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Carol A. Harstad, MSIS
Smyrna, Delaware 19977


Acquire a position in a stable organization where my skills, knowledge, and contributions are the basis for opportunities of advancement.


Active DoD secret clearance. Systems Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in supervisory, full system life cycle, enterprise architecture, designing and developing PC simulation software, applications, and web sites using several scripting and programming languages. I completed my MS degree in Software Engineering Management with a GPA of 3.917. My skills include process improvement, project management, writing/maintaining technical documentation and user manuals, coding, establishing priorities, meeting strict deadlines, requirements management, and test engineering.

  • DoDAF
  • BPMN
  • DMTF Common Information Model (CIM)
  • Waterfall
  • Agile
  • Waterfall/Agile Combination
  • Scrum
  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • UML & Data Modeling
  • Process Improvement
  • Requirements Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Testing
  • Project Management
  • Jama
  • JIRA
  • Crucible
  • FishEye
  • Confluence
  • TortoiseSVN (Subversion)
  • SharePoint
  • ARIS Connect
  • EKR
  • Enterprise Architect (EA)
  • Magic Draw
  • System Architect
  • MS Visio
  • Unreal Engine 4
  • Visual Studio
  • Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • SQL
  • ActionScript
  • StarUML
  • Java
  • FoxPro
  • VBScript
  • JavaScript
  • C
  • C++
  • Access
  • VB
  • Photoshop
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • XML
  • Joomla
  • GUI Design


Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
02/2019 – Present
Senior Enterprise Architect
  • Analyze business system processes and user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate processing or to improve existing computer systems.
  • Create, deliver, and maintain the Scope Assessment Model to evaluate the customer needs in order to translate those needs into services to be performed as selected from a catalog of services.
  • Support the development of contract documents to include statements of work, requests for proposal, contract modifications, contract funding documents, etc. to support IDIQ contract management.
  • Specialize in modeling current and future state processes using Business Process Modeling and Notation (BPMN)
  • Understand and document impacts to Army End-to-End (E2E) business processes
  • Analyze how operational activities fit within the Army Business Enterprise Architecture (ABEA)
  • Develop architectural artifacts for the Enterprise Knowledge Repository (EKR)


Huntington Ingalls Industries
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
05/2018 – Present
Architect Support Level IV
  • Develop, maintain, and validate DoDAF architectures for JPEO-CBD initiatives, programs, and the Enterprise.
  • Utilize architecture products to identify system dependencies and potential capability gaps
  • Develop DoDAF architecture models in coordination with the program office and user sponsors such as Joint Requirements Office (JRO) and/or individual service and non-DoD sponsors
  • Work with JPEO-CBD program engineers in order to develop system-level architectures
  • Ensure the DoDAF architecture models are consistent with other JPEO-CBD architecture models as well as J6 Warfighter Mission Area architecture development guidance
  • Develop architecture products to support acquisition documents (CDDs, CPDs, and Information Support Plans (ISP))
  • Provide comments and input to support program and contract documentation (i.e., SEPs, TEMPs, RFIs, and RFPs)
  • Participate in JPEO-CBD IPTs at the program and Enterprise level
AASKI Technology, Inc.
Aberdeen, Maryland
08/2017 – 02/2018
Systems Engineer (Contract)
  • Applied engineering principles to investigate, analyze, plan, and design military weapons systems
  • Reviewed engineering and technical analyses, reports, change proposals, and other technical documentation
  • Researched architectural products and created architectural design segments for system functionality
  • Developed architecture (DoDAF), requirements, and interface artifacts for complex software systems
  • Performed systems engineering activities within an Agile/Waterfall program environment
  • Applied engineering experience to perform functions such as systems requirements analysis, functional analysis, requirements allocation and interface definition
CACI Technologies, Inc.
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
10/2016 – 08/2017
Software Engineer II - Enterprise Architect (Contract)
  • Coordinated with stakeholders to translate key strategic business objectives into actionable and governable roadmaps and designs; Developed, enhanced, and maintained reference architectures for various capabilities
  • Translated business requirements into systems qualities, such as adaptability, scalability, availability, and reusability
  • Developed current and target systems architecture artifacts
  • Participated in the development of high-level architectural solutions to meet business and mission requirements
  • Utilized the DoDAF model to design the infrastructure, data, and interfaces for the SEC SE2 Transformation Project and the SEC Business Systems Architecture
  • Performed analysis of existing software, systems data and various documentation
  • Documented all findings in modeling tools such as Enterprise Architect and Microsoft Visio
  • Used analysis to identify redundancies, optimizations, and improvements in the organization's systems and support determination of the organization's final systems architecture
  • Used data analysis to support design of a global data repository for the organizations business intelligence reporting and document findings using the DMTF Common Information Model (CIM)
  • Interacted with program teams to fully vet and document current system architectures and data structures
The Experts (Entegee Affiliate)
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
07/2016 – 10/2016
Software Configuration Manager/Software Test Engineer

