Paving Stones

J.’s mom and dad called the other day to tell us about an auction where they were selling off greenhouse supplies, including paving stones, flower pots, mulch, and more  It was set to start at 10:00 on Saturday morning across town from us.  J.’s sister came over and babysat for us starting at 9:00 AM so we could make it on time. Well, we stayed for 4 hours at the auction and they STILL hadn’t gotten to the paving stones we were interested in, so we decided to leave having finally lined up one of our friends to babysit that evening so J. and I could go to dinner.  We let J.’s mom know what we were willing to bid and she said she would bid for us.  When we got home, she called!  We got 592 paving stones for $130.  We really need to do something with the back yard and J. wanted a patio, so this is a great solution for us.


We managed to get home one pallet (out of one and a half total) on a rented Home Depot truck.  Unfortunately the whole load was over the 3,000 lb. weight limit of the truck so we sent home half a pallet with J.’s dad!   Fortunately, the whole load was over 3,ooo lbs. because J. and I might have broken ourselves moving any more pavers in half an hour than we did.  2,000 lbs. is a lot of weight!


Here is our score.  That stack looks so tiny, but the label swears it will cover 101 sq. ft.





It should be fun to play around with the pattern too 🙂

Cool Day With The Kids

The kids wanted to get a Webkin for Emma with their Easter money, so after gymnastics today, we headed out to the local toystore- Playmatters.  They picked out what they wanted pretty quickly and then decided we should go for a bit of an adventure together.  First stop was the Winking Lizard for a late lunch/ early dinner.  The kids have been getting really easy to take to restaurants lately, so it was fun to go out again.  Then it was off to the thrift store.  I haven’t actually taken them there in a really long time, but my son was bringing up hazy memories of it on the way to Playmatters and I told him we could go check it out.  I might have mentioned that they sometimes have Legos as well, LOL.  The thrift store yielded a princess shirt for my daughter and a razor scooter for my son, their own choices.  (Can I say yet again how much I LOVE the thrift store?…the scooter was only $12.95) After the thrift store, we headed home to enjoy the rest of the day and play outside.




Party Time- Yee Haw!

Today was the western theme birthday party, complete with goodie bags, yummy food, Karaoke, and pinatas 🙂  We all had a great time!


The kids weren’t going to dress up for it until about 2 minutes before it was time to get in the car.  Good thing we have a decent dress-up bin to pull from.  Here they are ready to go:



Here are pictures from the party:












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More Heating Pads

The microwave heating pads seem to have gone over well as gifts and the kids who have been spending the night with us seem to like ’em, so I am making a set of them for a triple birthday party we are going to.  One of the kids’ friends is turning 7 and he is having a joint party with his little brother and his dad.  Since I am (of course) going to cater the theme to the 7 yo, Lego Star Wars it is!


Here they are in the works and when finally done…they remind me a bit of Weebles.






May the force be with you.

Scratch Screen Shots

Both kids are continuing to use “Scratch”, so I thought I would post a bit of their work.  I put a folder on the desktop for each of them and grabbed images of their choosing off the internet for their use, thus the heavy amount of game theme material 🙂


My son’s:



Here he worked with the paint program to draw a treasure chest to add to his picture as well as making some of the characters and changing the color of the stars.  This one has an animated character, Jet Pack Girl, who can land on anything black.





In this one, he explored different scripts on his own to see what they would do.  One of them changed the colors of the background.



Princess Peach on a homemade background.



Scary world.




Here he learned to use word bubbles.




This one was pretty intricate. The baby robot in the close-up was worked on carefully to turn it silver, add the on/off switch to the diaper, and add an antenae.


This one is my daughter’s:




The princess is locked up and guarded by a dragon. More importantly, she can change her look with 3 different outfits 🙂

Cleaning Up The House

J. is taking a week off of work, so I am trying to get a bunch of stuff done on the house.  I have decided that we will be so much better off financially by staying here that I have stopped really looking at houses and have started to concern myself with fixing this one so we can enjoy it before we wind up selling at some future date. 


Today I decided to tackle cleaning the walls, which for anyone who keeps up on stuff like that, might not be much of an issue.  For me…WOW.  Let’s just say that I have really overlooked many of the children’s decorations (drawings, stickers, glued on pictures) that have been applied to the walls over the years.  Before I could even start though, my son insisted I photograph every single one so that we wouldn’t forget them.


Here is one of the “love lists”.



Many hours and Magic Eraser sponges later, I managed to get most of the rooms done.  My son’s will wait ’till a later date.