Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ben: "I want to see daddy!!!" (in a whinning voice)
Me: "Where is daddy right now?" (trying to redirect him from whinning)
Ben: "Umm, daddy's at Sam's Club."
Me: "hahahahahaha!" (question: did he say that because his dad's name is Sam or because he wanted to go there and have pizza?)

Early morning, not so funny.

We've made a few small changes that have had large affects on our lives here in our basement cave. First, we transitioned Tom's crib into a toddler bed. I'm not really sure what possessed me to do this. In my mind maybe I thought this would let the boys play in their bedroom a little longer in the morning before I'd have to come and get them. So really, I did it because I'm lazy and crazy tired in the mornings now that I work crazy hours on the weekends. Whatever the reason may be I did it. The second change, I took the child lock off of the inside of the boys' bedroom door. Now Ben can open the door at his own free will and get up at all times of the day. Again, at the time I thought it was a good idea. Unfortunately it's one of those things that once done you can't go back on. Shucks! Lets just say that I was awoken this morning by at little boy repeatedly flipping my bedroom light switch on and off very quickly at 7:00am. It was the weirdest thing waking up like that. For a second I thought I was 12 years old, and in my bed on Chapman Rd, Claremont CA. Then I realized that it wasn't my mom or an older sibling trying to wake me, it was my cute (almost) 3 year old boy. Then I also had the thought, this is my house and I'm kinda grown up and I should be able to sleep as long as I'd like. But alas, this is not true. Remember when your parents used to feed you that lie, "when you have your own house you can do. . .__________." (You fill in the blank.) I'm here to tell you that your parents as well as mine were lyers. (Sorry mom, I still love you. I mean no offense, but it's true.) If I really could do anything I'd like I'd eat Cap'n Crunch every morning without gaining a pound, sleep in until 9:00am, and have a self-cleaning house.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Life Happens...

It's been a while since I've posted, and in efforts to keep everyone informed of what we're up to, here's an update.

At the end of November last year I completed a Certified Nurse's Assisting program. In December I took the state certification test and pasted. Woo Hoo! I'm officially a CNA. Then in January I started the job hunt, had several promising job offers, but in the end went with Sunrise Assisted Living. I started training at the end of January. I'll be regularly working Fri, Sat, and Sun nights from 10pm-6am. It's definitely a different schedule than I'm used to, but I'm slowly getting used to it.

At the end of January my wonderful mom came to watch the boys while Sam and I went to Pheonix. The company Sam works for, Kiewit, had an all expense paid weekend conference for employees and "guest". I was lucky enough to be Sam's "guest". It was great. It was so nice to get away from the kids for a whole weekend and not have to spend a dime, what a great combo. (Thanks mom for subjecting yourself to our craziness for 4 days. You're the best.)

During all this excitement and fun I've recently been reflecting on our financial situation. Sam and I have always been blessed financially. Not that we've ever been rich, but we have always had enough to meet our needs and pay our bills. We haven't always made the smartest choices on how to spend or save our money. This has really started to bother me. It's not really anyone's fault but our own. It's like that saying "If you aim for nothing you'll hit it every time", and that's exactly what we've done. We've purchased cars that we thought we "needed" and spent money on credit cards because the credit was available and the cash wasn't. Well, I'm tired of it. I'm tired of making payments on debts. So I'm telling you here and now, I'm done. I'm done spending money on non-essentials that keep me here in bondage to creditors. I'm starting a Total Money Makeover today!!!! I believe that the techniques in the book Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, can help me and Sam to realize our financial potential. It's not going to be easy, but I hope it will be worth it. So why am I telling you all about this? Why am I confessing our financial weaknesses to everyone in the world? I'm telling you all this stuff for a couple of reasons: a). When you invite me to something that costs money, or will involve us taking time off work, please don't be offended when I turn you down. b). We aren't looking for sympathy. We're just trying to be real about the money in our lives. We plan on being completely debt free in five years from now. That will take a lot of hard work, because as of January 2010 we had a combined total debt of over $73000 (student loans, credit cards, car), of which we've already paid off $6180. It's just the beginning, but I guess you've got to start somewhere, right?