Ups and Downs

I guess it is time for me to come out of hiding.  After the week I have had, though, it was nice to snuggle with the family and try to ignore everything going on around me.

There are bad weeks, and then there are weeks that you don’t even have adjectives for.  That would be what this past week was for me.

It all started out a week ago… on Valentine’s Day.  Miss C and I went grocery shopping.  While we were out, I picked up a box of two pregnancy tests.  My period was a week late, so I just wanted to check.  Both tests were positive, which were a bit of a surprise, but a very welcome surprise!  Hubs and I have been “not preventing” pregnancy since our last miscarriage last March, so I was very excited about this news!

I put the positive pregnancy tests in a ziploc bag and wrapped them up as a Valentine’s gift for Hubs.  I thought it would be a cute way to tell him.

He opened the gift when he got home, and all was happy and lovely.

Sunday morning we went to my parents’ house.  My nephew was over there, and we wanted Miss C to have some cousin time.  My sister, brother-in-law, and other nephew came over for lunch.  While we were there, we told them our news (everyone except the young nephews).  I planned to call my brother later in the day, as I knew he would be at church and I wanted to talk to him and not leave a message.  Hubs called his parents and texted his siblings to tell them the news as well.  It was all happy and rainbows for everyone at that time.

We left my parents’ house around 12:30 to get home and get the little missy down for a nap.  I went to the bathroom, and the spotting had already started.  Less than 24 hours after finding out I was pregnant, the bleeding was starting.  Of course I burst into tears and snuggled up with Hubs.  In my heart I knew what was going on, but part of me wanted to believe that I wasn’t miscarrying again (my 3rd time for those keeping track).

I decided I would call my doctor’s office in the morning (as I knew there was nothing that could be done for me at this point on a Sunday), and hopefully they would get me in to see what was going on.

This wasn’t the only part of my weekend that sucked… because at 3:00 in the morning Sunday night/Monday morning, Miss C woke up and threw up all over her crib.  This was our first experience with her throwing up.  She didn’t act like she didn’t feel well, but we knew something was going on.  We gave her a bath, threw her bedding and a menagerie of puke-soaked stuffed animals in the wash.  Then we all proceeded to stay up with the munchkin.  At this point I decided I would not be going to work, even though it was just a day of meetings.

We were up until 7:00 AM, when she finally decided she was tired and wanted to go back to bed.  We were all very excited by this, and the three of us promptly all fell asleep for a nap.

At 9:00 I woke up and went to the bathroom again.  The bleeding was heavier and at that point that I needed a pad.  It was also becoming bright red.  The reality of the situation was still not wanting to sink into my brain.  I called my doctor and left a message for a nurse to call us back.  She finally called us back at 10:00.  They would get me in for an ultrasound and go from there.

My wonderful mother came to our house to watch a sick Miss C while we went to the doctor.  I still showed positive on the pregnancy test, but the ultrasound showed nothing.  There was no sac, no fetal pole, nothing but an empty uterus.  The doctor I saw was not my usual midwife, but I loved her!  She explained that this was probably a chemical pregnancy.  (A chemical pregnancy is one in which the egg is fertilized but one of two things happen: it doesn’t implant, or it implants and just doesn’t grow.  The only proof of pregnancy is the chemical, hcg, that is released from the fertilized egg and causes a positive sign to show up on a pregnancy test.)  She was very optimistic and encouraging, though.  We went ahead and drew some blood to check my levels (progesterone, hcg, etc.).

Two days later I had to go back and have more blood drawn to see if my levels were going up or down.  Unfortunately they were going down.  This meant that for sure there was no pregnancy and no baby.  The bleeding continued for a few more days, and it is finally tapering off.  I go back to the doctor this coming Thursday for another blood draw.  This will check to make sure there is no hormone in my blood at all.  They want to do this because we would like to move forward with testing to see if we can figure out why I have had so many miscarriages.  If everything is clear next week, then we wait another 6 weeks, and I will have a full workup done.  Hopefully we will find some answers.

While all of this was happening, Miss C was still recovering from her stomach virus.  She is still not 100% yet, but today has been much better than the past few days.  Another fun piece of the story is that my mom got the stomach virus on Wednesday.  She was ok in the morning when she came to pick up Miss C, but by the end of the day, my dad had to bring the munchkin to me because my mom felt so bad.  Hubs ended up taking the day off work on Thursday so my mom could recover.  Luckily Mom is back to normal and was able to watch Miss C yesterday.