Software Configuration Manager (50%)
  • Represented assigned projects at external CCB meetings and participated in Phase gate Reviews
  • Identified configuration items (e.g., deliverables, tools); tracked change and modification requests; established CM records
  • Developed the Configuration Management Plans (CMP) and developed and maintained the project CM Activity Report
  • Worked on code management, audits, baseline identification, and preparation and control of documentation
  • Supported the Change Management Strategy and MR process for project work products
  • Performed CM Audits (e.g., BTRA, BDRA); Set up and executed formal builds
  • Responsible for overall data integrity of tool set data within source code management, defect tracking, and software inventory systems
Software Test Engineer (50%)
  • Validated requirements to ensure that the requirements were testable and the resulting product performed as intended
  • Conducted peer reviews of selected product components and unit test product components
  • Selected the work products to be verified and the verification methods that were used to ensure that the work products met their specified requirements
  • Selected the product or product component and the methods that were used to demonstrate that the product fulfilled its intended use in its intended operating environment
  • Identified the configuration items, components, and related work products that were placed under configuration management, including testing artifacts
Cubic Global Defense (Game Studio Environment)
Orlando, Florida
09/2014 – 03/2016
Systems Engineer/Team Lead/Product Owner
  • Team Lead for cross-functional agile development production and support teams
  • Used Unreal Engine 4 to modify game content; Modified simulation model as needed
  • Conducted sprint planning meetings, daily scrum and review meetings, and participated in retrospective meetings
  • Provided status reports to management and other stakeholders using JIRA
  • Product Owner of internal encoding tool; Testing and training encoders on encoding tool
  • Maintained documents, procedures, and processes; Adhered to baseline management of documents
  • Maintained JIRA dashboards, issue tracking, and multiple charting tools for reference
  • Hand-coded XML files and audited XML files coded by others
  • Analyzed subtasks needed for delivery of lessons, including researching government comments, internal bug reports, and support issues generated by other teams
  • Modified content of HTML knowledge-based training materials; Developed/modified processes, checklists, and training materials used by encoding team; Developed process for production team and trained team members on encoding process; Maintained Confluence Wiki with training materials, including frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Carley Corporation
Orlando, Florida
10/2010 – 09/2014
Instructional Systems Designer/Technical Analyst/Programmer (Contract for four months, then permanent)
  • Acted as internal SME on projects; Analyzed systems and prepared design documents, UML diagrams, and needs assessments; Reading schematics and diagrams
  • Wrote system and software requirements and acceptance test plans (ATP) for level 4 IMI (aircraft simulations)
  • Prepared for project reviews including the System Requirements Review (SRR), Preliminary Design Review (PDR), Critical Design Review (CDR), and others
  • Maintained documents, procedures, and processes to ISO 9001 Standards; Maintained code versioning using Subversion Tortoise SVN; Audited and reviewed code in Crucible to ensure standards were maintained
  • Performed root cause analysis and tracked corrective and preventive actions with Excel spreadsheets
  • XML programming
  • Prepared project documentation such as the Instructional Media Design Package (IMDP), Software Design Description (SDD), Software Test Description (STD), Training System Support Document (TSSD), and others
  • Manipulated graphics and photos; wrote storyboards; designed training for technology-delivered instruction
  • Used established methodologies in all stages of the instructional design process, including needs assessment, analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation
Osceola County Association of REALTORS®
Kissimmee, Florida
01/2010 – 05/2010
Communications Coordinator
  • Managed all aspects of the web, including creative design, writing, and content using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Served as production editor of the association magazine; oversaw all aspects of editorial and photographic content, design, printing, and mailing; Developed interactive electronic communications from the association to its members, including the electronic publication of a weekly newsletter
  • Spearheaded a social media plan; disseminated information to association members and staff
  • Developed and placed advertisements throughout the Central Florida community
  • Wrote and issued custom press releases that impacted the Real Estate community
Channel Intelligence, Inc.
Celebration, Florida
03/2007 – 11/2008
Implementations/Operations Specialist (Contract for one month, then permanent)
  • Built incoming data feeds based on clients requirements using VBScript
  • Analyzed incoming data feeds and built outgoing data feeds based on publishers specifications using VBScript for comparison shopping sites such as Google Shopping, Yahoo Shopping,, Shopzilla, Amazon, and more
  • Created, updated and maintained retailer web pages with links and tracking codes in HTML and JavaScript
  • Set up dealer lists and SKU groups; Onboarded new retailer data feeds, and troubleshot and corrected errors in data feeds; Responded to client support requests by addressing and troubleshooting, testing, and implementing a solution
  • Used VBScript to develop custom functions to manipulate data; Performed quality control and testing to ensure outgoing feeds met specifications; Audited data feeds and VBScript to ensure standards were maintained
Webinique Design
Kissimmee, Florida
Telephone: 407-572-3684
10/1999 – 03/2007
  • Designed, created, and published websites using XHTML, DHTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, Flash, and JavaScript for various companies including TNT Satellite, Widewater Auto Parts, Sterling Mortgage Corporation, and more
  • PC maintenance and computer/Internet training; Monthly billing/Bookkeeping for a salvage company
  • Created resumes, newsletters, graphic art, letterhead design, business card design, personal data cards, invitations, advertisement mailings and more
Various Companies
Alexandria, Crystal City, & Springfield Virginia and Las Vegas Nevada
Companies included:
  • Office of Tax & Revenue, District of Columbia
  • NOS Communications – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Nomadic Display, Springfield, Virginia
  • Naval Sea Systems Command, Crystal City, Virginia
  • Morant Data Company, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Supervised several programmers and documentation specialists; Trained new programmers
  • Analyzed, planned, developed, modified, tested, and maintained applications in C, C++, FoxPro, and Clipper
  • Met with stakeholders to determine their data needs
  • Data collection
  • Created/maintained technical documentation, end-user manuals, and installation instructions
  • Systems included - Tracking sales and generating commission’s reports for sales employees, sales managers and branch managers; SBT Accounting Program; Marketing systems; AMPAC (Association Management Package)



