February 26, 2012

My Fun Little Project

Do you ever just ignore those coupons that print out at the grocery store?

I seem to get MORE than my fair share of "$10 off when you change your prescription to ___" coupons. Many times I get coupons for things that I've just purchased (and probably won't need more of before the expiration) and competing or name brands of things I purchase. Sometimes, I get some that say $ of a certain purchase of $ in bread/meat/store brand/etc. Occasionally, I get those coupons for actual $$ off any purchase. Usually, they end up in my pocket or wallet only to be found after it's too late.

Well, recently I received one that I got rather excited about. - I got one from Cub Foods with a code for a free 8" X 8" photobook. I became very excited, because at the very least, we were talking a savings of at least $20 for a softbound book. As I added the code to the site, I was even more surprised to find that it was actually a hard-bound book offer. Wow!

I knew that I'd have to pay shipping. But after having some books printed at Christmas time, I knew that this was a coupon I needed to use NOW.

So, I decided to make a Quiet Book of sorts. I went through all the pictures I had in digital format & selected a TON. I literally crammed as many photos on a page as I thought possible. I ended up keeping things very simple & I love the digital result. I'm hoping the hard-copy will turn out just as good.

I'm not sure why you can't go to full-screen. - If you click the "YouTube" icon, this will open in YouTube with more options. You can then view it larger or full-screen.

The Kids have already been very interested in this project. Because each child has a 2-page spread of just pictures of them, they LOVE to look at those, then go on to others. I am hoping that this will be something that they WE will treasure & look through often.

February 21, 2012

February Fun

Wow...I don't know what has come over me. I mean 2 posts in one month? Yay ME! Anyway, I just had a few pictures I wanted to share of some fun stuff from the last couple of weeks.

I love this picture of Avery. Somehow, I remember the other 3 girls having a bit more hair around a year, but I was still able to force it into a cute little ponytail on her head. - I heard all kinds of giggles and side-comments about "the cute little baby & her tiny pony on top of her head".

I found some big cinnamon rolls at Sam's Club. My kids really like them...ALL of my kids.
My Valentine made me a new pantry. We took down the stuff out of the tiny coat closet & put up some shelves. - I've filled it right up. So far, it's pretty organized...That probably won't last too long. Either way, I love all the extra space I have now. Thanks Honey!
Allison's birthday was on a Tuesday this year. She asked me why the other kids didn't have school on their birthday. Well, one is in the summer, and another is on a Saturday. She did seem to feel better that Adam will have to go to school on his b-day.
She loves her new Belle Dress & can't wait to spend her gift card from Grandma.
Birthday dinner & fun at McDonald's...What could be better when you're 5?
Pose Much?? I love Mia & her Rock-Star pose.
Birthday Girl!
We Love Daddy!
Avery LOVES chicken nuggets. Not only could I hear her yelling from across the restaurant (while I was ordering), she screamed as I approached the table with our food. Crazy little girl ended up eating 8 (yes EIGHT) chicken nuggets. Wow! Poor thing was obviously StARvinG!
My attempt at an Ice Cream Cake. - Not bad. Crust was a little too hard frozen & my ganache topping was a little too rich, but it was yummy with the Strawberries & Cream ice cream that Allison picked.
This last Saturday was our Ward Temple Day. We thought it would be a great opportunity to take advantage of the off-season deals in Nauvoo. Bryan looked around & ended up settling on the Nauvoo Cabins. At first, the kids were bummed out that we would be in a cabin instead of a hotel. However, they were all surprised & LOVED it.
This is the entryway by the door.
To the left just inside the door.
Upon arrival, Adam immediately "called" the top bunk.
 Adelaide & Amelia shared the loft bed.
Avery kept trying to climb the stairs, but they were steep - more like a ladder. The girls took her up to the loft, but Bryan had to bring her down. Then, she was pretty much cured of trying to climb them.
Adam guarding his spot...
Family Photo-Op
 Nauvoo, IL Temple
My Bookends
 The Middles
Allison was VERY disappointed when we were leaving. She started crying & said she wanted to back to the "wood house". She said that our wood house was even better than a hotel. Silly Girl.

