Hello! I hope all of you had a great week.
Our squirrels are gone! The final one was caught just a few days ago, and the loud noises in the attic have stopped also.
We are going to wait a few more days before we repair all the damage though just in case we have a straggler. We did notice that they tried chewing through the roof and they tried chewing on a metal pipe, so we may need to get those repaired as well.
Sadly, Wes’ grandma passed away last week, and she had a beautiful service. Many people came and it was a great way to celebrate her life.
Next Friday also marks 6 years since my dad passed away, and we’re trying to think of something new to do to celebrate his life. I bought introductory flight lessons awhile back and I’m starting to think that I need to schedule that because I know he would love it if I followed in his footsteps. I’m still a little terrified and intimidated though!
April hasn’t been the greatest for spending so far. We have car expenses (the Jeep needed an oil change, transmission flush and license plates renewed), I bought some clothes (for the warmer weather), and I have had a lot of wedding stuff that needed to be paid for.
We need to buy more dirt for our house as well. It’s been raining a lot here in St. Louis and we had a lot of ponds form in our front and backyard. We put down over 1,000 pounds of dirt last month and it doesn’t look like we even put down a handful!
April has been a super busy month for me so far. I added a new staff writing client, and I’m trying to do as much work as I can right now so that I can enjoy May and June a little bit more. With the nicer weather, my sister moving, a few vacations, the wedding, and so on happening in those two months, I need to finish as much as I can now so that I have more time later for other work.
I know I have time, I just need to get back on schedule and work on time management.
If anyone needs any help, check out my Hire Me page and let me know what services you are interested in.
Working on being more healthy hasn’t exactly been going very well. I’m eating better than ever, but I haven’t worked out in forever. Lets hope that all changes soon!
The wedding is less than 2 months away. AHHH! Who else wants to scream with me?
We finally received our wedding invitations in the mail the other day. I know, I know. Our wedding is in less than 2 months and I don’t even have these out yet. Everyone keeps asking me if theirs was lost in the mail.
Nope, I’m just that lazy.
Luckily, I did send out Save The Dates back in 2013, so everyone already knows what day the wedding is on. My goal is to get the actual invitations done sometime over the weekend. I have horrible handwriting though, so addressing the envelopes will take me awhile to do.
We also need to think of a backup plan for the wedding too, just in case it rains. Our ceremony and reception are entirely outdoors, and if it rains then the road will flood to the property and we will be screwed. Other events have been canceled at the property because of flooding, so I’m not just overreacting…
Watch this video from my Instagram that shows the flooding problem (that water is over a foot deep – the road dips in the middle right where the water is).
I’ve tried contacting many other wedding venues, but for some reason a lot of them have been pretty snarky about the whole situation. They either get mad that they weren’t our first choice (I guess they really don’t like the work “backup”), they accuse me of wanting to bring the flood to them (LOL, seriously, that actually happened), and so on. Finding a backup wedding location must not be the norm for St. Louis… But, I guess the snarkiness that I experienced is just how a lot of the wedding industry acts, so I’m not super surprised.
If you were an outdoor bride, did you have a backup plan for your wedding? Please tell me what you did.
Main things that we still need to do include:
February was a great month, BUT…
We still have the squirrels. The gif to the left is how I feel whenever I’m laying in bed and I can hear them.
They are still living in our attic and they haven’t been interested in the pest company’s traps at all. Last week, we even saw a squirrel go all the way into the trap VERY SLOWLY and then he/she inched slowly back out.
It’s been over two weeks since they decided that they want to freeload off of us, and I’m really starting to get afraid that they will have babies in our attic since it’s almost that time for them.
Anyway, we had a lot of expenses come up in February, which kind of killed our budget. We had a lot of wedding expenses (I will have a whole post on our updated wedding expenses soon), I finally had my phone fixed (the screen cracked a few months ago, but my phone still worked so I wasn’t in a huge rush to get it fixed), we had to pay the pest company (even though I have no hope for their service now), and some other expenses came up. Was February a budget buster for you or were your expenses right on track?
Even though February was a bad month for our budget, February was a good month for business, and it seems to be flowing into March which is always good too.
Make sure to come back tomorrow for my monthly business/online income update. If you have any online income questions that you would like me to answer in tomorrow’s post, please leave a comment below and I will try to include it. Thanks!
I published my 2014 goals article earlier this year too. Read about them here if you are interested.
How did you do in February? What is your main goal for March?
How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?
Hey everyone! I found the picture to the left the other day in a photo album.
My dad LOVED taking photos and I still remember when we would go to the store all the time to buy a new photo album for all of the pictures that he would get developed.
I didn’t really think about it when I was younger, but I’m so glad that he took the time to leave me all of these photo albums (our guest bedroom and living room are filled with albums – there are probably around 100 or more).
I found this picture of us on an airplane (flying planes was his other love) and I can’t stop looking at it. Love you and miss you always Dad!
Anyway, I hope everyone had a fun weekend. No, I did not watch the Super Bowl. I feel like I’m the only one who didn’t but I never watch it so that’s nothing new Today is also W’s birthday! Happy Birthday!
January was another great month. It started off slow business-wise, but the last two weeks were definitely good.
Now that it’s February, some of you might have already forgotten about your 2014 goals. Many people drop their goals within the first month. However, don’t be one of those people!
How did you do in January? What is your main goal for February?
What tips do you have to keep your goals?