I knew it.

See? I knew you were smart.  And helpful.  Wow, I got so much advice, I’m going to have to hire someone to help me figure it out.  The fact of the matter is that with grocery prices and gas prices both going up as much as they have (and growing, hungrier children + more carpooling and more gas use = higher needs in both categories), our current household budget is just not cutting it.  So I’m either going to have to rethink what we eat and our driving habits or figure out a way to increase the budget.  I’m assuming the best answer requires a little bit of both.

If you haven’t had chance, go back and read all the comments because there’s a lot of good stuff in there.  Also, Lacy rocked the answers to quick-and-easy-and-cheap Christmas gifts.  You should really check out her blog where she wrote me THREE posts with lists of ideas.  (Seriously? I have the best blog friends ever.)

And, in other news:  My baby is now five. (I realize that this makes my blog title totally outdated, but I don’t know what to do about that. It’s figurative now, I guess.)  I survived the party.  Here is some photographic evidence.

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Since you’re on a roll, I have one more advice question.  I used red hairspray in Natalie’s hair for Halloween (Strawberry Shortcake), but it STILL has not come all the way out. Any ideas?

Sure appreciate ‘ya.  (Said in my best Utah accent.)