Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ABC's of me

ABC's of me

A. Age: 26

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you dislike:picking up after the kids...it is an all day thing

D. Dogs: We don't have any yet

E. Essential start to your day: COFFEE and creamer.

F. Favorite color: Green

G. Gold or silver:White gold and silver

H. Height: 5’7”

I. Instruments you play(ed): The flute

J. Job title: Full Time Mommy and part time at Screen Machine

K. Kids: Lacey who is almost 4 and Miles who just turned 1

L. Live: Junction City

M. Mom’s name: Laurie

N. Nicknames: Kate, Liz, Lizzy, sissy, mommy

O. Overnight hospital stays: 2003 for my appendix, 2007 Lacey, and 2010 Miles

P. Pet peeves: People chewing with their mouths open, people who are inpatient at the grocery store

Q. Quote from a movie: I feel the need, the need for Speed

R. Righty or lefty: Lefty

S. Siblings: A wonderful older sister Bethany, an amazing little sister Briana, and my Angel Brother Clayton

T. Time you wake up: Tuesday's and Thursday's 7, every other day I try to be up by 8

U. Underwear: it depends on the day

V. Vegetables you don’t like:I like all vegetables

W. What makes you run late: trying to pack up 2 kids.....I am always forgetting something

X. X-rays you've had: Ankle, back, finger, teeth

Y. Yummy food you make: Taco Soup, Chicken Macaroni

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Polar Bears...years ago Great Bend Zoo had them and I could watch them all day

Not much

Not much has been going on in our household...not much at all!!

Last week we had a fun play date at the park with Rachel her 2 kids, and Julie and Jackson. It was great seeing Julie and her cute baby bump!! I just wish it had been warmer than 50*.

I think my Mother-in-law is going to come and spend the weekend with us!!! YAY!! I love my mother-in-law and have missed her. It was nice living in Ottawa, KC was only a 40 min drive.

Brandon is on his 12th day of working...talk about stressful. He will probably have to work 16 more days straight before a day off. I guess I shouldn't complain. At least he has a great job that pays all the bills.

I am planning a baby shower for my sister. She isn't due until August 5th and won't find out what she is having until the middle of April. I just bought all the diapers to make a diaper cake for her!!! I am super excited!! I am also buying a few little things here and there that I get super cheap with coupons.

Brandon's uncles family owns a lake house, and we go every year, however this year they are going August 5-August 11....so we aren't going. I know that babies come when babies are ready so she could go early or she could go late but I don't want to miss it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Days like today

It is days like today that I have to tell myself I love being a mom, I love being a mom, I love being a mom....over and over and over again. Days where both kids didn't nap....Probably my fault, I had a million errands to run this afternoon, plus it was GORGEOUS outside. If they went down for naps at 2 they'd sleep past 4 and the whole afternoon of playing outside, burning tons of energy would be shot. So they stayed awake. Now normally when they don't take naps bedtime is easy. 9pm they both crash....Well not tonight!! It is 11 and Lacey is in her room screaming and Miles is finally ready to nurse himself to sleep. He has been to wound up to sit still.

The weather has been AMAZING!! Shorts, flip flops, tank tops, no coats, no hats, no gloves...just go outside. Windows open, fans on. Today while we were getting ready to go run our errands I put Lacey in the most adorable shorts she looks at me and says "I can't wear shorts, I didn't shave." I almost died laughing!! A few days ago I told Brandon I couldn't wear shorts because I hadn't shaved in days. They pick up EVERYTHING!

Yard work is getting done this week!! We moved into my grandparents house last year the end of May. My grandparents had TONS of stuff. My grandpa was a carpenter and has every tool known to man, my grandma was a hoarder. My grandpa is in a nursing home and my grandma lives with my parents. Well when we moved in we still had (have) some of my grandparents stuff. This includes 2 sheds in t he backyard, and an entire room full downstairs, plus stuff still in the attic. My parents are on spring break this week so my dad is coming over and we are finally going through the sheds!! We will finally be able to clean up our yard.

I love a huge, well manicured, well landscaped yard. I love being able to have the kids play and know that there is nothing that they can get hurt on. Even though with my 2 there is always something to get hurt on.

I have been doing lots of couponing...scoring some pretty sweet deals!! However I did have the worst experience at Wal-Mart over the weekend. I think I will just stay away from there. I can get better deals, and customer service at Dillons and Target!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My ring has been found!!

