Friday, January 29, 2010

Goodwill Finds

It had been a while since I'd been to my favorite store--Goodwill.  Most of the time, they have just what I'm looking for.  Sometimes they have items that I'm not necessarily looking for (like the books above), but some I just can't pass up!  For the books I paid between  $0.75 and $1.25.  Some of them are classics!  The prices for the appliances were: $5.95 for the ice cream/sorbet maker and the crockpot on the right, $7.95 for the programmable crockpot on the left.  It was a good day of shopping!  Anybody got any good crockpot recipes?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Daisy Scouts Bake-Off

Ava and Shelby made Butter Squares for the Girls Scouts Bake Off.  Curiously, we had to use the recipes provided by the troop leader.  Ava is a Daisy Scout, Shelby a "Tag Along" since she's not old enough to be a Daisy yet.  They got second place in the bake off. 

My girls handle that mixer like pros! 

The finished product.  Ava got to taste it, but Shelby couldn't because of her allergies.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Thanksgiving RV Trip

For Thanksgiving, we decided to rent an RV and go visit my aunt & uncle in Maryland.  I hadn't seen them in over seven years.  They had a houseful, so we thought it would be a good idea to bring our own accomodations.   She was a 38 footer and sooo nice!

The drive turned out to be longer than planned.  But it was OK, we had good drivers.

We had a very good visit with our family.  Delaney was a little monster the whole time we were there.  I think it was due to her sleep schedule having been disrupted.  I think she now has a bad reputation with the kin.

Here's my brother and me with Aunt Serena (who hates taking pictures) and two of the girls.

My dad with Ava & Shelby

Some of my crazy cousins.

I got to see two of my old Air Force friends while up there.  Gwen and I were stationed at FE Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wy.  I left there in 1991, but we have stayed in touch through the years.

Karen and I were stationed at Hickam AFB in Hawaii in the 80's.  We experienced our first pregnancy together.  Our due dates were 3 weeks apart, but we ended up delivering one day apart (I was late, she was early).  I looked up to her, and she helped me navigate some of my marital woes.  We had lost touch in recent years, but I managed to find her through her daughter on Facebook.  It was so awesome to see both of them, but sad that we couldn't spend more time together.

We also took advantage of being up there and did some quick sightseeing.  I wanted the girls to see where the president of the United States and his family live, among other things.

The Capitol

The White House

The Wahington Monument
The trip cost much more than we'd calculated, but it was a great expereince overall.  We REALLY want an RV of our own, but that won't be doable for a long while. *sigh*

Friday, January 8, 2010

Fun Birthday Outing 11/09

For birthdays, I like to plan fun family outings.  For Shelby's 4th birthday, we went to Babyland General Hospital, in Cleveland, Ga, where the Cabbage Patch Kids are born.  It just so happend that it was the grand opening of their new location.

Above is the Cabbage Patch.  The setup was sooo cute!  Babies are born when the mama cabbage is 10 leaves dilated.  Sometimes the babies need a dose of imagicillin.  The nurses are LPNs--Licensed Patch Nurses.  Our girls weren't too impressed with the whole experience.  We spent a fortune on dolls they don't even play with!  Oh well, I had fun--except for dealing with Delaney's bad attitude that day.