In the end, I know I have no real control over what happens in my life.  It is all up to God.  He has plans that I do not understand and may never understand.  What I do know is that I am beyond thankful to have the little family that I have now.  Yes, I want to expand our family.  Yes, I feel sad and somewhat bitter whenever I see yet another pregnancy announcement.  Yes, I feel anger when someone complains about a pregnancy symptom.  I would give anything to have another pregnancy.  But I am also over the moon grateful for the one beautiful little munchkin I already have.  I know many women out there who would give absolutely anything to be in my shoes.  I never want to take it for granted.

5 Frugal Things

At least once a week, Katy from The Non-Consumer Advocate makes a list of 5 frugal things that she did.  I liked that idea, so I thought I would give it a try.

1.  I brought leftovers for lunch 4 out of 5 days this week.  One of the days school served taco salad which I really enjoy.  I still had some money in my lunch account, so I had that on Thursday. The other 4 days, though, I brought leftovers!

2.  I spent nothing today at Kohl’s and got a candle holder and hoodie for Miss C.  Since we bought our TV from Kohl’s, I had $30 YestoYou rewards.  The candle holder was originally $49.99, but was on sale for half off.  Here is what it looks like.  It is currently on top of our cabinets in the kitchen.

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The hoodie was originally $16.00, but was on clearance for $3.20.  I guess when you use the rewards you don’t have to pay sales tax for whatever reason.  The total ended up being $28.19.  I still have $1.81 left, but don’t think I need anything at this point.

3.  I actually went to Target and (almost) only bought things on my list.  While I was there, I scanned each item to see if there were any discounts on the Cartwheel app for any of them.  And there was!  There was a 5% discount on some snack mix that Hubs and Miss C really like.  It saved me $0.25.  The hangers that I bought were also on sale and saved me $0.99.  The only thing I bought that wasn’t on my list was a group of Frozen bracelets for Miss C for Valentine’s Day.  They were $1.00 at the Dollar Spot.  I made sure to pay with our cash from our envelopes, so we were good to go!

4.  We had a very frugal lunch today!  We tend to eat the same things over and over for lunch (mac and cheese, grilled cheese, quesadillas, frozen pizza).  Today I thawed out and warmed up some rotisserie chicken that had been in the freezer for a little while.  I also had some potatoes in the pantry that needed used.  We had some mashed potatoes and gravy.  The only “new” item was a bag of corn that I bought at the store yesterday.  Everything else were things we already had on hand!

5.  Instead of buying Miss C new toys to play with outside on these few gorgeous days.  I have been bringing up some old play trucks that belonged to Hubs.  She loves playing with cars and trucks, and she was so excited to have “new” ones!

What frugal things have you done this week?

February

Oh how I love the beginning of a new month!  I just wish I could figure out how to harness this desire of wanting to make it the best month ever and hold onto that desire all month long.  I always start out so strong and then slowly taper off.  This month, though, I am starting off a little sick. :(  Boo!  I woke up with a sore throat, congestion, and just feeling overall yucky I have gone through many tissues today, and it’s a good thing that I just stocked up on them on Friday.  Between Hubs and me, we seem to be going through them so quickly!

I am so lucky that Hubs did let me get a quick nap (or two) today.  It was exactly what I needed to get some energy and feel better!  I also took some Mucinex-D and have been chugging water.  I know those have helped big time too!

I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it is just gross out.  Yesterday it rained all day long.  Today it has turned into snow, but it is just a coating of snow… no real accumulation.  All I know is that I will NOT be a happy camper if we don’t get a snow day this year!  The 10 day forecast doesn’t show any good chance of accumulating snow.

It has been a pretty low key day today.  Hubs did do some dishes this morning, but besides that, there has not been much else happening.

We are all still in our jammies, just vegging out for the day.  We are currently watching the Puppy Bowl and will start watching the Super Bowl soon.  It has been lovely to just relax and enjoy the day with the family.  Unfortunately I know I will have to do some lesson planning this evening, as I have nothing ready to go for next week.

