Thursday, December 31, 2009


About 75 pics taken to get these a few decent ones...

Reminder to self - don't ask them to "Smile" or you'll get these:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pics at our house

For your viewing pleasure:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Grocery Shopping

I'm new to the whole "Couponing" thing - but I like seeing how well I can do.

Here are the spoils of my last trip:

It is hard to see - but here's the list:
* 8 Ragu Spag Sauces
* 8 Skippy PBs
* 6 Boxes Chex - you know how expensive cereal can be & my kids plow through it!
* 4 boxes Life
* 1 Box Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
* 4 Pkgs Shredded Cheese
* 2 Pkgs Bacon
* 3 Pkg frozen veggies
* 1 loaf bread
* 1 bunch bananas
* 4 Sara Lee Frozen Pies
* 4 Breyer's Ice Creams
* 3 Cans Pears/Fruit Cocktails
* 2 Gallons Milk
* 1 Tropicana OJ
* 2 Tubs Whipped Topping

=55 Items for $60.03
Pretty good for a newbie! :) It could've been better, but I messed up on one coupon's limits. We alse *needed* the bacon and milk - so really I should be able to subtract about $9 from this because if I hadn't *needed* them, I wouldn't have bought them...that is good reasoning, right?

ETA: I forgot to add my total savings (includes coupons and savings from using my store card)~~~~~~~ $133.90!

David now thinks I'm a nutcase for taking a picture of the groceries!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween

Candy candy candy - yum!

Aaron was Mario and Lauren was Princess Peach. The Mario Hat took about 10 minutes to make! It is uber easy! =) Lauren's dress was a lucky find at Value Village - it was white and I dyed it pink.

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Pic Every Day

...or as close to every day as I can.

I've done a pretty good job of keeping off the 75+ pounds I've lost from my high weight, but I've been stuck in this weight for a good year+ (not counting pregnancy). In the pic below, on the left I wasn't even at my highest weight (!!) and on the right is July of '09. I obviously had my braces in between then as well ;)

Since pictures can be such a motivating factor, I took a picture of myself today in just a sports bra and basketball shorts (shudder) and will try and take pics everyday from the front and side as I am working out and doing my WWatcher points. I think I'll compile all the pics into a movie and then "publish" it here on March 31st.
My goal is 40 pounds - I figure if I can lose even half that through the whole Holiday food-fest, I've done pretty well! Wish me luck!

(Oh and BTW - the Wii is awesome! I love my EA Active Game - it makes it super easy to burn 200+ cals and you don't feel like you're working out!)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Upcoming craftiness

I'm a little ADHD when it comes to crafts - but here are either specific projects I'm hoping to complete soon OR crafty sites I peruse for inspiration.

Shopping Cart Hanger - for coupons, etc... I probably won't do this one - but just wish I was this cool and organized.

Make MOON SAND! (make it outside that's for sure)

The kids need bigger ones of these, I don't remember how I did it before - this pattern looks doable!

Baby Box I actually designed one for when Christopher was born. I designed it in PrintShop and was waiting to print it out when he got sure looked cute. It is a great idea. I also made coordinating little cards for me to write the "firsts" on and throw into the box.

I'm working on a version of the "Family - journey to forever" frame right now. Hers is cuter...

Make your own sidewalk paint

Cool ladies

Thanks to the cool chicks from church who keep inviting me to do things.

Missy taught me how to make these organza flowers. She learned to make them from Little Birdie Secrets
Aaron took the pic of my hair...good job Bubba!

ETA - I just noticed in the pic of me - Niecy Nash from Clean House is on with her flower in her hair...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Do The Puyallup

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Back to School and Back to Work

Bubba and Sis are now at their new school. They are still settling in, but luckily, there are a few other kids in our ward that go there also.

They love to ride the bus home. It is nice because it gives me a little more time to get home.

I also went back to work the day they went back. I didn't want to be sitting at home during the day. I only work while they are in school - so it is pretty nice.

We also went to the Benton/Franklin fair. It is always a little bit of a letdown after going to the Puyallup Fair for all those years. The kids are excited because we are going to go to the Puyallup Fair in a week. yay! Here are some pics at the fair. The Longhorn Cattle belong to my inlaws.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


It is that time of year again - Benton Franklin Rodeo and Fair is here. So I decided I needed to venture out and take Bub and Sis to the parade. As we were getting ready to leave, they both said "I don't think I want to go..." Too bad! We were going.
And once we got there Aaron made a comment that he didn't think he'd been to a parade before...I think he was right. They both had fun and picked up a TON (seriously - 3lbs or so) of candy!

For the old school Kennewick Marching Lions - here is some footage. Sad though is that this was all 3 highschools together. I remember "back in my day" when the KeHS band was that big by itself. (Hopefully it was small because school hadn't yet started...?)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Who knew? *Warning - melancholy post! *

Before we lost our son, I of course knew that women had miscarriages and late term stillbirths - but now I know - IT HAPPENS A LOT! Since this has happened, tons of friends, family, casual acquaintances, etc have told me stories of late losses that have happened to them. It is hard to believe that any babies are actually born in the US.

