Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Who finances furniture?!?!

So good news! Joel and I paid off another debt! Sadly, this was not part of our original debt snowball, this was debt we added on later. We paid off our wonderful living room furniture, who finances furniture??? Well, we did! And let me tell you, our couches suddenly got a whole lot more comfortable!

crazy line to success

Our road to success is not finished, but it has looked a lot like that second picture. Seriously, we are in the home stretch!
Less than $10K left to go!! So close I can taste it! In case you need a reminder we started with over $100K in debt! So we have paid off 90%!!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Meal Planning Monday {June 9, 2014}

Monday - Me: Bunco, Boys: Frozen Pizza

Tuesday - Grilled chicken with grilled veggies

Wednesday - Me and Landry: Salad and baked potato, Joel: Guy's night

Thursday - Fish with rice and veggies

Friday - Turkey burgers and chips

Saturday - Chicken and rice casserole

Sunday - Joel's choice for Father's Day

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

My strange little man

On Sunday Landry woke up with ALL kinds of eye boogers. His eye lashes were caked together and it was gross. He didn't have a fever and was acting fine, so I cleaned him off and we headed to church.

After church, he was still acting great, but his eyes were a little red and they continued to produce yellow pussy stuff. We decided to stop by urgent care on our way just to make sure it wasn't pink eye. I didn't want to send him to school on Monday if it was.

Apparently, (in all my years with allergies I have never heard of this) instead of his nose producing the sinus drainage, his eyes were! Gross! They gave us a prescription for some eye drops, but told us it wasn't anything to worry about.

That night when we were getting him ready for bed we were prepared for the battle of our lives putting eye drops in his eyes.

Low and behold, little man didn't mind it! In fact, when we were finished he picked up the bottle and 'eye, eye'.

Monday morning he woke up and his eyes were a TON better. We decided that we would still give him the eye drops just to be sure. That night we were debating whether we should give them to him again and when we went into his room to get ready for bed, he again picked up the bottle and said 'eye, eye'.

He is definitely my kid. I don't mind putting stuff in my eye and I guess he doesn't either.

Keep in mind this is the same kid that takes nasal spray every night before bed with no problem.

Thank you God for the small blessing of a child who doesn't mind medicine!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Master Closet {Reveal}

Finally, the day you've all been waiting for... Okay, so maybe I am a bit dramatic, but I am finally posting the pictures of our master closet renovation! In case you missed it you can find the before here, part 2 here, and part 3 here.

Let's start with the wall color reveal. I know it's bold, but a closet should be cheerful!

wall/closet color

Then we hung the shelves one section at a time.

Don't laugh at my facial expression... That things was heavy (especially for this weakling!) Also, I apologize for the blurriness, the picture was taken in a hurry (for obvious reasons).

And now...

We have a big full length mirror that we still need to hang, but everything else is finished!

You'll notice that we still have boxes stacked in the corner. Joel has reserved that spot for a gun safe. As soon as we have saved for it, we will buy one and put it in there.

Look at all the shoe storage I have now!!

I even have built jewelry storage! Now I just need to fill it with my jewelry.

We even have art work hanging on the wall!

Y'all Joel did such a great job making this a dream closet!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Meal Planning Monday - May 13

Monday - Me: Bunco, Boys: on there own

Tuesday - Texas Roadhouse for school fund raiser

Wednesday - Enchiladas

Thursday - Fish and veggies

Friday - Pizza

Saturday - Grilled chicken salad

Sunday - Tacos

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Throwback Thursday - May 8

This throwback is dedicated to my first Mother's Day. The day did not go according to plan, you can read all about that here.

But this little boy made my day and still does!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Smart Money Smart Kids

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If you have read this blog anytime at all, then you know that Joel and I are huge fans of Dave Ramsey. We have been following his baby steps and are almost debt free! You can read more about our whole debt journey here.