Woodbridge Senior High School
3001 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
Degree: H. S. Diploma
Completion Date: June 1986
Major: Vocational (Architectural & Machine Drafting / Auto Mechanics)

Strayer University, Washington, DC
Degree: Masters Degree
Completion Date: 09/21/2009
Major: Information Systems, Software Engineering Management
Cumulative GPA: 3.917
Summa Cum Laude

Degree: Bachelors Degree
Major: Computer Information Systems, Programming
Cumulative GPA: 3.675
Cum Laude

Degree: Associates Degree
Major: Computer Information Systems, Programming
Cumulative GPA: 3.80
Magna Cum Laude

Degree: Diploma
Major: Computer Information Systems, Programming
Cumulative GPA: 4.0
Summa Cum Laude

Defense Acquisition University
Miscellaneous Courses:
ACQ 101 – Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition Management, June 2018
ISA 101 – Information System Acquisition, September 2018
ISA 220 – Risk Management Framework (RMF), September 2018
ENG 101 – Fundamentals of Systems Engineering, November 2018
CLE 074 – Cybersecurity throughout DoD Acquisition, November 2018
CLE 004 – Introduction to Lean Enterprise Concepts, November 2018
CLR 101 – Intro to the Joint Capabilities Integration & Development System, November 2018
RQM 110 – Core Concepts for Requirements Management, December 2018
HBS 434 – Process Improvement, May 2019

Alison (Free Online Learning), Diploma, Project Management, 2016
Swinburne University of Technology, Certificate, Concepts in Game Development, 2016
Massachussetts Institute of Technology, MIT OpenCourseware (OCW), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2014
Stanford University of Medicine, Certificate, Writing in the Sciences, 2012
Stanford University of Medicine, Certificate, Human Computer Interaction, 2012
Stanford University of Medicine, Certificate, Introduction to Logic, 2012
Paralegal Studies, PCDI, Norcross, Georgia, 2002-2003
SBT Programming Certification, Georgia, October 1997
Priorities & Time Management - Seminar, Crystal City, Virginia
Project Management - Seminar, Crystal City, Virginia