I was really hoping to get a strong start on my February goals today, but I just haven’t been feeling up to doing much of anything.  I did get one goal completed yesterday (I know I got it done before February actually started, but the timing worked out perfectly).  I broke down and cut apart all the large cardboard boxes we had just hanging out in the guest room.  This included a treadmill box, microwave box, and large tv box.  My parents had taken Miss C to watch her cousin play basketball, so I was able to load up my car and take all the boxes to recycling.   It is so nice to walk by the guest room and not have it overtaken by boxes.

I did also get spreadsheets up and ready to go for our budget.  They took me quite a while to make considering I was starting from scratch, but once I did some research and found a few that had parts I liked, I was able to create them based on what I think will work for us.  I have the budget page with my projected budget and the actual budget, and I also have a tracking page for each month.  I went ahead and made copies for each month of the year.  Now I am excited to use them and see how they work for us.  Actually putting in all the data is always the hardest for me.

Well, I guess I should get ready to watch some football!  The pregame is on, the chili is in the crock pot, and the family is ready to have some fun!

How are you spending your Super Bowl Sunday?

February Goals

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Even though January seemed as though it would last forever, it did finally end!  I am beyond excited about a new month.  January was definitely a tough one… not just at home with my goals, but I had many struggles at work as well.  My stress level was beyond belief for the majority of the month, and I was unable to focus on my goals and achieving them.

Last month I did make some goals that I knew I would meet, just so I didn’t feel as though I was failing with them all.  It helped to know that I would have something positive to post on here, so I think I will do that this month as well.

Financial

 Save $855 in Capitalone 360 accounts
Save an additional $130 for consignment sale (it will be spent before the end of the month)
Put $100 into emergency savings
Track spending
Create or edit a Google Docs spreadsheet for our budget/tracking expenses

Marriage

One date night (we have a gift card to help with dinner expenses, but if we want to do anything else, we will have to figure out where the money will come from)

Health

Run 50 miles this month
Drink 5 cups of water a day and track it
Continue with no pop
Finish 30 Days of Yoga series on Youtube (I am on Day 8)
Do strength training exercises 3 times a week
Cut back on sugar intake
Sign up for a 5k with my best friend
No coffee drinks from the coffee shop on the way to work

Recreation

Read 1 book this month
Blog at least 3 times a week
Get together with friends

Home

Take boxes to Salvation Army
Get rid of all the cardboard boxes that are taking over our lives
Clean the basement
Scrub out the fridge

That is all I can think of.  I think most of these goals are actually attainable.  I think there are a few that will be difficult to stick with, but overall I think February will be a successful month.  I am going to stay positive and hopeful that I can stay on track this month!

What are your goals for February?

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January Resolution Check-In

Ready for an ugly post?  Yeah, me neither.  Well, my resolutions have been neglected and ignored, so this will not be pretty.  I guess there is no reason to put it off any longer (considering February is almost here), so here we go!

Finances
$435 into miscellaneous savings accounts- I honestly don’t know why I picked this number.  I automatically put $450 into one account for a car down payment, so we easily went over this number.  Aside from the car down payment, we put $480 into other savings accounts.  Total we put in $930 into our CapitalOne 360 Savings accounts.  Although these are earmarked for something, if we did have an emergency and didn’t have enough in our regular emergency fund, I wouldn’t hesitate to use the money in these accounts.
$300 into emergency fund- We put $100 into our emergency fund.  As you know, our emergency fund was drained around Christmas.  It was not a real emergency, but when our TV broke, Hubs felt it was a true emergency.  Anyways, it is going to be slow going to build it back up.  Again, if we have a true emergency, I know we have almost $2,000 in our Capitalone 360 accounts that we do have access to.
10 No spend days- I have no idea.
Track spending- Nope.  Failed miserably!
Use cash only- Nope.  Failed again!
Snowball and pay off 2 student loans- This is a goal to get done at some point this year.  We did snowball and made the payments necessary to get them paid off this year, so I think this is going well.

Marriage
One Date night this month- Nope.  I guess we will try again in February.

