Letters To My Children

Yea!  I only have one more letter to write and then I am up to date on my letters that I write to my children!  I write letters to my children to explain what they are going through at that time, how big they are, what their favorite foods, toys, hobbies, etc are!  My intent is to one day include them in a scrapbook and give it too them before they get married!  When they are newborns, I like to write them a letter every three months or so!  They just change so fast during that first year!  Then after the first year then I usually write two to three a year!  It is really neat to go back and read them and see how they are all different, but also how much they are the same too!  Sometimes I feel a little stressed about it, because it just seems to be “one more thing” on my To Do list, but to me it’s worth the time and effort!  I already cherish these letters and I’m just assuming that they will be even more cherished as time goes by!  I really hope that my children will cherish them as well when I give them to them!  One way I make this task a little easier is by having a “Letter Idea” sheet in our family binder that I use everyday, this way when they do or say something that I want to remember, I simply  jot down a few notes to remind myself.  Each letter usually includes their height, weight, favorite foods, eating habits, sleeping habits, favorite toys & TV shows, how they interact with siblings, what we did for holidays/birthdays, their new favorite toys, I usually quote them and write exactly what they say phonetically, so that I can remember how they talked (for example my two year old tells me all the time, “No Mommi, I do et!”)!

How do you record your children’s   milestones?

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Financial Frustration

I have been getting a little frustrated lately trying to make saving a priority, planning for Christmas, and trying to control my immature nature to spend!  The only thing that I am currently being successful with is planning for Christmas!   I have been getting frustrated that I am not doing a better job and setting a better example for my children.  Then, today, I was given a gift of a tiny reprieve!  Money Saving Mom posted a story about saving when you can barely pay your bills!  This took me back to the time before we took Financial Peace University and we were getting close to the point of feeling like we would have to pay for groceries by putting them on a credit card!

Our car tags came in the mail today, and I was granted a calming sensation as I placed the sticker on the license plate.  Not too long ago, I remember how stressful October was for us, because we did not budget for car registration and tags.  We would always have to scramble the entire month of October to get enough to pay this bill!  Although I am frustrated because we are not where I want to be financially, I did enjoy taking the time today to remember how far we’ve come!  It has given me more hope that every step, albeit however tiny and insignificant it may seem at the time, is a tiny step in the right direction!

What financial frustrations are you dealing with right now?

I posted this link above as well, but Dave Ramsey also put out an article on how important October is for our financial futures!

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Irony

I am having a bad day!  Starting out with my husband, literally rushing out the door with my son in order to get to school in time.  Then my four year old had his check up today, so he got shots, so needless to say, he’s in a wonderful mood!  The doctor’s office visit took longer than expected, so I didn’t make it to  Zumba class, which I should have just gone to anyway, I could really use the stress relief right now!  We get home and my son is uncomfortable from the shots and my youngest had shots yesterday, so he’s in  a great mood too!  We get home and I have the kids pick a movie to watch, maybe I can de-stress a little bit (yea right)!  During the movie I find out some information that irritates me (surrounding people that were already irritating me) so now I’m super angry and I just want to yell at someone.  To calm down, I go and cuddle with the kids and watch a movie.  Now it’s lunch time and quiet time!  The kids didn’t eat, even though it’s one of their favorites and they are resisting quiet time (more than usual).  The baby is completely off his schedule and not happy about it, he will not fall asleep!  I am to the point where I just want to walk out, but I don’t want to because of my kids!  Ironic!  I would be upset right now, even if I didn’t have kids, but the kids being unhappy and uncooperative just seems to be escalating the problem!  Good thing there is a lot of TV I want to watch tonight (new season premiers and season finale), so I think I will fix dinner, we will eat, I will take a nice long shower, get an adult beverage, and watch some TV!  I’m not writing this blog because I want sympathy, I’m writing it cause I want to share my life, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I want you to know that everyone has bad “Mommy” days where the kids watch too much TV and that we are just trying our best not to scream!  I read a few blogs and they are very helpful, but they don’t ever “air their dirty laundry!”  They only show the good and amazing parts of having children and raising a family!  I just want to know that I’m not all alone out there!!

Do you have a bad day story you want to share?

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