On Tuesday Lacey and I were sitting on our big over sized chair. She was doing her normal play with mommy's hair while she watches TV. Miles was playing.

A little back story Brandon and I had taken the cushions off the couch and the chair when my ring went missing. In fact he took them off the chair and I went back and took them off the chair again. I sit on this chair on a daily basis. On Monday night Brandon dug through our trash bin thinking maybe it fell off when I took out the trash. We moved the couch, chair, the bed...we moved the house around. NOTHING!! Brandon took the P trap off the sink which resulted in my dad coming over Sunday to replace the pipes that crumbled in Brandon's hands when he took it off.

Well Miles has started climbing onto EVERYTHING!! He has no fear, yet. Well while Lacey and I were sitting on the chair Miles decides to climb up on the couch and stand on it. I jump up to save him from falling off the couch backwards, and Lacey proclaims "Mommy, I found your ring!! It was right here on the chair, you were just sitting on it." I turn around and say what? She said "Your ring I found it, you were just sitting on it." Sure enough in her tiny little hand was my wedding ring. I had her show me where she found it and she placed it right next to her on the chair. I was and still am in shock. I know on Saturday night it was not in the chair. I know that I checked the chair daily and it wasn't there.

So today Brandon and I took my ring to be sized...from a size 7 to a 5 and 3/4. no wonder it was falling off.

As of yesterday morning I weigh 149!! 2lbs away from the 40lbs mark!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Losing close to 40lbs does have it down sides...Last night I was getting ready for bed. Did my normal routine, wash my face, put my moisturizer on my face, brush my teeth, floss, and then put lotion on. As I was putting lotion on my hands I noticed that my wedding ring was missing. I freaked out and woke Brandon up. I made him take the P trap off of the sink. Thinking that maybe it went down the drain. Brandon took the pipe off, and somehow broke it...only to find that my ring wasn't in there. I have torn the house apart looking for it. I will continue to tear it up looking for it. My biggest fear is that I lost it shopping. My dad is coming over in a bit to hopefully fix it. If not Brandon can fix it tonight when he gets off work.

Moving on...my weight fluctuates daily from 150 to 155. My goal by the end of May is to be 140.

I did do some more coupon shopping yesterday. My new addiction has made me get a binder to keep track of those coupons. Making sure I take full advantage of everything. I got a box of Gain fabric sheets for $0.12 at Wal-Mart. Yes a whopping 12 cents!! I also got Tide Stain Release packs at Dillons, I got 2, 18 count bags for $1.50 each. I got Secret Deodorant for $0.50, a 4 pack of Duracell batteries for $1, Gilette shave gel for $1, a free pair of jeans from Target, Dawn dish soap 24fl oz for $0.75. My grand total for all 3 stores yesterday before coupons was $100. I walked away paying $45!! 55% off....I bought all my binder stuff at Wal-Mart that I didn't add into this total.

The kids and I are headed to KC this afternoon so I can pick my Aunt up from the airport tomorrow morning. Hopefully the weather will be nice so we can sneak a trip to Legends and Cabela's. Have a fabulous week!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Funny things my kids say

Lacey cracks me up whenever she talks to me.

In January I had taken the kids out to my parents house and my mom had just taken down the Christmas stuff. Lacey walks in the Door and yells "Papa, Papa!!" My dad comes down the stairs and asks Lacey what is wrong. She looks at him with this worried look on her face and says "Where's all your stuff? This is serious!" My dad and I laughed so hard we cried.

Lacey went and stayed a couple nights with my sister. She comes home and says "Aunt Bessie
(Bethy) and Unc let me watch Sponge Bob, it is trash TV!!" We don't let her watch Sponge Bob because I told her once that it was trash TV.

We no longer stop for fast food. Lacey went and spent the night with my parents last weekend. I had gone to pick up Lacey and she says "Grammy took me to McDonalls." I said "Oh Really?" She says "It was the best food ever, Grammy is my favorite!!." My mom looks at her and says "That was a secret you weren't supposed to tell your mom I took you for McDonalds." Lacey says "I not wying, mommy Grammy didn't take me to McDonalls."

Last night Brandon snuck in and surprised Lacey. Lacey says "Where'd you come from?" Brandon says "I came from work, where'd you come from?" Lacey looks at him funny and says "Mommy's tummy!"

