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Showing posts from April, 2009

Hiking Pics

It's been a jammed pack weekend. Saturday, we ran our long run in the morning and then spent the rest of the day getting our garden planted.

On Sunday, we went hiking on a tiny section of the AT. With the extra 40 pounds of kiddos, packs and water, the easy parts felt moderate and the moderate parts felt pretty darn difficult. Still, we forged ahead and had a great time with this beautiful weather.

It was perfect weather on the mountain, much cooler then in the valley below. We are guessing the upper 70's.

Above: Pic of Ladybug and Nick. Below: Pic of GreenEyes

Below: A pick of GreenEyes and I.

Definitely a great weekend. Nick took some comp time today so we could have a day of rest as well!

Target Brag

I know all of you don't care anymore, but I'm just soooo excited! I ventured out on my own today and I raked in the deals.

Store #1- Target

4 Things of Kashi Waffles .50 ea
4 Things of V-8 Fusion .99 ea.
3 Fruit Snacks (made .33 on these)
4 Glade Candles (they make a little over $2... that's right. I MADE money on them.)
= 3.74 OOP for everything

Store #2-Harris Teeter

.70 ea.- Jose Ole Taquitos (These are regularly 6.84. I got them on sale and then used 3- .75 blinkies I found at Food Lion that were doubled! Nick's a fan.)
.49 Electrasol Tablets
FREE Hormel Compleats (never tried them, it's processed junk to me, but a good donation!)

Store #3- Kroger
I used over 60 dollars of coupons!

10 things of TP for .10 ea (they were FREE but I paid to get them with a clipping service)
20 things of wipes for .10 ea (they were FREE but I paid to get them with a clipping service)
.65 Smart Taste Pasta (using a Blinkie from Food Lion, regulary 2.29 ea!)
.40 GG Veggies (not the best deal…

I'm not much of a "girly" girl

As as kid, I preferred my brother's toys to my sisters. While I wasn't into Ninja Turtles or anything, I was into Lego's, football, bikes, and dirt. About the only girly thing I enjoyed was light bright and crafts. I only did the My Little Pony thing because my best friend in 5th grade was into them, so I tried to be girly... but I never eally enjoyed barbies or ponies. Just because it's not my thing, I have not deprived Ladybug of her feminine side. She has a couple dolls and I do plan to have Nick make her a doll house in the near future.

So the other day I got this awesome garage from Freecycle for GreenEyes and a bunch of little people and trucks for cheapy cheap on Ebay. In her mother's footsteps, Ladybug won't quit playing with her brother's toys. I suppose these toys were meant to be shared.

I hope you guys are all outside enjoying this AMAZING weather!! :)

Cutsie Post

This will be a quick post. I'm sorry I've been slacking lately. Things have been busy at our household for the last several days. Below is a cutsie photo I meant to publish on Easter.

GreenEyes in his bunny Outfit (grace a Marie France!)

This weekend, temps are supposed to be in the mid 80's (a little too hot if you ask me). We've got big plans. We plan to Hike a portion of the AT (Appalachian Trail) with the babies strapped to our backs. The other half of the weekend we will get our hands dirty and try to finish planting all the rest of our plants since the danger of frost is pretty much gone. We have a lot to plant. Then, at some point we will do a 10 miler. Good times. I love these kind of weekends!! :)

Almost There...

I survived another week as the sole responsible figure in my household. Nick gets home from his business trip late tonight. he was supposed to come home late Saturday, but thank goodness he he was able to arrange something earlier. I haven't seen him since Monday and I can't wait. I have no idea how single mothers and military moms do this!! It's only been a week and I'm absolutely exhausted.

In order to compensate, I lower my expectations. How, might you ask? Under the conditions, I admit I slack a little. It's OK if Ladybug watches an extra program on TV. It's OK if the kids eat PB&J's and frozen veggie meals all day (i.e. anything that only involves a microwave heat up, if that.) It's OK, if it's been awhile since they've bathed and Ladybug's hair hasn't been combed, LOL. Yes, this is how I cope with being the sole responsible figure in the house. If I didn't let something slide, I'd get overwhelmed really quick…

Free Detergent at CVS

Yesterday, I figured out how to get laundry detergent for FREE at CVS. HCW is the most awesome place. They always have the deals before anyone else is talking about them.

