Tuesday, July 21, 2009
CROCK POT MEATLOAF
2 lbs hamburger meat
1 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 cup ketchup
1 cup graded cheese
Combine all ingredients except topping, mixing well, easiest to mix with hands. When done form loaf in bottom of crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Add graded cheese 5 minutes before serving.
I hope your family enjoys it as much as our's.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I was sitting down working on a budget for school supplies and flipping through ads figuring out the best prices for all of them. Most likely I will end up at Walmart price matching but I must be organized to get the right prices and prove that they are in fact sale items. Much easier than store hopping, although I am certain we may end up at each of the stores any way looking for the backpack w/the biggest coolness factor. @@ Middle schoolers are so funny about that :).
As I was going over the lists I realized that not only have the lists grown from last year but adding another child has about broke the bank. NO, not really since his list consists of about 7 items and three of those are gym shoes, tissues and a backpack. I found sales for the other items bringing his list to a grand total of $2.88 +tax. Not bad really since we already have the backpack and I plan to get all the kids' gym shoes at payless except for my oldest who must have name brand (dang coolness factor again grrr! lol). The rest of the kids outside of backpacks and gym shoes I came up with around $80 depending on the scientific calculators available and if my oldest can find her one from last year, if not that amount could go up at least another $25-50.
I am still trying to figure out when public schools started to require students to provide their own materials for learning. I remember cans of scissors, pencils, markers and a cabinet that contained paper, now we have to stock that cabinet and our kids carry boxes w/pens, markers, crayons and pencils. When I was in high school, my freshman year we had to pay for the books up front like you would in college and then received a partial refund at the end of the year provided the books were in semi-usable condition when returned. My sophomore year they did away with that and you only paid if you lost or destroyed a book, I don't recall having to purchase anything other than gym clothes, notebooks and folders. Of course I was a child and my mom took care of that stuff, so what would I know about it LOL!
I have started the countdown since school starts 8/13 for the older two and the 17th for the younger three. I also have to be ready for the surprise items that are given to us on the orientation night for my high schooler THE NIGHT BEFORE school starts. Don't ask, I have no idea why they would do this to parents.
We then of course have to add in the amount for school clothes, we hit old navy last weekend and didn't even make a dent in what is needed. A person could go broke!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
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Friday, July 17, 2009
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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From Mon to Wed Jake had wrestling camp. This was his first year and he really enjoyed it. It was neat to watch him grow over the past few days. He is just around girls too much, it sure didn't take him long to get all rough and tumbly with the rest of these boys though!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Hmmm three things that you didn't know about me. I think there are many things, can I think of any right now? Not really lol! Let's see if I can muddle through this. First thing, I have actually had SEVEN children, that's right seven. My second daughter Kierston Skyler passed away right before birth. She would have been 12 in April.
Second thing, my husband and I were together for years (6 to be exact) before getting married.
Third thing, I will FINALLY be a college graduate in December!
Monday, July 13, 2009
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Sunday, July 12, 2009
Now back to the article, their magical advice on weaning the baby off of the bottle easily, offer a cup of milk starting at 6 or 9 months. I did that, well it was expressed milk then later formula. She didn't go for that either. Then their next big tip, refuse to give the bottle after 13 or 15 months. Uh huh, I must have missed the bit about avoiding the whine, so I reread the advice. Nope, that was their magical advice. I tell you a parent could NOT have written this!
My suspicions were confirmed when I read the tips on weaning from the binky/pacifier. Their advice there, and I kid you not they said to have the binky fairy come and take all of them away, cold turkey was best. Then the next sentence was after a few days the child will be used to it. Now that may very well be, and when we broke our other children from the binky we did just that HOWEVER there was MUCH whining, crying, fussing and all out fit throwing. Not for just two days either, I say 7-10 was about right.
After that I rolled my eyes, laughed and picked up Rolling Stones to read. At least I wasn't going to be spoon fed crap on a stick while reading that magazine!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I know I am! I am often the one behind the camera or the one either setting the timer and running and hoping that I am able to hop into the shot or with my arm stretched out as far as it can go hoping that I got everyone in the frame. With this handy gadget you just set the timer and hold out the camera. It is telescopic so it can fit easily in a camera bag or your pocket when not in use! At only $29.95 I can't wait to get one of these for myself, and there is a 30 day money back guarantee if you decide that it isn't for you!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
While we were in Branson we visited Silver Dollar City & Pirate's Cove. The kids had a blast at Pirate's Cove, they love to minigolf and it was put together so nicely. Each hole was another adventure. Silver Dollar City was great as well, but I am certain that Haley and I enjoyed it far more than Toby or the littler kids. Toby doesn't really like thrill rides and at the time Loryn and Kali were too scared to go on many, nor were they tall enough to ride on much. Kali and Loryn did ride on most of these rides. I can laugh about it now, but
We wanted to go to the Hollywood Wax Museum but we just ran out of time, so this will be on the list of places to visit. I remember visiting a wax museum as a child and thought it was the coolest. It felt like I was actually meeting the celebrities, it was a sad day when it was torn down, so I wanted to take my kids there and share the experience with them.
Another place I would like to go is The Track Family Fun Park. They have go-cart rides, bumper cars and kiddie rides. Fun for all ages! I can't wait to challenge Toby to a race, I imagine he'll win (or let me win) but it will be fun to 'try' and beat him.
One place that Toby is excited to visit with Jake is the Payne Stewart Golf Course. He has taken Jake to hit a few balls here and there, and there are some okay courses in Lincoln, but he really wants to show him a 'real' golf course. Payne Stewart is an 18 hole, par 70, championship golf course. The course rating is 68.4 and it has a slope rating of 113 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Perry Duke Maxwell, ASGCA, the Bill & Payne Stewart golf course opened in 1947.
The best part is Branson is only about a six hour drive. Gas prices may be a bit high but airfare on our clan wouldn't be affordable at all right now. Our trip itinary would be:
Thursday- load up car at night.
Friday- leave house by 6am, arrive in Branson by noon. Visit Hollywood Wax Museum after lunch, check into hotel, swim and relax, order in pizza.
Saturday- Silver Dollar City after late breakfast until dinner time, after dinner swim and relax at pool.
Sunday- Toby and Jake go to Payne Stewart early, girls and I splash around in the pool, meet up for lunch then head to The Track until dinner, relax at the pool after packing up all items but clothes to wear home.
Monday- finish packing up items, eat breakfast and head home.
Ok, now I am really starting to get excited!