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grocery deals

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on June 30, 2008

at kroger they had cascadian farms organic clifford crunch cereal marked down to 1.50 each…i bought 3 boxes (should’ve bought all they had)…i am going back tomorrow to redeem my internet coupons (they will refund your money, just take back receipt) and get three boxes of cereal for 1.50 total!!! (cereal has 100 cals and 5 g fiber per cup, so it’s good stuff!) i also bought 2 dozen cage free eggs for 1.25 each…with soon to be redeemed q’s (q’s were on the back of the marked down cereal; cereal that doesn’t expire until dec 08)…eggs will be 25 cents each!! and, found a q for muir glen canned tomatoes…1$ off each…bought 2 cans organic toms for 39 cents ea! wowow!!! i forgot how much i love coupons…now, gotta get organized with q’s and sales and such…it’s a good thing i don’t work anymore…i don’t think i have enough brains left after two boys to hold a steady job AND bargain shop!!!! just joking…i think….

at the 99cent only store found bertoli pasta dinner for 99 cents a bag, bought 3, enough ginger to last me a year for .99, yoplait yogurt 3/99 (they are 54 ea at wally world). i plan on calling them to see if they take q’s…if they do, watch out!!

my cheap meal of the week? bertolli pasta dinner (fancy pasta with brocolli and garlic sauce) added in my own cooked chicken (split chik breasts .99 lb, used about a dollars worth) homemade whole wheat bread sticks (cheap…flour yeast water, you know the drill) and water. i guess this meal cost us about 3$ for all three. the rest of the chicken went into chicken noodle soup (scratch) and rolls (scratch) and i have more leftover chicken…don’t know what to do with that…probably a casserole with rice. another cheap meal!!

total so far for groceries for july…. (will update as i buy more)

kroger…20.98 (will get back 3$)
99 cent store….11.70
kroger….3.28 (will get back $2 on this trip)

total: 54.37

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we went to a movie

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on June 19, 2008

and left after an hour…newt was more interested in playing with the boy in the seat in front of us than the movie “happy feet”…to much singing, by the way, i can see why he wasn’t paying much attention….very loud too, so it didn’t matter that he was talking, playing, jumping, dancing (cause the penguins were dancing) and generally being a boy. oh, it was a showing for kiddos…their were probably about 300 along with adults, the shows cost 1$ each so it was worth a shot.

we start swim lessons on monday. i know he is gonna throw a fit when we have to get out after 30 mins, so….pray for me not to loose my cool. he threw a major fit today cause i wouldn’t get him some oj….i ignored him and it only took 5 mins of very loud screaming for him to stop. what else can i do? i do get tired of popping him on the hind end.

funny things newt has recently said:

mommy, roo-roo bitting your booby? (no honey, he is sucking, that is how he gets his milk)

we no run errands, we drive to errands

i love this paddle mommy (awwww, that one is sad cause he likes the way it looks, not the way it feels)

i fly like superman (as he lays in bed and tries to get me to stay another min longer)

wipe my tears mommy (after he cries)

kiss my boo-boo here (as he swings his rear my way for me to kiss after i have popped him)

thank you mommy (as i wipe the poo-poo off his hiney, awwww)

we went to the ymca and i droped him off at child watch, along with roo. after i exercised for 45 mins i went to take him to the pool, without roo…well, he started crying loudly when i said we were going to the pool. i said what is wrong? he said, with a teary voice, mommy and newt go get roo then go pool!!!! he thought i was going to leave without roo!!! isn’t that soooo sweet !!! he is so attatched to roo, he didn’t want to leave without him! i gave him a biiiiig hug and showed him the pool was right their at the gym and that we wouldn’t leave without roo. then he was fine, although i did have to wipe his tears.

three year olds are lots of fun…they really are an adventure.

