Snagged that dollar up there at my local thrift last month – isn’t it cool? :)
Here’s a bunch of updates on things we’ve blogged about over the months in case you were wondering on any of ’em… If I missed anything, just holler!
Minivan — Two months in now and still driving it! The newness has worn off and I don’t enjoy it nearly as much as I was hoping to after hearing how much people love ’em, but I do my best to remember it’s for the greater good of my family and there are some things I do like… Like the hands-free calling and how much my kids and dog get out of it, etc… Just won’t be one of those proud Minivan Dads I guess, but oh well! We tried!
New puppy — Now this one was surprising in the OTHER direction! I had no idea how much love and joy a dog could bring to a family, and all my anxieties of having “more responsibility” have completely flown out the window… Everyone just ADORES her – especially the kids! – and it seems like she’s getting a lot out of us as well :) So a great call on this one for sure (And I’m now outside 3-4x more every day too! Another bonus!)
[Still not decided on the pet insurance stuff though… Just really can’t tell if it’s worth it or not so for now we’re just “not” and seeing what happens, haha… But I can still be convinced!!]
New couch — Worth every hour fighting those turds to get that dang ottoman in the end!! And turns out it makes for epic fort building too ;) You can actually catch a glimpse of it up there in that doggy pic.
Our new’ish home — That picture there pretty much sums it up still, lol…Though it hasn’t been all that horrible lately :) The yard is fantastic for the kids and the new pup, and logically I know it’ll be better financially in the end since we plan on staying put, but deep down I still crave renting and all the freedoms that come with it… I just wish we would have found a way to give us more *time* to look around vs settling for 2nd best like we did, but oh well… We made it back to my favorite state at least, so mission accomplished there!
My friend Agatha! — Still battling her nasty disease, but got an update from her recently saying what a boost y’all gave her with all those donations!! Over $3,200 when all was said and done after a week! WAY TO GO GUYS!!!
Here was her message:
“Thank you to all of you and J for your donations and support. In late January, I felt so exhausted by therapy that I did not know how I would continue. Then all of a sudden I see a flood of donations and support in my fundraisers. It gave me such an incredible boost. I cannot thank you all enough! This week in therapy was more physically demanding than any other and my nervous system is able to handle it, which is wonderful news. I am doing everything I can in therapy to get to a full recovery <3”
Budgets Are Sexy — Last but not least – the selling of this blog! Which turned 12 YEARS last month if you can believe it! And while I technically don’t own it anymore, it still feels like I pretty much do since I’m still here day in and day out with y’all ;) Only with a lot more freedom and cash in the bank while doing it, haha…
But hopefully you haven’t noticed too much of a difference since the takeover? They’ve been great at letting me do my thing, and I actually just re-signed my contract to stay on for a bit longer since everything’s going so well… Though at some point I *will* have to transition out and let the site move into its next phase, but don’t worry – I’ll give you plenty of heads up so it doesn’t come out of nowhere like what usually happens! I’m always going to be around on other projects in the community anyways, so we’ll have plenty of chances to stay connected for whoever wants to.
Here’s my personal newsletter too if you’re not already on it –> jmoney.biz/newsletter
In the meantime, keep saving that money and have a blessed weekend out there! Let me know if you wanted an update on anything else!
Oh, one last one – my kids. Who are basically like mini adults now and get along great until they don’t ;) Here they are playing Ring Around the Rosie – one of the worst nursery rhymes ever, haha…
Talk to you soon!