So as many already know Mondays I take off of work and I just work the extra hours during the rest of the week normally. I'm extremely blessed that I'm allowed to flex my hours like this so yesterday I broke out of my food budget because I really wanted something different and a pot roast (which always turns into more of a beef stew) sounded like just the thing now that we are into Fall. So I rushed off to the store after getting everyone out the door and did my grocery shopping for this week. I've been trying to do a monthly meal plan but this month trying to figure out what we will eat has been difficult because we so often just eat the same things just in random order. I've been told, "Well this looks like something the family would eat" by friends but often I just don't have the time to spend in the kitchen. Neither here nor there though, I went and got what I needed and started the roast.
I then left a message for Brielle's dentist to find out what our part of her teeth extractions we will have to pay. For those that don't know, Brielle's baby teeth are just not wanting to come out which is causing more problems for her mouth so we have the okay from the doctor to have them extracted. As I said though, I left a message so we'll come back to this.
I worked on cleaning the house, I baked a cake because Peter and I have been having a sweet tooth and the girls are a little tired of me always pushing fruit for desert.
I gave Blacky, our dog, another bath as I'm trying to work on getting these darn flees out of my home! I have them managed but I want them GONE! It's such an embarrassment to have a pest like that in your home but they are so hard to get rid of but I know if I stay on top of it that eventually we will get there. I'm still quite upset that the Frontline that I spent so much money on just stopped working for both the cat and the dog and now I have to deal with this.
The plunger in the kids' toilet broke this past Friday so Monday I got out and bought a new plunger and I splurged and I fixed their toilet when I got home I was very proud of myself.
I went to Jo-Ann's Fabric and bought a vinyl siding hook so I could hang my fall wreath. I also splurged and bought some new hot pads for the kitchen for this fall at the dollar store. They were really cute and my other hot pads were falling apart. So that was my big spending spree of $10.
I went down to the YMCA to write them a new check for $30 for Holiday Camp as they had lost our last check that I wrote several months ago. They had it noted to shred the first check if found and this is a key reason why I make sure to get carbon copy checks.
I got a phone call later from the dentist office and our part after insurance pays is $197 for Brielle's teeth to be extracted (5 teeth to be exact) and I told them I would make the appointment after I figured out how to get the money. I know how to get the money but as our emergency fund dwindles nearly to nothing I get very scared. I am kind of wishing we would have taken out a second loan but the fact we had to take out the first one makes me sad. We had done well for so many years saving but this past year has definitely humbled us as we find it harder and harder to do things with cash in hand.
I also found out that the check I had wrote Brielle for Beta Club that was due last Thursday she lost. I found this out Monday night and initiation is tonight! So I wrote her a new check but now I am fearful because I didn't know who to make out the check too the first one had no name on it so anyone can put their name down and cash it. It may only be $20 but $20 is a lot of food and is nearly a week worth of After School fees.
On a positive note Katherine did better at school though not as good as I said she needed to be so she still spent time in the corner. We've moved away from positive re-enforcement and into punishment. I really dislike punishment I think it is bad on a child's self-esteem but we've tried for so long with the ability for her to get prizes and special video game time and positive re-enforcement, reminder bracelets, etc. that it was just time to move onto the next step. Now every day she doesn't reach the minimum amount of points she spends time in the corner. It makes me so sad to punish my children I just want to cry along with them but I'm at a loss for what to do anymore.
That brings us to today. So far I forgot to defrost chicken for cheesy chicken so I'm working on that, Brielle almost missed her bus so I was sprinting up and down the street watching for the bus and trying to hurry her along. Not all of Katherine's things got back into her backpack so after I get dinner started I'll be running out to the school which is the opposite direction of work and then it will be off to work for the day. Tonight when Brielle gets off the bus at 4 o'clock I will be taking her down to K-Mart since it is the closest and we will have to pick out new shoes as the last ones she picked rubbed her feet into blisters. Brielle is now into the adult sizes of shoes which makes things much harder for appropriate dress shoes.
So off to the kitchen with me to get this day going and let us all pray that by the end of tonight I still have all my hair. I think I'd look pretty silly without hair don't you?