Sunday, February 28, 2010

She ditched me

At our church, we have occasional 'sing n share' nights. Princess Leia and I both play clarinet. She wanted us to play something together, but would never make a choice, nor did she bring home her instrument to practice with me. So...the program is tonight. Of course she wants to wait until the last minute & practice this afternoon. Fine. Then, every song she picks is hard for me to make a transition on certain notes (she picks one in the key of dflat...I'm kind of out-of-practice). I don't have the time to transcribe it to something else. She is unwilling t practice other songs. Finally we come up with 2 that we can pull off, but haven't practiced together. Then she want to run off and practice with her friend "K". So, I've been ditched. I was going to play something on my own, but now she ran off with the instruments (a bass clarinet and a regular clarinet...our extra regular clarinet is broken)...and I cannot practice on my own either. This pretty much stinks. This has been the abbreviated version. There were lots of temper tantrums and stomping around involved.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Today is February 24th. I am having a personal celebration of "National Tortilla Chip Day". It's not really a federally sanctioned holiday or anything...but hey, why not? While the kiddos are napping, I'm having a little snack guessed it...Tortilla chips. I'm enjoying them with a new(to me) delight. I ran into one of my childcare parents at the grocery store, and they highly recommended the Newman's Own Black Bean and Corn Salsa. It is sooo good, I almost don't need the chip!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Drug store game savings

I have been paying closer attention to some deals that can be gotten at CVS. Today, I made some good bargains. I broke these up into four transactions, but I got $70.58 retail regular price of stuff we will use for $16.22 out of pocket. I will go back and do one more transaction to get $10.38 worth for $2.31 and will still have $4 Extra bucks left to use next week, then my grand total will be $80.96 worth for $18.53, with $4 left. Good stuff! Some of the things I purchased are crest toothpaste, mouthwash, colgate toothpaste, bic razors, cover girl pressed powder and several glade air freshener products.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Love Day

Here's the valentine card that Cinderella gave her kindergarten classmates.
Recycled crayons :)

So, from us to you...Have a colorful valentine's day!

Craft idea credit: the longest thread
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Out of the mouths and minds of kids...

Yesterday, Jedi boy came to me with a request. I, of course, was doing 3000 hundred things at once, so I wasn't paying him full attention.
Following is the scenario:
JB: Mom, we need to get a shell.
Me: um, what?
JB: We need to buy a magic shell for school.
Me: what?
JB: For school...we need a magic shell.
Me: Ok. Wait, what? A magic shell? I'm thinking*What are you guys doing at that school anyway *
JB: Yes, we need a magic shell, I have a note (shows me the note) you know how to get one?
Me: Ohhhh...I get it now! Magic shell ice cream topping for the ice cream party on Friday.

My poor kids, I have never bought them magic shell before...they don't know what it is...what a tragedy. :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I'm a winner

I won the copy of Turbo Tax! Woo hoo! Thanks to Mike at for the giveaway...he saved me money! This is the first time I've ever won anything on blog giveaways. I was drawn to his site a long while ago from an article he wrote on making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches:)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Door off the hinges

Ok, so Princess Leia is 13. Needless to say, she knows everything. The other night she seemed to think she could be in charge of the adults. (Ha!)! She sassed me, and stormed into her room. She slammed the door. I opened it and made her close it gently. Then I made her open it, just because I said so. She told me I cannot tell her what to do with her door. We removed the door to prove our point. She did not like it. We gave it back the next day after she made nice.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tax time

It is the first day of February! This means tax preparation is in full swing. I spent the weekend sorting paperwork, printing year end statements, and letting Mr. Snippity use the shredder. Now I am ready to take the next step, which is updating spreadsheets for mileage and other things. So few steps to take before I am ready to file! I love the TurboTax product. In fact, I have turned most of my family (mom, granny, aunt, cousin...) into turbo tax filers. Of course, that usually means they ask me to help them do it. But, Turbo tax is so easy, I do not mind at all, as long as they have all their paperwork in order. One of the blogs I like to read is Clever Dude. He is giving away copies of the premier version of turbo tax. I usually use the deluxe version, since it suits my small business needs. however, free is free, so I am blogging about his contest in order to enter it for myself! You can enter if you like by going to CleverDude's blog and following the directions.

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