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Hot & Shopping

Well, yesterday the a/c decided to stop working! Grr! It was way too hot to stay around here sweating all day so we decided to go to the zoo after all. (C did fine, btw!) It was pretty hot for the zoo, too, but at least we were entertained. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera, so there’s no pictures. But everyone had a good time. We saw a condor with average wingspan of 10ft! A large golden eagle. Various snakes. Giraffes, elephants, flamingos, zebras, tortoises, wallabys, otters, and many other things. The children got to pet & brush some goats. For the first time, everyone went in without anyone being terrified! Wow! I think we’ve hit a milestone! C really loved petting the goats. He was so excited about it and cute!

Then we went to their ‘splash playground’ to cool off. They all had a blast there and it was a really cool playground. If we lived around here –well, I mean if we were staying– I would SO be getting a zoo membership! I think Denver has a zoo. Hopefully it’s decent. I did have to pay $7 for one child’s ticket to get in because you only got two free tickets with the club card. Last time we all got in free because my nanny was with us.

The nanny, by the way, has decided to start a new job on Monday because the woman has to start work and would have to get someone else if my nanny couldn’t do it. I won’t lie, it’s kind of disappointing when I was counting on that last week, but I don’t want her to pass up a good opportunity just to work for me for one extra week! I haven’t told the children yet, though. Maybe she will be willing to come say goodbye to them. I’m sure they’ll be disappointed. When I told them she was sick yesterday E piped up with a look of pity, “Oh dear, poor Miss C!” I thought it was so cute and sweet.

Next week I’m going to have to get an appointment to get the oil changed in our Excursion. Have to get that done before the move.

After coming back on for no good reason yesterday at some point, our a/c again decided to stop working today. We were without it most of the day and when we tried again in the evening it came back on. I’m still not sure what to make of it. Hopefully I can find a mobile repairman who is covered under our warranty to come check it out.

Tonight I had some coupons that expire today so I went out shopping for awhile. I took my two little boys with me. First stop was CVS. I had a couple of coupons ($4 total) that could be used on my total that were expiring so I had to use them. I found a 100 ct package of those small sized paper plates (great for the kids) on clearance for .75. Then there was a deal for Power Bars where if you buy 10 you get $5 back, making them .50 each. Also sunscreen, buy two, get $10 back. However, when I got up to the register neither of my coupons were printing out. (They give you the money back in the form of a coupon to spend on your next purchase.) So after about 15 minutes they finally gave me a CVS giftcard with my $15 on it. Oh well.

Then on to Target. There were some large packs of stuff on clearance. I got a twin-pack box of cereal for $4.66 that had a peelie on the front for a free 1/2 gallon of Silk soy milk, which M likes. I also used some expiring coupons to get four Starbucks frappachinos (bottled) for .74 each. The Target I was at didn’t have one, but I put a hold on one near church that I will pick up tomorrow… a CD player/boombox on clearance for $5.89 marked down from $30! It has Spongebob on it, but I’ll sew a cover for it! 😉 I’ve been wanting one so I can play music in the bedroom without having to use my laptop’s CD drive.

JJ

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Frustrated and Disappointed

So today was the long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated trip to spend the day at the zoo. Disappointingly, it has been called off. First my nanny texted me at 7am saying that she had been throwing up for hours. I feel really bad. I hope she didn’t catch it from C! Then C had the runs and it leaked (actually more like poured) from his diaper onto our bed. So I had to strip the bedding, scrub the bed & give him a bath.

This has just all been too much! We’ve all had so much sickness for the past 8 months! One thing after another, things that overlap, etc. I’m getting very frustrated and fed up with it.

Anyways, nothing much happened yesterday, but I did take some pics of the soft shoes I made.


This is the first pair I made. I used dark blue corderoy fabric, and lined it with that as well, which made it too thick.
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I like the way these turned out best. I used the corderoy for the soles. They’re so cute!

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This is a pair I actually had attempted to make for C, but I ran out of elastic so I was never able to finish it until now.

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And here’s a precious little boy who seems to like his new shoes!
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JJ

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Constant Craziness

Okay, maybe I should just rename my blog “Constant Craziness”. I never feel like I have a good time to sit down and blog, but I’ve just decided to make the time, because I’m itching to be writing again. Unfortunately, I think my low readership numbers are making me unmotivated. There’s benefits to having a small, personal blog where everyone who reads are your friends and family. But I see blogs on the internet that everyone loves to read and I wish mine were more like that. I don’t know what I’m doing “wrong”.

