For the past four or five years, Elisa and I have been able to set aside time for at least two vacation / road trips per year. This has been a huge deal for us as neither of us came out of a family that did much traveling. My family would head over to St. Louis every once in a while to visit with my aunts but that was really about it. My senior year, we took a class trip to Orlando, Florida and that was the first time that I had really left Illinois / Missouri in my life. Continue reading
I have been a big fan of The Simple Dollar for a couple of years now. If you are looking for a way to cut back spending or tweak your budget to fit in more savings, Trent Hamm is your guy. It would be great if we all had piles of money that we could plug into the stock market but the truth is that most of us are getting by on a week by week paycheck with little room to maneuver. That is where Hamm’s people come in. Continue reading
This post is a little nostalgic as I will be writing about a trip that I took back when I was still an Illinoisian. We went on this little weekend long trip over to Indianapolis, Indiana with my mom and stepdad. You know, Indy is not really a place that you think about when you are putting together a list of vacation destinations. That is unless you are a Colts fan. Oh my gosh, they were everywhere. Continue reading
One thing that I have learned from married life is that you never stop dating your spouse. Just because you have made those vows and started down the road to marital bliss doesn’t mean that romance can be put away. If anything, the stress of marriage and children should push us to step it up even more. Continue reading
Okay people. Regardless of who you are going to vote for, this is seriously funny. Alec Baldwin nailed it.
I think one of the greatest things that a person can do in their lives is to provide for the care and wellbeing of a child. The majority of the population do that through their own children and that in itself, if done correctly, is an amazing blessing. However, there is a growing need for people to step in an provide for children that are not their own.
I grew up in a town of about 1,000 people and the idea of being a millionaire seemed like such an unachievable task. I always felt like I would be doing good if I could get a job that paid me $20K a year or so. Anything beyond that seemed a little silly. Millionaires were for Hollywood. They lived in cities or on their own private island somewhere. They definitely did not live across the road from me. Continue reading
How do you measure success? I mean, I have my idea of what it means to be successful. Yours probably isn’t the same. There may be similarities but there will always be subtle (or maybe not so subtle) differences between what makes me feel successful and what makes you feel successful. Everyone takes a different road when it comes to winning at life. Continue reading
It has been a while since the Strange family got a chance to get out and explore Virginia but this week was perfect for it. With four days off and a brand new paycheck to fund our adventures, we set out to find something new. Continue reading
My son used to be absolutely obssessed with trains, particularly those of the Thomas franchise. There was not a day that went by without getting out the train set, watching Thomas movies or making a trip to Wal Mart to look at the selection of Thomas trains that waited on the shelves just for him. Continue reading