Where did my money go???

It been one of those weeks.

You see we live on a budget and this month a couple of credit card bills were paid twice due to some misunderstandings between my husband & the credit card companies. So we are short about $600. Ugh. At least I have some items stockpiled. I do need to get a few items still. I really need wipes & want to make my own so I have to see if I can pull it off buying the start up stuff.

Also I had planned on making my own laundry soap but again start up costs. Oh well.

As for my goals I have started up a to do list for the day, gotten a schedule set up for day I am home (which are most) & finished my coupon book & mostly done w/ household notebook. I really need to get the kitchen in a better working condition.

I also want to start making my own bread when DH is home. I still must buy some bread for C’s school lunch as she informed me nobody brings homemade bread sandwiches. Ok whatever. It will still save money when he is home. I usually eat last night’s dinner for lunch.

Well that’s been my week thus far…interesting I know. Be on the look out for my PODA to be posted. Thanks for stopping by.

Finally Friday

Oh my word what a week it has been. My husband who is normally off shore is currently home but in school all this week. So that means up extra early all week and really early yesterday and today plus packing an extra lunch. Good new is I am able to get more accomplished in the AMs but by 3pm I’m beat. So getting up at 5 isn’t that much fun but I may try to start getting up earlier than my usual 6:30 or so. Lets see how my week has been going on my goals.

We did finish our taxes in time with a refund due so that’s good. I wasn’t able to e-file because I couldn’t find last years pins. So whatever. I DID however manage to finish my coupon binder & halfway through my household notebook. I did though get my list of daily chores done which I do plan on posting soon. I don’t like calling it my daily to do’s though, I heard something via Twitter which I like. It called your PODA (parade of daily activities).

I was also able to switch the girls rooms. After 3 days the baby slept all night in her new room with her sissy. Last night however was different. My children & I like it cool in the house my husband does not. I think when she gets hot she wakes up. Momma’s about to put her foot down & tell hubby to wear more clothes to bed. The play room is coming along well. I am gonna have it knocked out by next weekend I hope. This weekend is jam packed w/ 2 parties & a game night & church.

Well that has been my week has been busy yet productive. How has yours been???

What have I been doing all week.

Good morning. I know its been a while but its been so busy. First my husband returned home the Thurs. before Easter then well Easter & currently I have both kids home with sometimes a spare. Our district lets school out Good Friday & the week after Easter. Also we had to finish up our taxes. I work 2 home based businesses plus my husband has one then last year I was still working as a Realtor which means a 1099 & my husband works off shore which means a W2. Needless to say tax time is ugly. We are not really happy w/ the other person at that time. Then my computer had crashed last month (no back up) & I lost ALL of my financial stuff plus we couldn’t import last years info. Then I thought my DH had them but no such luck. So off to the bank I went to get copies of our statement. (Now not going paperless I want them mailed to me) Of course I had to jump through hoops to get them all to get my DH’s proof of a $700 school he attended. So now our taxes we completed by the 14th. Yeah!!

Now my DH has broken the news to me that he has to go to yet another 2 schools. One is next week & that one is $600 & the other one will be maybe next hitch in & that one is $1200. Luckily his company agreed to pay for the $1200 one. Would prefer them to pay for both but at least its an education right off.

How am I coming on my goals you ask? Well I made a coupon book & have been pretty faithful about them. I am also almost done w/ my household notebook. We are getting a refund this year and besides a couple of purchases (new work boots for DH new flash drive for me) we are applying it to our debt. Slowly but surely chipping it away.

I am really wanting to do a giveaway but I want more followers. I think I will do one when I reach 10 followers. So if you are just reading this please follow me & tell your friends.

Hope all is going well in your lives

The Semi-Single Mom

Doctor Visit

Ok…just got back from taking B to the Dr. For the past 3 days she’s been green snotty with a wet cough. If you are a mom you know what I mean. Needless to say I am very tired. So anyway on the way to the doctor I brought my 4 y/o niece whom I keep in the mornings to my moms for the day. She is too funny. She grabbed a piece of candy out of the candy jar & asked if she could eat it. Of course it was 9:30am so my mom said no. Well she used her most famous reasoning…”My mommy lets me”. Right. So after I left my mom called & said K asked for something & when my mom said no she said “Well Aunt Angel lets me.” I guess since she knew the mom excuse didn’t work this one might. I love this age.
Then we get to the Dr. & of course its just like I thought. Sinus infection & need amoxicillian. I don’t see why they just can’t take my word on it. But another thing happened. The Dr. said B had a wall of wax that needed to be punctured. The nurse & I held her down & the Dr. took out this huge wax ball. It was gross. I can’t even imagine having that in my ear. So now we are on our way to recovery. Yea!
I am about to lave to p/u my husband from the airport. Tomorrow is Good Friday so yall have a very Happy Easter.

The Semi-Single Mom

Random things

Just some random facts about me to somewhat introduce myself.