Alpha Chi Honor Society, Lifetime member
Employee of the Month, Carley Corporation, 2014
Notary Public, State of Florida, 2009-2013
Florida Notary Association Member, 2009-2013
IEEE, Member, 2006-2013
Notary Public, Commonwealth of Virginia, 1990-1998 & 2003-2007
Girl Scouts of America - Heart of Florida Council, Previous Leader of Troop #388, Junior Girl Scouts, 2006-2007

Non-Traditional Student Role Model, Previous, Woodbridge Senior High School

  • Spoke to and recruited students in middle schools for enrollment in programs non-traditional to their gender.
  • Mentored students who enrolled in programs non-traditional to their gender.

VICA, Previous President, Woodbridge Senior High School

  • Presided at all meetings of VICA local chapter in accordance with accepted parliamentary procedure.
  • Was chairman of the Executive Council.
  • Carried out such other duties vested in the presidency by the organization.
  • Appointed committees and served as ex-officio member of them.
  • Coordinated chapter activities and maintained contact with district officers.
  • Represented the VICA local chapter officially in school-community relations.

VICA, Previous Treasurer, Virginia District V

  • Cooperate with the State VICA Director in the collection of all State dues and assessment and will keep accurate records thereof.
  • Was a member of the budget committee.
  • Counter-signed with the State VICA Director all checks disbursed in the name of the Virginia VICA Association.
  • Cooperated with the secretary by keeping an accurate membership roll.
  • Prepared adequate financial statements and reports.

VICA, Previous Secretary, Woodbridge Senior High School, Automotive Section

  • Kept records of all regular meetings.
  • Had available for the president the agenda for all meetings.
  • Wrote the communications authorized by the president.
  • Counted and recorded the rising votes of the delegates or committee members.
  • Cooperated with the treasurer by keeping an accurate membership roll.
  • Read communications at meetings.
  • Had available for each meeting the following: Record and minutes of previous meetings; List of all committees; A copy of the Virginia VICA, Inc. Constitution and By-Laws; A copy of the Official Guide for VICA.

VICA, 2nd Place, Mechanical Drafting, Regional Championships

VICA, 1st Place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, District V Chapter

VICA, 1st Place, Mechanical Drafting, District V Chapter

(NOTE: VICA is now known as SkillsUSA)


Available upon request


MSIS - Software Engineering Management Curriculum

Carol A. Harstad
Kissimmee, Florida 34759
(989) 278-8483

Strayer University Student Curriculum

Major = MSIS Emphasis = Software Engineering Mgmt
GPA = 3.917
Earned Credits = 54

Area I - Core

Area II - Major

Area III - Concentration
CIS510 - A - 4.5 - WIN2007 - ADV SYS ANALYSIS & DESIGN

Exception Class
CIS499 - A - 4.5 - SUM2005 - SENIOR SEMNR IN CIS

Senior Class Seminar

[ About Me ]

I am 51 and mother to four wonderful children - ages 23, 22, 19 & 11 and grandmother to Damien and Lilly. I graduated with my MASTERS degree in Software Engineering Management and a 3.917 GPA. My heritage is Cherokee Indian, English, Irish, German, Norwegian and French. (Wouldn't that make me a Cheroglish Irigerwegianench?). I am 5'2" with red hair and green eyes. I am left handed and love pyrography (woodburning), glass etching, playing the flute, drawing, writing, computer programming, and web design. My favorite foods are sushi, pasta, seafood, and steak.

An interesting fact about me: I have flown a plane!! It was one of those two person types, and my friend showed me how it was done, and I did it! When I lived in Ocala, I flew from Ocala to Gainesville, then down to Orlando, and back to Ocala. Of course, he landed the plane, but it was the most awesomest (is that a word?) experience EVER!

