Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
After dinner at Cracker Barrel last night, a couple of the kids thought they'd waste $2 of their own on big lollipops, so they started on those after lunch today, which I think will be a part of each day this week (Dear dentist, I apologize).
The Xbox died last night- tragic, isn't it? Of course, the boys (husband included) were very disturbed by this. We started our errands today with a 45 minute wait at Best Buy trying to get our warranty filled. There really wasn't a problem, and our customer rep was awesome, just a lot of red tape, plus we had a game stuck inside the dead Xbox that needed to be returned to some very worried little boys.
After getting our new Xbox, that is better than our old one because they don't make ours anymore, we headed to Toys R Us. I had told the kids they could spend their money over Spring Break. I think we were there for an hour, do you know how hard it is to decide what to spend $7-$10 on?? It is a major decision! Mollee had her heart set on an $8 barbie at Target, so we headed over there next. Plus, she was still in need of white shoes for Easter, so we were able to take care of that task also.
We had left the house at 1:00 and it was almost 4:00 when we got home. Daegan and Capps bought Lego sets and Tavis got some Playmobile. Here is everyone working on or enjoying their new toys.
Jason had to work late so we had a late dinner of 'hodge podge', which means whatever leftovers and such we could find in the frig. What did that mean tonight? Hamburgers for Jason and Daeg, a hotdog for Mac, bacon sandwich for T, deli meat and cheese stick for Capps, and Mollee and I had grilled cheese and bean soup. The kids usually like 'hodge podge' night because everyone is going to find something they like!
My night has ended with a quick trip to CVS (where I got $70 worth of stuff for $29 - including a lot of pull-ups and some expensive meds that I always avoid buying) that I wasn't willing to make with the kids and now blogging and very, very soon - SLEEP!
Monday, March 29, 2010
I decided to take it easy this morning rather than run the kids around to a bunch of fun errands, which is what I like to do when they have a break from school. Mollee had been invited to play at a friend's house for the afternoon, so after she left, the boys and I went for a walk. Grandma was outside working in her yard putting out new landscape bricks, so the boys helped her unload them and carry them to their various destinations.
We were supposed to pick Mollee up at 5:30, so, after a lot of outside time, we went and picked her up. By the time we got back home, Jason was home and showered and we decided to take the kids out for dinner.
Growing up in a family of eight, we didn't eat out often. However, we did eat out while we were traveling to our grandparent's house. I have many fond memories of eating as a family at Cracker Barrel. Afterwards, Dad would let us pick a candy stick to enjoy in the car. Therefore, that is what we did this evening.
We don't eat out as a family that much either, except to grab some chicken nuggets in the drive-thru. So tonight, we took the kids to Cracker Barrel. With picking up Mollee and having to go back to pick up Jason we got a late start. Who would have thought that Cracker Barrel was so busy on a Monday night? (even the servers were a little stunned) We got seated fairly quickly, but our food didn't come until about 7:15. The kids were hungry, but they had fun playing with the games and coloring their menus.
Afterwards, of course, we let the kids pick out a candy stick. Mollee and Tavis got cotton candy, Daegan got butterscotch, Capps got sour apple, Mac got orange, Jason got bubblegum, and, like every time my Daddy took me, I got cinnamon.
Just past the porch is an open deck, that has been completely destroyed by the sun, besides the fact (my husband would tell you) the whole thing was built incorrectly.The kids aren't normally aloud to go out here for fear of terrible splinters and that they'll push through the 'railing' (as Mac demonstrated as soon as I let him out with me).The stairs have always been a little scary, but last summer Jason took care of that when he bumped them with the riding lawn mower and they completely collapsed.The kids are sitting where the steps should be, but instead there are stacks of retaining wall bricks that Jason took from my parents house when they were getting rid of them. He has hopes of using them, someday??
This is a view of the backyard, which I let the kids play in today under supervision. It doesn't look so bad in the picture. Actually, it doesn't look too bad right now. It just has a privacy fence that is falling, lots of holes for triping, huge ant hills, a pile of brush that has needed to be burned and these bushes that won't die. We cut them down every Spring to the ground, but, by next Spring they are 7-feet tall (see second photo).
It is one of those Catch-22 (someone explain that phrase to me?) scenarios. We would love to do it and Jason could do all the work, but when Jason has time to do it, it usually means that he doesn't have work, therefore, we can't justify buying the materials for a new deck and renting a backhoe for yard issues - even though the expense would be drastically less than having someone come in to do it.
Oh, well.....maybe one day I can show off some glorious "after" pictures!!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
The only times I've slept away from my kiddos is while in the hospital with another kid or the one anniversary Friday night we took this past October to stay in a nice hotel. For some reason, I want to be the one to kiss and tuck my kids into bed. They are growing too fast anyway, I might as well enjoy it while I can, right? If I was in the hospital having a baby and couldn't leave the hospital or even in the hospital with Mollee for the week after her tonsillectomy from hell and wouldn't leave the hospital, I made sure Jason would go tuck them in and then come right back to me. I'm sure that wasn't necessary, but it always made me feel better.
When Jason and I get family to stay with the kids, we usually just go out to eat and come right back - which definitely is a treat and I can still put my babies to bed. Plus, I'm not really a night person. That is Jason and I's biggest personality difference. He'd rather stay up late and he hates getting up in the morning and I'd rather go to bed by 10 and I cannot sleep-in in the morning. Even in high school, I'd go to bed by 9 or 10 and then get up at 5 to do my homework and laundry. Weird, I know!
