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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Brown Soda Alpha

It's that time again! New products in the store. Click HERE to go to and give them a look-see! 5 New WordArt Packs this week, all for 20% ($2.00 per pack), for at least a week :)

Grocery shopping days are the best, right? hehehe. Whatever ! I woke up at 7:15am, hopped up, and got ready for the store. I wish I were more enthusiastic about it, but hey, it was 7:15am. hehehe.

I got dressed, and went out and fed the masses. Yogurt with Fiber One cereal. Some LOVED it and some hated it. Can't please everyone, right? I straightened up the kitchen a bit, then printed off my shopping list. And crossed off what we already had and such.

By 8:30am, Maddie and I were ready for our shopping excursion. We headed to the commissary in the truck, got out the cash I needed, and we proceeded to shop for a week. It's amazing how much food it takes to feed this group. ha! All I can say is THANK HEAVENS for free lunch. That's 5 meals a week that I don't have to worry about...

Anyway, we swung by the Thrift store on the way home. The Ft. Bliss Thrift Shop is only open 3 days a week. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. We caught it on an open day. hehehe.

Maddie found quite a few $0.25 girl clothes in the clearance section, and was shopping up a storm. She only brought a few clothes for her kids, so now they're gonna have a whole new summer wardrobe - ha!

I found a few things for my family too. I got Eme 2 new pairs of pants, a swim shirt and swim skirt, a fancy Sunday dress, Jake got a Hawaiian shirt, and an Authentic Army BDU top for playing in, and Tom got a Motorcycle shirt, Jim and Joe got a Black Swim shirt to share, I got a series of 6 kid books, and #4,6,7,8,9 and10 in Series of Unfortunate Events, some other paperback books (Including 2 copies of Harry Potter #1 - we have 4 #2's, 3 #3's, 2 #4's, 2 #5's, and one each of 6 and 7), a pair of fancy black sandal/dressy shoes for myself, 3 Boy Scout shirts (2 short sleeved, 1 long sleeved), all for under $20. Not too bad, right? I was pretty pleased with my finds.

Maddie and Eme's new dress

And here's Maddie and I with our Thrift Shop finds
We headed home, had the kids all help carry in the groceries, put everything away, Maddie and I ate lunch, and we headed to Free Lunch with the kids.

Remember that LARGE LOAD truck we got stuck behind last lunch? Well, we got stuck behind it this time too. I guess they're on the same schedule as us - LOL!

Here we are at Free Lunch. Today was spaghetti, carrots, honeydew, and milk. Jake was glad he stayed home, cause he HATES spaghetti. hehe.

When the kids were done with lunch, they found this birds house up on a tree next to our picnic table. See those yellow jackets on the outside? Yeah, they're fakies. But there's a TON of real ones inside. Not so cool. Apparently they're working to get it removed safely.

After lunch, we headed to Kelly Park to play in the sprinklers. The little girls absolutely LOVED the place. And so did Maddie. She didn't have to worry about Lily drowning. Just concrete, no large body of water. ha!

We saw Heidi and Bridgette (both from Church) there, and hung with them. Here's a pic of Heidi. Her baby is 1 month old. Brand new little girl. That makes 3 girls, 1 boy for her family.

And here's Bridgette. She's got a little girl and a little boy, similar ages to Maddie's kids.

Eme drinking from the sprinkler

Maddie and Lily. Lily had a BLAST getting soaking wet - hehehe
Me in the water
And I couldn't resist taking a pic of the water. I thought it looked pretty cool...
We came home, got the kids all changed and happy and some of them down for naps, and Maddie and I popped out to another store real fast. I was almost out of sunscreen, and with as many pool/sprinkler days as we have, you CANT be caught without sunscreen. hehehe.

We came back home, and started on dinner. I cooked marinated pork (Hawaiian) with left over mashed postatoes. People seemed to eat them well enough. They did their chores, and played outside in the back yard for a while, until it started to rain.

Captain America came home at around 6:30pm, and he and I left on our date. Jake was given instructions to have the kids sit on the couch and watch a group movie together, then all were to go to bed. The older ones could read in their room, but the little ones had to go to sleep. Maddie and her girls were gonna hang in the living room, undisturbed for the evening.

So as Captain America and I left for our date, this is the BEAUTIFUL rainbow I saw!

Pretty, isn't it! And here we are, driving to Applebees

We didn't have to wait too long to get seated, and our waiter was fairly quick with our food. I was a bit disappointed that we couldn't substitute a salad for the rice in the fajatias. That's REALLY what I wanted. BJ's lets you do it.....

Here's me at the restaurant
And Captain America. We ordered the Asian Crunch Salad. Yeah, I didn't really like it. It wasn't too good, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It was mostly on my diet, but I'd have rather eaten my grilled talipia and veggies back home, honestly... But it was nice to be on a date with my hubby, I'll say that much :)
And us outside of the restaurant after finishing
After dinner, we headed to the movie theater by the mall, and watched Inception. OMHeavens, it was a good movie. Now, I watch a lot of movies, and it's hard to keep my rapt attention, but this one did the trick! I just can't say enough good things about this movie. LOVED every minute of it. OK, so I was a tad confused in the beginning, but I caught on pretty quick. I LOVED how there were so many "storylines" going on at the end. Totally had my attention.

Captain America and I came back home around 11:30pm, and here it is, 1:22am. My designing is done, and I'm getting ready to hit the hay. At least I can sleep in tomorrow. Cause it's Saturday. And I LOVE Saturdays - hehehe. So don't wake me up early, ok? You promise?

Got a special treat for you today! I made my wordart from yesterday into an alpha! And I'm giving it to you :) Now, there's 2 different options for the download. You can get it in 26 individual PNG files, or you can get 26 individual PNG files all in one PSD file, all on one page. So you just open it up, and drag and drop which letters you want. Whatever you choose :) Enjoy!

Click on the links below to go to my account to download the zip file, and leave some love if you like my work. Thanks!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Soda Junkie

Morning, all. Hope everyone slept well :) I was up at normal time this morning, and got up and got breakfast made for everyone. I made pancakes for the kids. I hung with Captain America for a few minutes when he got home from PT or whatever he was doing, and helped him get on his way to work.

I sat down on the couch for a few hours in the morning to get some designing done. I got all 5 WordArt Packs for the week done, and even started on an alphabet. I was pretty pleased with all of my hard work. hehehe.

At 11:05am, my kids, me, and Ella headed over to Free lunch. Lily was napping, so Maddie stayed with her. The kids had chili and tater tots, milk, and cantaloupe. Some of them liked it. Some didn't. Can't please everyone, right?


Me, all dressed up for the FRG luncheon


Ella, wearing the boys' clothes. So I had to put a pony in her hair. LOL




Me, grouchy at someone or another. Can't remember now why the grouchy face...


Do you like my new necklace??

We got stuck behind this on the way home. Sigh

So when I got back home, I dropped off all the kids, and headed to my FRG luncheon. The new Charlie Battery commander wanted to meet with all the spouses. It was about an hour long. They fed us, but I, of course, don't eat. Well, I eat, but I only eat my diet food. Cause if I ate regular food, I'd gain 30 lbs in 4 months again, and we don't want that....

Anyway, it was a nice meeting, and we got to hear from the commander, and meet the other women. Seemed like nice enough people.

After the meeting, I came back home and ate lunch, then worked to get everyone ready to go. It took about an hour, but we got to the pool at around 2pm. Here's some pics from our time there.

Maddie and Lily

Jim (we'd bought swim rings and foamy balls yesterday at the dollar tree for the kids)


Maddie and Ella

Jimmy came out of the bathroom at one point and couldn't get his pants pulled up. TOO cute. hehehe.


Joe and all his swim rings

Funny boy!

Maddie and I

Joe playing with the Nouhan (Hilary) kids.


Jake and Lily

Laurie came to the pool with her kids about 10 minutes before we left, so we didn't get the chance to hang out. :( That's ok, she and Hilary were chatting when I left.

We came back home, and started on dinner. I had an egg, sausage, and hashbrown casserole all ready to go in the oven. And it was only 4:15pm, so it would be done by 5pm. I was SO proud of myself. Until the entire house filled with egg smoke. Apparently the pan wasn't big enough....

And it leaked ALL over the bottom of my stove. Sigh. I pulled it out and spilled more, but got it to the sink. I tried to wipe it off inside, but it was WAY too hot. Captain America came home from work about that time. Between the two of us, we managed to get the egg mess cleaned up, and the casseroles back in the oven at 4:30pm. Still within dinner range....

I chatted with Captain America for a bit, and finally came out to check on the food at 5:10pm. Yeah, food cooks better when the oven is actually on. Sigh. You ever have days like that??? So I put 1/2 of it in a frying pan and cook it up, and the other half in a baking dish and freeze it for next time. Half made enough for everyone, so it was all good.

I cut up 1/2 a watermelon and a cantaloupe, and made some toast (burnt the first batch - I was on a roll....), and got dinner on the table. I cooked my fish and veggies, and ate too. I did realize something cool, though. 115 grams of yellow squash/zucchini chunked and in a mini ziplock baggie with just a tad of water for 2 minutes in a microwave steams it PERFECTLY! I'm just sayin....

After dinner, a storm tried to roll through, so we gathered up stuff in the backyard, and got a few sprinkles. It passed, and the kids went outside to play. I finished off my alpha, and started blogging. It's now 7:43pm, and Captain America should be home within the hour from his softball game. I optioned out tonight.

I find that right before I start my period, I have one day of "Blah". Where everything seems to go wrong, and you feel sad, and melancholy. Well, today is the lucky day. Hope it goes away quickly....

OK, done blogging, and am gonna put a movie in. See ya tomorrow!

Click on the link below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work. Thanks!

Ironically, I didn't get a soda today.... hehehe.