I've been reading up on placental abruptions - since I had never really heard of it before. It happens in about 1 of 100 births. I have about a 10% chance of it happening again - if we decide to try again. My doctor told me that it is possible for us to try again in 6 months. Right now, I don't is still too soon to make that choice. However, I have put some serious stipulations on myself for IF we do decide to try. Even though my Dr. told me that me being overweight, blah blah blah, didn't necessarily contribute to the abruption - I have to make sure that next time there is no question about it. So, I must lose at least 40 lbs before another pregnancy. If I focus on it, I can do it in the 6months with Weight Watchers.

D and I have also made the commitment to go to the temple before another attempt. I sometimes wonder if Christopher's great work on this earth was to help his father and I grow in our faith (I know that statement will not sit well with some, but let a grieving mom think what she wants if it helps her!)

It has been only two weeks. Who knows how my feelings will change over the next months, years, etc. I have joined a group online and it is helpful to read/talk with other women this has happened to and see how they have healed since their losses. Sadly, it also helps to hear of stories that are worse than mine - there are children who are born at full-term with defects which will cause them to pass within a day or so, stillborns at 40 weeks with no answers at all, mom and baby both passing, horrible as we feel, it could have been worse.

** next post will be more uplifting - I promise!! ** :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pictures and more pictures

The 2nd and 3rd longest days of my life are over. Hillcrest Memorial Center took care of everything for us and they did a beautiful job. Since we obviously did not know what we were doing, they gently walked us through planning everything.

<--- Here is David, me, and Christopher at his viewing.

<--Christopher and Grandpa

<--- Lauren wanted to give her brother a little kiss. The kids seem to be the ones handling this the best.

Luckily, since Christopher was so small, we were able to bury him with David's brother that passed away when they were growing up. Christopher is actually underneath his Uncle Jon's headstone. Christopher will get a marker of his own in front of Jon's.

The outfit he wore was the one the kids had picked out for him to come home from the hospital in. They thought we should bury him in it since it was picked out specifically for him.

Cute shot of his feet from the hospital

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Baby Pictures

I tried to choose pictures that look like he is sleeping. The hospital took all these pictures for us and put the disc with them in his memory box. They also did footprints and handprints and gave us a footprint mold of each of his feet.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Christopher Ellis

Sometime while sleeping late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning, Chellaigne suffered a placental abruption. Sadly, this caused the loss of David and Chellaigne's son, Christopher Ellis, who was born via emergency C-section on the morning of August 6th. He was 34 1/2 weeks old.

Luckily, David took Chellaigne straight to the emergency room when the pain started on Thursday morning. By the time they had arrived, C had lost a lot of blood and the concern of the medical staff shifted to saving her life. Although now anemic due to the large loss of blood, C is home and recovering with the help of her MIL, who has been taking care of the older kids.

Strangely, this pregnancy had gone quite well, no high blood pressure, no pre-eclampsia, etc, but according to the info, the placental abruption can happen for no known reason as well, which is what the Doctors have determined happened here. What made this more shocking for David and C was that less than 12 hours before, C had been to the Dr for a normal checkup - everything was great and the heartbeat was strong.

The hospital took some very nice pictures of Christopher and I will post those when I am able. There will be a small memorial sometime this week, and I'll post the times for that as well when we know. We don't expect people to travel great distances to attend since this is a strange situation, but if you are in the Tri-Cs and wanted to come by I wanted to let you know.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Reading Time

I thought this was cute. I "caught" Bubba helping Sis read her book:

In other news, went to the Dr on Wednesday. My blood pressure was fine. I had gained 6 pounds in 2 weeks though! Now I am back over what I weighed when I started WW last year. Oh well - it'll come off again.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Biking fun

The kids are always begging me to take them down to Columbia Park so they can play at the skateboard/bike park. I found if you go early in the morning, there is no one there (the teens sleep in) so I don't have to worry about them getting mowed over.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Well, since I've gone through the $100 (hey, I made it almost to the middle of the month), I'm going to keep track over there ---->
So if you are still interested, there you go!

Yesterday afternoon, we went down to just outside Umatilla to visit HatRock and McNary Beach.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Great Depression Cooking

So, as I'm lamenting having ONLY $100 to spend on food, I stumble across the wonderful Clara and her "Great Depression Cooking" Channel on YouTube. She is from that great generation of people that lived through the depression, World War II, etc. I need to quit complaining!

Check out her YouTube Channel

Her grandson wanted to film her making all the food she had fed him as a child and to preserve the Great Depression stories she told while making it.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Lunch at BK - $15.44
WalMart - $30.15
Total for today = $45.59

** $15.72 remains ** 21 days to go **
I know, not looking promising, HOWEVER, even if I make it a $200 challenge, that is still a vast improvement over my family's usual food spending. Keep looking at the bright side.

Took some new pics today also: