I participated in my first speed scrap and had a blast. This is the finished product. I was supposed to upload it to the gallery, but they were having some trouble with things uploading so I am posting it here on my blog for all to see. They are giving away a prize and of course I can never have to much scrapbook stuff so wish me luck. I know you have seen these pictures on my blog before but they were the first pictures I opened so they are the ones I used for my LO. For those of you who have never done a speed scrap they are great fun and very addicting. This was my first one so I was not sure what I was up against. They give you 10 mins to complete each step before they announce the next one. There are about 6-7 steps and then you are give some time to put a few finishing touches on your layout and submit it. Not to bad for my first time, and four kids running around like crazy didn't help. Now that I know you need an hour or so devoted to your computer I will only participate at night from now on. You should have seen my house when I was done. Yikes! But it was so much fun. The kit I used was from Duchess Designs "Giggles & Secrets".
Well most days washing the laundry goes fairly well, but today I got caught putting Ridges favorite blanket into the washing machine and he was not happy. I swear it was the longest wash cycle ever and the big ol' tears rolling down his face was enough to break my heart. I am sorry Ridge, but trust me your blanket needed washed! He stood there and watched his blanket spin around forever. Then finally he was jumping up and down with joy as I took it out of the dryer.
Well I got tagged by one of my roomies from Snow College. I miss you guys. We had some great times. Thanks Mindi! (by the way Mindi-I don't think my grandpa ever stopped laughing about you and the Indians)
All About my Husband!!
1. Where did you meet your husband? We were set up on a blind date by my cousin Ginger and I've hated her every since (J/K). Ginger's husband Shaun and Jim are good friends. So Ginger set us up. I made the trip to Utah, but once I got there I became really sick. I went to the hospital and they wanted to admit me. I told them there was no way I could be admitted I had two little boys I had to take care of. The agreed to let me go home, but I had to go home with an IV. So here I was on this date feeling like crap and had an IV sticking out of my arm. But I figured if he liked me at my worst he would for sure like me at my best. 2. How long did you date? 7 mths 3. How long have you been married? Almost 4 Yrs 4. What does he do that surprises you? The best surprise he gave me was when we were married in the temple. It was on my birthday Jan 7th and he gave me a diamond watch that was engraved on the back for time and all eternity and the date. It was very sweet. 5. What is my favorite feature about him? His Eyes. I usted to lie on his lap and look up in his eyes and drift off to sleep. They make me feel safe and secure. 6. What is my favorite quality about him? He is the best dad ever. 7. What Nicknames does he have for me? nothing comes to mind. 8. What is his favorite food? Steak 9. What is his favorite sport? He is really not into sports, but since Trey has done so well at Wresting Jim has tried so hard to learn everything he can about it so he can help Trey. He has even meet with the coach to learn moves to help Trey at home. Like I said he is a great dad. 10. What are his favorite things to do? Anyone even semi close to him should know this Loves to HUNT!!!!! Camp, Hike, Pack, etc. 11. What are some of your favorite things to do as a couple? This is hard because we are kinda opposites on this. He would rather stay at home, and I'm more of a people person. But we love to ski, snowboard, & hike. 12. How many children do you have? 4 13. What are some your husbands hidden talents? He is a Mr Fit/Built it. He can fit or build almost anything and I love it. 14. How old is your husband? 35 15. Who said I love you first? He did. It scared me to death. I totally was not ready for that. I was shocked. I just sat there and didn't know what to say. He was waiting for me to say something. I told him "I have to be honest" "I like you, but I don't know if its because I really like you or if its because I am just lonely." I hope I didn't hurt his feelings but I wanted to be honest with him and at the time and with my situation I was not sure what I was feeling. As you can tell it all turned out ok. 16. What is his favorite music? mostly Old Country but he also listens to a little of everything. 17. What do you admire most about your husband? He is a great dad. He is always playing with the kids and getting involved in their activities. They love him dearly. 18. What is his favorite color? Camo???? 19. Will he read this? If he gets home from hunting before it goes to the next page I am not sure he knows how to get to the older posts:)
My kids love crafts. Now that they are getting older they like to have a project to be working on. I have tried to be better about letting them do some craft projects so here are some of the things we have done over the past few months.
TIE DYE T-SHIRTS This was the first time using the spray tie dye and I am not to sure If I like it. If we do it again I think we will do the good old fashion tie dye.
PAINTING Next we did some painting. I bought them each their own canvas and they were allowed to paint it as they wish! You can see Easton has on his tie dye shirt:)
NO-SEW PUMPKINS This last weekend we had my nephew Brock spend the day with us and we made these no-sew pumpkins. The boys had a blast, and loved searching the back yard for the perfect stick to poke in as a stem. We had a great time.
HYGIENE KITS We also put together some hygiene kits for a humanitarian project for FHE and my kids loved it. They really love serving others and we need to do this more.
HALLOWEEN BASKETS And then last but not least we worked on these Halloween treat baskets for Trey and Easton's school class. They sure are cute, but they take some time. Good thing we are starting now. If we are lucky we will have around 75 done by Halloween. Wish us luck.
