Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Super Exciting News & Coupons!!!

God has answered so many prayers for us lately! Another blessing upon us...I am now working part-time!!! You have NO idea how excited I am about this! Since I work 12-hour shifts this means I only will be working 2 nights per week! It sounds silly, but that really is sooooo much better than 3 nights a week, especially when you work nights! Of course school is going to take up that extra time, but that's okay because that gives me one more day with my precious angel! So. Stinkin. Pumped. Hopefully I will be able to find time to blog more often than every 2 weeks...

So I have been wanting to get into couponing for a while, but everytime I tried I just got too overwhelmed. I always headed to the store with my handy coupon organizer in hand with a great list and plan only to end up frustrated and just hurrying and grabbing whatever to get us through the week. But with some new found motivation and a little encouragement from a co-worker I decided to try again. Now, let me be clear. I am by no means trying to become an "extreme couponer" nor do I want to. I have no interest AT ALL in doing any major "stockpiling" nor do I have the storage for that, but I am excited to save on items that I would usually buy anyway, for a much lower price. So far, I (and Ella Grace) have made 2 trips with our coupons and list. I was pretty excited after my first trip.

This is my goods from my first trip. This all cost around $50, but I didn't have coupons for all of these items. On this trip, I was more excited at the thought of how little I paid for some individual items (like $.02 for a bottle of Advil, and $.50 for a box of granola bars) rather than my total price.

Today, I took my second trip. And did better!

(And yes, I might or might not have a problem with junk cereal...)

I scored this stuff for a cool $18! Including a FREE box of cereal (my favorite, too!), $.24 for glass cleaner, $.39 for pickles and quite a few other items for under $1! I'm pretty pumped : ) So, I guess couponing isn't so bad after all. Just takes a little extra planning, but it pays off...quite literally. I actually kinda look forward to buying groceries now. Well, that might be a little exaggerated. Let's just say I don't dread it as much. And Ella Grace is a lot happier because the trips are pretty quick! She's not a big fan of grocery shopping, but I can't say I blame her. Speaking of my sweet girl we should close with a picture of her! Only because she is the BEST : )

My sweet girl on our first coupon trip!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Last of the Beach Photos!

So, now that all of you have experienced beach picture picture overload, I thought I would show you more! YAY! Really, this is the last of them I am going to post. Of course, I have hundreds that I haven't posted, but I will spare you : ) These pictures were taken at the end of the week, right before we had to leave. We did have a photographer shoot some photos of all of us that I posted HERE, but these I took with my own camera while we were waiting around and such. Enjoy!

Uncle Mike with the boys : )

Nana Coop and her boys : )

Daddy's little princess!

Mommy & me

PRICELESS smile : )

Our Sweet Family : )

So, I actually do have some things coming up to blog about...other than beach pictures, of course! Hopefully I will get some catching up done this weekend. just might involve my very first giveaway!!! Exciting! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


As hard as I have been trying to keep up with my blogging lately, I am still so. far. behind. I am struggling to stay on top of anything these days! Going back to work has really thrown me for a loop! I just can't get down a good routine just yet. This is my 3rd week back so maybe it will start coming together more smoothly SOON! However, my fall semester has begun, so begins even more to juggle with so little time...

I was hoping to begin working part-time to alleviate some of the time-related stress I am experiencing with having so much going on. But, that doesn't look like that is going to happen, at least for now : ( I'm not going to lie, I am super bummed about it, but for whatever reason it didn't work out, so I am just trying to deal with the facts and move on...v-e-r-y reluctantly.

 I still have more pictures from our beach trip to show you. "MORE" you say!?!?!? Yes, more! I realize many of you may be getting tired of the same old, same old but we have grandparents and other family members who check out the blog to see pictures of our sweet girl and I would just hate to let them down : ) Besides, this is our little family "scrapbook" of sorts too! These pictures are about half-way through our vacation. Some are from when we spent the afternoon at the pool (which EG loved!) and some are from when we all went to Baytowne for dinner : )

Waving to Mommy : )

Just checking out my float

EG & Connor

Nana, EG, and Daddy

EG and Brendon...apparently B offended her in some way, ha!

Mommy and EG enjoying some pool time

EG working on her "tan" : )

Pictures from dinner and Baytowne Wharf

Handsome Boy!

i LOVE her crab outfit!

TOO precious for words! LOVE this angel : )

Uncle Mike & Carter

Happy girl : )

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Beach Vacay...MORE pictures!

One of our main goals while at the beach was to get some shots of the 3 little ones together! You can guess how well that went with two of them being 2 years old and 2 months old, ha! Actually they did really well, it's just impossible (obviously!) to instruct a baby to look at you so we did the best we could! I think the few shots we got turned out so cute! Are these boys beautiful or what!?!? LOVE them!

Ella Grace and her big cousins : )

More pictures of Daddy and EG playing in the ocean

Ella Grace was really sleepy this particular evening so she sleeping in most of these

Apparently this stressful beach life was just too much for her to handle...