Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Update on Enough Snow

Here are some of the views from the car as we were driving from the Doctor. (no I did not take the pictures)
Almost got stuck. Never got close to the ditch thou.

Of course only one child wanted to be outside. It was a fight to get him to come in.
So I hope you enjoy our snowy weather.

Enough Already

Today we are getting more of this white stuff. Looks like to we are getting another 6-10 inches here at my house. It has been really warm the past couple of days so most of the previous snow is more like ICE. Now we add fresh snow on top of it. I would have no problem with it normally but, today I need to drive to town. I have to go and see the doctor. No problems just getting prescription refilled before the new year and new insurance kicks in.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Is Over

I am happy to say Christmas is over. I love the holiday don't get me wrong. But, my body takes a toll. I now have the Christmas cold. I am all stuffed up could hardly sleep last night because I could not breath.
The kids scored well. For Little man we went the k'nex route. So he has been building all sorts of things. We had gotten him a set for his birthday that came with a container to keep them in. With that though I thought all of his others would fit. Nope I was wrong. Yesterday we picked up a 12gal container to hold them all.

For the oldest Girl it was a fashion Christmas. She never really tells me what she wants so I have to go on instinct and pray she will be happy with her gifts. I think by the reaction on her face that I did well.(thanks to ebay)

That big smile is due the the fact that she has just received a Dooney and Bourke purse.

Now, it is time to take the tree down and put Christmas away.

I also have to remove all breakables out of the family room since we also got a 3-1 game table. All I can imagine is ping pong balls flying across the room and breaking something. LOL

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all. We have an event full 2 days ahead of us. Today I will be pestered by my children to open their presents. While I make Egg rolls for my Aunts house this evening.
I did give my husband one of his gifts early. Actually it is for the whole family. I purchased a Bluray Player.
On Christmas day we will be driving to New Alburn, MN. It is around a 2 1/2 hour drive to spend the day with my husbands mom. After that we head home to spend the evening with some of our closest friends.
I can not wait for this to all be over. LOL

Monday, December 22, 2008

Little man's Birthday

Due to weather being crappy and me havingmy hands full I forgot my camara. There fore I had to use my cellphone. Sorry about the qualiy of them.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Little Mans First Concert at School

This is very funny to watch. My little man is in the back row in the green shirt getting his arms stuck on the risers. I am glad the program was only a 1/2 hour long because the kids were losing interest fast.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Strange But True

The other morning on our way to work we did the normal thing of stopping for gas. As we pull up to the pump I see a gentleman walking in the station with a strange hat on. I think "hum, that looks like an Amish Hat. But I see no buggie." Now I am walking in an look to my right and low and behold it is a group of Amish people climbing out of a van. Smiling to myself I do what comes natural to me and say "hello". No response back. I have now come up with they really do not want to have nothing to do with my kind. And here I was thinking of asking them if my oldest could stay with them so she could see how easy her life really is. Not now! If they do not have the ability to respond to a friendly gesture how do they treat each other. OK, I know these are my opinions from a one time meeting.
Other things. Now I really do not like to talk politics. The debates they cause can wreck friendships. But this whole thing going on in Chicago really has me talking. When they had the news conference and they investigator said "Illinois is the Most corrupt state" I just could not stop laughing. I guess you have to look at its history and ask yourself were you really surprised.
And the employees taking over the window plant. Yeah, that was awesome. I would do the same thing.
I got somewhat good news. Instead of the company I work for losing 150k this quarter we made 18k. Which does not seem like a lot but that mean the we are doing something right.
So how has your week been going?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

My Favorite.....

This is my favorite time of year I love to be able to pull out my christmas stuff. Here is my favorite.


My shoes. I have roughly 25 pairs of shoes. Most are for summer. In my pictures I did not show my work shoes. I have 2 pair that I wear there. I also have my fuzzy Croc's.
These are my newest shoes. I love them. My wonderful handsome husband picked them out for me.
Look how shiny they are. And so pretty. They feel wonderful to wear

Here is another angle of them.
And look they even came with dust bags to store them in. These are my creme de la creme of shoes. And so far they are my favorite. Now as long as I can keep the dogs away they should be beautiful forever. Also the daughter. She loves these shoes she was hoping they would not fit me so she could have them.

