Paige had a great party! She got lots of cool gifts, the best being Heely’s from Grandma and Grandpa! I can hardly believe she is seven now. She is getting to be such a beautiful girl, smart and so fun to be around. We really are so proud of her!
Tucker’s Cardinals team went to the fall World Series. They were the team to beat. It was the best baseball game I have ever seen. Tucker is the catcher and is so quick to the ball, it is rare that anything gets by him. At this age there is still pitch count rules so both teams had to pull out their best pitchers in the bottom of the 5th so they can’t throw too many pitches. Going into the 6th inning it was tied 0-0. We held them in the top of the 6th, our best base runner, who also had a broken wrist, made it to 2nd. Since the 4th inning people had been stopping to watch the game from other teams. It was really intense. Our pitcher came up to bat, and hit a walk-off home run!! It was so well hit, the ball went over the fence and hit the scoreboard. I can’t even describe the stands reaction, I was hoarse from screaming for days, it was the first sporting even that I have ever cried at! Way to go Tucker and the Cardinals!
So I have this new “hobby” It’s called saving money. A friend taught me how to coupon… the right way. I now have shelves of products in the garage, we call it my stock pile. If there was ever a tooth paste shortage, don’t you worry I have enough for everyone! The above pictures are a few of my hauls. Paul is worried I am going to be arrested at some point for legally robbing CVS and Walgreens! I didn’t spend more than $21 out of my pocket for ALL the items in ALL 4 pictures. I saved over $400. I learned a lot from a few web sites, mostly moneysavingmom.com and thecentsiblesawyer.blogspot.com. Oh yea, and I do buy about 6 papers a week. I might be crazy and you might think it is a waste of time, but I am saving about $600 a month on groceries, diapers and toiletries. So you all laugh, but when I am on the beach in Maui, paid for by my coupon savings…
If you happen to be around a certain three year old and she utters those words it could get dangerous. Storie always says, “I’m growing up!” when she has to burp. I think that started because she thought she had to “throw up” one time, but discombobulated the words. Anyway, there was one time when she kept telling me she had to “grow up” in the grocery store. I kept telling her “go ahead but not too fast…” Well, she turned her head and “grew up” all over Paige in one of those cool three seater kid grocery carts. Paul and I pulled it off really well. We acted like nothing happened and managed to clean it up in front of 100 other shoppers that had no idea anyone just “grew up.” Anyway tonight when we were eating dinner she was arguing about whether or not her steak was chicken and whether or not she could have ketchup on it… she scrunched her little body up and down and told us “I’m trying to grow up!” She didn’t “grow up” or anything but it was hysterical.
First, before I tell you how wonderful, beautiful and smart my children are, I have to tell you a story. About three weeks ago I was sitting at the kitchen table dispensing medication to the five out of six children who were sick with bronchitis and the invalid cat. I actually had a chart that I made to keep track of when who got what, some kids had up to 3 different medicines 4 times a day, and two kids were being nebulized every 4 hours, I was also forcing medicine down the cat at least twice a day. I was very sick with the same thing that I had come down with during hurricane Ike and couldn’t get rid of. Paul and I looked like the people from Night of the Living Dead. We both laid awake at night listening to the kids with asthma breath, debating when we should take them in to the emergency room. We also just got a new labradoodle puppy, who I am trying to potty train. I quit potty training the CHILD and have just focused on the DOG. The child by the way has just done it herself. Then there is the cat who got hit by a car and had three broken bones in its pelvis, so we were nursing it back to life. My day was really staring to look bad. In the mail that day I got a Christmas card, this is the beginning of December, I was hating whoever had sent it. But I vowed that this year no matter what, I was sending out cards. Then the last healthy child vomited on my foot.
Tucker is 11 and in 6th grade, he plays the saxophone, and is still in the gifted and talented program at school. I seriously can’t help him with homework any longer. He also just came off an amazing season of baseball, his team won the world series with a walk-off home-run and a no hitter. It was the first sporting event that I have cried at. Tucker also amazes us with his wicked sense of humor every day!! He also has a passion for politics that is going to get his parents in trouble!
Emma is 8 1/2 and in 3rd grade. Emma was baptized this year and loves achievement days at church. She is such a little mother and so good to everyone. Emma is so helpful to me I couldn’t do it without her, everyone needs the “Emma model” she comes complete with the best babysitter around accessory as well.
Paige is almost 7 and in 1st grade. I am the 1st grade level room mom coordinator for their school, so I get to spend a lot of time in her class room. She is well liked by all the kids in class because of her sweet personality and good nature. Paige had surgery on her ears last year and her hearing has improved greatly. She also is getting glasses as soon as they call to say they are in. We picked out ones that are stunning on her, she can wear anything and look good.
Avery is 5 and in Pre-K. She is the Martha Stewart in the group, I can ask her to do any project and she gets it done. Avery is really in tune with the needs and feeling of the rest of us and is so nice to have around!
We love this time of year and look forward to hearing from all of you! Come visit or call anytime!
This is one of the easiest and cheapest little snacks and gifts you can make.
There really isn’t a “recipe” you just pull out the snacks you have on hand and start mixing!
I think a strong snack like a pizza flavor or fiesta flavor might be the only one to stay away from. They will make the candy taste funny.
We had pretzels, mini Ritz, Cheeze It’s and some cereal. Then for the “fall” part, add some candy corn mix!
Grab some cute little snack bags and have a kid fill them up! These clear ones were $1 for 20 at Walmart.
I got the fall colored tin baskets at Target in the $1 spot!
Drug Store Deals
Meet My Litter
Baseball Star DudePart comedian, part Dad, part athlete. He will boss around your children while they play ball.
Baby Sitter Doll!Just as angelic as she looks, this girl could easily raise a Village by herself, and all the children would grow up to be President.
Webkinz Pup!Self proclaimed, she would be a webkinz dog. Because, "they're cute, and puppies are too. And they're sweet and they always get along with other puppies."
PrincessThis mini-Martha Stewart can handle ANY craft you send her way. She isn't all bows and rainbows, she's got karate kid moves!
Pick-Me-UpNot "Pick-Me-Up" like caffeine, she wants you to pick her up! AND NOW!
Supercute DestroyerAnything that can be destroyed WILL be destroyed!
Mary PoppinsPractically Perfect in Every Way for now! Nicknamed "The Panda" she is rolly polly and lives by the motto, "the little one, is KING!"
Miller DogThe resident Labradoodle, Miller got his name because Mom won and got to name the baby! Need something chewed up? He'll take care of it. Especially if it's expensive..