Friday, April 29, 2011

Hat's Fancy

I didn't wake up this morning to watch the royal wedding. Sure, I wanted to see what Kate was wearing, but I figured I'd be inundated with wedding recaps all day so I'd be sure to see it. Sure enough, first thing this morning when I logged on to my computer, there it was. I immediately showed it to Ava who, of course, oohed and aahed over it. Then, I noticed a slideshow on the sidebar featuring some of the crazy hats worn to today's event. Ava and I had fun looking through them and providing our own commentary. Then, I had an ephiphany, we could make Ava her very own British Royal Wedding hat! I gave her a paper plate, fabric flowers, tissue paper and ribbon. And here's the final product:

Princess Catherine indeed looked beautiful today, but she's got nothing on our little princess!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Baby Name Help

So, we're having a hard time naming this baby of ours. Ava and Jax's names were easy to come up with, this time around, we just can't agree. Names Andy loves I hate and vice versa. Some people have told us to just wait and see what she looks like when she's born, but I think that if all babies were named based on their appearance after birth they'd be named, "Grandpa Lizardface" or "Goop." So, just for fun, Andy and I have created this baby name poll. The names listed aren't necessarily names we both love, as a matter of fact, we both only like three of them. The other names are some we like individually. We thought it would be fun to see what you all think we should name our baby. We may take your advice, we may not :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Haul

I taught a couponing class last night at our ward's Relief Society activity. I really don't know that I'm the most qualified person to have taught the class, but it went well. About 30 women showed up from our ward and the community AND the local newspaper is doing a story on couponing featuring yours truly. I have to say, it was strange to be on the other side of the interview. When I told the reporter that I too used to be a reporter, I joked that I was recording our conversation to ensure accuracy. I don't think she knew I was joking.

Anyway, I had to do some shopping this week which was perfect because I was able to share some of my experiences at the class. I had a great week this week! On average, I saved 80% (I usually save around 70%) and I got a TON of stuff, including diapers which we have to begin stocking up on. Here's a picture from one of my trips:

I got all this for $14! That's just about an 85% savings. Not too shabby! Of course, I stocked up at the grocery store getting $350 worth of groceries for $97 -- and that's two weeks worth of groceries (with the exception of milk).

I kept telling the ladies last night how addictive couponing is. Really, I enjoy it! It's almost become a game for me! I love to go to the store and see just how much I can save. Even my kids love to get in on it, helping me sort coupons or double check prices. If they see something they want at the store they always ask, "Mom, do you have a coupon for this?" I love it!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Tender Moment

I wanted to quickly blog an experience I had today because I want to share it with grandparents, family and friends, but also so I have record of this sweet little moment.

Between breakfast and lunch today I cut up a mango and served it to the kids for a snack. Jax and I immediately began partaking of the juicy goodness, but then I glanced across the table at my sweet little Ava who had her head bowed and was offering quite thanks to our Heavenly Father for the food. When she opened her eyes, she caught me staring at her, but rather than say anything she too began to eat her mango.

We have taught our children to bless the food before breakfast, lunch and dinner. But how wonderful that Ava thought to give thanks for a small little bowl of mangoes. I know it's minor, but this simple, small act really touched my heart. I am so thankful for Ava, her sweet spirit and her closeness to our Father in Heaven.

Such Fools

I'm a little late getting this post up. I don't know where my brain is these days. I guess being pregnant will do that to a gal.

I never do anything for April Fool's Day, but this year I wanted to make it a fun day for the kids. So, I planned our meals around the "holiday." For breakfast, I surprised the kids by turning their cereal milk their favorite colors. First, I put a few drops of food coloring in the bottom of a bowl, then covered it with cereal. The kids watched as the white milk I poured out of the jug changed colors once it hit their bowls. Ava was shocked and excited, Jax thought it was neat, but much preferred just eating his cereal uninterrupted (meaning no pictures).

For lunch, I made our regular: sandwiches with fresh fruit and vege's, but I told the kids I had made a special juice for them. They, of course, were very excited because their mom is mean and rarely gives them juice. However, when they went to take a sip from their straws nothing came out. I had actually made Jell-O the night before, put it in cups along with straws and refrigerated it overnight. The kids weren't the least bit disappointed to have Jell-O rather than juice. I even had an extra and they tricked Daddy when he got home.

For dinner, we had breakfast, which I served on cookie sheets. I made Monte Cristo sandwiches and "fries" which were actually little nubbins of pastry dough I had sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and ketchup (strawberry jam).


Everyone seemed to enjoy my tricks for the day and I enjoyed Ava and Jax's giggles each time I fooled them. We'll see what I can come up with next year.