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Please Don’t Be Fully Financially Dependent on Someone Else

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For anybody new, I’m 20-21 weeks pregnant as of right now.  I’ve been blogging about personal finance, budgeting, and my life in general here since February 2010.  And I just joined a few mommy Facebook groups in the last few weeks to help myself prepare for what is coming and to start building support networks since only a couple of our friends have kids.  Main New Mommy Group Topics Here is what I’ve figured out by just looking around the mommy group posts every day: 1.  Sleep is HUGE.  Sleep training versus just holding them versus whatever is like THE TOPIC, always.  I’m leaning towards a steady routine so they get used to a process, but obviously, there are dozens of ways to handle sleep time and you do whatever works for you, boo boo. 2.  Lack of partner support is sadly also one of the top topics.  Like depressingly prevalent.  For the record, I’m with anybody who says that partners don’t babysit their own kids while a mom takes a break.  It’s called taking care of your kid.  I get that we pregnant women have the breast milk and whatnot.  But that doesn’t mean the entire raising process of … Read more

My Grandpa Passed Away – Goodbye to John

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My grandpa, John, just passed away – 2 months after my grandma and 1 month after my aunt.  They battled for months, but my grandpa was seemingly okay just 10 days ago.  I’m glad he didn’t have much time to suffer but saying goodbye hasn’t been easier. My grandpa, John, was a strong, stubborn man who could talk to anyone (even if they rather he didn’t…yeah, so maybe I inherited something…).  He was a geologist (met my grandma in college) and enjoyed travel.  He made it nearly 89 years and defined “I did it my way”.  He was a brother, a husband, a father of eight children, and a grandfather to 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren (and my cousins have 2 more on the way). My mom and I lived near my grandparents when I was little and visited often later.  To me, he was Grandpa (except for a few of my young teenage years when I thought “G-pa” sounded cool as hell and he humored me).  He taught me 5 card draw poker before I hit elementary school, seemed to enjoy my sarcasm more than most, and always made me feel wanted. I truly appreciate that I was able to visit both of my grandparents dozens … Read more

Gift Ideas for Hospital and Assisted Living Home Visits

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I never know what to do when people are stuck in the hospital and I should go visit, I feel so helpless. These gift ideas for hospital visits make me feel like I'm doing something and are so helpful for the recipients. My grandma is going to love these nice things while she recovers from her surgery.

As I’ve mentioned, my grandma has been in and out of the hospital a few times over the last month. After the first stay, she was released to go home with assistance. But after this last stint about a week and a half ago, she was sent into a skilled nursing facility and my grandpa moved in with her. As a quick health summary, my grandma has two faulty heart valves, congestive heart failure, the ulcer on her foot has been an issue for more than a year, and she has diabetes. Suffice it to say, she’s not at her best. I visit 2-3 times a week, and I will probably be writing about that a bit more. But for today, I want to share the hospital and nursing home care packages that have been received the best by my grandparents and by my husband’s great uncle who had a brain aneurysm a few weeks ago and has made a full recovery now. 🙂 Hospital Care Package Hospitals are depressing and boring for nearly everybody. Here are some quick things you can throw together to make it more bearable for anybody you’re visiting (I get them all from the Dollar … Read more

Feeling Emotional

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My maternal grandma is in the hospital.  So is my husband’s great uncle. My Family I’m from a large, emotionally charged family.  I don’t want to tick off any of my family with sharing a ton of history, but a quick summary is that my maternal grandparents had 8 children.  My mom was the fourth.  I am one of the older grand kids (there seemed to be about 3 waves…I was in the first one…number 3 of 10).  I spent a lot of time with my mom’s younger siblings and my grandparents while I was growing up. This whole situation sucks.  But I’ve enjoyed connecting with my extended family again.  And then I feel bad about thinking about the positives while my grandma is struggling.  There is a good chance that she will make it through this infection and the other crap right now.  But she will still be 85+, my grandpa will still be nearly 90, and there will still be struggling. More Family My husband comes from a small, more reserved family. His grandparents on both sides had 2 kids each. My husband is the only grandchild. His great uncle lives next to his paternal grandparents. This past week … Read more

Baby Nephew Update! He’s Already Trying to Talk!!!

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My baby nephew just turned 6 weeks old!  I don’t really “do” Facebook, so I’d thought I’d share his cute-progress right here.  🙂 How cool is that?! And here’s a picture of him with me and his uncle BFS.  😉 Overall, my little nephew has just spent his first 6 weeks getting bigger, looking at everything he can, and being adorable.  I’m proud Aunt Crystal!!!

WOOT!!! I’m an Aunt!!!

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Heya!!!  My little sister had her baby late Monday night, so I’m out of town hanging around a hospital for fun for the rest of the week.  😉 Since I have my hands full AND my new theme should be loaded up by tomorrow night, you probably won’t see any new posts from me for the rest of the week.  But I will be back by Monday, and BFS will look better than ever.  😀

Friends Are Priceless in More Than One Way

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Friendship is emotionally priceless.  It makes a bad day tolerable and turns fun events into stellar, life-long memories.  It can also save you money.  😉 The 2014 Texas Renaissance Festival It’s that time of year again, and I accompanied my best buds to the Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) on the opening weekend this past Sunday.  It ended up being a rainy day for the first couple of hours, but the last 3-4 hours were clear and much drier.  I also noticed one other, giant difference.  I was comfortable the entire day! My friend and house mate, Mandy, had replaced the super tight arm bands off of my usual Renaissance Festival dress with gold fabric she had left from a past project.  Not only did my dress still look as awesome as ever, but it was comfortable for the whole day!  No cut off blood supply, no red marks on my arms when I took off my outfit, and no tiny holes where the fabric had started pulling apart because of the strain!  Woot! Cost of Dress in 2011 – $40 Years Worn to TRF – 4 years and running Cost of Dress Alteration from Mandy – $0 Total Cost of … Read more