Friday, May 21, 2010

There's a hole!

Okay I promise not to break into song...... well maybe not promise. You can't hear me so I could be singing at the top of my lungs for all you know! :)

We have a hole!!!! Howbeit a small one it will be getting bigger!!!! Yesterday my little girl turned six and they started digging the basement. Actually where they started digging is under the front porch but still there are tractors and dirt and a HOLE! I'm sorry, you probably are tired of hearing about the hole already but what can I say, we've waited a long time for this small step in the home building process.

Hopefully by the end of today the whole basement will have been dug!

Well on another subject my little girl is 6 now. It is very hard to believe! She is growing like a weed with fertilizer! She is a very dramatic child and cries over everything. Opening her presents last night she was freaky hyper and almost cried over the Bride Barbie my mom gave her. I don't know what to do with her most of the time. But I love her. She brings plenty of life to our lives. Happy Birthday Baby girl! Momma loves you!

We had a small party at the house yesterday afternoon. 7 girls in all, although one was only able to stay for about 30 minutes. Caleb did really well considering he was the only big boy there. Levi wound up watching Nemo to keep him out of the girls and Calebs hair. We had Little Ceasar's Pizza, Ice Cream cake and brownies. All in all it was a fun and tiring evening. After that Derek and I settled down and watched the season finale of FRINGE! Can't wait till next season!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day! What are your plans for the weekend? We have a congregational singing this evening and a few odds and ends to do tomorrow.

Later today I'll try to post pictures of all the house decisions we are trying to make. Front Door, stone, brick, hardie board...... lots of decisions. Not complaining though.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today's Shopping Trip


2 Big Boxes Huggies Diapers
2 Bags Hershey Bliss Chocolate
2 Hershey Bliss Bars
6 CFL GE Energy Smart Light Bulbs
1 Pack Nexcare Kids Bandaids
1 Pack Bandaid Brand Kids Bandaids
5 boxes Market Pantry Fruit Snacks
1 Bag Nature's Valley Nut Clusters
1 bottle Air Wick Spray3
3 2 Liter Cokes
3 Small Haagen Daz Ice Cream
1 Small Eucerin Daily Skin Care
1 Roll Bounty Paper Towels
1 Bottle Dove Shampoo
1 Bottle Suave Kids Shampoo
1 Small Bag Tidy Cats Liter
1 Bag Welchs Fruit Snacks
1 Tide 36 oz Stain Release
1 Large Pack Huggies Wipes Refill
1 Up and Up Childrens Liquid Tylenol
3 Packs All Beef Oscar Meyer Franks
Total Before coupons and earned gift Cards: $172.41 (includes tax)
Total after coupons and redeemed gift cards: $111.00 (includes tax)

Total savings: $61.41

Gift Card Savings comprised (earned by purchasing certain products) $15.00
Coupon savings comprised $46.41


This was not by any means the best I have done at Publix but still a good savings.

1 Birthday Balloon
1 Publix Milk
1 Hillshire Farms Kelibasa (5 pack)
1 Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage (5 pack)
1 Silk Soy Milk
2 Betty Crocker Supreme Brownies
1 Wesson Oil
2 Ruffles Potato Chips
1 Publix Whole Fryer Chicken
2 Motts Apple Juice
2 Fiber One Bars
1 Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter
1 Publix Salted Sweet Cream Butter
2 Right Guard Total Defense Deodorant
1 Publix Wheat Bread
2 dozen Egglands Best Eggs
2 Bordern American Singles
1 Knorr Mexican Rice Side
1 Off Skintastic Spray
1 Athena Canteloupe
1 Welch's Grape Jelly
Total Before Coupons: $91.89
Total After Coupons: $57.50

Savings of: 34.39
Vendor Coupons comprised $10.20 savings
Store Coupons comprised $3.75 Savings
Special Price Savings comprised $20.44 savings

If you have any questions I'll be happy to do what I can to help. I'm still learning but it is definitely paying off!


Monday, May 17, 2010


What's been going on? Well we've been very busy. Especially last week. The kids were out of school for two days after the flooding. Thankfully I am not aware of any major damage here in our town. I've seen some in another area nearby though and Nashville and Bellvue are in bad shape.

The house is still coming slowly but I think it will be picking up soon. Due to all the septic/house placement issues we had to change the structure of the basement. The side of the house we thought would be under the ground won't be and vise versa. The Superior Wall company we are using to build the basement will also be doing the excavation work and I hope will be starting on it this week. I'm optimistic. Hopefully once the basement is in things will really start to pick up. I've been looking at Hardie Board, brick and stone as well as front doors, windows and interior doors.

Derek has gotten a 31 year old Case lawn tractor from his parents. They've been saving it for him. They still have the original receipt! He is excited about fixing it up. I guess there are plenty of people who devote time to restoring them. He won't be doing too much work on it until the house is finished mainly just making sure it is running good.

Caleb had a field trip last week to Kentucky Down Under. It was really neat. He was able to pet a Kangaroo!! We did lots of other interesting, educational and fun things. I was very glad I was able to go with him. I was also able to go to a mother's day "tea" held at the school for the moms of the kindergarteners. Lily did a great ob singing her song and on all her crafts she had made for me. It was precious!

Well I guess that's all for now. I've had quite a few successful shopping trips lately. I'll try to post about them soon.

What have you been up to?


Monday, May 3, 2010


Well let's see what's been going on....

The septic system fit on the lot! Hooray! We will get our septic letter tomorrow. The impact fee has been paid to the county and the city fee will be paid tomorrow. The driveway should be going in by tomorrow. With all the rain though I wouldn't be surprised if it is delayed a day or two. The electrical permit has been pulled. Derek and my brother, Jared a master electrician, put up the Temporary Electrical in the rain on Saturday. They were soaked but it was the only time Jared could come up and get it in due to his sons ball schedules. Jared and my cousins husband, Rob a Journeyman Electrician, will be running all the electrical on the house. I am very excited by this. Not only will it be done to perfection but I will get to spend time with all of them!!!

We did get 13 inches of rain over the weekend. There was major flooding in many areas and also some deaths I am told. It is so sad! Everything was pretty normal today other than super slow traffic in some areas and of course all the debris from the flooding.

The kids are out of school today and tomorrow is Caleb's field trip! I am to go with him as a Chaperone. I'll tell you all about it later.

I spent four hours with one of my builders, the wife of the husband and wife team, on Friday. We scoured the area, looking at houses, trying to pare down what we like for the brick, stone and HardieBoard for the house. She says we should have the basement in by the end of the month and then by the end of June we should have it in the dry!!!! I can't wait!!! It is finally starting to roll. I pray for good weather and for things to go smoothly. I don't have any new pictures to post but once they start digging I'll be sure to get some up!

I have started a couch to 5k program with my neighbor. We walked/jogged for 30 minutes last Monday and 35 last Tuesday. We are planning to go again this evening. On top of that I started the new Atkins diet last Wednesday and I've already lost 3.5 lbs! Only 12 more to go!

Well that's all for now. How is everything with you? Would love to hear from you!