Health
Run at least 35 miles each month- Blew this one out of the water!  I am currently at 45.19 miles for the month, and I do plan on running tomorrow as well.  Woo-hoo!
Start muscle strengthening workouts- I did a few at the beginning of the month, but I really need to figure out a schedule.  I do better with a schedule.
Yoga at least 3 times a week- Again, I started off doing a really good job at the beginning of the month, but it tapered off the past week or so.
Each more veggies (at least 1 at lunch and 1 at dinner)- I think I have been doing ok with this.  I am definitely bringing more veggies to work for lunch, but I don’t think I have done one every lunch.  I am also working on eating more veggies at dinner, but this is pretty much torture for me.
No more pop!- Done and done!  I think I only really wanted a pop once this month, but I resisted and haven’t had one all month!
Drink at least 5 cups of water a day- I know I didn’t succeed at this, but again, I am more aware of my water drinking.  I need to just make this one a priority.

Recreation (Things I like to do)
Blog 5 times a week- I think you all know that I have not done well at this at all!
Read at least 1 book a month- Done!  I finished The Late Lamented Molly Marx and already have my next book sitting on my nightstand ready to go for February.

Home
Start a cleaning routine- Nope.  I am just happy I got one of our bathrooms cleaned and Miss C’s room vacuumed.
Paint last set of cabinets- Nope.  I don’t know when I had planned to have time to accomplish this one.
Vacuum at least once a week- Nope.  The vacuum has been sitting in our bedroom, but hasn’t been plugged in or turned on.
Complete one large home cleaning task a month- I did reorganize the pantry earlier this month, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to do it again.  I stocked up on some items because of some good sales, so we need to get everything back in order.

So there ya have it.  I don’t think I completely failed, but there are definitely a few goals that will carry over to February.  I hope to get my goals for next month up on the blog either tomorrow or Sunday.  I don’t know about you, but January has been a long month!  I am very ready for a new month and a clean slate!

How have your resolutions been going?

Monday Run Down

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So this is what my desk looked like when the kids walked out of the room today at 3:05.  A MESS!  Oh, and I have a sub coming in for me tomorrow.

Needless to say, I stayed until 4:00 today, which is the latest I have stayed at school all year.  I typically get to school around 7:00 in the morning (an hour early) and then am out of there at 3:35.  I am so much more of a morning person that it works better for me.

I am happy to say that my desk was cleaned, my sub plans typed (all 5 pages of them), and all work was ready to go by the time I left at 4:00.  I was pretty proud at how nice my desk looked!  I can guarantee that it will not look as nice as it does now until I have another sub in March. :)  The desk is a clutter trap that I have never been able to overcome!

So here is a quick run down of my Monday:

4:00- Alarm went off, snooze was hit
4:10- Alarm went off, I actually “woke up” (aka checked my phone, ate my banana, laced up the running shoes)
4:25- Made it to the treadmill and ran 3.25 miles (I am only 1.36 miles away from my goal of 35 for the month!)
5:00- Showered and started getting ready
5:30- Munchkin woke up (and woke up Hubs)
6:05- Started getting dinner in the crock pot
6:45- Finally left the house
7:10- Made it to school and started working on things for the day
8:00- Kids came in the room whether I was ready or not
10:20- One of my kiddos pukes outside the classroom (on his way to the office to go home)
11:40- Lunch; get to socialize with one of my favorite neighbor teachers
12:05- Long, luxurious, 25 minute lunch is over
12:15- Get to see my para’s beautiful face again! (She had surgery last week, and I missed her dearly!)
1:05- Children go to specials, I hunker down to work on sub stuff for tomorrow
1:15- Superintendent walks in to just shoot the breeze and chat to see how things are going
1:35- Superintendent finally leaves so I can actually get to work again
2:00- Children come back from specials
2:30- Children go to recess.  I stay in to work and help students with math
2:45- Children come back in from recess.  I try to get all end of the day things done in 20 minutes (this is very difficult).
3:05- Children leave.  You have seen what my desk looks like at this point.
4:00- Finally leave school to go home, feeling 90% ok with the sub plans and activities I left.  (I don’t think I ever feel 100% ok with everything.  I always think I have forgotten something or haven’t planned enough)
4:25- Filled up tank for $16.55! (And I had less than a quarter of a tank left!)
4:30- Get home, play outside with the family.
5:00- Come inside to work on dinner.
5:25- Eat dinner
5:45- Help Little missy clean up her toys
6:10- Bath time for the munchkin; Start blog post.
6:35- Finish bath time, don’t finish blog post.
6:40- Mickey Time and finish blog post!

