Month: September 2013
Sometimes your world does end when a crayon falls under the porch steps.
This boy loves pockets. He’s always trying to put things in my pockets and put his hands in his.
Teague’s favorite song has been “AB’s” for a couple of months. Then he started pointing to individual letters in books and wanting to know “name.” I finally got the bright idea to teach him his letters. We’ve been working from an alphabet puzzle and he’s got about 5 letters right now. (This is compared to Alex’s two – A and X.)
The boys have been begging for “car games” so today they each got a turn.
Dressed and ready for church.
Someone was really excited to find the spaceship pajamas in his drawer.
Every night as I tuck Teague in he asks for “two monkey.”
Today we played football.
Wearing a car shirt and having a snack. Life is good.
It’s been exactly a year since Wade and I met Teague for the first time (see here). In so many ways it feels longer than that and yet I am still amazed it’s only been a year. We sent both boys to school wearing their Korean shirts. We tried to explain why the day was special to Alex, but finally he just called it “Teague’s Day.” Teague knew if you asked about his shirt to say “Korea.”
We have a fun book called Bee-Bim Bop (a fun book most kids would enjoy). The story is about a girl helping her mother make Bee-Bim Bop (a Korean dish). At the end of the book is the recipe. We decided to give it a try tonight. It requires a lot of prepping, but we all loved it. The kids especially loved acting out the line “Mix it. Mix like crazy.”
Alex wanted to read a book while eating lunch. It sounded like a good idea so I joined him.
A year ago today we met Teague for the first time. Crazy how fast it has flown by.
A Rescue Bot tower.
A quick trip to the zoo with Grant.
I left Wade in charge of today’s picture….
(Either Alex has superhuman speed or all his pictures are just blurry.)
I left Wade in charge of today’s picture….
Wade and I have never lived on a strict budget. We tried to be reasonable in our spending but with both of us working paying our bills was never an issue. This past summer our church (TCC) offered Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. I have read his book, Financial Peace, and thought it was great. I didn’t really see how it would help to spend the money to take a class on that same book. Wade pushed some more and I finally agreed. Wow! Great class! I thought I understood insurance. I thought I knew about investments. I thought I knew how to be smart with money. This class really breaks things down.
This class also heavily stresses a budget. We decided to give it a go. Amazingly I learned a ton about budgeting. The biggest thing I learned (feel free to laugh) was that a budget changes month to month. I thought you figured out how much to spend on what and then never deviated. Then I would always have things come up that weren’t anticipated or didn’t fit in the budget. Finally I realized how a real monthly budget should work. Our June budget had items our August budget didn’t and vice versa. Because of a vacation our gas would be much higher but our groceries less; one month we had three birthdays; etc. Wade and I discuss at the beginning of the month our expected expenses and then reevaluate and adjust halfway through. It’s made it very easy to stay on track. (The budget spreadsheet we use can be downloaded here.)
This class also promotes the cash envelope system. I see the merits of that. However, I just can’t live that way. Then Wade discovered an iphone app called EEBA. It’s electronic envelopes. The best part is Wade and I both have it on our phones and can share envelopes. When he picks up groceries h immediately adds the cost and I see it on my phone. For us this was the perfect solution! It also gave Wade a convenient way to track purchases. (The one time we tried this in the past he wasn’t quite as meticulous as needed.) For things like children’s clothes we have a set amount per season and that total amount is listed on the EEBA envelope. However we have a monthly amount that is allocated for the category in our budget. (Obviously this wouldn’t work for someone literally living paycheck to paycheck.)
Anyway can I just say I get budgeting now? It’s actually fun and has definitely changed our spending habits. If anyone wants the CDs for the class we have them and would be happy to share!
What our house looks like after a trip to the library.
An evening walk gathering “clues”. (Someone in our house loves to watch Scooby Doo.)
Teague loving on his monkey.
I had continued with my two blogs and created folders for the weekly layouts of Project Life, but I hadn’t printed a single picture for 2013 until last week. I used some free time (thanks to Granny and Pop) to catch up on this year’s book (turquoise edition). The boys were interested in what I was doing so I got out my 2011 book for the to look through.
It’s hard to say good-bye, but we’ve had a great visit with Granny and Pop.
Headed to Granny and Pop’s hotel for the night.
Trying out Pop’s glasses.
I have never before heard of “Talk Like A Pirate Day”, but when I learned Krispy Kreme gives a free donut to anyone who talks like a pirate and a free dozen to anyone that dresses like a pirate we embraced the idea! Krispy Kreme was ready for all the pirates and boxes of donuts were basically handed out at the door. Alex even got a free “special” (caramel, maybe?) donut.
Talk (and dress) like a pirate day!
Reading with Pop.
Singing ABC’s with Daddy.
At the end of last swim class, Alex was told he was ready for the next level – Eels. I have no idea why this caused him so much excitement, but he has been begging for swim lessons. I finally signed him up the day before classes began. There was a single Eel class (out of 5) that had an opening. It wasn’t my preferred time/day, but I signed him up. It turns out to have been perfect. The class only has two boys (the normal is 4-6). It’s basically a private swim class. Alex loves the class and his teacher. Instead of having to beg/bribe/etc to get him there he asks me daily if it is the day for swim lessons. Crazy the change in a summer…
Best friends walking to school together.
Teague so wants to be one of the big boys.
Going for a ride.
Alex still takes a little while to warm up to the big slides, but then he has a blast.
I wasn’t sure if Teague liked the big slide (especially from his facial expressions) until he got to the bottom and wanted to go again.