This morning, I booked 2 round-trip flights for Mom and me to fly to southern Illinois. Afterwards, I booked an airbnb. Why southern Illinois? My daughter and son-in-law moved there about 1.5 years ago. Last month, my son and daughter-in-law did the same. They are all four living in the same small town. The place I booked is a vacation home on a lake, complete with a hot tub. We should have a really fun week, just hanging out and being together. And playing cards, of course.
It's going to be a fun trip. I am looking forward to seeing my son of course, but I am REALLY looking forward to seeing my daughter. I haven't seen her since we parted in Florida in March 2020. (Whereas I have seen my son several times since then).
I have been setting money aside for this trip and have it covered, even though my current cash balance is a bit lean. This month, I had to pay my 6 month insurance premium ($947.26), put a new starter and brakes in my car ($701.30), bought myself some new clothes ($177.72), plus spent money for birthday gifts and a motel room (see below). So even though I have been saving diligently, I am ending the month with less cash than I started with.
I have a grand-niece and a grand-nephew who are first cousins and were born on the same day. SB and I went to Willits for their birthday parties a few weekends ago; they both turned 9. I paid for the motel room and birthday gifts, as it is my family. It was a very fun weekend. I got to spend some one on one time with two nieces, my brother, my sister-in-law, the birthday girl grand-niece, and my newest grand-niece who was born this past February.