Over the last two weeks, at least one person in this house has been sick every single day. It started with my three-year-old; she came home from daycare and said that she didn’t feel good enough to go to gymnastics. My little girl is never sick and rarely slows down, so I knew right then and there that something was seriously wrong. [Read more…]
It’s easy to budget for your family when your kids are babies. But as I’m finding out, it gets a lot harder as they grow up. [Read more…]
If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely love beaches. Of course, not all beaches are created equal. I love the soft, white sand found on the beaches of the Florida panhandle, for example, but I prefer the crystal clear water you find in the Caribbean. Bonus Points for a soft, sandy bottom you can walk on, but Super Bonus Points for nooks and crannies where I can snorkel.
All beaches are different yet beautiful in their own way, and I truly enjoy any moment I can spend on one – anywhere. [Read more…]
A few weeks ago, my 5-year-old daughter and I were having a conversation about a wedding she went to with Holly. She was telling me about how much fun they had on the dance floor, spinning in circles and dancing with the other kids her age. I told her, “I wish I could have been there, but I had to work.” She responded flatly, “I wish you could have been there too, Daddy. But you have to miss lots of important days because of your work.”
And there it was…the response I’ve been dreading for years. Up to now, my children have been young enough that they haven’t noticed my schedule that much. Luckily, I have yet to miss anything important of theirs – mostly just extended family events – and I do spend almost all of my free time with the family. But how long is that defense going to last. As they get older and become more involved in different activities, I’m sure that I am going to have to miss the occasional game, recital, or event – much to their disappointment. [Read more…]
Well, as you probably know, we just got back from a pretty swell vacation in St. Maarten. Basically, what that means is that I’ve been checked out of the world for the past week. When we got back, I took a quick look at my calendar, noticed it was mid-January, and went about my usual Tuesday bidness. Then, I sauntered over to the giant stack of mail waiting for me on the counter. After sifting through the endless mound of junk, I ran across a few tax forms. “HOLY SCHNIKES!” I realized. It is tax time again! [Read more…]
Huzzah! The Christmas season is finally over, and DAAAAYUUMMM am I glad. Now that we’ve finally dug ourselves out from the avalanche of new Frozen items, it is nice to sit back and reflect a little about this Christmas season. Along with spending quality family time with our kids, we also tried to use this holiday season as an opportunity to teach our girls a few things that we think are important about money. Here are a few of the things that we actively tried to teach our kids this holiday season. [Read more…]