Tuesday, July 30, 2013

All Of Our Debt: Take Two

Just wanted to do a quick update to refer back to. Progress is slow going but it's going! The goal is to have everything all paid off by June of 2015 but sooner is, of course, better! I'm proud of us for not touching a single credit card and literally if we don't have the cash for it, we can't afford it so that's been our motto. The ultimate goal is to live a life free from debt but the process is still frustrating, nonetheless. I wish we were already there but seriously, how great is it that we've paid over $15,000.00 in debt?! Yay us!

I love you, Jarod Miller. I'm thankful we're on the same page. Now time to get these bitches paid off.


Jj’s School Loan (Group B):                 $190.59  PAID OFF!!
Jj’s School Loan (Group D):                $370.77   PAID OFF!!
Jj’s School Loan (Group A):                $1542.69   PAID OFF!!
Credit Loan:                                        $2216.76   PAID OFF!!
Jj’s School Loan (Group H):                $2478.0     PAID OFF!!
Jj’s School Loan (Group E):                 $2144.05
Kj’s School Loan #1:                            $2291.85
Jj’s School Loan (Group G):                $2478.61
Jj’s School Loan (Group C):                $2632.62
Kj’s School Loan #2.1                          $3135.17
Kj’s School Loan #2.2                          $3430.58
Jj’s School Loan (Group F):                 $3912.59
Kj’s School Loan #3:                            $6183.76
Honda Pilot Car Loan:                          $9510.04

STARTING DEBT (Oct. 2011):             $51792.70

DEBT PAID OFF:                                $15583.47

FINAL DEBT:                                      $35719.27

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Falling Into Place: Our Marriage

This November, Jarod and I will be celebrating our nine-year-wedding anniversary. Our almost nine years of marriage-hood has turned two young naive kids into relationship-veterans that run together like a well-oiled machine. 

He understands my chaotic nature that yearns for solitude and quiet but equally, craves a life full of family (hello, four kids) and close friends and runs at about 100 miles an hour on a daily (hello, four kids  . . . in five years). I understand his obsessive need for schedules, calendars, and cleanliness and his conflicting ambitions that force him to behave in the exact opposite of what he says he wants. In order words, we're both insane and he let's me do my thing and I let him do his, with, of course, the greatest of sympathies to how fucked up we really are.

"Why are you doing that then!? You did that to yourself," has kindly been replaced with "I'm sorry, babe. Tell me all about it."

Jarod and I have been madly in love with one another from the beginning but loving each other has been hard when age, experience, and maturity don't quite equal the weight of a commitment we made to one other. I like to say a big part of why Jarod and I rarely fight anymore is because we've fought about every damn thing under the sun. Go ahead, name anything.

. . .

Yep, in '08 we had a huge fight about that very thing; we were dumb and embarrassing, even to ourselves.

These days we're so on cue to what the other person is going to say, do, and/or react that nothing's really a surprise anymore. God, we sound old, married, and boring and to that I say, "yes, yes, and helllll no." We're creeping closer to 30 so yah, we're getting old and married, God, we're so damn married it's not even funny. But boring, H-to-the-no, guuurlfriend.

I'm so thankful I married my best friend. He can make me laugh like no other and is just so dang fun to be around. Sometimes I get out of the house to get away from the kids (and give my mind a break!) but him, no, if I could I would take that man with me everywhere.

I've already decided I get to die first and he should go in less than 24 hours of me. I've really grown up with him (hello, getting married at 18 0_o ) and if we're lucky, we'll get to share our great-grandchildren's birthdays together so I'm really not feeling the whole spending life-after-death without him. He once told me, a complete and utter ghostaphobic (I'mmm pretty sure I made up that word and there's actually a legit word for that but that's beside the point, so he once told me) if he dies first that he's going to haunt me and I told him, "Fine but you better not move shit around!!" 

We were dead-serious (ha) when we were having that conversation but the dumb part is he actually thinks there's a chance he might go first. Pfff.

This post started off about our lives falling into place and took a sharp, left turn into Gag-Fest Way about how much I love my husband. I do but even I think I need to throw up. I'll leave how the rest of our lives feels like it's fallen into place in another post. Until then.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Quickie Update

Life is crazy busy as usual. I'm finding myself getting less and less sleep; although, I have more and more things I need to do with in a household of four kids, I hate giving up my quiet, unsolicited "me time." Thus, most days I work with four to five hours of sleep. It's become my new normal but after awhile, I usually hit the wall and pass out.

The kids are getting so big; it's mind-blowing. There's a growing trend of less baby-ness and more kid-ness in the house. Aiden's a full-fledged kid that cracks me up as much as he pushes my buttons. Tristen's baby fat is slowly melting off his sweet little face and his personality is really stepping away from his older brother's shadow. Our crazy Ali is mellowing out; she's finally taking little breaks here and there from screaming and running around like a maniac to saying "thank you" and giving little kisses and hugs. Me and her even have our own handshake these days. Carsen is growing like crazy. He's the happiest baby ever; all you have to do is look at him and he'll give you the biggest smile and happiness literally fills up his whole body. He's pretty dang adorable.

Jarod's doing great; he's been a lead at work for a few good months now and recently found out he's going to be temping as a manager for a short bit. I'm so dang proud of him.

Life is really good, really busy, but amazingly good. Our marriage is rock-solid these days and I can't even remember the last time we had a fight, which coming from two young teenage kids that use to fight almost every day for the stupidest shit, we deserve a fist-pump Jersey Shore style. 

I have a post about marriage in year nine fumbling around in my head but have yet to sit down and write it. Mainly, because my laptop is pretty close to its deathbed, which is half of the reason I've been so MIA. We're saving up for a new computer, so hopefully sooner than later I'll be a regular on this blog once again.

I've been working really hard  trying to lose all these glorious baby pounds I've accumulated with growing these babies and so far have lost a total of 8 pounds in five weeks. I post a lot of weight loss progress pictures on my Instagram: kjandjj0718, if you want to check it out.

So that's my life as of late. I will talk to you all again soon! :)