Words To Live By:

"The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you finish the work."

Friday, November 18, 2011

Another Day, Another Dollar

Yesterday, we had a (rare) opportunity to enjoy a non-fast-food, kid-free-meal at the Keg.  Delicious!  It was an enjoyable evening celebrating my not-so-little sister's birthday with family and friends.   Conversation did not consist of arguments about which superhero is faster or who's toy is whose... but involved topics about government, health care, hobbies and *gasp* budgets. 

With the change in career path I've taken (from a small but regular income to a sporadic income helping to cover my craft addiction) and the purchase of our new home, budget (which hasn't ever had a lot of stretch) is now rubber-band-about-to-snap tight.  I do well with my grocery budget and always feel guilty for those occasional meals I just don't want to cook.  However, I'm feeling a lot less guilty about those sometimes escapes from the kitchen - particularly after our bill (and babysitting costs) last night.

My sister-in-law put things in perspective when she looked at their bill and mentioned the home improvements they could fund but get put off because "we just don't have the extra money right now."   I looked at our bill and realised it was almost half the cost of my 2 week grocery shop - yikes!!!   I'm not complaining - we definitely enjoyed our evening out and how can you go wrong with filet mignon and adult company?  But... I did have to wonder how other people (random strangers - uh, or maybe even Kevin & I while we worked full-time and didn't have kids) can justify regular entertainment or dining out multiple times a week?  It's funny how budget priorities change - and I'm feeling a little better about our $12 fajita dinner for 4 tonight - or the occasional take-out subs.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Forgotten But Not Forsaken

I realise it's been a little more than 2 months since my last post.  Most already know that life has just been super, crazy busy here and we're just rolling with the changes.     I'm no longer doing daycare and it was a fabulous decision because it means I've managed to squeeze in extra hours crafting and developing a little hobby business called "Wisdom & Whimsy".   For now, I've got a Facebook page showcasing cards, gifts & home decor items I've crafted with some power-tool help from Kevin.   Lots of custom orders rolling in... aaaaaaaaaaaaaand, I've been using the chop saw all by myself.  Scary, I know, but so far I've managed to keep all 10 fingers!

Also in recent changes, our house was on the market, and we put an offer in on a cabin-y cozy bungalow on 2 acres about 30 minutes north of where we are now.  The last day of our offer on the new place, we tied up all the loose strings on the sale of our house and all is good - in the first week of January, we take possession of the new house and the 2nd week of January, we turn in the keys on this place.  Ch-ch-changes!

The boys will be in a more rural school, busing to and from.  Justin is excited because he'll be in school 5 days a week (just like Kaleb!).   Kaleb is more of a thinker and he chews on all the little what-ifs - he says he's excited though and can't wait for a tire swing and a tree fort.... me?  I'm just happy the neighbours won't be able to hear our incredibly loud existance.

That's been life here in a nutshell.  I may have forgotten to post regularly, but I definitely wasn't ready to give this up.   Hopefully now that life has somewhat resettled - as resettled as can be with less than 2 months to pack and move - I'll get back into the swing of regular blog posts!