  1. My middle name is Love.
  2. I am married
  3. I have 2 daughters & 1 stepson
  4. My husband & I have been married since June 24, 2000.
  5. This is my first real blog
  6. I have myspace, facebook, twitter accounts.
  7. I love to read
  8. I don’t mind housework but hate taking out the trash
  9. I love my kids but don’t want more
  10. I’ll do anything for a friend or family member
  11. I enjoy church (most of the time)
  12. I hate it when men at church think women are inferior…I am a lot smarter than a good majority of our men
  13. I rock out in my minivan when the kids aren’t with me
  14. Sometimes I hate driving a minivan
  15. I love the town I live in most of the time
  16. My oldest thinks I’m a dork
  17. I often want the power to turn back time
  18. I’m often scared that something will happen to my husband when he’s gone but I try not to let him know.
  19. I like things to be organized
  20. I did not vote for Obama & do not trust him
  21. I am very protective of my children & family…do not cross me on this
  22. I go to church twice a week most weeks
  23. I think that even though I can open my own door the man should still make the attempt.
  24. I like to watch Seinfeld.
  25. I watch way to much TV

My other half

Well my husband comes home tomorrow evening. Its odd. I look forward to him coming home & being home for the first 3 weeks. Then that last week I am ready for him to leave. You see when he’s home he’s home. He has no friends here & he’s always under foot, making messes & generally just getting in my way. Between him & the baby I don’t know which is worse. Also next week is a school holiday so the 10 year old will be home too. I might actually go crazy.
So would you like your husband to work offshore? If so how long could you stand for him to be gone?

Gratituesdays

What am I truely grateful for? There are so many things. I guess the most important thing I’m grateful for is my family.
My family includes my immediate family of a husband & 2 children then it extends out to a whole slew of parents, sibilings, aunts, uncles, cousins & then come the greats (great aunts etc.) I counted up the other day and close family that lives w/in a 45 min drive there are 73 relatives with 3 more on the way. I love the fact that my children grow up with not only cousins but also a wealth of older relatives who have lived through so much. My oldest goes over to her great grandma’s every other week. My daughter is 10 & my grandma will be 82 this year. My grandma lived through the depression, saw the car come about and indoor plumbing. How many other kids can listen to stories like these.
So anyway I am very greatful for having such a big family where everyone is in everyone’s business & I still love them.
What are you grateful for????

Goals for 2009

Well its Sunday evening & I really don’t feel like doing anything at all. I am actually sitting on the couch watching Celebrity Apprentice feeling so lazy. But I digress.

Goals..I feel I need to achieve some purpose regarding this blog. So I have been thinking about what goals I want to accomplish before 2009 is over. Here is what I’ve come up with.

  1. Finances- I want to be debt free but that is not going to be accomplished this year unless we give up food & shelter. We’ve made some mistakes & we are paying for them. Everyday I think to myself oh lets just file for bankruptcy but no we are going to get out of this one dollar at a time. I’ve started using coupons again. I got out of the habit but need to jump back in.
  2. Organizing- I will put together a household notebook. All the really organized people I’ve run across have one of some type. I have been going through all the sites seeing what everyone has then will put together my own that fits my needs.
  3. Activity level/Weight- Ok I have a weight problem I know this. I also love to veg in front of the tv which is not good. I’ve always had this problem but its gotten worse. Also I live in Louisiana & I LOVE food. Not just sweets but all the bad for you foods. So I know I need to turn off the tv & get out more. Now that its warm I’ve been taking B to the park more often & I will get back to walking more.

That is all for now. I feel its enough. If you pile to many on your plate you are setting yourself up for failure I believe.

Well let me know what you think

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Welcome

Ok this is my first official post. So what do you mean by semi-single? Well my husband works offshore. He’s gone half of the year so every other month I am a single parent to our 2 girls. No I don’t get to act unmarried but it is hard sometimes doing it as a single. You see when he’s here I can lean on him, ask his opinion, etc. But when he’s gone I usually have to do it all myself. Sometimes if its not a pressing issue I can email him (sometimes it might take a few days for a response) but usually I just have to put on my big girl panties & jump. Luckily I have a large (and getting bigger by the minute) family that I can rely on…something not everyone has.
So I thought I’d use this blog as a way to chronicle my days. Sorta a way to keep the sanity & well everyone else is doing it….lol.
A little about me. My name is Angel and this month I am turning 33. I am married and we will celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary this June. I have 2 girls 10 & 2. My husband also has a 17 year old son. We live in South Louisiana which means most summers we get to pack up all of our possessions that we hold dear and evacuate. Yep hurricanes….got to love them. Yes we lived through Katrina but that is a story (adventure) for another time.
I don’t home school but I am very active with the school my oldest attends. I also belong to my local moms club so my youngest can socialize. I am one of the few stay at home moms in my family so its lonely sometimes.
I plan on using this to talk about my life & my goals. Goals I will do in another post. Reading these blogs I notice that all are different so I’ll just figure it out as I go along. I’ll update this blog as often as possible. I will shoot for daily but well life happens.
So again welcome, I look forward to getting some followers & reading your comments.

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