Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday


So my SIL and I go out every year the day after thanksgiving, aka BLACK FRIDAY. We run through all the ads the day of Thanksgiving and make a game plan for Friday. Its very important that we know what we are going to buy. We make a list and check it twice. This year, we only had to stand in line for 20 minutes max. Granted we did abandon ship at Target. There were several people in line. The line wrapped around the store 2x! It was crazy....our theory is that we got there close to 7am so all the people in line were there for the 6am doorbuster deals.

We hit, Macy's, Target, Sears (which we thought was a Kmart), Family Christian, Home Depot, JoAnns, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Pier 1. We did a drive by at ABC Wharehouse and there were over 100 people in line OUTSIDE of the store, so we didn't even get out. Too cold and nothing is worth it to me!

Had a nap, and I could go for another one! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

VACATION fun!!!

Let me set the record by saying this is not a regular occurence. Its was a "special treat" (as we told Anderson). Anderson's favorite thing about Thanksgiving is Pumpkin Pie! He was sooo excited that we had it for dessert. As you can see, DH decided to teach our kids how to have some great little snacks from the can! Parker had so much fun...he kept saying "Again, Again!" Anderson heard us laughing in the kitchen and ran in the kitchen to see what was soooo funny! Of course, he had to take part in all the fun.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Snowman/Snowballs!


Anderson had sooo much fun today in the snow! He had a blast! He and my MIL played for hours. They built snowmans, snowballs and belly surfed. Parker didn't last more than 30 seconds!
After Parker went inside he just sat at the window and watched. I know he loved that more! MIL, DH and Anderson would throw snowballs at the window, and then Parker would flinch. It was hilarious! He enjoyed it though....

Monday, November 24, 2008

Snow Day!

the boys had so much fun in the snow...well Anderson had fun. Parker HATED IT! He kept saying "Don't like it! Don't like it!" He is definitely my child. I went to Walmart yesterday to gather some snow gear for the boys and spent $50, on SNOW BOOTS, MITTENS, AND BIBS!!! $50!!! Crazy! I am hoping we get a deluge of snow at home this winter so I get my money worth out of the gear. who knew how expensive this stuff is!

However, after i saw the excitement on Anderson's face when we was playing in it, did help soften the blow of the $$$ paid on those snow boots! :) All last winter the poor kid would pray every night for snow. We just don't get snow in the winter....sometimes we may get some, but most winters, we just don't get it. So we are here in MI for Thanksgiving, and Anderson just can't get enough of it.


there was an inch that accumulated on the back deck of my BIL's house, so Anderson was all in it today! so cute!

What is going on????


Here I am with my BIL & SIL last night. We are all so nerdy! Well at least I am ! BIL & SIL are cool!
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

First Snow for Parker



We left for Michigan this morning at 4am....ugh! I just got up from my slumber and back sleep in the car. We ate breakfast at the Beckley (W.VA) rest stop, called Tamarack. My friend Aimee has told me that its supposed to be a great place to eat. There is a little eatery with yummy chefs that are training to work at the 5 star resort, Greenbrier. And the boys went in their jammies! I had fried green tomatoes! it was soo good!

There was some snow on the ground and Anderson was beside himself! He was sooo excited! This was Parker's first time seeing the dreaded white stuff. After he touched it, he didn't want anything to do with it! He is definitely my child.

We made it to Michigan and when we arrived, the thermometer read somewhere in the low 20s! BBBRRRRR.... The boys were so excited to see MIL and FIL. Anderson couldn't get his seatbuckle undone fast enough! They are so great!

Friday, November 21, 2008

We are Moving!!!

Oh yes! Finally, after countless emails and phone calls by my realtor and the seller's realtor (to the foreclosure bank) and after extension after extension by our mortgage lender we are closed! woohoo! And more importantly, the POD/RATPACK is being unloaded today! I'm so excited. It will be like Christmas. Good thing, since those will be my "Christmas presents", since we will be paying 2 mortgages.... fun times

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's cold outside

Which means that its time for those warm wintery pajamies! We saw a few flurries out there yesterday, but it was for all of 2 seconds. Just enough for me!


We are headed to Michigan for Thanksgiving...I hear there is snow there! My boys will be so excited, but me...I could do without the snow! Its the frozen tundra of the U.S or at least the midwest!

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Singing in the Shower

If you sing in the shower at home, no problem, you are in the privacy of your home. If you want to sing in the shower at the gym, okay I guess...a little awkward, but whatever... Anderson decided to sing in the shower at the gym.

DH took Anderson to the gym tonight for some swimming. Anderson gets his own shower, and tonight at the top of his lungs he decided to serenade everyone at the gym. He sang "The wiseman built his house on the rock..." Oh yes and all the verses to go with it! I guess he was a little witness at the Lifetime Fitness showers!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

SOOOO CLOSE!

