Thursday, October 20, 2011

Can you believe it?!?

On the couch
 We have done something so drastic in our household for our family that I still can't believe we did it! Let me first start off by saying that the idea took hold a few months ago when Mr. Howard and I were talking about our finances and what we needed to do to make up for our daycare costs TRIPLING!!! ((Some day I can share more about some other potential changes we want to make...but I don't want to share anything too prematurely)). We were chatting about what things we could give up completely and this particular idea came up and both Mr. Howard and I laughed at how we didn't think it would be possible.

A few weeks later, we talked about some more ideas and again this idea was brought up. During that conversation we mentioned a way we could maybe trim back in that area, but not completely get rid of it.

Yesterday I came home to a PERFECTLY, SPOTLESSLY clean house and a husband who was in the midst of scrubbing our kitchen counters. That's never a good sign in our household, because if you know me and my husband, you know that I am the cleaner and he is the mess-maker. He only gets the urge to do deep cleanings when we're having people over or, in the case of yesterday, when he is really stressed. Again we chatted about the cost of daycare tripling and the effect that it is having on our finances and we decided that there was no reason to put off the inevitable anymore. We were going to take the plunge and...

Have you figured it out yet?
Get rid of our U-Verse digital TV!
I know we're big babies. We actually have a lot of friends, mostly teacher friends, who've eliminated television from their households and are normal, functional humans (probably more normal and more functional than we are). I actually think this is going to be good for our family and Connor, but it will be an adjustment. I am sad to admit, but I am a television person. I love, love, love that escape. So, I'm going to have to become a "television series on DVD" person if I want to continue with any of my favorites (like Grey's, Private Practice, Real Housewives, Desperate Housewives, Sister Wives, Whale Wars, Little People, Little Couple, American Choppers, Top Gear, American Idol, and probably a million more). I'm still sad and horribly embarrassed to admit that I won't get to see the Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Part 2. But I'll survive.
I love how big Aiden looks on Connor's Lap!


Andrea said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Good for you!! I am still trying to talk my husband into getting rid of our direct tv. Most of my favorite shows are on non-cable channels anyway. So far, no luck for us!

Courtney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I wish I was brave enough. It would save us like $69 a month to ditch our cable. Most everything you can see on the internet or through netflix streaming. I just havent gotten over the simplicity of just regular old cable and DVR's yet. I might have to learn. Good for you guys!!

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We haven't had TV since moving into our new home when Paul was a baby. It has been wonderful and such a blessing to have a child who can fully entertain himself no matter what Mommy is doing! It really was one of the best decisions we made for our family. People are ALWAYS shocked when we tell them Paul doesn't know what shows they're talking about b/c we don't have TV! Lol. : )

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