Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Just Kidding (sigh)

Well, both flights to Hawaii were cancelled today. So we'll try again tomarrow.

In the mean time, I want to talk about idiot sales people. Seriously. This guy should not be doing this job.

Last weekend, Heath and I went to Sports Authority because he was looking for some swim shorts for him to wear in Hawaii. Late in the season? yeah. But that's ok. While he was trying on some shorts, I found a thing or two on the clearance rack for myself: a cute pair of capris and a pair of boy shorts to go with my swimsuit. Perfect. Even more perfect, they were both 30% off the lowest ticketed item. Sweet! Heath decided not to get the swim shorts, but said I could get my two items. He took George and Kolby back to the car and I went to pay for my purchases.

I was a bit distracted when he was ringing me up..I usually pay attention to the price of everything scanned, so when he said my total, I handed him my card. Then thought...wait. That's too much. So I asked him (after he swiped my card) if he took off the 30%. He said yes, he rang up 5 dollars off. Oh. That was good. But wait, is that 5 dollars total, or 5 dollars for each piece? I was confused; because when I look at the price of things, and notice they are on sale, I do some quick math in my head and figure out what I will be paying. The price he just swiped my card for, was about 7dollars more than I figured. Hey, I can buy a whole other shirt at Ross for 7 bucks, so its important!

So as the guy is trying to shoo me out the door, I stopped him and said that it was 30% off each ticketed item. I mean, seriously, the clearance rack is right in front of the register. It's a no-brainer. He said he only had a button for either 5 dollars off, or 15 dollars off, so he pushed the 5 dollars off button.

Since I had about 11.50 coming to me as a discout, the 5 dollars he gave me wasn't enough. Anyway, he tried as hard as he could to tell me the purchase was already made, card swiped, etc. I told him he needed to credit me the entire purchase and start again, giving me the correct discount. Then he said he didn't have a way to do 30% off on his register. "Find a way" I told him with all the niceness I could muster at that point. Meanwhile, Heath is sitting right out front in the car, wondering what the heck I'm doing that is taking so long.

So the guy credits me back the purchase. Gives me a receipt for that, then calls his manager over to do a key override to give me 30% off each item. As he is doing that, and by the way, both of them were idiots trying to figure out how to do it, I look over my two reciepts. One for the original purchase, and one for the credit back into my account. They both should be the same total, right?

Wrong.

This guy credited me back around 4 dollars more than the first purchase. I told this to him, and he said "No, see...it's the tax."

"Yes, but I am looking at the total for each, and you credited me back more than the first purchase. They both should be the same."

"No, see..it's the tax."

Alright, whatever. I tried to tell him, right? So the purchase is done correctly, and I save over 12 dollars. Much better than the stupid 5 dollars he tried to get away with. I guess he just banks on people not knowing how to do math. He doesn't know how to, that's for sure. And with his mistake on the credit, I saved a total of 16 dollars.

Now, the story does not end there. Yesterday, I was out running errands, and Heath still hadn't found any swim trunks, so I called him and asked him if he wanted me to buy the ones he tried on. "Yes". Ok, so I go in again. I notice the same guy working the register. Great.

Heath's shorts were 20% off. So I hand them to the guy, he rings them up, and announces the total. Before I hand over my card, I tell him that these are 20% off. "Oh". So he calls the manager over and he keys in the 20% off. I make my purchase and get out of there.

This guy, and his manager, should not be working there. If they cannot ring up a listed clearance price, then they shouldn't have them advertised. I wonder how many other people got the wrong total rung up. So my point of this long story: Know ahead of time the discount, and make sure they give it to you. They don't care. Ugh. Idiot sales people.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Off to Hawaii

We have a flight that is leaving tomorrow, midday. So hopefully this will be my last post before we go! With Space A flights, you never know if you'll get on. We are crossing our fingers.

So I have to say, I got a little nervous today to leave my kids. I've never done it before, except for a few days, and it didn't seem so bad. My mom was watching the kids. They were too young to be in school, so it was a simple schedule.
Now, I have three kids with differing schedules and a baby (well, almost two. Not so baby anymore, right?). My mom was planning on coming down but she had to cancel because my dad had some health problems. I have wonderful friends who wouldn't let me cancel our plans for Hawaii. They are watching our kids, taking turns, and shuttling them back and forth between houses. It sounds chaotic, but we worked out a really good schedule. I think the kids will have a blast.
So thank you , my dear friends, who have become my family. You are making this trip possible. Love ya!

