Saturday, March 27, 2010

Our New House and other craziness!

So in my last blog I said that life had been insane.  Well one of the reasons why is that Boyer Hill FINALLY got our new house done and we had been in the process of packing and moving.  We officially moved into our new home on Hill AFB on Monday, March 22nd.  This is a picture of the front of the house.  It's an amazing house and to me it's huge.  My stuff is all in it and I keep thinking did we lose stuff?  Anway, these pictures were taken before we moved in.  The day Ian signed the lease (or rather a few days later) we were able to do a walk through. 
Ian openening the front door

View from the front door to the back of the house down the hallway!

Our living room (right inside the front door)

half bath downstairs.  but OH MAN I don't want to clean 3 toilets!

View of the kitchen from the dinning room

If you have seen previous posts in the last few months you'll know that I've been couponing and starting a stockpile.  (And no it's not because I think the world is ending and I need to store food or whatever.  The world ends so be it!  I'll see My Glorious Father in Heaven) I'm stockpiling because I'm getting things so cheap with coupons that I'm stocking up so I don't have to pay full price!  So this picture is my most favorite thing in the house!  MY PANTRY!!!

Laundry room :)

pic is kind of dark but it's in the back of the house where the dinning room is! :)

 Ian's favorite thing about the house!  The 2 car garage!


Hallway and the entrance to the boys bathroom and Jaxon's room

Linen Closet

My bathroom

Same bathroom just a little farther in!

Ian and my bedroom.  The best part of this room?  Our two huge walk in closets!  Yep we have his and hers! 

So that's the view of the house empty.  I'll probably post more pics later after I take some now we are moved in.  The bad part of moving into this house?  The fact that we only get to live in it for 4 months!  Yep that's right.  After 5 years Ian got orders!  To Deleware!  Crazy right?  So we will be leaving Utah on August 2nd and moving back to the East Coast.  Dover is exactly 10 hours from both of our families so I have a feeling we are going to be getting more visits once we get there! 
So that's part of our craziness here in Utah.  Now you know why I've been awol lately! 

Brennan's 9th Birthday

Ok so I know I'm like a month and a half behind on this but seriously my life has been INSANE lately.  I mean one can only wonder how a person can keep their head above water with so much going on.  Brennan had school on his birthday and that same day was his Valentines Party.  So I went in and helped out with the class party and took cupcakes in.  He was so excited and a little silly.  All of these kids were hopped up on sugar though.  It was crazy!  :)

Brennan at his desk doing his Valentine Craft.  He didn't look so thrilled at this point! lol


Brennan and some of his classmates!

But I managed to throw together a small party at Fat Cats for Brennan and he had a blast!  For those that don't know, Fat Cats is a type of fun center where you can bowl, bumper cars, mini golf, play video games, eat, and hang out. 
Brennan and some of his "buds" Jake, Stephen, and our other Jake! They were eating pizza and bowling!  :)
Brennan opening some presents.  Jaxon looked pretty excited about them too!

Brennan's birthday cake!  How cool is this cake.  Seriously!  My friend Christie made this for him. The ramp is cake too!  The dirt road is made of brown sugar and it was DELICIOUS!!!

up close of the ramp! 

Brennan and his friends!  These kids are some of the best friends I could ever ask for my boy!
And Jaxon.  He was right there in the middle of it all.  Having a blast!  He looks up to his big brother so much!

All in all I think the party was a huge success (we had a few minor set backs with the location but the manager fixed it and gave the kids all out passes to do bumper cars and golfing for free).  It was great company, good food, and lots of fun!  This will be the last birthday Brennan has in Utah so I'm glad that we were able to make it one he will remember for a long time! 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Savvy Sister Shops

One of my new favorite blogs is based right here in Utah called Savvy Sister Shops.  It's written by Heather and a funny thing happened with us.  I found out about her blog a few months ago and a day or two later I was in the store and this lady approached me and asked me about using coupons.  Lo and behold it was Heather!  So that's how we met!  And since then I've read her book Savvy Shopper 101 (I won it through a giveaway contest!) and found that it was a fabulous read.  It was incredibly easy to understand and is more that just a how to book.  I refer to her book often when I have questions and when I can't figure it out I just send her a comment on her blog and she tries to answer it for me.  Just yesterday I got to spend a few minutes with her and realized even further how generous she is and how much she wants people to truly get the most for their money.  Getting deals is so exciting and when you come home with a trunk full of groceries and have spend half of what you have normally spend and then the next time a third of that you realize that couponing isn't something you can afford not to do.  Check it out.  Even if you are curious!  If nothing else, she posts some great recipe's on there too from all the great sales she gets.  There is something for everyone! :)