Half a Shade Tanner
We’re back and sporting a very very slight change in skin color thanks to the warm weather in Port St. Lucie.
Thank you to everyone who suggested places to eat and things to do – we had budgeted about $40 a day for fun activities and food so we were glad that so many hot spots were not too too expensive and delicious (even if they didn’t have bacon with every dish!). Oh – and yes, most of the places we hit were toddler-friendly (uber-important with three in tow!). I’ll tell ya all about the ups & downs when the final vacationing post is all wrapped up.
I do want to apologize to those folks out there that expressed concern about our house-poorness status and vacationing. If I gave the impression that we don’t budget for gifts or holidays or lower-budget vacations - I was wrong. We do. It’s really important to us. Like right up there with the ‘food’ category. Taking breaks from work and investing time with family and friends make our lives richer…even if it costs us on normal days. But to us, it’s worth the measly little sacrifices.
And when I sit back and remember how rich we really are – especially in comparison to the rest of the world, I can’t really complain about my financial situation. Will you forgive me for past complaining? I’d appreciate it if you would. It’s kinda obnoxious to complain anyway…and as much as I know I am flawed…I don’t wanna make that a habit. I try to share some glimpses into our money-world because 1. my mouth is so big that it’ll pop out anyway and 2. it keeps me accountable – like I sometimes have to remind myself that even if I want something (like a new sectional) – I don’t need it - and 3. with such a big house, it’s easy to give the appearance that we are rolling in the dough…which we aren’t…we are not hurting to eat each month…but we definitely aren’t struggling. We are just normal folks doing everything we can to stretch a small budget to live life to the fullest…just like the rest of you.
Oh and a big smoochy hug to our hosts – our friends Austin & Luke. They let us crash with them for the entire vacation and fed us most of the time. We owe you guys big time. How about we send you Bananagrams and we’ll call it even
So when I go through our 24.567 million photos (hey three toddlers means too many photo opportunities for someone who is camera happy), I’ll come back and give ya the full blow-by-blow of how we enjoyed Florida. In the mean time, let’s talk beaches. Where’s your favorite one?
p.s. I could lick my husbands muscles. I won’t. But I could. And you can see how he gets em here