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Ah…Friday!

I am so unbelievably glad it’s Friday.  This week has just been hard for me and I’m looking forward to two days without school schedules, homework, pick ups, drop offs and the humdrum of the daily grind.   I’m hoping that the nice weather we’ve been having this week (sunny and in the 40’s & 50’s) will hold and that the kids and I will be able to enjoy some time outside.  I have no idea what we’ll do considering the melting icy/snow mess outside, but I’ll think of something.

I’ll be attending a baby shower this weekend for my cousin who is due in about 3 weeks with her first.  I’ve mildly helped with planning, though I don’t really believe I’ve been much help at all.  Provided she isn’t in the hospital for something on Saturday it should be fun.  We’ll be staying at my mom’s; so we’ll be crowded at best.  It also means I’ll have a chance to do some laundry so it’s not all bad.

I’m also going to try and teach the kids how to use the Wii while we are there.  I’ve never had so much fun bowling in my entire life.  That little remote is not nearly as heavy as the 10lb ball I normally have to use.  I didn’t hurt my arm or have swollen fingers, even after three fast-paced games.  I just love those people at Nintendo.  I’m even more interested in buying one now that I’ve tried it out.  Here’s to figuring out how to put that in the budget.  (And did I mention…they have Sims?  I really have to have one!)
I’ve been  a total flake on C’s reading homework this week.  We’ve gone through his reading book just once.  It was challenging the first time, so I really needed to be on that this week and it just didn’t happen.  Thankfully, I can keep it until next week so we can work on it some more.  We also have sight words and sound words to work on.  I don’t know if it’s the change in their bedtime that did it, or just daylight savings, but I really just was not in my groove.  Thankfully they didn’t have any other homework this week so I’m only behind with his reading.  We also need to read the last few books we need for Book-It.  We are one of the few families who has actually done it every single month.  I think they get something if they participate the whole year, which will be exciting for C.  We haven’t used all the pizza coupons because Pizza Hut hasn’t been in the budget either, but at least we earned them by reading together.  I was trying to figure it out and I think we did 6 months with a minimum of at least 10 books to earn the free pizza.  We read more some months so I’m guessing we are in the 80 books read range for this school year.  I don’t think that’s too bad!

Anyway, TGIF!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  I know I plan on it!

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Hannah Montana…

Anyone seen it? I have not. Today when I took L shopping for sneakers and a spring coat we ended up with Hannah Montana sneakers. I wasn’t that impressed. For one thing, I know she probably has never seen Hannah Montana. She’s not even old enough, in my opinion, to watch Hannah Montana. For another thing, I know that she just heard the name and figured it was the “cool” thing so she wanted to have it. Considering she’s not quite five yet, I’m not sure how she picked up on Hannah Montana being cool, but she did. So, instead of the cute pink Dora the Explorer velcro sneakers we got black, gold and white Hannah Montana ones that I still have to tie. To add to the coolness, they have a picture of Miley Cyrus on the side. Fabulous.

I have a sneaking suspicion that this is the first of many shopping trips that ends in me being unimpressed with the choices one of the kids makes as they start to assert their independence in regards to their appearance. I’m all for them asserting their independence and choosing how they want to dress, but in this instance when the reality is that she has absolutely no familiarity with the character it irks me that she’d choose it. I suppose I should just be glad that after spending over 2 hours shopping for sneakers we actually found a pair that fit, but I’m not. And, yes, I could have denied her the right to choose which sneakers she wanted. I could have told her it was Dora or nothing. Unfortunately, she had to have something that she liked and that fit. So, if she thinks Hannah Montana is ‘it’ this time around I suppose I can suffer and try not to grimace each time I put them on her skinny little feet.

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An Afternoon Off

My mom came and picked up L for an afternoon of grammy & grandkid fun (she’s also taking my newphew for a few hours). With an entire afternoon kid-free I’m really not sure what to do with myself.

