Archives For Family

By Eric on December 9, 2014 6

I knew striking out into the world of self-employment would be tough. It’s been tough, but what seems to be troubling me and my family the most over the past few months is the continual stream of cash that is leaving our pockets for things that keep breaking.

In budget terms, these are the things we save for on a monthly basis, but don’t really like spending money on.

Like car repairs and house repairs. Let’s just start there for example…

In the past three months we’ve had a terrible series of unfortunate events that have kept us busy just trying to solve problems and fix broken things. So, many that I’m convinced someone is playing a joke on us.

First was the car…

As I mentioned in “The Price You Pay to Drive,” cars break down. I know this. We save for this. But, it was working so well for so long, I guess I took for granted what “reliable” transportation was.

Fixing the Car

On a Friday evening after work, I went to start the car, and it refused to do so. After some tinkering, and jumping it, I convinced it (prayer) to start and managed to drive it home where it sat for a week while I tried to fix the problem (thanks Google, and Dad for all the assistance). It wouldn’t start at all after I got it home that night.

The total to get the car running was $272.30. But, the problem seemed fixed and the car was restored to working/reliable condition.

Until about a week later and a totally unrelated issue poked it’s head up… Overheating… OK, no big deal, filled the car with coolant ($7.80). I checked a few other things to make sure it wasn’t something more serious, but couldn’t find anything… (we’ll come back to the car later).

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By Eric on December 2, 2014 12

Let’s get right to it… We’re having another baby! This will be baby #2 in the Williams house, and I couldn’t be more joyful. Despite the nervousness, and anxiousness that comes with the unknowns of pregnancy, birth, newborns, and lack of sleep, I’m really excited.

Baby2

Kelsey is currently 12 weeks pregnant with a due date of June 11. We’ve officially named the bun in the oven “June Bug” until we know the gender, and decide on a name.

And for the record, I don’t remember thinking of baby names being so cumbersome the first time around. We’re seriously struggling coming up with names either of us like…

We’ve kept the secret for the past 8 weeks from Rooney, but we’ve asked her suspicious questions like: Rooney, what do you think about having a baby brother or sister? “Yeah! A girl brother!!”

But, we did sit down the other night to tell Rooney what was going on and captured it on video.

We then explained why mommy hasn’t been feeling well, and sleeping more than ever. All in all Kelsey is doing great, except for feeling hungry, but not knowing what she is hungry for, which has thrown our food budget for a loop. Note to self… don’t cut the food budget during the first trimester of your wife’s pregnancy.

What baby names are on top of your list these days? boys and girl names…

P.S. Here is the video from when we announced we were pregnant the first time. And Rooney’s arrival.

 

By Eric on October 20, 2014 +

Based on my last post, you now know that I love coffee. And by love, I mean that it’s a vice of mine. And while I try to keep my coffee budget in check, there is still this little scientist inside of me that wants to experiment to find the best way to make a cup of coffee at home.

Most days I’m content waking up to some Dunkin’ Original blend (easy peasy and cheap when you buy in bulk from Costco). But, then I’m also left wondering what else is out there?

I’ve entertained the thought of giving bulletproof coffee a try, but the price tag for the coffee alone has kept that experiment at bay for awhile. I’ve never ventured beyond a Keurig, or your standard automatic coffee maker, so thoughts of mastering a fresh press, or chemex seem to be a hurdle for me.

Regardless, I’ve still wanted to try grinding my own beans to see if it makes for a better cup of joe in the morning.

Which is why I was excited when UncommonGoods reached out to see if we wanted to pick something out from their website. Free stuff is always great, but I was super stoked when I saw this Steampunk Coffee Mill and fell in love with the old school hand-crafted look of it. Not to mention it would grind coffee beans!

Uncommon Goods

 

To conclude the experiment, I’ll state that freshly ground coffee does in fact taste better than standard coffee grounds. Plus, I get a little workout grinding up my own beans every morning. It’s kind of therapeutic….

If you’re not into grinding your own beans, but looking for some sweet gifts for yourself or others for the upcoming holiday season, check out Uncommon Goods.

Bonus: Kelsey is running a giveaway on Snappy Casual that ends today, and she’s hand-picked 11 things you might like. (Plus see some photos of Rooney using her construction plate!)

Although… Kelsey’s picks are kind of… how do I say… girly… so, if you are a dude, or looking for a gift for a dude, check out these selections:

What would you pick out for yourself or for someone else from Uncommon Goods?

Thanks to Tom from Uncommon Goods for letting all three of us pick out something for ourselves in exchange for sharing their website with you. 

By Eric on August 14, 2014 8

Last Friday I was reminded in three different ways that being a dad is awesome. First at the Men’s bible study. Second, was when Kelsey sent me a video about “How to Dad” (video below). And, Third was a blog post on Design for Minikind by Erin Loechner about a day in the life of a dad.

Being a dad…a noble calling of which we have a massive responsibility. The tasks are endless, the work never ends, and sometimes the rewards are hard to see. Take heart fellas and enjoy the awesomeness that is being a dad.

Because there will be days of craziness, and if you’re living in toddlerville like we are right now, you might even have a day like we had Tuesday. The morning started with a huge tantrum, and the evening ended with a trip to Noodles of which Rooney took one bite and then screamed at the top of her lungs. It seemed like it might of been hot or spicy, but it was neither. So, we boxed up our meals and went home. And…we’re still not sure what was wrong with her, but she kept whimpering all evening, and wouldn’t eat or drink anything.

In those moments we feel helpless. This parenting stuff is hard. But, for every day like we had on Tuesday, there are probably 100 awesome days. If this sounds like a roller coaster… that’s because it is one…

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By Eric on June 3, 2014 5

When I was a teenager, I wanted nothing more than to own a Ford Mustang. As a young lad, having a sweet ride was really all I thought about. My cousin who was one year older than me had two of them. Old ones that he was fixing up. A 1968 and a 1973. They were sweet pieces of American muscle car machinery. They were works in progress, but as I watched him work on his cars, I would dream of one day owning my own.

A dream car
Photo Credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ via Compfight cc

Well, I’m 30 now and I’ve still never owned a Mustang. It’s still on my bucket list, but right now, it’s on the back burner. Somewhere along the line, I had to trade in the dream of owning an American muscle car for the American family vehicle… the minivan.

After getting married, buying a house, and purchasing our first vehicle together, I realized that my dreams might have to wait. Love has delayed my dream of owning a Mustang. Love for my wife, love for my daughter, and love for our family as a whole.

washing the minivan

The cost of owning a mustang at this point in my life doesn’t make sense give our current circumstances. Could I make it happen if I really wanted to? Probably. Would it be the best decision for our family? No.

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