June 15, 2012

Year One

Ben and I recently celebrated our first anniversary. It landed on a Tuesday so it was a simple evening out for dinner and then relaxing with the dogs at night. It is funny how there is so much pressure to celebrate a certain way! We did celebrate, BUT Keady had surgery that day (she is now "fixed"), we paid off the Saturn, I was in Noblesville all day running errands, then of course Ben had to work all day!

Upon getting home we sprinted to the restaurant and then came home and took care of Keady and watch basketball. Lame I know- but maybe next year we can do something fun.

The good news is- we are happily married and looking forward to more years to come.

June 9, 2012

Summer Happenings

The Burman household has been very busy this summer. Ben is coaching football again, but this year it is at Bluffton High School! It is so nice to have him close and now he gets to see the goobers I hang out with all day during the school year.

When we moved into our house almost a year ago the microwave screen did not work. We could use it... we just couldn't see what we were doing. We made it work and it was going fine until the motor that turns the plate at the bottom went out. So we began our search for a new microwave. We have those kind that hang above the stove, great for space.... terrible for our wallets. Luckily Ben found a place that has scratch and dent items and we got a new microwave for a fraction of the price.

Then we (yes we) installed that sucker. Please don't let the photos trick you, I helped carry the bad boy in and held it up while Ben handled the power tools.

All done!
This also brought about a new discussion about one of Ben's biggest pet peeves, having the oven clock and microwave clock on different times.... so he waited for the oven clock to change and quickly adjusted the microwave. He also hates that I leave time on the microwave.... I haven't had a screen to clear in ONE YEAR! This is new and fun.

We have also been spending time in the yard making things pretty for summer. It has been so dry that our poor grass is crunchy! I planted some flowers in some left over center pieces from a bridal shower I threw and then took dollar store bandannas and left over wedding ribbon and created an American master piece:

In other news: we paid off the Saturn today. (Over a year early!!) Dave Ramsey really works people! Also- My little brother Nick made his baseball league All-Star team! He is so good and he even had an injury this year. What a trooper!

Tonight we are having people over for a fire and some drinks- I love having people over and I know Ben does too. Should be a good night, especially if the Celtics beat the Heat. Happy Saturday!

June 3, 2012

Quarter Life Celebration

Today is my wonderful, handsome, and talented, husband's birthday. He is 25 years young and I am so thankful he came into my life. He literally just walked into one of my classes and we haven't looked back. God always has a plan and upon meeting Ben I realized that.

Ben is such an amazing man. He is genuine and thoughtful. He is terrible with the lovey dovey words stuff, but he does his best- he shows love and I love flowers for no reason or a kiss on the forehead, or playing with my hair before bed. I love the way he is around his family (especially his beautiful nieces!) I love how he holds my hand when we pray and I adore his love for coaching and teaching.

He is so loving, check out his first ever love note:

Hey Kid- Believe it or not, I'm not too good at all that mushy lovey-dovey talk, but I just wanted to tell you that the last week has been awesome. There was never a time that we were hanging out that I would have rather been somewhere else.

There was more.... but it is just for me. Our friends mesh so well and I must say that we have some of the best friends in the world. Basically- I am thankful for Ben each and every day but since it is his birthday I would put it out there for public knowledge. I love my husband and in his 25 years I bet many people would agree that he is a great person, son, brother, friend, teacher, christian, coach, uncle, son-in-law, dog owner, future father and of course Husband.

For Ben's birthday this year we kept it low key, as Ben has worked upwards of 70 hours this week! Saturday after working much later than we thought we threw together some plans with our new Indiana resident pals, Caitlin and Will. Along came Amanda and Nick some high school and college pals as well! We went out to eat in Carmel at Kona Grill (VERY GOOD!) then we just hung out and had a few drinks while catching up. On Sunday (the actual birthday) we went to Church and had an amazing sermon about not wasting your youth, very fitting since Ben is such a young man! Then we got some food to grill out. We then ate, opened gifts, napped, talked with family and worked on our yard. Simple but relaxing- just like Ben!

Happy Birthday Handsome.

Dinner at Kona Grill

Eclare Cake and Gifts
June 2, 2012

Budget = Peace

For those of you who aren't aware, Ben and I are avid fans of the Dave Ramsey, Financial Peace University. We took this financial class in the fall after we got married and it has made all the difference. See, Dave gives new (and old) couples a step by step system to get out of debt and then a "how to" on building wealth.

The biggest goal for Ben and I, other than making it by month to month, is getting out of debt while we are still young. The system of budgeting and not getting to attached to extra money has been difficult. Yet, we are now on month nine of budgeting and it feels great to know you have money to spend, or when you don't have money to spend. Something about updating the budget give me a rush (good and bad sometimes!)

There is even a program called the "Debt Snow Ball" and you put each debt amount and interest along with the minimum payment- and it calculates when you will be out of debt based on paying off the lowest and then adding that minimum payment onto the next largest debt. Without any extra payments we will be out of debt in April of 2016. Good news, we pay extra each month and that means we will soon own our cars, have student loans paid off and be on our way to wealth! In the last nine months we have paid off $8,000+ in debt. That includes the wedding and honeymoon. No it wasn't always fun, and yes we have a lot more to go... but each success keeps us trucking along.

Yes, the class costs money, but it is normally through a Church (ours was) and if you don't have the money to take the class, most places have a program where you can earn the class! Also- there is a 90 day free trail of the budget tools (they are amazing, you can even use your phone to update quickly) then you must buy the tools. It is all money well spent, much better than the purse you use three times or the five dinners you just had to go and eat!

Budget Sneak Peak-Try making a budget of your own:

Dave Ramsey Website:

If you are really interested- click here for a 30 day free trial! Do it, it will change the way you look at money and your future.

On that note, I am off to find some coupons for this month, we were devastated last night when we went to get a Redbox movie with a May Free DVD Code.... devastated. Don't worry, we found a list of new codes.