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Summer Time!!!

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It’s summer time!!!

We’re still officially recovering from the “plague” that struck our house last week. We’re all finally on the mend, but still have some lingering coughs and just general lack-of-energy compared to normal. Even so, we’re finally back to sleeping on our own and engaging in more normal activities (the 3-day weekend was a virtual movie marathon as no one could even get off the couch! I made a huge pot of soup on Friday and we basically ate it all weekend just to stay fed!)

This week, the girls are at a super fun summer camp! This camp was gifted by one of our grandma’s to the girls and is only a 4-day (half-day) farm experience but it has truly been our best “summer camp” experience to date! Check out these huge smiles!

The farm is so well set up and I was shocked, as it’s right in the middle of town and I’d never even known about its existence! The girls got to feed chickens (and learn how to pick them up!), check for eggs in the coop, they got to pick vegetables in the garden, wash the tractor, make fun art projects, plant basil seeds, etc. etc. etc. The camp was a little pricier than I’d typically buy (hence why it was a gift), but it has been SO MUCH FUN that we may look into it again next year! As a side-note, check out their sun hats. Those were $1 from the Dollar Tree! We were told to bring hats and realized last-minute the girls’ heads had outgrown their old hats and I was not happy about having to spend unplanned money on clothing (and hats can be like $15 or $20 each!!!). I was super psyched to find these for $1, one with a pink ribbon and one with a purple ribbon (the girls favorite colors are pink and purple, respectively). Score!

The rest of the summer, we’ll be doing a cheaper-priced “camp” (really more like a daycare for school-aged kids) that’s closer to home. We did it last summer and enjoyed the program. It was well run, very cost-effective, and nearby. The big bonus is that 2 other family-friends are sending their kids to the same place this summer so our girls will have friends! Woohoo!!! We’ll end up spending roughly about the same as we spent for childcare during the school year (our kids are in public school, but we had to pay for full-day kindergarten since only half-day kinder is state-subsidized, plus we paid for after school care). That’s nice, too, because usually our summer childcare bill is more expensive than the regular school-year bill. The older they get, the cheaper the childcare becomes. Can’t wait until first grade starts when we’ll ONLY have to pay for after-school care!

Camps aside, we have no other real summer plans. We do usually go back to Austin once as a family and will likely do so again this year (we always just drive), but haven’t nailed down specifics yet. Honestly, my semester has been over for weeks now but it feels like things have been so crazy with the end-of-school year stuff and then the sickness “plague” that wiped us out last week. So we’re really just starting to get back on our feet and realize its SUMMER TIME! Hopefully we’ll have some fun, lazy days ahead too. <3

What are your summer plans? How does summer childcare compare to school-year childcare in your area?


Coffee Date

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I saw this posting-style over at Gina’s blog (it’s a fitness/healthy living blog and its great! She posts lots of free workouts, youtube videos, etc.). Anyway, I loved the idea of a virtual coffee date (or wine date) and wanted to do one! We’re at that level where we can have a coffee date, right? I think so! Let’s get started!

If we were having coffee right now…..

  • I’d tell you about all the fun things I’ve got going on in the coming weeks! A dear friend had her baby shower this past weekend, a new friend has invited us to her son’s first birthday party this weekend, and my Mom and sister (and their husbands) are coming to visit for a long weekend the first weekend of October! I cannot wait!!!!! In the entire time we’ve lived away from Austin (first moved away in 2007!!), this is the longest we’ve ever gone without seeing my family! In the past we have always gone back once during summer and once during winter and we didn’t go back this summer (we went to visit my Dad in Utah instead) and aren’t planning to go back for Christmas like we usually do, so I have been Missing them with a capital M!!!
  • I’d let you in on a little secret I’ve been keeping… I registered for my first post-baby half marathon and am freaking out about it! The registration was only $30 (I got the early-bird discount months ago), which is one of the cheapest prices for a half-marathon I’ve ever seen! Since I dumped the gym, I’ve been training (for free, thankyouverymuch) but am so painfully slow! I’m worried whether I’ll finish by the time cut-off (It’s the Tucson Get Moving half-marathon, so its geared toward a non-elite crowd, but I know many races have actual cut-offs and I’m so scared I won’t finish in time!)
  • I’d tell you about how well debt reduction is going. It’s been 6 months and has actually been easier than I thought. I credit it all to having a written budget. Of course, I’d say that in one breath and in the very next I’d tell you about the very real house fever I’ve got going on.
  • I’d tell you about the girls – they’re getting so big! I am in love with their preschool and even though it costs a small fortune, I think its one of the best investments we’ve ever made (investing in our children!!!) I’m so glad we decided to go this route (even though it was a very tough decision).
  • I’d also talk about my job(s). My teaching job is going well, but is a LOT of work this semester! I’m teaching two writing intensive courses that require a lot of feedback and I feel like I have so many students!!! Usually there are lots of “drops” with writing intensive courses but for some reason this semester everyone seems to be sticking around. I love to teach so I’m glad that something is resonating with the students enough for them to stick with the challenging courses, but it means a LOT of grading for me! My research job is also going well. I’ve mentioned before, but I’ve gotten into such a terrible habit of putting it all off until Sundays and then I’m working frantically all night trying to make my Monday morning deadlines. I always finish on time, but I might be up until midnight or later. I have GOT to get things under control so I don’t keep doing this! I’ve come to dread Sunday nights instead of looking forward to them as a time to recharge for the coming week. Need to change this!

Of course, if we were having coffee I’d want to know about you and how you’re doing, too! How’s the job? Where are you in the debt repayment process? Do you have any major obstacles in the way? What are your plans for the coming holiday season (I realize its only September, but the holidays will be here before we know it)?

If I know me, it’s been awhile since our last coffee date. We should do this again soon sometime!!!

*Hugs*


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