Maybe just as good as the day I paid off my student loans from grad school. It was a frightening amount, but I paid it off in 7 years, partly due to a lump settlement I won, but mostly because I made paying off that monthly bill a priority. But today, the day I wrote the last preschool tuition check that I will ever write, is almost, if not just as victorious. No, no, wait, you don’t understand. I need some high fives! Applause! Some butt shaking touchdown moves! After paying crazy, eye-popping, sit down while you read the prices, NYC tuition bills for preschool all those years, we’ve finally made it! You’re still not convinced this is a big deal? Remember that we tearfully ended our relationship with our part time nanny of 6 years last August? PT nanny for 2 + preschool was by far our biggest monthly expense after our mortgage. Now that we don’t have either of those expenses we’ve hit the parenting jackpot! Both kids will be in the same public school come September! Booyeah!! It hasn’t been easy juggling work schedules within the confines of the kids’ school hours (drop off and pick up is about an hour round trip walk each morning and afternoon when all’s said and done – more in the afternoon because Claudine gets out a full hour earlier than Mia), but we’re doing it. 4 months in and we’re managing.
So…….what are we going to do with our new found wealth? Take more vacations (this is why we *didn’t* take vacations). Maybe try and work less (judging by the insane hours I have worked every day this year so far, this isn’t happening right now). Buy more stuff for the house, like furniture and lighting. Take the cash, throw it up in the air and roll around in it (um…).
Of course we still have summer camp to pay for, which will now be a regular expense since we have no childcare in the summer at all. In NYC, we register for camp as early as October. For the NEXT YEAR. Oh, and yeah, now we can afford some extra curricular classes like dance and music (Mia wants to take tap and she’s very interested in taking up an instrument). Oh, right, then there’s things like braces for most likely both girls, and…and… Huh….crap.