Mo Money Mo Problems

I have a theory that very few people are legitimately poor. Most of us are just broke because we choose to live outside of our means. Case in point– my life.
We just spent an ungodly amount of money on newborn pictures, so we’re going to spend the next month or so whining about how tight we are on money. The pictures (though amazing) are definitely outside of our means, but we’re first time parents (a.k.a. suckers) and decided to have them done anyway. Goodbye date nights, hello Ramen Noodles.
I’d like to say that we will learn from this experience, but that’s a total lie. I’m pretty confident that August will find us spending way too much money on vacation, and we’ll be knee-deep in Ramen Noodles by September.
While I regret this vicious cycle every time it happens, I know it will continue for one simple reason– call me cliche, but there are some things that you only get once. Landon will never be a newborn again; try as I may, he will not be my little seven-pound nugget forever. While we may regret spending an exorbitant amount of money on pictures, we will never regret capturing that special time because once it’s gone, it’s gone. Yes, it will suck to tighten the purse strings for a little while (and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t going to complain about it) but ten years from now, will we really care that our kitchen was a revolving door of packaged Asian noodles for a few weeks? Probably not.
Will I cry (correction– have a mental breakdown) if these pictures are ever destroyed in a fire? You bet your bottom dollar.
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Author: Erica the Great

twenty-something + wife + momma + teacher + lover of nutella

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