Monday, November 1, 2010

Today I am thankful for...

November 1, 2010

Today I am thankful for a quiet house, time to myself and an ice cold coke zero!!

What are you thankful for today?
Hugs!
Janice

November 1st...

Hi Friends...
Well, I didn't do very well getting back to blogging for Karen's October challenge but I DID start off well! I am just moving on...

I did some GREAT coupon shopping the past 2 weeks now that I am using the Coupon$ense program again! Last week my bill was $146.00 I saved $68 with my card and coupons - $78 then I got $75 returned to my bank account for opening an account at a new bank... grand total = $146 worth of groceries for $3!! Oh YES!!

Yesterday's shopping trip wasn't THAT good but still pretty good! My bill started out @ $237.. with my club card, coupons and specials I only paid $96!! This trip included 4 frdge packs of soda, 12 packages of assort. meat, 3 pks of lunch meat, 5 bags of goldfish 6 pks of frozen veggies, 3 pizza's , 8 bags of Halloween candy, 2 loafs of bread, 3 pks of hot dog buns, fresh fruit, 6 pks of FREE gum, 1 gal of milk, 1 pks string cheese, 3 boxes of cereal, 4 bags of tortilla chips, 2 24ct pks of water, 1 pkg sour cream, 4 bottles of nyquil, 3 toothbrushes and kids cough syrup! A total of 74 items!! :) We fed 15 people last night for Halloween BBQ and still have lots of food left!!
I am a happy camper! I can't wait to get to the other stores this week! :)

Happy November Peeps!!
Hugs,
Janice

Monday, October 25, 2010

Day 25...

Wow... when I posted last time I thought I would just miss a day or 2 because we went out of town! I never thought that I would have so much life in my life!

First... here are a few photos from our fun weekend at our friend 74 acre ranch!







When we got home on Sunday afternoon we found out that my family had suffered a tragic loss! Sgt. Ian Tawney - my cousin's son in law was killed in action in Afganistan! He and Ashley are expecting their first child in a few months - baby Claire! It is always sad and heartbreaking when you hear about a loss in this STUPID war... but it is totally different when it is your family! I pray that you don't ever know what I mean by that!! Ian was only 1 of 10 men that were lost from his Unit in just a few days!

On Wednesday, my mother in law was taken to th hospital with chest pains. As it turns out she did have a very minor heart attack. That sounds like a crazy thing... there is NOTHING "minor" about a heart attack... right? She was in horrible pain and the drs discovered that she also has a horrible UTI. Thank God she was able to go home on Saturday morning!

This weekend my BBFF came out to play baseball for the week! We are looking forward to watching his game(s) during the week! Jack is really excited to have his "Uncle Pete" here so he was watch him play ball too! He also like to have him "around"!! It's very cute!

Sunday was all football in the house!! Chargers and Cardinals both lost their games! It was a huge bummer! Jack spent the night with his Didi & Papa and they all went to the fair on Sunday! I got a call from a "neighbor" and had a photoshoot schedule for the afternoon! I took a peek at them and they are AWESOME! It was a really fun shoot!

And finally... I am so excited to announce that I am a member of the Ready, Set, Create Design Team!!I am so honored to be part of this great team!!

Until tomorrow...
Janice

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 14

I had a busy day today... again!! :) I say that with all smiles! This morining I scrapped and chatted a bit with Jodi & Betty. Then cleaned the house and got out the Halloween decorations! Before I knew it I was on my way to Jack's class and decorated it for "Fall" for his teacher! That is a Room Mom duty I really enjoy! Got stuck with a little sinus headache so I decided to just order pizza and make salad for Bunko tonight! I don't like pizza but the girls will eat it and so will Bob and Jack!! No biggie!! Bob was awesome and offered to go pick it up and all the snacks I needed as well! He rocks!!

Going to do a little homework with Jack while I am waiting for everyone to arrive!!

