We had a pretty good weekend here in the household. Saturday Ben worked,,, I took the kiddos and got their pictures taken. Its been a really long time since they've had them taken professionally so it was way overdue. I'm so excited to get them back,, they were all so cute! My mom had gotten a picture package for us that has quite a bit of pictures with it but it only includes one pose. They took a bunch of pictures with individual shots and together shots then at the end they showed them all to us. If we wanted we could have gotten more poses but the cheapest package was $100!!! Not in our budget right now. It was very hard to say no but I did. I guess thats why the run the cheap package and then they make their money by people ending up getting more pictures than whats in the package. The lady actually said I was the first person to only get the package!!! Sure made me feel like a cheap-o mom :(
Our budget has not been going according to plan lately. Things keep popping up here and there that need bought or paid. In the past 4 days I've spent over a hundred dollars just on Jess. She had to have all this stuff for soccer,,t-shirts, sweatshirt, team pics,,,,then needed new dress shoes and then had a field trip for school that she needed money for. I just feel so bad to tell her no to stuff for school cause everyone elses parentsdo it and I dont want her to be left out. Times like these I see where home schooling would come in handy cause you dont have the pressure to have the cool clothes,, and everything else school related. She still makes me feel like I dont get enough for her. It seriously brings tears to my eyes cause I dont want my kids to feel "poor",, or left out. I feel like we do a lot with the kids but I guess they just don't see it. It's so hard!
Sunday we celebrated Ben's b-day over at moms house. His b-day isnt til Friday but it was easier for everyone to get together this weekend. He had asked for clothes and a wallet and money for his deer hunting licence,, oh and hunting gloves. Between everyone he got all that,, plus I got him a sweatjacket for work that he had been wanting so that was a surprise for him.... I think he was happy. But with b-day presents comes more expense. can you tell I'm stressing about money? LOL Ben gets paid every other week and we only have 2 paychecks left b4 we head off to Florida!!!! It's my whole fear again of the kids not having fun,,, wishing we could have done more than we did. They are already upset because I told them we arnt getting them presents for Christmas because of the trip... we will buy them stuff there though,, souvenirs and such. And I plan on sneaking some stockings in the suitcases and surprising them with those Christmas morning. The big kids want big things though,,,like Ipod Touch,, and DSI XL.....well I hate to say it but with this trip I cannot afford to buy those things for them this year. I thought I was doing good by taking them to FL for 2 weeks and going to Disney World........I can not ever win with them.
Oh well. I'm sure once we are there they will have fun. I know I plan on having a great time,, I just hope the kids remember to pack there happy attitudes. :)