Thursday, September 30, 2010

Delta Zeta is back!

Sooooooooooooooo looking forward to reuniting with some of my sorority sisters at Louisiana Tech Homecoming on October 16th! I am so excited that some of the girls have organized a Delta Zeta tailgate!

My best friend Janet and her big sis Darcie are coming to stay the night on Friday and then on Saturday we are heading to Ruston to tailgate with the girls and go to the game. I haven't seen most of these girls since I left Tech 13 years ago!

We got shirts made for the DZ Tailgate too! LOVE THEM!

Turning over a new leaf...

I will blog more often.

I will. I will.

I will try. That's the best I can do.

So much has happened. 4th and 1st grades are officially underway! How did my babies get so big? Sydney is quite the little cheerleader- competitive cheer (a flyer- gasp!) for the Gym-Fit Spirit Youth All-Star squad in Marshall AND cheering on her beloved 3/4 and 5/6 Red Carthage Dawgs on Saturdays. Eat, sleep, cheer. It is her life! Caleb is a Weebelo Scout now... so big and I am so proud. This year Daddy has taken over the Cub Scouting responsibilities (while I'm running Syd to cheer). I think it is a good thing. They need their "boy" time and I can't teach Caleb to be a man. Phil has taken the reigns and I think it will be good for both of them.

School is going well for both kids. Sydney's biggest challenge is not talking. I'm not sure where she would get such a thing. I don't know anyone in our family who talks all the time??? She is doing great in her reading and math and really loves school. Such the social butterfly.

Caleb is a bit more complicated- new school this year- Baker-Koonce Intermediate. He loves it, but we are having some afternoon challenges with overstimulation and such. We are working with the doctor, teachers and OT figure some things out. We definitely have a plan and we hope within the next few weeks things will continue to improve. Progress reports were very good, we just need to continue to make things the best we can for him. I can say that the principal, counselors, and teachers at Baker-Koonce Intermediate ROCK. They are so on board with Caleb and doing what is BEST for him, not necessarily what is easiest for them. After banging my head against a proverbial Libby Elementary wall for the past 2 years this is such a breath of fresh air! Our first ARD at BK was last Friday and I was in awe of all these wonderful people and their genuine caring for my son and his well-being! I did my best to hold it together during the meeting, but I cried tears of joy afterward. He is going to be ok here. He is really going to be ok. Thank you God!

As we make changes for Caleb over the next few weeks (We have a detailed plan!) I will blog about them here. I think this is a new beginning for him and I am beyond excited.

First day of school:

(No, he wasn't happy about pictures!)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


[stoo-pid-i-tee, styoo-] Show IPA
–noun, plural -ties for 2.
the state, quality, or fact of being stupid.
a stupid act, notion, speech, etc.

Yep. Lots of this around. Myself included.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Well it's summer alright...

And I am slacking again. But for good reason!

The kids and I just got back from a week at Nanny and Gampy's house (my parents). My sister and her family were in for the week so we went down to see them. All SEVEN kids had a GREAT time swimming, boating, and just being together. My sister and I have a great relationship and I am so happy to see that our kids love each other so much.

I will add pictures later (when I am on my computer). I have some really great ones...

We have a busy rest of summer planned. Along with weekly tumbling and cheer practice for Syd we have a trip planned to Grannie's (Phil and the kids) while I have a scrapbooking girl's weekend. Phil will spend a week in fire academy at the end of July and we will hopefully get to fit a quick RV trip in there somewhere before I return to my real job on August 16.

In other news...

Caleb is a Rollercoaster/Waterpark building madman. He recently got Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 and you should see the things he builds! Such an imagination!

Sydney has perfected the standing backhandspring and did roundoff-backhandspring combo with no spot last Thursday. At least 7 or 8 times. We are so proud! Her coach bought her (and two others that got it for the first time on the same day) a Coke after practice. Mom took her for ice cream too!

Stay tuned for Summer photos!! And details about this week's CVS trip where I spend $2.71 for two bags full of goodies!!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

CVS Tally for today...

I did not do as well as I hoped... for several reasons:

They were out of the Gillette Razor (grrrr....)
I can't find my Pantene coupons (grrrr....)
I don't have Hawaiian Tropic coupons...

Anyway. I hit CVS to pick up kid's prescriptions (Sydney has Strep throat!) and see what deals I could do this week. Here's what I got:

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid $1
Glade Air Freshener $1
Colgate Total Advanced $2.99
Dial Soap $2
CVS Ibuprofen Caplets $3.99
CVS Ibuprofen Liquid (for the sick girl) $4.49

-$.25 Dawn Coupn
-$1.00 Colgate Coupon
-$8.00 CVS ECB (from last week)
-$5.00 CVS ECB (from last week)

Total Paid = $1.27
Received: $2 ECB (from Colgate)
$3 ECB (from Ibuprofen)

I am going to try to go to another CVS yesterday and find that blasted razor and I need to find my pantene coupons. UGH!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Do you do ECBs? If you don't then you should...

