Monday, April 15, 2013

If We Had a Million Dollars Revised

Some new additions to my list. 
  • Enjoy the possibility of private school if we don't like the public options, or move to a place where we like the public system.
  • Buy many pairs of glasses, including sunglasses
  • Subscribe to
  • Donate to Barbara Bush hospital
  • Buy a Tredclimber
  • Hire someone like Tim Gunn (though not a celebrity) to teach me how to buy clothes
  • Go to a real lingerie shop to get properly measured and fitted
  • Continue education with Masters in special education / gifted and talented; bachelors in library science
  • Buy many of the Precious Moments Disney figurines.  Those things are so cute!  Sadly, I think I'd like them more than the kids, even Natalie.   

Here are the ideas from my original post.  We've managed to do a couple of these without a million dollars!  We've gathered a great selection of second hand yard toys or received them as gifts, and we switched to gas heat. 

  • Make our home have the following, which would most likely mean moving:
    • a respectable yard including green grass and flowering plants for all seasons
    • a porch
    • master bedroom suite, including a bathroom with whirlpool tub and two headed shower
    • laundry not in the basement
    • a garage
    • central air
    • more energy efficient (gas heat, well insulated windows) and try to use more green power sources
    • one of those awesome Little Tykes swing sets for the kids, as well as a variety of other yard toys (without feeling guilty that they can only use them half the year)
  • Swap our cars for hybrids
  • Invest a large sum for the kids college education
  • Save enough for a several nice vacations once the kids were old enough to come along or be left alone.  Ideas include Disney with the kids, Hawaii, European curse, and returning to Sandals in Jamaica for our ten year anniversary. 
  • Donate new toys and other items to our play group
  • Donate books to our local library, especially all the titles I've had to interlibrary load or that aren't available in the system.
  • Donate to the Androscoggin Humane Society, from which Ellie was adopted.
  • I'd buy more from local businesses, including farm stands and gift shops.
  • I'd make a strong plea for local professionals to plow our driveway and mow our lawn so that Mike wouldn't have to worry about it anymore and could just spend time with us on weekends.
  • I'd actually buy clothes for the kids from Carter's instead of just browsing their web site.
  • Once the kids were older (like Natalie in school and William old enough for a day care / preschool) consider spending some of my time without the kids volunteering (instead of working). 

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