We are one step, one signature away from owning a new home! Its back to our original house we "almost" had back in August! We were supposed to get it, than backed out (too much stuff to fix). The next buyer was all set to close and then lost all her down payment to the stock market (that fateful 800 point day). We were the next phone call they made and so we put in a new bid/offer. $70k less than our original one. That was oh maybe 1.5months ago? It is now a week away from going to auction on the courthouse steps for foreclosure.

We finally heard back today at 4pm. crazy! And b/c of new rules our bank gave us the deadline of TODAY to close, in order for us to lock in our rate from a few months ago. So my DH was on the phone for the rest of the hour and got all the paperwork needed and got all that they needed. We are paying a little extra to meet the appraiser dude out at the house tomorrow and we think we are closing on MONDAY! That's right folks, MONDAY! as in 72 hours from now!

I'm still holding my breath and waiting to be excited about it, until I sign my name on the dotted line. There is still room for the whole thing to blow up in our face!

Will keep you posted! If this all goes through the economy will tank even worse, folks...I'm not allowed to go, even step foot into the mall while I am paying 2 mortgages. I might have to unplug my internet to avoid the temptation of internet shopping...well, let's not be too hasty...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Another crazy day at the Zoo


Well my friends and I decided to head to the zoo again! The last time we tried to do this, it was fun and crazy! This time, there were only 4 mommies and 7 kiddies. We had a great time, except for the fact that my kids decided to be whiny and crying the entire time! It was miserable. I was ready to go home before we walked into the zoo entrance. Parker wanted me to carry him most of the morning, and by lunch time I was done! The trail is almost 5 miles long, so we only made it a third through!



The funniest thing we encountered was this "Grouchy Librarian" (this is what we all nicknamed her). We were looking at the Elk & Bison and the kids were being, well kids. Loud and obnoxious and running a muck. At one point Philip (a friend's boy) was pounding on the sign that told you what animal you were looking at. Okay, he just turned 1, so let's be a little lenient on him. So, G.L said in a very grumpily voice "whose kid is making all that noise, they need to stop!"...what? really? A few minutes later we heard the Elk Trumpet and that was really cool. If you are 4, and you hear the Elk trumpet, what do you do? Of course you mimic! G.L decided to hate that! The elk started moving and the kids were all like "where is it going", G.L said, "Its leaving b/c you kids are making too much noise" - WHAT! Did we suddenly step into the library and I not know it? And then my friend Aimee is talking to her 2 year old about the buffalo, well G.L is walking out of the area and mubbles "Its not a buffalo its a bison, get it right!" Really? I wanted to chase her down and get her picture, b/c she so deserved to be preserved in cyberspace! We were all dying! Its the zoo! It was hard to stop the kids and we really wanted to provoke more than anything. At one point, Olivia was trying to climb on this view finder with Anderson and I thought she was going to push the G.L out of the way, that would of been awesome!

Here are some fun pics of the day. We almost made it halfway around the zoo....


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Home from Afghanistan!

Today our dear friends came over from Seattle. One of their sons, Andy, is in the marines and is based out of NC. He came home today after a 9month tour in Afghanistan. We had the wonderful privilege of getting to go out to the base, and meet him when he got off his plane. In fact, Andy even flew the plane in! It was a small group of them that came home, 7, so it was a much more casual homecoming. There was a table with refreshments and a sign and their were signs that the kids could hold and they let them run around the hanger. And the boys ran all over the runway too.


The boys had great fun looking at all the planes taking off and landing, and they could hardly contain themselves while we waited. One of the funniest things, is that everytime Parker saw a plane he would say: "Daddy, plane?". Poor kid, he thought that DH was going to come off the plane (that would of been funny since they are all military. DH was in MN for the day). With it being a smaller group the boys also had the awesome opportunity to get in the cockpit of the plane and explore for a bit. What a great time they had! And of course my dad snapped a bazillion pics too!


I know that this will be so special. We are so thankful for our dear friend Andy who is serving our country. It is because of him, and others like him that we are able to have the freedom to vote and worship our GOD!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween/Friday

My boys had sooo much fun on Friday! I have lots of pics that I will post later. I'm typing from my new PINK laptop, and need to still transfer all my files over. Still too lazy to do that right now and trying to work out all the kinks....

However, I think Anderson had the most fun on Friday. I picked him up at school and apparently he decided to stick a bead up his nose! oh yes, I have one of THOSE kids! what is that all about? A bead? c'mon! At least it didn't get up far enough where he had to be brought to the hospital/dr. he could just blow it out. but still gross! When I got there, I was given a necklace he made out of beads. I really hope one of them was not the beaded culprit! And if the beads weren't enough.... during circle time Anderson started complaining about having pain in "man land". So the teacher sent him the bathroom to make sure everything was okay. When he got to the bathroom, he started screaming! The teacher ran in there and right there on "man land" was an ant! yep and not only was it there, but it was biting him! poor guy... When I picked him up, he was fine, didn't even tell me anything. Funny kid, he is 4 but already acting like a 16 year old boy....

More pics from Halloween to follow...