Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Proud Wife

I am a proud wife. Scott passed his CDL driving test with flying colors on Saturday. He called his new boss in ND that night and he is all set to head up there on Feb. 12th. He is making a big sacrifice for us and I am proud of him and how hard he always works for us. It will be tough to be away from him but we did find out that he can work 2 weeks on and 1 week off instead of 3 weeks on if he'd like to. We'll see how it goes. Love you babe!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

First Cavity

So, a few weeks ago, Canyon started complaining about one of his teeth while he was eating. After dinner I took a look at it and saw that there was a pretty good size cavity in one of his back teeth. I cleaned it and flossed it for him really good that night to get all the food out of it and then called the dentist the next morning. Canyon always brushes his own teeth. We do it together though so he can watch me and do what I do while he's brushing. Apparently he's not doing that great of a job.
Yesterday we had out dentist appointment to get his tooth fixed and he did really well. He was pretty nervous and didn't want to go because I was a genius and told him that they were going to give him a shot to numb his mouth... Don't know what I was thinking. Anyway, he did awesome! They gave him some headphones and he listened to emperor's new groove and tarzan the whole time. The covered his eyes when they gave him the shot and then when it was all over I asked him if it hurt and he didn't even know they had given him the shot yet.
So after it was all said and done, we've decided that mommy will be brushing his teeth for him for a little while. :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I love saving money

I love spending money. I am the first to admit that I have a spending problem for sure. But, I love saving while I'm spending too! I've been doing the whole couponing thing for the last year and it has really helped to build our food storage and save a lot of money.
Target is one of my favorite stores to shop at for everything! And what's great about target is that they have their own store coupons that you can print online and combine with manufacturer coupons. I love it! This week I saved a ton of money their. I bought shoes for Canyon which I saved $5 on and a balance ball and scale which I also save $5 on. A few months ago target had $5 off a pair of jeans coupon on their website and I was able to find some really cute jeans on clearance for $7 and after it was all said an done I got them for $2! I printed another coupon off the next day and went back and got another pair. It was awesome! :)

Today I went to Smith's, another one of my favorite places to coupon at, and got all of this for $11. :) Love shopping!

On a side note... Scott scheduled his driving test yesterday and so he will be taking his test on Saturday morning... Keep us in your prayers please!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Journaling... is that a word?

When I was younger, I used to love writing in my journal. And now its fun every so often to look back and read what I wrote about when I was in Elementary school and Junior High. One of my goals this year is to be better at writing things down and making a record. I probably won't dive right into writing in my journal every night like I used to when I was young but updating my blog more than once every couple months would be a good start. :)
So, I've been trying really hard to get up at 4:45 every morning and get to the gym before Scott leaves for work and some weeks I do awesome and some weeks, like this last one, I suck. I am not a morning person and it's so painfully hard to drag myself out of bed so early in the morning. I did make it twice last week but it was at 9:00 and I had to pay $4 each day so my kids could be at the day care at the gym. This week I've turned over a new leaf and so far, I'm 2 for 2 at getting up and going to the gym at 5. :) Hopefully I can get through the whole week and it will become habit.
I love my husband. He is one of the hardest workers I know and he has sacrificed a lot for our family. Right now Scott's job feels like it's going downhill sort of fast. He had one really busy day last Monday and then he was home by 3:00 every other day last week. Not good. The last month or so we've been playing with the idea of him going to take a job in North Dakota that he can have once he has his CDL. It pays really well and we feel like it will be a good solution to our financial problems as well as a good step towards getting him back in school to finish his degree in wildlife and fisheries. Our plan right now is for him to go out and work for 1 year or so and then we will have enough money saved up that he can come back and go to school full time. He will be working in North Dakota for 3 weeks a month and then will fly home for a week to be with us. He studied hard and was able to take and pass his written CDL test a couple weeks ago. The final step is practicing driving and taking the road test. With work being so slow last week he was able to take Tuesday off (called in sick) so that he could go practice driving a semi with a guy in our ward. I think it was much harder than he had hoped it would be and now he's even more nervous to go take his CDL road test. He was able to go out practicing again last Saturday and yesterday and he's trying to get out once more this week and then take his final test on Saturday. I'm trying to push him as non-pushingly as possible but he's really got to get his license soon because the company in North Dakota is going to be ready for 3 new guys the first week in Feb. That means we really needs to have it complete this week to secure his spot. He's been studying and working really hard so I have confidence in him that he will be able to do well.
Canyon is doing well and he is getting slightly less dramatic than he used to be. He really likes preschool most days and he has a lot of friends there. He's very social and personable and is always calling his classmate's by name whenever I'm there with him. It makes me laugh because I've never seen a little guy have such good communication skills. There are a couple mom's that have told me that it's because of Canyon that their kids like preschool because he is such a great friend and tries to include everyone. He's learning how to write and he likes to make cards for dad and write stories. He asks me how to spell each word and he writes the longest sentences ever (once upon a time there was a super hero that helped everyone when they were sick do the funnest things ever that they wanted to do in the whole world). That was the last sentence. He also is learning to sight read a few words and really likes to practice reading. He still wants to be a paleantologist and insists on getting dinosaur encyclopedias every time we go to the library. He did tell me this week however that after he goes to school the be a paleantologist he would like to go to school to be a cowboy.
Savanna is busy as ever, but, the last couple weeks she's actually figured out how to put together these giant floor puzzles all by herself. I was shocked and amazed the first time because she has never had the attention to sit still and work on something for any amount of time. She likes to try and read like brother and starts every page in her books with "once upon a time". She loves singing and she sings while she's doing her puzzles and usually they are made up songs which makes it even funnier. She got a vacuum for Christmas and it's red just like mine and so she follows me around the house whenever I am vacuuming and she likes to ram my vacuum with hers. Her 2 favorite phrases are "I can not believe it" which she says if you tell her something exciting and "that's so silly" which she says after almost everything but especially when she hears a word that she thinks is funny sounding. I took her to get her first hair cut ever last week and they cut 4 inches off but I think it looks really cute.
The kids are finally 2 ages where they are more on the same level and have been playing together really good lately. Canyon is a great helper with Savanna and always wants to make sure she is ok and helps her with whatever she needs.
It's crazy that my babies will soon be 5 and 3... time just flies way too fast! We took them Ice Skating last Saturday and it was really fun. They already want to go back and have been asking us when we can go again. :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

December 2011

Wow 2011 seemed to really fly by didn't it? We had a very busy and eventful year and so far it looks like 2012 isn't going to be slowing down much.

Here's a recap of our December in pictures.

We spend one Monday night in December decorating gingerbread houses. The kids LOVED it. Here is Canyon with his house.

Savanna and her Gingerbread House.

Christmas Eve we spent at my my parents and the kids got to open some presents from grandma and grandpa and aunts and uncles.
This is Canyon with the dinosaur blanket my mom made him.

Savanna with her princess coloring set she got from Alex and Nikki.

Here is Canyon opening his Christmas Eve jammies after we got home. Savanna was passed out by this point in the night.

Savanna on Christmas morning excited about what Santa brought her.

The kids checking out the goods they found in their stockings.

Canyon giving Savanna a love after she opened the present he picked out for her. :)

Us getting ready to sing Rudolph the red nose reindeer at the Christmas Eve party.

Scott and I also celebrated our 6 year anniversary on the 16th of December and my parents were nice enough to take the kids for the night. We went Christmas shopping... :) Happens every year.

It was also my sister Nikki's birthday and my Mom's in December so lots of partying.

Here's to a Happy New Year! :)