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An Expensive Week

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It has been an insanely busy and expensive week. I have no one to blame but myself. But I’m so glad all the plans came together. And more importantly that it’s over!

In fact, all this season’s competitive sports travel is over for the season. Yeah! My wallet and car both need a break.

The End of the Volleyball Season

We began last Friday with a 3 hour drive to Charlotte for Princess’ last volleyball tournament. My parents arrived from Texas just a couple of days in advance and we drove up together.

Two nights in the hotel in downtown Charlotte. Thank goodness for free breakfast! And 3 days of eating out. Ouch! (Princess’ team won their first game, but lost the subsequent 5.)

Chauffeur Duty Help

I am so glad that my parents were able to make this trip. We took their van to Charlotte and they covered the travel costs AND I didn’t have to drive!

We drove back home on Sunday to prepare for the arrival of two of my brothers and sister on Monday. While my dad drove to the airport to pick up my siblings and then took Gymnast to train, I drove an hour to meet with a new part time client. Yeah!

Party Time

Then Tuesday was a whirlwind of activity in preparation for a High School Graduation Celebration for Sea Cadet. Our local church was generous enough to allow me to host it in one of their larger rooms. I invited 40 people and planned to have a buffet style dinner and dessert catered.

Of course, I had planned all this before the job debacle. I’ll write soon on how the party turned out and how I pulled it off on a shoestring budget.

Last Gymnastics Meet

To end the week, Gymnast and I drove the six hours to Jekyll Island for him to compete in the USAG Men’s Gymnastics Regional Meet tonight. My parents will drive down today and then leave tomorrow to return to Texas.

Tomorrow, we will return home, and all travel for this years sports season will officially be complete. I LOVE to travel and I LOVE my kids participation in sports. But I am so glad for this season to be over. It has been so busy!

I don’t know what the future holds as far as sports go as we are again facing a super tight budget with my job loss. But for now, I am really glad we made it through this season. Both kids did really well, learned a lot and made some friends. Now, I plan to enjoy a week or two with nights at home, cooking dinner, cleaning house, all the “normal” weeknight family activities!


Financial Injury Report… Part II…

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When it comes to cars, I have a poor track record.

Sure I get my oil changes, my tires rotated, and every once in a while, I’ll throw in a radiator flush when the service guy nags me enough, but that’s pretty much where it ends.

I’m more of a reckless, fix it when it makes weird noises kind of gal.

This always worked when I was in college – but maybe that’s because dad was always there to ‘borrow’ my car and bring it back a few days later after he paid a mechanic to clean up my mess.

After I graduated, I bought a new car and with that, bought myself out of any service requirements for at least 50,000 miles (in my mind anyway).

Unfortunately for me (and VERY fortunate for my car), my husband believes in regular maintenance. Both our cars hit 60,000 miles this month and he scheduled maintenance on his truck this month and mine next month.

He worked with a family friend and was able to get the service done for $300. As I was figuring out where to pull the $300 from in our budget, the lovely state of California sent his truck registration bill of $295 – the fee unexpectedly raised yet again from last year (Thank you Arnold Schwarzenegger).

My husband and I were both able to work some odd jobs this month – thank goodness! – and should have most of it covered. But this week is turning out to be one expensive week!