Have a great night!!
Tomorrow.... TGIF!!

hugs!
Janice

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Days 12 & 13

Yep...I am totally double dippin' here!! I was so tired last night after a full day of prep and 1 coat of venetian plaster on Mary's kitchen wall I was wiped out!! It felt so good to be back in the painting mode! I love, love, love to faux paint... it's my true passion! I did it for just about 10 years and had to stop due to an injury! I am better now (for the most part) and I hope to start to do more. I have another job planned for Nov. which makes me really happy!! Also, I am designing a "teen boy" room for a friend too!

Yesterday 10.12 was the anniversary of Bob's and my first date 18 yrs ago! We went to Chili's then and actually did for many years to "celebrate" our date! ;)

Today... I got a good (early) start at Mary's house and stayed unitl I was complete! My friend picked Jack up from school for me. I think I worked about 10 hrs today but it was so worth it! The kitchen in just beautiful and Mary is VERY happy! I am pooped and surprised I am still awake! Tomorrow is shopping, prep dinner for bunko, decorate Jack's class and clean house!!

Photos tomorrow if they turned out! :D
Hugs!
Janice

Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 11

It's Day 11... and I really am Lovin' this challenge! Thanks Karen!! :)

Today Jack had the day off from school and Bob was also off of work! Jack's pal Ryan had spent the night but he was out the door to a play day with his Mom early! We hung around the house a bit. Jack put together (with help from Ryan and Dad) his NEW lego Halo ship! It's really BIG and they did a great job! (Pics tomorrow) I cleaned and organized a few more things in prep for this month's Bunko which will be at my house! (Friday's post will be Bunko Babe's!)LOL

I had a nice conversation with my DEAR Friend Jen who is celebrating her Birthday today!! Happy Birthday to YOU Jen!! Hugs! We can't wait for their family to come out in November for a visit! :)

Jack and I had some "game" time today. We took turns kickin' butt on eachother playin' Connect Four and War! Chilled out and watched some kid TV and I made him a super special ice cream treat! We will NEVER have to buy another McFlurry again! :)

Dinner was Super YUMMY and the whole family had a part in putting it together! Jack set the table, Bob grilled the chicken and I made the sides and did the dishes!!

The boys are in bed and now it time to chill! I am watching TV and playing Scrabble online with Autumn! I love playing this game and I LOVE her for turning me on to it!! I have a few other friends who I have hooked now too!! lol

Well... back to the game!! I am winning 340 to 188 but we still have 6 tiles left! ;)
I am sure she will kick my A$$ next game!!

See ya tomorrow... excited for my painting day!!
Janice

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Day 10 and its 10.10.10

I was ready for some football today! The Chargers weren't on TV here but The Cardinal's were and boy was it a good game! Max Hall got his 1st start and 1st win as an NFL Quarterback! He is a "local boy" from Mesa... it's really cool to see him shine! Well, I don't know if I'd say shine... cuz some of the game was ugly and luck.. but a win is a win! He did make a few good plays! Things just worked out for him and the team today!

While I was watching the game this is what I did! I just LOVE the Happy Halloween Kit from Scrapbook Doodle!!





I have a busy week ahead! Jack is off school tomorrow, I am doing a fun Faux Finish in my friends kitchen, Bunko at my house on Thursday and I NEED a haircut!

See ya tomorrow!
Janice :)

Double Darn it... I missed Day 9

I had a super busy day in and out of the house! I will catch you up on what I did!

Slept in which I really needed!
Organized some coupons for a bunch of great FREEBIES/GREAT DEALS at CVS!
Took truck for some warranty work.
Went to bank to open new accounts.
Lunch with Bob.
Completed a candy bar wrapper order.
Went to pick up truck.
Stopped to shop at CVS! - My GREAT Deals - 3 bottles Revlon nail polish sale $3.99 each, $1 off coupon each, $3 Extra Bucks back for each bottle = $0
1 Schick Hydro razor sale - $4.99, -$4.00 coupon and $4.00 Extra Bucks = +$4.00 bouns = coupon on razor for FREE bottle of shaving cream - $2.99 = 0.
Then P&G deal - buy $25 worth of product get $10 in Extra bucks. Puffs tissue was on sale for $1 x 25 boxes less coupons = $14.25 for the tissue which made it .57 a box. Great deal - stocked for the entire winter and can donate to classroom!

