The job I took on when I started homeschooling my children is a big reason my priorities have shifted away from this blog, which I miss terribly. So pardon me while I use you to air my thoughts and beliefs on what led me to this decision while also attempting to keep myself motivated to
Continue reading Why We’re Homeschooling: Some Thoughts as a New Homeschooling Mom
This is my son preening after one of many victory rides. He’s become rather obsessed with cycling since we moved to Monterey, and he cajoles his dad into long rides (think 20-30+ miles) up and down the coast as often as possible — at least once a week, though he’d go out more if he had
Continue reading The Cost of a Teen Turning Sweet Sixteen. (and a muse on the driving age in the U.S.)
You know, “checks”? Those paper things? Remember those? Since we’re renting out our house now instead of selling it and thus continuing our status as homeowners, some checkups have been in order: Chimney ~ check. Inspection Cleaning Total: $118 Heat Pump ~ check. Annual Maintenance Fee: $169.00 Leak Found. Leak repaired: $443.00 Drain Pan Treatment: $35.00 Pack of Filters:
Continue reading You ever have one of those days when you feel like all you do is write checks?
Never mind the little guys all of four-years-old buzzing around the rink all get-up in their hockey gear skating circles around my kids (and me) with their knees all of six inches off the ground. Olivia and Peter had a great time, walkers and all. This was our first time skating this winter, and Peter’s first
Continue reading Kids’ Activitie$: An Update
Do you ever decide to pay someone to do something you would usually do yourself? Just to give yourself a break? The kids desperately needed a haircut. Conner was the only one complaining, but I had ignored the little ones for too long, pun intended. Wow, first the title, then this. Who knew I could
Continue reading Sometimes You Gotta Cut Yourself a Break.
It took a few weeks for us to settle into our Fall routine of school and various activities. Mainly because my kids kept changing their minds about what they wanted to do! I’m no soccer mom. But. I’m all about dabbling at the younger ages: what better time for them to explore all that is
Continue reading The Activities That Almost Were (and the cost of the ones that are).
Do you Goodwill? Frequent Thrift Shops? Hop yard sales? Yes, yes, and yes? Do you (hardly almost) never shop regular retail for your kids’ clothes? I’ve steered away from yard sales in recent years. I’ve also declared [many times] that I will never again have one myself! Every time I do anyway, my husband is
Continue reading Organizing Kids’ Seasonal Clothes — and Saving $$ on Them, Too.
Just got a bill from Conner’s high school. All in all, not too bad… English: $9.50 Physical Science: $20 French 2: $13 Health: $4 Drafting Techniques: $20 Algebra: $8 Total: $74.50 …So far, anyway? Kind of wondering if there’ll still be an admin fee, or if it’s all mixed in with the individual class fees…
Continue reading School Expenses: An Update. And still counting…
We’re talking finances here, of course. Not the emotional cost. Because 15? Seriously? That’s how old I was just a few years ago… Do we count eating out as a family as part of the birthday cost? Since that was the birthday boy’s dinner request? Even though it didn’t effect what we gave him for
Continue reading How Much Does It Cost For a Son to Turn 15?
Another poll on USAA recently asked, “What will the average family spend on back-to-school shopping this year?” The choices: $167 $490 $606 $732 What say you? This is how the votes played out when I cast mine today: $167 10.7% $490 42.5% $606 30.1% $732 16.8% And the winner is…. $606! “According to a recent
Continue reading What is the average family spending on back-to-school shopping this year?