Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy 7th Wedding Anniversary...zzzzzz....

Hey, guess what?
Monday's our 7th year Anniversary, and I ain't feeling too hot. What great timing, eh?

But anyhoo, we did have a good weekend! Saturday, we dumped our girls at their grandparents place, "stole" their Mercedes Benz and raced to Ocean Shores.

We broke into Quinault Casino/Resort hotel and into room 366. We dropped our luggage. Looked at each other... "Now what?" We ARE young parents of a 3 year old and a 5 month old. But we now have no kids at this hour. No rushing, no meeting their demands. No crying. No poopy diapers. hallelujah. We heard angels....

First thing we did -- TOOK A LONG NAP! hallelujah. hallelujah.

Woke up, refreshed, and took a nice leisurely drive up state route 109 to Moclips. Ate at a really nice restaurant. Jon had the duck, and I had seafood fettuccine. They gave us dessert for free because it was our anniversary! NICE!!!

We came back to the hotel and relaxed with a nice bottle of champagne and chocolates.

The morning came by too quick. We checked out, ate breakfast at McDonald's, and then came back to Olympia.

Picked up our kids, and came back home. Everything was back to CHAOS again. And now, Sami's not feeling too well. She pooped three times in less than 3 hours. Ugh... Nice timing, and now I'm feeling icky.

Maybe I just need a vacation from this weekend.

By the way, grocery shopping's still going strong! Been at it for 10 weeks now. My weekly Out Of Pocket budget naturally went down from $100 to $60 per week, still saving over 50%. I feel like a squirrel, trying to find places to hide our food. Especially with this Federal Bailout thing going on in the news, it ain't a bad idea to stock up. Somebody said if it doesn't go through or something, we could be looking at another "Great Depression." (????) Hope that never happens! But, in case it did, we'll be okay!

Since 7/21/08:
Shelf: $2101.61
OOP: $1003.45
Savings: $1098.16 (52%)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Abby Swinging

Here's a short video of Abby swinging all by herself! She's so independent now. I miss my little baby...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Abby's 3rd Birthday Video!


Trying the video clip on my blog, to see how it works. The cake had THREE layers and had about 20 pounds of pink frosting on it. A cow made from sculpting clay sits on the cake with a "surprise" sitting behind the cow (clue: It's brown and lumpy).

Took quick sweep around the room, showing family.

Mom, Nephew Charie, Jill (in-law), Sabrina, baby Kaylee, Jeff, Amber, baby Ellie, Dad, Richard (in-law) and Jill (couldn't see her-- too quick).

Monday, September 8, 2008

Aw shucks....!

I was going to post about Abby's 3rd Birthday two weeks ago. But we were having laptop problems. Found out the hard drive got fried. So, yesterday Jon went out and bought a new laptop.
Sad news is that we lost the birthday pictures. I put it on our old laptop and then erased it from our camera (d'oh!).

I'm hoping Jill (YES, YOU!) will give me copies of your pictures. Especially the cake....

Her birthday went good. It was all family. We decided to go small this year because with Sami in this world, our lives have became busier and we rarely have time to plan elaborate parties. I barely have time to get on the computer.
Oops, speaking of Sami, she woke up crying.... I gotta go.

Oh by the way, Abby's first day in PRESCHOOL is tomorrow! Yayyyy, thus that's why I cleared out our digital camera.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Still going strong, and getting stronger

This is my 7th week of doing Grocery Game, and the last two weeks, I saved 57% (over half) my food bill. I did not even go over $100 per week. My "natural" food budget was about $130 per week and we gotten little food. (Bare necessaries)

Now, my "natural" food budget is $100 (or less) a week and we get over double the food amount. I'm struggling to find ROOM for all the food! I'm even trying to convince Jon that we need a new (bigger) freezer! Today, $230 worth of food for $99. Whoo-Hoo!!!

Since 7/21/08:
Shelf: $1630.81
OOP: $783.07
Savings: $847.74 (52%)