Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Busy, Busy

It's crazy how the first few months of the year we seemed to have nothing really going on, we spent our weekends being lazy. Now, all of a sudden, we're in the midst of nonstop activity! Last Friday we had dinner with some good friends at Wahoo! in Decatur, one of my favorite restaurants. They have the best outside area and great food. We spent Saturday with my parents - they were celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary. Griff and I made a great dinner for our immediate family and our surrogate family, the Normans. On Sunday, we went to Griff's parents for Easter dinner.

We have couple baby showers planned for each of the next 2 weekends at our house - one for my roommate from college, Jessica and Paul, and another for our neighbors and good friends, the Fosters. We're so excited about celebrating these great occasions with them and all our friends. And of course we love to entertain! The following weekend, we'll be having the 3rd annual family yard sale and I can't wait to clear all the junk out of our house!

So, we've been busy getting the house ready and making plans and finding all that junk over the last few weeks. I'm so glad the time changed early this year, it just seems so much easier to get things done after work when it's nice and sunny out!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Reality Check

I posted at the beginning of the year that one of our goals is to completely pay off our credit card debt. We've done pretty well with sticking to a budget lately and have been able to save some money towards our debt. Last week, Griff decided to get a jump on our taxes and we were both shocked to discover we owe significantly more than we expected. While we knew we would owe some, due a consulting job Griff had on the side, we owe about 5 times what we thought, and most of it is due to our regular jobs not taking out enough. Not a good surprise. We've made plans to see an accountant next week and we're hoping maybe she can find a little bit of savings for us and more importantly make sure we're ready for next year.

At the end of it all, it's money we owe and it just means we got back too much last year. So I'm not upset, I just wish we had been better prepared. It's frustrating to be getting ahead with the credit card and suddenly need to divert money to a huge tax bill. The good thing is that we proved to ourselves we can save money and we have a good budget to help us get ahead.