Another interesting fact: On July 19, 2007, I was struck by lightening. I stopped by Walmart on my way home from work for some groceries. When I went in, it was a bit cloudy. When I came out, the skies were very dark and it was starting to rain. I put up the umbrella and started rolling the basket to the van. When I was a few feet from the van, the lightening hit the umbrella!! It came down the shaft of the umbrella and was circling around my hand and wrist. It basically looked like a spiraling blue and white spark that lasted for maybe 10-15 seconds. I was so awestruck by what was happening that I just froze while watching. I didn't realize what actually happened until it stopped. By the time I figured out what happened, I freaked out, and hurriedly threw the groceries into the van and left. That night, I had things I needed to do for work, and was going to work at home. I mentioned to my boss what happened, and he insisted I go to the emergency room. At that time, I felt fine. Mom agree'd with him and wouldn't let up about it, so I went to the emergency room. They x-ray'd my hand and arm and said that nothing was broken. They said I was VERY lucky. So, I went back home, and started working on my stuff. Well, don't you know within a few hours, I was in PAIN!!! My arm felt like someone squashed it in a vice grip, and my head felt like it was about to explode. Worst headache I ever had. Worse than any migraine I've ever experienced, not that I've had many, but have on occasion.

[ Hobbies/Interests ]

  • Pyrography
  • Glass Etching
  • Computers (programming, web design, playing online games)
  • Researching (anything and everything)
  • Designing houses (architecture)
  • Drawing
  • Writing
  • Debating (on occasion)
  • Fishing
  • Playing Pool
  • Throwing Darts
  • Dancing
  • Bowling
  • Knitting
  • Nascar - Denny Hamlin #11, Jimmie Johnson #48, Kasey Kahne #9
  • Football - Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens

[ Movies/Television ]

  • Vin Diesel Movies
  • Harry Potter
  • Supernatural
  • Two Broke Girls
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Law & Order (all of them)
  • CSI (all)
  • NCIS (all)/li>
  • Forensic Files
  • Monk
  • Cold Case
  • Charmed
  • Bones
  • Bull
  • The Closer
  • The Investigators

[ Music ]

  • Rock
  • 80's Music
  • Classic Rock
  • Heavy Metal
  • Pop
  • Hip Hop
  • Punk
  • Country
  • Reggae

[ Nicknames Given to me ]

Mommy (of course)
Little Red
Little Sprout
Babi Doll
Puppii Kat
Baby Girl

[ Music ]

[ Concerts I've been to ]

Transiberian Orchestra - 2019
The Romantics
Modern English
Lost 80's Live
Transiberian Orchestra - 2018
Transiberian Orchestra - 2017
Transiberian Orchestra - 2016
Transiberian Orchestra - 2015
Evanescence - 2012
Paramore - 2010
Nickelback, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin - 2007

Buddy Rich - One of the greatest jazz drummers of all time.
Lionel Ritchie
Genesis - R.F.K. Stadium Starplex (Washington, DC) - May 26, 1987 (Michelob)
The Monkeys - Gary Pucket & The Union Gap Band - Hermans Hermits - 1986
E.U. (Experience Unlimited) - 1990? - Remember the song "Da Butt"? & Sugar Bear
Guns N Roses/Pantera (1990?)
The Ramones - The Bayou in Washington, DC - Early 90's
Grateful Dead - Charleston, WV - 1995
Ozzfest - Full tour lineup - 2002 (not all present)
---- Ozzy Osbourne
---- System of a Down
---- Rob Zombie
---- POD
---- Drowning Pool
---- Adema
---- Black Label Society
---- Down
---- Hatebreed
---- Meshuggah
---- Soil
---- Flaw
---- 3rd Strike
---- Pulse Ultra
---- Ill Nino
---- Andrew W.K.
---- Glassjaw
---- The Used
---- Sw1tched
---- Otep
---- Mushroomhead
Ozzfest - 1997
---- Ozzy
---- Black Sabbath
---- Marilyn Manson
---- Pantera
---- Type O Negative
---- Fear Factory
---- Machine Head
---- Powerman 5000
---- Coal Chamber
---- Slo Burn
---- Drain sth
---- downset
---- Neurosis
---- Vision of Disorder
Lollapalooza - 1996
---- 311
---- Metallica
---- Soundgarden
---- The Ramones
---- Rancid
---- Shaolin Monks
---- Screaming Trees
---- Psychotica
---- Devo
---- Cheap Trick
---- Rage Against the Machine
---- Cocteau Twins
---- Waylon Jennings
---- Violent Femmes
---- The Tea Party
---- Wu Tang Clan
---- Steve Earle

Jose Armando Quiles, M.B.A. - Senior Systems Engineer Embedded with Expertise in Project Management (
Carol is a very detail oriented instructional designer and systems analyst. She is one of the most responsible and reliable individuals I had the chance to supervise. Fast learner and capable of performing multiple roles with accuracy, detail, and requires very little guidance. She will be a great asset to any company she works for.

