1. Our budget. We are back to budgeting because when you are poor, you can't buy everything you want and you can't do everything you want to do. Even when all you really want to buy is enough fruit to keep your kids happy for an entire week and buy cheap (cheap) cheap stuff from the thrift store. Especially when the saddest thing that has ever happened in your life costs almost $300 in medical bills and you pay your bills in full without dipping into savings. I promise I don't dwell on that sad event constantly in real life, it just keeps coming up on OMML. This month is tight and even though our kids still have plenty of fresh, locally grown fruit from the farmer's market, I wish we could have more. And, even though I cheated and charged $6 to the debit card at the thrift store because I didn't have any cash and I desperately wanted a pair of brand spanking new jeans that fit perfectly and a book I've been itching to read, I wish I could have dug through the clothes racks until I found brand new Ann Taylor Loft sweaters like I always do.
But, I can't.
And, I won't.
Because I finally have the insight to know that this budget is more than paying bills and saving our pennies. It is about delayed gratification -- something I hope my kids have at an early age after learning about the "Marshmallow Test for Success" -- and knowing that I don't need stuff to make me happy.
And truth by told, maybe less stuff will make me happy. After all, I am paying for yoga with the monies from selling unsused stuff around the house. My biggest complaint about our house has always been the horrible kitchen storage space and these days I have more than enough room since selling off everything I don't use.
I can complain about the budget but at least I don't have to complain about the lack of storage space anymore.
2. Liza has been out of diapers for 3 days. She has only peed in the potty 3 times. Like her much beloved pup-pups, she prefers the grass. Can't blame her since she watches big brother pee outside all day, every day. But, she's not a boy so it's not quite as convenient for her. Good thing we love little girl dresses and I am laid back about things like this.
I keep telling myself that she will find the potty in due time. And, then I tell myself again. And, again. And, then I tell myself that it will happen when she is ready and this is an amazing first step at 22.5 months old. And, then I remind myself to breathe.
And clean up the pee.