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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dancin' Shoes

Dude, so I TOTALLY missed the boat with promoting this sale. Yes, I suck. I know :) I think it's just because we came off of the Farmers Market sale, and now, BOOM, here's another one. When they were asking who wanted what day for the sale, I said, just put me down for any day. Mistake. My sale is only like 3 days after Farmers Market. Oh well, live and learn.

SO, after that little negative tirade, check out this COOL sale that we're having - ROFL! Each day till Christmas, we have a different designer having a ROCKIN' sale. And guess what? Today is mine! All my wordart packs are only $1.25. I know, not quite as good as a buck, but practically! I was only allowed to up it on sale for 50%. And $1.00 is 60% off. LOL! What can ya do? I'm trying :)

Check out this cool ad that Kami made of us : See me, I'm WAY up there at the top - hehehe.

So, from right now, all day Thursday, and until I wake up in the morning on Friday and get the kids to school (I'll try and be slow - ROFL!), my store is on sale. So, on your marks.,...... get set....... GO!!!! Click HERE to go to my store.

AND, I even have some new products out this week, which you can pick up for $1.25 a pack! See, I'm good :) LOL. Click on the image below to go to the product in the store.

Wow, today was draining. Captain America got up and left for work, and at around 5:30am texted me. Dude, not at 5:30am when my phone is right next to my head. I tried. I really tried to go back to sleep. But it wasn't working. Finally, I grabbed my headphones, and listened to Jacob and Edward and Bella in Eclipse for the next few hours. I dozed off here and there, but I just rewinded it a bit, and it was all good.

I was up at 7am, getting kids ready for school. Breakfast and homework and clothes and teeth and shoes and backpacks and hats and coats and out the door they went. Oh yeah, first, we drew names for Christmas. Geeze, I'm having a hard time remembering what I've told you and what I haven't... So we decided that instead of each family memeber going to the Dollar Tree and spending a dollar on each family member, we'd just pool all the money that would have been spent on me, and one person will draw my name, then get me a $6.00 present. Make sense?

Joe got Tom, and Tom got Joe. Eme got Captain America, Captain America got Jake, Jake got Me, I got Jim, and Jim got Eme. I think that's everyone. Dang, that's a lot to keep straight. LOL!

7:30am, and they were gone. I got Jake going with school, and Jimmy situated with a project (ok, so it was tv, but a project sounds SO much better, don't you think?), and I got myself ready for the day. I had a TON of errands to run, and I thought I'd invite Andrea to come with me. She makes everything more fun :)

We headed out at around 8:30 or so. Maybe 8:45am. Can't quite remember. First, we went to the post office. I bought 2 books of stamps for my Christmas cards. That means 40 people. We've gotta go hash out our list, and decided who's been "naughty and nice". ROFL!

Next, we drove up by the hospital, looking for building 7772. We knew it was by the Bradly building. But we didn't know what the Bradly building was. LOL! I looked online, and it talked about a new building by Beaumont (the Army hospital), so I assumed it was up there. We asked the gate guard, and he said that the Bradly building was near the ER. I knew where that was.

So Andrea dropped me off at the front, and the little man at the info desk showed me right where to go. It WAS right next to the Bradly building. hehehe. I gave the nice woman at the desk Toms paperwork for Speech, and she made photocopies of everything, then sent me back to talk with the referral lady. She said that they'd send me a letter letting me know the insurances decision. So now I just wait.

I headed back to the parking log, and was texting Andrea to come and get me when she pulled up. Dang, woman! You've got crazy mad skills!

Next, we headed to Big Lots. And here the view of the mountains from the parking lot. Margaret. This pic is for you!

It was 9:30 by now, so we were pretty sure it was open. We were looking for Christmas stuff for Ryan (Andrea's hubby who's in Iraq) for a package. She wanted to get him a little tree, and some Holiday Cheer. They had a TON of good stuff.

Also, Andrea's son, Sam's teacher was putting up a tree in the classroom, and wanted it to be patriotic in theme. So Andrea bought some red and blue and silver ornaments. Plastic ones. So cool! What a great idea. (Come to find out, later, after school, that when Andrea gave the ornaments to the teacher, the teacher was like, oh, well, I don't want it to look like a Christmas tree, so those ornaments don't really work. I just want REAL patriotic ones. Are You Kidding Me??? What part of "decorating a tree" doesn't scream Christmas to you. Who cares if they have flags on it. It's still an ornament on a tree. It's gonna look like a Christmas tree. Who has a tree in their house for normal, anyway? I just couldn't believe the teacher. How rude.)

We found (gee, I hope my kids don't read this) a Guitar Hero for the Wii, with the guitar, and the game, for only $39. I thought it was a fabulous deal. My mom is getting my kids a Wii for xmas, did I tell you? We bought all the extra crap that goes with it, and a few games, so we should be set. I found a cooling thingy for my laptop, too. Only $13.00. Not sure how it works, but I'll give it a try. I got a few other things, and we headed to the next store.

