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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Grateful for the Boring

Grateful for the Boring

It’s been tough to find things to blog about lately. The kids are always easy to blog about because I think they get more awesome-er every day. But my own life and marriage are a little boring at the current moment. Getting up, going to work, coming home, dinnertime, bath time, bedtime does not an interesting blog make. I like to have things going on. I like to be busy and have a full calendar. I work better that way. Going, going, going. It keeps life interesting, doesn’t it? It…

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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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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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Fine Living According to My Husband

Fine Living According to My Husband

This is my husband, Chris.  I may have mentioned him once or twice before. My husband Chris appreciates the finer things in life.  He has good taste.  High end taste.  Champagne taste.  He likes top of the line things.  His thought is that we should buy the most expensive, nicest version of whatever we want to buy.  And if we can’t afford that version, then we should go without. Exhibit A: Chris has an iPhone.  Because it was the best, of course.  He has had said iPhone for several years. …

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A Lesson in Marriage That I Will, Apparently, Never Learn

A Lesson in Marriage That I Will, Apparently, Never Learn

With our move to Florida coming sooner than we had expected, it has left us for several months without an income.  Thankfully, Chris starts work next week, but for the past three months we have been floating.  And it has been terrifying. We have gone through all our savings and if Chris didn’t start working this month, we would be in some serious trouble next month. In our family, I do the banking and the bill paying.  Of course, I give Chris the run down each week or two on…

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Southern Weddings: Managing Your Marriage and Your Money

Southern Weddings:  Managing Your Marriage and Your Money

Hey guys!  Come visit me today over at my favorite wedding magazine, Southern Weddings. This month I answered a reader’s question about managing money when you first get married.  Its complicated.  Its tricky.  But, hey!  Its only money, right? And while you’re there, be sure to check out the delicious wedding details the lovely ladies of publishing are highlighting this week.  My personal favorite?  The gospel choir at the South Carolina wedding.  Made me say, “AMEN!” in my living room. Also, if you’ve got a question about marriage or weddings…

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Survey Says

Survey Says

A couple months ago, I did a post full of random survey questions.  People seemed to really like to know what other families were doing out there behind closed doors, so I thought I’d try Round Two. Like before, please vote before viewing the results (honor system, people!) and if something doesn’t apply to you or you don’t want to answer something, just skip the question and move on to the next.  Remember that your answers are completely anonymous.  Even I can’t see who votes for what or what people’s…

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The Things It Takes to Sell a House Today

The Things It Takes to Sell a House Today

Chris was offered the job in Orlando in December and, as exciting as it was, the first thought that came into our heads was, “The house.” In case you aren’t aware, the housing market right now?  Well, it ain’t exactly jumpin’.  In fact, its barley breathin’.  Especially in areas like Connecticut where home inflation was really soaring before the recession.  Which, coincidentally, is exactly at the peak of when Chris and I bought our home.  We over paid.  But all the cool kids were doing it at the time and…

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