Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day 59 of 365

Today we had our usual breakfast, probably for the last time until Josh gets back. I don't think we will be going to get donuts every weekend. Getting all 4 dressed, in and out of the car, just for donuts, umm, maybe once a weekend. I tackled the boys room today. It looks so much better and should be easier to keep up. I went grocery shopping and to Michaels one last time by myself. Josh did some yard work and cleaned up the garage. We had yummy beef stew for dinner and milkshakes again for treat.

Month 2 of 12

February went by so fast. We took our annual Disney trip. Aunt Chelsea came with us and we had so much fun. Cooper turned 5! He is getting so old. The kids and I spent the month passing around a cold. We learned that Josh would be leaving us for 6 months again to go to Bahrain.

- Worked on sight words at school
- Started waking up around 5:30-6 to play the Wii before school
- Loves math

- Likes when Carson goes to school so he can have the Wii to himself
- Loves watching Star Wars movies
- Has been eating bananas
- Turned 5 with a Princess & the Frog birthday

- Sleeping more nights in her room
- Completely potty trained with hardly any accidents
- Loves watching Cinderella, over and over

- Loves playing with the Geotrax
- Does a happy dance whenever Josh walks through the door
- Loves playing outside no matter what the weather is
- Likes watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

- He will be going to Bahrain, with 1 week notice

- I got pretty roses for Valentine's Day
- Tried some new recipes
- Did a little scrapbooking

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 58 of 365

Today Josh completely cleaned out Emma's room. We all went to the store and got ice cream for milkshakes. The kids loved them. Strawberry for Cooper, Emma, and Parker, Oreo for Carson, Josh, and me. It was alot of fun having a special treat all together.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Day 57 of 365

Today was crazy hair day at school. I spiked Carson's hair all up. He looked like wolverine. I have a terrible head cold, no fun. It is a rainy and stormy day. Today we found out Josh will be leaving within a week, most likely next weekend. How can he be leaving already! This is going to be our last weekend together before he leaves.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day 56 of 365

Today we had lunch outside. It was a little cold, but they thought it was hot in the sun. After dinner we went for a walk/bike ride around the neighborhood. I have a really bad sore throat and headache so I'm guessing I will wake up with a bad cold.

New Mantle & Lunch Outside

2 Pages done today

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Day 55 of 365

Today we are still adjusting to the idea of Josh leaving. We still don't know the date yet, but it should be within the next few weeks. Parker has a little bit of a cold in his eyes. They are goopy but not pink. But, he is happy. The boys really need haircuts, so hopefully this weekend we can convince them to go get it cut. Emma is a talker. She talks and talks, all day long! We redid the mattle today and put up all our Disneyland pictures. I will try to take a picture tomorrow and post it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Day 54 of 365

Today we found out, Josh will be going to Bahrain in 2-3 weeks. He will be gone for 6 months. We don't know the exact date yet, but it will be soon. This will be the first deployment on my own, with all 4, no family, no helpers. Carson said he doesn't want Josh to leave, but he will help be the man of the house. Cooper was quiet about it, just taking it all in. Emma doesn't really understand. She thinks he will just be at work and then come home after. Its going to be difficult on the kids. He just got back from Iraq in June. Keep us in your prayers!

A few links

Really cool veggie centerpiece idea here
Lemon berry scone recipe here
Cute Dr. Suess cakes here
Yummy brownie pudding recipe here

Monday, February 22, 2010

Day 53 of 365

Today Carson headed back to school. After school we watched Cameron until 7. Luckily, the weather was nice so all 5 were able to play outside. They even had a picnic dinner out there. No word yet on Josh's deployment, hopefully we hear something soon.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Day 52 of 365

Today I went grocery shopping. I spent $113 and saved $96.74, almost 50%. I did the P&G promo, where you spend $25 (before coupons) and get get a $10 coupon for your next visit. I got 7 bottles of dishsoap and 2 bounce dryer bars (we love these!). Before coupons it would have been $27.91 but after my coupons the total was $12.41, plus I earned the $10 coupon, so it was like spending $2.41 for all that. Not bad, I am thinking about doing it again. I have a ton of coupons that will work. The kids went to bed pretty easily, but doesn't happen often. Josh watched the Blazer game and I read my book.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Day 51 of 365

Today was cleaning day. Josh got the house all picked up. I ran some errands, including going to the only scrapbook store around here, which is going out of business. The kids had movie night with popcorn and watched the movie "Shorts". They really liked it. Josh and I watched "Law Abiding Citizen". We really liked it.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 50 of 365

Today we had pizza for lunch instead of dinner. Josh was able to get home by 6:45. He watched the Blazer game. Today he also found out he might be going to Kabul, maybe in a few weeks. Lets all pray he doesn't have to go. I can't imagine being by myself with all 4 of them, again. He hasn't even been home for a year yet. Hopefully, we find out soon.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Day 49 of 365

Today was Cooper's 5th Birthday. He went out for donuts and hot chocolate with Daddy. He played the Wii and watched 1 of his new Super Mario movies. We made Princess & the Frog cupcakes. After Parker's nap we went to Target. He got to pick out a present. He really wanted to get something Princess & the Frog, but they didn't have anything. So, he picked out a Star Wars starfighter. He picked McDonald's for dinner. Josh made it home in time for cupcakes and presents. Cooper got some clothes, some Princess & the Frog books, a book all about Elephants, a new wii remote, and some Super Mario DVD's. He had a great birthday. On Saturday we will have a little party with Cameron and his family. 5 years old, one whole hand, unbelievable!