When I got home I got ready quick and we were off to game night! Which ended up just as dinner and relaxing time with our friends!!

That was my Saturday! I was tired when we got home and didn't even turn on the puter like I thought I would!!

Hugs!
Janice

Friday, October 8, 2010

TGIF...it's a "TOE"tally awesome day! Day 8!

Happy Friday!! It's a really gorgeous Friday here in AZ! The weather is perfect and the skies are blue!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER ANITA!!

Today I finally took my DEAR Friend Lori out for her birthday pedi!! Her birthday was only 2 months ago. Well... anyhow, we had a nice lunch proir and a very, very relaxing time! The massage chairs are really comfy and Lori and I both almost fell asleep! LOL Lori decided to go with a deep dark purple and I picked a med. purple... check them out below! Not that anyone really NEEDS to see my tiny feet but.. my toes are sure pruty!!



Jack is spending the weekend with his Didi & Papa. I think they are going to the fair. Jack loves it and it's something special they have done for the last 4 years! He is excited to spend time with them... he loves them so much... we are VERY blessed to have them as part of our lives!

Dinner tonight... out at BJ's!!

See ya tomorrow... ;)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's Day 7

Ok... Ok... I know this post is even later than yesterday's but it is still October 7th here in AZ!! LOL

Jack had early release day today at school and got out at 11am! We worked on adding the captions to some of the photos of Flat Stanley that my nicec Lisa sent! Jack thought about what we he should type on them and did the typing! I went in and sized it and added the color font... he picked the fonts!! So cute! One of his homework assignments is to type all of his spelling words in the computer and use a "fun font"! He loves this... this gave him the idea of how to do his "title" on the project and do the "journaling" on the photos! I think it is GREAT!!

Here it is...













We sent Flat Stanley to my niece in Oceanside, CA! Which as most of you know is my hometown! They took him to several of MY FAVORITE places! The Harbor Fish & Chips, the beach, a Padres game and even found a Fire Fighter to give Stanley a ride in the truck! So cool that they did all these things... it will really mean a lot to Jack in the future when he "gets" it! The only bummer is that Stanley didn't get to visit my Mom! He did get to see all of our other family member who live in that area!! I love this project can you tell?? LOL

Jack and I did try to to go shoe shopping today! Well, we did go shoe shopping... we were just unsucessful!! He wants slip ons but Vans don't come in half sizes. The 4's are too small and the 5's way too big! The Tony Hawk shoes looked cool but are too hard to get on! He got too frustrated so we will try again on Monday! (NO school!)

My sister in law had surgery last night. She had to have 1 of her "tubes" removed. She had a bad infection and it fused itself to her appendix and intestine. She is recovering and will be released in a day or 2. Also, my DEAR friend Mike has very early stages of colon cancer. He had surgery on Tuesday and is recovering well. He has 5 holes in his belly which is way better than being cut totally open! The suspect he will be fine with limited treatment! He is a deputy sheriff in CA and will be out of work for 4-6 weeks. Please keep them both in your thoughts and prayers!

More tomorrow...
Hugs!
Janice

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day 6... what the heck??

Hey (Again)... It's Day 6 of the blog challenge and I did blog this morning but it's here! I HATE that... totally hate that!! :( I really didn't post that much but still... it was done! LOL So... here we go again! I will make it though cuz it's only 10:45pm! :D

So... here are a few things I did today! Made a fun new profile avatar/photo thingy for by Creative Crew Party Favors... and more FB page! PLEASE tell me what you think!



