Thursday, December 31, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Photo of the Day

I've missed doing "Photo of the Day" so  I've decided to re-visit it.  One of the stumbling blocks I had was that there wasn't one place that to share the experience.  The couple of people that did this with me already had sites, I started the blog and then there was facebook.  I think we needed one place.

I've since discovered the world of flickr, where we can all post our photo of the day.  I started a group and hope you would like to join.  The group is called, you guessed, My Priceless Fishers.  This is all new to me so there might be a few stumbling blocks along the way.  I encourage you to join and share your photo of the day.  Surely there will be days when we forget or don't feel up for it but we'll just do the best we can.  Also, we can discuss things about our pictures and hopefully learn from each other. 

Here were some tips given to me on my first go around:
Tips on How to Do It


Here are five tips on how to create your own Project 365:

Bring Your Camera Everywhere

Yes, everywhere. Get in the habit. Grocery stores, restaurants, parties, work, and school. Going to a movie theatre? Snap a pic of the flick with your phone–there are photo-ops everywhere. If you have one of those tiny tiny cameras, you have no excuse not to have it in your pocket all the time. And if you don’t? Camera phones are a great substitute.

Vary Your Themes


Try to capture the day’s events in a single photo. Perform photographic experiments. Take a photo of someone new you meet, something you ate for the first time, or something you just learned how to do. Take a photo of something that made you smile. And don’t forget to take a photo of yourself at least once a month so you can remember how you’ve changed, too.

Tell a Story

Use your blog entry, or your photo description, to explain what’s going on in each day’s photograph. How good did that dinner taste? What made you want to take a photo of that stranger? It’ll help you remember down the road, and it gives friends following along a better appreciation of why you took the photo you did. You don’t need to write a lot, just enough to add some color.

Don’t Stop, No Matter What

This is perhaps the most important tip of all. You will get tired of taking a photo every single day. Some days, you will consider giving up. Don’t. The end result is worth the effort. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in first place.

There will be times you’ll think there’s nothing interesting left to take a photo of, and times you’ll think you didn’t do anything exciting enough to take a photo of. There’s always a great photo to be made.

Get out of the house and take a walk. Or stay inside and look around. Take a photo of something important to you. Take a photo of the inside of your house so you can see how your taste has changed over the years. Take a photo of anything, just don’t stop.

It helps if you’ve told your friends about the project and asked them to follow along. Their encouragement will keep you going!

Post early, post often

Plan on going through and posting your photos at least once a week so you don’t get backlogged and feel overwhelmed. Ideally, post every day or two. Again, spend the time up front to make sure it’s quick and easy to post. It’ll make all the difference.

Let's start January 1, 2010.  Unless of course you would like to start earlier.  There are a few pics already in the group. 

Please feel free to comment or send me an e-mail with questions, suggestions or anything else that's on your mind! :)

I will be announcing the winner of the Toys and Games Online post this evening so you have today to make your final pick if you haven't done so already!

Are you in?

I am so excited to do this!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

An Award!

Thank you Brideleon

Now, I must admit I dropped the ball on this award.  It kind of slipped my mind for a little bit, okay maybe a long bit.  Better late than never?

Well, here I am picking that ball up again.

Without further ado....




Rules:


Display the award logo

Nominate up to 9 blogs that make you feel comfy or warm inside

Link to your nominees

Link to the person from whom you received the award.










Thanks Brideleon!  How fun!






Merry Christmas!

From our house to yours....

Merry Christmas!

May you be safe during this holiday season and may Our Lord bless you and yours in the New Year.



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sophie's Cereal


Little Sugar Pie had cereal for the first time on Sunday. 
Big sister thought she'd help.



I don't think she was all that happy with breakfast.




We'll try again.  Overall she did pretty well for the couple bites she had.



Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Pioneer Woman Cooks


I made a huge mistake last night.  I went to a local *huge* book store chain last night and picked up five of these cookbooks, because we all love the Pioneer Woman right?  Well, I had to put three back because they were $27.50 each.  I thought I was mistaken because I was on amazon.com earlier in the week and thought they were really really cheap. 

So this morning I went on and yes, they are really cheap on Amazon.com.  I did call the other store to see if they would price match because then I would be able to give them for Christmas gifts as I planned.  Nope, they don't but I was told I can return them.  So yes, I will return them and order from Amazon.com.  Why not...they are $11.49 each on there.  I was limited to order three but that's okay. 

