Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Coupon. It's a verb.

I am slightly reluctant to share this, since this is, after all, a family blog and not a coupon blog.  But, at the encouragement of my sister, I will.  I have a friend who is an extreme couponer, and yesterday, she gave me a lesson in how to get free stuff.  Since she gave me all the coupons and told me where to go, I figured I would give it a try.  So, ta-da! Here is my success story of the day:

And the breakdown:

7 Yakisoba noodle dinners:  free
2 Frank's hot sauces:  free
4 Dove candy bars:  free
1 Suave kids' shampoo: $1
1 Olay facial cleansing wipes:  $2.99 (This was my big splurge of the day--I figured they would be perfect to take on vacation, which is coming soon!!)
3  Blue Bell ice creams:  $1.99 Each

Grand total:  $11.01 after tax.  Not bad considering the ice cream is normally $6/carton alone!

And speaking of free stuff, my cute neighbor gave me these today:

We were talking at the gym this morning about gardening.  I mentioned that I wanted to start my own vegetable garden this year, and she dropped these by a couple hours later!  How nice is that?!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bop-it Prodigy

Two days ago I posted on facebook that Ty had scored 42 on the game bop-it.  Yesterday he hit 78.  No joke.  And no, he doesn't play it all day long.  The kid is just good!

In other news, McKay has two-year-molars popping through and is about as cranky today as I have ever seen him.  Anyone want to adopt a 23-month-old for a day or two?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Round Two

I tested positive for strep throat AGAIN this morning.  Ugh.  Can't a girl catch a break?!  Yesterday I woke up with a bit of a sore throat, but since Ty had cold symptoms earlier in the week, I figured it was just cycling through.  I went running and it was stinkin' hard.  I chalked it up to the fact that I have been working out really hard this week, and my body was just tired.  But after three miles when I felt so light-headed I thought I would pass out, I decided I would be done.  Now it's all making sense.  Darn it.  On a positive note, I am the only one with symptoms thus far.  Let's hope it bypasses the rest of the family this time around.

Monday, March 14, 2011

"Playing Bowling"

Here are the promised bowling pictures from Friday night.  We had so much fun; both boys have been asking to "play bowling" multiple times a day since!

Not sure how all the kids ended up on the floor like this, but it was sort of funny!

These two are best, best buds!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Meggin's Day Off

The night before our ward split almost two weeks ago, I had a bit of a meltdown.  It was a hard, stressful week, considering what was about to happen.  And I had some personal struggles, too, of the sort where you think you are doing ok, and then you realize you probably aren't as good of a person as you thought you were.  And it kinda hurts.  So, on said night, things had sort of piled on, and I snapped a little.  I whined to Adam that, with the exception of our five days in the Caribbean last summer, I haven't had a single day off in almost four years, since Ty was born.  "You can take a sick day," I complained, "But when I am sick, I still have to take care of everyone else.  You get to go out to lunch sometimes.  I never go out to lunch, and on the rare occasion I do, it's to playland McDonald's.  I hate McDonald's!  The only sort of conversations I have in the daytime are about whether I get to be the blue or green gingerbread man in Candy Land.  And you know what?  I am tired of it!!"  I know what you are thinking, "Yeah, that Meggin, she has sure got one hard life." (Sarcasm)  And truth be told, I know my life is pretty darn great.  But like I said, it was the end of a long, tough week, and I was probably looking for reasons to complain.
Well, Adam, being the so-close-to-perfect-it's-almost-scary kind of guy he is, decided to take a day off of work and give me that day off of my work that I have been wanting.  That day was today, and friends, it was glorious!
My day started off with a six mile run.  It's been several months since I have run that far at once, and it was kind of a treat to be able to do that on a week day!  Then while Adam took McKay to a dermatology appointment, I took a long, hot, uninterrupted shower.  Such a luxury.  And when Adam took the kids to the park to fly a kite and play, I went shopping.  Window shopping, actually, but it didn't bother me at all that I didn't get to buy anything today.
I went out to lunch all by myself.  I texted a couple people that I thought might be able to come with me, but when that didn't work out, I decided to fly solo.  I have always felt bad for those who are eating at a restaurant alone, but I didn't feel a touch bad for myself today, and I hoped no one else did, either!  Couldn't they see that I was eating an entire meal in peace, without jumping up to get someone a drink, a spoon, or some more grapes?  Well, if they couldn't, I could, and I appreciated every minute of it!
My afternoon consisted of a long nap, about a hundred pages read in Huck Finn, and a visit to the temple.  When I came home, there was a hot dinner waiting for me!  And it wasn't mac and cheese, either!  Adam made chicken and rice, with veggies and fruit on the side.  And it tasted just that much better because I didn't have to prepare it!
After dinner, we went bowling with some good friends (pictures to come).  On the way home, we stopped at Krispy Kreme to cash in on a bunch of free doughnut coupons we had.
I didn't clean a bathroom today, do a load of laundry, dust a shelf, or even make a single bed in our home.  And the world is still spinning!  I can't tell you how many times I felt guilty today that I was doing what I was, but I kept telling myself that Adam was giving me a gift today, and I shouldn't feel bad about it.  That helped me feel just a little better.
I enjoyed today, I really did.  But it actually wasn't a perfect, red-letter day.  Now that I am a mom, I want to do things for and with my kids.  And as much as I had a blast taking care of myself today, I missed reading the stories and playing the backyard baseball.  Yep, thanks, Adam, I really do appreciate this day you gave me, but tomorrow I am taking my title back.  I am a Mother, and a mother's life is the one I choose!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, we went to a cool place called Jumpstreet with some of our good friends.  My camera battery died as soon as we got there (of course), but Heather was kind enough to take some pictures of my kids.  Now here I am, finally getting around to posting them.

I sure do love those little guys!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Backyard Baseball and Bubbles

I need to post something cute today to counter that horrific image from yesterday.  I understand most people wouldn't post such an unflattering picture of themselves on a blog, but I'm just trying to keep it real.  And in case you are wondering, I'm still swollen today, but not nearly so badly.
In other news, we have been having some incredible weather this week.  The boys and I have spent a whole lot of time re-discovering our backyard and neighborhood park.  

There.  Much better images to have at the top of my blog!

Friday, March 4, 2011

This is embarassing

...but I'm posting it anyway.  I got my eyebrows waxed yesterday, something I don't do all that often because I have such sensitive skin.  Usually after waxing, my skin gets red and irritated.  This morning when I got up, my eyelids were swollen like crazy!  I must have had some sort of weird reaction to the wax.  I could seriously barely even open my right eye.  I took some Claritin, and I feel like I can at least see now, but it's still pretty uncomfortable.  Any suggestions?  

One thing I can guarantee you...the tweezers and I are going to be good friends from now on!  No more waxing for this girl!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I was upstairs working on laundry yesterday, and when I came downstairs, I was met by a most glorious sight:

Two adorable blonde heads bent intently over their books!  It was one of the moments when I was struck by how much I just cherish these little boys.  My boys.  The thought came to me that if I had been able to see this picture ten years or so ago, I would have been absolutely giddy about what the future had in store for me.    

Oh, I LOVE them!  And I am thrilled that they have acquired my love of literature!