Well, I survived my first day of teaching in almost 10 years. I had trouble going to sleep last night. I was trying to finish reading a book when Big Sister got up (sleepwalking) at 10:20 pm. I finished the book shortly after putting her back to bed, but my mind wouldn’t settle. I tried praying for peace and ended up dozing off but only for a few moments because Sissy woke up at 11:20 pm. I think I managed to sleep for just over five hours. Despite my lack of sleep, I was able to learn all 34 students’ names quickly enough to impress them and myself! My students were great, and I love teaching math again. I’m looking forward to getting to know the kids and their parents better.
- I got up at 5:00 am and started a pot of water for oatmeal before the kids woke up. Big Brother thought he would have to eat cold cereal on school mornings from now on, so I tried preparing a hot breakfast to show him I could do it. He was the only one who did not eat oatmeal this morning.
- The kids and I all packed lunches to eat at school. Hubby took money for lunch again. He only spent $7.50 today. I passed some lunch tables at school that had Chick-fil-a bags waiting for students, and I felt deprived for a moment, especially with my husband eating out a few times this week, but that just reminded me what I have to look forward to in November.
- The little girls needed fresh fruit, yogurt, and cereal, so we went to the store this afternoon. We spent $18.08 on groceries.
- They are having a book fair at our school this week, so I took the kids after I picked them up and let them “shop” for books. I took photos of the kids holding up books they want for Christmas.
- Something to wear
- Something to read
- Something they want
- Something they need
All of our children love books and new clothes, so they end up getting several things they want. I like buying books from the book fair because it helps our school, and I don’t have to go to a store. Plus, the older kids fill out wish lists when they preview the book fair with their classes, so I know exactly what they want.
Now, I know this is a no-spend month, but we already have this expense covered. My husband sets aside money each quarter for Christmas, so I can take money from our Christmas fund for these books and not spend any money from our monthly income. I will hide these gifts for two months and then wrap them up for Christmas. I love getting some shopping done ahead of time.