Now, the word is out and it's all over the deal blogs. You better print this baby out QUICK if you want to get in on the deal. Even if your CVS is out of stock, get a raincheck and go back at your leisure. Sweet Deal.

To do it:
Go to
(Use zip code 44514)
A B1G1 Free Q Purex Coupon Should Pop Up

There is a Sale @ CVS
Buy 1 at $6.99 get 1 free Purex
So FREE Laundry Detergent!
(OK, so as states, you will have to pay tax)

Easter 2009

We did get dressed up but of course the battery died on the camera, so we don't have any good shots of that. My apologies. There will be no cutie Easter photos today. Bummer, I know.

This year we had a very low key Easter. We couldn't find Ladybug's Easter basket (a basket I've had since being a kid) so we had nothing to leave out for the Easter bunny to fill. I did find a basket we currently use to wash the bottle parts in the dishwasher. It actually worked out really well. I'm sure the Easter Bunny had a good time filling it with goodies.

The Easter Bunny brought Ladybug some sidewalk chalk, a cool pair of sun glasses, a chocolate bunny, and Cadbury eggs for dad and Redvines for mom. The Easter Bunny says GreenEyes' Rody toy was delayed and will be coming sometime next week.

Potty Training Time


I guess I'm a gluten for punishment. Lately Ladybug's been telling us she needs to go to the bathroom before she goes to the bathroom in her diaper. Clearly, it's time. So yesterday, I spent the whole day potty training Ladybug by myself.

Hubby loves this idea because:
a.) I'm doing it, and
b.) he won't be around next week so he really doesn't have to deal with.
(That said, Nick agreed to potty train Nolan when it's his turn.)

I would wait for another week to potty train Ladybug, but it is always something with our schedules. It's never a good time. This weekend is the first weekend we really don't have anything going in a long time. We aren't doing anything big for Easter because Nick will be out of town the following week on business. There is no point in a large celebratory meal if there will be no one to eat the meal all week long, etc. So I get to potty train all week by myself 24-7 for 5 days straight following the weekend…

G-Ma's Visit and Deals of the Week

G-Ma's Visit

Last weekend G-Ma got to spend some quality time with us. We are so incredibly thankful for her assistance last weekend. Below is a pic of G-Ma drawing with Ladybug.

Thanks to G-Ma not only did we have plenty of down time, we were also able to get a lot accomplished in the garden, run our race, etc. We are indebted.

Here we are enjoying turkey burgers on the back porch. It was an awesome weekend weather wise. We couldn't have asked for a better weekend.

Deals of the Week

My pantry is now loaded FULL of Kellogg's Cereal. I foolishly paid 1.18 last week for four boxes of cereal thinking it was an awesome deal. Wouldn't you know, Food Lion would roll out a WAY more awesome deal this week. Try .60 a piece! Yesterday I picked up a ton of Special K Chocolaty Delight, Pecan, Almonds and Yogurt, etc. Nick will pick up even more on his way home. We will likely purchase several months worth this week. (On average the expiry's are a year from the date of …

Charlottesville 10-miler

Nick ran his 10 miler race in 1:19:58. That's a 7:59 minute pace!!! Way to go Nick!!! Update: His Team ranked 4th place and his time contributed to the team!!! Nick is a masochist when it comes to running, so I'm not surprised. No one loves that pain more than Nick. His time is really saying something because this baby was full of hills (albeit, not as crazy as the ones we train on. Those are just about as bad as they get) and there was a fair amount of wind. You can check out the topography of the course HERE.

I was supposed to let Nick enjoy all his glory. He really didn't want me to run the race. I mean, he was doing this with his work buddies and he was competing in a team. Even when a friend had offered to watch the kids for me, he didn't want me to run it because it would mean more work getting the kids ready in the morning. So I was pretty much prepped to sit this one out. Then, Nick's mom called and she thought she'd come down and she told …