Saturday, November 22, 2008

$0.84 for 36 batteries and some other stuff

So I'm trying really hard to buy things I need, could use in food/life storage, and use coupons.

Recently I went to Publix (our grocery store in town) and got $102 worth of groceries for $22. I felt pretty good about that! I still have times when I walk out spending more than I should, but in general I'm getting the hang of it.


36 batteries (AA & AAA)
2 men's deo
2 candy bars
1 BC Powder

.84 cents out of pocket.

Seriously! I know it's hard to imagine if you aren't into the couponing and CVS deals. But I promise I handed them $1 and got change. AND they gave me $19 to come back and spend with them.

Try it out - you might get good deals for an unbelievable price!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Conversation with the hair dresser

I love my kids. I'm trying to be better about stopping and taking a minute to watch them and enjoy them - the dishes, laundry, and all the other millions of distractions can wait. I only have them at this moment in their life right now - no redo - so enjoy the moments.

So...haircut time. Eli and Dylan sit down to get haircuts at the same time. Morgan is so interested in what they are doing to her brothers - she stops and stares and calls out "EY" which is about the only word she knows - almost everything is "EY", which Dylan graciously accepts. So she staring, Dylan is smiling from ear to ear and occasionally laughs because it tickles. Eli is so big now he tries to talk with the hair cut lady. "I'm Eli and that's my brother Dylan. I tried to cut my hair. " (Yep, during school - snipped a chunk right off the front). "My dad cut my hair and he cut my ear. It still hurts." (Okay he did try and straighten out the front so it wasn't so off. And then when he was probably 3 or 4 Neal cut his hair and nicked his ear. It's funny that he remembers that.) I laugh and say, no it doesn't. "I like playing Lego Batman and that other kid" (He means Robin) "Dylan you are doing so good." Dylan says smiling, "Yeah I know!" "On Batman Lego's there are good guys and bad guys and the bad guy Joker can shock people and make their skeleton show." (The haircut lady is saying an occasional oh and yes) . Morgan has now found a seat across from the boys and it watching and calling out "EY". Eli continues on nearly the entire time he's getting his hair cut. It made me smile. One of my favorite mom moments is to watch them do something that shows their personality and how their brain works. Thank you hair cut lady for enduring the Lego Batman stories.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Big Apple - Perfect for our 10 years Anniversary!

A month later...better late than never.

We wanted to have as much time as possible so we left J-vill at 6:30 a.m. and got into New York by 9:30 a.m. However, our shuttle service did not get us to our hotel until almost 12:00. Let me just say, driving rules in NY are nothing like everywhere else I've been. Blinkers don't exist, the white lines on the roads are merely suggestions, and brakes are only used when necessary. It was scary yet fun!

Day 1: We checked in. Our hotel was the Marriott Marquis in Times Square so it was fun to be right in the middle of it all. Times square isn't really all that big - it's just tons of advertising and famous stores squished into about 3 blocks. Neal surprised me with bouquet of 10 beautiful roses.

We did the Broadway/downtown double decker bus tour of NYC. It was fun to see all the famous sites and getting the background info on them.
For the evening events we tried to get into see a Broadway play. We heard that you should just buy your tickets at the TKTS booth. Remember I decided to wing this trip. We really wanted to see Wicked, but tickets were $115 each so I thought any play will do, let's just wing it. Well the TKTS booth was INSANE - long and nothing really good to see. I had also heard if you go to the theater then you might get seats directly from them. Off we went to the Gershwin Theater where Wicked is produced. We got there just as they were nearing the end of a lottery for the front row seats - 20 seats total would be sold by lottery. We patiently waited and lost. I was walking away, but Neal starting talking it up with people who won and one couple graciously sold us their tickets - $26.50 each - front row center! It was awesome (the price and the play!).

We had enough time after the lottery to grab some dinner. That is Neal's dinner - Pastrami on Rye. The food in NY was great - we didn't eat anything we could eat here in J-ville. But one thing I didn't plan for was the cost. We never ate for less than $65 - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Seriously EXPENSIVE.

Day 2: We did the NBC/30 Rock tour which was cool. We saw the sets for MSNBC and Saturday Night Live. Neal was the helper out of the audience and practiced using a teleprompter. We also did the Rockerfeller art tour. The view from the observation deck was wonderful.