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Day Off

So I have today off of work. No I did not take a vacation day. With the housing and building market down it reflects down my way in the food chain. There fore we have been reduced to 32 hour weeks. Some employees work Monday - Thursday and others work Tuesday - Friday. We need to ensure we have all 5 days covered. All I can ask is please people start buying Windows!!!!! OK I know we are in a recession. But when the time comes to buy think of me. I only make the components for one of the big name window makers out there. (sorry I do not get discounts I can toss your way)
So here are my plans for today. Laundry.( I missed my Friday laundry days), wrap Christmas presents (no kids home I can do it all out in the open) Organize my shoes(yes I really need to do that). My husband says why do you have so many shoes when you only have 2 feet. I will have to photograph my shoes so you can see what he is talking about. Just like clothing he asks me why I have so much. Hmmm, lets see. We live in a state where I need 2 wardrobes. One for summer and one for winter. And then I have my work clothes I do not work in a office I work manufacturing so I need clothing that can get yucky. Then I need non work clothing. I like to look nice so sue me. Plus, I have already eliminated 4 bags of clothes that I do not wear.
I think this evening I will have the kids trim the Christmas tree. We already have the yard set up with lights it just does not look as good as it would look out there if there was snow. Something about brown grass just does not make you think Christmas.
So what are your plans today?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Meat Processing Day

Today we began our adventure of processing our deer. Some pictures may be consider to be graphic so I am giving you a heads up. But, this is our life and what we do so we have the foods we like. Now we could take it to our local butcher shops but the cost of it is just not worth it for us since we have all the the tools needed to process. Here we have all the items needed to package our meat.
The first step is to skin the deer. Now these girls have been
hanging a while so they are frozen solid. Which makes
things a little harder to do.

For us this is a family affair. Everyone wants to be involved.



Now the fun of cutting.
And more cutting.
When everything is cut I get to the best part. Cooking the Tenderloins
Items needed. Not pictured meat.
Peppers, butter, liquid smoke, steak seasoning, garlic(not pictured)
and beer and Worcestershire Sauce (not pictured)

Melt 3/4 stick of butter with 3oz of beer 1Tbs of steak seasoning and garlic.
Add peppers. Add meat cook until meat cook all the way through. And liquid is mostly gone.

I had to cook additional meat.
Enjoy. This does not last long and really no reason for silverware or putting it in a pretty bowl
Because by the time you get back with the bowl its gone.

Now while the adults are working hard the kids are having fun playing video games

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

OMG. I survived. Menards was a blast waiting outside store for 1 1/2. In store for 7 min. Office Max wait 1hour. In and out in 15 min(had to pee). Off to mall. Again I say OMG. In Victoria Secret. Wait and wait and wait. Got what I went for. Bath and body works. Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait Check out. Got what I went for. Express. Got all the personal service I love. (this is a whole other topic) Special deals just for being me. Save a fortune. Herbergers in and out. Target in and out off to home I go. Home by noon.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL. Eat lots get your energy up because we all know what comes next. BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING. And yes I will be one of those crazy nuts out there. Stores open at 4am and I just do not know how I could miss that. LOL.
For today thou we will be deep frying our bird. And have all the fixings to go with it. Yummy.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A hunting Tale

Sorry the pictures are so blurry. I was using my phone.
Here you see one of the reasons why this year the harvest for deer was down 23k. The corn is still up. And even if you are in a stand 16 feet up that corn is still in the way.
This year we have harvested 3 deer so far with 5+ tags to be filled. This is one of the guys we hunt with. Behind him is CORN. Now some of the next pictures you may find graphic or offensive. Just give you a head up
Here is my handsome sexy hubby. (gutting deer)There is just something about him and hunting that makes me purr.