I don’t think I can express to you how happy I am to have tomorrow off.  I am taking the little one to the dermatologist for her yearly check-up for her hemangiomas.  Hubs is going to a funeral for most of the day, so I am on my own with Miss C.  We will also try to meet up with my sister, since we haven’t seen her since the holidays.  And as always, I have a list of things I would like to get done at home tomorrow as well.

Hopefully it will be a productive day tomorrow!

Have you had a busy Monday or has it been pretty relaxed?

Menu Plan Monday

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Here’s to a week of no eating out!  As I said yesterday, last week we were terrible!  Between not feeling well and just feeling overwhelmed and busy, we ate out so much more than normal.  It’s time to reign that in!  This week I am sticking to meals that I know and that do not take a lot of time or effort.

Here is our plan for the week:

Sunday, January 25: “Homemade” pizza (I am using a refrigerated crust)
Monday, January 26: Crock pot Lasagna
Tuesday, January 27: Crock pot Salisbury Steak
Wednesday, January 28: Chicken Stir-fry (no recipe)
Thursday, January 29: Spaghetti (no recipe, jarred sauce)
Friday, January 30: Pasta Toss
Saturday, January 31: Crock pot Chicken Parmesan
Sunday, February 1: Crock pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Guys, I can’t believe that I just typed “February.”  It seems impossible, especially since I haven’t given much thought to my New Year’s Resolutions at all this month.  I know that I will not meet many of them, although a few of them will receive passing grades.

So, there ya have it.  A super-easy, super-effortless menu plan for the week.  Maybe the following week I can try some new recipes or get a little bit more interesting.  Until then, it is easy breezy for me.

What is on your menu for the week?

Sunday Cents

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Guys, I promise I have not completely forgotten about this little blog.  Life is just busy, and it has been much more difficult to get into the new routine than I thought it was going to be.  It also hasn’t helped that I have not been feeling 100%, and we have had an under-the-weather toddler on our hands as well.  Let’s just say that yesterday was a no-nap day for the little missy, which made for a LONG day for me.  And then it didn’t help that Hubs got a late call, so he he was literally gone for 12 hours yesterday.  Yikes!  Needless to say, I was exhausted yesterday!

I am feeling a bit better today, and the munchkin had a good nap.  I think we are all on the up and up.

I do have to say that nothing makes me happier than coming in UNDER budget at the grocery store!  I was also able to stock up on some regular items that we use, as there were some really good sales!  Last week was horrible with eating out and staying under budget (I was not feeling well).  This week’s goal is to not eat out at all, and to have many no-spend days!  Wish us luck!

Now on for the grocery budget breakdown:

Budgeted: $130.00
Actual Spent: $128.24
Under budget: (1.76)

Woo-hoo!  There we SO many great deals today.  I will also add that for some reason today I was able to use e-coupons and paper coupons.  I am usually not able to, and the register will not allow it.  Today there were no problems with using them, and honestly I didn’t even realize I had some of the e-coupons on my loyalty card.

One additional help was a “Mega Sales Event.”  My grocery stores has these quite often.  Right now if you buy 6 participating items, you save $3.  I bought 18 participating items (they were all on my list… I just bought multiples of some) and saved $9.00 that way.

Here are some of the best deals I found:

Barilla Pasta x3
Original Price: $4.47 ($1.49/ea.)
Sale Price: $4.17 ($1.39/ea.)
Mega Sales Event Savings: -$1.50
E-coupon: -$1.00
Paper Coupon: -$0.55
Total Saved: $3.35
Total Spent: $1.12 ($0.37/ea.)

Mission Tortillas x5
Original Price: $13.95 ($2.79/ea.)
Sale Price: $5.00 ($1.00/ea.)
Total Saved: $8.95
Total Spent: $5.00

Digiorno Pizzas x2
Original Price: $12.98 ($6.49/ea.)
Sale Price: $8.98 ($4.49/ea.)
Mega Sales Event: -$1.00
E-coupon: -$2.00
Paper Coupon: -$2.00
Total Saved: $9.00
Total Spent: $3.98 ($1.99/ea.)

Kleenex x3
Original Price: $5.97 ($1.99/ea.)
Sale Price: $4.47 ($1.49/ea.)
Mega Sales Event: -$1.50
E-coupon: -$0.45
Paper Coupon: -$0.50
Total Saved: $3.95
Total Spent: $2.02 ($0.67/ea.)