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2 month checkup

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on June 13, 2008

well, roo is officially 2 months old, 9 weeks today!! it has gone by very fast, mainly because newt is a major distraction. poor roo gets attention only when newt is a: sleeping or b: watching tv…oh well, at least he won’t remember being ignored for long periods of time, heehee! we got a checkup on thurs and roo weighs in at 13 pounds!! and 22 3/4 inches. he is a super chunk. he is, apparently, thriving. the state of texas wants him to get another blood test, but his dr. says he is fine…the state health dept called my pedi today asking for another blood test….something about this bothers me, alot. what if i just didn’t want another blood test done? why should the state be dictating to me that my son needs another test, just so they can have the right numbers on record. i don’t know….a little to “big brother” for me. roo is fine, and that is all the state needs to know.

we went to the ymca today, and newt participated in a preschoolers fitness class. he did really well. it was fun for both of us. we listened to music and hopped, jumped, galloped, skipped and ran when it said to. the teacher was great and she talked to the kids and was very easy going. we played red light, green light….danced with stuffed animals and ended with some light stretching. we will be going again next week. it will, eventually, help him with his co-ordination…once he can stand on one foot, ha! there were lots of kids, too. i was surprised at that. i worked out for only about 25 mins on the bike…doing around 4.5 miles…it’s not as impressive as it sounds…i was not on a high resistance, but i did break a sweat, which is the point.

i gave roo a bath yesterday and has to scrub his head with a brush cause he was getting cradle cap, which is a build up of skin…well, no self respecting hairdresser is gonna let her kids get cradle cap, so i scrubbed, his head turned a nice shade of red, he cried a little, and then took a nap…clean babies smell sooooooo gooooood!

roasted chicken and potatoes for dinner tonight….hubby is working all day tomorrow, so we will have a buffet for dinner on saturday…which means cheese and chips for newt and leftovers for mom…maybe i can get newt to eat a burrito that i made from leftover beans that i smashed with already cooked ground beef; i rolled into a tortilla with chees that i had on hand, and waalah….10 or more frozen homemade burritos with no preservatives or added yukkies like hydrogenation or red dye#5… they are in the freezer, along with my texas french toast; french toast made with texas toast bread…a hearty breakfast for sure!

i’m off to recipe land to find recipes for next week…tonight and tomorrow we will be working on father’s day presents…newt is gonna make several things, with my help of course. i hope daddy likes them…i think he will…


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having fun

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on June 10, 2008

newt is now all better. yeah! he had to have a procedure called a vcug where they put dye in his bladder, thru a cathetor, and have him pee to see if any urine is going back into his kidney’s…a sort of reflux. he did fine, although we did have to drug him up for the procedure…that was fun. hubby gave him 2 extra doses (he was still running around like a mad-man) and he finally relaxed enough to be calm and somewhat still…of course on the way home he passed out and slept for 1.5 hours. when he woke up, hubby remarked he had a hangover! it was funny, newt was acting a little strange, kinda like he had a hangover (not that i know what one of those feels like, heehee) i am taking roo in for his 2 month chekup on thurs…they are going to have to take more blood to check his thyroid levels to see if they have come up any…hopefully he doesn’t have a wonky thyroid that requires medication. we shall see…

well, the ymca is a hit…sort of. we went as a family on sunday. it was hot, and we put roo in the child watch program. we went outside to the waterpark area and i chased newt around for the next hour, while hubby just kinda sat in the water. he was hanging out and not really participating. i think he has a lot on his mind…as usual. hubby did end up chasing newt around for a bit too…he did do his part. it was funny, newt is sooo like me, it was about 95 or so degrees, but the sun kept getting coverd by clouds…well great, right? wrong…newt was shivering, physically and audibally cause the water in the pool was cold, very cold, and the sun wasn’t out long enough to make him hot enough to enjoy the water! my son is just like me! i am the only one i know who can get cold in 90 degree weather…and i have passed my dreaded trait onto my son! we went again today, this morning, and it was hot, but totally cloudy…we were in the pool for about 20 mins…i was cold and newt started shivering right away. he started asking for a snack, and then slid down the slide and got a small cut. that was it, he was crying and asking for “dr. daddy” to fix his boo-boo! so we got another snack, picked up roo and went home. he is currently passed out on the couch!