So what is an ECB? It is an "Extra Care Buck"... that is CVS lingo for a cash back coupon that you can spend on anything in their store... just like the good 'ole green stuff.

I used to be a big couponer and got busy and got away from it. I am glad to say I am back in the game. I always have at least $12-15 in coupons at the grocery store (I shop at HEB)... and that is great- I go about every 10 days so that is a $36-45 savings per month on stuff I would buy anyway. But that is not where you save money... it is CVS- but you have to know how to play it.

The first thing I do is print internet coupons. You can get most of the ones from the Newspapers online except for the Proctor & Gamble Brandsaver which comes out about once a month. Phil can usually snag that one for me from the office. I also subscribe to "All You"- it is a great magazine with lots of money saving tips and tons of coupons... I also like their fashion sections-- real clothes for real sized women (their models actually eat!) who the heck is a size 2 anyway??? But I digress...

I separate out my coupons and then when the CVS ad comes out on Sunday I either stop in and get one or browse online at I work to match my coupons with their sales for good deals... but the GREAT deals come when you can match coupons with the items they are offering ECBs on. So you buy the item, give the clerk a coupon, pay the difference and then get a coupon for the ECB amount back on your receipt. A lot of times I get things for free or MAKE money on the deal. Really? Yes, REALLY! When you can really do well is when you "roll" your ECBs... meaning use ECBs to pay for your purchase and then get just as many or more $ in ECBs back for next time. The only real investment should be your first purchase to get those first ECBs. Don't forget to be eligible for savings and ECBs at CVS you HAVE to have that ExtraCare Card!

Ok... let's talk proof here. Last week I went into CVS and I think I spent out of pocket $19 and some change. I got 2 spray on Coppertone sunscreen (price $8.97 each) and had 2 $2 off 1 coupons, plus they offered a $10 ECB when you bought two Coppertone sunscreen. So my price was 17.94 minus $4 in manufacturer's coupons = 13.94, and then I got $10 in ECB back. Total for two Coppertone sunscreen= $3.94! I also bought Panetene shampoo and conditioner on sale for $6.97 for 2- I had a manufacturer coupon for $2 off 2. I paid 4.97 out of pocket and then they were offering a $2 ECB when you buy two Pantene products. So overall on this trip I spent:
4.97 (2 Pantene)
13.94 (2 Coppertone Sunscreen)
18.91 + tax and got $12 in ECBs! Not bad!!

So this week's ad comes out and I went in to CVS yesterday... this is what I got:

2 Gillette Body/Hair Wash @ $4 each = $8
1 Gillette Fusion Pro Razor @ $9.97
2 pkgs of Silly Bracelets (shouldn't have taken Sydney!) @ $2.99 each = $5.98

I had the following coupons:
$4 off Gillette Fusion Pro Razor
Buy one Gillette Body Wash, get one Free ($4 value in this case)
$10 ECB (from Coppertone last week)
$2 ECB (from Pantene last week)

5 items subtotal $3.95
Tax $0.33
Total paid $4.28

and I got $13 in ECBs back!
$8 from the Gillette body wash ($4 each)
$5 from the razor

Not bad if I do say so myself!

I will continue to post my CVS and other deals (if I find any really good HEB deals) on my blog. I love saving money and building my stockpile!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Camping with the DZ's.

What a great weekend!

Phil, the kids, and I arrived at Brushy Creek Park on Lake O'the Pines about 4pm on Friday afternoon... two stop and one flat tire later. But that is another story. We hauled the travel trailor and boat up for our weekend adventure. DZ sisters Janet and Jennifer and their families were to join us later that evening.

First Jennifer, seems there was some in-law/family confusion so they were not going to be able to camp with us. Jennifer and her handsome little boys visited on Friday evening and the whole family came out Saturday morning for a visit. It has been TOO long since I've seen Jen... shame on us- she only lives 45 minutes away!

Then, Janet- step-daughter Carly was sent to the nurse's office on the last day of school with a strange rash, what was suspected to be Fifth's disease. So her Mom took her to urgent care. After a long wait, the doctor said she should not be camping so she had to miss the trip. Janet and husband Byron arrived around 10:15pm with the older daughter, Katie.

Saturday morning it was time for some good 'ole lake fun! Sydney was in the lake before 9am! The kids (and adults) had a great day swimming, bike riding, and tubing. Katie got a little too much sun(burn) and was asleep by 9pm. I had to leave camp at 7:30pm to take Sydney to her dance recital in Marshall. She danced beautifully, but boy are we glad that is over! After returning we had a bowl of homemade ice cream (with sprinkles!) and hit the sack by midnight!

Sunday morning Sydney was in the lake again! We got up, ate breakfast and enjoyed the beautiful morning before beginning the packing up process.

We will definitely have to do the DZ campout again... wonder what other DZs we can get to come along??