Monday, April 26, 2010

My Weekend with Kenz

Kenzi and I during Easter
I traveled to Logan this weekend to spend time with Kenzi. She had a dance competition on Saturday so I went to be supportive. I got there Friday around 2:00 thinking I would have a couple of hours before she got off work to shop at places she really doesn't like to go. I was in Hobby Lobby 10 minutes and she called to find out where I was. She bounced in the store and it was over. We went to the campus to turn in a paper her end of the year project on eating disorders and then checked in to our hotel. We lounged and then went to eat. Sat. was the competition at 8am. We had a big break so off to the mall and grocery shopping. We also did 5 loads of laundry and then we made sandwiches and fresh salsa at her apartment and watched "Golden Girls". Her very favorite thing to do. She said "see mom just like at home... this is what I do all the time. " Shes so funny. Just a couple of years ago I would have never thought she wanted anything to do with home. But I'm wrong. She really does like home and me and we're good friends. We laughed and had touching moments. I love her. It's great to have a daughter that you can be friends with. She's finding herself, living life and trying to figure it all out. She's one of the best things in my life.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Busy Bees

I had the opportunity to go to the Bishop's storehouse today and get some groceries for someone I visit teach. The program is set up for members who are in need of items when they can't make ends meet in their monthly budget.
The order was taken in early this morning and I was there around 10:30 am. I walked into this quaint little warehouse that look just like a mini market. Right away I was greeted from not one but three helpers. I gave them the name I was picking up for and right away they had the order in their hands. Three volunteers ( busy little bees) started to pull things from the shelves. Canned tomatoes, corn, beans, peaches, spaghetti, personal items, cleaning items, fresh veges and fruit. Frozen meat, milk. In the span of 10 minutes my order was ready. During that time I had 5-6 other volunteers making sure that I had been helped. During that time I felt overwhelmed from the spirit whispering in my ear that these were little angels here on this earth helping one person at a time. As I stood there and watched my eyes were full of tears thinking of all the lives they were blessing that day. I was alittle embarrassed standing there with tears falling down my face but it couldn't be helped. I know the person I was taking the groceries to, is and was ever grateful.
I love the church and the testimony I have. I live everyday to try and not judge others. Sometimes that's difficult but we must never judge until we have walked in others shoes. The only person we should compare ourselves to is the person we were yesterday.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to have been able to witness all those sweet people today working diligently and giving of their time so freely. What a great thing we have is to serve.

Monday, April 19, 2010


I just thought this was cool. I follow a blog about a family who adopted a Haitian child and I found this. They are joining forces with this organiztion to help more kids. Pretty cool what poeple do unselfishly.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My Albies Savings Today

This is good. . . All this stuff WOULD have cost me $55.08. Out of pocket $19.96. That's a savings of $35.12. Wooohooo! This lunch meat is the cheapest way to make lunches for Colton and Paul since three sandwiches a day go out of here. So I'm excited about this score. One of my transactions for the deli meat was only $4.24. That's only $1.30 per package. Regularly $3.99, but they were on sale for $2.50. Using the coupons and the doubler from Albies. Thats how you thrifty shop! :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

SLO Town

I have this blog I follow called The Pleated Poppy. Come to find out she is from my home town!
San Luis Obispo. I was so excited. These pictures are from the creek downtown where I always hung out at a favorite restaurant called The Spindle. The best sandwiches and salads ever. I'm not kidding. It was so fun to go down there on a spring or summer day and hang out. They always had live bands playing. Me and my friends spent alot of time there. Every time I go home I go the the Spindle and have lunch. It's inside this quaint little indoor mall called The Network. It really brings back alot of memories for me. Those were the days...
Also she was taking some pictures of herself, funny girl and from the clothes she's wearing, it's alot warmer there then it is here. Imagine that.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Zoe Bakes

This is a new baker I found. She's the one that teaches how to make artsian bread in five minutes. She has great recipes. Check her site out.

Zoe Bakes

Saturday, April 10, 2010

It's Official!

Colton and Brooke are engaged. He proposed to her Thursday morning at the Boise airport before she flew to DC to be with her sisters. She's running a 10K tomorrow and we wish her luck. The ring is beautiful and BIG and we love her. They are thinking of August 14 for the big day. It's exciting...

Monday, April 5, 2010

Break Bread

OK, I was blog stalking today and found this post about making the easiest bread ever. And you know what? It is and it was. So simple Check out the You Tube and see how easy it is. I made the bread and I couldn't keep the guys out of it. You let the extra dough sit in the fridge for up to two weeks and the better flavor you get out of your dough. I have a hard time not kneading or handling the dough because that's all the recipes you read out there. I've been learning how to make the Lyon House rolls. So good and I'm getting pretty good at it.
This is so different. You literally mix it up in a plastic container, I used a shoe box type with a wooden spoon, let it raise, shaped it and let it raise again. So simple and so yummy! Check it out. You'll be pleasantly surprise

Spring Where Are You?

Ugh! Snow and cold, cold, cold. No fun going on here. But we're hopeful.
We had a nice weekend with everyone home. Kenzi had to work Sunday afternoon so we had our Easter dinner on Saturday. It was great of course. Kenzi is still learning a lot from her job and has very interesting stories to tell. She's trying to find a roomate to stay in Logan during the summer but so far no luck. :( Ez went to a different job this weekend and will not be selling cars anymore. He will be working with a local company here selling parts for motorcycles and then eventually they will be opening a wake boarding center along with their boats and water crafts. It's his true love. So he's excited about that. He learned alot from Adam and appreciated his time at Hansen Chevrolet. Colt is still working with Paul and planning his future...
Mom and dad are in Mexico and they felt the earthquake that happened on Sunday afternoon. They called to tell us everyone was OK. They started to feel the shake then Wade yelled at them to get out of the house. Kinda scary thinking about your 80 year old parents hurrying out of the house. They were fine. I asked dad if mom was nervous and he said she only gets nervous if I think I'm having a heart attack. Great. . . Mom's a trooper. They will stay in Baja for another week then home. I'm glad they're healthy enough to keep going. We will be planning dad's 80th b-day party this August. Can't wait to go home for a week.

Friday, April 2, 2010

What the Heck?

OK I've just been going thru my mail, it's been about a week and I'm cleaning off my desk. I have in the mail something from AARP and now death benefits to pay off my funeral in case I have no money. What the hell? I'm not even 50 yet and they're writin' me off. I refuse to even look at that crap. I can still do as headstand and handstand everyday... to keep up and... and... and... can shop all day long and not get tired without a diet to keep me going! So there!

Review for March

So just to let you know what I did couponing this month.
Total $1007.12
Saved $491.33
OOP $515.79
Thats an average of $130.00 per week. Not bad for buying multiples of items, 16 boxes of cereal, (I was forbidded to buy anymore...) TP, canned corn, frozen juice for summer, sausage, canned broth. I love my couponing!