I just wanted to tell you how reasonable they are.  Maybe you have a late Chritsmas gathering like we do or maybe you, like me do a little shopping for your own stocking.  And of course you don't mind waiting for a good deal right?

Stay tuned....I have a great giveaway coming!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, December 18, 2009

She Rolls!

On Monday our Sugar Pie rolled over for the very first time!



I sitting right next to her as she was rocking back and forth. I had to leave the room and when I came back this is what I found. It was very exciting!





Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I'm A Brazilian Nut


Update:  I saw this cool way to find this product for you.  It's kind of crazy to be able to do this.  Not sure about it.  Anyway, we did buy three more of different "flavors" for the kids stockings.  Let me know if you like it.


Orignal Post:

Okay....maybe I'm not exactly a Brazilian Nut, more like just a nut....but I smell like a Brazilian nut!  What do I mean you ask?  Well, let me tell you about my great new find! 

While shopping at Wallly World I found this great product shower gel and lotion by Tree Hut.  Man, or woamn, it smells so good.  They had so many good unique smelling products to choose from.  I actuall want to get the all  Even though they are really a great price (admit it...most things are at Wally World) I can't buy them all.  Anyway.....get this, it's got Certified Organic Shea Butter in it, Paraben free as well as DMDM (don't ask me what that is but it must be bad because they tell me it's not in my new lotion).  The shower gel is also paraben free (maybe the DMDM too but it's not in front of me) and sulfate free.  Oh and did I mention the price?  Yeah, pretty good price....like way cheaper than say B&BW (get that?). 

Wanna know what else?  I was up at 4:00 AM thinking about what I forgot at Wally World.....that I had to have today (why today?  Well, because I have a certain birthday cake to make and party to get ready for!) so I just got up and drove up there.  Way easier than going with three kids and let's face it, I'll need all the time I can get today.

Guess what I saw?  A motorcycle at 5:30 AM with a temp of 30 degrees....that's crazy, err, nutty!

Guess what else....I treated myself to a LARGE vanilla latte....can you tell?

Remember I am still thinking of a name change.  I'll keep that open until Monday.  Oh and guess what else?  I want a button....I am kind of getting to be a button freak.

Have a great weekend!  I have a three year old (tomorrow) to make some memories for! 

PS.  I lost my spell checker???


Monday, December 14, 2009

Big Daddy



Adam David

My Husband

is....

...my one true love.

....an amazing father to our three children.

...has what I call an old school work ethic.  He works extra so I don't have to work outside of our home.  He does this for me and our littles. 

...leaves our house in the middle of then night to push snow.  Then he goes to his regular job and quite often goes right back out for "clean up" on the lots he maintains.  Often times he doesn't have enough time to come home and sleep which all means he goes at least 36 hours, sometimes more, without sleep.

...works late, works on the weekends, and takes on extra projects. 

...has misses birthday parties, Christmas's with my family due to snow, parades, beach days and other things all so our kids don't have to go to daycare. 

and...

...he does all this with a smile on his face and love in his heart.

...he changes diapers, sleeps on chair with sick kids, rocks them, bathes them, takes all three on errands (ages, 3, 1 & 3 months) and thinks nothing of it.



....has been known to cook dinner for me & the kids, grocery shops on a regular basis, does dishes, vacuums, cleans the bathroom, the garage (now that's his domain anyway as he'd prefer me not to), hangs pictures, organizes the basement, cuts the lawn, trims the trees, hangs Christmas lights, and takes care of the dog.




...he fixes everything, really!  He maintains all our vehicles (okay, the only thing he doesn't fix is his diesel engine) has been known to put his own fix the following: alternator, brakes, fuel pump, oil changes, rotate tires, of course, he does his own body work, really anything that comes to the vehicles, including the skid loader (this requires even more maintenance) and dump truck.

....he re-models our home, fixes the floor when it rots all the way through, takes the toilet off when the kids stick toys in it, tiles our bathroom, moves a entire laundry room, wires up an outside hot tub, fixes a pump on the hot tub, patches the roof, shovels snow, plows our driveway and builds a huge swing set in our hilled backyard.








...he found Dino, painted, and installed him in the playground.





....plays with our kids, takes them fishing, reads them books, brushes their teeth, gets them dressed.








..he's a good neighbor, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, friend, father & husband.

...he's generous, giving, true to his word, honest and fair.

...he's my Wonder Hubby.

....he's the kid's Wonder Daddy.

