September 1, 2015

Update on House Hunting and Job Hunting

House Hunt - 

We found a condo that we both really liked but I was hesitating because there were a few down sides:

  • Kitchen is smaller than ours now and I like to cook a lot.  Our kitchen now already seems small when more than 1 person is in it.
  • The girls would have to switch schools (same school district just on the other side of town so different schools)
I think we would be happy at this condo and it has about 600 more sq ft then what we are living in now. But after discussing it, Mr. R and I decided to hold off on making an offer.  It is very hard to find a condo with at least 3 bedrooms in our area.  At the moment, there are only 4 for sale.  We've looked at some single family homes but, in our price range, they all seem to need a little work and we aren't ready to take anything on.  That's why we are condo buyers, we like everything taken care of for us and we are willing to pay a monthly fee for someone else to handle all of that.

For now, we are just enjoying not having a day care expense and using this time and extra money to beef up our down payment for whenever the right condo comes on the market.

Job Hunt - 

I've quit submitting resumes.  I was wasting too much vacation time going on interviews.  The company I work for is doing better and we are entering into our busy season so I don't fear for my job anymore.  At least for the time being.

There is 1 position about 30 minutes away that I have been interviewing for.  My fourth interview is set up to be in 10 days.  I've interviewed with almost everyone at the company and now they want me to interview with one of the major clients that I will be working with.  Most of my work will be for this client.

There's some good aspects to this job and some pretty major not so good.  I'll have to wait until I'm made an offer to see if the money and good aspects out way the potential bad aspects.  

August 22, 2015

Ice Cream Sundae Buffet Party

Since the girls wanted to have separate birthday parties with their friends for their birthdays this year, I still had to have a family get together.  My family is big on birthdays.  So I planned an Ice Cream Sundae Buffet Party.

The girls waiting for guests to arrive.

The party was at my mom's house in the back yard.  I planned the party from 2 - 4 pm so that I didn't need to provide a whole meal. My mom wanted to serve hot dogs too and I'm surprised how many hot dogs we went through.

We had a total of 16 people at the party.

The Ice Cream Buffet included:

  • Ice Cream
  • Cones
  • M&Ms
  • Bananas
  • Gummy Bears
  • Brownies
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Strawberry Sauce
  • Whipped Cream
  • Honey Roasted Peanuts
  • Butterfly Shaped Sprinkles
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Root beer for floats

August 16, 2015


Little R chose to have a Chuck E Cheese Birthday Party this year.  Because her birthday is pretty close to the beginning of the school year, I gave her a choice of having her party a couple weeks early with her preschool friends or a couple weeks later with her new kindergarten friends.

She chose preschool friends.  I put invitations in each of the kids mailboxes in her class 3 1/2 weeks before the party.  I was worried I handed them out too early but its the end of Summer and the party is the day before kindergarten starts so I wanted to let everyone have plenty of notice.  Only 2 parents out of about 15 responded and they both said they already had family events planned for that day.

So on Thursday, Little R's last day of preschool, I put invitations back in the mailboxes with a note "Just a friendly party reminder, please RSVP by August 19 if you plan to attend."  I provided my cell phone and email address for RSVPs.  I received 1 invitation back in her mail box with a note saying they couldn't come.

It's so frustrating.  If only 1 or 2 kids RSVP that they can come, I'll still have the party.  Little R is so excited to have her school friends come.  It's the first time I've ever let her have a party with her friends from school.

If I don't get a response by Wednesday, I plan on cancelling the party and rescheduling it for a couple weeks after school starts, inviting her kindergarten class.