Fallas Parades is a discount store, and is mainly Hispanic run, or so I can tell. Spanish music on the radio, everyone in there, it seems, speaks Spanish. GREAT deals, though. I found a Nurf gun for Jimmy for $5.99, and some extra darts for $2.00. OK, so I know I went over on him. But I did split the darts between him and Tom, so really it was only $0.50 that I went over - LOL!

Next, we drove to WalMart. Andrea had to get something, but it slips my mind now. I got powder and body wash for Captain America, some powdered sugar, and we found these AWESOME fakie Nerf guns, Tommy Guns, that hold 20 darts, for only $9.00. SWEET! They were originally $21.75 or something like that. I got one for Tom (from "The Big Guy") and Andrea got one for Sam for his Birthday. Which is on Thursday.

So I was supposed to meet Captain America at home at 11:15am so we could go to the mall to get his vitamins and then lunch at Chick Fil A, but I didn't even leave WalMart (on the East side, a good 10 minutes, at least, away), until 11:15am. But, he ended up calling, and canceling lunch. He was SO busy at work.

So after I got home, and go the kids all ready, we headed back out again. I drove to a different WalMart to look for Wii games. The first WalMart didn't have a $10 section. I ended up getting 3 Wii games for $10 each. Duck Shoot (or something akin to that), some Fantasy game, and Space Monkey. Anyone have those?? Are they good? We also got Star Wars Force Unleashed (online, it's not here yet) and Star Wars Lego (online too). Good? And, see how tricky I am. I did this second trip with kids!

So after Walmart, we went to the McDonalds inside the Walmart for the kids to eat. I'd grabbed cucumbers and cheese before I left the house. Cause I'm being super good on my diet. And I don't need a McChicken, or fries, or a parfiet. I can do just fine with a diet soda. Unfortunately, no one was there to slap me for drinking caffiene. Luckily, I only had one giant soda. Not 3. Not even 2. One. One may be good :)

After lunch, we headed over to Walgreens to pick up my Christmas cards that I'd printed out the day before, then just never got around to picking them up. Fantastic, as usual. LOVIN' Walgreens photo lab :)

Then, it was on to the Dollar Tree. I wanted to see if they had a charger for Eme's MP3player. She lost hers, and I know that my dad picked up one at his Dollar Tree, but ours didn't have it. Maybe he can get us one and send it out. It's the same cord as my EHD, but I'm not really wanting to give it up to the 8 year old who lost the 1st one, know what I mean?

We ended up getting a few really pretty Christmas decorations, some silly string for Andrea for her son, a broom, a dust pan, some bows, and a few sweaters. I KNOW! They had a clothes section. Seriously, I think they were donated from someone, because I swear, on of the tags has some kids name written on it - ROFL! BUT, they did have a cute pink hoodie zip up for Eme, a sleeveless pull over sweater for her, and a Christmasy Sweater for Jimmy. Can't beat a buck, right?

After the Dollar Tree, we headed home. It was getting close to school being over time. I dropped off the silly string at Andreas house, and we made plans to go to Target after the kids got home. She went off to pick them up, and I went home to quickly design up a tag for Sam's Birthday goodies. LIke I made for Tom. Just not Halloween. hehehe. It took longer than I thought, and I was just sending it to Walgreens when Andrea and mom and kids arrived. Mom was taking the boys to shop for Andrea, and I was there to keep her busy while they shopped. SO sweet :)

So we went to Target, and browsed around. We looked at Christmas stuff, and toys, and electronics, and the dollar section.

So while in the Christmas section, we see these tree skirts, and decide that they'd make great capes. And of course, and Andrea models one for us. Pret-ty!

So we round the corner, still looking at the Christmas stuff. See, we've been looking at ornaments, and the bulbs/balls for quite a while. Tiny ones. To fit on Ryans little tree. SO, I see these GINORMOUS balls, and practically yell at Andrea, "Those balls are HUGE!". After it came out of my mouth, I turned red, and almost wet myself. Did I really just shout that at Target? O....M.....Gosh! We about died laughing. So, in honor of my big mouth, we took this picture!
See, now you KNOW you are glad you don't live close enough to come and play. Because we're embarrassing like that :P But you've got to admit, those ARE some big balls. Seriously. Who has a tree that big?

I ended up getting 3 pairs of dollar socks. One for me now (purple with a penguin), one for my stocking (green/red/white/gold striped), and one for Jimmy's stocking (Red CARS). Then, we headed off to the Jewelry Box. It's all in the same mall. I just love that store. I just got 3 things, since we were gonna come back next Friday after our weigh in.

I did find a red scard, and red earrings, and a red bracelet. I'm TOTALLY gonna wear it tomrrow. They're SO cute :)

Mom and the kids called soon, and we met them at the truck. We stopped by Walgreens to pick up the baggie toppers, then they dropped me off, and I hid more of my packages in the bedroom, and started on dinner. I cooked up some Ramen noodles. I don't usually buy them, because everyone here LOVES them, and they're not the best thing to be eating. But every once in a while. Every couple of months. Right? That's not bad.