He is now telling her to spread them so he can finish the job. LOL

She came right up on him on the edge of the CORN. And no deer for me. Well there is always next year.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Great Great News

OK,so now I can spill my news. It has been killing me to keep my mouth shut. Last week was a weird week at work for my hubby. First his plant manager pulls him a side and asks him if he would be interested in doing a inspection type job. Then just yesterday he had a meeting with the president of his company to talk about how he felt about being a supervisor for his department. (his was demoted last week). So, today he was offered the position. And of course he accepted.
I am so proud of him and the hard work that he does. He has been able to prove himself to others and they see that he has great potential.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

New Buzz

We have done the Harry Potter books and movies. Currently we are just beginning the phase of the Twilight movie. Since we have read all the books. The actors we here in MN yesterday. My oldest darling wants to go to the opening night showing of the movie. She has been informed that is not going to happen. She was very disappointed. I explained to her that it is a school night and that if her report card did not have 2 F's (due to not turning work in and being lazy) she would have maybe been able to go to the midnight showing. Depending on how her week goes she will maybe be going on Saturday instead.
Our news find in the book realm is The 39 Clues. This is a interactive read. You read the books collect cards and play online. The kids and I have just started our journey. We have decided to make this a family thing. Book two comes out in December.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Strange Child

Such a cute child he is. Yet he really makes me wonder. This child LOVES and I mean LOVES laundry baskets. He is always playing in my laundry basket. He as I type is sitting in one watching TV.(no one is sitting on the love seat and there is room on the couch). He is very content to just sit and play in the basket. Any chance he get he takes them over. So this year for Christmas the child is getting his very own to play with. No toys for this child but a laundry basket.
So now for your viewing pleasure I give you my boy and the laundry basket.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Opener Weekend

Well it was opener weekend for Deer hunting. And Jim got ONE. I stayed in this weekend. Maybe next weekend will be my lucky weekend.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Video from the Musical

Sorry it took so long. Could not find the disk with the decoder for my camara.

I hope you enjoyed her preformance. I will be taking in one more show this weekend.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sound of Music

Here are the nuns

Von Trap Children
My beautiful daughter as a party guest

Children jumping on bed

Here is my girl playing Sister Bertha. She did so good. I was so proud.

And grandpa and Auntie came to watch the show. (of course the little man)They got the moneys worth. An hour drive for a 3 hour production.
The kids did great. I will add some video of the show later.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Freedom

This was the first year we have let the oldest go off trick or treating without us the over bearing parents. She had the freedom to roam through town with her friends. She did very well check when she was asked to. Met up with us where she was told to. So all in all it was a good evening.

For little man that meant for him to have us with him. We started at the school. Trick or treated the hall and played a game. Then it was off and running to as many houses we could hit. At the first house we told him to get out of the car and go up to the door. He looked at us like we were freaks."By myself?!" Duh, go to the door knock and say "TRICK OR TREAT".

He was a little confused but up he went. Came back said "Now what?" Go to the next house. Well, needless to say he got the hang of it and did not want to stop. " ok, what next?" He wanted to go and go and go.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It could only happen.....

Saturday after we went to the Harvest fest we had to stop and get gas in the car(current price 2.04)as as we pull up to the pump Jim sees a car that has a sticker that says "honk for a Flash". Ok, so what does he want to do but Honk. I just laughed and headed in to pay the bill. As, I was walking in I see the car is full of BOYS. Ok time for me to be fun. He honked but no one flashed him. Still after I payed I again said something to the boys about the flashing. As I get to the car 4 boys jump out of the car and FLASH my husband. I laughed so hard. So what silly things has happened to you.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Harvest Fest

The kids showing off their horse skills. I know a little corney. LOL

This is a dragon. We did not get to see him move and eat pumpkins

Well now we know how tall they are.

This is the jail. Yes I bailed her out.
Any offers?This little guy was so cute. I could not resist taking his photo.
That was our day. I was not very impressed with the venue. We had to pay to get in and then for the things the kids wanted to do cost money also. We did do the mazes that was fun. To be honest the kids had more fun at the place we went to get our pumpkins. And boy prices are going up $.35 a pound. Tonight they are going to carve that will be fun.