Thursday, November 29, 2007


I bundled up the kids this morning (one bank sign said it was only 7 degrees!) to go to Goodwill. Every Thursday kids' clothes are 50% off. I found two pairs of shoes for Remy for $2.99 each,

a pair of navy Mary Janes for Raina for $3.99,

two shirts for Remy that were $1.50 each,
a brand new sleeper for Remy for $2.00,

and a brand new pink polka dot summer dress for Raina for $2.00.
I also bought about 10 things to list on eBay. One was a new pink bunting with Winnie the Pooh on it--very soft and cozy. Raina was carrying it around calling it Olivia.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Pajama Day

We had a pajama day today. It's so nice sometimes to not go anywhere on a day. I did some laundry and eBay photos/listing this morning while the kids were playing. After lunch we watched Ratatouille. We ate cheese tortellini and leftover pie/ice cream for supper. A relaxing day!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Kid Pics

Just a few pictures for tonight.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Cheetos and Marshmallows

That's what Raina wanted for breakfast this morning. I gave her toast and juice instead.

Friday, November 9, 2007

This Week's Freebies

We opened a new bank account yesterday, and all new members get a stuffed "pony" (according to Raina). We also got our first checks free, free online bill pay and free debit cards. I got a postcard in the mail that I'd get $50 for opening a new account, so that's what we did.

Walgreens had L'Oreal shampoo/conditioner on sale for buy 1, get 1 free. I also had a buy one, get one free coupon so both bottles were free!

Every so often I sign up for free samples online, so yesterday in the mail I got some Post-It samples: lined stickies, pop-up post-its, flags and tabs.

I got Huggies and Dove coupons. I also got my Reader's Digest and Lake Superior magazines, which were both gifts.

Raina got her monthly book from the Imagination Library (

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Popcorn and Chili

It was Barry's birthday yesterday, so he wanted me to make popcorn during the football game today, and make chili for supper.
I don't usually buy microwave popcorn--we make our own microwave popcorn. Here's how you can make some: put 1/4 cup popcorn kernals into a brown paper lunch bag, roll over and tape shut. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until popping slows to 2-3 seconds between popping. Put your popcorn in a big bowl, add melted butter and salt, and you're all set!
On to the chili. There are probably as many ways to make chili as there are people making it, but here's what I generally put in my chili:
Browned hamburger, sometimes cooked with onion
Light red kidney beans
Black beans
Chili beans
RoTel tomatoes
Diced or stewed tomatoes
Tomato sauce
Garlic powder
Chili powder
Cayenne pepper
The amount of each ingredient depends on exactly what I have in the house. I put it all in the crockpot on low for 5-6 hours, then it's ready to eat!
Barry has a couple of additional "secret ingredients" that he adds to his chili. I am not, however, allowed to disclose them.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Strange Observation

I had two people pay me through PayPal the other day, and they both had the same last name: Richardson. One from Ontario, Canada, and one from Iowa. What are the chances of that?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween Photos

Halloween Fun

We didn't go trick or treating last night, but the kids did dress up last Saturday for the Coborn's festivities. Jackson was Twins player Johan Santana, Raina was a fairy princess and Remy was a lion.
Last night we ate monster fingers, monster toes, eyeballs, and English mummies. The kids thought it was great fun!
Then we (well, Barry) carved pumpkins. We ended up with Sparky the puppy, Remy baseball, and Juan Pumpkin Montoya.