Tim Davis - Experienced Instructional Designer, Interaction Designer, Business Analyst, Software Tester, and Computer Programmer (
Carol is a highly productive worker with a diversified set of skills that have proven to be very beneficial to the team. I have had the pleasure of working with Carol as her Lead from 2011 through 2014. I am impressed with Carol’s organizational, technical, and instructional design skills. When Carol joined the team, she quickly became knowledgeable of complex systems and took ownership of the products for which she was responsible for delivering. Carol contributed many creative and effective solutions to process and project challenges which contributed to the success of our projects. I highly recommend her.

Michael Feher - Systems Engineer at AVT Simulation (
Carol has grown in the years that I've known her to move beyond simple coding assignments to a full-fledged systems analyst. She understands the concepts of assimilating complex systems into requirements and turning those requirements into designs and other artifacts to help a software simulation team get on their feet and get to implementation. I am impressed with Carol's friendly and helpful demeanor, her dedication to get her job done, and her willingness and curiosity to ask questions. In short, I would recommend Carol to any organization looking for help in the systems analyst/systems engineering realm--she is a valuable team asset.

James Leach - Instructional Designer at Carley Corporation (
I have worked with Carol for over 2 years and find her attention to detail, in turn provides high quality products. She has taught me Systems Analysis in respect to PC Simulation development and also has excelled in Instructional Systems Design at Carley.

Daniel Friedman - Management Consultant at GAI Consultants, Inc. (
Carol is a hard-working, dedicated individual who is able to learn quickly and adapt easily to any situation. While working with Carol, I personally witnessed many times where she would take initiative and solve a task by thinking outside the box. Carol is an asset to any team or company.

Daniel Friedman - 10/5/2009 - - Carol was a great member of my operations team at Channel Intelligence. She constantly displayed hard work, dedication, enthusiam, and creative thinking in all her endeavors. She also took the lead on several occasions and helped navigate difficult circumstances and create unique solutions. I highly recommend Carol to anyone looking for an asset to their team.

Charles Neal - 8/11/2008 - Facebook - Carol, what a fantastic website. Already I can see it is so expressive of you, who you are, and what you believe--done very creatively, with great sensitivity and candor while expressing your own lovely and profound beliefs that I have already seen surfacing on Facebook. Congratulations.

Hattie Mitchell - 8/10/2008 - Facebook - Took a look at your website and it looks good. I wish I had the same talents as you do....

~ Be the CHANGE you want to see in the world ~ Ghandi
~ Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear ~ Unknown
~ Don't cry over anyone who won't cry over you ~ Unknown
~ Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them ~ Unknown
~ Never waste a minute of your precious life by squandering it thinking about people you don't like ~ Unknown

My Guardian Angel!

How to make a Carol

5 parts intelligence
5 parts ambition
3 parts leadership

Layer ingredients in a shot glass. Add a little cocktail umbrella and a dash of lustfulness


Joey is now 1 year old.  (1 year, 1 month, 6 days) (October 10, 2009)

Here's the latest update to "Project Peanut".  I have surprisingly kept up quite well with this project.  I originally thought I'd slack off after a couple of months, but I haven't!  Yay me!!!! I wish I started this when my other children were born. Then I'd have expenses all the way through age 13. That's okay, this will take many years to accomplish, and I just hope I can keep it up.

Out of Pocket Total: $6,626.27

Final formula totals accounted for $1,586.82, and the on-going diaper total is $386.31.

What will interesting is when Joey starts eating table food. I'll try to (as much as possible) account for his portion, but that will be a little difficult. He's still mostly eating toddler food.

Another thing to mention that shouldn't be forgotten, is Joey's portion of water, utilities, bed space, gasoline for baby related trips, etc. Obviously, with a baby, those things go up a little because of bath's, bottles, washing clothes, batteries for toys and his swing, and everything else.  However, at this time, I don't think it's worth it to try to figure out that stuff.

Medical Billed: $34,302.46 (of which $479.30 was paid by Carol, rest paid by insurance)