We want to make some changes

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We want to get into some new routines prior to summer break because it will be easier to transition the kids if it’s something we’ve been doing for a couple of weeks already.

The boys only have ten days of school left and I’m beginning to stress out a little bit because our grocery budget has taken a hit. I’m working to overcome some of these obstacles but the reality is, it’s much easier said than done. For now we will have to work within our means, while we strive to do better.

One of the things we wanted to start doing is returning to the farmers market.

We used to do this all the time when the kids were younger but it’s been years since we’ve been there.

The way I see it is that if we set aside $50.00 a week, and spend that at the farmers market, we’ll end up farther ahead, than if we had we spent that at the grocery store. At the farmers market, $50.00 buys a ton of fruit and veggies. We would still hit the grocery store for everything else.

This should help to stretch our grocery budget.

One of the other things we want to do is work on getting the house under control. Doing this before summer vacation, will help to start things off on the right foot.

Lastly, while we will never be able to do another family vacation anywhere close to what we were blessed with last Fall, we recognize that we need to try and do something as a family each summer.

Lizze and I are going to beginning looking into what it would cost to rent a cabin at Cook Forest State Park for a weekend. That’s something we could likely pull off and while it might not be as glamorous as our Florida trip, it could be amazing in a whole host of other ways.

Being an Autism parent is physically, emotionally, and financially exhausting. I’m working very hard to address the financial part of things because that makes everything else a bit more manageable.

We want to focus more on embracing life and giving the kids as many positive experiences as we can. In a near future post, I’ll share a bit more on at least one of the new projects I’ve been blessed with and how it could have a big impact on my family.

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Hi Rob, glad your family had a nice Mother’s Day and that you were able to spend the night before with your parents and siblings. That’s always so much fun (and difficult!) to be able to pull off when you have a big family. I love the farmer’s markets in the summer. There is just nothing like fresh produce. I love to throw a bunch of carrots and cauliflower on the grill for dinner; I will grill just about anything I can. That would be fun to do if you’re able to figure out the camping trip too. If you… Read more »