Much to Charlotte's disappointment, it's only Thursday. Thursday is redeemed because it is the day she goes to Little Gym, but it still falls waayyyy short of the excitement of Friday, the day before Daddy stays home and of course Saturday, the day Daddy DOES stay home! Woo-hoo! This weekend she is excited because Saturday will be the day she goes to Uncle Rick & Aunt Shanna's house to spend the night. Everyone except for her is quite excited about the "baby news" that there will be a little baby around here by next Thanksgiving, so I think this will be good for her to spend some time with them and start to understand that just because they will have a baby doesn't mean they will love *her* any less. (She is really quite puzzled about all this... "Why do they want to have a baby?")
I'm just now drinking my coffee at 4 p.m. I will probably regret this, but I didn't get a chance to drink it this morning because I had to go to the store and buy some. We are nearing the end of our first week on our frugal "paying for 2 houses out of 1 paycheck" budget of $180/week. I spend $33.20 this morning at the grocery store, and unless dh has spent something today, that leaves exactly $46 in the budget. Dh assures me we can in good conscience spend the full amount if needed, but I can't help but think it's good to try to underspend somewhat because we do have so many bills that will be coming down the line.
This is not a fun situation to be in, waiting on a house to sell in a very slow market, but I really am trying to look at the positive here. I am not a frugal person by nature, because I'm not that organized to keep track of my spending and I don't like having to worry about money. Well, who does? For some reason in the past when I have tried to very closely track our spending (other than things I have regularly done like checking account balances before grocery shopping, etc) it has stirred up very negative feelings and a sense of *insecurity* which stems back to stuff that happened in my childhood. That's another post, really. But at this point in our lives, we really must account for every dollar that we spend, because they all have somewhere they need to go and we can't afford to just "lose" our money through careless spending.
So, I'm having to "step up" things that I have done in the past, do them better, be more committed. For years, I've made menu plans and tried to shop the grocery sales. We haven't gotten a good handle on how to best bargain-shop for groceries around here, so dh is helping me build a price list. I really love shopping at Harris Teeter, but I'm not willing to pay *that* much extra for the privelege if a price list shows us we'd be getting better deals elsewhere!
I'm also trying to get back in the habit of making my own bread again... after I post this I'm off to try a new wheat bread recipe. The other day I tried to make soft pretzels... unfortunately Gwen wanted to nurse and ended up taking an early nap and the dough got forgotten in the machine. I finally got around to taking it out several hours later, and couldn't figure out how much dough to allot to each pretzel. I think I really over-estimated. Then I wasn't that great at shaping them. Finally got them in the oven, and watched as they expanded even more. The good news is that they were tasty, though not very pretzel-like... when dh came home, I said, "Would you like one of the pretzels I made?" He looked at the pan for a minute, puzzled, then burst out laughing, "You made pretzel MUFFINS!" He thought my mistake was quite hilarious. At least he ate one though!
The other "big" thing we are trying to do around here is stay light-hearted and have fun... because we do really have much to be thankful for, two beautiful girls. So now I end with, "Got Giggles?" Someone around here usually does!