I'll be back in a week or so!

(as a side note, I didn't get the recipe books mailed out to you, Tara and Bethany. So sorry. Please forgive me. I'll do it when I get back.)

Sad News

We found out early this morning that Heath's Grandmother passed away during the night. She was old. She lived a good life and did lots of amazing things. Here is a picture I took of her and the kids in July. We knew it would probably be the last time we saw her.
Goodbye Grandmother. We will see you again.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

....and the winner is


15 players in my contest...two winners. Kamy helped me pick the names, and she picked DIPPYROOROO and THE GIRLS MOM So congrats to you, Tara and Bethany. You'll get your freezer meal books soon. Here is what they look like:
Now, it was a busy weekend for us. Last night, we had our annual Harvest Fesitval at the church. All the kids dress up, some adults do too, and they play different games at the church. There was a haunted maze, an apple bobbing contest, cake walk, pumpkin ring toss...etc. Here is what the kids dressed as.Here is a self-portrait (my favorite kind of picture) of Heath and I.Also, there was a pie eating contest at the church. One of our friends won last year, and I was anxious to try my hand (I mean face) at eating the pie, which was chocolate cream pie. (I don't think I got past the cream, though.)Hands had to be clasped behind your back. No utensils. Let me just say, I suck at being in a pie eating contest. When the winner won, my pie still looked like it hadn't been touched. I had my face in it and everything...especially after my friend pushed my face down in it!But it was fun. I know I'm a loser now, so I won't need to sign up again next year!

Today was our Primary Program for the kids in our church, ages 3-12. I am the chorrister for the kids, so I was especially proud of how they sang the songs. It was a busy day. I'm glad it's over.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Feel like a give-away?

Yesterday was a very long and tiring day for me. I went to the grocery store yesterday, and got tons of food, then I made 17 FREEZER MEALS. Yup. And I would have kept going if I had time. I've still got meals to make....but my feet hurt. I'm taking a break.
You may see only 15 meals here, but some are bagged together. Plus, I made our dinner last night too, which isn't pictured. I also made enough to feed my kids, plus another family, for the same meal, so these are big dinners.
So I had such success, and all the meals were so yummy, that I decided to share my good fortune. I will randomly pick two winners to get a little recipe book that I will make for you, filled with these freezer meals. All you have to do is post a comment and tell me how long you've been reading my blog, and where you found me.
I promise, you'll love these recipes! Here's a sneak peek of some of them: Sausage Penne, Wild Rice Soup, Floating Tacos, Apricot glazed meatballs, Chicken Fetticcine....
You have until Sunday to make your post. In the mean time, I am going to make these recipe books!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Plans

In one week, hopefully, Heath and I will be on a plane to Hawaii. One really cool thing about being stationed on this base in the Air Force, is that it regularly has flights to Hawaii. We get to go on one of those planes for free. It's called a hop. Pretty great, huh! Then we get to stay on another Air Force base in Hawaii, in one of their hotels, or Temporary Lodging Facility for a minimal fee. We are going to have a very thrifty vacation and we are so exited about it!

Heath and I have been married for 8 years, and this will be our first vacation together. In a month or two, we plan on going to Disneyland as a family, and that will be our first vacation as a family. Our past vacations, or "time off" from work, have been to go to weddings, or family reunions. We have never done a vacation. The kids have never been to Disneyland, and neither has Heath. I haven't been there since college, and a lot has changed in the Disney Kingdom since then.

So I've got a lot to do this next week, in planning the trip. I am making a ton of freezer meals for when we are gone, to feed the crew. I need to find a really good book to read on the 5 hour flight there and back. I need to make sure my house is sparkling clean and in order and things are ready for the kids. I need to get a power of attorney. I also need to know from everyone that has been to Hawaii any Must-See places or great things to do. So give me your best ideas.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Amazing...

I think this is amazing. Look at this:

George is not even 2 yet and she is holding a pencil like a professional. She just loves to color and write and gets very upset if she isn't allowed to do it.

I am reminded of when Kamy was a baby. She was the same way. If she found a writing instrument, she had to use it, and you'd better get her a paper or she'll find something else to write on.

