Earlier this week, I had mentioned to Papa that we hadn't received anything regarding next year's benefits in the mail yet. He looked into it yesterday and found out everything is being done online. Since we are continuing with the higher of the middle tiered plans, there wasn't much for him to do except verify that G1 is still a student.
Papa did notice something exciting to us...
We are going to be spending less for the same exact benefits next year! Yes, it's only $20 per month less but still that has NEVER happened to us in the past! At Papa's old job, all we saw were huge increases with less coverage! I'm so thankful for this change!
How did we manage this miracle?
Papa did it by completing a completely voluntary screening! Since he works at the hospital around 50% of the time, it was an easy enough task to accomplish.
$20 per month isn't that much less but I'll take it! =)
Yesterday I also found out that there will only be six of us at my house for Thanksgiving! My mom is fairly sure my brother and his wife will be traveling to spend the holiday with her family up north. This is such a weight off my shoulders!
While it's only two less people, my sister in law has a gluten allergy (which means I make double the side dishes that include bread or breading so there are gluten free options) and has extremely bad OCD when it comes to house cleaning (and I'm sure my house NEVER passes muster).
As I mentioned last year, we also go to Papa's family in the early afternoon for Thanksgiving dinner too. (Added stress to making sure our dinner at home gets done for the evening) The Guppies have been rallying hard to convince Papa in letting them just stay at our house all day - especially since they don't eat at Papa's family's dinner anyway, but so far he isn't swaying. His mom is doing okay but not great and who knows if it will be her "last" Thanksgiving. So, going will give Papa peace of mind and I won't be so keyed up this year since our dinner at home will be easier.
Happy for some good news this week!
Have a great Friday everyone!