Wednesday, April 28, 2010

You may have a problem when your dreams involve barcodes...

So, I'm a bit down today. Maybe rundown is the right word. I have been burning that candle at both ends and now the wick is gone.
See, I have this bad habit. I have had it for a long time and it always sets me up for failure. I tend to be passionate with things I decide to put time into. Alright, I was sugar coating it. I get down-right obsessed. My newest obsession is couponing. As a family of 5 living pay check to pay check we are always on the look out for ways to ease the money pinch and when I learned just how much money you can save when you know the "right way" to coupon I was stunned and brimming with hope.....that turned into obsession. I am spending hours on the computer trying my darnedest to pick out the "right" coupons...spending hours in the store trying to find the "best" deals...I am up at night worrying that I missed something. I have a binder and notebooks...my printer shudders when it hears me coming and then just whimpers when it sees the coupon-crazed glint in my eye. All this focus and determination! ......Gets me nowhere because I do not know what I am doing. I just randomly print out coupons then research where to get the best deals and then just wander around the isles completely forgetting everything I learned during the research phase. It is a pathetic sight I am sure. I realized in Walgreen's today I had been walking back and forth down the shaving isle muttering to myself about BOGO's and doublings while my 2 year old was unscrewing all the caps.
Then I got home to realize that tomorrow my 9 year old's science project was due, dinner still needed to be cooked, the house was trashed and it was already 3:00! I pulled myself together, we cranked out an awesome project, I made a delicious organic meal for my family, did the dishes by hand (with help from my awesome Hubby), read to the little guy and tucked him in, swept and mopped and finally had a moment to relax. I went to my computer and next thing I know I am looking at freaking coupons! That is when I decided on a self intervention. I am calling myself out and taking the rest of the night off. I still believe that coupons can save money but tonight the only thing I am researching is the DVR menu.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dan!

Meet Dan! As you notice there is no photo to go along with this post. This is because Dans are very rare, while it is difficult to find one of your own it is even more difficult(near impossible) to photograph one. Dan is my knight in shining armor. Ask anyone who knew me before and after and they will tell you he changed my life and all for the better. Over the years he has lifted me out of the dark places or allowed me to visit them and learn. He has offered me wise advice or held his tongue. He has showered me with affection or given me room. Sometimes it is as if we are the same person and he is just the wiser, gentler half. Some of Dan's hobbies are reading, video games and watching/reading sports. Dan is smart, kind, family oriented and super funny.

Meet Trent

This is Trent! He is 11 years old. He has light brown hair and blue eyes.Trent loves all things sports, especially football and basketball. Trent also loves listening to music and often rocks out with his little brother. Trent has a good heart and loves to make people laugh. Besides sports and comedy some of Trent's past times are riding his bike,surfing the net and torturing Donovan mercilessly. Some of Trent's favorite sayings are "Because I'm awesome" ,"Haaayyyyy" and "It wasn't my fault!"

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Meet Donovan!


Donovan is 9 years old. He has blue eyes and sandy blonde hair. His interests include action figures, video games, friends and family. Donovan fun fact: He only weighed 1 pound and 9 ounces when he was born! He is a living and breathing miracle! He came so early that he had to spend almost 4 months in the hospital and lots of times they didn't think that he would make it , but he proved them all wrong! Some of Donovan's favorite phrases are "Indeed", "What's for dinner?" ARRGHH, Carter just broke/took my (insert toy name here)!!!"

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Meet Carter!


Carter will be 3 in May. He has sandy blonde hair, camouflage eyes and weighs 31 pds. His interests include nerf guns, music, plants, sticks and mastering all forms of child-proofing devices. He has just recently took up potty training with smashing results! Some of his favorite phrases are "No, I do it!", "Love you most", "Where's the dinner?" and "ARRRGH, NO NAUGHTY SPOT!" When asked if there was anything he wanted to let you all know he turned on his key chain flashlight and said" What's this? It's a flashlight"....Truer words were never spoken. It was, indeed, a flashlight.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ok, this blog will loosely be based on a real life...Just kidding. My aim will be to be as honest and candid as I can. I hope to learn alot by opening myself up, which hasn't really been my comfort zone in the past. What the hay, lets give it a go....
I will start by saying I am totally outnumbered. It is me and my boys. There are 4 altogether. The mini men are as follows : Carter is the youngest (3 in May), then there is the middle man Donovan (9) and on top is Trent (11). My main man is Dan (he is ageless and awesome). As you can see if I need a jar open or something heavy lifted I am all set and I have a pretty good life. It hasn't always been that way and maybe when I get used to this sharing thing I can share some of the nitty gritty, but for now, I want to talk about all the reasons I started this blog.
Dan has alot of family living a pretty far leap away so I thought it would be nice to share cute stories and pictures somewhere. Also, I wanted to practice my writing. I am not very good at telling a tale and have always wanted to be. Another reason is I fancy myself quite spiritual and to grow sometimes you have to be a little uncomfortable and tackle new challenges and lessons(like how to show yourself to others and fight the fear of how you may be judged) and lastly, sometimes in my quest for knowledge I learn something I just can't unlearn and darn it I need to tell some people about it!
So ends my first official post.Hopefully I will be back and not scared off :)