Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Thank you to all of my wonderful friends and family who brought me so many flowers, gifts, and goodies to celebrate! And, a very special thank you goes out to my husband. Jeff, you have supported me in ways that I never knew that you had in you. Spending many nights alone, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of Matthew alone when he was just 10 days old. I am so blessed to have you as my husband and appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for me. And...thank you for my beautiful earrings!
Jeff surprised me with a pair of Swarovski earrings (pictured above) from Matthew. Of course, I know who carries the pocketbook. Thank you honey! Does my husband know me or what? They are stunning and I am wearing them today. Every woman deserves to feel glamorous and these earrings make me feel just that!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Oh, but the story doesn't end there...in the meantime poor Jeff drove all the way to Royal Oak, had to drive the crashed Civic home, and arrived only to find out that he forgot to take my key. He called maintenance, had to feed Matthew a COLD bottle, and sat in the car for 20 minutes. Maintenance man arrived...would not let Jeff in the apartment. WHY?! Because his name is not on the lease. With some "crying baby persuasion," the maintenance guy caved and let Jeff in. Whew!
Yes, I am alive, but my car looks like someone took a sledge hammer to the side of it. Also, because I hit a curb after being hit, my tire is all jacked up making the car unsafe to drive. Life is handing us some pretty ripe lemons...time to make some lemonade.
Monday, April 13, 2009
On a weekly basis, I would say that I encounter at least 5 people who are in their early-mid 30s, have families, and are "going back," to school. I would say 4 of these 5, have already completed an undergraduate program and have at least $30k in student loans already. Does it make sense to acquire more debt in the hopes of making an extra $10-20k per year?
What about the benefits that cannot be quantified in monetary terms such as a better work environment, working in a field that is more enjoyable, or more time to spend with family?
Jeff and I have done several "break even" analyses, to see if it would make financial sense for one or both of us to attend professional school. We were both lucky enough to walk away from our undergraduate degrees with no student loans. It is hard to think about the cost of professional school $100k+ and not get a little white in the face...
Thursday, April 9, 2009
1. Ditch your weekly supply of Evian for a reusable water bottle
2. If you love Starbuck's, Biggby, or Caribou...buy a reusable mug
3. Buy some recycle bins and start to recycle one new product/month. This month start with plastic. Pretty soon you will have more recycling than garbage!
4. Skip the individually packaged snacks. Instead buy in bulk and put in reusable tupperware.
5. Use both sides of a sheet of paper.
Just some easy ideas that I am trying to incorporate into my life!
Check out: http://www.thegreenguide.com/ for more ideas.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I L-O-V-E being a mother and want to have more children in the near future. With this in mind, I have started to think about the cost of child care and how that will impact our budget and plans for the future. So...I started to brainstorm some creative ways to approach child care. Here is what I have come up with so far...
1. Find another mother who also works part-time and "swap" a day or two of child care
2. Offer child care myself for 1-2 neighbor children at more affordable rates than traditional daycare centers or in-home daycare centers. This would help out another family who is in a similar situation.
3. Find another couple with young children and split the cost of an in-home nanny.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Matthew has been learning to rollover, crawl, and talk! He can roll from back to tummy, tummy to back, and make his way a short distance to an out of reach toy. He can say "oooh," "oooh ah," and squeal in delight. Matthew also turns his head when his name is said, recognizes familiar faces, and gets upset when a toy is taken out of his hand. Our Matthew is turning into quite the animated baby!
My SIL Angie has asked me to post a video of Matthew laughing. Pardon the coaxing by Jeff to get him to laugh. We were enjoying his laughter for 20 minutes before we decided it would be a good time to get it on film...so Matthew was a little tired!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Her Majesty's Theatre London