Irresponsible, Immature Pirates

Irresponsible, Immature Pirates

On Saturday night, Chris and I were in our living room together, looking at our finances.  The kids were asleep after a long day and fun movie night, and the two of us were going over our money and plans for our trip to Italy this summer for our tenth wedding anniversary. Have I told you we are going to Italy?  We are!  I am so excited!  We have been planning and saving for almost two years now.  We even opened a special savings account at a different bank from…

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Marriage, Money, and Mario

Marriage, Money, and Mario

On Friday night, we had a movie night with our kids, which has become our weekly tradition.  We had a lot of fun with them, but both Chris and I were ready when they went down for the night.  We each had long work weeks full of stress and all the unpleasantness that makes work life annoying and frustrating, and we were looking forward to unwinding this week. Which was why it was his most brilliant moment as my husband when Chris dug out his old Nintendo from the guest…

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Investing in Our Children

Investing in Our Children

I grew up with a banker for a mom, so I have been taught about finance and investing since I was a wee one. Does that mean I manage money well all the time? Not necessarily. I don’t really think I manage it any better than the next working mother with a family to raise. But having those foundations has taught me how to prioritize my money, and as our family grows up and faces different financial hurdles, knowing that basic principle of where my money should go first has…

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Clutter Begone: Couponing

Clutter Begone:  Couponing

I started couponing this summer when our income was reduced while I wasn’t teaching. I never intended to become one of those extreme couponers. I don’t have the time, patience, or… patience. But I did want and need to do something to help us save what we could. The first thing I did was register for a Target RedCard. Since I do all my grocery shopping and about 95% of any other shopping at Target, it just made sense to get their rewards card. There are two kinds of cards…

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Thank Full

Thank Full

I am thankful for the home that we live in and for the lives that we will build here. I am thankful for a job that makes me smile every day and for the middle schoolers who allow me to be part of their world for a little while. I am thankful for a church that teaches about the power of prayer, the importance of family, and the strength of faith. I am thankful for friendships that make me a better person. I am thankful for the readers who come…

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Feeding the Calvary

Feeding the Calvary

Having two kiddies in daycare is, among other things, not cheap. In fact, I write a $375 check every single week. Feel sorry for me. Feel very, very sorry for me. I know my checking account does. But just like we did with Bean, we’re somehow finding a way to make it work. It’s not easy and we have to go without a lot of things (goodbye wonderful hair stylist I just found who I can’t afford to ever see again…), but we’re doing it. Our bills are paid, we’re…

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Who’s Paying for This Kid?

Who’s Paying for This Kid?

First, I’m going to apologize to those of you who tune in to my blog for things other than childbearing and child-rearing because those seem to be the hot topics here lately. But I can’t help it. Not only do I have baby on the brain, not only is it impacting my marriage, not only does it consume all my thoughts right now, but it seems like everyone I know is either pregnant or, more commonly, thinking about starting a family. Chris and I were married at the age of…

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Climbing Out of the Hole

Climbing Out of the Hole

This post is a long-time coming and is a direct order from Chris, who, in addition to all the other titles he holds in my life, now holds the title of, “Therapist.” This past weekend I went to visit my grandmother and my parents for the day while Chris was working.  Bean and I had a great afternoon with my Grandma and mom and after we said goodbye to my Grandma, we headed over to my Mom’s house to pick up a few things and then Bean and I were…

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Half Full

Half Full

Since we moved to Florida in March, my body has been waking me up at 4:00am on the dot every single morning for one reason. To worry. Moving is stressful.  And apparently there just weren’t enough hours in the day for me to worry and so I would wake up early every day and just lay there.  Worrying.  I was worrying about not having a job.  Then when I finally got a job, I started worrying about LOSING my job because I was pregnant.  When I realized that wasn’t going…

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Guilt to the Second Power

Guilt to the Second Power

I think one of the most universal feelings mothers have is guilt.  Most of us feel guilty as parents at some point.  I feel guilty for the shortcuts I take when I’m too tired to be 100% on the job with Bean.  I feel guilty that he’s in daycare.  I feel guilty that I can’t afford to buy him new toys all the time.  I feel guilty that sometimes I just need a little break.  There’s always something to feel guilty for as a mother.  It’s just part of the…

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