It’s A Beautiful Day (In the Neighborhood)

What a gorgeous day!  It’s 72 and sunny with a light breeze and not a cloud in the sky.  I’m sitting on the deck with the laptop watching Robert play in the yard.  It’s so nice.  I could get used to this life.  I had  to remind myself, this day wouldn’t have happened if you were working right now… gotta look at the bright side of things sometimes.

His face is dirty, he has mud all over one leg and his sandals.  I brought his Little Tykes car out to the patio today and he’s loving it.  I also brought out his Tonka truck and he loaded the sidewalk chalk into the back of it to “drive” it over to the car and unload it into the trunk of the car.  I love watching his mind work and seeing him discover new things.  And I love that he is fine that I’m not “right down there” with him but he can see me and is happy knowing I am watching.

I did my March round up but haven’t shared it yet so here it is.

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
— Brava Valentina, Adriana Tragini
— House Rules, Jodi Picoult
— The Help, Kathryn Stockett

What movies, television shows, plays, etc. did I watch this month?
— A lot of college basketball
— Amazing Race
— Undercover Boss
— Real Housewives of New York City

What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
— Went to the House of Hope Gala with Mom, Aunt Barb & Uncle Ward
— Took Robert to Wonderscope
— Went to the Leawood Eggstravaganza
— Went shopping and out to dinner at T-Rex with the Peteresen’s
— Went to Granny’s house twice and got to play in the mud puddles in the back yard
— Fairy Tale Village at Crown Center with lunch at Fritz’s

What gifts did I give and/or receive?
— None

What special or unusual purchases did I make?
— Sewing machine
— Got Robert some great new clothes

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
— We were all blessed with wonderful health again this month

What were my accomplishments this month?
— Jim and I made a tool belt for Robert

What were my disappointments this month?

Anything else noteworthy to include?
— Caught up with some more old friends on Facebook

I had a phone interview today.  I think it went well but then I’ve thought several things went well and apparently they aren’t panning out.  Trying to be calm, carry on and wait for the universe to direct me.  The good news is Jim is billing out a lot in training commissions this week so they should start hitting first of May.  It does mean that he will be out of town but the extra money is nice.  Would be even nicer if I was working so that it could really feel like “extra” money.

Speaking of extra money, thanks to Facebook I’ve connected with a lot of coupon sites and am currently drafting a plan of action for us to spend less on food.  We really don’t spend a lot right now but saving money is saving money.  Food at our house is pretty haphazard.  I keep thinking if we planned weekly meals and had a shopping list instead of Jim just wandering the aisles we could cut down on the grocery bill some.  Of course, this might mean that I have to start doing some of the shopping and cooking (ugh!)  Our number one priority when I get back to work will be to eliminate all debt and build our savings back up.  I really think we could do that in less than 2 years without feeling it a whole lot.. quicker if we “felt” it some.  Wouldn’t it be cool if after that what we saved in groceries could fund some cool trips?  Even if it just meant what we saved in groceries paid for the plane tickets that could open up a whole new world of vacation possibilities.  Especially if we were really good at keeping track of what we “saved” and commit to actually setting that aside in a vacation savings account.

I know one of the things that I want to do as a parent is to teach Robert good spending habits.  I did not grow up really knowing what things cost or having to pay for a lot of things myself.  My parents just provided and whereas I’m really not complaining that I was 23 before I ever paid car insurance or any car maintenance for that matter, I think it would have been more realistic for me to know what it actually cost.  My Dad’s attitude was if I was in school and making good grades he would provide that (which was awesome).  My brother and I did always have money from birthdays or allowance that we could spend on what we wanted so I’ve always known how much things I want cost, just wasn’t always realistic about the things I needed.

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