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Under 30k! Back to school, garden

July 18th, 2015 at 01:10 pm

The mortgage payment hit this morning and we are officially under $30,000! I don't know why it feels so good to get just under one of those big numbers, but boy it sure does feel good!

If we keep up at this pace, we're on track to beat our pay down goal by at least $2,000. YAY!

Back to School?

It's business as usual at our house. I realized this is the first year I will have to buy new clothes and shoes for the boys for back to school. I've been lucky enough to get really nice used stuff from yard sales and resale shops until now. Plus, I was handing down a lot of things to the youngest.

All that is ruined! I can't hand down anything anymore because the little one is a totally different body type than the oldest and actually outweighs his big brother. I also hadn't had the time to scour yard sales this summer, and when I did, no one had anything good. I suppose it's hit or miss. And, I guess there aren't as many bigger used kid clothes out there. They don't outgrow them as fast as babies do!

So.... Mom gave me some Kohls cash and I have a Kohls gift card, so I might try to go spend those this afternoon. I just never liked going there because I think their mark down and sales tactics are kind of shady. Everything seems overpriced, then they mark it down 50 percent , but that really only makes it the same price as something in another store! Maybe I'm over thinking it!

We've had nothing but rain rain rain rain rain rain rain this summer. The garden is covered in weeds, and I'm worried some of my crops have been washed out. The cucumbers turned yellow from too much water. But, I am pulling tons of zucchini out. (I know, you're surprised.), and we harvested lots of lettuce, garlic, broccoli, and raspberries. I'm about to harvest potatoes, too. I hope the weather doesn't ruin my tomato and hot pepper harvests!

The bright spot in the garden is the bee garden out front. Its covered in bees! We all like to sit on the front porch and watch them buzzing from flower to flower. We have also attracted four different species of butterfly. This is the first year we've had any, so we must be doing something right! I'm planning to expand this section of the garden this weekend.