Just some random thoughts from this mom who is sitting at home with a sleeping baby on a beautiful Saturday holiday weekend. I should be doing something outside, I’m sure, but my mind is racing with all the stuff to do, so here’s my attempt at focusing:
1. I had the weirdest dream last night that I went to a killer garage sale and scored a bunch of stuff for the girls and their room. I can’t decide if this is really sad or just means I’m really thrifty.
2. Jacob is getting baptized tomorrow and I’m making this delicious french toast casserole for his baptism brunch.
3. One of my goals this weekend is to make a meal plan for the first week back to school. I’ve been planning on doing this for a while and have been inspired by YML’s recent posts as well. I am determined to cut down our grocery bill and I am hoping this will make a difference. First up? I’m going to comb through our cupboards and freezers and make as many meals as I can out of what we already have. Savings, here I come!
4. I finally made a decision about preschool--she’s going! And as soon as I decided to send her, they opened up an afternoon class, which is awesome news because a) it means she will go in the afternoon from 12:30-3:30, keeping her entertained during the other kids’ naps and erasing my mom guilt for taking away her playtime with her brother and sister. It’s like the best of both worlds! b) she moved up to the 4/5 class, so she’ll be around kids her age c) they let me only do 2 days instead of the regular 3, since I’m a neurotic first-timer and I’m not ready for 3. Plus, it’s cheaper, which helps ease my mom guilt. I’m so excited it all worked out.
5. I’m going to start working out, for reals, this week. I plan on hitting the gym for a new program with my cousin, who has lost a ton of weight, and I hope it will work for me too. I also want to start swimming at least once a week.
6. I’ve been thinking of trying diapers.com to see if it’s any cheaper for the massive amounts of money I spend on diapers. I only use Pampers and I occasionally get coupons, but two baby butts are killing me. Anyone know if it’s worth looking into?
7. I really want to take advantage of Babies R’ Us’s trade-in program going on this month (you bring in an old item and get 25% off a new item) and upgrade to this stroller. I love taking walks with the kids, but inevitably, one of them gets too tired to go the whole way. I’ve wanted this stroller since I was pregnant with Mya, but Ben put the kobosh on it.
8. Here’s a tip: don’t avoid your laundry for three days. You may just find your water softener has broken and your basement is flooded when you finally trek down into the basement to tackle the 15 loads that are lurking. And then your husband won’t be home and you will have to wade through disgusting, stinky basement water to try to figure out how to shut the stupid thing off. And then you will have to spend money you don’t have on yet another household appliance. Would you believe in the past year, we have already replaced our washing machine, furnace, and water heater? Cha-ching.
9. Ben actually contacted his aunt, who runs an in-home daycare to set up a once-a-week thing for the girls so I could have a whole day of writing. My book contract is supposed to arrive next week, so I’m excited to get down to work on it. He set up the babysitting all on his own, and even is working extra mowing lawns to pay for it, and I am thrilled with the gesture. It’s only until October, unfortunately, but still.
Aannnd, that would be the baby’s cue. Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!