Tuesday, March 31, 2009
pictures from the FW Botannical Gardens coming soon!
Basically they match up all the avaiable coupons to the sales at stores in your area for you, so all you have to do is go save money! Now most of the food we dont/cant eat (captain crunch, such-and-such bars, fruit snacks, etc.) but there ARE still deals to be had and its great for when I make meals for people who dont have food allergies, for when we have people over, etc.
Walgreens especially has some awesome deals (like generic claritan is free this week!). Its $1 to try it for 4 weeks and you can see all the lists for all the stores. Walmart will price-match so they give you a list of the lowest items that you can take with you to WM to shop with coupons as well. Pretty neat. I have a friend who is a coupon expert and has been doing it for years and she's coming Fri to edamucate me ;)
www.GroceryGame.com (I use my chewymama"at"gmail.com if you want to refer me)
Also at www.pgeverydaysolutions.com you can choose your stores and they will upload the coupons available right to your card! I chose Kroger since they are the closest to us. Pretty cool! (and free)
Also check out
We need to find a way to cut back and food is the only thing left. So Im going to do my best to research this and drastically cut back our food budget while still eating healthy! Id also like to get a pile going to give away to people in need in our city - drop off a box of shampoo, food, etc. at random houses. Its an affordable way to help the poor when you are struggling yourself!
Let me know if you get into it....
Monday, March 30, 2009
This is what was done after the first day (and part of the hallway). Isnt it perrrrty?!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
dont tell anyone.
the weather changed on us and its suddenly VERY cold and VERY windy. We didnt have the heater on and we woke up and it was 64 inside! the kids were freezing!!! (we have a standing heater in our room so I didnt know). I had to bundle up everyone and I couldnt find socks for Abram so I had to use some of Jaynas old ones.........he's man enough though.
Still sick. talked to our friend whose a Dr and he doesnt think we need antibiotics so we are skipping church/cell AGAIN (3rd wk in a row) :( hopefully in a few days we are better! my cough is less frequent but deep and painful, and our throats still hurt.
But I finished laying the tile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!! We need to clean and prep and then tomorrow we grout. A little more clean up Mon and we are done! cant wait to move this computer back to the kitchen so I can share pictures.
My sweet friend Andas bringing us her famous, and delicious, chicken tortilla soup for dinner. I feel so loved :) Im so thankful for friends and the community of the church!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tonight Ill finish mortering down the rest of the hallway and then all we have to do is grout!!! We'll do that Sun afternoon/evening. If you have nothing to do, feel free to stop by and help :) Mon afternoon we can clean it all up and hopefully move things back in! cant wait!!!!
Jayna is now talking in sentences. She will continue doing speech therapy until she's three (hey, its free!) but she is doing GREAT!
Abrams pulling up on everything he can. He is all boy too - just kind of reaches to the side for the floor until he falls and rolls. Jayna would have never done that, boys just dont have the same built-in self-preservation that girls do (some of them anyways!)
He babbles "mamamamama". I need to weight him...I know he's grown.
I am madly in love with my Roomba. It was definitely worth every penny my mom spent LOL. Seriously though, I turn it on while Im showering or after they go to bed and voila! the floor is clean! Its nifty. When JJs therapist got here yesterday she made sure to show her the "robot" :)
Got our taxes done! We got a nice refund but they kept the $1200 still pending from our 06 audit. boo. They are still reviewing our appeal, so we hope we get most of that back! We plan to get new side fencing/gates (where it faces the street) since ours is very low and rotting away and new garage doors then put the rest towards bills.
Cant put up photos unti we get the printer hooked up (it takes my SD card). But Im taking lots!
adios amigos! (sorry, delirious from the slave labor going on over here and coughing my lungs up all night long)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
we are still working hard on the tile! we just connected our computer for the first time since thursday. I was having withdrawls and starting to shake and froth at the mouth so Steve had mercy and set it up in the living room :)
The tile in the kitchen is 98% laid down and 50% grouted. I have some more cuts to work on tomorrow around the pantry. The hallway is about 75% laid down. i still have some cuts to do there too, the complicated ones, around the doors.
Our friends were here 10hrs Friday and then he came back again Sunday to help. Steve and I have put in hours and hours each day, whenever we can. Today another friend stopped to help cut which was a blessing.
And today we finally got to put the stove and fridge back in! woohoo!!! Im so sick of sandwhiches :) Im ready to cook some real dinner!!! I did go to a neighbors and make some whole wheat pasta one night and that was dinner for two nights (spaghetti for the kids and pasta salad with tomatoes, green onions, chicken and feta for us!) Also moving them out of this front room means much more space - it was getting smaller and smaller by the hour with all of us hanging out in one corner where there isnt furniture!
