Hello everyone! This week went by pretty fast considering it was shortened (for most of you!). I was a day behind all week, which was really messing me up. I kept thinking it was Tuesday when it was Wednesday. While I’m glad the weekend is here, R decided to go into work for some overtime, and I tagged along. I can definitely focus better there, since it is a “traditional” work environment! The only bad thing is, they recently had their wifi taken away, so it’s mostly a time for writing.

being grateful

I have to say, I am mostly being grateful for the nice weekend we had. As I said last week, we were visiting my parents, and we had some gorgeous weather the whole time! Of course, it was also super hot, but I’ll take that over rain.

On Saturday, we celebrated the 26th anniversary of my parents by going out to eat for a $5 hamburger & fries special at a local sports bar. I wasn’t expecting much, but it actually wasn’t bad at all! As is tradition in the south, we all had sweet tea (yum) with our burgers. The total bill was around $26 for the 4 of us. Not bad for an early dinner!

On Sunday, my parents wanted to try this breakfast place out as their neighbors had recommended it. There was a pretty long wait (which might inspire a post at some point), and to be honest, I didn’t think it was worth it.

Being Grateful - Forty-second Edition / Journey to SavingThis restaurant also took us 25 minutes to get to. In light of that, I suggested we make a quick stop at the beach, which was only a 3 minute drive away. My mom agreed. We managed to find some parking, and set foot on the beach as a family for the first time in … possibly ever. My mom swears they took me when I was little, but I have no memory of that. It was nice, and I snapped some pictures for the occasion.

We actually then went back to the beach later on at night. The plan was to go Monday morning, and we wanted to scout out parking that was closer. It was almost impossible! Labor Day weekend + thousands of tourists = no parking, duh. We eventually found a spot, and enjoyed the view. I mostly enjoyed staring at this mansion, wondering how nice it must be to have beach front property like that. The sound of the waves was so calming!

We decided that Monday would be a lazy, go-with-the-flow type of day. I started checking traffic early on to see what the roads were like. Almost every time I checked, there was traffic due to an accident. Things weren’t looking too good for our trip home. It was only on the one highway we need to take out of town, but sitting in traffic is never fun!

I decided it would be best to leave later in the day. I assumed people would be checking out of their hotels around noon and then departing. So we headed for the pool thinking the beach would still be crowded, and got the whole thing to ourselves. Score!

We sat outside to snack a little on the patio before going back to the house. The community pool is situated on a cute little “beach,” and there was a really nice breeze.

My mom made her usual pasta dinner (it felt like Sunday!), and in the middle of eating, her neighbors came over to say hi to us. Yes, this is the couple whose mailbox got knocked down. I said they were sweet, didn’t I?! I was really grateful for a chance to see them, they really brighten everyone’s day.

After chatting for a bit, they left, and we were on our way shortly after that. I was mostly being grateful for the fact my “plan” to leave later worked out – we hit no traffic whatsoever!

Being Grateful  - Forty-second Edition / Journey to SavingThere was a moment of panic, though. Because we left later, we were driving mostly in the dark, and out of nowhere, a guy on a bicycle decided to cross the street in front of us! There were no special lights on the bike, making it difficult to see. That was pretty scary.

Then right after that intersection, we spotted two cops doing their usual talking side-by-side thing. As soon as we passed, they pulled out onto the road. You’ve got to be kidding me!! Most of you read about how we got a ticket a few months ago, and I was really hoping it wasn’t about to happen again. We were the only car on the road, meaning I couldn’t think of any other reason they decided to pull out at that moment.

Thankfully, since our last incident, R has been going at or under the speed limit at all times, so we really didn’t think we deserved to get pulled over. R deliberately went under the speed limit in hopes the cops would get annoyed and pass us. I was beyond grateful when they finally did. I had seriously been tense, holding my breath the entire time, thinking they were trying to get us on something. Whew.

And lastly, I was grateful to get home and see the cats! They were equally happy to see us (though I think that’s because they knew they were getting treats).

That wraps it up for this week! I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend!

What are you being grateful for this week? How did you enjoy your Labor Day weekend?



  1. Jason @ Islands of Investing September 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Hey Erin, sounds like a great long weekend you had – and nice being able to avoid all the tourists at the pool! (No long-weekend for us here in Australia this week, but we have our fair share :) )

    I’m mostly grateful for being able to spend lots of time with my daughter this week. It’s awesome when I get to see her before work and when I come home, when the work hours are steady. And yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day, and we spend most of the day outside together while my wife went out to run some errands and meet some friends. Always makes it a wonderful start to the weekend!

    1. Erin M. September 7, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      The pool at my parents’ community is sadly mostly always unused, so it’s nice to go and have the whole thing to ourselves. It’s bigger than the pool we have at our apartment complex!

      Aw, that’s so cute! I always enjoyed having some time to spend with my dad, as he usually worked longer hours than my mom.

  2. Kirsten September 7, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Sounds like a mostly lovely long weekend. I am especially jealous about your time at the beach. We used to live in Florida and I often escaped to the beach when I needed time to breathe and think.

    So glad the police weren’t really after you. I’m always under the speed limit, with no tickets, but my heart always stops when I have a police car behind me!

    1. Erin M. September 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      I don’t think I could handle Florida! It’s so hot there. I grew up on Long Island and was basically surrounded by beach, and never went…so I’ve concluded I’m a beach person only when it strikes me to go. I think I’d rather live near a park or the mountains now!

      Yes, that pretty much describes my reaction perfectly! It was so nerve-wracking. I started wondering if they were going to pull us over for going 5mph under the limit.

