December 27, 2002
Friday Five 12-27-02

1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year?

Hmmm, this has been an interesting year. I'd have to say my biggest accomplishment was finding, starting, and adjusting to a new job, after being out of work for 5 months. I think the second biggest accomplishment would be selling our house in Vista, before the foreclosure happened, and finding a new home in Oceanside.

2. What was your biggest disappointment?

Wow, I've had so many things to be thankful for this year, it's hard to say. I guess the biggest dissappointment is that I spent the first 3 months this year looking for a job.

3. Will you be making any New Year's resolutions?

The usual.....lose weight, get healthy.

4. Where will you be at midnight? Do you wish you could be somewhere else?

I will be at home, cuddled up on my sectional with my family. There's no other place I'd rather be, than with my family.

5. Aside from (possibly) staying up late, do you have any other New Year's traditions?

Not really. We do watch the ball drop with Dick Clark, but that's about it.

Posted by Brie at 07:05 AM
December 16, 2002
The Evil Money Monster

I realize that I am probably no different than any other person out there when I say I HATE MONEY PROBLEMS! There is nothing that can put such a great rift in a relationship and stress on people than money issues. Grrrrrrr......

What's equally frustrating, is I know that we do this to ourselves. If we would just "buckle down" (hate that saying) then we would not have as many issues. Still I make less than we need as a family to live the way we want to. We could not go out to eat, no more date nights, cut out our DirectTV, stop our NetFlix, turn out the lights, live by candlelight, cook over an open flame, and get rid of the dogs. Woo-hoo! Sounds like a great life! Well, I think we will just start with little things, like not going out to eat as often. Maybe stopping the family steak nights (nothing wrong with chicken or pasta!). Maybe cut down the DirectTV to just the basics (at least until Sex and the City or Six Feet Under comes on again!).

Our biggest expense is food, naturally. With 3 growing children, there's not a lot you can do about that. We don't get a lot of junk food, other than the cases of fruit snacks! I clip coupons, and in fact, have become quite good at that. Maybe start the monthly Costco run again for meats and staples. ::SIGH::

The thing that sucks is we were supposed to go to Disneyland with our friends from Oklahoma this weekend, but now it looks like we won't be able to make it. See, just like me to worry about paying for Disney, when our power and/or phone is in jeapordy! Yikes. I DO have a problem!

Posted by Brie at 08:40 PM
December 03, 2002
Catching UP

Hello! Thought I'd post quickly before I'm off to bed......

Everything is just peachy. John's mom is staying with us this week. She is out from Georgia for the holiday season and we haven't actually seen her that much. She's spent a couple of nights with us, but mostly has been staying at my sister-in-law's. The kids are thrilled! Especially the youngest. She is just in heaven to have "Gamma" around. She wasn't old enough when my mother-in-law moved out to really appreciate having her around full time. The boys did have Grandma around for a little while, but my daughter was only 1 when Grandma moved away. It's nice to have the whole family back together again.

Lately, we've had a really nice "family" thing going on.....every Sunday, my sister-in-law, my 2 nieces have been coming to our house to hang out and watch football and BBQ. I think I've seen more of the three of them in the last 6 months than I have in the last 2 years. It's great! I didn't have a lot of "extended" family around once my family moved from Seattle to Fresno, so it's really neat (ugh!) that we have it now. I can remember growing up in Seattle with my cousins and aunts and uncles around, so it seemed like there was always family around. Once we moved to Fresno, we became a little more isolated. This is the one thing that concerns me about moving back east. We will be a lot more isolated from the family, only getting to see everyone once or twice a year. Something definitely to take in mind. It's mostly John's sister and mother I worry about. My parents have a little more ability to travel to see us. Heck! We might even see my side of the family more if we move back east (ha-ha!). Everyone is so busy, it's hard to get together. I remember when we lived in San Jose and my parents would come for a visit, we would have them all to ourselves, which was nice. Everything seems so rushed nowadays. Oh well!

Well I think I've babbled enough for tonight! Later!

Posted by Brie at 08:58 PM