Monday, September 28, 2009

Budget update

Money has a funny way of sneaking away from you no matter how diligent or on top of it you may be. I once read an article that had a quote that said for every one dollar you make their are ten waiting to take it. This month my husband, God bless him, worked a lot of overtime so we had some extra money come in to the budget. I diligently saved some of it, but not all of it. It seems to us that when we know were getting extra cash we decide to spend it. It's never truly on anything frivolous but did we really need to go out to eat at Papa John's when I know how to make a great pizza at home? ..... The answer is NO we did not but we did anyways or did we need to buy any of the things that we bought, not really at least not right at this moment.

Overall we did good on our budget we stayed within what we made which is great and we saved some money for Bella's 1st b-day party in February and some extra for a cute Dept 56 display for this Halloween but we went over in Store bought food and out food which is not good for our waist lines and our bottom line. So here's to a better month where we learn to put everything extra God blesses us with into savings or tithing.

My Sleepy pants daughter...

Today is the first day of trying the crying technique in our house and let me say one thing about it. IT SUCKS!!!!!!! I can't stand it, hearing my daughter cry is about the most heart wrenching thing on the planet, especially since I know all she wants to do is sleep in my arms. But I need her to be safe and for her to be so she needs to sleep in her own bed. Here are the pictures from this morning when she was in bed with me and what I have to do to make sure she is safe and her in her crib right now(literally). I hope this really works and I hope it doesn't take the 2+hrs it took today to get her to go to sleep in her crib.

The above pictures are from this morning when she was in bed with me and what I have to do to make sure she is safe and her in her crib right now (literally).

Praying for Nana

Please Pray for Isabella's Nana!
She is not doing any better and she needs lots of prayer and love sent her way right now. She's getting out of the hospital for the second time this month after a nasty spill she had at home over the weekend. Luckily she has a nurse that comes during the day that found her and was able to help her get to the hospital.

Getting older is never easy and it is especially hard on the ones who have to endure the pain suffering along with their loved ones. Adam father Bob is bearing most of the burden right now for taking care of Nana, please send some prayers of strength and patience for him too.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Good Sunday Afternoon

I hope everyone has been having a great weekend and some great work weeks. I've missed not being able to do things I love when I want to do them. It's been super busy here with me finishing my credential. I've got no time for much of anything, but I've still been trying to cook good food every night when I get home and I've been trying (key word trying) to keep the house clean but its not easy.

Adam and I have decided Isabella can no longer sleep in our bed. Before my student teaching started I was trying to break her of the habit but it wasn't going well and since I've started teaching I decided to put it off because I need my sleep but she's just too crazy in bed nowadays.

She tosses around, kicks and rolls in her sleep. Only the latter is of concern to us. If she rolls of the bed at night I don't know what I would do, probably cry. So I now have to start putting some kind of plan in action to make sure she starts sleeping in her bed full time every and all night. If I'm really dedicated I don't think it should take more than 2 weeks but well see.

I'll update on our budget later, the beginning of a new month is just around the corner! Are you ready?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Respect

So I've only been doing student teaching for one week and it's been super crazy. I love it but it's super hard leaving Isabella with my Mom every morning. She's the one who gets to see her every smile and laugh during the day. Not to mention feeling rushed every morning, it sucks. I can deal with having to do something and go somewhere but to have a very specific time that you are mandated to be somewhere is horrible. All those working moms who have to do this every morning since their babies were like 2 months old and they are leaving their kids with a nanny, I don't think I could do it. I know that any woman worth her salt can do anything she has to but I think it would kill me every single morning. At least I know that I will be back to normal in 6 1/2 weeks. I have an end date.

I was talking to a couple of moms at the school that I'm working at and they were telling me that they were relieved when they were able to get back to work. This tells me that not everyone thinks the same way I do. How were all of you when you had to go back to work? relieved? disappointed? sad? Am I in the minority or the majority?

For all you working mom's I have great respect for you because I'm going crazy doing this for a few weeks and you all do it everyday for years!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Something Different today...

My something different for last week was going shopping at the Cabazon out in the desert. It was interesting, we thought it was going to be over 100 degrees but it wasn't that bad it hoovered around 95.

I'm really looking forward to going to the symphony this weekend. We received the free tickets for the Pacific Symphony through a mail offer. I've never been to the symphony so I'm super excited.

Anyone ever been? It's at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater their website says it's casual attire so I'm not worried about dressing to nice. I can't wait to have a date night with my husband! I so look forward to it.

Hello Everyone

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. We've been very busy living life. I start school tomorrow! I'm excited and anxious. I'm excited because I do enjoy my time in front of the classroom, but I'm anxious to leave my baby with my mom all day. My mom is great with her but I love my time with her, I'm going to miss her so much!

Update- We did OK with throwing food away. I made peanutty brownie pizza for dessert and Adam and I did not like it so we tried pawning it off on my parents but they didn't like it either. I think it was the bananas and a lack of texture difference. Wasn't great, unfortunately.

So far our grocery bill was good even though we added Oktoberfest beer for my husband. He only gets it 3 months out of the year so I can't say no. We spent $103.12, our budget for the whole month is $450. We'll see how it goes. My shopping and food preparation will be different for the next 8 weeks while I finish up my credential, hopefully I'll be able to make delicious healthy meals, depends on how much energy I have at the end of the day.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Losing that Weight

So it's been two weeks since I've decided to really try and lose weight. I decided to get on the scale yesterday and it showed a little over a one pound weight lose. I was very pleased; I just hope it stays off. I only got in two hikes last week and none so far this week. But hopefully I'll do better this week. Tonight I'm going to go walk Rancho Santa Margarita lake with a friend and her daughter, that should be fun.

To help with my health kick I've been contemplating organic vs. non-organic foods. I wonder if it's really any healthier or if its just a bunch of garbage? I really prefer less refined or processed foods, that's why I've been trying to learn how to cook more from scratch. Other than that I've been thinking about organic meats, cheeses and milk; I'm more worried about hormones than pesticides. Anybody have any information or websites about health benefits from eating organic? Or websites about how inconsequential organic food is?

So frustrating

We had a "planned" electric outage. It was only suppose to last 6 hours...well 13 hours later we finally had our electricity back on and thankfully our a/c. It was so hot and uncomfortable. Isabella couldn't sleep because she was so hot. Adam couldn't sleep for the same reason and he had to get up at like 2 am to drive to VanDenberg Air force base four hours away. Ever time we called the electrical company to ask for an update they would just say the time frame was pushed back due to mechanical failure; code for someone broke something.

Last night was just horrible. We ended up walking the mall for like an hour and a half just to stay cool. Then when we got home it was eerie strange because there was no light. Living in the city my whole life I'm so used to street lights and other houses being all lit up, without light I couldn't see more than a few feet in front of me. Luckily the moon is almost full so there was some light from that.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Beautiful Daughter

Oh, how your heart expands for the love of your child!
Every time I look at her I see the beauty of Gods Creation!

Sterling Michael Corbo

A long time friend just had her second son yesterday! I'm so excited for her.

Sterling Michael Corbo
6lbs 6 oz; 18"long
Born August 31, 2009


I can't wait to post some pictures of the cutie for everyone to see.