Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pies and Pickles..... YUMMY lol

mom got like 6 lbs. of rhubarb this week so today i made pies! yeah, it took me forever. so tonight we had rhubarb pie :)

we usually make salty dill pickles but my uncle gave us a bunch of little cucumbers and we made Koshers!! lol

Clayton's Meet the Teacher Day

It sounds simple.... meet the teacher. mmhmmmm yeah, sure, simple. But I think he's going to like VC classes better than working on his own.


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Friday Night Fishing

Hummmmmmmmmmmmm, what is here that I can use?

Boy & his Buddy

Frugal Shopping

Thursday night my SIL and I went to State College to do our grocery shopping (I think its been 8 weeks or so since we went and did this!) Anyway, we collect all our coupons, since this store will doube $1.00 coupons and we head out. We are usually in there around 4 hours. AND save My bill was...........drum roll please...........I paid $243 and I saved $332!!!! The guy behind me kept watching my screen to see what my bill was and what I saved. When the cashier gave me my reciept he didn't roll it up and so as I walked away from the register I had this trail of receipt flapping in the wind....took me a little distance before it come from behind the register -- see pic below, not a good pic but shows you how long it was!! So I'm loading up the groceries (Vic has to take her back seat out of the van to get it all in) and the guy who stood behind me at the grocery comes out of the store and walks by and says "you did good for yourself in there" Well, that made me feel good. Since I was a bit worried about him getting frustrated at how long it took to ring up all the coupons!! Now Vickie comes out and loads her groceries and tells me her story. There were 3 ladies lined up behind her at the register. They were all cheering her on, saying "you go girl" and such. After the coupons were rung and all that the lady in the back says, "Whats the total saved" So the cashier had to basically make an announcement to the line of women informing them of her total savings. So it was an experience.

I figure with the time it takes to organize the coupons and all Vickie and I make about $30.00 an hour on our coupons savings.

Doug & Sarah are Moving

Doug & Sarah are moving (closer to us!! Ya) So we tried to help them out a little bit this week. I didn't get pics of Steve & Clayton helping Doug paint. But here are a few of Alyssa & Shalene helping to pack and get rid of trash. Below is Cayden...cute little fellow....I think he was getting tierd of all the packing!


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

More Company Pics

New Generation: So Alyssa has Phoebe over and they spend a HUGE part of the time texting on the laptop and cell phone. HELLO?????I thought you had company to visit each other!! UGH
They did help Sarah today -- Dough & Sarah are moving and so the girls helped out by watching little Cayden!! He is a real cutie, didn't get pics though!

Here are some pics of Shalene, Rachael and Susie

Good Laugh

OK, my mom sent me an email with some good laughs.....Here are some of the bloopers she sent me: (you'll notice that the #'s are out of order, I deleated a few , even though they were funny so there wouldn't be anyone offended) The highlighted ones are favorites of mine!(Amy)

Thank God for church ladies with typewriters !These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church news bulletins:

1. The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
2. The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.'The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
3. Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to getrid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
5. Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
6. Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,'giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
7. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
8. Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
9. Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 inthe church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
10. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the churchhall. Music will follow.
12. Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
14. Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
15. The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
16. Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
20. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregationwould lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
21. Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM.Please use the back door.
22. The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
23. Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First PresbyterianChurch. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

House Full

Well, school is about to start so we decided that we would go out with a bang!! WOW, a house full. So the girls invited friends over.....and Clayton along with Ryan decided to hang out and pull some pranks. Below are a few pics. We will post more later. Phoebe, Alyssa & monkey ---------------- can you tell which one is which? Giggle, snort!
Since the girls had friends to hang out with at night, Clayton and mom decided to make a tent in moms room and sleep in there. Poor dad, he said that Clayton kicks too much so he went to Claytons room ALL BY HIMSELF.
Shalene, Rachael & Susie -- camped out in the living room.

The girls all did a few crafts -- they embellished notebooks and a few other things for school.

Clayton & Ryan - dressed to sneek up on the girls while they were outside. Shalene & her buddies were gonna sleep out on the deck under the screened in gazebo but they only were out a short time till they decided it was too cold.

Afternoon Hike

The other day Steve, Clayton & Alyssa went for a hike in the mountains. Here are a few of the pics from that trip. We live in such a beautiful area!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Hee Hee

Ever face a trial like this?

Saturday, August 16, 2008


He likes golf. You would think he would look a little happier.

WOW!!! thats all I hav to say

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ping Pong Shopping

OK, this is for all of you mothers out there. How many of you have ever taken "multiple young people" (in otherwords more than one kid) shopping? Well, on Wednesday I took all three of my young people shopping. Now, we were not looking for anything specific, just seeing what back to school sales we could find. And we did find some deals. HOWEVER, I will admit that when the day was over I felt like a ping pong ball that had a small crack and dented in at the side.

You ask: "Why did you feel like a ping pong ball?"

Well, many of you mothers/parents who have taken multiple young people shopping realize that NONE of them have the same interst or wear the same style or when you are in a specific store or section of a store you have multiple voices calling MOM. However, they are never standing together -- it is always on opposite sides of you. Henceforth the thought of a ping pong ball. You know - BACK & FORTH, BACK & FORTH. Oftentimes it is something that is NOT necessary AT ALL, or its something that you really have no clue what the purpose of the item is. BUT, the "young people" can explain to you why you should spend your savings account on the item......and they may use it for a month. (Now, my kids aren't that bad, well, um, all the time......but I have had those moments) I feel I was the ball in a professional game, very HIGH speed and intense game. However, I did survive --BUT with a small crack and dent.

I believe that the players do not deserve the gold medal for this game--but the ping pong ball for surviving.

We can laugh or we can cry!! I choose to laugh and enjoy my "multiple young people" (kids!)

OH, yeah -- Value City has some American Eagle clothes at GREAT PRICES. And the Selinsgrove thrift shop had some great brand name items at "MY PRICE!"


Monday, August 11, 2008

Happy Birthday DAD!!

Dad - Just a note to say Happy Birthday! We love you.......wish you were closer so we could spoil you but we want you to know that we love you.
Steve, Amy, Alyssa, Shalene & Clayton
Dad - I could never begin to say how much I love you. Thanks for loving me & even for all the grumpy times when you were protecting me. Even now when you get worked up when someone is sick!!! you can't stand to see one of your loved ones not feeling well. And you always do your best to spoil us!! I sure do love you. XOXOXOXO Amy

Happy Birthday Vickie!

My sister-in-law had a birthday!!!!! And we pulled off a suprise party for her. Her hubby did good on tricking her, thats for sure. It was held at DC Coffee (when they were closed!) Here she is when she first arrived and realized that there was a pile of people hiding in the building. She thought she was stopping in to grab some coffee to take to a friends house (Jennifer is the daughter of the owner of DC Coffee's and the story was, that Jennifer was out of coffee so could Vic please stop at the store to grab some coffee on her way over)
Vic & baby Whitney share the same birthday.

I think we really suprised her on this one. She deserves it!!! Could never ask for a better sister-in-law!!