Saturday, July 24, 2010

spend less day one and two

Day two -

$20 Gas for van

$28 Riley's

Total: $48 I/we will not eat out tonight or tomorrow!

Day one - hmm - not so great on the spending less.

$46 Hyvee - groceries.

$6 Starbucks - have to have coffee for in the morning.

$13 Hyvee chinese - love Hyvee chinese

$6 Also used a $20 gift card I had to purchase a present and sunglasses - my third pair of free $10 sun glasses from JC Penney - hopefully this pair will last longer - Chris gave me a compliment and said I look like Elton John in them.

$4 Strawberry shake for all of us to split.

Total: $75

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blistering heat

Summer update:

Kate decided on her own she wanted to start swimming, not just swimming, but diving in with a belly flop, going underwater, kicking her feet and moving her arms and swimming for a good 12-15 feet. She's progressed to doing underwater flips, twists, turns, dances and swimming. Of course, she decided in her own time she wanted to do this and then she just does it. Typical Kate.

Sam too has decided he wants to swim underwater, do handstands underwater and just play underwater. The family pool pass has really paid off. Swimming is such an important, lifelong skill, I had to jump up the momentum and sign both up for the last session of summer swim lessons. Fingers crossed they are both swimming like seals by the first of September.

Kate has bangs!

Spend less challenge-day one:

Erica's lunch - 3.73
Crocs - half price - $11 Kate had blown through hers.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

No spend month

I read with amusement the posts of people who implement an extremely limited budget or a no spend month. You can read posts on Simple Mom or Frugal Living. I've decided to try a no spend week - which begins today - $50 for gas, groceries, eating out and miscellaneous items. This doesn't include the money Chris will spend on gas to visit the grandparents though :)

Sam's 8th Birthday

Sam has been awaiting his 8th birthday for weeks and counting down to the minute he would turn eight. His birthday began with a kiss at 2:22 a.m. from mom - Sam promptly rolled over and said, "I'm tired." At 4:30 a.m., I tried again when he was up running to the bathroom - "Happy Birthday Sam." This at least received a big smile and a "Thanks!" before he ran back to bed! 
After a McDonald's breakfast from Nana - he began opening his presents- he made out like a bandit! Sam's lunch choice was Hyvee Chinese and after a few hours of swimming, we were off for his birthday party at the Kernel's game with 13 of his friends.

Sam threw out the first pitch - his pitch went the distance and Chris thinks it averaged a speed of about 20 mph. Not bad for a lefty pitcher! A hot, but beautiful night at the ball park complete with lots of G2, Culver's ice cream cake and a win by the Kernel's.

Happy Birthday little peanut butter bear!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Exercise update

I'm still not eating well but
Erica Earl Over the past 34 days I have lost 8 pounds, lost one inch around my waist, 1.25 inches around my hips, 1.5 inches around my thighs (hooray) and .75 inches around my calves - chest remains the same :( ... it's working!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Family walk

As we return from a family walk and are entering the garage - Kate stops and looks at the clouds for several seconds, says, "I can see those clouds moving." "I ate a lot of carrots yesterday."