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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kroger Gift Card Winner!!

Thank you all for entering the drawing. I used to choose a winner. The lucky winner is Katie!! Congrats!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Crazy Sunday........ Sad Monday

This past Sunday started out just the same as any other in our home. We woke up and got ready for church. Went to church, where surprisingly the little man was pretty good. After church I went to visit my grandma and also I had to go clean my mom's office (not something I like to do on Sunday, but it was the only time I could get to it). I came home and was only home for about 5 minutes and everything got crazy from there....

The kids were in the backyard playing. The dogs were back there too. We had two dogs. Jagr (pronounced YawGer) was the first "baby" in our home. We got him right at the same time that we bought our house. He was born in November 2001. Pyper joined our family about a month ago as an 8 week old puppy.

You may wonder why we got a puppy. You see Jagr has not always been tolerant of kids. And with the little man's ADHD Jagr was not understanding. So we decided to get a puppy that would grow with the little man and be a good companion for him. Pyper and little man play so cute together..... and Pyper wanted to play with Jagr... Jagr was not into that!

So what we think happened is that the dogs were "arguing" in the backyard and little man got in the middle of it. Jagr bit little man's head, right near his ear.

Little man had to go to the hospital. They didn't stitch him because of the fear of infection. They flushed his wound and put him on antibiotics and bandaging.

This unfortunately was not the first time that Jagr had bitten or shown aggression.

On Monday we had to say goodbye to our friend Jagr. It was a VERY sad day in our house. Jagr will be missed..... Rest In Peace, my buddy!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My Friend's Awesome Giveaway!

My friend Nicole inspires me to try to make something you cute! She is so talented and she is offering a GREAT Giveaway!

So..... after you enter MY over to Our Cozy Nest!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

These people crack me up!

My kids say and do the funniest things! They are always cracking me up.

The princess learns new phrases at school and makes me laugh when she uses them. She gives me little lectures that I can imagine she heard a version of at school.

She just wrote her first "book" at school it's so dang cute! She talks about how much she loves her dog.

2 weeks ago I took her to the University of Utah Gymnastics meet. I took her last year and she liked and has talked about it a lot since then, so we tried it again. Our seats were not great, but she was ON THE EDGE of hers! She kept saying, "that little kid is so cool." I asked her what little kids she was talking about and then figures out that she was talking about the gymnasts. I told her that they were not little kids, they were adults, she was so confused because they "look so small" from high upon the lofty arena..

Then this last weekend we took both kids to Disney on Ice. We didn't tell them where we were going until we left the restaurant that we went to on the way, but little miss princess said during dinner, "this place is so good, can we eat here when we go to Disney on Ice?" Matt and I just looked at each other possibly wondering if the other had dropped to many hints.

Then there's little man! We got a new puppy about 3 weeks ago and the little man LOVES her!! Almost too much! He tries to carry her around, the problem is she is getting big! He is a great puppy owner though. He cleans up her messes and takes her water bowl into the bathroom to fill for her, and then slaushes it through the house while getting it back to the kitchen.

Little man has taken his own sweet time with potty training, but we have pretty much made it. I say pretty much because night time is still an issue for him. You know when you have succeeded in potty training when the curious fellow comes into the bathroom when you forget to lock the door and says, "Mom you pooped. Good job! Give me Five!" I almost fell off the toilet I was laughing so hard.

Have I mentioned before how much I love these kids? I count myself lucky to be their mom!

Last night, I was tucking the princess into bed and I told her that I was tired. She said, "Mom you should stop working so hard and go to bed when the kids do...." What a sweetie!

Sweet & Spicy!!!

I recently receive a preview sample of some yummy new jerky from They’re introducing: Orange Jerky and Mango Jerky, beginning today!

A while back they sent me some pineapple jerky which was a big slice of dried pineapple (that was quite good) so since I knew this time they were sending me Orange and Mango jerkys I was kind of expecting it to be fruit.

What I received were two traditional beef jerkys, but with a fruit marinade. Sweet and spicy — like it says on the package — goes together just fine. But on beef? This I was going to have to try for myself.

I really like it. It’s got a slight fruitiness to it, without covering up the flavor of the beef. And there’s some heat as you keep chewing, but not too much.

In my house we are split on spice. The fireman and the princess are not so much into spicy flavors but the little man and myself enjoy our spice!

While searching their site I also found turkey jerky..... that sounds yummy too!!

They should be available to order now!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Deep conversation....

Things have been crazy at our house lately. I am realizing more and more everyday that what I have always considered "back to normal" doesn't exist. For us crazy is normal.

A few weeks ago we were out for a family drive. It's something we try to do weekly. We usually stick a dvd in for the kids and Matt and I talk about a wide range of things.

I don't remember how we got on the subject but we started talking about how lucky we felt to have each other. It's something that you hate to bring up but I believe that any family with young kids needs to discuss what would happen if something happened to one of us.

Sometimes when we have talked about it I end up crying and mad because I don't want to think about it. Sometimes I end up laughing..... It is during these conversations that I give Matt a list of people he is not allowed to date. It might sound like a weird thing to talk about but we both agree that if something were to happen to either one of us while the kids were young we would want tot other to remarry....

Anyway, back to the story....

So this particular night we were talking and I think we both realized how crazy our lives are. My husband is crazy. I wished him luck in finding someone willing to deal with him.... lol.... He is a firefighter with a crazy work schedule and pay scale that requires him to work extra jobs, he plays hockey (and is a goalie), he plays bagpipes.... CRAZY! I love him though! He puts up with my brain, my emotions, my desire to be at home with my kids, my bargain shopping habits, and my expensive photography hobby.

We sure are lucky to have each other. We are lucky to have the amazing kids we have. We are lucky to live where we do..... even if we are crazy busy!!

Love you Matt!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

GIVEAWAY!!!! -Cart Buster Event at Kroger Stores

Saving money on groceries is top of mind these days, and with the Cart Buster Savings Event EXCLUSIVELY at Kroger and the Kroger Family of Stores, the prices are so low you can stock up on all your favorite brands without breaking the bank (though you might bust your cart!)

From now through March 14th, shop the Cart Buster Savings Event and find the hottest prices around on your favorite name-brand products in over 60 categories at the Kroger Family of Stores, which includes Kroger, Ralph´s, King Soopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith´s, Fry´s, QFC, Baker´s, Owen´s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Pay Less Super Markets and Scott´s Food & Pharmacy.

Here are just a few of the great brands participating in the event: Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Hamburger Helper, Yoplait, Progresso, Totino´s, Green Giant, Cascadian Farm, Tide, Charmin, Bounty, Pampers, Pantene, Crest, Iams, Febreze, Old Spice and many more!

I have a great giveaway...... I am going to give a lucky reader a $25 Kroger Gift Card!!!

There are several ways to get entries:
1 entry for commenting here
1 entry for following THIS blog
1 entry for following my photography blog
1 entry for linking here from your Facebook page
2 entries for blogging about this giveaway and linking to it

The drawing will be held on March 25th!!!

The Kroger Family of Stores gift card, information, and giveaway were all provided by the Kroger Family of Stores and General Mills through MyBlogSpark. I was also given a $25 gift card for personal use.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Texas Roadhouse Ranch Dressing.....

Texas Roadhouse has the BEST ranch dressing ever!!

I found a recipe that is as close as I can get it.....

3/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 dash dried minced garlic

Mix well and refrigerate.