Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How About $25 Gift Card to CSN Stores? - Now Closed

Hi Everybody!

Would you like to win a $25 gift card?  Maybe you have a wedding to attend, or need some workout equipment or perhaps a bathroom vanity

Whatever your fancy is I will pick a winner for the CSN Stores gift card on May 31. 

Here's what you can do to enter (any one or all would work):

  1. Simply leave a comment
  2. Follow this blog
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  4. Tweet this giveaway
  5. Blog this giveaway
  6. Post this giveaway on facebook.
Make sure to leave one comment for each entry!  Hey, that's six chances! :)

Good Luck!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Aitkin County Roadside Fire


Wednesday as I was driving three hours "home" I was thinking how some people can blog about the simplest of things (like taking the kids to McDonald's) and it comes across as the most fabulous thing since sliced bread.  I decided that my life is just simple, regular, normal and that that's okay with me.  I kept driving and kept driving and kept driving while the kids napped and watched movies.

Then I saw smoke off the side of the road. I quickly decided it wasn't a controlled burn because there weren't any emergency vehicles. I passed by wondering what was going on. In my rear view mirror I saw a lady with a bucket cross the road. Okay, that's trouble. So I turned around and went up her driveway, hollered out asking if she needed help. Yes, she hollered back. So I called 911 and started running buckets of water down across the highway. She was in the thick of the smoke trying to keep it from the woods. It seemed like it took forever for the DNR water truck to get there.



It also took a few trips of me back and forth with my water bucket (which I am positive did A LOT of good!) for anybody else to stop.


And then suddenly there were a bunch of men asking for shovels & rakes. {Ah ha, shovels and rakes....yes, but, that would mean getting all smokey...and I was dressed all cute and didn't want smell icky}. So I ran back to the woman's house and rummaged through her garage to find any and all shovels and rakes she had.  There are still things for people like me {who don't want to get all stinky} to do.


I ran back down to the fire and finally, the DNR fire truck arrived!



I decided my water running services were no longer needed.  I then snapped a couple of photos and said good bye. 

How's that for a three hour drive "home"?

I doubt the local fire department will be recruiting me after all.  I think my water bucket skills won't meet the requirements of real fire fighting. 

I almost forgot....I asked the woman how the fire started and she figured it was from a person throwing a cigarette out the window.  Nice, real nice.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Maiden Camping Trip

We had our first camping trip in our camper this last weekend.  We went to Caledonia, MN which is in the southeastern part of our state.  It's really beautiful there rolling hills, creeks and we had really beautiful weather!  We went with two other families.  The kids all had a blast and we really really good.  I think they all enjoyed camping!  Here's proof:

My Godson Cash


Kylie and her brother "D" going through the creek, that is also the road to the campsite!






Me and my babe.



Alec just after having gone through the creek/road.


Sophie checking out grass.  She wasn't sure if she liked tickling herself?


Henry learning how to play horseshoes.


Karley spinning around and around.  "Do it gin Daddy"


We had so much fun and can't wait to go again.  I also got in my seven mile run down there.  I had Adam drop me off seven miles from our campsite and I ran back.  It was all hills and I have to say I am amazed that I even made it.  Since I wasn't familiar with every mile mark like I am at home I kept thinking only one more hill....there aren't that many hills.  Well, by the time I was a mile from our site I realized it was all hills!  And I might add long, long hills.  That should only make eight miles flat surface easy right!?

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We are expecting a beautiful week this week.  The kids start swim lessons tonight.  That should be a lot of fun for them!  I will be in the water so I am not quite sure how I am going to get any pictures!!!????

Loving Summer!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sophie at Nine Months

The last four years have passed by me so quickly.  I realize just how fast with every movement of my children.  When I watch the youngest it reminds me of a time when the older two did that exactly same thing.  It also makes me a little sad to think that these firsts for Sophie will also be the last firsts in our home. 

Just this morning as the Henry and Karley ran to their room and Sophie was left in the living room.  I said to myself, in just a year she will catch up and be running after them.  Then I thought, a year, who am I kidding, she'll be doing that in a few months.  This last year has flown by!  My baby is nine months.



Sophie went to the doctor last week and these are her measurements:

Height:  29.25" - 95%
Weight:  21 lbs. 2 oz. -  88%
OFC:  17.5" - 60%



She is on track for everything except some gross motor skills.  Already in the last week she has been more mobile and it's so fun!  She loves to give big open mouth kisses, loves to hang all over Mom, loves her puppy and blankie and did I say she loves Mom?  Well, yes, she really is very attached to me and I just love that!


Henry and Karley love being big brother & sister to Sophie.  When they giggle and play it warms my heart beyond belief.  I just feel so blessed to be their mom.

Monday, May 3, 2010

What is HFCS?

Ever wonder what High Fructose Corn Syrup is and why it's bad for you?  Here's a quick explanation I got off facebook. 

Champion Juicer Giveaway!!!!

Just a quick post to let you know you should enter to win a Champion Juicer over at my chum Lynnette's Blog, Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground.




Good luck!

PS.  If you win, I think you have to send me some juice or something?! He he!