Hobby Lobby was the first thing that came to mind, am I totally bad for admitting it? Shopping for scrapbooking supplies seemed the most awesome and productive way to spend a kid-free afternoon!

Second thing was clean the house really well, but who really wants to do that? I wouldn’t finish it all anyway, so why start, right?

I could spend some time reading one of the two books I have started.

I might start working on that rummage sale I am DEFINITELY having this spring. (And don’t let me slack on that one!)

I could eat all the candy in the house, or at least the chocolate stuff.

I could take an nice hot relaxing uninterrupted bath or even a shower!

I could finally have time to practice the funky yoga moves on my new video I purchased, but have never started using…..

I could drive over and check out the new music store here in town and see how much it would cost to rent the flute I’m wanting. I really, really want to start playing again even if I haven’t played since the 6th grade. And, they are much smaller than the baby grand piano’s I like and probably a whole hell of a lot cheaper on the pocket book.

I could do just about anything, the possibilities seem almost endless, but I’m sitting here instead…blogging about what I could do with a full afternoon kid-free instead of doing something. Pathetic, yes…yes I am.

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The Art of Being Poor for Less

I love to shop. I will frankly admit that I’m also a bargain hunter. I love to get anything for less if it’s possible. Today, I introduced my brother, the poor college kid, to the joy of thrift shopping. He’s on such a tight budget and needed to experience the art of being poor for less. He also needed to get over his hang up about buying “other people’s” clothes.

First we went to St. Vincent de Paul. An excellent place in our area to get started since the selection is huge. We picked out five pairs of pants and about ten shirts for him to try on. He kept two pairs of pants and six shirts. Total expense = $15. Then we went to a more local chain called Fox Valley Thrift. There we found the type of jacket he’d been looking for. Normally, the jacket would probably be around $70. Total expense = $5. So, for $20 (he had a $40 budget for clothes) he got the clothes he needed, plus a dish drainer for his kitchen and he still had $20 to use for gas or anything else he wanted.

I also picked up a few things, since we were out shopping after all. Both kids got another pair of pants to add to their wardrobe. I got two nice pairs of jeans to replace three or four pairs that definitely need to go out the door, I got a new game for the kids (just $.99!) and a camera bag that fits camera, battery charger, USB cord and batteries (just $.90!).

All in all, today was a very successful round of thrift shopping.

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New Cellular Plan

I’m shopping for a new cellular company. I’ve been with Sprint for over three years now and I really, really dislike them. I’m paying over $60 a month for the same plan I’ve seen elsewhere for about $40. I checked out T-Mobile and I really like their 300 minute plan. You pick the five numbers you call the most and get unlimited minutes, unlimited nights and weekends, plus the 300 regular minutes and 400 domestic text messages for less than $45 a month. Activation is only $35 and I can get a $180 phone for FREE, plus free shipping. Now I’m just waiting to find out what it’s going to cost to lose Sprint. They are sooooo very expensive!

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2GB

I got a 2GB SD card for my camera today. Had to drop $30 of Christmas money on it, but I thought it would be worth it. Popped it in my camera, turned it on, and almost peed my pants! 3400 pictures available to be taken. Holy sh*t! I’m glad I picked one up now and wonder why the heck I didn’t look into that sooner.

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I’m Getting Goodies!

I had a PartyLite party this weekend, which was an absolute blast, and I earned some free and reduced price items from it! If you are into PartyLite, or just candles, you know what I mean when I say, “You can’t get everything you want!”. I ended up getting quite a bit of stuff and I have to recommend that if you get the opportunity, check out the Iced Snowberry candle they have…so delicious smelling even when it’s not lit!

Here’s my stash: Iced Crystal Votive Trio, Chrome Snuffer, 1 dozen Iced Snowberry Tealights, Naturally Modern Votive Trio, Aroma Melts/Tealight Sampler, Hollywood Glamour Aroma Melts Warmer and I picked up an Infinite Reflections for my mom that she was in love with. I ended up being able to get it for just $19.95 when retail was far beyond that. She was SO excited when I told her!

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