I visited a friend last weekend, and when asked ‘What’s new?’ I did my usual shrug and said, “Not much.”
Because it’s true: In general, my life remains the same—and I like it that way. I love how life doesn’t throw me for any major craziness, no jam-packed schedules or endless to-do lists.
Still, that makes it seem like all I do at home is blog and read. So while life hasn’t changed all that much, here’s a snippet of my life—all the mundane things I would tell you if we were having coffee (or hot chocolate):
- I’ve discovered the beauty of consignment stores for children’s clothes. I love how I can sell their old clothes and gear. It’s not much, but every little bit adds up!
- I woke up yesterday morning to a crazy swarm of ants marching their way into my kitchen. Gross, gross, gross. They just came out of nowhere, and they’re not even the cute little brown ants we sometimes get here and there—they’re the huge black ones that move really fast.
- I did the math and discovered I spent a whopping $1,000+ on groceries in July and August for a family of five (and two of them are only one-year-old!). Worse, in June, I spent $1,200. Not good. This past month though I shrunk it down to… $800! Found a really cool budget recipes blog I’m hoping will take that number even lower, to something around $750.
- Speaking of money, getting paid bi-weekly (every two weeks) really sucks. I used to get paid semi-month (15th and end of the month) which was great because I got the same every month. Now, my bi-weekly paychecks are less, but twice a year I get a whopping “third paycheck.” Long story short, it feels like I’m living on less even though I’m paid the same. Sigh.
- My eldest LOVES transitional kindergarten. I mean, loves it. Especially his teacher. Goes to show the importance of good teachers and why they need continued feedback, growth and new strategies to do their best.
- Our adventures this month include a trampoline party, watching Jersey Boys my sister is treating us to, celebrating our son’s birthday, and of course, Halloween! My eldest will be a firefighter, and the twins will be a skeleton and a monster. We were originally going to make them both hobbits (how cute would that have been?) but decided to recycle their brother’s skeleton costume instead.
- I’ve been reading like crazy and can’t wait to compile my recommended book list at the end of the year like I did last time. I just finished All the Light We Cannot See (read it!) and Eleanor & Park (and had a fun email exchange with Lisa about it). I’m now reading A Hundred Summers, while Where’d You Go, Bernadette and The Monuments Men are waiting on my bedside.
And of course, I’ve been blogging. Below are the best posts written in the past month:
- 6 Ideas to Pull Yourself Out of a Bad Parenting Day
- Parenthood: What Really Matters
- 18 Children’s Books about Acceptance—Of Others and Yourself
- Why Time Outs Don’t Work (And What to Do Instead)
- Praise: How It Can Hinder Your Child’s Potential
What have you been up to these days? Bloggers, what are your best posts written in the past month? Let me know in the comments!
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