Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow Storm!

Family fun!

All bundled up! Unfortunately baby Gabe was not. (I can't button up any of my coats!!!)

Mj made a snow slide.


Having fun in all the snow!

Indian Pudding

We just finished our unit in Heritage Studies on the Pilgrims. We celebrated by making Indian pudding. Mj mixed all the ingredients. After cooking for 5 hours and taking a bite, he actually liked it!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mary, Did You Know?

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs!!

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Did you know
That your baby boy will calm a storm with His hand?
Did you know
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little boy
You've kissed the face of God

Mary, did you know?
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
And the dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Did you know
That your baby boy will one day rules the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding
Is the Great I Am

Words by Mark Lowry

Monday, December 14, 2009

Teen Christmas Party 2009

We always look forward to our Christmas Party with our youth group!! This is the 2nd year we've had it at our house. We're so thankful to God for our finished basement so we can have all these crazy teens over to our house!!! Here's some pics from the night!

Erik and Mj on Outdoor Challenge for the wii!

Jadyn and her friend Zoe!

Thinking of Christmas songs.

Balloon Race!

Who can tear the best Christmas tree?

1 year and a half old!

Saturday was Jadyn's 18 month birthday!!! I can't believe she's a year and a half old!!! And she's going to be a big sister soon! We love you Jadyn and all your craziness you bring to our lives!

BOGO Kellogg's Special K cereal coupon

Thanks to Money Saving Mom for this great coupon!
If you shop at Giant in Pa they have a great deal that this coupon would be great for! Right now if you buy 4 boxes of any Kelloggs Cereal you get $4 off your order! Also, has some great Kelloggs coupons right now, too for your other 2 boxes of cereal.
BOGO Kellogg's Special K cereal coupon

Friday, December 11, 2009

Holy Child Who Chose the Hearts of Men

Holy Child who chose the hearts of men
To be His favoured home
Leaving heaven's gates for Bethlehem
God came to call His own
Now to us the highest King is born
Behold the Royal Son
Glory kneels to mend all that is torn
The promised Child has come

Joy and pain as man He knew on earth
No place to lay His head
As a servant He embraced this world
And on a cross He bled
Having borne the deepest grief of man
He rose to heaven's throne
Now I'm sheltered in the Father's hand
I stand by grace alone

May the gift of God amaze us still
The triumph of all time
As His child I kneel to Heaven's will
To make His purpose mine
Though this road be scarred with trial and pain
It's paved with lavish grace
Knowing Him will be my greatest gain
My hope the Saviour's face

Keith & Kristyn Getty

I won!!!

Thank you to The Frugal Girls for the giveaway!! My first giveaway I've won and I'm excited.I won two coupons for free stove top stuffing!!! We love stove top stuffing!
Check out their blog!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been hungry for my father-in-law's chocolate chip cookies so we decided to bake some yesterday. This was Jadyn's first time helping me bake cookies and she did a great job!=)

Ready to bake cookies!

We have to make sure the cookie dough taste good.

Cleaning off the utensils!

Do you think she likes cookie dough?

Happy Kids!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How is School Going?

I haven't posted any school pics. It's been a month of catch-up with school. When my dad was in the hospital last month, school took a seat on the back burner much to my dismay. We've finally caught up and we're all back in a routine. Of course, Christmas coming and the baby that routine is going to be destroyed! LOL
So, what have we been learning?

1st grade with Mj:
Bible: Right now we're studying the life of Moses. Tomorrow we're starting a Christmas unit and will go back to start Joshua in the new year.
Phonics/English: - Long vowel sounds, adding -ing & -ed to long vowel words, journaling
Reading: Mj loves reading and is enjoying his readers. We'll be reading Christmas stories starting on Friday
Math: Just finished a chapter on fractions, fair shares and will begin subtracting up to 12 tomorrow.
Heritage Studies: We're learning about the Seperatists and Puritans and what is was like for them when they first came to America.
Science - We're studying matter. Matter can be weighed and takes up space. We'll be learning about solids, liquids and gases before Christmas.
Spanish - We've learned numbers 1-20 and now have started colors (red, green, blue, & yellow so far)
Typing - Jump Start Typing Program. Mj's enjoying this typing program and is slowly learning where the letters are on the keyboard.
Piano - Staff notes - Treble clef - Middle C, D, E, F, G; Bass Clef - C, D, E, F, G