I think my girls were meant to be born at the same time. They are so alike. George is doing the same things Kamy did, when she was this age. They both absolutely loved binkies. They both needed a binkie in their mouth, one in each hand, a few nearby, and one in their pockets. If they are without....watch out!! They look like each other. Neither one much cared for bottles. I nursed each one until a week before their one year birthday, they are both little. They are twins, five years apart.


Anyway, look at her holding the pencil!! So good. Also, she's using her left hand. So far, all my kids are left handed. Really weird.

Last night, when I was at work, Heath carved pumpkins (well, just one) with the kids. Here is our scarry jack-o-lantern.

When all the kids were watching the candle glow from inside the pumpkin, Heath took this shot. I love it!


There is nothing like capturing the innocence and joy of the holiday season.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Random Musings

I've been tagged to list 7 random things about me. Don't get bored...


1. I hate to walk on the bathroom floor unless it has a bathroom rug. If it doesn't, I have to put on socks.


2. My favorite job ever was working at a movie theater. A small town-one screen theater. It was the best job and I'm still known for making the best popcorn.


3. I am lactose intolerant, and I also have problems digesting certain cooking oils, so when we go to a restaraunt, it usually ends in me making a mad-dash to the bathroom. Not that much fun.


4. I would love to publish my children's book. Maybe someday.


5. I can't stand my kitchen dirty. If my house is a wreck, if I'm sick as a dog, if I'm super super busy...I still make sure my kitchen is clean. It makes me so happy!


6. I use to hate to shop. That changed within this past year. Now I know how to find the right clothes for my body shape and it is so much fun now. My whole attitude can change if I feel cute, so finding cute clothes is important to me now. I'm also very very thrifty. I will not pay full price. I found this nifty dress for 7 bucks.


7. I love to cook. I love to bake. I have a hard time just having sandwiches or something like that. I don't measure. I constantly tweak recipes. I love being in the kitchen.


That's some random things about me. I'm sure I had more interesting things, but it's early and I can't think right now.

Monday, October 22, 2007

If George could talk...

"What? I'm not doing anything...Just lookin."

"Oh, the toilet paper? It was like that before I got here."


I walked into the bathroom and she was pulling the toilet paper down and having a great time. As soon as she saw me, she turned her back to me and had the most innocent look on her face.


She's got a bit of cunning in her, that's for sure.

I got to scrapbook again today, after I cleaned the house. This picture is of Keaton kissing my cheek. He always kisses my cheek. Very sweet.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Kid Weights and Hugs

Two more layouts to show you.




Friday, October 19, 2007

2 by 2

I am so happy today. It has been over a month since I have been able to scrapbook. I got my house in order (under a week...not bad) so I felt no guilt in breaking out the supplies.

I did this bad boy with a kit of the month from A Million Memories.
I love the colors of the paper. Thanks for looking! Gotta go make another page.

I heard you say

This is a minibook I made a few months ago to document the cute things I heard the kids say to me, or to each other. I kept a piece of paper by the computer, and everytime I heard them say something noteworthy, I jotted it down. It was super fun to make, and I know the kids will love this, especially when they are older. You can click on some of these pictures to make them bigger, but I typed up what they said so you could see.

Kamy: "Mom, when I grow up, I want to be you"
Mom: "Kolby, put this diaper in the garbage please." Kolby: I'm not the garbage man!"

Keaton: "Mom, I had a great dream. I dreamed that me and my family were all superheroes!"
Keaton: "Mom, are you the smartest mom on our family?" Mom: "Absolutely."

Keaton: "Daddy's hurting all my feelings."
Mom" Ok, we have five more minutes until it's time to get out." Kolby: "No momma! One minute." Mom: "Ok, one minute." Kolby: "Yippee!"
Kamy: "It's the biggest strawberry in the world!"
Kolby: "Let's go on a walk, momma." Mom: "Ok, can I bring my camera and take a picture of you?" Kolby: "Of course."

Kamy: "Mom, don't I look soooo beautiful?
Kolby: "Ok mom, I'm ready to go."

Kolby: "I ate some cherry pie. It was an accident" (the picture shows cherry pie all over his face)
Kolby: "I stronger than superman." Keaton: "No Kolby. You are not." Kolby: "Uh-huh. I have strong muscles." Keaton: "Not as strong as mine!"