Avery traveled relatively well, but had a couple of meltdowns. - It's OK baby, we'll get out of the car soon.
Overall, we are doing well. I've enjoyed the mild winter & actually hope it continues and that this doesn't mean we're in for a crazy-hot summer. But, let's face it. - It doesn't really matter, because I'll be spending part of the summer in AZ where it'll be even HOTTER.

February 9, 2012

Pictures. PiCTuReS. PICTURES!

Well, life happens when we're trying to accomplish something else...I decided it was time to post some pictures for (mostly) the Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles to see.  I'm just impressed that I've had the wherewithall to grab the camera & snap a few pics here & there. Sometimes I forget that I really enjoy taking my kids' photos. Unfortunately, I don't get many good ones of Adam, because...well, let's just say he's less-than-cooperative?  Oh Yeah. He's 12. Well, here we go...

This collage needs a little explaination. - I have been working on a project making a quilt for my Sister-in-law (and her baby boy due in April). Since I needed a large workspace, I've been working at the dining room table & storing the sewing stuff in a corner. Avery apparently LOVES the spools of thread. Don't know if it's the colors or the plastic case or just the number of little things all together to play with, but she was EXTREMELY upset with me. Not only did I make her cry, she sat at my feet while I ironed on the ironing board. Poor Baby!

A snack makes everything all better!
Finished Project turned out AWESOME & SIL loves it too, so it was definitely worth it.
Amelia made this super-cute project in school. They were working on writing a set of steps or directions to blow a bubble with bubble gum. She was so excited & talked for days beforehand about how her teacher was not only going to allow gum, but that SHE was giving it to them. Cute!
Spaghetti Night. Definitely takes after Daddy. My MIL tells the story of how they would take Bryan to the Spaghetti Factory as a very small child (3-4) and order him an adult portion. Of course, she makes sure we all know that they carefully carried him to the car, as he was COVERED in it.
Allison CRACKS me up...She drives me CRAZY most of the time, but she IS HILARIOUS!
Avery is finally to the age where she kind of, maybe is starting to like taking a bath.
Cute huh? The hat is borderline too big & her hands are just inside the mittens - forget the thumbs. I have to hurry & put her coat on, before she pulls something off.
I can't put my arms down!!!

Addelaide making a silly-face at me.
These are my most favorite slippers. My mom found them for me when I was in the hospital when Avery was born. I think I like them, because they feel like super-fuzzy & warm.
Baby LOVES chicken nuggets!
This crazy girl is now 14 months and NOT walking yet, but she loves to climb up & stand at just-about-anything. She can even walk pushing many of those things around...Like toys, chairs & laundry baskets.
Avery has watched Allison & the other girls sit in this toy. Well, she can do it too.
Did I mention she LOVES the stairs? This week, I think I'm finally confident that she knows to turn around & come down the stairs on her tummy. It was hilarious this week at playgroup...She literally turned around 6+ ft from the stairs & pushed herself backwards across the hardwood floor. Silly Baby!
 I see Daddy!
I had 3 little girls get fillings in the space of about a week. Allison is the only one I thought to bring the camera for.
She did very well, but toward the end, she kept putting her hand up to feel around. I think she was just tired of having that stupid balloon in her face!
We were passed-along this little couch. I quickly had to make a rule that anyone older than 5 wasn't allowed. As you can see, this one likes it.
Not quite tall enough to look out the window. Almost. Just a little more...
If it would move easily, she would push it around.
Stairs again...
Allison painting at the children's museum.
I wanted to put the girls pictures on some valentines this year, so we took a bunch of photos after church. Aren't they cute?
Allison is a HAM for the camera...Didn't use these ones, but they are great in so many ways!
 Pose much?
And what better way to say good-bye for now? A great big Smooch! MWAH!