Anyways, here we are in Phoenix, AZ. We’ve been here since April 15th. We’ll be leaving for Denver next weekend.

This stop has been for M to install an elevator with his new company, so he understands the process. His days have been pretty good, except for the physical labor and heat. He gets up at 5am (and I’ve been getting up to make breakfast for him — go me!!) and works from 6:00am-2:30pm. He’s usually home by 3 or 3:30. So that’s nice. But he has to go to bed pretty early to get up so early.

So we’re not quite sure what his new job will be like, yet. We think he’ll probably have pretty long hours in Denver. We’ll see. He’s going to be an Installation Supervisor for an elevator building company. He’ll travel throughout the state during the day to oversee things going on at different job sites.

I’m starting to get excited about Denver now. We’ve known we were going there since early January, so it’s been six months coming! Now it’s finally almost here. I’m sure I’ll like it. We’re still going back and forth on whether we’ll be able to rent a house there or if we should stay in the trailer. Of course I desperately want a house but I also want what’s best for us in the overall picture and it might be better to stay in the trailer a bit longer. I’ve been looking on craigslist for rental houses and it seems as if there may be some good options. I’ll be able to tell better once we get there. We’re not going to rule anything out until we get there and are able to explore our options.

We have hired a nanny/mother’s helper while we’ve been here. It’s been really great. She comes Mon & Wednesdays 9am-8pm and Fridays 9am-5pm. Mondays and Wednesdays M and I (and J) go out on a date from 5-8pm. It’s been really nice and especially great since M and I were apart for so long. At the time it was a temporary thing while we were here, but M told me he is looking into the possibility of continuing while we’re in Denver. Possibly even more full-time. We’ll see what happens and how that all pans out. It’s totally a matter of priorities. We *can* afford it, but only if we place more of a priority on that than on doing other things, so we have to figure out what we’d rather have more.

Yesterday while she was here I was able to get my sewing maching out and I made two pairs of soft baby shoes (and finished up a pair I had started long ago and was almost done.) It was really fun. The pattern I used is for personal use only, but I’m looking to see if I can find one that is able to be sold. Or I might just get brave enough to make my own. It’s rather simple. My wheels are turning and I’m thinking of things I can use, such as felted wool from sweaters or leather recycled from vests, pants, etc from thrift stores, etc. I’ll post pics of the ones I made soon. They’re very quick to whip up and so fun to make and I love that it only takes a small amount of fabric so you can get cool stuff from the markdown scraps table.

Tomorrow we’re going to the Phoenix Zoo. They’re having a special where if you show the club card from a local grocery store you can get 2 free admissions. The nanny will be going with us, too. They had the same thing last Friday but M had to take our vehicle to work that day because his work truck was running poorly. When he got home in the afternoon we hurriedly went and *ran* through the zoo in about 45 minutes. It seems cool and better than I expected. There’s also a neat “splash playground” that we’re planning on using, too. We’re going to pack a lunch and make a day of it. I’m actually really looking forward to it. I just want a leisurely day to spend enjoying my family. I seem to feel so rushed all the time, every time we go out it seems like we have errands to run in a certain time frame and we can’t just relax and do ‘fun’ stuff. I’ll have pics to post after tomorrow.

