Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Peek at Our Week

Here is a little peek at our days last week:
Elvis & Sky are best buds.

The boys read a Lego magazine together.

Princess played on our bed a bit.

She cracked us up as she tossed the toys one by one squealing with each throw.

The kids always love wrestling with Daddy.

Bugs received some new school books from the Parent-Teacher store.
He completed 3/4 of his dot-to-dot book on the first day!

Elvis helped pick these out for himself.
The science is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Hooray!

We plan to use these soon.

I found these in our stash at home.
Elvis is super excited about the Time & Money book.

I picked these up at the Dollar Tree. I LOVE that store!

Elvis is almost done his practice book already.

I bought these at the Dollar Tree on the other side of town. I am putting them away for Bugs for next year when he will start kindergarten. The curriculum we used for Elvis, which I loved, has been replaced & jacked up in price. I am very disappointed as I had hoped to use it for Bugs. So I'm finding other alternatives such as this.

I found these gems at Walmart for only $1 each! Bugs loves the stickers!

Sweet Pea found this in our search at the Dollar Tree. It is like a Mad Lib. Cool!

I was ecstatic when we found these at the Dollar Tree! Elvis is a Star Wars fanatic! These will be a great addition to our workboxes! I got each of the boys a copy.

Another practice book for Elvis. He loves math!

This will also be used next year for Bugs' math.

Here is a sample of what is inside.

I finally got around to making laundry soap.
I used a friend's dry recipe this time.

Thankfully I had all my ingredients on hand.

I scored big time at the bread store. $1 a loaf! I saved at least $25 if not more. Wow-zah! This bread doesn't contain any HFCS which is a HUGE plus for us. I now have my freezer stocked up for a bit. =0)

Sweet Pea went to her first Zumba class on Thursday. She really liked it. I'm so happy she found something active to do! Yay! The community center has a great offer where if you buy 30 visits they come out to only $1.50/class. This is the youth rate. We used her Christmas gift from Nana to purchase her pass. Thank you, Nana!

I decided to try a Zumba class for myself that night. Sweet Pea went with me scoring 2 classes that day. My comment on the class? I think I will leave it for the young & more rhythmic peeps. I can only dream of moving the way they did. I'm not giving up on getting out & exercising. I want to try a regular aerobics class next week.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Snowed In

A huge snowstorm hit us today. Well, huge for us Southerners anyway. The part that worried me was the ice. I begged Dave not to go into work & he finally relented. He was grateful for this decision a few hours later when he saw the condition of the roads & many wrecks on t.v. His office even sent everyone home at 10:30 a.m. That NEVER happens! He worked from home instead.
We had prepared for the storm ahead of time so we were all stocked up with milk, bread, eggs, canned goods (in case the electricity went out), & paper goods. I dropped by the library with the kids on Thursday and we all picked up books and a couple of movies. Dave stocked the last of our firewood inside and on the back patio. Let it snow!

I woke up early as I was worried about Dave. Though I was tired I got a lot done with my early start. After doing some laundry & cleaning I started some cooking. Bugs helped me make chicken vegetable soup for lunch.

Then I thawed a pork loin to put in the crockpot.
I couldn't resist showing my savings. Lol.

Chopping more veggies for our soup & onions for the pork dish.
Don't worry he only helped put them in the bowl.

While I took a break to nurse Princess the boys & Sweet Pea made blueberry muffins from scratch to go with our soup.

They love to stir & measure!

Outside the storm had arrived.

The snow came first which surprised us as the forecast was for ice first.

It's hard to see but it was coming down fast & the wind was blowing too. When Bugs & I went out to get the mail it stung us as it hit us in the face.

Lucy found a warm spot to play by the heating vent.

The boys wanted to go out and play. It took forever to find snow gear & get it on them. But we were successful thanks to Daddy helping.

Waiting for Boo to hurry up so they could go out.

And waiting.............

I finally just let them go & off they ran.

They made snow angels.

We 3 girls stayed inside.
Sweet Pea & Princess

Princess wanted Sweet Pea to play.

Snow fun!

Daddy was in the office working hard.

Lucy hung out with Romeo.

I think Bailey had the right idea.

Boo made it outside & they had fun playing together.

Sweet Pea couldn't resist & gave into some playtime.

After playtime we all had a yummy lunch of homemade soup & muffins. Our afternoon was nice & lazy with naps and some schoolwork. I love cozy days at home.