Everything is good here except this summer is kicking my butt! As you can obviously guess, I have lost all sense of a schedule! (But I am just going to go with it until school rolls back around!)
So, please bear with my sporadic posting and commenting on blogs!
A few notable things have happened recently....
Guppy 2 has been cleared to get her braces off! The official date is August 7th, but if they weren't so booked up, she could have gotten them removed sooner. She is one excited girl - she was thrilled to not have to start sophomore year with them! We were all in shock (including her orthodontist) as to how well/quickly her teeth responded to the braces. We were all a wee bit concerned she may still have them by junior year! LOL Now, if only my payments could be done! Currently I have $1225 to go - my only silver lining is that financing was done through the orthodontist's office with zero interest.
I had a notable trip to the mall at the beginning of this week. I brought G2 & friends and decided to stay to get some steps/walking in and look for some good clearance sales. While it doesn't look like I am going to need any new shorts this summer (and couldn't guess where I will be by next spring), I did need some new t-shirts. I wear them pretty much year round (layered under things in the cold weather) and my current collection is getting pretty ratty. Sadly, Old Navy (my go to for cheaper T's) have changed their cut/style this year and I am NOT a fan. A little more searching and I ended up in the store New York & Company....
I did AWESOME there! They had "doorbuster" prices on their T's and all clearance sweaters (from last season) were only $4.99! These sweaters were originally $45 and up! I could have gone really crazy at those prices but practiced restraint. LOL
For $26.55 including tax, I got the following:
1 black v neck T (originally $16.99)
1 navy blue v neck T (originally $16.99)
1 baby blue T (originally $16.99)
1 navy blue/light grey hoodie style sweater (originally 44.99)
1 heather gray sweater (originally $49.99)
I bought everything "to size" - meaning I didn't buy my usually one size up- haha!
Though I am sure this pales in comparison to a thrift/consignment store, I am pretty happy with my purchases!
I'm sure that many readers will not agree with this but we are going on a small vacation in August to our favorite town in Vermont. This will be our "last" family vacation just the four of us. The Guppies are getting older and we know that in the future they will either want to bring friends/boyfriends with them. So, yeah we are going on vacation while still in debt. However we are keeping our expenses as low as possible...
2 of the 3 pets are being taken care of for free. (G2's bestie will take care of her rabbit and my parents have graciously said they will take care of the ferret since she is still stable and doing well)
The dog will go to our boarder....Yes I have to pay her but I will have peace of mind.
The hotel we stay at includes a very delicious and large restaurant style breakfast every morning so we will only have to buy one meal out per day. (We usually have what we call "linner"- combo lunch and dinner -and then have snacks available to us in the room.)
95% of what we do out there is free since we spend a LOT of time hiking/walking/being outdoors. So that will also keep the cost of the trip WAAAY down.
Tomorrow is G1's last driver's ed class. She has to get four "behind the wheel" sessions (two hours each) with a driving school instructor and then she will be able to take her test. Part of me feels badly that she is 18 and getting her license now and part of me is actually happy. While I know she wanted her license long ago, waiting until now is going to make it easier in the long run. I went with her to the first parent/student class and WOW! There are some crazy restrictions and fines for 16 and 17 year old new drivers. G1, at 18, can just get her license and drive whenever and whoever she likes.
I guess those are the highlights of what has been happening currently. I am still loving my Fitbit and walking a lot - when I am not running kiddos around that is. =)
Hope everyone is having a great summer! I'll be catching up on blogs soon!