Monday, December 31, 2007
#1 cash system - we have tried in the past and it worked some times. We used to withdraw cash twice a month for groceries, gas, entertainment and necessities. When we stuck to it, we were always able to stay on budget. So, we are going to try again, now that we have been in our rental for 3 months and been watching our expenses, we have an idea of what it takes to live here.
#2 work-out - I got a gym membership (from Ben) and IPOD (from Bryan & Susan) for C-mas, so I am going to begin hitting the gym this next month. I kept trying to get a group of friends to walk with me, but everyone's lives are so busy. It was hard to nail down a consistent time.
#3 giving up soft drinks and sweet tea - I have had to do this as a necessity for the past two weeks b/c I was sick and it was not that hard. I LOVE my sweet tea, but I have discovered sweet-n-low is not too bad.
These three things have been tough hurdles in the past. Hopefully we are wiser, and also have the kinks out of most of them, that it should be easier to follow through.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Last night at church was our church Christmas Party. We had potluck and karaoke in the main sanctuary. I let the girls wear some fun Christmas outfits including Bella wearing a white button up. They fed the kids mac and cheese, either Bell did not get any or they were gracious enough to feed her!! Ben and I had a great time chatting with friends and the girls had a blast - Landry with Ms. Kristine and Bell with Mr. Tim. Ben and I have both decided to begin serving again this January and everyone we told were so excited we were coming back. We cannot wait to hang out with our friends and serving in His house again. Ben will be back on the media team and I will be serving as Pastor Lori's assistant on Sunday mornings and I will be working with the curriculum on Fridays again.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
The girls are huge fans of cartoons. Could not get any pics in front of the cute cartoons b/c the girls would not take their eyes off of them:)
We had so much fun at the Zilker Park Trail of Lights last night. We are tempted to do it again this week. The kettle corn was well worth it, we had popcorn for snack today too!! The girls squealed all night long and the whole way home Bella did her "Hulk Grunt." I was disappointed the charged $10 for parking, it has always been free in the past. We had so much twirling under the big tree of lights. We played Ring a Round the Rosie until Mommy got sick!!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Last night, we finally decorated our C-mas tree. Decorating our tree is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. I think it is b/c I get to collect cute tiny things and no one says anything about it. I have a thing for knick knacks. These are a few of my favorite ornaments. Every year, my mom gives us an ornament. Ben and I have been giving each other ornaments for the past 11 years. They are some of my fave ornaments. Every year, I give him a Hallmark Star Wars ornaments. My Nana, my great-grandmother made us ornaments, so when she passed away my great aunt made me an ornament from one of her memorial flowers. WE used to give ornaments on Christmas morning, but a good friend suggested we exchange ornaments when we put up the tree, so we can enjoy them that season.