I don't really do new year's resolutions. My motto every year is to just "roll with" whatever BS the year throws at us. Which is what I'll be doing again this year.
What a year it will be!
With Baby Bez 3.0 upon us, I know one thing that will be tight come September--money.
Two kids under 5 years old in daycare while I work? Oh that will be $2400 a month. Gotta love New Jersey.
Yes, I realize I could give it up and become a stay at home mom, but it's my decision to work. I saw too many SAHMs have their worlds fall apart when I worked in family law. I can't take that risk, slim as it might be that Dr. Mad Scientist will divorce me or get hit by a bus.
Honestly though, if you have ever driven/walked in New Jersey, that bus-hitting scenario isn't too far-fetched!
But it's OK. It's:
a) temporary -- in three years, Mooch will be in kindergarten or, in the more pleasant alternative, we'll be out of New Jersey--maybe in the land of Grandpa's Dog and Babysitting Service!
b) we've done it before -- I had a take home pay of approximately the same after daycare when Chunky was first born. We can adapt.
I'm already squirreling away money for our "fun" yearly stuff that we do that is complete luxury and non-necessity--our summer trip to the shore (or the "beach" if you don't live in New Jersey); our annual apple picking outing in the fall; another year in the township's football program for Chunky; and our Christmas tree cutting outing.
I'm also crossing my fingers that our tax return will be enough to pay off Dr. Mad Scientist's damned student loan (for his BACHELOR'S degree of all things--he didn't pay a dime for his PhD, if you don't count how much of his soul he sold) and we'll be debt free.
So we'll see. We'll just ramble on thru 2012 doing our best to keep up.
Don't worry, there will be plenty of cookies too.
Did you see those cinnamon M&Ms they had on sale at Christmas?
I don't think they were very popular. And while the one I ate was OK, it was nothing I could consume in excess.
I think many people were thinking like me because they had OODLES of bags of them at Target on sale for 50% off this weekend.
Pair them up with your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe?