Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
A nephew. His name is Samuel.
Please take the time to visit Megan's blog and remember our entire family in your prayers. \
Posted by Mandy at 8:02 PM
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Ever since I was little we had a tradition. Each year we get a new ornament for the tree. When I grew up and had my own tree I got all the ornaments that were mine from my childhood. Its a well loved tradition, and one we have continued with our own children.
Posted by Mandy at 9:14 AM
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Its been a while since I posted one of these, and I wanted to get them down before I forgot. I spent some time the past few days reading back over my blog and loved reading stories about the kids that I had totally forgotten about.
Friday, November 06, 2009
I've just been sucked into facebook land. I post most pictures and updates there, and have totally neglected my blog, the fact of which has been brought to my attention. So here is a rundown of our life as of late.
Posted by Mandy at 9:20 PM
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
The first week went very well. All the kids adjusted to the new school better than expected, and so far teachers seem awesome.
Connor made a new friend, which I'm very pleased with. Socializing is just not his thing.
It was a busy week, Tuesday we went to the Air Hog game as a back to school celebration.
Thursday we went out to eat to help celebrate our good friend Jennifer getting her promotion.
Saturday Sadie performed with her group again at the district health fair.
Now for Grace..... as you all know Grace has always been a stubborn little thing. She has a mind of her own thats for sure. I've never met a 2 year old who would stand in time out for 45 minutes, but she did. Because she refused to say she was sorry. She never asked to get out of time out, just stood there serious as could be.
So now we are in Kindergarten. Day 1- Grace informed her teacher "I'm not going to do that, its to hard."
Day 3- Grace tells her teacher "I don't feel like reading, I'm going to dance" and proceeds to dance.
Day 5- We're talking about the school day, and the kids are all telling me that their team won for the week. Their school is divided into two teams "Heroes" and the "Owls" they get points for good behavior, keeping their specified bathroom clean, as well as classrooms, and then finally on Fridays they have an academic bowl, and then announce the winners.
Well we are discussing their team's victory and Sadie tells me how she consoled a girl who got a question wrong, and everyone knows that specific girl is the meanest one in school. I applaud Sadie for her good sportsmanship and kind behavior and then Grace pipes up....
"You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to go to the Owls bathroom and throw trash all over the place so they will lose points"
I just don't know what I'm going to do with her. I redirect often (and I do mean often) but she's going to give me a run for my money, this much is sure!
Posted by Mandy at 12:59 PM
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I'm floored! The savings just keep getting better and better! This is awesome!
Spent $2.64 Saved $10.70 Total savings of about 90%
I'm hooked on this coupon thing- I can't believe I just now started doing this!
Posted by Mandy at 1:02 PM
Total Spent= $21.92
Total Saved= $29.35 (57%)
I ran into Walgreens to try and take advantage of a deal I found, but they were all out- my trip wasn't in vain though, I struck an awesome deal on body wash- marked down to 3.99 with $4 RR back, so ends up being "free" Will work out awesome for me if the other Walgreens I go to today has the wipes I'm looking for in stock. :)
Posted by Mandy at 10:22 AM
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I have taken up coupon shopping. Its fun to see how much I can save.
On my most recent Kroger shopping trip I saved the most I have ever saved so far- 20% which equaled about $64!!!
Here are some of my best deals:
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls-
.73 cents each. (I bought 4)
I got 6 boxes for .61 cents each!
There is much much more, but combined with the awesome sale Kroger has going on now, with e-coupons, and paper coupons here's how it broke down in savings:
Paper Manufacture Coupon Savings- $19.00
Kroger Plus Savings-$44.29
Total Savings- $63.29
I was very excited! Its never been so fun to cut coupons!
Posted by Mandy at 4:29 PM
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tomorrow I go and register the kids for the new school year. Sadie for 4th, Connor for 2nd, and Grace for Kinder. Its bittersweet. Time flies by so fast doesn't it?
Matthew is nearly 2 1/2 now, and before I know it we'll be buying our last pack of diapers.
No more babies for us, (barring a miracle) that chapter of parenting is now closed.
Its exciting and nerve wrecking all rolled into one. We're getting rid of diapers, and wipes, and baby talk, and entering the world of pimples, and late night talks about changes. Gone are the reminders to wash your hands, instead its replaced with, don't forget to wash your face, and when am I old enough to shave my legs?
No more barbies, instead we're being asked for MP3 players, and clothes(!)
The age gap between Sadie and Grace has never been so apparent until now, as Sadie enters a new stage of her life, becoming a young lady, as Grace is still a little girl. Why is it that girls seem to grow up faster than boys? I could write a whole post on that alone! Sadie and Connor aren't that far apart in age, yet Connor is still all about super heroes, trucks and toys, Sadie prefers books, music, and fashion. Could be a personality thing, but I'm willing to bet a majority is gender related as well.
I love it. I love being a mom, but its scary. The scariest thing I've ever done.
Prayers are changing, becoming more fervent, requesting more wisdom than ever before to answer those tough questions.
I'm so proud of my kids- they really are awesome.
They just grow up so fast. I spent this evening looking at old pictures- it seems like just yesterday I was standing belly to belly with my grandpa, awaiting the birth of my first baby. Now, 9 years later, I'm registering her for her next to last year of elementary school!
We think we're busy now, just wait. Right around the corner is middle school, science fairs, band practice and all that goes with.
I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Posted by Mandy at 10:42 PM
Friday, July 24, 2009
Happy birthday baby girl! It is so hard to believe you on your last 'single digit' year!
You are growing into such a wonderful young lady. Your maturity and beauty astound me every day. It has been an honor to be your mom. I can't wait to see all you do with your life.
I love you doodle-bug!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
She's just an all around fun chick to be around. I have loved watching her grow up, and develop her own sense of style. She knows what she likes, and thankfully, at this point, we don't have any disagreements.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
If you want to join my journey of taking my home from flea market/garage sale/hand me down to ultra-fab on a teeny budget click on over to my new blog:
I've already posted a couple really fun makeovers and have lots more scheduled to post over the next week! Leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by.
Posted by Mandy at 6:09 PM
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
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Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Posted by Mandy at 9:45 AM
Monday, June 22, 2009
The reaction when she was told what her gift from the grandparents was....
Her reaction when the Jonas Brothers hit the stage....
A huge thank you goes out to my parents, Aarons parents and both sets of my grandparents for making this possible for Sadie! For her (early) birthday gift they all chipped in and sent her and I to the Jonas Brothers Concert this past Saturday night. We had a blast! And she was OH so excited.
I've posted more pics on facebook, if you don't have a facebook let me know and I think I can email you a link to the album.
Posted by Mandy at 4:24 PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
- Superintendants Honor Roll (Straight A's all year)
- Student of the Month
- Mavericks Club (excellent behavior)
- Bright Idea Award (classroom participation)
- Good Reader Award.
His teacher wrote: "Connor is so far ahead of his peers. Continue to read over the summer to stay ahead"
Words can't express how stinking proud we are of both kiddos. We're looking forward to a great school year with three of them this year!
Posted by Mandy at 11:08 AM
Sadie with the school counselor
Girls with the Vice Prin.
Receiving her awards from the principal.
Each of the kids had class picnics and awards ceremonies at the end of the year.
Sadie got 3 awards, Principals Honor Roll (A's & B's all year), Excellence in Music, and Considerably Caring award.
Posted by Mandy at 11:02 AM
I know, I know, long time no post. Things have just been downright crazy lately. What with the end of school, and moving, and doctor visits. Life just now seems to be slipping back into a rythim.
So we'll take one thing at a time.
We have finally moved- we found a 4 bedroom 2 bathroom townhouse for an awesome price. Its in a community so of course we're having to get used to having neighbors so close again, but we're also taking advantage of the perks of living in a place like this as well. The kids are making friends, we have two playgrounds, a basketball court, a volleyball court and a nice pool. Helps the summer go by faster. Before I know it they will be off to school again. We have a 4th, 2nd and kindergartner this year! Can you believe it??
The doctor visits:
Aaron- we can't avoid surgery on his shoulder. All other therapies have just covered up the pain for a while before it just comes roaring back. So probably in January he will take some time off work, and have the surgery done. I just pray that it works.
Connor: Connor has been battling staph here lately. The dr is afraid it might be MRSA. The latest round of antibiotics has made the rash go away, but so did the first one, it just came back faster and worse. So now we hold our breaths and see if it returns. If so, we're probably looking at a hospital admission for him. We pray it stays away this time because he's already looking at probable surgery on his right toe due to a cyst. We'll find out more about that in the next couple weeks.
Me: I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Not much to say about that. It hasn't changed my life any, I just have a name as to why I'm tired and in pain all the time.
I'll save the end of school stuff for the next post so I can include pictures. I'm also going to try and take pics of the house so you can see that too.
Posted by Mandy at 10:53 AM
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
We had fun- the kids ate popcorn and cookies for dinner. Two of Grace's favorite things. Its what she requested, so I let it slide. Then a slice of cake, Skype with Gramma and Papa Steve+kids, phone call to Nana, and bedtime it was. Oh, and a scavenger hunt to find her gift.
Posted by Mandy at 8:02 AM
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
WOW! 5!!!!!! I'm having such a hard time believing it, but I suppose its true huh?
5 years ago today I woke up to strong contractions and about 3 hours later, was holding you and nursing you for the first time, then back up in my bed and asleep I went. I loved the homebirth experience, and cling to the fact that I got to experience it once, rather than spend my time wishing I'd been able to do it again. It was such a magical time, and I loved every second of it.
We love you stinker-bell! Hope your 5th birthday is one to remember!
Monday, May 11, 2009
She's a cuddler. As the kids have gotten older, cuddling with mom is no longer 'cool'
Grace still loves to cuddle. With me, with Aaron, with grandparents, etc. She loves to be held and to give and receive hugs.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I knew Aaron and the kids were planning something special. I had no idea what though.
Tonight him and a friend who was helping him plan went to the store, and when they came back they had me lock myself up in my room for a while. I came out and was seated at our little white table, where Sadie brought me a bowl of chips, and a bowl of salsa, and handed me a homemade menu. Of course I was only able to choose what we really had but it was all fun and games. Aaron sat with me, and Sadie was our waitress. We had fajitas, with all the fixens, and for dessert, she brought me a plate of cotton candy and under it was some resses cups. Two of my favorite things!
It was certainly a night to remember. I love my family and friends, and the thought that went into making the evening memorable for me.
Posted by Mandy at 8:44 PM