Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ruth's trip to Utah!

Well, I just got back Sunday from the most wonderful weekend! I was able to spend time with family and friends. However, I am dealing with a very uncomfortable head cold so I am going to rest for now and wait until I'm better to spill all the fun details of my trip!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

From the "Greenie." Emily wanted to be dressed all in green today. I guess she didn't have any green socks, but everything else is green! I pulled out that huge bow to see if Rachel wanted any green on today (she's all in blue) but she was quick to say "No Way." Emily heard her say no and quickly agreed to wear it in her hair! Rachel agreed to wear a shamrock necklace, and she put on green socks.
Are your kids into dressing all in green today, like Emily? Or do they opt out and wear as little as possible, like Rachel?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ultrasound #2

Ruth: I had another ultrasound this last week. It's still a boy! For each ultrasound that we've had we were sent home with a disc containing pictures and video of the baby. It's so cool to be able to share this with you all! This one is of his cute little face and hand. The ultrasound is definitely my favorite part of being pregnant. My other favorite part is when The baby is finally out!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Flubber Gak fun!

This last Monday, Kaitlin and Christopher's school readiness teacher made "Flubber Gak." While she was mixing it up, neither Kaitlin or Christopher wanted to touch it, but when it was at the point where it didn't look as messy, they played with it for hours. O.k. maybe it just seemed like hours. Anyways, they had a blast blowing bubbles and using their cookie cutters. Rachel and Emily got their homework done extra fast so they would have time to play with it before it had to be cleaned up for dinner. I too, was haing fun with it. That is obvious if you can see my face in some of these pictures below. It was so cool! Can you blame me for getting a little goofy!? I even blew a bubble about 3 feet around! Sorry no picture, you'll just have to believe me. We were out of charged batteries. I'll try again soon and get it documented next time! Well enjoy the pictures and the recipe is at the end of the post! Have some fun with it yourself!

Flubber Gak
Warning!!! There is fun to be had by all with this fun science project! And it makes a lot! We have ours stored in a gallon-size Ziploc bag. You may want to half the recipe for a smaller batch.

You need

5 Tbls. Borax
2 Cups Elmers glue
1 1/2 Cups water to mix with the glue
an additional 1 cup of HOT water to mix with the borax
Liquid watercolor or food coloring (if desired) Kaitlin opted out on the coloring.


Mix 2 cups of glue and 1 1/2 cup water in a big bowl. Add color at this point, if desired, you won't be able to add it later in the process if you change your mind. In the extra cup of HOT water, dissolve the Borax. Stir it well. After it's dissolved, pour the Borax mixture slowly (a little at a time) in to the glue and water mixture. Mix it with your hands or a sturdy wooden spoon. At first it is wet and slimy, but keep kneading until it becomes one big flubber gak ball! It will keep in an airtight container or ziploc bag for a few weeks. When it begins to flick apart or get too hard, it is time for a new batch.

*If it happens to get on clothing, which is bound to happen when your 5 and younger children are playing with it, soak fabric in vinegar to remove the gak.

are you going to try this cool experiment? let me know how it goes over with your kids, or whomever you will make it with!
This is just a cute picture I had to share of our little goofball! I'm so glad summer is coming! I think babies walking around in just their diapers are just so adorable! Even if they are skinny little guys like mine!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Becky, you'll be so proud!

So I was looking at one of my favorite blogs this morning and saw this amazing cereal deal at Safeway this week! I just wanted to share with everyone my excitement on how much I saved! It felt so good to stock up and save so much! She also had some printable coupons for Bagel Bites and Bagel-fuls which are on sale at Safeway this week as well.

I returned home with 20 boxes of cereal (Buy 5 save $5, making each box $.99-$1.99+some coupons), 2 boxes of Bagel Bites with 40count (Sale price, $7.99ea.+$1/2 off coupon), and 2 boxes of Bagel-fuls (Sale price, 2for $5+ $1 off coupon for each box).
I actually checked out twice because the after the first time I was handed a store coupon for $1.50 off 3 boxes of cereal (Ones that were on e sale) so I had to go back! Who knows when I'll be out again! But here's the kicker, after my second checkout, I was handed another coupon for $2 off the same brands of cereal. I decided thought that I probably didn't have enough room in my pantry for the cereal I had already purchased and the sale lasts until next Tuesday! So, instead of going back and getting more all day long I called it quits and headed for home with my bounty! I was glad that the deal included some healthy cereals and the kids were glad that it included the sugary ones! Rachel came home and saw all the goodies on the counter and she quickly spotted the Lucky Charms and said, with eyes watering and a big smile on her face, "I'm SO having these for breakfast tomorrow!"

So, here's the breakdown:
groceries regular price total: $105.78
total savings with coupons and specials: $61.25

Total $ I spent: $44.53 !!!!! Are you proud of me Becky?!

Hopefully these great deals will keep coming and I will be able to find them! This IS so much fun!