Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Of course!

Of course Corinne wakes up at 4 am on the first day of summer vacation!
Of course she wants to play at 5:30 after I lied down on her floor for 90 minutes with nothing more than a crib sized blanky to cover my ass.

Today's the day, folks. Patrick is taking the big plunge of quitting his job and starting a new one (to begin the day we get back from Florida). Sccccaaaarrrrrrry stuff for me. He's had a job at the same company for over 8 years (practically unheard of in today's world) and I don't always do well with big changes like this. I just wish it had happened AFTER vacation! Then I'd know something wasn't going to happen to the new company (explosion?) and I could relax fully on vacation!!

SPEAKING of vacation!!! I emptied out our multiple jars of change that the whole family's been saving for a year now. Every penny we found was another "penny for Disney World!!" Well! Guess how much (roughly) we have in JUST quarters and dimes?!? Over $500!! That's not even counting the spare singles, fives and tens, and ALL of the pennies and nickels (at least another $100). The kids were so excited and I was so happy to show them how tiny bits of money TRULY do add up! So, we can EAT!! (This was our fun money stash and dining fund). My kids are picky eaters (except Corinne. She'll eat anything if it's spicy and expensive) so we'll be saving big bucks at the parks by bringing our own sandwiches, drinks, and snacks. FINALLY something good from having picky eaters!!


Unknown said...

Awesome news about the change jar! Woo Hoo!

Good luck to your husband and his new job! Try not to do too much worrying on vacation :-)

andria said...

Good luck on the new job. Hope it goes well.

I am jealous about your vacation. We were planning on going this year but we had an unexpected change this spring.

Ruby said...

I'm looking for a jar now!

I hope everything works out with your husbands new job. This is my husbands last week too. Monday he starts at a new company. Scary but good.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's awesome how much money you saved in change! Hope you guys have a blast!!!

Jamie said...

Yay for picky eaters :) Yeah right!

Great job on saving change too, you probably taught your kids a good lesson and gave yourself some extra play money. Your a smarty Miss Tracey.

You guys are going to have a blast!

(and good luck to hubby!!!)

Melissa said...

Disney World sounds like a blast! We are considering Disney Land for Christmas this year... we'll see... you'll have to give me all your tips when you get back!
And good luck with the new job! I am sure that everything will be great!!

Anonymous said...

oh that's a fun idea...i'll have to incorporate something like that when we go on a fun vacation.

Sheryl said...

That's a great idea about the change. We need to totally implement that in our family!

Have fun on vacation! If your in the Tampa area, send me an email!!

tracey.becker1@gmail.com said...

I'm back! $606 in CHANGE and $184 in dollar bills. Holy. Crap.

BStrong said...

Wow, that's alot of change. I've tried to start jars but I always dip into them when I need change for a meter or coffee.

Good luck with the new job.

Stephanie Precourt said...

I am on vacation right now... shh! It's the best! You deserve it!

And thank you for your recent comments- it's been a good discussion. I personally also hate the "oh are you still waiting for that girl" when someone sees all my boys. Or while pregnant I heard lots of things like that. Right in front of the kids. Not cool with me! I have also been stopped by moms of all girls and hear them say they always wanted a boy. It goes both ways. Anyway... thanks again!


Elle*Bee said...

Aren't change jars great? Each of my kids have one for all the change they find. When it looks like a lot, we'll count it up, donate half and have fun with the rest. It does teach them about patience.

Jamie said...

Hey Tracey,

Let me know what colors you might like, what you want it to say, and what kind of design you would be interested in, and I will whip you up a header if you want!

kate said...

$500 that's impressive!

hey, thanks for the comment about gDiapers. if you have a moment, would you tell me (just comment on the current post) how you are liking them? everything stay inside there? do you find them a lot pricier? i know you said they were a little more so, but now that you have used them a while, do you feel it's not so bad (the expense?)
are they easy enough to use?


tracey.becker1@gmail.com said...

So far, everything is cool with the diapers. I am using the doubled liners at night time to prevent the leaks in the morning (when I, ah, forget to change her right away....) No complaints about the cost. Again, I was previously used to using the generics from WAlMart, so the difference in price is obvious for me, but the difference in comparison to a regular brand like Huggies or Pampers isn't so different. Plus, there's the added good feeling I get whenever I change her diaper and know that I am no longer contributing to the landfill with her poop. Also, she REALLY knows that poop and potty goes in the toilet. After potty training the boys, I am hoping that this will give me a slight advantage with Corinne (please LORD. I canNOT go through that hell again!).

As I've said before, try them out. Invest a small chunk on the covers (you really need the 4 or so, but I have 6 to give myself a bit of time to dry them after a good washing). You don't have to wash the covers after every use, just whenever they don't smell as fresh or if they get moist inside the diaper. I have a bottle of Febreze that I spray on them occasionally to keep them smelling fresher.

There are WAY stupider things we've spent $100 on (about what I spent for the initial case of diapers and 5 covers). Shoot, I've spent more than that on a fancy dinner.

Do it! Do it! (peer pressure)

I'll let you know how Disney World goes with them. I can only forsee problems if she has a seriously runny poopy diaper while waiting in line. Not because they leak (cuz I've never had a poopy diaper leak, actually) but because washing it out might be a bit gross. I will be bringing plastic bags to carry any liners that I have to wash later on, but I really don't forsee any problems using them on vacation. They are just as absorbent as disposables. And they don't sag! She has never had a saggy diaper in gDiapers (and I've gone a LONG time between changes, trust me).

Kailani said...

Isn't it amazing how the spare change can add up? We're saving for Girlie Girl's college education! LOL!

An Island Life

Mimi's Toes said...

I am one of those people who picks up a penney when I see it on the ground. I also find a lot of change standing in line inside of a gas station...I keep a jar in my van to throw my loose change it. It all adds up! I was at Disney only 1 time, when I was an adult. I wanted to get a job there as a character who walks around...

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