So, tonight we had plans with friends - a double date!! We assumed it would be a late night, so we got a babysitter instead of dumping the kids at my Mom and Dad's and getting back for a late bedtime. We take a girl from church, Alyssa, to school each morning, so we asked her to babysit. Our friends had to cancel last minute, but since we already had a babysitter coming, we decided to just go out, take our time, and enjoy ourselves. Of course, Alyssa did a great job and the kids were so excited to have her come play with them.
It was weird for me to be on the other side of that transaction (the 'how much do you pay' and actually having to take someone home afterwards). I babysat from the time I turned 11 (for Millie and Jeff Henry - doesn't that make me feel old) until I started having my own babies (Jason and I still babysat for a few families after marriage - the Hobbs, the Griggs, and the Schreiners).
So, I survived. I didn't even worry about the kids - really, I didn't! I knew they were in good hands, I knew they were probably having a ball, and I knew my parents were right down the street in case of an emergency.....
and you better believe I kissed my babies goodnight as soon as I got home!
Oh, yeah, and we had a great date too!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I know why I have never jumped into this before....because it takes a lot of work and time, but it is worth it and gets easier as you do it more and more.
The theory is that everything goes on sale in a 10 week period and you stock pile while things are on sale and then have them when you need them, instead of running out and paying full price. Also, something I learned is that you can use a store coupon and a manufacturers coupon on the same item. Some stores, like Publix, will take any store coupon (Target, BiLo, etc.).
So, today, this is what I got:
ALL laundry detergent was B1G1free, regular $5.99, sale $2.99. I had 2 $1 off coupons so I got 2 bottles of laundry detergent that should have cost $11.98 and it only cost me $3.99.
Lance Snack Crackers were also B1G1free, regular $2.89, sale $1.44. I had 6 $1 off coupons so I got 6 packs that should have cost $17.34 and it only cost me $2.67 (we eat a lot of these crackers since some of my kids prefer them instead of sandwiches so I did this deal twice - there are print limits to some things and I had to print some of my coupons at my moms).
Talking with some of my friends who are half-heartedly trying this, they seem to believe the family eats more with more in the house. This is probably true, but my husband has a strange sense of security when our cupboards are full, which isn't always true when work is slow.
I'm trying to come up with storage space for my extras, more on that another day.
Monday, March 22, 2010
We took it! I'd love for the older kids to take lessons, but haven't priced that yet? I took lessons for about three years and wished I was a better player, maybe I should start up lessons too. :) I've always wanted a piano, but we don't really have room for one and I didn't want to buy one that I was worried about the kids destroying. Well, we still don't have room, but we've squeezed it into our den space and since it is already "well-loved" I won't worry about the kids messing it up.
The only unfortunate part of the whole deal (more for Jason than me) is that the kids like to make up songs and play them endlessly. Maybe I need to make that call about lessons........................
Sunday, March 21, 2010
We had a good day (a little chaotic since it was raining and kids couldn't play outside) and a nice time of prayer for Ruth.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Pooping on the potty has been another story. He usually just waits until bedtime when he has a diaper on. We've had Herald the Helicopter sitting in the bathroom windowsill ready and waiting when Mac decides to poop on the potty.
Today was the day and he'd tell you he finally got his "hoptycopter"!!
I am one step closer to being diaper-bag free, still needing extra clothes and a juice cup for the little guy. Not sure if that is a happy thing or a sad thing??
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This is what I'm told: Orange is symbolic of Irish Protestants while green is symbolic of Irish Catholics. On the Irish flag, there is an orange stripe, a green stripe and a white stripe. The orange is for the Protestants, the green is for the Catholics and the white is for the hope of peace between the two.
So wear orange! (and maybe a little green because you will get pinched by someone)
Tavis, on the otherhand, went out of his way not to wear green today - he even wanted to make sure he didn't have speck of green on his underwear! What a nut!!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Mollee's 3rd birthdayMollee benefitting from Aunt Heather being a professional ballerina
With Tavis at the beach (I love how she always jumps right in with the kids)
With Capps (Ok, I couldn't find a pic to scan with Capps - this happens to me everytime I'm doing a photo project - no picture with Capps, my loner is always hiding or something??)
Holding newborn MacI knew Uncle Daniel (Jason's brother) would whine if I didn't include him in any of the pictures - plus, this is one of my favorite pictures: I love you, Daniel! :)
Heather, We Love You!!! Happy Birthday!!!!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Of course, she didn't mind the photo shoot!
Monday, March 8, 2010
After dinner and presents he wanted to have a family game of Parcheesi, which, wonderfully, he won!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The back is a knight in shinning armour with a "K" on his shield (it was hard for Daegan not to want to turn his head while I was taking a picture, thus crumpling the graphic for me to take a picture).I love them, what a great idea!!!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
And the girls made paperdoll clothing with a kit Lucy brought, which was quite cool.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Yes, indeed, it has been a good day! And now I have stayed up way too late!
And here is David in his big boy sweater and learning to sit up like a big boy!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Miles was anxious to watch Star Wars, and my boys didn't protest, except when Miles had to leave and they didn't get enough playtime, guess he'll just have to come back soon!