What a fun holiday when you have kids!! Even though Jackson is only 8 months old, he still celebrated the day with not one, but two costumes!
Here he is:
Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!!
Tabitha & Jackson
So I have been working hard on my challenge for October – to cut our grocery bills by 30-40%. I’ve done pretty well so far and hope to keep this up in the future. The best tools I have used to save money are menu planning and using coupons. I have found that planning ahead helps a ton when I am in the store because I don’t impulse buy.
So here is an update of my weekly expenditures:
Week 1: $101.58
Week 2: $150
Week 3: $168
Week 4: $132.15
Week 5: $157
Week 6: $101.97
Total = $810.70
Total Savings based on $200 per week average = $389 or 32%
And here is our menu for this week:
Sunday – Turkey Broccoli Casserole (I don’t have a recipe because it’s one of those throw-it-all-together meals)
Monday – Shrimp Scampi ( I just cook shrimp, angel hair pasta, and throw it together with sauce and we are good!)
Tuesday – Orange Chicken Slow Cooker Style. I got the recipe here.
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Chicken with potatoes and butternut squash
Friday – Pizza
Saturday – Leftovers
So there you have it – 32% is pretty good overall. I think I am going to strive for 35% next month – I’ll keep you updated.
As for November’s challenge, I can’t decide between a fitness challenge or a craft challenge. Any thoughts??
There are so many quirks I would love to figure out about babies, but I think they will remain mysteries. Maybe it’s better that way…,
You know, things like:
Their kung-fu grip – how the heck can babies hold onto your hair for dear life? It would be awesome if I could teach Jackson how to open sticky jars and zip up his own sleepers.
Their ability to poo right after you change them – seriously, JB does this every day. I don’t want to leave him wet or dirty, so I change him and he goes like 5 minutes later. It’s maddening!!
Their attention span – You could give a baby a toy with a million colors and songs and such and I swear that my baby would rather play with the popsicle stick the doctor gives him after checking his throat. It’s amazing to me that the simplest things impress babies. It’s too bad the remote only keeps him occupied for so long or I would buy 10 remotes, clean them, and let him go to town.
Their 6th sense of mommy sickness – Whenever I am tired or sick Jack seems to pick up on this and become extra needy. He needs extra love, he wakes up in the middle of the night, and he is a bit more fussy than usual. I don’t think he is getting sick too because this happens during Mommy’s, well, Mommy time of the month as well as any other time I am not feeling great.
I’m sure there are many more to add – any thoughts??
I cannot even believe that our baby is 8 months old! It’s so crazy to me that he is crawling all over the place with two teeth and has his own very distinct personality. Every day I think about how incredible my life is now that he is in it. I want to pinch myself to make sure it’s real, but I don’t have to because JB usually bites me on my leg/knee as I’m daydreaming these precious thoughts.
He is still not into “solid foods'’ like puffs, chunks of fruit/veggies, etc. I am hoping he starts to like them soon, especially since the holidays are coming up and I want him to experience all the yummy foods.
I took a few photos of him last weekend (when it was 80 degrees outside):
And here is the view from my back patio this morning:
I love Colorado!