The Swan Life: September 2016
Hello internet friends! This is Lucy… aka Mrs. Green Swan. Remember me from the BS Support Group?! I’ve been behind the scenes for quite a while now. Sometimes I act as an idea bouncer when Mr. Green Swan comes up with post ideas, sometimes I’m a blog editor proof reading the posts and each week I’m the design director (all the title pictures are made by yours truly). Today I’m stepping outside the norm and am actually writing the post myself. No, Mr. Green Swan didn’t request the day/week off, he actually asked if I would be interested in writing something from my perspective. Disclaimer: I’ve never found myself to be much of a creative writer, but this will be fun!
The main intent of this post (and possibly subsequent ones… if you guys like this) is to switch things up a bit and give an update on our last month. What trips did we take (work and personal), what new ideas did we come across to help save money, maybe even an update on how smart our son is getting (seriously he surprises me all the time, I have to remind myself he’s a little boy and not a baby anymore). You all know we have lives outside this blog. That includes full time jobs, daycare pickup/drop off and for me a bit of work travel.
The month of September started off with a Labor Day trip to St. Louis for Mr. Green Swan’s brother’s wedding. It was one of those trips that was on the books for a while and we took a couple extra days to spend time with family. The trip included airfare (for three, our son is over two now… ouch!), a hotel for four nights, wedding gift and wedding apparel (both Mr. Green Swan and our son were in the wedding which meant 2 tuxes… and trust me just because it’s a miniature version doesn’t mean the price drops drastically). There were multiple large expenses, but when you look at a wedding for a close family member like this, it’s all worth it. We cut costs by packing some food for a quick meal in the morning and scheduled our flights according to what was economical.
Other travel this month was my work trip to New Jersey. This actually took place right after the bombings that were in NJ and NYC and when the unrest in Charlotte came to a head. My mom texted me and asked if we were all ok here in Charlotte… I responded and said “yea no worries, I’m in NJ.” I didn’t put her mind at ease. All is well for us though and I was happy to be home after this long work trip. Of course a work trip like this doesn’t require financial critique… it was all expensed. On the other hand when I travel for work I usually get some amazing food (for free!) Score.
Right after I returned home from NJ, Mr. Green Swan flew up that direction to attend a college football game. Did I mind he went without me? Nah, I was offered to join, but turned it down. Sometimes when you’re on the road and away from home you just want to go back to what is comfortable. He had a great time though and our team pulled out the W. Even better… he stayed with a friend which meant no hotel cost. And you all know Mr. Green Swan, he researched flights well and got a great deal.
Remember the post about Mr. Green Swan’s journey to replace his cracked phone screen? I felt like he made it sound like everything went so smooth. I also like the fact that when he has an idea for a project it somehow gets put on my list too. Oh, you want to clean out the garage this weekend? Well I suppose that means I’ll be joining you. What, you bought a screen replacement and will watch YouTube videos for a “how-to?” Guess I better watch those videos too. Well in the end it all worked out well so I guess I should stop complaining.
You’ll hear more about this from Mr. Green Swan, but one other highlight from our month was a killer clothes shopping spree at the consignment shop for our son.
Like I mentioned earlier, our son is growing up before our eyes. He forms complete sentences, tells us what he wants and how he feels (with the exception of the times he’s so worked up or mad he can’t communicate it). He’s been such a joy.
Can I share a complete parent fail we had this month? As Mr. Green Swan touched on in The Frugal Millionaire post, we commute to work together (great to save on parking and gas!) We chose a daycare near work so we could swing by after and not get anxiety that we’d be late due to bad traffic or whatnot. In essence daycare is nowhere near our house.
Well one day this week we both thought the other one had grabbed our son’s socks and shoes. Nope, neither of us did. The daycare ladies we dropped him off to seemed like it would be no big deal, but Mr. Green Swan got a call a couple hours later from the Director letting us know he needed shoes. Mr. Green Swan had to actually take an early lunch and run by a nearby Walmart to buy a cheap pair of shoes. We both agreed that would be a better option than running all the way home and back (would probably take an hour!) Not even sure my son actually likes these shoes… You live and you learn.
So that is basically our September in a nutshell. You know what, this was kind of fun to look back and remember where we went, what we ate, what we did this last month. Thanks for being an audience that allowed me to ramble on.
Let me know what you think of this type of post. Should I continue? Who out there had some fun trips this past month?