Catching up on Going Ons

I am way behind on blog posts so here is a turbo catch up.

Shae’s maternity leave ended a couple of weeks ago.  It was a great taste of what early retirement could be and served to strengthen our resolve to save and be frugal to reach that goal.

Part of going back to work and leaving a baby with a sitter means pumping milk.  Under the ACA, breast pumps are covered by insurance.  Medela is the most well known brand, but Shae opted for a Spectra.  According to her it is a much better machine.

A few weeks ago I turned 30 years old.

Quite a bit of family came to celebrate and spend time with us.  We had a good time.

Shae, Frugal Boy, Frugal Girl, and I did our first camping trip.  Frugal Boy was so excited he didn’t go to sleep until 9:30.  There was a giant raccoon lurking around in the trees to the left of the tent.  Naturally at 3am when he says he has to go pee I tell him to go to the right side.  Does he listen?  Nope!

Summer is definitely here.  It has been hot and like clockwork Shae and I have had the conversation of whether or not we should get air conditioning.  It always goes something like this.

“It is so hot”

“and the kids just want to snuggle”

“ya they are total hot boxes”

“we should get air conditioning”

“no the forecast says it is going to cool off soon”

“yep, let’s just sweat it out”

And then we’ll go outside and make a slip n slide.

This summer we have a nice basement room for the first time to retreat to and even sleep in.

We have also made a couple of trips to the swimming pool.  Frugal Girl did a lot of grunting in the zero depth kiddie pool.

Mulberries are in season right now.  I have a favorite spot to go picking that is about a mile away from our house.  Frugal Boy went with me last year and is now a fairly independent picker.  I’ll have to take him blueberry picking later this summer.

Mulberries are really tasty and healthy.  They are packed full of antioxidants.  The only way to get them is to pick them yourself.  Grocery stores don’t carry them because of their limited shelf life and fragility.

We did our first family 5K.  It was a bit of an operation to load two jogging strollers into the car along with four people.

It was girls vs boys.  Frugal Boy and I did well enough to medal in my age group.

Back at work, Shae needed an adaptor for our laptop to do a presentation for the employers internal ‘shark tank’ competition.  I had Frugal Boy tag along with me to the ‘tv store’.  He was majorly disappointed that we did not buy a tv.

Finally, the library’s summer reading program is in full swing.  Frugal Boy is an avid ‘reader’ and thankfully he enjoys ‘reading’ to his little sister.

That about does it.  I still have some big gaps from earlier this year.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that I want.

2 Month Checkup and Super Cheap Diapers

Frugal Girl had her two month checkup and got a mostly clean bill of health.  She has been growing well with weight at 12lbs 10oz (81%), 23 1/4″ tall (83%), and a head circumference of 15 1/2 (83%).

I am still amazed at how different she is from her brother.  For example, she is content to lay down by herself, something that her brother never tolerated.  It will be fun to watch her grow up and see what kind of personality she develops.

Shae spent the best $10 ever when she bought a corded baby swing at a garage sale.  The low setting makes me nauseous to watch but Frugal Girl seems to like it.

In other news, our diapering expenses have been cut in half.  We initially invested $500 for cloth diapers when Frugal Boy was born.  You can read more about our decision to use cloth and why we love them here.  Now that Frugal Girl is wearing those same diapers, the cost per kid has gone down to $250.  Even after two and half years of use, the diapers are still in really good shape.  I think we’ll be able to get another two years out of them quite easily.

Some Pictures from Spring

I have some more interesting blog posts in the works, but for now here are some pictures from our lives.

Here I am firing up the grill on the first nice day of Spring.  I’m also imparting some wisdom to Frugal Boy who is perched on a five gallon bucket.

Later that night, Frugal Boy put together his very first banana boat.

A few days ago, we voted in a local election.  Our mayoral race was not close, but the neighboring town was too close to call with only a 7 vote difference between candidates with 35 absentee votes still waiting to be returned.

Also on the ballot were school board members, the folks responsible for 62% of our property taxes.  They probably have the biggest ratio of taxes to media coverage of any elected official.

Frugal Girl tried out a smile for size.  It is hard to believe that she is almost a month old.

Frugal Boy and I went to see the circus.  I don’t think he’ll be running away and joining them anytime soon.  It was a bit of struggle to keep him interested.