.......well, just read this I suppose. Being that I'm way over here and you're way over there. So, wow, what a BUSY time of year!!! Between Halloween, little one's birthday, Thanksgiving, and now Christmas is upon us; well I just haven't found the time to talk to you one on one. My how I've missed you though. So, last we met I was about to embark on a CUH-RAZAY adventure called "throwing the little one's birthday part at home". I was almost involuntarily committed, but instead I just threw a fabulous party. I did it all for around 135 bucks. Ain't that swell??? Breakdown of the costs:
Decorations and activities (crown and necklace making) via oriental trading: $50
Balloons (cause it ain't a childs party without balloons!): $35
Food (I planned a late afternoon party to avoid feeding the kids an entire meal and instead we just had snacks and juice): $20
Cupcakes: $0!!! They were a gift from an awesome girl.
Costumes: $0 We already had them.
All in all I'd say it was a huge success, and it saved me loads of money over having it at one of those fun-factory-don't-forget-your-excedrin-because-the-screaming-children-will-make-you-crazy-playhouse type thingies. A couple of photos of the party-awesomeness:
So now that that's over, and Thanksgiving has come and gone.......mmmmmmm fried Turkey.........we're staring down the barrel of
C H R I S T M A S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OMGEE OMGEE OMGEE I simply ADORE Christmas. I love the pagentry of it, the lights, the sounds, the smells, the people, it's my most favorite time of year. Well that and 4th of July cause I am a sucker for fireworks. If I could combine the two and have the 4th of Christmas, or the Christmas of July, or Independancemas Day I would be the happiest girl on the freaking planet. So what have I done to make this Christmas even more special (read: make The Husband go completely insane?) oh just invited FOURTEEN people over for Christmas Eve dinner, and then have 7 of those people spend the night. Woo hoo!!! So, do you know how much frige/freezer space it takes to feed 14 people? I do. Way more than I have. So, I'm giving that whole "clean out the fridge" thing the ol' college try. Like for reals this time. Like the ol' Harvard try, or the ol' Stanford try. I mean it! What? You don't think I'll follow through like every other time? This time it'll be different. This time I'll do it. This time it'll work. I swear. I can stop buying groceries anytime I want. I can quit anytime! Why are you judging me?!?!?!?! I'll prove you wrong and then you'll love me. Or, well be proud of me? Please? OK, so I have three days to empty out as much as possible from this:
This will be fun! You'll see!!!
As a side note the debt board looks like this:
Le Credit Card: $8021.26
Le Student Loan: $6898.04
Le Van: $19977.50
Le Horrible Total: $34,896.80
I know what you're thinking, we're not making much of a dent in that right now, but a couple of things deserve notice. 1. the student loan is under $7000. 2. the van is under $20,000. 3. CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!