Keaton: "Look dad, I'm just as big as you!"
Keaton: "Kolby, let's pay a game I made up. You stand on this bench, and I'll step on your head." Kolby: "Ok" Mom: "Keaton, you cannot step on his head." Keaton: "Oh, alright."

Kolby: (overheard at the dinner table) "Mmm, momma...I eat meat now..meat good...good meat."

Keaton: (his excuse for doing something bad) "...but momma, the inside of my body wants to do whatever it wants. Only the outside listens to you."

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Left at the scene of the crime...

Kolby was suppose to be taking a nap yesterday. I put him in my room so he and Keaton wouldn't play with each other. When I came across this evidence and scolded Kolby for using scissors, he replied: "But Momma, I am a good cutter!"
I guess I should be happy he didn't refine his cutting skills on my scrapbook stuff or my clothing.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

For Your Eyes Only

If I were to ever have an optical store, I would call it For Your Eyes Only. Speaking of eyes, my older sister always tells me my eyes are blue. She was very convincing of it, even though I thought my eyes were green. So every time I went to the eye doctor, I asked him what color my eyes were. I figured who would know better than an eye doctor, right? I was always assured that my eyes were green, but as soon as I came home to tell my sister, she would set me straight again. "Your eyes are blue."
So here is a picture I took this morning. I was going to take a picture of me in my new green sweater, but then this shot happened because I forgot to zoom out the lens when my self-photo shoot happened, and it reminded me of the story with my sister.

So tell me...what color are my eyes? My sister will claim that I touched up the photo with my photoshop. I assure you I did not, or else I would have touched up my blotchy face. I noticed wrinkles around my eyes too. What's up with that?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A Love/Hate Relationship

I hate the smell of a new plastic shower liner.
I love being able to take a shower (took us 3 days to figure out how to turn the shower on)

I hate trying to keep up with the laundry.
I love having my washer and dryer upstairs and out of my kitchen!

I hate having no space to put all my junk.
I love having no space to put all my junk! I hate clutter, so it gives me a chance to toss stuff.

I hate being on the move and eating out all the time.
I love cooking and making my kitchen work for me.

I hate that it was a downpour on the day we moved, and so sunny and bright the next day.
I love that I didn't have to move all our stuff, and that we had great friends that came to help.

I hate the ugly old tile that is throughout my house.
I love not having wall to wall carpet because it makes moving my furniture around much easier!

I hated having my scrapbook supplies packed for three weeks.
I loved opening up my boxes and organizing it again. It felt like christmas.

I hate having the television on during the day.
I love watching television in the evening.

I am so glad we are getting settled and are getting back into a routine. I'll post more blogs and more pictures! I missed all of you, my readers. It's nice to be back.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Question and Answer

Alright Ruby-Sue, this one's for you.

5 things I was doing 10 years ago
1997, my second year at BYU and my final year of college.
1. Bethany and I were roomates
2. I started interpreting for the deaf.
3. I was driving an '81 Ford Mustang (my first car)
4. I was single...very single.
5. I started scrapbooking.

5 things on my to-do list today
1. Disassemble this computer.
2. Go through garage.
3. Pack up stuff from the hotel.
4. Make crispy chicken parmesean for dinner.
5. Swich over my cable/internet/phone.

5 snacks I enjoy
1. Popcorn
2. Hot brownies fresh out of the oven with vanilla icecream
3. Peanut butter and apples.
4. Fresh fruit.
5. Trail mix.

5 songs I know the lyrics to
1. The whole soundtrack of Sleepless in Seattle.
2. Almost any 50's and 60's song.
3. All the primary songs we are singing this year (I'm the corrister!)
4. "Love me but don't kiss me" A really stupidly funny song from the movie Sons of Provo.
5. Disney movie songs.

5 of my bad habits
1. Getting frustrated and yelling.
2. Needing to be right all the time.
3. Holding things in (my husband wants me to talk more)
4. Side-seat driver.
5. Bossy.

5 things I'd do if I were a millionaire
1. Get tons of food storage.
2. Have the biggest bestest scrapbook room in the world.
3. New furniture, new house, new cars.
4. Make sure everyone around me was taken care of (family and friends)
5. Contribute heavily to the church.

