Budget Trip

Golden’s grandparents gave us $100 for keeping her this week, so we took out $10 for tithing and had an unexpected $90 left for a quick spring break getaway weekend!

We worked hard to count how that gives us $90 for our trip, as opposed to the kindergarteners who initially thought we had $5 to spend.

We brought road trip snacks from home, supplemented by extra treats from friends:

And we stayed in the upstairs floor of a friend’s home (the daughter of Mrs. Wallace, who taught Nathan violin since he was four) instead of getting a hotel:

And instead of stopping for fancy sites, we took our own wiggle breaks at parks and rest stops:



We brought our cereal and milk and bananas and juice for breakfasts, and oranges and crackers for snacks, and tonight we are being hosted for a spaghetti dinner for a gathering of violin students Nathan grew up with – so fun!  Today we are going to church history sites for free, and tomorrow we will find something learn-ish-fun to do before driving home again.  That leaves us exactly enough for gas to get home, and plenty of fun on a budget! 

The kids are doing great counting our dollars and practicing money, and learning about budgets and preparedness (like packing food for the trip instead of buying it on the road) as we go.

Hello, Kansas City!

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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