I added photos on my facebook page from yesterdays storm:





Here is the list of friends from Scrapbook Doodle http://www.scrapbookdoodle.com/ who are playing along in the blog challenge! It's been great and interesting reading! :D

Karen: http://www.thelopezlife.typepad.com

Tricia: http://momentstosharewithme.blogspot.com/

Sherri: Blog: http://myordinarylifemorrisway.blogspot.com/

Christina: http://www.christinachrushch.typepad.com

Jodi: http://scrapsofpaperinthedesert.blogspot.com

Jill: http://brought-to-you-by-the-letter-j.blogspot.com/

Alecia: http://scrapmepink.blogspot.com

See ya in a few hours!!
Hugs!
Janice

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 5th = Day 5

Dear Fall... I have missed you! It is so nice to see you again! I hope you stay around for a long while. I sure do like it when you are here. You are one of my favorite seasons! Please extend your stay until January if you'd like!
Love, Janice

Hehe... I'm a dork I know!! But... I am SO enjoying my doors and windows open this morning!! Here is a little idea of what Fall brought us yesterday!






Ok... off to enjoy the weather and get scrappy!!

Hugs!
Janice

Monday, October 4, 2010

Day 4.... who's ready for more blog fun!!

Yahoo... I am so excited to be bloggin' here on Day 4 of the 31 Day Challenge!

I am going to start off today's post with some GOOD NEWS! I am saying GOODBYE to my old cell phone! I had this orange env for a few years and it is the reason why I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to text! I love the full keyboard and Jack love the camera!!




This is my new little beauty! It's the Samsung Intensity II in Metallic Blue! It should show up via FedEX tomorrow and in use my mid-day! I love the bigger keys and the bigger screen... the fact that it's a really pretty blue doesn't hurt either!! Haha... and like my orange phone it will stick out in my purse and not get lost! :D




A bonus with this phone is it is one of the few phones left that doesn't require a media package! I don't need email or internet on my phone! I know I'd like it but to pay another $30 or $40 a month is not what I am willing to do... mostly cuz I am not out and about much! I am home with my laptop!! I know those who love their media and cant' live without it... cheers to you! :D

I am off to go read and post on a few blogs!!

Enjoy the rest of your day...
Hugs!
Janice

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day 3.... Yahoo!!

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL??? I sure am today! My San Diego Chargers are hosting the Arizona Cardinals!! It's a game that I won't miss a minute of for sure! My husband seems to think that I will be torn today as to who I want to win... he is INCORRECT!!! GO BOLTS!! I do enjoy watching the local team - AZ Cardinals don't get me wrong! I really do like Larry Fitzgerald and am happy that they have the new Quarterback - I won't comment on #7!! ;) Trying to keep this on the + side today! LOL



I am in my scrappy room with the TV on and working away! I am really enjoying creating again! It's been WAY too long!

Hubby is doing some work around the house. Getting the upstairs office/guest room organized and the bed put together! We will have a house guest at the end of the month! Looking forward to watching my good friend Pete play "old man" baseball! LOL Hubby just vacuumed the entire house - shocked me a bit to hear it but am happy I didn't have to ask! He is going to but the security door on and hang some pictures and then he can relax and watch the game! :) I am going to pick up Jack in a few. He has had a great weekend spending time with his bestest buddy Ryan!

Happy Birthday today to our good friend Scott! May this be the beginning of a NEW and BETTER year for you! I hope you set your goals high and reach them with ease!! We love you!

Finally... we had a GREAT time last night @ The Richter's house! The Corn hole Tourney was so fun to watch! Wish I could have played... but couldn't take the chance with the back not at 100%! Jeff aka Me did pretty well for his first time! Although, "I" aka Jeff may have thrown the bags a bit better if "I" aka Jeff would have either had 1 or 2 more drinks or no drinks at all!! LMAO!! We also played Loaded Questions - which is the funniest game for this large group!! We laughed so hard... I couldn't breathe!! Good times!!

Go BOLTS!!! GO PADRES ~ Kick the Giants ASS!!!

Have a GREAT Day!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oct. 2nd ~ Day 2

Well... here we are at Day 2 of the 31 day blog challenge! I am at 2 in a row!! Woohoo... that's pretty good since I went for months without blogging! I had jotted a little list down of things you may or may not know about me!

Here is goes!

*My favorite color is purple - and it is purple because that was my Grandma's favorite color!

*I could live without chocolate forever - but I might just have to hurt someone if you tell me I can't have chips and salsa!

*When I go to the movies I HAVE to have popcorn with butter (in the middle too) and a soda! It's just the way it is and will always be!

