Monday, November 30, 2009

Gosh Girliez, This is just an update.

Ok so last week we were gone. Like always, so there isn't anything really new there. Spencer warned me on Sunday that he might want me to leave with him on Monday so he wouldn't need to make an extra trip to pick up us and the kids on Wednesday like we were planing in the beginning. So I ran all of my errands on Monday, and we left about at about three o'clock am on Tuesday. So that means that I woke up at five on Monday so I could get a good start on things, and did chores all day until the bags were packed, laundry done, kitchen and bathrooms cleaned, garbage out, dogs fed, bills paid, beds made, carpets vacuumed, you know all of the things that you need to get done before you leave on a trip so your house doesn't smell like something died when you get home from the trip. People think we are insane for going on the road so often. Heck, My brother in laws, girl friend was complaining for being on the road for eight hours; that isn't squat for one week; or a day. Just try doing that with two little children for 14 or more hours each way.
So we got into Salt Lake to see family Thursday morning. We did the whole thanksgiving thing with the Smith side of the family. They had it at a church because their family is so huge. we stuffed our faces, and were able to visit with family.
Every year my mother in law does the whole black Friday thing. She is impressive. She went from shopping from eleven to nine thirty the next day! I started falling asleep at six and thinking about my kids waking up motivated me to get some sleep. I will admit that I am never going to go to ToysRus during black Friday. They were so unorganised. It took us over five hours to get out of there. ShopKo was great. We waited in line to get in also, but we were in within the first minute. and the lines to check out where going fast, meaning it didn't take more than five minutes to check out. Over at ToysRus I am sure that they took more than five minutes for each customer... and they didn't have all of the check stands open! While we were waiting my sister in laws were able to hit Khols and Walmart for me. Both of those places they were in and out of there within a half of an hour. They said that both of the stores took less than twelve minutes a piece! Walmart Had a big ol' game plan because of last year, maybe ToysRus should do the same.
Speaking of ToysRus, I am so upset that I almost didn't get anything after waiting in the freezing cold for two and a half hours. Why is this, it is because they only ordered three of the bikes that I was looking to get for Texas and all of the electronics they gave vouchers for the day before. So if you wanted any electronics you needed to be there at 6am to get a piece of paper saying that have one waiting for you. So all of the people that were waiting in the cold for hours didn't get a camera because that sale didn't even start until five the next day! I am so irritated at ToysRus!
On a better note. we went on a double date with my little sister Amber and Spencer's friend and co-worker Chris. We had fun. We went bowling at Jack and Jill's. Both amber and I won five bucks from the bowling ally for bowling strikes. Chris is going to ask her on another date. We bowled until closing.
Saturday we did the picture thing with the family in AF. I looked like the chick from Willy Wonka that was in the blue jumpsuit in the pictures. That is the reason that I don't own any blue shirts. After pictures we went to my grandmas and had a little Birthday shindig. I gave all of the Christmas presents to my family. Gave a book to my two year old niece Brianna called Oopsie Daisy and people are requesting it because it's warped (it's about a girl that wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and has a bad day. Her day ends with her getting eaten by a shark). And Sariah would like a pair of candie sunglasses (like the ones that I got for two of my other sisters) so she can fit in, jk. I didn't think that she would of liked them because her taste of fashion is different than mine. Later on Little Miss Marilyn got to eat cake. and after all of the excitement we drove home, slept a little and then went to church. came home and realised that I had a flat tire on the car that we didn't take to church. Awe, the adventures you can have a WalMart!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Growing Fast

We were on the road so my kids clothes are dirty just like the house is a mess and Marilyn wore this dress last week so it looks like she only has one dress. I promise that she has more than that one dress.

Tomorrow little Miss Marilyn will be one. Time has really gone by fast. We got her baby doll in the mail and we decided to give it to her early. She loves it. She tries feeding it and dressing it up. I thought that all that she would want to do is hold it because when we would pass the baby dolls in the store and give her little excited and happy growl that she does when she is excited, and at the store it seems like all that she wanted to do is hold what ever doll was in the isle. Today I gave Marilyn a bottle of water and she tried to give her doll her own bottle. It was so cute that she wanted to share with her doll. Marilyn still isn't talking so when she is pretending to talk all that you hear is "Ah" or "Oh". Every so often she will drop a word. She doesn't say anything like "baba", or "sleep", but she knows where a hat goes on a doll and where to put a bottle when her baby is hungry.

When we are out in Utah we will be celebrating her Birthday with my family. I ordered the cake already.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shop and Swap

This is a picture that Celesta took of Marilyn and me at the park before the Shop and Swap. It started at 6:00 but because there are some soccer fields and baseball fields with games going on it was light enough for Texas to play.

So last night was my first time to one of these things. I heard some lady talking about this event at the park when Texas was playing and I was waiting for Music Makers to start. Music makers is fun. Texas really likes it. They sing songs and read to the kids and have a little snack. I asked the lady if I could come and crash the party and she said yes and to bring friends because it's a fund raiser to buy a shade for the playground at the park. To bad that the road show was the same night because most of my friends were attending that.

Ok back to me talking about this Shop and Swap. I thought it was going to be ran a little differently in my head so I didn't bring cash because all that I wanted to do is donate to the event not buy raffle tickets. The way that the swap works is that you bring in gently used clothes and toys (I thought that it was just baby clothes and maternity clothes before I went) and when you get there you exchange the items that you have for things that you would use. I brought a couple pairs of baby cowboy boots, some outfits with the tags still on them and some shirts that I haven't worn in years that I think I only wore them once and they shrunk so they didn't fit any more. The boots didn't stay on, even though they were cute, the outfits weren't very cute or didn't match very well with any thing else. So they things that I got rid of are pretty much the things that hang out in the closet with the tag on them and are waiting for a good use but it hasn't happened for over a year.

My friend Celesta came with me. To get in you needed to bring a pack of diapers or some wipes. I stopped over at Big Lots and got a couple packs of diapers that cost three bucks a pack. They had the swap inside of the Plaza of the Orange Terrace Community Center. When you walked into the plaza they had tables set up with signs that said where each item went. Surrounding those tables were smaller tables with vendors like Mary Kay, Tupperware, Barefoot Books, Avon, and some others that I am not sure what the names were. The vendors had little baskets where you could put your tickets to win one of the items that they have at their table. At the front gate they took the diapers and counted all of the items that I brought. I though that you were only suppose to bring consignment quality items. So almost all of the items that I brought had tags still on them. I brought eleven items so I was able to take eleven items home with me. I was able to find some things. I got a little dress that I can save for a baby shower that is pink with little stars on it, some pink stride rite shoes, some headbands, a couple of toys that Texas picked out and a couple of shirts for me (I tried one on when I got home and it didn't fit. I think I am going to give it to my mom. The other one is a bright green and it fits. I washed it and wore it today). Because I had some extra tickets my friend that came with me was able to get a really cute jacket that I wanted but it was too small for me, some brown baby booties, and a baby sleeper because she is expecting in a couple of weeks.

When we were heading out the lady told us if we wanted anything extra it was just a dollar per each item. That is cheaper than DI and Goodwill. I paid four dollars over at DI for a shirt for Texas! I've been telling Spencer that I am too cheap to shop at DI and Goodwill because I find better deals for new things at the outlets. Now I know better. Twice a year they have this event. My friend said that she wants to come next time with me so I wont need to drag Spencer with me. I was excited that my stuff that I brought went so fast (that means that other people will hopefully use them) and that I was able to get rid of some of my junk. Nest time I am bringing more of my junk!