How are you going to pay for that “big want”?

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In my end-of-year post, I mentioned that I took over our family finances in early 2010.

I also mentioned that it was a real eye-opener, and somewhat of a wake-up call.

That, was putting it lightly.

Every year, my family and I write a “wish-list” of big items we would like to purchase or do. 2011’s list has been made, and has grown (and grown, and grown…).Keep in mind, anything that makes this list MUST be paid with CASH ONLY. That’s right folks: COLD. HARD. CASH. Plastic need not apply. …Continue Reading…


A year in review

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This year, was probably one of my toughest yet rewarding years of my life. It’s a relief to see it behind me, but I am actually thankful I’ve experienced so much.

At the beginning of this year, I took over the family finances to ease the burden on my husband. It made it easier for just me to organize and pay the bills. It was a very rewarding growing-up experience. Before this year I’d never balanced a check book or really have to pay my own bills. Someone in my life has always just taken over that responsibility for me, and it was certainly an eye-opener!

January was tough. Because of this, behind the scenes, blogging has also been tough. Because I chose to write about my experience of abuse, I’ve dealt with a lot of harassment, hate filled blogs (that not only attacked me, but also my husband and daughter) and hate-mail on the back side.  It was from those who supported (or are) the people that did these things to me. I pray for their salvation daily, and in the end, I am so glad I have this forum to share my story. So many of you came forward with your own stories of abuse (whether it be physical, mental or both) and it’s nice to know that there are other survivors out there.

In February, I also went to Blissdom, and met some amazing people! I also got closer to some of my “Big Deal Moms” during the experience (a big shout out to my “Meals and Deals” crew!) and it helped …Continue Reading…


Ballet IS a war zone.

No doubt about it.

Last month, M started back up at her ballet school after a brief absence.

Our first night back, and the cops are called.

On the parents.

Who are fighting. …Continue Reading…


Name those DUST BUNNIES!

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Meet: George, Henrietta and Roxy!

Don’t you just hate dusting? ‘Cause I sure do.
I hate to even breathe it, yet I can’t find the motivation to just do it!
Dusting simply isn’t fun. You get dirty, sometimes sweaty and most of the time your nasal passages get all clogged up.
Dust covers ever corner of my house whether I like it or not. It’s simply a fact of life no one can avoid. Well, maybe the rich with 24/7 house-cleaning service (booooo to you if you’re one of them).
I have my own little way to get myself out of dusting. Yes siree! Buckle up folks, you’re participating in another Domestic Debacle!
So you’ve already figured out what my problem is.
And here’s my solution: I’m going to get emotionally attached to my dust bunnies. Yes, all of them. I mean, how can I even clean them up, when they are just so darn cute? I mean, I’ve named them, dressed them (like Cindy did in that famous Disney movie- oh wait- those were mice) and even cared for them making sure they had enough “dust” to grow. Heh.
These little guys are just so adorable that one day I promise you that my DH will feel the same way.
Okay, I admit, not so much.
Who knows how long I’m going to get away with this one? Even if I do end up as a mental patient, at least I surely won’t have to clean in there!

(Above photo credit: Lisa Martin; Arlington, TX via americanstandardair.com)

It’s the little things

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I took a long shower yesterday, and got to wash my hair!

Yesterday, instead of housework, M and I went for a walk. We walked up to the office, and back. She actually listened to me too.

The laundry has piled up, but I don’t mind. We still have clean clothes to wear! This means we have too many clothes. I’ll be gathering them up for the homeless shelter before Saturday.

The weather is great. Warm, not sunny, and breezy- bordering on windy.

My gas bill came in. I’ve overpaid $200. I don’t owe anything, and still have a $108 credit.

Our maintenance tech is coming over to look at our water meter. We’re hoping he’ll find out what’s wrong. I know we don’t use as much water as they are saying.

M pooped in her diaper again. Instead of punishing her, I made a deal. Poop in the potty, and I’ll take you to TRU, and you get a My Little Pony. I’m actually hoping this will get expensive!

I’ve decided, if I can’t change something, I’m just going to go with the flow. Loose lips, sink ships.
Tonight, I get to play with a Cricut. I’m so excited! I’m saving all my pennies for the Expression model.
Last night I went to church, instead of my regularly scheduled program. I am so glad I did!
So, there are some little things going on. I hope I didn’t bore you too much!