I’ve been out of work for a couple of weeks now. Thankfully, life is taking on a slower pace as this pregnancy continues to wear on me. I did manage to complete one goal for maternity leave already by reading an actual book, for pleasure! Wondering what else we’ve been up to?
I always hit up this one big children’s consignment sale that takes place in March or April. This year, the focus was on our oldest, Goofball, as we have lots of hand-me-downs for the other kids. He now has almost all of the clothes that he will need for the next year, including plenty of jeans, shorts, shirts, pajamas, new Star Wars socks, and a spring coat. Tornado picked out a couple of things. We also purchased a few toys for birthday presents, a brand new bike helmet, and some practically brand-new sandals for each of the kids for summer. We spent just over $200.
Trey’s Second Birthday
I can’t believe that little Trey is already two years old! We celebrated with a homemade cookie cake (for my little Cookie Monster) that was surprisingly easy to make and delicious. He is still young enough that we can get away minimal gift giving. I think he just gets excited to have something of his own, instead of just playing with his siblings’s toys all of the time. Trey really likes dinosaurs, so we picked him up a couple of cool ones from the consignment sale and wrapped them up. It was a very simple, but sweet, celebration.
The twins will be arriving some time in the next four weeks. I’ve finished their baby blankets and have been crocheting a few other things. We do still need to set up the crib!
People seem really curious about the vehicle we’re going to drive and when we’re going to move into a bigger house. We have the bus for transportation and plan to “make do” with our current three-bedroom home for as long as possible. Mr. Smith and I don’t spend too much time “hanging out” in our bedroom, so we don’t really foresee many issues sharing it with the twins for a while. Kids and parents used to all sleep together in one room, didn’t they?
Also, we’re still pretty stuck on names.
My claim for short-term disability was approved! This provides such a huge relief, that we can depend on money that will continue to come in, despite me (the breadwinner) being out of work. I feel extremely thankful for paid disability and a paid maternity leave. Honestly, I’m not quite sure how I could possibly continue to work at this point. If not for these disability benefits, we’d be facing a major setback on paying off debt and/or I would have an extremely short maternity leave.
We pulled Tornado and Trey out of daycare. The money saved there pretty much makes up for the difference between the amount of my benefits versus full pay. Mr. Smith and I are working together to watch the two younger kids (Goofball goes to 1st Grade) while trying to get things done. My time with the kids involves a lot of reading books on the couch.
At the beginning of the year, I made a list of financial goals that were organized by the four quarters of 2017. Our goal for the 1st Quarter was to pay off our last credit card. We have continued to pay it down, but there is still a little over $1,000 left on it. We have enough cash to pay it off, but have been waiting to do so, because of the uncertainty involved with this pregnancy and early maternity leave. Once we are sure, we will pay this one off. We sure have come a long way when it comes to our credit cards!
The weather has not been cooperating for Mr. Smith to start his work on the bus, so I don’t have any photos of our progress to share right now. The first step will be a really deep clean out of everything. He has to remove all of the decals and the stop sign. Then, he can sand it and get started with painting.
We tend to keep things pretty simple when it comes to celebrating Easter. Many families seem to turn it into another Christmas (ex. new bicycles from the Bunny). We enjoyed a free Easter egg hunt put on by a local church. Trey actually won a raffle for a cute little basket!
Mr. Smith was sick with a bad cold, so I mustered up all of my energy to go hide eggs with jelly beans in the yard on Easter morning. The kids received baskets with a little bit of candy and some things like bubbles and water squirters from the Dollar Store. We save the baskets, grass, and plastic eggs to reuse from year to year. The kids were happy with their treats. Also, we colored some eggs and made bunny cut-out cookies. The total we spent on this holiday was under $20.
My physical limitations continue to be very frustrating. There is so much I would like to do with this time, but find myself battling with pain, discomfort, and fatigue most of the day. I’m doing my best to be productive with small bursts of energy, but am really longing to meet these twins and start feeling like myself again.
Tell me, what have you been up to? Anything exciting that you’re looking forward to this spring?