Birthday Boy

Cooper is 5

Today Cooper is 5!!

Happy Birthday Little Man!

I love you tons and tons!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day 48 of 365

Today was another beautiful day. After Parker's nap we headed outside. Cameron and Nicole came over and we rode bikes and played outside for about an hour. The kids thought it was hot. It was only 70°. What is going to happen this summer when it is 110°? Cooper is really looking forward to his birthday tomorrow. I can't believe he is almost 5!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 47 of 365

Today was a beautiful day, almost 70°. Carson headed back to school and had a good day. Emma and Parker played outside all morning. After lunch the kids played outside in the sunshine. We had dinner outside and then took baths.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Day 46 of 365

Today was a rest day and clean up day. Josh cleaned up the house. I worked on laundry and grocery shopping. I went to Safeway and saved $123, 45%. Of that $123, $22 was from my coupons. Overall, a pretty good shopping trip. The kids rested, played the Wii, and looked at the Disneyland pictures over and over. Josh and I celebrated Valentine's Day. He got me some beautiful red roses and a new baking sheet.

Disneyland Recap

- He wore his Mickey ears everyday, all day.
- He wore his special Birthday button everyday.
- His favorite thing was meeting Princess Tiana, from Princess & the Frog.
- He loved Splash Mountain, Star Tours, and Toy Story Mania.
- He really liked seeing Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers.

- He loved meeting Donald Duck.
- He went on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad for the first time and was terrified.
- He went on Splash Mountain 1 time and cried.
- He loved California Soarin'.
- He held the door for everyone, everywhere we went. And the elevator.

- She loved seeing Cinderella the most.
- She loved the Rockets, Tea Cups, and Buzz Lightyear Blasters.
- She had to push the elevator buttons every time we rode.
- She was scared of Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time. She has been on it on other trips, but no way would she go on it this time.
- She went on the kids rollercoaster in Toontown for the first time and loved it.
- She loved the shuttle ride to and from the hotel.

- He loved his first trip to Disneyland.
- He ran up to Pooh and Tigger and was so excited to see them. He was so happy.
- He liked most of the rides, except Toy Story Mania.
- He loved hitting the characters when he was close enough to them, not because he was scared but because he thought it was funny.
- He threw some major temper tantrums, I mean stage 10, watch out.
- He loved the parades.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day 45 of 365

Today we drove home. We left around 8:15 and got home around 2:30. We started unpacking and had pizza for dinner. The kids played with Aunt Chelsea and went to bed earlier. We had such a great time! I can't wait to go again next year!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Day 44 of 365

Today was our last day at Disneyland. We went on rides at both parks. Everyone picked 2 more rides to go on and picked out their 2 toys. We had lunch at the ESPN zone, for Josh of course. Parker through a huge fit in the middle of the park. It was a major temper tantrum. Chelsea stayed with the kids so Josh and I could go back out. We watched the fireworks and went on a few more rides. It was an amazing trip!

Disneyland Day #5

Friday, February 12, 2010

Day 43 of 365

Today Disneyland opened earlier, so we were in the park at 8. We did our usual 3 rides then had breakfast at Minnie's cafe. Parker did not like the characters being so close to him. We went on more rides then went back to the hotel to rest for a little bit. After a late lunch we went back to watch the parade at Disneyland. The kids were picked to dance. They were so cute! We went back to the hotel and got the kids settled. Then Josh and I went back while Chelsea stayed with the kids. It was so nice having her help us out!

Disneyland Day #4

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Day 42 of 365

Today was our 3rd day at Disneyland. We made our usual Buzz, Rocket, and Star Wars stops then went to Fantasyland. Cooper really wanted to see Princess Tiana, so we waited to see her. He loved her! After that we went to see Mickey. All 3 went on the rollercoaster, even Emma. We went back to the hotel so Parker could nap. We headed back and went on a few more rides. I even convinced Carson to go on Splash Mountain with Chelsea, Cooper, and I.

Disneyland Day 3

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Day 41 of 365

Today was our 2nd day at Disneyland. We woke up to sunshine. We went out to breakfast and got to the park just before opening, 9:30. Disneyland opened at 10 and we headed straight to the Buzz Lightyear ride. We went on the rockets and Star Wars also, the usual loop. After that, we headed to Splash Mountain, Cooper's request. He went on that with Josh. We met Pooh and Tiger. Parker loved seeing Pooh and was so excited. He just didn't want to get to close. Emma really wanted to see Cinderella, so we did that. After that we headed over to California Adventure so we could on Toy Story Mania. We had dinner and watched the parade.

Disneyland Day 2