Saturday, October 24, 2009

Spooktacular at the Zoo

We took the boys to the Spooktacular at the zoo. This is the 3rd time we have gone and every year it gets better. This time was great since I had Chris there to help me, much easier with 4 hands then 2 when you have 3 kids.

We got there pretty early so the parking was easy. We went right on in and had to wait about 10 minutes for the gates to open.
The town was called Pumpkinville. They had over 300 carved pumpkins if not more. Very pretty at night.
We got our pictures taken half way through with a choice of background. I do not have it scanned yet to show but it was really cute. Too bad Andrew looked at his silly brother when the picture was taken.
We went through a abandoned Mine field, saw Trolls fighting, fairies, tree monsters, jesters and even frog royalty.

Then at the end we went through Pirates Cove where the kids got gold coins, pirate tattoo's and lots of candy.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Busch Gardens Trip

Chris and I took a opportunity to go on a early vacation for our Anniversary coming up. It was a month early but with his job time never works out for us. With my mom graciously offering to watch all 3 boys so we could go alone, we went for 2 days and without the kids (gasp).

We had a awesome time. Going on a weekday really worked out well. No lines, no crowds, almost empty.

We started off the trip with riding a roller coaster. Let me say that I HATE roller coasters! And I mean HATE them. The one we rode looked nice from the outside until we got in the line. It looked worse as soon as we started up the ramp to get going. The roller coaster was wooden and long as heck. I think it took a total of 4 minutes from start to finish. I almost lost my glasses as soon as we took off lol and the whole ride was shaky and bumpy. I yelled "I hate you Chris" the whole ride... He made me get on. Curse that man.

When then got on the train and took it around half the park. That was relaxing and fun.

Our next stop was at the Congo river rapids. I remember going on this in High School when our school band took a trip there. Always seemed longer to me when we rode it back then but this time it was fast but just as fun. I got soaked! I almost made it through but right at the end the tube turned and under a waterfall I went.

While walking the park we happened to stop by a booth offering Safari Tours. It was a great price and since we didnt have the kids we decided to jump on the oppurtunity. I didn't really know what we would do or see but let me say that it was so worth it and tons of fun.
As soon as we got onto the open land we were greeted with about 8 giraffes. We were able to feed them and take pictures. They were so huge and in our faces the whole time. One licked my face lol It was a great experience.

The next day we had about 3 hours before we had to make the 4 hour drive home. So we watched a show on oldies music and dance. Then we walked the park and check out the monkey exhibit and took the sky rail to the end of the park so we could ride the log ride.

It was a great trip and we enjoyed the time alone. We have not been alone like that in a long time. being with the kids has always been important to us and we love going on trips with them to gain great memories as a family. I still cherish the ones I had with my family as a kid. But this was great and we really savored the moments we had with each other on this trip.

Next time we go, it will be with the kids :)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Halloween Crafts

I love making things during Halloween time.

I decided to make the pumpkin witches that I have made for the boys to give to their teachers. I have been doing this for the past 4 years and love making them. Its easy and cheap to make.

This is what you will need:
* 2qt plastic container (round)
* Bag of assorted candy
* Gummy Body Parts
* Black Liquorice
* Pin needles (used to sew or quilt, small)
* Small pumpkin

Put the eyes, mouth and I put some ears on there :)
Then put one peice of liqurice at a time around the top of the head to make hair.

Then put the finished pumpkin on top of the jar filled with candy.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Loving the free stuff!

I got ALL of this for free and then some!
Here is what I got and how I did it:

* 3 Ziploc bags (50ct each)
Used $1.00/2 and a $.40 coupon
Paid $4.54
But I have a rebate form here for $5.00 when I buy 3 Ziploc products
So I make a total of $.46, not bad for 3 free bozes of ziploc bags
* 2 Glade Fragrance Collection Candles
$ 2.99/2
Used 2 coupons for free candles
After coupons FREE
* 1 Palmolive Pure + Clear dish liquid
$ 2.99
Used $.75 coupon
After coupon $ 2.24
Used Try Me Free coupon in 9-27 insert
After coupon and try me free rebate I made $.75
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Publix Shop 10-02-09

I had a great shopping trip at Publix. Walked away with some great deals.

Here is what I got:

* 2 General Mills Lucky Charms
Used $1.00/2 coupon
After coupons $ 2.99/2

* 2 Ragu Sauces
2/$ 3.49
Used $1.00/2 coupon
After coupons $ 2.59/2

* 2 Toll House Cookies
2/$ 3.59
Used 2/$1.00 coupons
After coupons $ 1.59/2

* 2 Lysol Disinfectant Sprays
2/$ 3.19
Used 2/$ .75 coupons
After coupons $ 1.69

After sales and coupons I walked away with only spending $8.66