Sunday, August 31, 2008
I slept until about 10:30, and then bummed a bit. I got some housework done & then around 2:30 got showered & got ready to go grocery shopping. We were pretty much completely out of food.
I spent several hours at the grocery store and spent over $300 on food & stuff for school.
When I got home, Tim carried in the cold stuff & I put it away. Then we went out to Mandy's house. I took care of Spencer & Grayson (aww!) while she & "the boys" took care of the furniture. I seriously want a baby.
Now we're home, drinking a beer & relaxing.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Just wanted to make sure you know that.
So, I slept until 12:30 today. Then Tim & I wasted another 2 hours playing on the computer & snacking on what little food we had in the house.
Around 2:30 we started getting ready to go, after tossing 90% of our plans for the day.
We loaded up Rosie & a whole crappola of baby stuff & headed to Cheeseburger in Paradise, to pick up Grayson (21 months) and baby Spencer (6 weeks on Monday). Then we zip, zip, zipped over to PetSmart to drop off Tim & Rosie for her shot appointment. Then I raced over to Chrissy's house & picked up Brianna. I took her to Sports Authority, but their JanSport back packs were $40 so we headed to Target instead. Yay Target! They had Trans by JanSport backpacks for $9! I got all of her school supplies (minus what I brought home from school for her) & a few extras for $43. Then I headed back to Chrissy's & dropped Bri off. After that I went to Tom & Peggy's where we hung out for about an hour. Around 7:30, we headed home. We grabbed Hardee's for supper & juggled babies while we tried to eat. Tim took a lot of initiative and spent a lot of time holding Spencer. I bathed Grayson first & tried to get him to sleep, all the while Tim was taking care of Spencer. Then Tim asked for a break, so I passed Grayson (who was about 40% of the way asleep) off to Tim & went in the back to bathe Spencer & get him ready for bed. When I came back out, Grayson was sound asleep on Tim's lap. Too freaking adorable. I had Tim lay him down & then hold Spenc while I fixed ANOTHER bottle of breastmilk. (I think we're on #5 tonight & there is 3 oz. in each one.) Then we laid down on the couch (to finish watching America's Sweethearts) while I fed Spencer & got him to sleep. I just laid him down & now have two sleeping babies. Tim is playing Gameboy.
I love babies. I love, love, love them. Even difficult, fussy ones!
A newborn in cloth diapers is FREAKING adorable! My camera is MIA or there would TOTALLy be pictures on this post. I only have 3 newborn diapers....so I had to put a couple smalls on him (which he swam in) but he is SO cute! I can't wait to cloth diaper a newborn! I am definitely going to invest in Preemie sized prefolds when I have a baby, because Spencer is pretty big & the ONE that I had fit him pretty well. An infant sized prefold is WAY too huge for him.
Anyway, I'm smitten. I hope that Mandy works it out so that I can babysit them every other weekend. That will make me so happy. (and may even convince me to hold off on fertility treatment)
Friday, August 29, 2008
It is time for back to school! My classroom is 85% ready. Since I only have 5 new students, I am going to let my kids help with the last bit of set up. (Putting up posters, setting up the computers, and setting up the classroom library)
I have a ton of stuff to do over the weekend.
Tim and I are going out to dinner at Cracker Barrel.
Tomorrow we have to grocery shop, then around 2:30 pick up Brianna & take her to get school supplies, then at 3:40 I'm going to drop Tim & Rosie off at the vet & go to Cheeseburger in Paradise to pick up Spencer (like 6 weeks old!) and Grayson (21 months old). We are babysitting them for Mandy tomorrow. Their parents will pick them up around 1:30 am!
Ok, time for some pictures!
Here's one of Tim & I during either my Junior or Senior (fall) year of college. We were at my church, Goldmine Community Church.
Here's one of me at Busch Gardens, I think. It might be King's Dominion. Either way, I went with some friends from college.
Here's one of me when I was 14. Wasn't I cute? I love this picture of myself.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Working all day is freaking exhausting & tiring & awful & I wish I didn't have to do it!
I am SO tired. My feet are KILLING me. My ankles & toes are swollen. My eyes are swollen. I'm hungry but too tired to eat!
School today was very productive. I finished spending my $200 gift card & then spent another $35 out of my own pocket. But I think I have all that I need. I got a BUNCH of work done in my classroom & I realized I didn't take any before pictures. That made me sad, its something I've done every year.
I should be completely done with set-up before our 8:30 staff meeting tomorrow (assuming I get there at 7:30). Then we have from 1 until 7 to work. Friday we have a limited amount of time to work before Open House.
Wish me luck & strength & good rest!
(While we are on the college pictures: This is what I FEEL like tonight. In this picture, I was in college, at the Farmville Wal-Mart. I had a miserable migraine & my friend Lauren and I were apparantly shopping. (That's a huge vat of oil for her old Lucy (her car)!)
Sunday, August 24, 2008
1. a Tim go to Norfolk International Airport to get his dad
1. b Tim take his dad home
1. c Steph clean kitchen
1. d Steph get dressed
2. a Tim do yardwork
2. b Steph get Chesapeake Office Max Mystery Shop completed
3. Drive to VB in the truck
4. a Tim take Dad to pick up lawn mower
4. b Steph get Virginia Beach Diamond Mystery Shop completed
5. Swimming with Melanie (maybe, this should be around 2:30?)
6. Dinner with Tom and Peggy
Go Home & Go to Bed for WORK tomorrow!
Click the picture to make it big!
That's All Folks!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
It only took me all summer to get this done, (and technically it's still not 100% b/c Tim needs to take care of those boxes!) but now I can work!
So, in this picture you can see my Sizzex machine set up on the right, my paper cutter, the green pencil boxes have my rubber stamps in them, the white bucket in the middle of the table is all of my 8 x 11" paper & the trays next to it hold my 12 x 12" paper & my works-in-progress. Next to that I have some baskets with gift cards I'm saving, a basket of peeled crayons waiting to be turned into recycled crayons, a box full of misc. stickers, my paint bucket, and a ziploc bag of ribbon.
Now for some close ups.
-That's All Folks!
http://www.mysteryshop.org/ Read a lot. That's what I did. I did have the added benefit of my best friend, Mel, pointing me towards the companies she works with, but you can do it!
I am currently working with these companies:
Customer Impact Mystery Shopping
Market Force Inc.
Service Excellence Group &
I have done an Office Max, Texas Roadhouse, & McDonald's (never again), and I am scheduled for: Jared Jewelers, Helzburg, & Office Max.
It's an easy way for me to make a few bucks & get some free meals.
I'm using the $$ right now to buy scrapbooking/arts & crafts materials. I hope to someday get into it like my good friend Mel & make lots of money!