Yo yo yo!
#1) The beach
I’m currently at the beach, enjoying our yearly family vacation where the 12 of us (7 adults and 5 kids) smush into a rental house and do our best to relax :) But it’s a) Free (thanks mom and dad!), and b) full of babysitters so us parents can take long awaited date nights – woopeeeee!!!! It’s like college spring break, only for older more responsible’d people!
So that’s where I’ll be if I’m slow to respond to anyone this week! We’ll see if I can down 3 drinks in a night without having a hangover ;) (Maybe I’ll even log on while I’m buzzing??)
#2) Turning into Super Daddy
Know what the opposite of a buzz is? When your newly hired babysitter pays more attention to her cell phone and forgets to watch your kids. Leaving them unattended near water as one of them slips and falls and the only way you find out is when you question where that new bruise came from on their back during bath time (!!!). So needless to say our plan of pulling them out of day care and doing half-time babysitter care didn’t exactly work out as planned.
On a positive note though, we found a MUCH more suited person to replace her when we’re back in town (a kindergarten teacher on summer break!), and in the meantime I took off work and turned into Super Dad taking my kids to gobs of parks and playing with them until their little legs couldn’t play anymore. For a second I even considered giving up all my sites and becoming a stay at home super daddy :) However that was shut down by my wallet who quickly reminded me that we’ve still got a ways to FIRE. So for now, we keep calm and blog on!
I gotta say though, spending work days through the lens of a 3 and 4 year old completely changes your perspective on stuff. Mainly, how boring/busy most of us are playing “adults” day in and day out! They get SUCH a joy playing with the most random, free stuff, for hours on end, and if you weren’t connected to civilization you’d think that was all that mattered in life. Of course, they’re not paying any bills or saving for the future or providing for themselves in any way, shape, or form (imagine if our parents still did that for us? Hah!), but it was a nice contrast to reality for a while.
I’m very much looking forward to the time where we can do whatever we want any day of the week, no questions asked. And in the meantime just keep striving for that elusive “balance” I keep hearing about!
#3) Our new summer blogging schedule
Speaking of balance, I’m going to change up our schedule here on the blog for a bit to recapture some of this life/family time I’ve been missing. I’ve found myself once again getting overly consumed with my online projects, and I fear Old J. Money will come back and just put up with it without trying to fix anything. It seems like I get into these funks every 6 months or so – do you find the same?
Rather than pulling a Houdini though and taking another sabbatical (although I was tempted, they’re sooooo much fun!!!), I’ve decided to just tone down my writing here to Mondays every week instead of Mondays and Wednesdays – that way I can still be connected and participate, but also relax more and not put as much pressure on myself.
Not to leave you hanging though, I’m tapping my boy Carl from 1500 Days to share his $$$ ideas/journey on Wednesdays as he’s one of my favorite financial bloggers around. Not only in keeping me entertained and always thinking, but also because he motivates the crap out of me having just retired himself this year at the ripe age of 43! Where he now spends his time traveling, working on passion projects, hanging out with his wife and two beautiful girls, zipping around in $45,000 Hondas, and really just living the good life. He’s also #16 on our Blogger Net Worth List, clocking in at $1,860,617.00.
He’ll be sharing how he reached this on Wednesday :)
So basically you’ll get me on Mondays still, Mr. 1500 on Wednesdays, and then our blogger guest post series will continue on Fridays.
When the summer’s over we’ll re-evaluate and see who needs to stay and who needs to go, as well as if I’m still alive after all this free time spent with family ;) But don’t you dare vote me off the island! You don’t want me to redirect everything to BudgetsAreNOTSexy.com!!
Enjoy your week in the meantime, and try not to feel too bad for me as I’m lounging around the sands drinking fresh Dogfish Head…. If anyone’s gonna be around the Rehoboth Beach area, do me a favor and scatter some coins into the sand throughout the evenings? I’m getting awfully tired of finding bottle caps each year metal detecting, and I’d love to come home at least one night boasting about all my found treasures! I’ll even return them to you the next time we cross paths!