Saturday, December 29, 2012

No Cable.

We are approaching a year without Cable or Satellite TV. Have I ever mentioned that?

Well, we fired our cable company at the end of December 2011 because it was an obvious way for us to save money. This is when Bobby got the job to move us back to North Carolina, and at the time, we had thought that he was going to have to move before us, and we had to find way to save money. So, that was one of the things that helped us do that.

A year later, we are still without cable, or satellite. We get over-the-air free channels- so we get the local news and NBC and CBS, and PBS, and a few others. And then we also subscribe to Netflix and Hulu, for about 8 dollars a month each.

We have a blu ray player and Bobby has hooked up a computer to our TV, so we can watch some shows that we miss, that aren't available on Netflix or Hulu.

I can't tell you how much I don't miss the high price of cable or satellite. That first month or two last year was tough.. when I was getting used to being "without" but now that some time has passed, I don't even remember what I was missing.

If you are looking for ways to save money in the new year, I highly recommend going this route!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2012


So, we flew to Boston Thanksgiving week. We spent the holiday in New Hampshire with my whole family. It was a nice visit. The first time I have flown in 4 years and the first that Emily and Allie can remember. They were much smaller when we flew last, obviously.

If our flight wasn't so early in the morning, I would have done well with a drink (or two) to take my edge off. I didn't show my nervousness, for the most part, as I didn't want the girls to feel my tension.

Luckily, they were oblivious to my fears - so much so that Emily, as the plane was taking off - yelled, quite loudly and excitedly - "Mommy! Look! We ARE FLYING! Look HOW HIGH we ARE!! MOMMY! We are sooOOooOOOoooo HIGH OFF THE GROUND!! YAY!!! YAAAAY!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!!" Everyone around us chuckled as I dug my nails into the seat, looking at Em with a slightly forced smile, saying, "yay!"
ha! Good Times!

We spent an afternoon walking around Boston, ate some yummy food, picked up a souvenir or two.

And trust me when I say that every picture we took of them - they posed like that.



Monday, December 3, 2012

The Yarn Kitchen and a visit with Santa

First off - I want to share with you some things that I love...

This adorable nesting bowl set is by theYarnKitchen.
There are a lot of colors and styles to choose from too!

And how amazing is this cowl??

Secondly, and drumroll please, for a momentous occasion... we saw SANTA!!

A momentous occasion because Allison hasn't willingly sat on Santa's lap since she's had a say in the matter - since she was a baby. But, her friend did it - and Allison suddenly found the courage!
Emily, however, hasn't had a problem with seeing Santa. She gets a little shy, but she manages to answer his questions and wish him a Merry Christmas.

I don't know if you can tell that he has a cast on his foot, probably a fight with an elf - I just hope it heals in time for Christmas!

in other news, school starts today for my girls after a 3 week break. I am ready to tackle my very long to-do list. I love love LOOOOOVE my girls, absolutely, without question, a never-ending undying love - you get the point - but, boy.. do I not get things done when they are home! :)

Wishing you a happy week!