The holidays are definitely coming! I’ve been pretty busy around here with taking care of the girls, Christmas shopping, cleaning and preparing for my parents to come tomorrow (!!). Blogging has fell a tad to the wayside (both reading and writing), but I’m hoping to get things moving again once the holiday madness is over. I’m working WAY less now (not by choice, but the break is definitely a welcomed one), yet somehow don’t seem to have any more time. In short, life is good.
Budget: So far, we’re at $250 for Christmas gifts. We have a few more things to buy for John’s family, our girls and possibly each other. I got John something small, but we haven’t decided if we’re going to exchange actual gifts this year. We’ve been doing great with not eating out or splurging at the store. Really, we’ve only been buying the essentials. We use Mint.com to track our spending and it works great! We set goals for the month and check where we’re at a few times per week.
Work: I am looking for freelance jobs like a mad woman! I’ve applied to quite a few and am hoping to hear back soon on them. I’m also looking for anything freelance in the financial field – basically, I’m willing to do anything as long as it’s from home. My income has stayed the same since the job I no longer have pays a month out, but that will all change in January when I expect my income to be cut into thirds – yikes. John has been doing wonderful with his handyman/painting business though, so it’s all OK no matter what happens.
Girls: Cami and Maisie are doing great! Cami is so smart – talking all the time, putting sentences together, singing songs, etc. She is SO excited about Christmas. Almost every night, we drive around looking at lights and she is just in awe, “Wowww! Christmas lights!” is all we hear from the back seat 🙂 Maisie is also doing well. She has had tummy issues since she was born and then when we switched her to cow’s milk at age one, it got worse. Poor girl was ALWAYS in pain. We tried eliminated gluten, only feeding her fruits and veggies, and then finally eliminating dairy from her diet. I didn’t think it was the milk since she was on formula, but after being off of it for a week and a half it’s made a night and day difference. She is now sleeping better and much happier overall. I am definitely so SO thankful that I get to spend my days hanging out with my two favorite ladies 🙂
Life: My parents come to visit this week and I am SO excited!! They haven’t been out here since we moved and we were used to seeing them multiple times per week. We’ve missed them so much it’s not even funny. Cami is going to go nuts when she sees my mom! I can’t wait to show them around the city, visit The Biltmore in Asheville (I’ve been before, but never around Christmas!), take them to our favorite eateries and just catch up on life.
So, most likely I will be taking a small break from blogging while they’re in town. Today I have some final shopping to do, grocery shopping, cleaning, wrapping gifts and more shopping.
Hope everyone has a wonderful week! Anyone got anything exciting going on?!