Friday, January 29, 2010

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Coupon fairy

After a loooong weekend away, (full of fun, but exhausting activities) I came home to a [thankfully] clean house. However, the fridge was another story...4 eggs, 2 carrots, a lonely tortilla in the meat/cheese drawer (which had no meat OR cheese btw) and an inside fridge door stocked full of useless condiments.

Did I also mention there were literally 2 diapers left in the whole house? (I have a bad habit of not stocking up on these...EVER). So needless to say, I ventured to the nearest Meijer for some much needed groceries and other miscellaneous items (bleach, floss, laundry soap, etc...why is it that you run out of everything at once??)

With a lengthy list in hand and on a mission, I ventured into the store in full anticipation of how much would be spent in the end. Since the health and beauty section was closest to the entrance, I headed there first to check "floss" off my list. I'm usually a store-brand buyer, but floss is on the exception list. Glide. Mint Glide to be exact. And lo and behold, a coupon was taped to the front of the exact one I wanted! And a good coupon too. One whole dollar off! I skipped off with a smile, ready to tackle the rest of the list.

As I neared the end of the grocery aisles, my cart was full and getting harder to turn on the corners. I was almost done, but had one more stop to make. The cleaning supplies aisle. I picked up the laundry soap and bleach I needed without hardly stopping the cart. Now just one more thing...something to spray those icky kitchen counters with. Not knowing exactly what I wanted, I scanned the never-ending shelves of spray bottles. And...can you believe it (?!) there was yet another coupon taped to the front of one of them! I quickly grabbed it, and happily headed to check-out.

So, now you're wondering...who was the mysterious coupon cutter? And, who [apparently] thinks of wandering around Meijer to tape them on various items?? I don't know, but I'm convinced God gave me my very own coupon fairy that day. And even though I spent more than I anticipated on a whole, I saved $12.00 on in-store products, and $2.00 in coupons. Thanks fairy coupon-giver. :)

The end.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Sweet Potato Fries

I have had this for lunch the last 3 days in a row!!! It's so yummy, and I can't get enough of them! Here's the simple recipe copied here.
I didn't add any of the spices listed from the website...just salt and pepper and a little EVOO. But they are STILL amazing!
I know you will enjoy them, and I bet your kids will too!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Confessions of a post-graduate, stay-at-home mom

I admit to...

1. picking my nose while driving (and yes, sometimes flicking them)

2. watching VeggieTales long past Kensie's interest...I can't get enough of them!

3. rarely making the bed

4. wearing my robe 'til noon...and sometimes not brushing my teeth until then either

5. grumbling to my husband about his dirty socks on the floor EVERY NIGHT

6. Using too much toilet paper

7. Using too much soap

8. Using too many paper towels...and then some

9. Leaving the grocery cart by my car in the parking lot

10. Checking my email WAY too much

11. Checking facebook WAY too much

12. Letting out a loud sigh when getting up in the middle of the night...just to make sure my husband knows I'M the one attending to our daughter's needs

13. What? Sometimes I turn up the heat past the temp we both agreed upon. So sue me.

14. Not being able to spell ANYTHING in Spanish.
Exhibit A: the title of the last post.
(I woke up at 4:30 this morning [no joke] and suddenly it hit me that the number 4 in Spanish is C.U.A.T.R.O.
...silly Shannon)

Thursday, January 14, 2010


4 months old that is!

I didn't think it was possible, but she really does get cuter every day! My favorite moments these days are her constant babbles, sweet smiles, and the way she loves to munch on her feet! So stinking cute, I can hardly stand it sometimes.

We did have a bit of a rough patch a few weeks ago. She had been a champ sleeper (up to 11 hrs at night!), and then one night decided to scream every two hours. I tried nursing her, and she screamed. We paced the house (Greg and I taking turns), she screamed. We tried gas relief drops...still screaming. We even switched to a variety of formulas for a while. After nearly a week I was convinced she had an ear infection, teething, or something. After a trip to Urgent Care, she came home diagnosed as "healthy but irritable baby". Dag nabbit! I almost wanted there to be something wrong with her. Just something to explain all the fussiness. We were exhausted, and on top of it, Greg was working double overtime those weeks. I could never get a break.

Thankfully, a friend offered to take Kensie for one overnighter so Greg and I could have one evening alone. Just one evening to have an uninterrupted dinner. And one evening to actually sleep! What a blessing that was!

After a solid two weeks of screaming at night, the little stinker's back to her 10-11 hr nights. We'll never really know what all the fussiness was about, but I have my theories. One is obviously a growth spurt. She DID grow 2 inches in two months! Another has to do with my cycle. Yes, I've already had 2 cycles since I gave birth. I was hoping to go without while nursing. But low and behold, it's baaaaack. But, I wonder if it a) changes the taste of my milk or b) causes my milk to drop slightly in supply. I mean HOW DOES your body do both at the same time?! No wonder I was exhausted!

So, I've been appreciating the last few nights of sleep, and I'm glad my happy baby came back :) .

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


...I feel like I have something to blog about, but just never get around to it. I know it's the battle of every blogger out there. Trying to get all of life's "stuff" put down into words is tiring at times. And half the time I wonder, who really cares? Or what is someone going to think if I say that? Not to mention the ultra-slow uploading of pics that I suffer through on a daily basis. (One of these days I need to take a pic to show you how we get one measly bar of internet reception from a neighbor...sitting in the freezing cold sunroom with piles of blankets in the middle of winter. Not ideal, but we're cheap and we know it.)

Anyway, There are so many things I want to share that I haven't yet. I constantly have blog titles running through my head, dreaming up the next big post. I usually resort to daily happenings and events. But, there is SO MUCH more I would love to have time to write about.

~My journey of finding myself in Christ. I went through a major identity crisis a few years ago. I DID blog once about it last spring, but not many details. Some of it stemmed from my family splitting up 5 years ago. Some of it came from my fallout with a sport I devoted most of my life to: volleyball. And the rest of it came from my never-ending self criticism. I did not handle either situations well, and as a result was brought to my lowest. But God used that low point to bring me at his feet, and I would love to be able to express what the experience was like, and what it has taught me.

~I would love to share my favorite recipes, as well as tutorials on simple sewing projects. I'm kind of a procrastinator (ok I'm a BIG procrastinator), but I DO finish a lot of my projects...eventually. :)

~As you may have noticed I am usually reading a few books at a time (posted in the sidebar). The list is constantly changing, but I haven't really blogged about them. They have ALL taught me valuable lessons. I wish I could share how so many of them affected my life directly.

~I have not posted a single article about being a youth group leader. There are SO many funny stories I could share!! However, my main concern is that my readers may finish thinking, "ummm guess you had to be there...".

~And finally, I would love to post more on what it's like being a part of Greg's family trucking business. I don't punch in the clock and work like he does, but I see how it affects Greg on a daily basis. It certainly has it's ups and downs...and it's like no other 8-5pm job out there. But, it has really become a ministry in so many ways. I wish I could share the successes and struggles.

Hmmm, this is starting to sound like a New Year's resolution or something. Seeing as I already struggle with follow-through, we won't go there. But nonetheless, those are things I hope to write in the future...