This past Thursday, Dave and his daughter Rachel were in town for a book signing. They co-wrote a new book called "Smart Money Smart Kids". It is all about "raising the next generation to win with money". You can check it out here.

barnes and noble book signing

I talked Joel into coming with me and we ended up being 12 in line! We got our book signed and our FPU certificate signed. But that's not even the best part.

smart money smart kids

At each of the book signing they have been giving away $2,000 toward a college scholarship fund! Joel and I both entered to win and wouldn't you know... JOEL WON!!

barnes and noble book signing

We got to be 'interviewed' by Dave right there in Barnes and Noble and then we had our picture taken with Dave and Rachel!

scholarship winner

Y'all we have not started a college fund for Landry yet. We are still on baby step 2. So winning this is HUGE HUGE! When we got to the car and the realization of what just happened hit me I cried. This is as if we had put away $1000 per year of Landry's life. This is not the gift of $2000, it is so much more. We are going to invest this over the next 16 years and by the time Landry heads to college this money will have grown to much much more.

Dave and Rachel,
I doubt you read my little blog, but if you do "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts"!
Joel, Carissa, and Landry

Monday, May 5, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

budget meal planning

Monday - Pepperoni Casserole

Tuesday - Baked chicken and green beans

Wednesday - Chicken squares

Thursday - Tilapia and corn

Friday - Breakfast for dinner at Emily's birthday

Saturday - Mom conference

Sunday- Kitchen closed for Mother's Day

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Only One More To Go

We paid off another student loan!!! It's been along time coming, so I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am! This means we have 1 more student loan to pay off and then our car is next! We finally hit our stride again and our goal is to be completely debt free (except for the house) in 12 months!

debt snowball pay off

I also have a little confession to make. We have been working Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps, but we have made some mistakes along the way. There have been times when we were going strong paying things off and sticking to our budget, but there have been other times that we bought things we didn't need (right then) and gotten into more debt. I say that because this month we also paid off a mattress that we financed. It wasn't part of our original debt and we got 36 month no interest when we bought it. However, this month we also paid it off 2 years early.

I want this confession to encourage you if you are on the journey to be debt free. It is a journey, and sometimes you slip back into your old habits and get a little off track. But that doesn't mean you stop!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bluebonnets 2014

I knew from before I had kids, that taking bluebonnet pictures was going to be a tradition for my family. What I didn't expect was that we would go to the car show every year and take blue bonnet pictures afterward. (At least that is what we have done the last 2 years). I guess when you have a husband that loves cars it only makes sense.

Did you know, its a myth that it's illegal to pick bluebonnets? I guess our little guy won't have the police after him.

Nonna was in town this year, so she had to get a few with her grand baby.

The difference a year makes.

Last year we went to the same bluebonnet patch. While I was taking pictures our lens cap fell out of the pocket and we lost it. We looked everywhere, but never found it. As we were getting out of the car this year I was telling my MIL about it and putting my cap in the car (so it wouldn't happen again).

As we are walking Joel say "Carissa, your never going to believe this", I turn around and look at what he's holding!! We thought for sure the lawn mowers would mess it up, but it was in great condition (just a little dirty)!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Practice Easter Egg Hunt

Last Saturday (while Nonna was here) we decided to have a practice run of Easter egg hunting. That way when we try this week he will know what he is doing.

He caught on VERY quickly and had tons of fun!

When he was finished dumped them all out and wanted to go again!

It made for a really cute photo op though.

I think we're ready for tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blogging Funk

In case you haven't noticed, I have been in a funk lately when it comes to blogging. I am determined to get some post written over the next few days because let's face it... I can not getting any further behind.

We have had lots going on in our house. The closet reveal is one of those things I need to post! But God has also been working on my heart and I want to share that with you as well.

So stay tuned!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Master Closet Redo - {Part 3}

I have been so busy and tired from working on this closet I haven't been able to show you all our progress. Here are some pictures from our work

1. We continued to stain...

2. We moved everything out of the closet into our bedroom. Talk about a mess!

3. We started building the sections of the closet.

4. We took down all of the old shelves and rods. And I am just going to take a moment to brag on myself (it's my blog I'm allowed to). I took these down with limited help from Joel. Also, I figured out the best way to get the shelves off before Joel did! I know he would have eventually figured it out, but I was so proud of myself for figuring something out before my handy husband.

5. We painted, the paint color is going to stay a secret for now.

6. We started hanging stuff and putting it back in the closet.

And of course, we had a little help!

I can't wait to reveal it! That will be my next post! So stay tuned!