Sunday, May 2, 2010

Terrific Three-year-old Twins!

Happy Third Birthday Shanna!
Happy Third Birthday Haley!

At 3am Sunday morning everything was ready for when the girls would awake a few hours later...
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Lee was the mastermind behind the cakes. He built both of them, and did the Dora one by himself. Shanna couldn't have been happier.
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I did the purple princess train--as Clark called it. Haley wanted a Thomas train or a Henry train. No matter how much she wanted one, I was not going to make her a "boy" train for her birthday cake! I thought purple was a little more girly and she loved it!
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Birthday morning!
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She looks like a little Lizzy!
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Late Sunday afternoon, when the girls had pajamas back on, ha ha, we had their party!
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First Shanna (older by 1 minute)
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Then Haley (taller by almost an inch)
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They seemed to have a fun day. The boys were excited about it too.

Now that you've seen the good stuff, I'll attempt a boring log of what we've been doing. Last weekend Lee took the boys to the Fathers and Sons camp-out. The campground is just a few miles from our house, so Lee and the boys came home that evening, and then went back for breakfast. While the boys were gone, I hosted a girl's movie night. We watched Sense & Sensibility and ate yummy food--it was really fun! I am not a "girl's night" person, but if my man is gone I don't mind doing them at all. Last week my friend Kristi and I went to a surprise birthday party for our friend Jessica. She was really surprised too. It was funny because we saw her at Wal-mart right before the party.

I have gone crazy and have been waking up lately between 4:30am to 5:30am (depending on Lee's work schedule) to workout at the fitness center. I am not a morning person, but of course can be if really motivated. Working out at the community center was great for several months. but since Elden started crawling, it became difficult. And then Cal didn't want to go either. For a couple of weeks I would switch between working out at home and working out during Lee's lunch. I didn't like being gone when he was here, but I really wanted a good workout on a treadmill. (Yep, I am a treadmill person!) So early morning was really the only option as I don't like to work out later in the day, especially at night. I am reminded of the time when I was looking for a job at BYU. My options were janitorial, among others. I decided on janitorial, but I wouldn't work early morning. But as I kept looking at my schedule, the best option for me was to get a 4am janitorial job. I cleaned the F.A.R.M buildings if that rings a bell for anyone--and sometimes the Knight Mangum building too.

My personal reading has been going....slow. But I am doing it! One of my problems is that I have four different books that I am reading at the same time, plus some that I want to look at from the library and the Ensign and the Real Simple magazine that my sister got me for Christmas. It's been fun, but not too focused. I recently finished listening to The Big Four by Agatha Christie. I am currently reading Liberty & Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto. Very good and eye opening, but tedious for me. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. Amazing. All parents of EITHER gender should read this book! Doctrine & Covenants Institute Student Manual. LOVE IT!!!!! Everyone should read this. And Jesus the Christ. Superb. It is so amazing how Talmage explains the obvious that I never thought about. Another MUST read. What is funny is that I think Talmage's book is easy reading compared to Liberty & Tyranny!

We have been busy with other odds and ends: story time, babysitting, going to St. Louis, work meetings, etc. I got a new bike a few weeks ago. I rode it for the first time today! My helmet came and so did my bike shoes, so I tried out the whole sha-bang. (sp?) It was funny because I think the neighbor boy figured I'd never ridden a bike before. When he saw me riding he said: Miss Ruth, you're doing a great job!"

OH, and I can't forget! After all this time following Dave Ramsey's plan, we are finally doing the envelope system--well, one envelope: groceries. The envelope system involves using cash for everyday purchases. When the money is gone, it's gone and no more spending. It's used on categories like clothes and food and dining out. One of my good friends uses it for car repairs too, which I think is so amazing! But we are only doing groceries right now using cash. We don't want to do a dining out envelope yet, or personal money (among other categories), as we are trying to meet some big financial goals for the year for a three-month emergency fund, funding our Roth IRAs and saving for a down payment on a future home. Using cash has brought back the fun that I enjoyed while getting out of debt. It was a fun, challenging game staying in budget and plunking down $2000 a month towards debt. After getting out of debt it was kind of boring! I went back and forth using cash, but I think I am hooked. It's been very fun, and yes, definitely like a game! And the good thing, I haven't overspent! I would tend to do that with my debit card; a dollar here, a dollar there.

Enjoy the rest of the week. I can't believe it's almost Wednesday!


Bryan & Ashley said...

Happy B-day to the girls! They're so big! Do you remember when you sent out their birth announcement pictures? Well, we still have the pic on our bulletin board beside the fridge. Isn't that random!?

We, too, have gone back and forth between using the envelope system. In the past, we've had 2 envelopes: groceries and dining out. But since we've had a couple kids, we've rarely used all the dining out money, so we've just started using our bank cards for that.

We did the envelope system for groceries for a year or two. But whenever I had Bryan stop at the grocery store on the way home, he'd use the debit card because I'd forget to give him cash. That was annoying and harder to keep track of! But this month (May) I decided to give it a whirl again. We'll see how it goes!

Lois said...

Happy Birthday Shanna and Haley!! The cakes were awesome (as always!) and I always love reading about what you are up to. Great job riding your bike! :)