Logan went trick-or-treating!!
Mark the map!
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Excuse the blurry pictures - my camera does not take good pictures in the dark.
(and yes, I carved them myself - with some help from Mike)
Our poor, poor hot tub - it's been so neglected for the past 4 months.... until tonight. On Sunday we cleaned out and filled the hot tub and then on Tuesday I went and got our water tested so that the proper amount of chemicals could be added. Yesterday afternoon (after spending a wonderful morning with Christina & Claire) I added the appropriate chemicals and we were set to go.
Place roast in crock pot. Mix all 3 envelopes together and sprinkle on top of roast. Pour 1/2 cup warm water in bottom of crock pot; cook on low for 6-7 hours.
The combination of these ingredients sound really strange but trust me the roast turns out great!! Go check out Overwhelmed with Joy! for more recipes.
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I think that's about it for now. Have I mentioned lately how kissable my son is??
How would your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or anyone else that is special in your life like to receive a personalized letter from Santa? I'm sure you can think of someone that would love a keepsake like this. Imagine the delight in their eyes when they get their own piece of mail - from Santa!
All letters will be personally addressed to your child and include information such as age, city they live in, and items on their wish list. No need to worry about getting the same letter for each child - I have a couple of different ones. I even have a very special one for a baby's first Christmas!! Each letter will also include a special coloring page that they can leave out for Santa.
If you are interested in ordering a personalized Santa letter or have questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - I will send back the payment instructions (I accept paypal, cashier's check, or money orders) and personal information that I need to make the letter wonderful for that special person in your life.
Have a letter sent directly from Santa - it's easy, it's fun, and it's simple to do!!
All letters will be mailed during the month of December.
For the past couple of weeks I have been trying to think of some ideas to make some extra money for the upcoming holidays. I think I might have an idea and I would like to know what you think about it. Ok here it is: I've been thinking of typing up and sending out Christmas/Holiday letters from Santa. I got the idea when I started looking on the internet for Santa letters so that Logan would get one but I couldn't believe the prices that sites were asking for them. Some wanted $14.95!! Which is crazy so I thought "I can do that for a lot less" and hopefully some of my family and friends would like them too.
I'm not quite sure what to say - I feel so disappointed. I wish they would have stuck it out a little longer. They would have gotten what they wanted and needed AND most of all deserved!! Read here for more.
Mike, along with four of his classmates, presented their Senior project for college today. It sounds like it went pretty well - the presentation will count for 20% of their grade. I think they did a great job on the project. They created a website for a church. Within the website, once you register, you are then able to share photos, post forum discussions, create a blog, among other things.
I stole this from Christina, who stole it from Al, who stole it from Becca - will you be the next one to steal??
So a couple of months ago I tried to sell some books on craigslist and did not have any luck. The books have been sitting in my living room now since then - collecting dust. I had Mike move them out to the garage where they are now collecting dust and cobwebs. I wanted to get rid of these books and have not made a trip to goodwill lately. Tonight while cleaning out my "favorites" menu on the laptop I stumbled across a site that I had found awhile ago. Maybe you've heard of it: Bookcrossing.com? To start out, view the left sidebar. You'll see a section called "go hunting" - this is where you'll search for books in your area.
I would like to hear from one person who would want to work in conditions like this. My Dad has been working for this company for over 15 years and as of Saturday his union went on strike. Every 4 years their contract is up for negotiation and this year they decided they had had enough. They aren't asking for much - they would like a raise to help compensate for the cost of living increase and they would like their health insurance premiums to go down. Why doesn't Bobcat understand how unfair it is to make one person pay over $250/month for insurance but another employee only has to pay $80/month. And don't forget, the ones paying the $80/month are making a hell of a lot more money than the ones who pay $250/month.
My Dad has been on the picket line since the strike began. They usually "walk the line" in 4 hour shifts but today Dad was out there from 6 am until after 3 pm. Dad said the support for them has been good for the most part. Some area businesses have dropped off food for them.
On the other hand some people in Bismarck just see what they want to. Up on the Tribune (www.bismarcktribune.com) website a lot of people have commented that the employees are just being greedy. NONE of them are being greedy, if anyone is greedy it is the CEO that accepted the $8 million bonus and didn't think twice about how it would affect other employees. Yes, people that work there make very good money but so would you if you had to work 12 hour days, 6 days a week. Imagine putting in 72 hours in just one week! Of course you would have money because you would have no time to spend it! Many people who work for the company are divorced because they never see their spouse.
Both my brother & I worked for Bobcat as vacation replacements (what they call their summer temp. workers) - and I can truly say it was the worst job I ever had! Yeah, I made over $11/hour but I also had no life. That summer I worked from 1pm-11pm almost every day. I think I worked every Saturday except maybe 3 that summer. All I did was work and sleep. Oh, and did I mention no air conditioning?? The average temp. in the building where I worked was well over 90* - and you are required to wear jeans and steel-toed work boots. Oh yeah, great times!!
My Dad even made the local news! He is the one in the camouflage overalls with the black sweatshirt - yelling at the bus. Things are a little tense on the picket line - especially when the supervisors get bussed in to the workplace. I could keep rambling on and on but if you're interested you can find out more info. on the Tribune website - just look for the articles about Bobcat.
Last Thursday Logan & I had a playdate with Christina & Claire. It was such a fun and enjoyable morning. I couldn't believe how fast the time went by - even though we were there for over 3 hours!
On Wednesdays at our library they have a children's story-time. We went for the first time this last week and Logan absolutely loved it. I think he was a little scared at first because he just sat in my lap and watched all the other kids. After a little bit though he began warming up and actually trying to "sing" along to the rhymes.
Please excuse me while I have a meltdown, followed by nightmares, and possibly a VERY stiff drink.
Today was wonderful. Such a simple day, nothing special planned but I hung out with one of the cutest little guys that I know - how can that be beat? I actually got to shower today before Logan's nap which in itself was wonderful!! You don't realize how much to appreciate a shower each morning until you are a stay-at-home-Mom!!
On a different note, check out the previous 2 posts. I've posted some new recipes for October - it's all about apples this month! I'm also participating in a recipe exchange - please check it out and enjoy all the recipes that everyone is sharing!
This week I'm participating with Overwhelmed With Joy! - she is hosting a recipe exchange. I hope you'll all go over and check out the other yummy recipes. Maybe you'll even participate yourself??
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