I'm back from vacation. We had a great time. We went on boats and kayaks, over bridges, played in playgrounds, swam in the ocean, and ate ice cream. It was great, and the kids had a great time. I'm really, really glad I went, and I'm even more grateful to my friend Mary for inviting me.
As for the frugal side of things, I did okay! I had budgeted 200 dollars, and I spent 312.24. That counts almost one tank of gas, one ferry boat trip, a bag of groceries, 2 souvenir t shirts, one souvenir hat, 2 "souvenir" cars from the toy store, and $100 spending money. Considering I would have spent 150 dollars on childcare those three days, that would mean the whole trip cost me 162.24.
Now, I have to admit I was hoping that my total would be like 8 dollars, but I ended up needing to get gas and buy food when I got home, so that made it higher. I might even be wrong about this, because I guess I would be buying food and gas today anyway, but the point is, it wasn't that expensive, and a vacation for 58 dollars a day (or 32.30 if you take out the souvenirs) is pretty awesome.
Enough math now.
So, things are okay. They are bad with the husband, but good with the inlaws. My great aunt died, so that's sad. My three year old has been acting out a lot, which is stressful, but work is good and I know things could be worse. I got a raise today, which will unfortunately just go to paying for oil for the winter, but it's still good. I guess I'm taking the good with the bad, which is all you can ever do. As I always say (in real life I always say this), you win some, you lose some.