My son’s daycare was closed Thursday and Friday, so he has been home with me the past two days.Â My daughter was sick Thursday, so I had both kids.Â I covet days like these – days I can spend playing with the kids, taking them out for lunch, putting them down for naps, reading books to them – so I’ve been busy just hanging out with them.Â My son, he’s 3, is learning to write and read (a little) and I’m amazed by how quickly he is changing.Â He has started using the phrase, “well, actually,” when he wants to change his mind or express a previously unexpressed opinion.Â Isn’t that the best?Â My daughter, she’s 7, is growing up so fast – and I’m amazed at how much she’s learning at school.Â Hanging out with the kids for a few days helps to “center” me.Â I see a lot of folks who get frazzled when they have their kids around – but I actually find that I am able to relax and really, really be myself.Â Of course, more time spent with the kids means a little less time blogging!Â So, I thought I’d write this post and include a few updates –
I have been thinking about buying a newer minvan.Â In fact, I’ve spoken with a few dealers and I’ve visited several websites, looking for a nice, used minivan.Â I will admit, when I first heard the news that my transmission was dying, I ‘freaked out’ – I began to panic, just a bit, but I quickly recovered.Â In fact, I’ve been talking to my wife about the situation, and I think we are going to wait until January to make a purchase.Â The van is still running – and my wife can drive the Accord – so we’ll just pile up as much cash as we can between now and then and then make the deal.Â Saving up for the van will, more than likely, alter my savings plans for 2007, but I have managed to fully-fund our Roth IRAs and my 403b, so I’m cool.
New readers might not realize that I also have a weight loss / fitness blog – No. Calories Needed.Â I’ve spent the past few hours updating the look of the site and I have decided to “get back into the game”.Â I will admit, paying off debt (at least for me) was much easier than losing weight.Â So, I’m starting over – redesigning the website to match the look and feel of my main site – and rededicating myself to the weight loss.Â I’ll be “officially” releasing the new site design Sunday, but feel free to head on over and check things out.
I have released a new episode of the No Credit Needed Podcast.Â I’m calling this episode the Late Night Special Episode.Â Why? I recorded it at 2AM while sitting up with my daughter, who was sick at the time.Â Needless to say, this episode is rather “mellow”.Â I should be releasing episode 50 sometime in the next few days.Â I want to thank all of you who went to the.Â It’s now at number 12, pretty solidly positioned on the front page, and only a few votes from the top 10.