i think we will head to the library once the kiddos are up and fed. i need to re-check a book and get some new ones for newt. i plan on making french toast this afternoon too…a big batch that i can freeze for future meals! did i tell you that i am excited!! my next big want? a carpet shampooer or a new dyson vacuum. i have turned into a domestic goddess, without the spotless house part…i am working on that. i am thinking of sighning up for www.flylady.com. a program that slowly works you into a clean house that is clean all the time. it’s working for my friend, who has two small boys, and she says her house is “company ready” all the time. my house is never “company ready” although i have yet to make this a priority. now that i am home, i can spend more time taking care of the house and not let laundry get out of hand and such. slow and steady wins the race…even if the race is keeping your house clean!

hubby is working late again tonight. i actually exercised at the y! i am planning on exercising again tomorrow. i hope i can make this a habit…i have some really cute clothes that i would like to wear again! i only have around 12 pounds of baby weight left…not bad considering i gained 35 or so.

i guess that’s it! cheers…

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peak oil

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on June 5, 2008

have you heard of this? i am currently reading a book called “the long emergency” and it is all about peak oil, and the ramifications it will have on our society. it’s scary because my eyes are being opened to just how dependent we are on oil. everything, and i mean everything, comes from oil. our futures are changing, and we had better be ready for it.

here are a few links to check out:


a discussion at a site i visit alot

a blog about peak oil and it’s possible implications

this is something i have been thinking about alot since i found out about it. it’s strange, why doesn’t the media talk about it? we are past peak…shouldn’t we be informed about it? shouldn’t we start making preps for it? or planning for when oil is no longer an option?

what will you do when the oil runs out? what will we all do? hmmmm…

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newt was sick…again!

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on June 5, 2008

so, the older boy child was running fever again. not to bad this go around as it seems to be gone after only a day and a half. hubby looked him over and declared it a viral infection. oh, well at least he saved us the 20$ copay! roo is fine thru all of this, and remains unfazed, as any 8 week old should.

we recently joined the ymca, and i am looking forward to having a place to go that doesn’t cost money, at least up front. staying home full-time has the drawback of getting bored. plus, it will be nice to have a place that offers classes like yoga and aerobics and spinning. i plan on enrolling newt in swimming lessons and t-ball. it will be so cute to see him in a baseball helmet, swinging and (probably) missing! i can’t wait! the season is 6 games long, so just long enough to see if he is interested enough to do another season next year. i think in the fall they have soccer and something else. hubby always said we should put him into soccer cause of all the running he naturally does in everyday life, haha!

we bought a freezer the other day, and i am sooo excited! i can’t wait to hit sam’s and buy up all of their discount meat! it is 3 years old and an upright to boot! it’s big, too. i can now fantasize about making loaves of bread without having to worry about a place to put them. i can also fantasize about my ice-cream selection…i think it will be growing, heehee.

so this morning, my dear son, newt, decided he wanted some cake ( i bought on the clearance rack at wally world). he drops the whole thing on the floor (we have eaten 2 small pieces, it is 1/8 sheet, so a pretty good size), pick up part of it, squish it in his hands, come into the living room and proudly show me his prize! well, he got a pop on the butt because the whole cake had to be thrown into the trash…and he had to watch me throw it in the trash. i really made me mad…he is not 1 or 2, he is 3! i know he knows what he did was not right, that we don’t throw food on the ground, then play with it! ugh. how do you explain waisted money to a child? i didn’t even understand money till i was in my teen and had a job. (my parents never gave me an allowance, they let me help my step-father at his job, painting or cleaning, so i could earn school clothes money. no, my parents did not automatically buy me new school clothes every year, so..if i didn’t work, i didn’t get new clothes…off my soap box)

the past 2 months have really flown by. it makes me sad to realize i havn’t taken a pic of roo in like two weeks! i think i took 20 pics of newt everyday for the first 2 years of his life! i exagerate, but not by much. the days pass by very quickly, and slowly, at the same time. hubby is working alot of extra shifts this month to make some extra money. the c-section bills are starting to rear their ugly heads…and we will have to pay them at some point!

i love nap time…it’s soooo quiet.


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