5 things I will never wear again
1. High-waisted pants
2. Shoulder pads
3. Vests
4. Tapered pants
5. Leggings

5 of my favorite toys
1. Microplanar (used for zesting citrus fruit)
2. Paper trimmer for scrapbooking
3. Adobe Photoshop
4. Rebel Camera
5. Chef knife

People I'm going to tag
1. Jennifer
2. Jenni
3. Tara
4. Elise
4. Sharon

Ok. Now that you know way too much information about me...tell me what you think.

Moving

So, tomarrow is the official day. We will be getting a truck and moving a mile to our new "tiny" home.
It will be nice to have all of our things again and settle back into normal life.
A few nights ago, I had some corn on the cob that Kolby wanted for dinner. I really wanted them grilled, but we didn't have our bbq. So I shucked them, but them on a cookie sheet, splashed a little olive oil over them, added salt, pepper, and paprika and parsley. Tossed them around to get everything coated, and baked it at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. It was really really good.

And, here is a picture of two of my sisters. It was taken this summer, in Spokane, when we visited family. This was taken the same time as the picture of Keaton on the train, which is down a few posts. We look alike, yeah?




Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Feeling Cute

New clothes that fit right just make me feel cute. I promised you a picture of what I bought. Here is one outfit. I know it's kind of far away, but I was doing a self-photoshoot.

I tried to get a close up of the cute shirts I layered when I took this picture. I thought it was so cute that Kolby was trying to peek into the shot.
And yes, we are still living in a hotel. It's not bad, but we are all anxious to have our belongings back.
I got tagged on my friends blog to answer some questions. Stay tuned for that!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Family and Food!


This isn't a great picture of the layout I did, but it gives you an idea. My brothers and sister (minus my oldest brother) and my parents. I love getting together with my family. Here's a better picture of just the picture...



Last night I made Reeses. One of my favorite quick recipes. Here's how you make them.

REESES

One and a half packages of graham crackers, crushed.

1 jar of creamy peanut butter (18 oz)

1 lb of powdered sugar

2 cubes melted butter

1 pkg chocolate chips.
Combine the pb, powdered sugar, melted butter and graham crackers in a bowl. I use my hands to combine. Press into a cookie sheet or form into balls. I like the bars. It's simple. Then I put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes just to set it. Melt your chocolate in the microwave or whatever method you prefer, and spread over the top. Enjoy.


Sunday, October 7, 2007

Ross...There's no comparison

This weekend, my girlfriends and I went shopping. All the men went to the priesthood session of general conference, for our church, and all the girls got babysitters and went to Ross. For those of you who don't shop there...what are you waiting for? It's the best place to find cute clothes. Albeit, I don't always find great stuff for the hubby or the kids, but let's get our priorities straight. I go to Ross for ME!
I've been anxious to go recently, and all the girlfriends were willing to accomodate my desire to spend money. It was so fun. Afterward, we got some Jamba juice and some In-and-out fries. It was a good night had by all.
Next time I'm at my house, I'll download a picture of one of my cute shirts I bought. Until then, go to Ross! I'll give you the biggest tip right here: go without kids and try on tons of clothes. You never know until you try on things, what will look good. Sizes don't matter! Just try on clothes over and over again. Look through all those racks. It may seen overwhelming, and it is, but take the time, try on lots, and you'll walk away with a great wardrobe for cheap! Go Go GO!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

So Sad


Well, it's kind of hard to see the details with this, but it's one of the last layouts I did before I packed up my stuff. Keaton was sad that he couldn't sit in the front of the train because his cousin beat him to it. So he stomped all the way to the back of the train and sat with his arms folded and he had the grumpiest face. Heath and I laughed the entire time, just because he was so grumpy about it.


Monday, October 1, 2007

A Little Rain

It's raining right now. Suprised we are getting rain so soon. Normally here, it waits until after Thanksgiving. That is when this picture was taken. Two years ago, the day after Thanksgiving. I was 9 months pregnant with Kennedy, and we were out for a stroll. Kolby loved holding the umbrella. I loved taking pictures of him!

No word yet on the housing situation. I came back here this morning to make pie crust for Heath's birthday (he wants cherry pie) and BOY DID IT STINK IN HERE! Ugh. I'm so afraid all of our belongings are going to pick up the smell too! Hopefully they'll decide something quick so we can get our stuff out of here.

Hope everyone had a good weekend! Happy October!