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$10,875.60

$10,875.60.

This is approximately the amount of money it will cost us to send Juniper & Magnolia to private pre-school for the 2010/2011 school year. (I say approximate because I am not a skilled mathematician.)

Because we live in the city of the Little City, public schools are not an option. Well, they’re an option but not one we’d ever want to take. The public schools in the city here are horrendous. Plus, we’re Catholic and we’d really like our kids to attend Catholic schools. We’d need to move to the “ritzy” area of the Little City in order to send our kids to a public school. I’m not trying to offend anyone – it’s just that the public schools around here really suck.

$10,875.60. Which, of course, is not money that we are able to spare. Perhaps I’ll start looking into homeschooling. That would be the least expensive option for us. Would I be able to handle it though is the question. I’m a college graduate. For a couple years I studied Early Childhood Education – not that this qualifies me to teach children… but it’s certainly a leg up, right? I’m a high-stress person. By adding “school” to the list of things I need to do, am I over-scheduling myself? I had really been looking forward to having the kids in school so I could have more time to complete household tasks without interruption. Also so I’d have more time for me. I know, that sounds so selfish! But a Happy Rested Mom is a Good Mom in my opinion.

*sigh* While I would NEVER trade our twins in for a singleton, and while I know we are SO LUCKY to be blessed with twins (oh! AND a singleton!:)) and the ability to have our own children… I can’t help but think how easy it would be to just have one child. How inexpensive one child would be. We can afford to send one kid to preschool, but – haha – it’s not like we could draw a name out of hat and say “oh sorry, child #2, you can’t go to school.” And since they’re not identical we couldn’t send one on Tuesday and one on Thursday, right? (Haha – yeah, I know that’s not possible either!)

There’s the obvious “Why don’t YOU get a job?”. Why don’t I? It’s a great idea. Problem is, we’d need to pay for daycare while I was working… and that would use up all the money I’d be making so… we still wouldn’t be able to afford school. Gosh! It’s a crazy circle.

So, currently we’re trying to figure out where to come up with $10,875.60 for two days a week, six hours per day pre-school.

Do you have any get rich quick schemes? You know, other than robbing a bank? HAHAHAHA 🙂

UPDATE: We’ve come up with a list to save money:

1. Breastfeed longer (we’ll see how that goes)

2. Cut Down on Organic Foods: Only give girls Organic Milk & Meats; only buy Organics if it’s a good price. Otherwise, they’ll be fine eating non-organic carrots. Right? Right. 🙂

3. Bundle our DirecTV and ATT to save money on phone/internet/cable (Found out we need to disconnect both and then get a new account in order to bundle…a pain in the butt however this will save us at least $10/month.)

4. Become Electric Nazis: I know, I shouldn’t use the word Nazi as it might be offensive to some people. I mean it in more of the Seinfeld Soup Nazi sort of way. That we’d become obsessive with turning off lights and the tv, and unplugging electronics that we aren’t using. I’m not giving up on our outside lights at night though. Not in this neighborhood.

5. No Eating Out. No Exceptions. Like today: Instead of enjoying a lunch out with my Hubby (and Snowdrop) while the girls are at Grandma’s house, I made him a grilled cheese instead. I’m such a nice wife.

6. No Trips. I’m pretty sure this will be an easy one although I’m also pretty sure that my Hubby has something up his sleeve regarding Bonnaroo. We agreed not to go… but he had something in his email about Bonnaroo that he wouldn’t let me see. I saw the Inbox so I know he’s up to something. And although I know his password, I’m going to go for the surprise instead of ruining it for myself – and for him. He loves to surprise me. Also, we can make my family come down from the Big City instead of going up there. 🙂

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Bonnaroo & Being Pregnant

Bonnaroo was a total blast! We secured handicapped accessible camping for the weekend and we ended up 50 yards (if not less) from the entrance to the venue!! AWESOME!!!!! I was able to go back to the car and sit in the AC when I needed to cool off. I took naps almost every day & kept myself hydrated. It went better than I thought it would…. although, I will NEVER EVER NEVER EVER NEVER NEVER NEVER use port-a-potties EVER AGAIN. We’re bringing the girls’ training potties next time we go camping or to any sort of festival. I seriously refuse to use a port-a-potty ever again. I’m pretty much shocked by other peoples’ bathroom habits and when I found a poop the size of my forearm on the seat of a freshly emptied potty – it was the last straw. I had a crying fit of desperation, begged my husband to let us leave THAT NIGHT (the last night!), and eventually calmed down and used the bathroom so I could sleep before our drive back home the next morning. I didn’t use the potties the next morning, instead waiting two hours until we found a clean bathroom in a Wendy’s.

I ate McDonald’s AND Wendy’s this weekend. (GASP!!!) I haven’t eaten fast food since the beginning of my last pregnancy – no joke. I’ve totally avoided it thus far… but there was something about hashbrowns & an egg mcmuffin that I just HAD to eat on our way out there… and something about the clean Wendy’s we stopped at, I just felt inspired for chicken fingers, french fries, and a frosty. Who can seriously pass up a frosty? Not me. 🙂 But no more fast food. It’s only a road trip/camping allowance. For real.

So Bonnaroo…. we saw PHISH, THE BOSS (Bruce Springsteen) – on Sunday, they played Mustang Sally, Bobby Jean, and Glory Days together. The guitar solo during Glory Days rocked my socks off. It was incredible. We saw many other music acts like The Itals, Snoop Dogg, The Lovell Sisters (met them & got their autographs, AWESOME!!!!),  Galactic with Trombone Shorty (if you don’t know who Trombone Shorty is, YOU MUST CHECK HIM OUT)…. oh, Ben Harper, we listened to Jimmy Buffet while we made a Djembe for our girls – a Djembe is a drum… gosh, we saw a lot of fabulous music & a lot of great art. It was a blast!!!
I was pretty annoyed by the fact that I was the ONLY ONE not smoking pot… which meant that Hubby & our friends had NO CLUE where they were most of the time. “Wait, where is the What Tent?” … of course, I knew exactly where it was, who was playing when, what time they stopped, etc. I guess it’s funny cause I was clearly sober and they weren’t… I promise I didn’t smoke anything this weekend – but I can’t say I didn’t feel a little high at times from all the second-hand smoke. It was literally unavoidable.
Okie dokie, the girls are awake – YAY!!!! I missed them SOOOOOOOOOOO much – I always do. I must go now, but I’m so glad to be back home and back into reality. 🙂

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