Tot School with Jadyn:
Treating books gently.
Putting puzzles together.
Shape sorting.
Having fun!!!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Snapfish & Target

Isn't this too cute?! It came in the mail today! I got this 2010 planner on for $1.58!!! I just paid shipping. They were originally $9.99 plus shipping so I was super excited with this deal!!! I was just saying how I needed to get a planner for next year and then I found this amazing deal!!!

I ran to Target this afternoon and did pretty well!

Pampers - On sale $8.99 - used $2.00 Target coupon and a $2.00 manufacturer coupon - $4.99
Dawn Soap - $2.49 - used $1.50 coupon - $.99
Kashi Cereal - $3.29 - used $3 coupon from vocalpoint - $.29
Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate - On sale $.97 - used 2 $1 Target coupons and $1/3 manufacturer coupon - each box was FREE!!!!
Crescent Rolls - On sale $1.66 - used $1/2 coupon - $1.16 each
International Delight Creamer - $1.84 - had a coupon for a free pint - FREE!!!!
Activia Yogurt - $1.97 - used 2 $1.00 coupons - $.97 each
Rayovac Batteries - $1 - used $1 coupon - FREE!!!!!!

Quaker Deal:
Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal - $2.75 - used $1 off - $1.75
Quaker Oatmeal - $2.54 - used $1/2 - $2.04 each
If you bought 3 Quaker products you got a free Trop 50 OJ - I also had a $1 off coupon for Trop 50 - So I made $1.00 on it.

Total Savings: $29.66
Total OOP: $16.30

I love how my dog got in the pic!! No, I didn't buy him at Target! ;)

32 weeks - 8 weeks to go!

We can't wait to meet you Gabriel!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Decorating

One of my favorite times of the year is decorating the Christmas tree! Here's some pics from the night!

Mj putting the first ornament on the tree.

I decided to try to teach Jadyn how to put the ornament on the tree.

Jadyn watching Mj intently!

Our family! God is so good!

Our beautiful home!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

CVS, Rite Aid, Target, & Walmart Deals

Nestle Chocolate Chips were $1.78 each - used 2 $1.00 coupons - $.78 each
Total OOP: $1.56
Total Saved $2

Rite Aid
Fusion Razor was on sale for $9.00. I'll be getting $5.00 SCR (single check rebate) and I used a $4 coupon - so it's like I got it free!!!
Crest Toothpaste - On sale for $2.49 (reg. $3.99). I'll be getting $1.50 SCR and I used a $.75 coupon - so it's like I got it for $.24!!

Del Monte Canned Veggies: Used $1/4 Manufacturer Coupon and $1/6 Target coupon - ended up getting these for $.33 a can
Activia Yogurt - $1.97. I used a $1 coupon to get it for $.97!
Kellogg's All Bran Crackers - $1.99. I used a $1.50 coupon to get them for $.49
Lightning McQueen socks (for my nephews for Christmas) $1 each (My splurge! LOL)
Total OOP: $7.38
Total Savings: $12.92
Pampers - on sale for $8.99 (reg. $11.99) I used $2.00 coupon
Dawn Dish Soap - on sale $.99 (reg. $1.99) used a $.20 coupon
Revlon eye makeup - BOGO. $6.99 each - I used 2 $2 coupon
I used $10 ECBs
Total OOP: $.80!!!!!!!!!!
Total Savings: $27.19

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Silly Kids!

Mj showed Jadyn his Super Mj cape.

So, of course, Jadyn need a Super Jadyn cape.

Jadyn also decided she need some "big boy" underwear! LOL

CVS, Target, & Giant Deals!!!!

