do we have to buy another car, but he will have to pay for all that gas each month, maintenance, repairs, car rental if something happens to our car, etc. It is going to take a HUGE chunk from his paycheck, that is shrinking as he hasn't had a raise in forever. I know we have a lot to be thankful for in regards to him actually having a job in this terrible economy, but this is really going to put a strain on the ole budget.
One thing I am extremely thankful for is that we paid our house mortgage off this year so that's one less thing to worry about, but it will be depressing having to budget for a car after having all this money we've saved for a very long time gone due to paying off the house.
We weren't given much time to save before we received this news so that's another stress for us, but we'll survive and manage I'm sure. I'll have to be even more diligent about finding deals and saving money than I already was.
Luckily we didn't take a vacation this year due to our focusing on paying the house off and trying to get our emergency fund back up to speed again, but it looks like our emergency fund will have to be used to finance a car.
I may be a stay at home mom, but I don't stay at home all the time and we definitely need another car. I can't drive my husband to work because as I stated earlier, he doesn't drive to an office and work, his car is his office and he drives all over the state and another state doing work.
We'll definitely have other expenses that I did away with like renewing AAA (we'll have to pay for both of us vs. just me since before my husband's company car was covered by his company), not to mention more car insurance, taxes, payments, etc.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I hope this blog makes some sense as I have been up since 4:30 a.m. and feel very sleep deprived. We had our next to last art class yesterday afternoon/evening and I hate to say it, but will be relieved when it's over.
My daughter is making a strange (meaning I have never seen a sculpture made this way, LOL) sculpture made of all things a block of wood, a wire clothes hanger shaped artistically, and a pair of pantyhose pulled over it. She has applied layers of glue and now is in the process of painting it each time we go. They also have made/are making a "peach" stained glass art piece and have had experience with a soldering iron as well as a grinding machine that she never would have had at home (due to the huge expense of everything).
I am very glad that she got to take this class and get some experience in art, but it has made our Mondays challenging to get through with all we have going on (including piano lessons, etc.).
It's always a challenge for me to either feel guilty about not having the children in enough activities that are new and challenging and then the guilt of having too many activities and not enough time spent on educational subjects, LOL. I guess I am just stuck feeling guilty regardless.
She is a little depressed that she didn't audition for a children's play in our local theatre, but she was a little intimidated that she had to sing during the audition and so didn't attempt it. I think she's growing so much as far as being willing to take more risks when she sees other kids in our homeschool group taking them, which is a good thing. She was very scared anticipating her first piano recital recently, but I am so proud that she followed through and did such a great job in the process. I took piano lessons when I was younger, but didn's stick to it like she has so far. I hope she doesn't lose interest and keeps going.
I learn so much from my kids and all the new things that they are learning (and me too in the process). I can't tell you how much I have learned by helping them with their pre-algebra this year. It has refreshed my understanding of certain things that didn't make as much sense to me when I was actually in school.
It goes to show that your children learn from you, but you also learn from your children.
I am doing most of the remainder of my Christmas shopping, hopefully online as the crowds are starting to get crazy in the local stores. After piano lessons, my daughter and I went to one craft store that was near Toys R Us and the parking lot there (at Toys R Us) was packed! This was around 2:00 p.m. so it wasn't after most people get home from work. I hate to see how they will be this weekend.
I'm so excited because some of the items I found at Mighty Dollar (similar to Dollar Tree, but much, much better) for her for Christmas for $1 each, were way more expensive at the craft store we went to. I found a metal Fiskars tag punch for $1 at MD (Mighty Dollar) and it was $13 at the craft store.
I could go on and on with comparisons, but it sure does pay to take time and be patient and find things as cheaply as you can.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Have you ever had those days that you feel "overweight" even when you have lost weight? Well I still have them and although I know intellectually that it's due to water weight, I still have my occasional days of panic.
This happened to me recently when I went to my daughter's piano recital and wore a pair of brand new dress pants for the first time that I bought a while back. They fit fine except for the tummy area and I was really miserable and upset inside, although I kept it hidden as to focus on my daughter and not myself.
I know it's water weight and probably due to the salty popcorn I've been eating a lot of lately (basically my only snack) and mother nature making herself known ahead of time, but it really upset me to have clothing that was "snug" anywhere. It brought back those moments of panic when you have to be somewhere important and you want to look presentable and you panic because what you have to wear is not fitting the way you want it to.
I have been diligent about counting my calories (even after making my goal weight and below that) and keeping up with that because I do NOT want to ever gain weight again. I have put a lot of time and money into a new wardrobe and I simply won't allow myself to get back to the weight I was at before joining Spark People.
I really hated that feeling I had Friday night because it brought back those bad memories of hoping that the items you needed to wear in your closet for a special occasion would fit correctly, only to find that they don't and you have no time to find something else.
I know after mother nature makes her presence known and is gone for the month, all will be fine, but it sure jolts you and makes you even more aware of what could be a "true" weight gain if you allowed it to.
I've been very good and have avoided all cookies (even though we still have plenty of them hanging around from the homeschool holiday party we had Friday) and fattening temptations I've been subjected to lately, so it was more of an irritated panic I had Friday night, knowing I had no reason for weight gain.
I avoid the scales around this time too, because although I know intellectually that it is water weight gain and not "fat" gain, it still can mess with your emotions if you're feeling yucky at the time anyway.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I had another busy day meeting with a friend of mine who is letting my daughter borrow some of her stamps (for crafting) and I also took my daughter to Mighty Dollar and let her pick out some more craft items.
I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping for her and only have my son left, but I am not freaking out anymore and can relax somewhat since his big gift arrived this week in the mail.
I had to catch up on 3 days worth of laundry before shopping so that took quite a while. I still have coupons to cut out and the paper to read and all the other thousands of things that need to be done especially since my husband was called out to work tonight.
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