Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Who doesn't love this kid?

Who doesn't just love that face? Little dude is growing up, has a ton of teeth coming in and is starting to learn more words which is just so cute you want to die...

Life is good.

We're trucking along, paying extra on the house, rocking some killer car repairs and getting things done off our backed logged list of things we needed to do but then had a goober and put our lives on hold while we figured that all out.

I got my car cleaned... interior and everything and it feels so good to have it spotless. (It's been so long that I can't remember the last time it was truly this clean... I mean, i even organized the trunk and bought some storage stuff to organize the stuff that "lives" in my trunk kind of clean!)

Hubs and I did a long lunch date down by the pier since I had a random day off work to make up from working a special event. It was nice to hit the beach, see the water, walk the pier and just enjoy palm trees and each others company.

We're cooking a lot more meals at home again, we're seriously enjoying the aldi... especially now that they carry diapers and food pouches so we finally have a 1 stop shop... its sheer beauty...

Top that off with the comfortable weather we've had the last few days (we were stuck in 100+ degree heat for some time) and were just peachy.

At work I made it through a huge City event I was in charge of and I think I did a pretty good job. Learned a bunch of stuff for next year, but I survived and i'm proud.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

i love Aldi

We recently got a "close enough if you take the freeway 20 minutes" ALDI!!!! I've been super excited about it because after a few weeks of shopping there we FINALLY FINALLY have our grocery budget back under control.

No more Costco trips where we spend more than we planned... no more multiple stores during the week to just pick something up...

It's life simplified. On Saturday morning I pull out the Aldi Ad (when you leave the store they have next weeks ad available for you to preview), plan my meals around the sales and what sounds good to us with the weather, make a list of things to buy for said dinners, check the pantry for staples we need, confirm hubby's and my lunches and breakfast options for the week, add in some little dude snacks if needed and then I hit the store after work on Saturday nights.

I'll admit, i'm back to my calculator and notebook tricks (I keep a list of the prices of everything I put in the cart in my notebook and I put non shopping list items in another column, and before I go to the check out desk I add everything up and see what the total is to see if I can buy some of the "non list" items or to use the extra to stock up on basics).

Last week we spent: $61.58 on groceries... the week before $71.54... the week before that $69.22.

It's pretty epic in my opinion.

Little dude got to go to his first baseball game. We did our ward/stake Mormon Night with the Angels so we went with a few friends and had a good time. Eli was more interested in moving around than sitting in our lap but he did well. We ended up leaving early because that day ended up being the 1 day he decided not to take his 4 hour nap at daycare so he was really beat and there was too much going on for him to nap on my lap.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Life and other musings

Little dude keeps getting bigger and bigger. He's 15 months old now and a total climber. This week he figured out how to climb onto the dinner chairs and then up onto our kitchen table...

We also had his first ever pool day for the 4th of July - He loved it and I think we might have to do Monday pool days on my day off now :)

I might not have much time for the blog at this stage of our lives, but it's nice to pop in and post some pictures and send in a few updates. Work is crazy busy since summer is here and there are a lot of changes going on. It's definitely a growing experience and I love the challenge and doing things I didn't think I could.

I also think I'm getting a bit braver in my new role as mom. Hubs and I have been contemplating moving out of state for some time now and I would be lying if I wasn't seriously considering it if I could find a job out there. That idea and concept --- starting over from scratch--- was something I would have never considered before but I guess we grow up as we get older.

We're still tracking our spending, paying extra on the mortgage and getting a few things taken care of on our annual to-do list (like long deferred trips to the dentist -- I had my first ever cavity...)

I got a raise on my last performance evaluation and the City just increased our over all compensation benefits by adding a $150 monthly matching 401a program and an increase to the amount of our health insurance premiums they will cover so despite the smaller living corners, we don't feel as pinched financially.

If we count matching contributions from our employers, we're saving around 14% of our income for retirement between my pension/ his social security and both our 457/401a and 401k matching programs. We won't be doing a Roth IRA this year again because we are saving our extra paychecks (since we both get paid bi-weekly) towards a replacement car fund since Stitch is rocking over 100,000 miles and the escort has 96,000 miles on it and we are the "pay cash for a car" type of people.

But all and all were still hanging in there.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Been a busy few weeks...