Okay, that seems like a pretty decent intro back into blogdom.
JJ

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Random

1. Started your own blog Yes
2. Slept under the starsYes, and woke up with my eye swollen shut from mosquito bites!
3. Played in a band — No
4. Visited Hawaii — No
5. Watched a meteor showerI can’t remember. I don’t think so. I’ve seen a couple eclipses, though.
6. Given more than you can afford to charityNo
7. Been to DisneylandYes, once. Summer of ’07, 8months pregnant!
8. Climbed a mountainYes
9. Held a praying mantisYes, I used to have a couple as pets. Now, for some reason I have an extreme phobia of them.
10. Sang a soloNo
11. Bungee jumped — Absolutely NOT, never will!
12. Visited Paris — Nope
13. Watched a lightning stormYes, although I don’t really like them.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch — I guess crocheting counts?
15. Adopted a child — No
16. Had food poisoningYes, I’m sure I have
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty — No, when we were there ’03 you weren’t allowed to go inside.
18. Grown your own vegetablesYes
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France — No
20. Slept on an overnight train Yes, though not an experience I’d like to repeat. Of course, having a sleeper car may have been easier.
21. Had a pillow fightYes
22. HitchhikedYes, with my dad when our van broke down.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not illNo
24. Built a snow fortYep! We had a lot of snow that year!
25. Held a lambDon’t think so
26. Gone skinny dipping — No way!
27. Run a Marathon — No. Running doesn’t appeal to me.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice — No, never been there
29. Seen a total eclipseYes
30. Watched a sunrise or sunsetYes. More sunsets than sunrises.
31. Hit a home run — Nope. I’m awful at baseball. I’d be lucky to just hit the ball, period.
32. Been on a cruise — No
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person — No, but my hubby has!
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors — No. Strange question. Does that mean overseas in their country of origin?
35. Seen an Amish communityWell, technically we honeymooned for two nights in an Amish town, but it was Sunday and there wasn’t anyone around.
36. Taught yourself a new languageNo. I know a smidgen of Spanish.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied– Well, no, but I don’t need money to be satisfied in general.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person — No
39. Gone rock climbing No thank you! I’ve seen others doing it.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David — No, but I saw many beautiful ancient things at the Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh.
41. Sung karaoke. — Never
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser eruptNo
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant — No, I’ve always thought it would be fun, though.
44. Visited Africa — No
45. Walked on a beach by moonlightYes, in NJ
46. Been transported in an ambulanceTechnically I was transported BY an ambulance, though I was in the front seat and not the patient.
47. Had your portrait painted — No
48. Gone deep sea fishing — No
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person — No
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris — No
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling — No, but my dad used to scuba dive. I don’t even know how to swim
53. Played in the mudYep… “Mommy, I’m making mud pies!” (Complete with sprinkled grass and dandelion toppings!)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater — No, but I’d like to!
55. Been in a movie — No, only home movies.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China — No
57. Started a business — Sort of. A SAHM sort of thing that I’m not doing anymore
58. Taken a martial arts class. — No, but I’ve attended many Kung Fu classes that others were taking.
59. Visited Russia — No
60. Served at a soup kitchen — No
61. Sold Girl Guide Cookies — No
62. Gone whale watching — No, but I think it would be cool! I think this is the season for it now!
63. Got flowers for no reasonYes, I’ve both received & given flowers for ‘no reason’ other than just because.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma — No
65. Gone sky diving — No!!!!!
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp — No, but it would be interesting. I’ve watched lots of documentaries and movies & read many books about them.
67. Bounced a checkNo, we hardly even write any checks.
68. Flown in a helicopter — No, don’t want to, either!
69. Saved a favorite childhood toyYes, I had my teddy bear for many years. He may still be floating around at my parent’s house.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial — No
71. Eaten caviar — No, thank you!
72. Pieced a quiltOne first attempt, so far
73. Stood in Times SquareYes!
74. Toured the Everglades — No
75. Been fired from a job. — No
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London — No, only on tv
77. Broken a bone. — No, thankfully!
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle — No. Only on an ATV that was going fast enough to make me scream.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person — No, I’m afraid of heights, wouldn’t want to. Pictures are great!
80. Published a book — No
81. Visited the Vatican — No
82. Bought a brand new car — No
83. Walked in Jerusalem — No
84. Had your picture in the newspaperYes, a couple times
85. Read the entire Bible — Not sure, I don’t think so.
86. Visited the White House — No
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. — Not by myself. We butchered our own turkeys one year when I was probably about 12
88. Had chickenpoxYes, just this year!
89. Saved someone’s life. — Not that I know of!
90. Sat on a jury — No. I got a jury duty summons once, but it was after we had moved from the state. (I would have been able to decline, anyways, with babies & such)
91. Met someone famous — I may have but nobody is springing to mind right now.
92. Joined a book clubNo
93. Lost a loved oneYes
94. Had a babyYes, three, soon to be four times!
95. Seen the Alamo in person — No
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake — No
97. Been involved in a law suit No
98. Owned a mobile phoneDoesn’t everyone?
99. Been stung by a beeYes, only once, when I was about 6 and stepped on a honey bee.
100. Read an entire book in one day Yes, more frequently back in my days before being a wife & mom!

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Whoa, Nelly!

