16 days till Christmas! The tree is trimmed, the presents are bought, the plans are made, and the kids are enjoying their annual Advent fun.
Overall, we've done very well sticking to a Christmas budget, and we have no doubts that the kids are going to be thrilled with their gifts on Christmas morning. We've even managed a few surprises this year.
We made it through the first majorly reduced paycheck of the holiday season, and are faring at least as well as we'd hoped for. Mike and I are both looking forward to the New Year, when the furloughs will be over and he'll have a relatively stable employment forecast for the near future.
In another positive bit of financial news - I periodically check our house's value at Zillow It's been like a train wreck for the past two years. I didn't want to look, but I couldn't seem to help myself. So I watched, feeling sick all the while, as it went down down down, often by several thousand dollars a month. The past couple of months the dropping had finally slowed, and when I looked yesterday, it had gone UP by $1000 over the last 30 days! I realize that it's going to take a long time for the market to stabilize, and for it to come up enough to make a difference. But a rise of any sort, now matter how small, feels very, very promising.