A quick update.

Happy Christmas Eve! Today is the day my husband’s family does their big Christmas get together… it’s kind of cool… like having Christmas two days in a row! every kid’s dream, right?! His family should be showing up momentarily – so I’ll keep this brief.

Nothing too new on the pregnancy front. Still debating what kind of care to go with. I’m due another appointment in two weeks… so I have less than that amount of time to figure out what I’m going to do. I’m still having morning sickness, I’m still super bloated, and I still haven’t gained any weight. It could be worse, so I won’t complain.

We moved into our apartment yesterday. We signed the leave in the morning and then my parents helped us move all of our stuff into the apartment. It’s 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. which… sounds big but the rooms are pretty small. One is for me and B-man, one is for the baby, and one is for B-man’s office. Since he works from home I think it is really important to have an actual office, so that is the place where he works, and the rest of the house can remain relaxing and non-work-stressed.

My brother and sister in-laws gave us a king size bed, which actually fits nicely in our master bedroom. My parents gave us the matching headboard to the dresser and nightstands they donated to us when we got married. They also gave us a brand-new couch from ikea. They had bought it, but then decided they would prefer the one with the fold out bed in it – so they gave it to us! My SIL is also giving us a pair of armless chairs… I don’t know how to describe them, but they are like having just the middle section of a couch. lol. But they will work nicely in our small space with the couch. The strangest item that ended up at my house is the crib and a baby backpack. I knew my parents planned to give them to us, but I didn’t realize they would be in my house so soon! So… the only furniture we’ve got that we actually bought are… the two tables we own from craigslist.

Living in Northern Virginia (NoVa) is a lot more expensive than livingi n Knoxville was, so while I would love to buy brand new things for myself, we really can’t afford it right now – so I am very very thankful to our wonderful family who are all so generous! The trouble we’re facing is that we making about $5000 a year too much to live in the income restricted apartment complexes. That is about $400 a month more. So instead we have to pay about $400 more. Which really puts us about par. If we made $5000 less, then we could spend $400 less on rent. I don’t know if you’re following this – but it makes sense in my head. We’re no richer than those people, because the extra money we make is being spent on rent at a more expensive complex. It’s a little bit frustrating. we get two paycheck a month, and rent is an entire paycheck. This move really has B-man contemplating finding a new job. If he made just a little bit more then this probably would not be as stressful. I am thankful for what we have though – and everything will be fine. Money is just a big stress item for me.

Okay. I think I’ve covered everything on my mind. Yeah!

I wish all of your a very very happy Christmas!

Love,  Jessica

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  1. money sucks, bottom line. I stress over it more than anything else! We live paycheck to paycheck, and I have to work on budgeting more so I can start actually saving money again. DO you use mint.com? I think it was you I heard if it from….???

      1. I use it when I have internet. It is good for budgeting, but sometimes there is a little bit of a delay between when money is taken from your account, and when Mint.com recognizes that. But it isn't too bad – and it's the best free too I've found. 🙂

  2. Money is always stressful I think, unless you have lots of it and don't need to worry.

    I've been looking into getting a different job, something I would like more and that would hopefully pay better.

    I'm also super excited that in 2 weeks we're ditching Directv and will be saving a whooping $80 a month! Now I can start a 401k. Yeah 🙂

    ANyhow, good luck settling in and figuring things out.

    I don't use mint, I use a spreadsheet my mom created when I was in college. I'd also recommend readint the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (you can probably get it at the local library). It has a lot of good tips on budgeting, making a previsional budget and more. It's helped us a lot.

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