Was anyone else utterly shocked when they looked outside this morning and discovered snow? I think I audibly gasped – it was totally not on my radar! It’s beautiful, though, and thank you God for the moisture.
Last night the kids were playing The Quiet Game, and of course things kept happening that “didn’t count”. After about ten minutes of discussing what did and didn’t count, they decided not to play after all. I wish I had recorded it, if even for the audio!
I try to regularly video day-to-day life around here, so that someday we can look back and remember what life with five little ones was really like. I record things like the kids making up songs as they unload the dishwasher, the spinning contests that the girls have (now prohibited because one of them made themselves sick), wrestling with Jeremy, the general chaos of life with five kids – the things that aren’t an official “event” but are some of the best things about being in a family.
Combination of funny/creepy: when someone tells you they keep up with you on Facebook and you know for a fact that you are not friends with them or anyone in their family. Now that I’m personally over keeping tabs on people that I probably will never see again on Facebook, it creeps me out that other people still use it to keep tabs on me!
Oh, so I did really well on spending only cash this month, until I was at King Soopers on Sunday and went $3.00 over the amount of cash I had on me. I fished my debit card out of the side pocket of my purse to make up the difference, not even thinking until later that I could have just had them take something off. I did have $100 of my monthly cash left at home so I only sort of cheated, right?
It was motivating to me to know that I had plenty of cash for groceries and that whatever I didn’t spend would be put in savings or used to help payoff the van. I think I did better than when I took out $600 for groceries and forced myself to stay within that. With $1,000, I’m not stressed about every penny I spend on groceries but I do carefully evaluate everything else I buy because I know that whatever I don’t spend on “other stuff” gets put towards a big goal. I’m hopeful that I can have more than $100 left over next month since I won’t be paying for a Sam’s Club membership, or wedding stuff, or a homeschool co-op membership; but then my girls need new socks and there’s another birthday and Valentine’s Day and who knows what!
I know that you are “supposed” to budget for every specific category but I find that very cumbersome and de-motivating. We are such a budgeting mess that Dave Ramsey would probably cry. :)