...he's Adam David and I absolutely love him!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Why I'm Fat

I've gotten this e-mail twice:  The subject line was "This is why you're fat"

Hi,







Our names are Rob And Kalen Poulos, and we would like to show you why you may be "fat" and why you're unable to lose weight no matter how hard you try.






First off, please always know that it's not your fault...


Press here to see why you're fat.

And then there was a link.....

I didn't dare.  But like I said, I did manage to get this same e-mail twice.

Come on....

First off.....I'm not fat.  Yes, I some "fluff" but I'm not fat.  But let's talk about my "fluff'.  I am unable to lose weight because I haven't tried.  Not really.  And second.  It is my fault.  It was me who ate ice cream every night before I went to bed while I was pregnant with my third baby.  It's my fault.  I don't have some dark secret about my upbringing or whatever Jillian (Biggest Loser) always tries to get at.  I plain old liked eating ice cream and any other thing I felt like when I was pregnant.  And I really didn't exercise when I was pregnant either.  I didn't do much.  I slept as long as I could, I napped and I took care of my two other babies and then went to bed as soon as I could.  After I finished my ice cream, that is.

So Rob & Karen, now, I pay.  Or I should say don't eat ice cream.  Okay, confession, I have.  At birthday parties.  And yes, it was a lot.  It reminds me of the good ol' days!  Rob and Karen, I will not click on your link and find out why I am fat.  I'll just control what I eat and I will start exercising.  And then I will be the Biggest Loser of the Fisher House!

I'll probably get another one of those e-mails tomorrow!

Have a great night everyone!

The Last & The First

I've been busy learning something new.  Well, that and I've been trying to get caught up on my house, busy baking cookies and taking care of the home front while Big Daddy has been out snow plowing.  More on that later.

Last weekend we went to my sisters for my niece's birthday party.  They live in the same town I grew up in.  I rarely see anybody from the old days because we're so busy with whatever is going on that I never seem to fit anything else in.  I always say that I'd like to go one weekend and spend it with my dear friend Rhonda but there just never seems to be enough weekends either.

Big Daddy had to work all weekend so the four of us went (potty in the Suburban and all).  Okay, that's a whole 'nother story for another day! 

We had a great time, very busy and went way too quick!  When I got home I found this under the tree!  It's a camera if you can't tell by the box.



I've been wanting this forever.  This or something like this.  It's my anniversary, Christmas and birthday present all rolled into one.  There was one stipulation, "no mention of a new computer until the snow is gone".  Okay, easy enough.  I hope.  I only say that because I seem to be cramming a lot onto my 10 year old computer these days.  Before I add photoshop elements I am going to start backing everything up, just in case.  I am not sure if loading another program will do anything more than slow it down??  Anybody?  I was glad that I could put the new camera software on and keep the old camera software on board as well.  So that was my last picture with my old point and shoot.  It did a pretty good job but just couldn't keep up with kids.  It took forever to be ready for the next shot.  By the time it was ready the kids were way past doing what I was hoping to capture. 

Here's the first picture of my new camera.



Zero editing (except one crop).  It was all new to me to even be able to take this picture.  I have a lot to learn and some of it is over my head.  A few CD's came with this whole kit so I am hoping to sit down with them some late night or early morning.  But for now, I am just tinkering.  I thought I would take a day and shoot everything in A mode and see how it turns out and so on.  There are so many things to do!  Keeping the manual close by at all times is required. 

A couple of days ago I had two wonderful women, Holly and Susan, and their littles over for cookie baking.  It was a blast.  Here are some pictures from that event. 



























I missed getting a picture of my sweet Godson Cash.  So sorry about that!  He must have been napping when the cameras came out. 

It was truly a wonderful day.  I was kind of sad when everybody was gone.  I wanted all that hustle and bustle back and all the kids running around.  That reminds me, we had six kids, three and under!  It as awesome!  They had so much fun!  I want to do this every year!

I hope you are having a great week!  May God Bless you and your families!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bunches O' Stuff

I've had all these ideas of different posts that I've want to do.  Different things I've want to say.  Time has once again gotten away from me.  You probably didn't notice but I totally didn't get my Halloween pictures/post up, missed the boat on Turkey Day and now we are fast approaching Christmas.  I'm behind and I have books and calendars that are going to take up my time on the computer.  All of which is a back burner to my day to day life.  My kids.  At least it should be.  Sometimes I get to wrapped up in this computer (blog, facebook and twitter).  I mean really?  What am I doing? 

