i feel like i’m always playing “catch up” these days. but today, i will make progress. i finally wrote to general mills about my hatred for 4 of the last 5 boxes of Kix that i have purchased. you should know that kix is probably my all time, most favorite “healthy” cereal. or was. it WAS my favorite. sigh. i hate when things get changed.
today i’m also doing laundry. a lot of laundry. it’s a horrible, never ending cycle. hey honey…. remember how we said our electric bill is too high? i think it’s all the laundry i do. i kid you not. ugh.
i recently finished a HUGE photo project… it turns out that i hadn’t printed photos since august 2nd of last year. so i had to wade through over 4000 photos. i narrowed it down to about 400 photos. then i spent WEEKS (no exaggeration) in photoshop cropping photos to 4×3 and putting two of them onto one 4×6 photo blank. but i saved about $30 in printing fees AND even though i have the same number of photos, since they’re smaller, i can fit more onto a scrapbook page.
a week ago, i looked at some new houses. dave and i decided about two months ago that we were ready to upgrade. just a little more room. a bigger kitchen. a back yard. that kind of thing. and i found it. i found THE house. brand new construction. just down the street from where we are now, in fact. i was salivating over it. i took dave to see it. the kids ran around like crazy people (they loved the space). dave loved it.
it’s 2400+ square feet of new construction perfection. hard wood floors, formica countertops, an office, a laundry room, an oversized garage WITH massive storage space “upstairs,” 4 bedrooms and a much larger living space. the house was within the price range dave had provided to me for our upgrade, so i thought we’d be putting our house on the market pretty quickly. but, as it turns out, the house is outside our budget. we’d need an extra $400 a month to pay the mortgage. i thought, “surely i can cut back on unnecessary spending so we can get this house.” that started our budgeting process. and folks, it is with a very, VERY heavy heart that i tell you we cannot afford the house. not even close. if we didn’t want to put so much money into retirement accounts we could buy it. if we didn’t tithe or support missionaries we could do it. if the kids and i had our health insurance was covered, we could do it. so after i shed tears (a few too many for a house that was never ours to begin with), i’m beginning the search again. there’s always the possibility of buying a lot and having the builder build us a cheaper version of that same floor plan. but that seems nearly impossible right now. so we’ll stay put. i’ll keep my eyes open. and i’ll pray for God to change my heart.
and to top it off? i can’t even go shopping to cure my woes!! :) i (we) have been overspending lately and it’s time to get it in control. so we’re on a mission. so if you see me in the stores obsessing over coupons and comparing store brand vs. name brand products, you’ll know why. and if you come to my house and see a bare wall because i removed some photos and put up one project and intended to hang some shelves but now i can’t afford to buy the shelves… you’ll know why.
on that note, our June garage sale can’t come fast enough. i’m ready to clear out unnecessary items from our home (clothes, toys, shoes, etc.) and make some spending cash. and this week i’ll be putting our Jeep up for sale on craigslist. (this makes me REALLY sad). but we don’t need a third vehicle, especially one that we haven’t driven in over 2 years. no exaggeration.
and an update on the boy’s potty issues: in an attempt to prove to him that he really needs to use the potty and not his pull ups or underwear, he now has to EARN his TV time. if he wants to watch a tv show or a movie, he has to go poo on the potty. and that earns him one show (movie, TV or otherwise). additionally, i’m almost mentally prepared to do nighttime and naptime potty training with him. meaning no more pull ups. it’s my lame attempt to save a little bit more money, ya know?!
more updates (with photos) coming soon. i PROMISE!