Overall my savings was $53.14, or 31% of my total purchase.  I tend to save right around 20% each week, so I think this is one of my better weeks.  Just so you know, I did purchase produce, frozen veggies, $8.40 worth of fresh chicken breasts (at $1.99/lb.), two gallons of milk, rice, 3 boxes of cereal, and other ingredients to make complete meals.  I do not like the extreme couponers who end up with miscellaneous items that do not enable them to make full meals, or forces them to eat just frozen or processed meals.  Out of the 60 items I purchased, only 19 were not sale items.  The majority of the non-sale items were produce.

As always, I hope to have a more normal blogging schedule this coming week.  Hopefully everyone starts feeling better, and we can get our routine figured out a bit more.

What were your best deals at the store this week?

Sunday Family Day

I can’t tell you how happy I am that I have another day off tomorrow!  (And I think my to-do list is happy too!)  I have not been very productive today, but I have soaked up some wonderful time with my little family.

We started the day with the little one sleeping in until 8:00?!  I woke up around 7:15 or so, but it was lovely to wake up without the assistance of an alarm or a little munchkin.  I was able to lounge in bed and get some reading done.  Once we finally got up and going, I got some playing time and more reading time in while Hubs went for a run on the treadmill.

Once he finished, we all got gussied up and headed to a brunch with some of Hubs’ co-workers.  It was a very nice time, until close to the end.  Miss C made it almost an hour.  She was great company, did well eating, and was overall someone I would invite out on a brunch date again.  Once we passed that hour point, she turned into a toddler.  She was done.  Hubs tried to hold her in his lap, but she didn’t want that.  She didn’t want to sit in her high chair.  She was just done.  Done with eating.  Done with sitting.  Done being surrounded by people she didn’t know.

Hubs took her outside to go get his wallet.  Once he came back, it was my turn to take her outside.  Once we were outside and walking up and down the sidewalk, she had turned back into our calm, sweet girl.  She had a blast!  She would stop and laugh every time a car passed.  We had a couple bring their dog over so she could pet him.  She ran, skipped, and just had so much fun being outside.  I loved the time I got to spend with her out there today!

After about 15-20 minutes, we went in to check on Hubs.  He had paid our check and was chatting with his co-workers.  At that point, we were ready to head home.

Once home, we played some more, but Miss C was pretty worn out from all her adventures on the sidewalk earlier.  She went down for her nap around 12:30 and didn’t wake up until after 3:00?!  Tired girl!

While she napped, I went on a run.  It was a beautiful day out today!  A slight breeze, sunny, and it got up to about 60!  I was able to run a 5K, and actually beat my previous time!  I ran at a faster pace than I normally ran at!  I was so proud of myself!  I am currently at 25.77 miles this month.  My goal is 35, which I don’t think will be hard to get to at all!

Once the munchkin woke up from her nap, I showered, and then we went outside to play!  We all went out as a family and even included the two dogs in our fun!  Now that they know how to climb up into the playhouse, they are eager to head up there whenever we go up.

Here are a couple photos of them from yesterday, but it gives you an idea of what they are climbing up.

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Rose goes up the wooden ladder, but Bandit has to go up the faux rock wall on the right.

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You can see she is pretty proud of herself.  She just jumps down to get out.  Bandit finally figured out how to get down the rock wall today.  Yesterday I had to lift him out, and then he would immediately go back up there.

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And here you can see it gets a little crowded with two humans and two dogs in there.  Miss C thought it was hilarious!

After a minor meltdown about having to come back inside, little missy set to work playing and playing once we came in.  I relaxed a bit, called my mom, and played with the munchkin until it was time for dinner.  I made spaghetti, which Miss C actually ate!  (She normally just eats the bread and green beans.  Today she finished her spaghetti and asked for more!)

By the time dinner was over and toys were cleaned up, it was Mickey Time!  We all snuggled on the couch to watch our episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, then it was time for Miss C to go to bed!

Once the little one was snug as a bug in her bed, I finished reading my book!  This is the first book I have actually finished in a long time!