Picts coming eventually.......it looks SO much better, so much bigger and lighter!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Abram is crawling everywhere now!!! He's getting faster and more confident each day. I still cant believe he's so mobile, so young! he can crawl, sit up, then go back to crawling. The other kids didnt do that until at least 2 months from now (I keep a journal with all their milestones together). So exciting!
The best part?
Now when Im on the computer I dont have to type with him in my arms....he's sitting on the floor next to me, playing happily! Hooray!
Friday, March 13, 2009
He is doing a little better today - thank you Jesus! His eyes still look back and they hurt but he has a little more energy. He got really , really sick of his room because he was in there all day yesterday. i went in to encourage him today and took some pictures of his pathetic-ness.
He is out now, making snowflakes (it is 30-something degrees outside!)
....oh sweet boy, he just coughed and said his head and his throat hurt really bad. i could tell that they do :( poor thing!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
*Whole Wheat White is a whole wheat its just made from a hard WHITE berry instead of a hard RED berry. the Hard white berries are milder in taste. King Arthur brand is what i use,. you can find it at most stores
Here are some more. I cant help it :)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
and it was $150.
so i obviously need to cut out some things. im excited at the idea of having a whole year of blogs in one place though! im so horrible at writing down things they do/say, that it will be a treasure of mine!
speaking of "treasure"....is Jesus your treasure? REALLY is He? Not just "are you are Christian" - but is he your *treasure*??? Living here in the bible-belt, most people will say they are a "christian". They may go to church every Sunday, sing hymns/songs, etc. But they dont really have JESUS in their lives. They arent living everyday for Him, living by the Spirit, walking closely with Him. What you end up with is a lot of people living "good" lives on the outside who are empty inside, who dont have true joy and true hope. Walking with the Lord is so exciting!!!! Its hard a lot of the time, its challenging, but its also passionate and loving ... and thrilling!
I want Jesus to be my treasure. He's certainly the most precious thing in my life. But I dont just want Him in my life, I want Him to BE my life. This isnt something we can acheive. Grace is a gift from God - our job is to have faith and keep turning towards Him with EVERY part of our lives. Faith not just in what we can see and plan and kind of chat with God about. But faith in what we CANT see, faith to follow where He leads even if it makes no sense to us at all!
getting long-winded. sorry. there is just so much on my heart right now....... Im searching for more of Him and less of myself. And that is GOOD!
on this topic. One of my fav songs right now: You are Everything
Take a few mins and pray this song right now !!!! May He be your Treasure! Amen!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Cool story about the shirt - My mom was at a craft fair in northern California where she lives. The lady that makes these shirts has you pick out the design you want and then you add your own text. Then you leave for about an hour while she custom makes it for you. When my mom ordered she noticed the lady after her because she had a hat on and big, dark glasses. She wondered why this lady was all dressed up at a craft fair. When she came to pick up the shirt the vendor told her that the lady after her had ordered the same exact design, saying "I want the same one that lady just ordered" ......and it was Kristi Yamaguchi! (you know, famous ice skater) She lives in the next city over from where I grew up :) My mom thought was she was pretty cool after that!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Pretty crazy huh?! (edited to add: just noticed how weird his eyes look! oh well)
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tooth #3 cut through (and now he is back to taking a long nap each day! yahoo!)
ooooooh did it hurt!
It was awful!
He's reaching for me now! Nothing melts your heart like your baby reaching for mama :)
He can go from hands/knees to sitting up! He's been doing this inconsistnely a week or more but has it down now. He looks so big when he does it!
HE'S CRAWLING!!!!!!! He has been going 1-2 "steps" all week and then tonight he crawled 6-7 steps to me, several times! Im SO happy!!! The other kids didnt crawl on their hands/knees until 9 months. Many of you know that I studied brain and child development when we through all those issues with Caleb and that crawling on the hands/knees is VERY important. So we are excited :)
Oh and he figured out he has ears LOL
He's starting to eat food! We are skipping purees this time. The idea is that they arent developmentally able to pick something up *themselves* and get a big enough bite to choke on, then get it back to the back of their throat and actually choke on it. If they do get something back there they will gag it back to the front of their mouth. While this completely freaks me out, it makes sense to me. Plus purees dont tast like real food! Grabbing and holding and exploring the food is all part of learning. Its messy but it seems so much more natural to me.
He's had cauliflower, bananas (sucks on it), tiny pieces of grape and today he tried brocoli! The brocoli was by far his favorite!
For my mom especially : here is the new tile. Look how nasty the concrete floor is and all the paint's that missing! Bye-bye nasty floor!!!! hello pretty tile :)
Speaking of my FABULOUS MOM. Look what she sent me as a surprise........
A Roomba!!!!! It ROCKS too! i love it!!!!