Sunday, July 19, 2009


Since I'm self employed, the benefits that I receive at my job are paid for by me.
Which is good and bad because I have a lot of benefits that aren't of the traditional form, like Blue Cross North Carolina, or paid vacations.

DH on the other hand has the opposite. Not alot of non traditional benefits like flexibility or payscale amounts. But he has the corner on health insurance, paid vacations and retirement plans.

Whenever someone in a "creative" or self employed field asks me how to make the free lance money work the best, I respond by telling them to marry someone that very good job benefits. In this case, the best scenario is that opposites attract.

Drive In

After tonight's dinner at our famous local drive through, I'm going to need to start taking Solo Slim!

DH has family in town from the middle of the country. Tonight while it was time for dinner, the deciding choice was to head to the above restaurant.

We hardly ever eat there, but when we do, oh, how we love it. We had burgers, onion rings, a buttterscotch shake and soda pop. Only DH and I went from our immediate family and our bill was over $30, but it was worth it. My only regret was that I should have had a caramel shake instead of butterscotch. Next time.

Monday, July 13, 2009

enjoying my kids

A lot of times, the care of having children is difficult. Even at times can be described as frustrating, upsetting and tiring.

But, there are also times, hopefully more frequent than the other times that are very enjoyable and make you feel so totally in love, once again, with your kids. And makes you so thankful that you even have kids.

I'm learning that having an easy baby makes for an easy lifestyle. Also having my older kids growing up makes things very easy too. We were able to take all of the kids out of town this weekend for a special trip to see and ride Thomas the Train. (I'll post photos later) With our first baby, there would have been no way that we would have been able to take her anywhere close to doing anything like that. Even going to the store was too stressful. I would have rather had colon cleansing.

On Saturday, it couldn't have gone any better. They were all so good. And Chris and I have learned travel tricks as well. Like setting out for our destination right before nap time and wearing them out as much as possible before that. Putting on a pull up on the recently potty trained kid to avoid accidents. Packing little snacks and toys. Letting them bring their "computers" to play with while they are awake.

Maybe we'll end up doing these things more often.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Feeling Capable

Not actually being capable, but feeling capable. I hope that makes sense.

Yesterday I tackled the abyss that is my children's room. And I had an idea of what I wanted to get organized. And I did what I thought would work. And I think that it just might work although now it is all demolished again.

But the framework is there. The tools to get it back are in order instead of scattered here and there around the house. I'm wondering if you guys can tell that I'm talking about Bec's trains and accessories here. They are overwhelming, but he loves them so much, we can't leave any of them put away when the train playing begins. At some point, maybe this can help us meet in the middle. Making for a happy boy and a happy mama.