Thursday, September 25, 2008
In January, Jason and I decided to adopt the "envelope budget system." It brings so much freedom because we know how much we can spend each month and when the envelope gets low--that's it. No more till the first of the month, no matter what. So anyways, the biggest point of tension/conflict/frustration/confusion for us is how I'm so bad at keeping money in our grocery envelope. Grocery prices are going up so much--even storebrand foods/products (which I buy when possible). All that to say...could you point me in the direction of a website or blog or something that helps with meal planning? On a small budget? Like, really small?
Any tips or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, girls!
Also looking forward to: heading to MI for Jason's dad's retirement party, Jason's day off on Monday, Recipe Club Tuesday night, big HC meeting on Wed., Fall weather approaching!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Next skill: Reagan organizing her fruity cheerios. I put a pile of fruity cheerios on her tray the other morning like I always do. She loves to look at them then stuff them in her mouth but that morning she had other things on her cheerio agenda. I left the kitchen, probably to blow my nose for the thousandth time that morning, and returned to a tray organized by color. She put all the red ones together, grouped the purples together, and was eating the green ones. Maybe this is normal for an almost 11 month old...but it did surprise me!
Final skill worth noting: Yesterday marked the fourth day Reagan had a stuffy, runny nose. Her temp wasn't very high but she had one. I thought it might be a good idea to get her looked at by our pediatrition before the weekend came just in case an infection developed over the weekend. After some nasty sneezes which revealed a bright green infection, I was glad the appointment was already scheduled. Jason and I took her to the doc. and we learned little Reagan has a double ear infection. Which brings me to her skill worth mentioning, she acted totally normal these past four days, just had a runny nose! No whining, no crying (except for bed and nap times), walking like crazy, crawling for the first time...So--deal is sealed, when Reagan has a slight symptom of a cold or flu--to the doc. she goes. I was the opposite. I'd make up symptoms and always dramatized my slight ailment just to get attention and get out of school. Thank goodness Reagan has Jason's, "I'll suck it up and go on with my life, in fact--can I go organize some cheerios, please?" gene.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Today is the seven year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and the failed attempt to destroy the Capital. We remember those who died in NY, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, PA. As Jason and I watched all the tributes to those who died this morning on tv we were gripped with many emotions, mostly anger towards the terrorists who planned and performed those attacks. We watched MSNBC, who I usually can't stand with their left-wing reporting, and I was so thankful to see them re-running actual footage of 9/11 seven years ago. There weren't any commercials during the program, just Katie Couric hosting her show with many news contributers speculating as to who did this and what else would be to come. So, thanks MSNBC for taking off your liberal hats this morning and playing the footage of 9/11 uninterupted.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Tonight was quite the night! Jason, Reagan, and I met my mom and Lisa J. at the Italian Festival. I have been looking forward to this festival since New Years day--it's one of the highlights of my year. Not kidding. The festival has three great things: Italians, food, and music. When we arrived we noticed how uncrowded it was--it's usually packed and you have to wait in line at least 20 minutes for one item of food. We decided to go the last day of the festival from here on out since parking and lines weren't an issue. Italian music was playing, the smell of garlic was in the air, and everyone was just happy (probably from all the beer they were drinking). Since this only happens once a year let me tell you about all the food we inhaled. I had a muffaletta sandwich, half of a calzone, half of a sfingi (imagine a thick funnel cake, but better), and a canoli. Yum! Reagan decided to be daring and tried a chocolate chip tonight. Well then she had all the chocolate chips off my canoli because she liked them so much. And Jason kept it well within reason, only eating half of Lisa's Italian sausage, and a meatball sandwich. My only disappointment was that there was no coffee. Coffee is very Italian, at least espresso is--but nada. I'm looking forward to next year--we'll be toting around two little ones in a double stroller, expanding our Italian family...even though our last name is very, very Asian.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Jeff, Mike, and Joey watching Aaron and Kimmy as man and wife
Maggie rocking her niece to sleep