Patch turned six in August! He lives a boring, yet comfortable life with us. He is capital G Great with the girls. In fact, they tend to run the show with him. Caris enjoys watching him run jog through the house as she chases him with a doll stroller. They enjoy feeding him in the morning which he's tickled about because every morning there are stray kibble bits all over the floor.
He is mellow, hardly ever barks, and l o v e s to be near us (see picture below). He listens well, walks on a leash perfectly (thanks, Kent!) and hasn't eaten anything crazy lately.. that we know of. His character flaws are aggressively licking his stinky bottom, creeping in the kitchen while we eat, following me around (Like, at all times. If I stop walking, he bumps into me) and recently he has taken up drinking from toilets.
Love Like you, Patch! Here's to another six years because we know you'll be around that much longer. winkyface
Making: Plans to have a yard sale Cooking: A tasty vegetable curry slow cooker meal on Meatless Monday Drinking: The occasional Diet Coke Reading: I'm in a reading rut! Suggestions welcome. Happy, easy books, please Wanting: All of our lingering coughs/congestion to bid us farewell Looking: At birthday gift ideas for the man of the house Eating: Caris and I made an apple pie this week and it lasted two days Wishing: Kent would stop drinking all the cold Diet Cokes Enjoying: Chocolate chips for dessert tonight Thinking: How do people wear jeans through the summer in Florida? Maybe they have ice pack lined jeans. Celebrating: The fact that Caris is (fingers crossed) no longer a thumb sucker!
Loving: Kentario's weekend (Fri-Sat) is always a nice parenting relief Hoping: For a rainless saturday beach trip Needing: To buy a new fall candle Smelling: We've had a huge storm yesterday so, fresh rain. Can't beat it.
Listening: To the video Kent's playing on YouTube about the making of No Country For Old Men Feeling: Socially maxed out with a bible study last night and this morning. Introverts unite! Wearing: Tye dye tank top and running shorts (emphasis on the shorts, not the running) Watching: We're catching up on the latest season of Master Chef. No spoilers!
I hesitate to write about my laughable budget because some of you are probably paying off your entire home in three months or giving half of your income to war refugees. OR BOTH.
One night my mentor mentioned we had nothing to talk about (what?!) so he started grilling me with financial questions (yay!) ...that I had basically no answers for (double yay!) My final answer was something along the lines of "So, like, we pay rent every month. And uhh I guess like, insurance?" PATHETIC. I am supposed to be a grown Proverbs 31 woman with two kids and a pastor husband! After I finished riding the Guilt Shame Train (always a pleasure), I came up with a couple of reasons to follow a budget..
When my mentor isn't asking me financial questions,
he's reading books to his granddaughter
1. We can work towards a goal(s)
We want any excess money saved up for IFT (Important Future Things). A bigger family car, college and retirement, mainly. Without goals, our excess money gets spent on little things (or in my mind, floats around in our bank account without any purpose but to play freeze tag with each other)
2. We can spend fun money without boarding the Guilt Shame Train We have a chunk of money each month to use at our discretion. It's for birthdays, eating out, preschool stuff, clothes., thrifting..literally whatever I want. Without a budget, I used to spend $20 at Goodwill and immediately throw myself into the dramatic depths of despair,
"I just spent all of my kids' college fund at GOODWILL and Kent and I will have to live in a SHANTY TOWN when he retires. ...IF he retires"
Or I would spend an entire 15 minute commute debating a stop at Chick fil A to get me my girls a sandwich. Should I go? Should I not? I shouldn't. It's literally a few bucks. Go. Don't go. YOU ARE A SAD HUMAN BEING.
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Now I can spend money through out the month within the budgetary bounds without throwing myself into despair or tying myself in knots.
Do you still want to be my friend? Check yes ___ or no ___
How'd I do in August?
My high tech, super organized method (jokes!) was to save each receipt, stick it on the fridge, eventually write it on a piece of paper and...add it all up! (Using a calculator). If my calculations are correct, I came in just under budget in both my Food/Household Category and the Other Category.
My biggest take away was the reminder that every purchase counts and I found myself second guessing each item, in a good way.
This month I plan to use an excel sheet to help add as the month goes on.
It'll also be nice to have each month on file for the rest of the year.
I need to grow in the area of Short-Long-Term-Goals. For example, I want to renew our zoo membership and join the Orlando Science Center. I need will power or a super great distraction (A library book? Long movies? Cleaning?) to tuck our fun money away in order to buy the passes. I can do this! Fist pump! Muscle flex!
Do you budget?! Are you donating to war refugees?!
*A public thank you goes to my mentor and his wife, and my in-laws for paying my/my husband's way(s) through college, thus resulting in a debt free marriage and to Kent who has helped us remain debt free. Nothing taken for granted and hugs all around!
Once upon a time in our marriage we tried a cash budget. I toted a little envelope with a couple of Benjamins in it to the grocery store and as the month wore on I would eventually break out in hives and wait for large drops of perspiration to form on my forehead in the check out line as I wondered if I would run out of money after all the groceries were scanned and bagged (THIS IS MY WORST FEAR EVER. AND IT HAS HAPPENED ONCE) Eventually I would ditch food purchases altogether and spend the rest of the money at Goodwill. Yay. End of cash budget.
I'll elaborate more on my budget for all of you poor souls curious readers in another post, but for now I want to say that this budget is self-induced and my husband is supportive of all purchases and doesn't give me a hard time about...really anything. HIGH-FIVE KENT. 2. Deleted Apps
I deleted multiple apps from my phone. Although I wasn't spending a ton of time on my phone, some apps always made me feel like there's something out there. This is hard to explain, but maybe you know the feeling. My mind would wander off to possible pins and tweets and posts that I knew had to be lingering out there on the world wide web. After I deleted my Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram apps, when I was making a PBJ sandwich, I was literally just flinging peanut butter on bread. It felt so...2003. And it was freeing! I don't need to know what Paul David Tripp thinks about the importance of corporate worship or 52 ways to declutter your home. I'm not sure the apps will stay off my phone forever, but it was a nice change of pace.
I think I can actually hear my family saying "ohhh myyy gershhhh is Kait talking about the evils of social media again?" while rolling their eyes.
3. Cut back on my nursery volunterism
Speeeeaking of corporate worship (Hi, Mr. Tripp! [[friendly hand wave]]) I realized that volunteering once a month in the church nursery (for the size of our church) was way, way too often. I wanted to share the love (winky face) with other capable church members. I'm loud, intense and brave at home, but it turns out that with other people in the real world...I chicken out. I go all Introvert and am like, "umm world peace?" BUT I sucked up the courage and told the nursery coordinator that I wanted to go to every other month. And she put me on the emergency sub list and we know what that means...ha. I'll keep you posted.