Tums were on sale for $3.99 - used $1.00 coupon and my $3 ECBs.
Total OOP: FREE!!!!
Got $1 ECB back

Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup was on sale for $.47 - used 2 $1/4 coupon to get them for $.24 a can!
Total OOP: $1.92

Chef Michael Dog Food - $3.99 on sale BOGO - used 2 $3 coupons - moneymaker. Made $2.01
Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent - $5.99 on sale BOGO - used $1/2 coupon - $4.99/2
Wheat Thins - on sale 2/$4 - used $1 coupon - $1.00
Pretzels - On sale for $2.00
Healthy Choice Frozen Dinners - On sale 2/$5 - Used 2 $2 coupons making them $.50 each
Coffeemate Creamer - On sale 2/$3 - Used 2 $1 coupons making them $.50 each
Milk - $3.14
Eggs - On sale for 4/$5. Used 2 BOGO free egg coupons making the total $2.50

Total Before Savings: $41.67
Total Savings $28.66
Total OOP: $13.37!!!!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

My Heart is Filled

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace and gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness and clothed me with His light.
And wrote His law of righteousness with pow'r upon my heart.

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses with strength and causes fears to fly.
Whose ev'ry promise is enough for ev'ry step I take.
Sustaining me with arms of love and crowning me with grace.

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who reigns above;
Whose wisdom is my perfect peace, Whose ev'ry thought is love.
For ev'ry day I have on earth is given by the King.
So I will give my life, my all, to love and follow Him.

Stuart Townend and Keith Getty

I can't leave her alone!!

While I was cleaning the bathroom, Mj comes in and says, "Mommy, come see Jadyn! It's hilarious!!" So I walk out and this is what I find!! She's eating tootsie rolls wrapper and all! That's my girl!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CVS & Target Deals This Week

My Target Deals:
  • Luvs on sale for $6.99 - used $5 coupon to get them for $1.99!!!
  • 4 Up & Up Wipes - $1.44 each - used 4 $1 off coupons to get them at $.44 each
  • Kraft shredded cheese - $1.66 each - used $1.00/2 coupon to get them for $1.16 each
Total OOP: $6.07
Total Saved: $11.66!!!
My CVS Deals:
  • Duracell Batteries - on sale for $2.99 each - used 2 $1 off coupons - got $1 ECB back
  • Scope Mouth Wash - $3.49 - used $1 off coupon - got $2 ECB back
  • Covergirl Simply Ageless Foundation - on sale for $13
  • Covergirl Simply Ageless Blush - on sale for $10
For the Covergirl deal I used a BOGO coupon and a $1 off coupon and got $10 ECB back

Total OOP: $20.18
Total Savings: $25.88
ECB's back: $13

Pretty good day if I say so myself!

Soccer Party

Mj's soccer season is now officially over. They had a party on Saturday to celebrate their season. Mj was so excited about his cool trophy and it is now on his dresser right by his bed. He can't wait to play again next year!

I Love Them!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dance Dance Revolution

Trip to Miami (Caution picture overload!)

Mark surprised me a couple of weeks ago with plane tickets to see Lyd in Miami. I was so excited to get to see her and visit Miami and I knew the kids would love it. Here some highlights from our trip!!!!

Checking out the where our luggage was going. (BWI airport)

Mj was so excited for his first flight. (well, first that he remembers)

We love flying!!!

Hayride at the school.

After the hayride, Mr. Mortensen let us dump all the hay out for the horses.

Mj lovin' his Aunt Lydia

Jadyn enjoying an after-hayride donut.

Goggle-boy makes an appearance at the Mortensen's pool.

Fun at the pool.

Uncle Marcus and Mj enjoying Chuck E Cheese.

Jadyn loved the Clifford ride.

Uncle Marcus took Jadyn on a jet ski ride.

At the beach!!!

Marcus and Mj at the top of the light house.

We love palm tress. (28 weeks pregnant!!)

Fun with a coconut.

Mj enjoying the beach!

This is the life!

Mj's sand tower.

Jadyn's favorite spot at Marcus' and Lydia's house - the fish tank.

Enjoying the Miami Children's Museum.

Getting some grocery shopping done.

Jadyn's favorite part of the children's museum.

Fireman Mj to the rescue.

A new pet?

More fish!

Lydia and Mj and the cargo.

The cruise ships were docked at the Port of Miami right outside the Children's Museum.


Flying home.
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