I made my stir fry, then directed the kids to do their chores. They got quite a bit accomplished before Scouts/Activity days. Andrea came to pick them up at 6:45pm, and I was left with just Joe. Where's Jim, you ask? He'd gotten in trouble earlier for being mean, and I laid him down in my closet with a pillow and blanket in the dark. His room is too light, and my bedroom was full of packages and toys and bags. So the closet it was. Well, he fell asleep.

Anyway, after the kids left, I went in my room, and started wrapping presents. Jimmy, of course, woke up. He'd been asleep for about an hour. I kicked the little boys out, and wrapped. They kept peeking under the door, and giving me a blow by blow play of what I was doing. Finally, I was able to push a box in front of the door so they couldn't peek under it :)

I wrapped up the Wii games, and some movies from the day after Thanksgiving sale, and some jammies, and some Wii accessories, and my gift to Jimmy, and had the boys put them under the tree. They were SO enthralled with the whole process. We've never had presents under the tree. We've always had a toddler, or someone who would trash it. It's kinda nice to have a 4 year old, who is, for the most part, good with things. The trees been up for about a week, and no one has tipped it over yet. Knock on wood.

Andrea brought the kids back around 8:30/9pm, and we chatted for a few minutes. Jacob wanted to show her this really cool new RC helicopter that he'd bought at WalMart with his babysitting money. It really flies. Sure, it crashes pretty hard, but he was REALLY happy with it, as a toy.

So Andrea goes home, and I put the kids to bed. I start working on my Christmas card list, then realize that I have to go and change the prices on my store. Manually. Almost 400 of them. Dang! Changed all the prices from $2.50 to $1.25. And I must say, a few of the bigger packs got changed to $1.25 also. It was taking too long - LOL

Andrea came over to borrow a stapler, to attach the baggie topper to the baggie, and we got distracted on the computer. Her Dad-in Law came looking for her an hour later. Oops. Now we were in trouble - LOL!

It was around 10:30pm, and Captain America was still not home. I started working on something, then Andrea was on Skype, so we started chatting. She was baking cookies for Sams goodie bags, and I was 1/2 working on a project, 1/2 blogging. Captain America came home after 11pm, and looked SO tired. Poor man. He is always so busy. And we were complaining about trainings. They looked easy compared to this. But at least hes happy doing what he's doing. Army life suits him just fine. What a good man.

He went to bed, and I plugged along. Andrea and I started chatting again at around 1am (yes, I know, I should have gone to bed). And now, here it is, 2:25am, and I've still yet to design anything. I blogged about my day. Even with pictures. But no WordArt. I'll see what I can design real quickly for ya. Be right back......

OK, here I am again. 2:35am. Not too bad, eh? Here's your WordArt for today. I take no responsibility for any typos, or just plain dumbness. LOL! This works, right? ROFL! Click on the link below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work.


LovelyMissKait said...

Oh, Bethany, you are so funny. I love looking at your pictures because I know there's always something going on there and you have a great sense of humor. :)

I do agree with you though, those are some BIG balls! I've never seen anything that big around here.

Thanks for the wa. Have a great day.

Mari said...

You can't just put your entire store on sale?!?! You have to do it manually?!?! Wow, hardly seems worth it.

I think the 'big balls' are for outside trees. ;)

Bethany said...

Well, there was a way to just "put" the store on sale, but it wouldn't show up in the market page, just on the product page. So I did it the long way. Basically, I had 13 pages of 30 products that I changed. Luckily there was a "select all" button, so I only had to do it 13 times. Just a little time consuming, but not too bad :)

Outside trees, now you're talking. hehehe

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 10 post on Dec. 03, 2009. Thanks again.

Nathaniel said...

A note on the Wii controllers: make sure they wrap the tether around their wrists, otherwise the remote is likely to fly from their hand at some point. Also, if they like Guitar Hero, you guys should get Guitar Hero: Metallica at some point too.

Madison McShinsky said...

I got Ella a really cute Gymboree sweater from the dollar tree! I thought it was really funny. In the parking lot of the strip mall that our dollar tree is in, they have one of those goodwill bins to drop off donations, I was joking with Joe that they probably stole the stuff out of that to sell!

sdwrdt said...

thank you so much - my daughter was just in the Nutcracker, so this will work great!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 03 Dec [LA 02:00pm, NY 05:00pm, UK 10:00pm] - 04 Dec [OZ 09:00am]).

Anonymous said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

Robert said...

You are just the funniest... you need to write a book... :) Force Unleashed and Lego Star Wars are complete favorites with my kids! My 11 year old has completed and reset lego Star Wars 2 times he loves it so much! :) The Wii is the BEST... have a blast!

Anonymous said...

Love the photo of you & your "big balls"!
And yes, they are for decorating large OUTSIDE trees in the yard.