Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kinda Wordless Wednesday: Double Digits

Just 10 years ago, you were born at 12:30 in the morning. It seems like these 10 years have gone by so fast, it's hard to believe you are such a beautiful young lady.

I love you so much and every day with you is such a blessing. You are my sunshine!

Happy 10th Birthday Baby Girl!

P.S. mom's shameless cupcake plug

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

5 Favorite Family Time Ideas

These are my favorite family time ideas:

  1. Wii ~ Love playing games like Lego Starwars and Toy Story 3.
  2. Puzzles and Boardgames ~ We love to get around the table to do puzzles and games together.
  3. Camping ~ We like to get outdoors where we can disconnect from technology. Fishing and swimming in the lake are a lot of fun with the kids.
  4. Swimming ~ It's hot in AZ and we love to cool off.
  5. Movies ~ Lounging around and watching a movie with some popcorn is a great way to unwind on the weekend.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Shock, Security, Pity Party and the Mental Vacation

Over the last 3 days, I have taken a mental vacation. Originally we were supposed to head out of town but lets back up to Friday. Friday started like any other school day with rushing around, Brian had texted me and asked if I wanted to meet up for coffee. I assumed we were talking weekend plans or something else surface level.

When he called, that is where the shock and lack of security started. He said his boss had called him and he had 30 days to transition out of his job. What?! I just sat there, before I knew it I was crying and was pretty much speachless. I was shocked, no warnings, no lead in just.....that's it. I was laid off due to a medical issue less than a year ago and we truly rely on Brian's income.

I don't want to get in the details, we're talking with a lawyer and there really is so much anger towards the company I am not ready to let it all out. But where we went wrong is relying on Brians job as security for our financial being. He'd been with the company 13 years, a manager for at least 7. We counted on him always having this position. In the past year we had been working on being debt free, using our savings to pay off debts. We've been working really hard at getting a brand new house. In the last 3 months we've invested the remainder of our savings in house and car repairs. We thought, we could build our savings up again since we've done this well to now.

It was like being hit by a truck, a wake up call saying there is no such thing as security when you rely on others. It really is up to us to create our own security. We had relied on a steady income for so long, we never even thought that we were using the sense of security with the job. I didn't know what to do, we decided we needed a couple days away. We packed up the car Saturday and were ready to head on out. Then, the car does not start. Seriously?! We spent more money on a car battery, we took it as a sign and stayed home. After my short self loathing and pity party I shut off the computer for the weekend.

Instead we enjoyed a weekend in, being lazy on the couch and taking the time to clean up the house. I worked on packing up my bags for Be a Good-Girl campaign to donate used goods to others. In the end, we are truly blessed. Our house mortgage is extremely lower than others here in the valley. Our kids are happy and healthy. There isn't anything we are "needing" right now and we know Brian can get a job very soon. I know that there is so much we are blessed with it's hard for me to not recognize that. I am glad I took the mental vacation even briefly. I plan on using the rest of the week to be proactive in so many things.

Have you lost a job? How did you deal with it?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

5 Important Lessons Every Kid Should Learn

As my kids get older, I wonder why they haven't learned some important lessons by now. Such as:
  1. Do not put your toys in the toilet. The toilet is not a pool for your boat or your spider-man action hero. Nor will they make it to the ocean in an attempt to flush them there. Please keep bathtub toys to bath tub time.
  2. Do not hit your brother or sister. Hitting your sibling, then saying you did so because there was a bug on them does not fly with mom. Nor does saying it was because you saw a VW or giving them a "hurts donit". Love eachother because in the end, family is all you have.
  3. Do not attempt to bathe the cat with the water hose. The cat may retaliate in ways you do not want to see. What the cat would love is some gentle pets and an occasional treat. Treat others how you want to be treated.
  4. Pick up your toys after every use. Because if mom stubs her toe on one or trips because of one, it will not turn out well for anyone in the house. It also prevents them from getting taken away or taking a trip to the dumpster. A clean home is a happy home.
  5. Have Fun! Being a kid may seem hard, but have fun and love it all you can while you are still young!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Kids are Back in School: The Sound of Silence

I'm back from Blogher and also happening this week past week, my kids started school again!

I love them dearly and we had such a fun summer, but I was so busy I got off track with my regularly scheduled programming.

Now the the kids are in school, I will:
  • Commit to my workout routine. 3 times a week in the gym and/or running.
  • Plan and cook more home made meals.
  • Connect with my mom friends on a regular basis.
  • Increase my blog posts on both blogs, including doing my own challenge of 31 Days to a Better Blog since I fell off the map with that one.
  • Enjoy my one day off each week, I will take time each week to do something just for me.
  • Work on my wedding plans! Look for my upcoming series on Wedding on a budget that will run on both blogs! P.S I will be looking for guest bloggers and ideas.
What do you plan on doing when the kids go back to school?