I started it last October or November, but had not made it a priority.  It was a good book and an easy read.  I have my next one picked out, ready to start tonight: Son of the Morning by Joyce Carol Oates.  I am actually down to slim pickings in the book department, so it may be time to hit up a thrift store, the library, or my mom or sister’s house.  Any recommendations?  I like to keep my reading light and easy.  Once I am off for the summer, I can take on books with more meaning, depth, or that I have to think about.  Right now I need them as my escape. :)

Well, my blog post just about disappeared, so I think that is my cue to wrap things up and get to bed!  I have an early breakfast date with two lovely friends, and I can’t wait!

How was your Sunday?

Simple Saturday

Today was a pretty simple one, although full of things to do.

I woke up around 5:30 when Hubs got out of the shower.  (He has to be at work by 7:00, and gets there early enough for roll call and to get a little bit of overtime pay!)  I lounged in bed for a while, finishing up my grocery list and going through some coupons.  I didn’t quite get finished by the time the little one woke up at 6:30.  She is an early bird like her mommy.

I got Miss C out of her crib and started on breakfast, while I finished my list and going through coupons.  We left the house around 7:45 to get to the grocery store.  We were at the grocery store longer than I wanted to be because someone insisted on getting out of the cart and helping push.  She is so good at the store and doesn’t grab things when she is not in the cart, so I really don’t mind… it just slows us down a bit.

While I grocery shop, I write down the prices of everything to see if I am going to be over budget.  When I pulled over to the side at the end to add everything up, I found out that I was over budget.  I put back a few things and exchanged a few things for generic brands.  Unfortunately I was still over budget, but not as much as I would have been.  I really didn’t buy anything extra or anything that wasn’t needed.  We had a few cleaning items and a few toiletries that we needed, so that always bumps up the total.  Boo!

I did decide to try a new drink, that I had a coupon for.  It was POM Antioxidant Super Tea: Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea.  It was $1.99 for a bottle and I had a coupon for $0.50 off.

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It is delicious!  Unfortunately with a price of $1.99 a bottle, it will definitely be a rare splurge.  I wish I could afford to have one a day, but that just isn’t an option at this point.  I do still have another coupon for $0.50 off another bottle, so I will have to make sure to get another one before it expires.  Yum!

After  the grocery store, we came home and unloaded groceries.  We put them all away and I did a bit of cleaning around the kitchen.  We played a bit, and then it was time for lunch.  I tried a new recipe and it was really good!  They were Quick and Easy Chicken Burritos.  I cut the recipe in half.  I also did not have any cooked chicken, so I used a small can of chicken.  I definitely think it would be better with grilled chicken.  With the can of chicken, it was missing some flavor.  I do think it was a very good, healthy lunch.  I was filled up afterwards, and was happy to still have half an avocado so I could whip up some quick guacamole!

About 30 minutes after lunch Miss C and I went for a run.  This is the second day in a row with a lot of wind and me having to push a stroller during my run.  It was a TOUGH run both days!  I only made it 1.82 miles today.  Not bad, but not great at all!  (I am at 22.58 for the month.)  I don’t think I waited long enough after I ate to go running because I felt very sick by the time I was done.  No good!

After the run, Miss C and I played outside for about 30 minutes until it was time for her nap.  While she napped, I read a couple chapters in my book, and I took a 30 minute nap.  Once I woke up, I showered and got ready for an ice cream date with my dear friend.  I had to wake Miss C up from her nap after 2 hours.  I had to push back our date time because she was sleeping, and she still wasn’t awake in time for the later date.

After eating some yummy TCBY, my friend, Miss C, and I went for a walk.  It was a little chilly with so much wind, but it was a great way to spend the afternoon!

By the time we got home, I had some cleaning in the kitchen to do.  I finished that up, and was so tired that I didn’t feel like cooking dinner.  Hubs agreed to order in pizza.  I feel horrible about spending the money, but I think Hubs is happy that he finally got to eat.  I had no motivation to cook, and if we had waited for motivation to strike, we wouldn’t have eaten until tomorrow.

Overall, today has been fantastic!  I am so happy that tomorrow is not the end of my weekend!  I have many things on my to-do list for the next two days, but I do think I will get them finished.  Once I am finished blogging, though I think I will put Miss C down for bed, and then snuggle on the couch with Hubs and pups and catch up on some DVRed shows.

Sounds perfect to me!

How was your Saturday?