Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Olivia lost her first tooth today! Another one is hanging on by a thread. She won't have a toothless grin for long because the permanent teeth are already coming in.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Day with Thomas

Paxton's dream came true. He got to see Thomas the Tank Engine and ride on his train. I have to say it was worth all the stresses of traveling to see the smile on my little boy's face as the train pulled away from the "station". There were lots of activities for the kids. Paxton didn't want to leave when it was time to go.

Paxton was not a big fan of Sir Toppem Hat:

Here's what happens when I let my brother hold Sawyer. He got his first tattoo.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Keeping Busy

I've been trying to keep the kids busy while we are in Nebraska. I know they miss Jody, Mamaw and Papaw so I want them to have a good time while we are away. So far we've celebrated the 4th of July, gone to Railroad Days, visited the zoo, and went swimming a few times. The highlight of our trip will be riding Thomas the Tank Engine next weekend. Paxton is beyond thrilled to be going. I have to admit I'm a little excited too.

Olivia and Paxton at Railroad Days:

Looking at the reptiles at the zoo:

Bargain Shopping

Olivia and I did some bargain shopping today. It's great having so many stores near by. I'm planning on taking my little sister tonight and showing her the ropes.

Total cost: 16.30
WAG Coupon Savings: 18.60
WAG Advertised Savings: 11.83
MFG Coupon Savings: 12.50
Total Savings: 42.93

In addition I have $7.00 worth of rebates to send in so I got everything pictured for $9.30. Wow!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

The food was good. Being with family was great. The fireworks were AWESOME!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

We're here!

We made the journey to Nebraska. I managed to only forget one thing. Not bad when packing for four people. Jody drove us to Branson where we met up with Anna and her family. Sawyer had mercy on us and slept most of the way.

If you ever vacation in Branson, I would NOT recommend staying at the Georgetown Inn. MIL happened to be on vacation in Branson at the same time we were, and she had mentioned that was where they were staying. The smoke filled lobby should have been the first indication that the place was a dump. It was so ghetto that they didn't even have wash clothes in the rooms. We suffered since it was only for one night but we will never, ever stay there again. The only perk to the room is that it was right next to a bungy jumping place. People who do that kind of stuff are nuts. I couldn't even watch the first couple people because it freaked me out so bad.

We went to the Dixie Stampede with Anna's crew and headed back to the roach motel. We stayed out late people watching, riding go carts and playing putt putt. It was actually a lot of fun. We'll have to vacation there again when Sawyer is a little bigger.

The next day we met up with Anna and transferred all of my luggage to her vehicle. Jody took the van back home and we rode the rest of the way to Nebraska with Anna. The trip went really smoothly. Sawyer slept most of the way again, and I even got to take a nap in the car, which makes the trip go by so much faster.

It feels so good to be back with my family. They live too far away. I love having help with Sawyer. Sendai has gotten him to go to sleep three times already. (Yes, I'm so excited about it that I'm keeping count.) The kids love having cousins and aunts to play with. And I love the fact that my mom does most of the laundry. I tell ya, it's the simple things in life.

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