Miles isn't talking but he does say mom, dad, sis, papa, down, this, that, stop, and his new word is uh-oh.

The other day he was doing something and I told him no-no. He points his finger and says "Top" I couldn't believe it!! He has done it a few more times since then.

Everything is uh-oh. He throws something and says "uh-oh." Lacey talks back and Miles says "Uh-oh."

I am so glad I get to be their mommy! They drive me crazy, make me laugh, make me smile, and fill my heart with so much Happiness!! Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I have become addicted to Couponing. In my free time I am looking for the biggest bang for my buck. I follow www.hip2save.com, thefrugalgirl.com. I am ADDICTED!! I can't wait for my next shopping trip.

The kids and I just went to Dillons to go shopping. I am a bit upset because I didn't realize until I got home that 3 items rang up different than what they had posted. But oh well it is raining and cold and I don't want to go back out in this crap!! 10 boxes of cereal...$7.75 for all 10 boxes. Roughly $0.78 a box. how my coupons worked. I downloaded some to my Dillons card. 2 $0.55, one for Cinnamon toast crunch, and 1 for Honey Nut Cheerios. I had 2 $0.55 coupons for Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Honey Nut Cheerios. I had 4 $0.75 off Cinnamon Cheerios (Dillons double coupons up to a dollar) so they were really $1.00 coupons. I then had 5 if you buy 2 you save $1.00. The cereal was on sale for $2.18 a box. However the Honey nut Cheerios didn't ring up right, the rang up $3.20. You may think that is a lot of cereal, but we eat about 2 boxes a week. WE LOVE CEREAL!! Some days Lacey will eat cereal for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Next on my list was Yogurt we eat tons of YOGURT, they were on sale 10 for 6, I had 2 coupons for $0.40 off 6 (really $0.80) I bought 12 for a $0.46 a piece.

Bounty was on sale for $5.99 for an 8 pack, I had downloaded a coupon to my card for $2.00, then had a $1 coupon. $2.99=$0.37 a roll.

Charmin on sale for $5.99 for 12 pack. They had a coupon you could download for $3.00. I also had a $1 coupon. $1.99=$0.17 a roll!!

Puffs were free, they had a special for $1.45, I had downloaded a $0.50 coupon, I had a coupon for $0.50 (doubled a $1) they paid me $0.05 to take them home!!

Pantene downloaded coupon for $1.00, on sale for $3.49. I had a $2 coupon and $1 coupon $1.49 a piece

Glide dental floss on sale for $2.50, I had downloaded a $0.75 coupon, and I had a $0.75 coupon, (doubled a $1) I paid $0.75.

Chex Mix Lacey's favorite snack on sale for $1.25 dowloaded coupon for $0.50 off 2. had a coupon for $0.50 off 2 (doubled a $1) 2 for $1.

Gogurts on sale for $1.99 had a downloaded coupon for $0.75 off 2, and had a coupon for $0.75 off 2 (doubled a $1) $1.12 a piece

Progresso soup on sale for $1.25, $1 off 4=$1 a piece

Than last but not least my favorite pretzels on sale for 2.99(rang up wrong $3.49) $1 off coupon $2.49.

My starting total before coupons and my plus card was $103.86 my ending out of pocket was $41.39!! Over 60% in savings!!

I am looking for boots for my mountain climbing adventure. I think I found a pair at Cabela's that I really like. I am going to go try them on next week Monday when I go to KC to pick up my aunt from the airport. Here is a picture og the boots

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ready for Spring

I have been horribly slacking on working out. A lot of it has to do with my knee. It only hurts when I work out. I have tried ice, heat, ibuprofen, nothing works...it sucks!! Luckily I haven't gained any weight, just stayed around 153 or 154.

I am ready to get outside early and work out outside. I am ready for the kids to be outside all day. I hate being cooped up in the house because it is too cold to go out. We are taking full advantage of the nice days, there have been a lot lately.

I am starting to train to go climb some 14'ers with my Dad in Colorado in June. I have always wanted to go Mountain climbing with him and now I am finally going to be able to go!! He told me today "Now you know that we don't stay in a Hotel that we sleep in a tent?" Growing up we camped out almost every weekend. I don't remember many weekends as a kid at home. Hopefully my dad will be able to go with his knee.