Oh we ran into George Clooney. He asked me to marry him to which I of course responded - I'm a happily married woman. The wax museum was a little creepy! Neal would stand still and then start talking when someone else came by him. It was quite funny!

Then we had a romatic dinner at Tavern on the Green on our anniversary night. The ambiance was nice. Afterward we headed to Serendipity a restaurant made famous from the same name movie. We both picked a yummy dessert and enjoyed the eclectic nature of the store. Neal surprised me after dinner with a "proposal" with a love letter tucked inside a ring box. (For those not aware, I lost my wedding ring on a trip to SLC and was lucky to get an early 10 year upgrade, which is beautiful!) At Serendipity he put a bride and groom on my ice cream. Such a romantic guy!
Day3: We went and did a session together in the New York Temple. We try really hard to visit Temples when we are on vacation together. And one day we'll have an RV and just travel around the US visiting all the Temples. We had lunch right near the Temple and Neal ate a quail egg and prosciutto pizza (different for sure!)

Thus far the weather had been a nice and tolerable mid to high 70s. But one this day the high was going to be in the 50s. We did bring jackets - but Florida jackets aren't that heavy - especially when riding a double decker bus, in a dress and heels with no hose on. We were freezing, but making the most out of our bus tour of upper Manhattan/Harlem/Central Park. My toes were so frozen when we got to the stop closest to our hotel it felt like I was walking on nails.

Once we changed out of Sunday clothes we headed back on the bus and stopped to check out Canal Street. Canal street is where you go to buy fake purses. It was an experience. We got dropped off around 5:00 p.m. and were told to get back by 6:00 for the last bus. I did get me a Coach and Kate Spade purse in that quick time frame. After dinner, we went to the Empire State Building to see the city at night. It was FREEZING. And everyone up there goes up there to make out. So we didn't stay to long.
Day 4: We had most of the day to finish up things we didn't do yet. Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, Grand Central Station, shopping. The Statue of Liberty was smaller than I thought it would be. Ground Zero is now built up to the street level and there is so much construction that barricades and fences cover up anything you might be able to see. I am drawn to it due to my connections with Sept 11th, but until they complete the memorial, it was nothing more than a construction site covered by fencing. We did see some of the make shift memorials on our bus tour. Grand Central Station is grand. We rode the subway a lot this day b/c our bus pass was only for 3 days. It was interesting trying to navigate the rail system and then to actually find the Grand Central Station seen in movies was another challenge. But the architecture and lighting was beautiful.
We had a wonderful time. We love spending time together. We did lots of fun things, but we didn't even do 1/10th of what NY has to offer. But we got the basics covered and enjoyed our anniversary together. All I have to say is....

Friday, November 14, 2008

TSO wishes you a Merry Christmas!

Try really hard not to be jealous - Neal and I went to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra on Wednesday night. Our nephew really wanted to see them b/c he likes their famous Cannon D Christmas song. You might not be immediately familiar with TSO, but they are famous for making classical and Christmas music with electric guitars and an orchestra. (Usually during the holidays you see an email or U-tube clip where a man has synchronized his house Christmas lights to music - well that is TSO).

They put on a Christmas program during the first half of the show - a heart warming story mixed with their version of famous Christmas songs and a totally awesome light show - seriously the light show alone is worth the cost of the tickets. Then the second half is classical and TSO famous Christmas songs with drum, violin, and guitar solo's. We had a fun time. Best of all it starts the holiday season. Neal and I bust out our Christmas music on Thanksgiving day, which is right around the corner.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

4th and 4th

If you'd like to do a random fun post - go into your photo area open the fourth folder and the fourth picture and post it.

This was our pumpkin craft project at Micheal's this year. Eli is my number 1. He's a great big brother who (most of the time) is gentle and sweet with Dylan and Morgan. When he does accidentally hurt them, he cries right along with them. He loves Lego's. His favorite church song is Listen to the still small voice. He's left handed. He loves to help dad build things or fix things. He's a hard worker. When we were talking about voting for the next President he and Dylan wanted Pres. Monson and Jesus to be the President. We love our sweet Eli!