Just popping in for a quick update. Work and life are busy, however we are finding a new normal and embracing change.

Little dude is walking around... teething...

We went to our friends wedding and had a "time" - it was great, however we both had a horrible stomach flu little dude brought home from daycare that we haven't fully recovered from.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Life and random updates

Things are pretty normal on our end.

I'm on my last week of the #21DayFix and little dude is as cute as ever. I'm glad i've been sticking with it. Clothes are fitting better, I've got more energy and the workouts are making me stronger! I think I might keep it up and do another round after because its really easy to make it a lifestyle change. After all, after 21 days its now a habit :)

Friday is hubs birthday and despite it being the big 3-0, we're not planning anything crazy... my birthday is the following week as well for the 3-0 (and also mothers day) so were just keeping things mellow since there's just so much going on.

SCB's mom will be in town for a lace class, were watching a friends kiddo, then there's batchelorette stuff and wedding stuff the following weekend that its just best to wait till things slow down so we can enjoy a little celebration.

On a sad note, my cat died... I got him when he was 1 or 2 from the shelter, but when I went off to college he became my mom's cat... He had a good 16 or 17 years but went horribly fast in a sudden stroke... My mom's really beat up about it, but she doesn't want a replacement animal.

In happier news, I am excited that we are planning something for our 5 year anniversary! We're going to go Zip lining! I'm a big fan of doing things instead of acquiring things, so i'm looking forward to seeing the sites! Hubs and I will play hookie on a Thursday in July, drop little dude off a daycare and have a day to ourselves with a little hiking, zip lining and lunch.

Speaking of lunch, little dudes favorite thing to do is thief your snack. Say you sit down with something to eat because he's happily playing and occupied... second he gets wind that your eating food, he's automatically interested (doesn't matter if he's just eaten too or if your munching on broccoli)... He just walks over and expects you to share... (and that smile of his just means you can't say no). Yesterday my husband had to keep feeding him noodles out of his pasta salad and I had to share some of my fruit and yogurt today.

We are also going to get our first night alone without Master Booger Bear when my friends wedding rolls around in late May. Unfortunately we won't be able to sleep in since we have to be back home by 10 am to pick him up, but well have a night to ourselves and breakfast without a toddler....

Our friends are being super awesome and are going to watch little dude since I'm a bridesmaid and its a late Sunday night wedding where no kids are allowed.

I'm also doing an online fundraiser for Relay For Life -- If you want to pick up anything from Thirty-One gifts, use the link below and 20% of your purchase goes to support the cause :)

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Week 2

I swear there are days were I don't think we would survive without Amazon prime, lol. The convenience factor alone has eliminated trips out to the store sans Walmart, Target (for diapers only), and Costco --especially since Sprouts will deliver to our door.

And that my friends is making this week 2 round of the 21 day fix so awesome. I didn't get enough produce and I like to sort and measure out my meals on Sunday and Monday so I don't have a mid week crisis and eat a whole loaf of bread or crackers... But I didn't order enough food for me and little dude and Sprouts delivery came to the rescue. God bless the $30 minimum order and free delivery! SCB is getting better about the healthy eating, so I just pad my weekly apple order and add a couple bananas and he eats whatever I put down for him for dinner so that's when I sneak his veggies in -- but I didn't calculate enough fruit to mix in with plain yogurt and snacks for little dude for the week.

Speaking of the #21dayfix, I'm already down 4 lbs after week 1 (I'm not going to measure inches until the final week, but i'm hoping by the end of this week i'll be able to knock off a 2 more lbs and hit the 160's again). Its been hard to do the meal prep and get the work outs in (I had a crazy week planned already), but I did it!

Little dude will be walking any day now. He walks besides us if we hold 1 of his hands and he's a total 1 finger surfer. A couple times he lets go, takes a step and grabs another part of the couch, so He's almost there.

SCB is getting busy at work with inventory so he's a bit more stressed than usual.... but were managing.

Got to keep this post short... little dude is attacking the dirty laundry basket in an effort to turn off my desk lights while I type. To keep him happy I have to keep pausing after every few words to hit the light switch back on so we can continue to play our little game.

Nap time will be food prep time so I can get the rest of my lunch bags set for the week.