So here's one long (sorry) post about a few things.

The first is a blog that I wanted to mention.  It's Sugar Pie Farmhouse.  She doesn't post that often, usually about once a week and they are generally pretty long but this one post really hit home for me.  Please share if you like the post or if you already read Sugar Pie Farmhouse.

Here's the post:


This another post that hit my heart.  It's from Amanda, I am sure some of you already know her!  She's wonderful.


I won a great t-shirt from Lollipop Tees, LLC through a giveaway at Kelly's blog.  I ordered at 2T since my kids blow through the baby sizes.  This way Sophie would be able to wear it longer.  Wouldn't this be a fun Christmas gift?  Big thanks for Kelly & Sarah!






I had a contest a while back, remember?  Caribou or Starbucks?  As you probably know, I changed the title of my blog.  It's all new to me to have a "common" last name.  At the same time the name Fisher makes you think of two things, Fisher Nuts and Fisher Price.  So I went with My Priceless Fishers.  I almost did Nuts about my Fishers but Big Daddy thought it as long and he liked My Priceless Fishers better so I went with that.  But we did draw out of a hat a random winner for you all that tried to help me out.



I guess she thinks it's a secret!







Congratulations Amy O!  She surely deserves a little pick me up with six kids!  Amy's newest was born within days of Sophie!  Amy, let me know if you'd prefer Caribou or Starbucks and I'll get that out to you!  Many thanks to all of you who commented and racked your brain for me.  I think it's hard to come up with these blog handles!

Let's see what else?

I also want to thank Paul Krumrei my high school friend who helped me immensely on the new layout of my blog.  He put up with many e-mails and facebook IM's about HTML code and where to put it and everything else I question him about.  He is a photographer and a Software Development Manager (who happens to be looking for work).  Thanks a ton Paul!  UPDATE:  Congrats!  He just got a job!

And

I would also like to thank Kelly for doing my blog header.  I love it Kelly!  She also made my Christmas cards!  You totally rock Mama_Ox!

I love my blog friends!  All you all!  You are all rock stars!

One favor of you Rock Stars....can you join me in prayer for Baby R?

I think that's about all the quick catching up I have. 

Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate it!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Bacon

I spend a lot of time yesterday e-mailing Laura, reading Carrie's Pocket Your Dollars Blog, reading the Rainbow ad, loading coupon printer, printing, cutting, highlighting, making my list and checking it twice.  And guess what?  I saved my husband's bacon.  It was all worth it.  Bob, who checked me out, who rang me up at Rainbow, even said, "You did a good job".

Wanna see? 








So to recap: 

I spent $70.51 on 64 items (and they were things that I would normally buy, or maybe not normally, because I wouldn't *spend* the money to buy them.)  In other words, keeping true to our buying we rarely buy box meals.  As you can see the exception would be cakes and cereal.  But for the most part we don't, so I didn't.

I had a total savings of $83.03. 

You can figure that I spend about $1.00 per item or got a lot for free!!!!  I even got D I A P E R S!

Do I rock?  Well, kind of?!  But who really ROCKS.....Carrie Rocha!

I expect to do this every Wednesday and I know I'll get better and it will be faster getting it all together.  I did buy three items without coupons.  Two were still on sale and one was a treat for the kids, because man, did they ROCK letting me rock on with my, "Saving My Husband's Bacon" self.

If you do this already, or if you start, please share with me your bad saving bacon self stories!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

25 Days of Christmas Ornaments - Day 1

I am going to join MamaBear in her carnival of Twenty-Five Days of Christmas.  You are welcomed to join and share your ornaments and the story behind them.  Maybe there isn't a story but you just like them.  More than likely I won't be able to come up with 25 ornaments nor will I be able to post everyday.  I'll just do what I can, story of my life!

The very first thing I unpack from my Christmas boxes is our Nativity Set.  The first Christmas that my husband & I were together my Mother-in-Law, Karla, gave me most of the pieces of this Nativity Set.  She finished it out over my birthday and the next Christmas.  I'd never had a set before and thought that it would be nice to have one especially since I knew in my heart that I would marry Adam and we'd start a family.  I must have mentioned it to her that it would be nice to have a set.  My heart was extremely touched when I opened it on Christmas Day 2004 as I knew there would be Christmas's to come that my husband's wonderful mother wouldn't be with us.  So not only do I think of our Heavenly Mother and Child, I think of our Earthly Mother and her child, my husband.