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Friday, December 28, 2012

Pinterest Recipe: Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

We decided to make cinnamon applesauce ornaments to put on our trees this year from this recipe I pinned on Pinterest. They couldn't have been easier to make and they smelled wonderful! However, the only way you could smell them was if you were up close. I guess I had high hopes that you would be able to smell them throughout the house, but no. We still enjoyed them, though, and packed them up for next year so when we open those boxes in a year we are going to get the most wonderful waft of cinnamon; I just know it!








Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Just Dance

Last week one of the money saving sites I follow on facebook posted that amazon.com had Just Dance 4 for Wii on sale for $22.99! This game is $50 usually. We don't own any Just Dance games but I have heard they are so much fun, so when I saw the price on this one, I had to get it. Not only that, but I had about $16 of swagbucks money in my amazon account, so that took the cost down to around $6. On top of all of that, we have an amazon prime membership, so I got 2 day shipping for free. So, with tax, I bought this $50 game for a grand total of $7.75! Oh yeah! Anyways, once we got it, we started playing it. We have discovered some songs we don't feel are appropriate in the lyrics as well as dance moves, so we won't be doing those, but others are just fine. We are having so much fun and what a great way to exercise.

Sometimes you just gotta not be afraid to be fun in front of other people, so I told my kids they could video tape me dancing to Call Me Maybe and I would post it. You can't tell in the video but on the TV there is a dancer and I am supposed to mirror her. Don't be afraid to try it adults. This was my second time doing this song and I got 4 out of 5 stars, but the first time I tried it my kids were cracking up at my expense, and that's okay. I was surprised they weren't laughing for the video, but Evan was telling his sister to be quiet for the sake of the video. One night Hubby tried it, and boy did that make all of us laugh--including himself.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Our Week So Far

Sunday was great! It was kids day in big people's church that morning. Evan is on the youth worship team and did a great job. You can see some videos of the morning here. Then, that night was life group at our house. Usually for December we have ham as the main meal, but I suggested let's keep it simple and do soups and chilies. One person said it was going to be 70 degrees (in December!), so I said let's grill and that's what we did. One family had a bunch of meat they wanted used up, so they brought 16 assorted steaks, and several pounds of ground beef for hamburgers; another family brought chicken, and we grilled them all up at our house. I, of course, did something I am notorious for doing with life group--tried out a new recipe. It was yummy!

Monday we went to co-op for a couple of hours. Evan met with his robotics team for the last practice of the semester until we start back up in January. That morning, a friend called to ask if her son could come over for a little bit while she took her daughter to the dentist. We were glad to because he is on the robotics team also, so we just took him with us until his mom got done at the dentist and made it to practice. They had a fun time playing Nerf war until it was lunchtime and then time to leave for robotics. Then that night Roger took both kids to scouts. They both belong to the homeschooling troops which meet at the same church we attend co-op in. Yea! I got a little bit of time to myself.

Tuesday is the day we stay home and catch up on laundry and school. That afternoon, Evan was really tired so I made him take a nap. When he woke up he had a fever. He still has it, but it's never gotten above 100 degrees, thank goodness. He hasn't complained of any other symptoms. A tiny bit of aching, and commented once that his throat was a tiny bit soar, but really he's functional.

Wednesday, is swimming this month at the Y PE class. Evan stayed home for 1 1/2 hours while I took Lauren to the Y and ran to the store while she had class. So glad that we live closer to town now because the Y is only 7 minutes from our house. I'm also glad that Evan is at the age where it doesn't bother him to stay home by himself for a little while. In fact, there are many times when I just need to run somewhere for maybe 30 minutes and he asks to stay home.

Today was another day at home. Evan was supposed to go downtown for 4 hours to help his scout troop set up a women's event taking place at our convention hall, but still has the fever. While he was going to do that, I was going to take Lauren on a field trip to Michael's arts and crafts store with our co-op, and then when Evan was done with his job, we were going to join Lauren's scout troop for a tour of our city's newspaper office. I'm okay we didn't do any of that. It was so nice to be home and lazy today. I did go out for 30 minutes tonight to get the kids and I some shakes from Sonic. A buck crossed my path on the way to town. We haven't been to Sonic in a while, but since our last time there they have put in a drive through which is about time, in my opinion. Then I ran into our local Dillons/KwikShop to get a couple of things including some children's Tylenol. I didn't see any, so I asked the pharmacist about it and she said, "Do you want the brand name?" I told her no, and she said good because it's very hard to find now because the brand Tylenol is doing away with their liquid medicines. Interesting.

Tomorrow Lauren will go to the Y PE class. Even if Evan's fever breaks, I like to follow the rule of not exposing him to others for 24 hours, so he can't attend. Then Lauren has a sleepover birthday party to go to. She told me today that she hopes she doesn't get sick because she will be very sad and cry if she has to miss her friend's party. I hope that doesn't happen too!

Saturday we have no plans. YEA! (Well, besides picking up Lauren from her sleepover, and Roger possible going hunting). The person painting our old house called today and told Roger that as long as the weather holds, he will be putting the paint on Saturday. He has caulked and trimmed. I have to admit I have missed the cooler autumn weather, but am thankful that the weather has been so warm that our house could be painted. However, this weekend the temps are supposed to change. It's predicted Sunday for the high temps to be in the 30s/low 40s and possible snow that night. Oh well...we'll see what happens.