I’m 34 weeks! Where has the time gone? I feel as if I’m not ready yet. Of course, barring any unlikely pre-term labor, I still have at least 6 weeks left, that seems like it’s just around the corner! I didn’t take a pic yesterday, but I have one from 34 weeks that I don’t think I posted.

32 Weeks

32 Weeks

I’m definitly getting to the point where I’m looking forward to not being pregnant anymore!

The date went well. We got a recommendation (and coupon) from the P’s (who were babysitting) for a place called Barley & Hops.  It bills itself as “an Old World European style family tavern“. We both got a steak dinner which was delicious! I’m not really that big into steaks, but this one was really yummy! It had a fantastic sauce and was topped with bleu cheese & crispy fried breaded onion bits. The ambiance was also nice, not too loud as most places tend towards. We could actually have a quiet conversation.

I’ve just been informed we need to go run errands. I’ll be back to post again soon!

JJ

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Laundry today

I’m doing two loads of laundry today at the laundry room here in the park. Last few times I’ve done laundry I took four or five loads down to the laundromat where I could get it all done at once. They have gigantic dryers.

Stopped to chat with the park owner for a few minutes on the way back from switching loads and she mentioned today would be a good day for gathering pecans. There’s a couple trees up by the road. I had seen people gathering something on Sunday mornings as I was leaving for church but never knew what. She said we should go today, though, because they would be gone by tomorrow. So I’m planning on going up after my laundry is done, which will be after I post this.

We don’t have a nut cracker, though, so I guess I’ll have to get one. I just bought a small amount of pecans for a recipe, because they’re so expensive! They were like $6- /lb I think!

The children found a few pinecones on the way to the laundry room, so we brought them home and made little critters out of them. Maybe I’ll post pictures. I’m hoping to do school today but C is being kind of fussy and not very cooperative, so I guess I’ll wait until naptime and see if I still have the energy.

Remember the soup from Wednesday? I’m going to be adding to it today to make it into taco/tortilla soup. I’m planning on adding:
small ground beef meatballs
tortilla squares, fried in a frying pan first
can of enchilada sauce and/or tomato sauce
Top with
green onions
sour cream
tomatoes
salsa
lime

I need to get that going after my laundry is done so it can simmer in the crockpot until dinner time. Last night the soup was too hot to eat for a long time after dishing it up, though, so I’ll have to try and remember to turn it off awhile before dinner.

I was pleased with how my shopping trip went! I had my budget and stopped at a few different stores. At WinCo, my last stop, I had $65 budgeted to spend. I got to the register and had estimated really well, the total was $67! I was quite happy.

I also bought my first jar of coconut oil! Real coconut oil, that is! I’ve had a friend pick up LouAna brand coconut oil from Super WalMart several times. And I love that stuff. It’s the only oil I keep in the house now. But it doesn’t taste like coconut, and while I’m sure it’s healthier than most other oils, since it’s a cheap brand I figured it probably doesn’t have all that good stuff it’s supposed to have. I had taken to craving it! I would eat some from a spoon in the mornings when it was still hard and solidified. It’s so good. But a little bland. Now that I have the “good” stuff, it tastes like coconut. And its very yummy! I’ve been stirring it into my yogurt cups where it clumps up into little hard balls of yumminess! I’m in love.

Okay, I don’t want to tie up the dryer for other people that may need it, so I’d better finish this up and go get it! Clean clothes, yay!

Have a great weekend! Sunday is the Reformation Service and in the evening we’ll have two other congregations join us. Should be fun!
JJ

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Thanks for the feedback!

Okay, I changed my blog theme yet again. Too bad that pic didn’t work.

I think I’m about to go take a nap. I haven’t slept well the past couple of nights. C is napping and E has been in bed all day because she’s not feeling well. She was sleeping but I think she’s awake again.

I’m 24 weeks now (as of Thursday). I haven’t been keeping very close track… I had to go look it up!

I made another small slideshow of pictures… got some great ones of C this time!
http://www.kingofbargains.com/bookers/jalbum923/ (There’s captions, click on the pics.)

I guess weekend plans (not made yet) will have to be on hold until we know if E will be feeling better.

M has had a very busy, stressful week at work. I hope the weekend is extra restful for him!

Nothing much else to report… except HAPPY AUTUMN!!! Now if only the weather would get the memo!

JJ

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