  3. Simon E. September 7, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    That’s a fun and frugal weekend you had :)
    Am grateful for many things this week…top on the list being my supportive parents and friends. Am also grateful for my boss! Very understanding person.

    1. Erin M. September 7, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Having supportive parents and friends is always something to be grateful for! As well as having an understanding boss.

  4. Kassandra @ More Than Just Money September 7, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    I think you and I are alike when it comes to the beach Erin. Being born on a Caribbean island (Trinidad) and going back to visit usually once a year, I still get to the beach maybe twice during my month long trips. My friends think I’m nuts, but when you have a ton a family and so does your DH, you don’t have much leftover time for yourself!

    You had a nice week-end and I’m so happy you didn’t do anything to cause another ticket. I’m grateful this week for new opportunities, and for DH who is such a wonderful person and hardworking.

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      That’s very true. My parents are not beach people (never have been), so I didn’t grow up vacationing during the summer like many of my peers did. Everyone would go out east to Montauk, but I didn’t have that experience, so beaches didn’t matter too much to me. Plus I burn easily =).

      Oh no, we are both being hyper-vigilant when it comes to driving! I’m sure the police were disappointed with us. Yay for new opportunities!

  5. Alexis September 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderfully relaxing time with your parents. Congrats to them on their 29th! My parents celebrated their 33rd two weeks ago.

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Oh wow, 33rd is awesome! It makes me wonder if I’ll ever make it up there, haha. It seems like so many years from now!

  6. Tonya@Budget and the Beach September 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Sounds like a nice weekend! I’m grateful that I have the beach in such close proximity and can spend a lot of time there doing free activities!

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      It is really nice to be within walking distance to the beach =). If I was, I’d probably go more often, but there’s always so much traffic nearby!

  7. No More Waffles September 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Fun weekend with the family, just the way I like ’em! Glad you had so much fun!

    Labour day is in May in Belgium, so tough luck for us this week. I’m grateful because I was able to start mountainbiking again with a bunch of friends after moving back in their area.

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      Thanks! That’s great you were able to reconnect with mountain biking with friends. Sounds like a recipe for a good time =).

  8. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank September 8, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    You had a nice weekend with your parents. Me? I and my family went to a science museum. It was really an awesome experience and seeing kids learn and having fun is really something to be grateful for.

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      That’s so neat! I remember taking a few field trips to science museums when I was younger, and they were always fun.

  9. Shannon @ Financially Blonde September 8, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Happy anniversary to your parents!! I was grateful last week for school starting and having no distractions at home so I actually got caught up on my work which felt nice. It also meant I got to enjoy my weekend with the boys instead of spending time working which was a double bonus.

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      That is definitely an awesome double bonus! I am definitely not as productive trying to work on the weekends when R is here.

  10. MMD September 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Sounds like a good time. It sounds silly but on long weekends I’m just glad to connect with the kids and do something special that they want to do (but we’re normally too busy to do).

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      That’s not silly at all! That’s what the weekends are for – to do the things we otherwise don’t get time for during the week =).

  11. Mrs. Frugalwoods September 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Glad you didn’t get a ticket! I’m with you–I always hold my breath until they pass me!

    Sounds like a lovely (and inexpensive) weekend!

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      It was just the worst timing with the single-lane road and all. I was so paranoid, but really, being the only car on the road, I’m sure that was the reason for them pulling out of the lot they were in.

  12. Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore September 8, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Sounds like a pretty good weekend to me! This last week did go fast, hoping this week flies by too.

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      I have a feeling September is going to fly by all together!

  13. Debt and the Girl September 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    I love these types of posts. I keep forgetting to do them on my own blog but I really want to start again. Today, I am grateful for having the ability to work and having the opportunity to do so. I am also grateful for the sunny weather today and the ability to be able to relax from a long day’s work with some Netflix!

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      I’ve just made it a weekend thing to do =). I was grateful for the nice weather we were having, but today was pretty dreary!

  14. debs @ debtdebs September 8, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Hey, your folks are married just one year more than us! The one thing I don’t like about the beach is the mess of sand that you always bring home, but the rest of it is pretty awesome so that more than makes up for it. I love the sound of the waves. Water is so calming. Plus I love marine life too! I’m sure R will never speed that road again, so don’t worry but just make sure your tail lights or head lights are never burned out. ;-)

    1. Erin M. September 8, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      I just realized that earlier today, too! Yes, sand is pretty messy and annoying to deal with. I was panicking that one of my lights decided to go out, too. That’s just what we would have needed…

  15. Liz September 8, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    I really wish I lived by the ocean or even just to be within driving distance. I would love to just take an impromptu stop to a beach and walk along the shore. Sounds wonderful. Labor day weekend was a busy one for us. My mother in law came to visit. It was a nice but busy weekend. I forgot how much work (and cleaning!) hosting can be.

    1. Erin M. September 9, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      It’s not bad in the off-season, but during summer, the traffic can get ridiculous. Taking a random trip would probably take you about an hour or so when it normally takes 15 minutes =). Hosting is a lot of work sometimes!

  16. Done by Forty September 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Your post made me miss the beach! It’s been too flipping long.

    1. Erin M. September 9, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      I’m looking forward to going back in the cooler months with hopefully less tourists. That’s the only bad part about it =).

  17. KK @ Student Debt Survivor September 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I don’t eat burgers, but $5 for a burger and fries is pretty great deal. One of our local pubs has a $5 all you can eat nachos night (it’s totally my weakness and I get really excited when Eric suggests heading there).

    1. Erin M. September 11, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      Haha, nachos are really yummy! $5 for all you can eat is not bad. $5 specials are pretty awesome honestly; not many places have entrees under that amount anymore.


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