Well, Trey and I made another trip to Primary Childrens Medical Center and look how many pop tops we were able to drop off. Thank you so much to everyone who is saving them. If you think the few that you are saving is not making a difference it is. Please keep up the good work! For those of you who are unaware of this program it is a fun easy way to help those in need. All you need to do is save the tops off your soda pop cans, soup cans etc. Hang on to them until you have a few collected and then call me if you are in the Cedar City area, or you can drop them off at the Cancer Center. If you are in the Fillmore area I am sure Lisa would love to help me out.(Lisa-like how I volunteer ya:). Or if you live in the Highland/Lehi/SLC area I will pick them up on my way to drop them off at Primary Childrens Medical Center or you can drop them off yourself if you wish. They go to the Ronald McDonald House to help guest pay for their stay while their family is in the hospital. When I lived in Idaho we collected these pop tops for a Shriner's Childrens Hospital and although Trey was little, he loved taking in the tops. So when we moved, he asked, "where are we going to take the pop tops now"? So once we got settled in Utah I began to ask around and no one knew anything about a pop top program. With a little research I found out the Ronald McDonald House participated and they didn't have any representatives from the southern area of the state. So we gladly accepted and here we are collecting pop tabs. Every little bit helps. For more information on the pop a top program you can visit: http://centralpt.com/upload/230/1088_AdobePoptabFlyer.pdf
Thanks Again for all you do. You guys are great. I would also like to give a shout out to all my old coworkers at Insta-Care for all the grief they went through for collecting the pop tabs. I hope I am worth it. I really appreciate them putting their jobs on the line and standing up against JAYCO. The pop tab society salutes you for your efforts and a job well done:)
Well Ridge had his first hair cut. I know.. I know.. its about time. I guess since he is our last we were just trying to hold on the baby stage as long as we could. But he has needed a hair cut for sometime now. So finally we were able to get it done. He did pretty good. He cried a litte, but held pretty still. Here are some before and after pictures. These pictures were taken the day before his hair cut. He had just woke up from a nap so his hair was really wild, and it was getting pretty long.
Well I am finally getting around to posting my double days at Kmart (sorry so late Karen)and some other deals I have purchased since then. My total at Kmart was $13 something (I can't remember exactly). I bought 5 toothpastes (thanks to Karen I was able to get 4 kids toothpaste),1 resolve carpet cleaner, 1 oil olay face wash (usually 8.00 itself), 4 pert plus shampoo, a few other items can't remember exactly what. There were a few items I wanted to buy but they were out. With a sale like this it pays to go early. Some of you are probably thinking $13.00 you didn't do very good, but I forgot to mention that also included 4swimming suits! I was done coupon shopping and wondering around the store waiting for Jim to come pick me up when Trey had to go the the bathroom. Well back by the bathroom was a hugh clearance rack of swimming suits. So Aspyn, Trey, Easton, and Jim all got new suits. I was so excited because they needed them for our trip to Belize in January. All in all good shopping visit. I hear another Kmart double day is coming up the 15th so get ready!!! Just as I was going to takes the picture Jims swimming suit fell of the railing and onto Aspyns head. You can see from the picture the boys thought it was hilarious.
At Walgreens (which I hate to even step foot in) I took advantage of the free cleaning supplies. Now if I could just find a free cleaner to go along with them I would be set. I also made use of the great deals as Albies, whom I love. I got free toothpaste, free toilet paper, free zone bars, and free frozen vegs. Kuddos to Albies for the great sales and great customer services proving you can provide both:)
Some of you have asked me about couponing and how to do it. I have to give credit to my friend and co-worker Karen. She is the one who taught me how to do it. She is amasing and it still blows my mind with the things she is able to get. I am going to tell you up front. Couponing takes a lot of time. There are some weeks there may be some great deals, but I just don't have the time to mess with it. So if you miss a good sale don't worry another one will come along. The best place to start is on www.pinchingyourpennies.com you have to set up a user name and password, but it is free. Then click on screaming deals by state then click on your state (Utah is by far the most active state on there, but other states allow you to double your coupons and Utah does not). This will list all the stores, current sales, and coupons if avaliable. It will have a star value as how hot of sale it is. For thoses of you in po dunk Millard area Duanes will not so much work. You might find a good deal once in awhile if it is part of associated foods. But if you have a Dr. visit up north check pinching a week before you go for sales and see what coupons you need and whats on sale then when you go up you can take advantage of the sales. Trust me it is worth it. It can be very confusing as first. If you have more questions or want more info you are welcome to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Well the last weekend of September was a very busy weekend for us, but we had a great time. Brandy was able to get together with some good friends and participate in the Harvest 5k walk/run in Fillmore Utah. Many of you are from the Millard area, but for those of you who are not: This 5K Walk/Run was in memory of Kate Rosenvall (July 15 2006-March 25 2008). Kate was born with several birth defects and spent a lot of time at primary childrens hospital so the money from the 5k run will be donated to Primay Childrens in Kates name. We all had so much fun. After the 5K they had a great breakfast just ask my husband! He ate so much he felt bad so he paid twice! They had a lot of activities for the kids, playground, sandbox, horse rides, wagon rides, etc. My kids had a blast! Marcae's sister-in-law was there (she is a photographer) taking pictures and she did a great job. I will for sure be ordering some of my kiddos. They turned out great. We were not able to stay all day, but they had a dinner that night and a dance with a live band that Trey was not happy about missing. It was so much fun and I heard nothing but great things about this event. I am sure it took a lot of time and effort for Marcae and Bryan to plan and carry out this event. I hope it was as rewarding for them as it was for those of us who participated. Thank you Rosenvalls for all the time and effort you put in. From Fillmore we headed up to Highland to Jims dads house. We went to the Zoo and had a good time. The two little ones were a little cranky so it could have been better. I am sure they were just tired from all the traveling of the weekend. The boys loved the white alligator. Aspyn liked the possum sleeping in the log! Acting like the apes they are!!!! Then we had the big event of Jims dads wedding. By the time the wedding day got here Ridge and Aspyn had had it. I did not get any pictures of the actual wedding because I had to take Ridge and Aspyn out, but I did get some pictures of Aspyn in her cute dress. I thought I had taken a picture of the back of her hair but I guess not it was cute.
All in all it was one busy weekend. But it was worth it. We were so glad to see so many friends and family some we had not seen for years.
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