*I grew up in Oceanside, CA ~ where my mom still lives today! I always thought I would live there for ever. I want to move back SO badly!!

*I love the ocean!

*I love dolphins and have ever since I was 14 and body surfed side by side with them (or them with me) at the O'side Pier beach! Life changing experience!

*I once jumped off the pier with a few friends (all girls) the boys chickened out! Yes, we could have been killed or arrested... totally stupid!!

*I don't like to drink anything while I eat - unless it's coffee with my breakfast. Other meals I wait until the end!

*I love and admire my Mom more than she will EVER KNOW!

*I am a true creative spirit - which to me means that I can't "just create" I have to be in the mood!

*Being a Mom is my biggest and brightest joy of my life and am grateful for it EVERYDAY!

*I was named after my "Aunt Janice" who died when she was 6 months old of pneumonia. She was my dad's younger sister. There was never a photo taken of her but my Grandma always told me that I have her eyes!

*My eyes are one of my favorite features! ;)

Well... that's it for today! :D
I'd love to read your comments and what your thought are on my post today! Did you know any of this information? Are you surprised by anything? Tell me... I want to know!
Love ya bunches!!
Janice

Friday, October 1, 2010

Day 1... Let's get started!!

It's day 1 of the 31 day blogging challenge! I am so excited to be blogging again! I hope I have enough to say! LOL If you know me... I will!! Hahaha!!

I am having a lot of fun with Creative Crew Party Favors! Here are a few goodies I made this week for my friend Tracy in CA! I just LOVE them!






Happy October!! Looking forward to the next 30 days!!
Have a GREAT day!!
Hugs!
Janice

Thursday, September 30, 2010

31 Days of Bloggin' Fun!!

Hello Friends...
My good friend Karen posted a challenge for the month of October! The challenge is to post EVERYDAY for the month of October!! That's 31 day in a row... oh, I hope I can do it! I don't know.. what do you think? LOL!

"I think I can... I think I can... I think I can!!!"

Some of the girls at Scrapbook Doodle said they have made lists of things to write about. Some of them are just going to "wing it" and see what happens! Me... I made a small list of ideas and also thought about doing a photo a day too! I haven't done that in ages!! So... this is just a warm up for tomorrow! I would count it but don't think that I will be up past midnight tonight and I want to play by the rules! ;)

Lookng forward to posting some fun things!

Have a great night!!

Hugs and Kisses!!
Janice

Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Blog Hop Friends!!

Hi...

Thank you for visiting my blog. As you can tell I am a really bad blogger! I am either all or nothing! I really hope that you are enjoying the challenges for the Scrapbook Doodle Birthday Bash Crop! The entire Creative Team had a blast putting them together! I hope Bingo is fun too! Are we even close to a winner? Guess I better have Jack pull a few more numbers! Good Luck!

Have a SCRAPPY Weekend!

Hugs!
Janice

Monday, April 5, 2010

Oh Holy Horrible Blogger!!

Boy oh boy am I an awful blogger!! I can't believe it has been over 6 months like since I have last posted here! Wow.. so much has happened since then!

Sept 2009 - Jack turned 7 and we had a fun trip to Disneyland with Nancy & Pascal!
October 2009 - My sister Anita's birthday and a super fun Halloween!I also started working for Beginner's Edge Sports Training! My friend Peter was out for his "Old Man" baseball league! He was injured and got a concussion - it was NOT fun!
November 2009 - Bob's birthday and the job searching continued for him! Thanksgiving Day with The Schwartzman's!
December - Christmas vacation for Jack. Interviews for Bob and finally a job that started 12/28!! We had a small Christmas at home then dinner with some great friends. We missed my family in CA so much!
January 2010 - Happy New Year! Back to school and Bob is working!! :)
February 2010 - Celebrated my birthday and started an exercising program again!
March 2010 - My mom turend 82, Spring Break and a 7 day vacation in Oceanside with Jack! Fun beach time and awesme family time!

Whew... ok, all caught up... next post will include some photos... I promise!!

Be Blessed!!
Janice