It’s Been 8 Months Since I Had This Kid…

And I think the teeth are going to pop through any day now!  Poor little guy sure gets irritable much more than normal.  Well, still no scrapbook, but at least the pictures are loaded on a computer for easy retrieval.  He’s still not sitting up or crawling (hopefully it’s just second kid syndrome and not something more serious), but he sure can roll around to anywhere he wants to go and it is fast!

– likes to roll over to grab and laptop power cable (a little geek in training)

– Has tried green beans, and squash.  The first time he tried green beans he gave me the classic “what the heck did you just feed me?” look and actually started to gag with each and every bite.  I just kept feeding him and the next day he seemed to like the green goop.

-No carrots!  Carrots make Joshy very irritable and we had to stay up all night holding and rocking and soothing him.  It took a few days of trial and error to lead us to that conclusion.

-Wakes up at 4am to eat and then goes back to sleep.

-Starting to enjoy the Itsy Bitsy Spider song, Paddy Cake, and Where is Thumbkin

– Giggles at peek a boo

– Knows to lift the blanket when we hide an object underneath it

-Forget yanking on hair, this kid goes for eyeglasses!

– Reaches up for daddy

-Loves to play with balloons

-Wears size 3 diapers

– Went swimming in the bathtub (literally) and was completely freaked out by the experience.  Due to crazy evening scheduling commitments at night, he didn’t bathe for about a week after, because he would fall asleep on the way home and would miss bath time.  Luckily he forgot all about his scary bathtub submersion and was back to enjoying tub time once again.

Twilight at Twilight

Um yeah, so guess who went at midnight to the Rave theatres to be a part of the craziness?  Apparently there were lines starting at 10pm, but we missed them!  I picked up my date for the evening (my little brother) at 10:45pm, got to the theatre at around 11pm, and we walked straight in passing the long long lines of teen vampire look alikes and went to the “Birthday Room.”  You ever heard of Gladys Knight’s Saints Unified Choir?  Well they were smart and rented the theatre!  So, free pizza, drinks, candy, cake, oh and our own theatre that had empty seats all around us!  It was so awesome!  These people were hilarious and so friendly even though they were complete strangers. So thanks for friends of friends pulling us in to be apart of the choir reserved party crowd and for letting us mooch your food and stuff.  And poor Joshy had to cry it out at 1:30am since I wasn’t around, but he made it to 6:30am and then went back to sleep until 9:30am!  I needed to sleep in and Joshy couldn’t have picked a better day to do so!

Oh, as for the movie- I’m thinking maybe a step up from Napoleon Dynomite! Well, maybe a few steps better since Twilight did have great scenery, Matrix-like effects, and a bigger budget! I seriously felt like I was watching an acting 201 class (they were better than complete beginners) read through their scripts for maybe the 3rd time!  Hello Bella!  A little more realistic please when it comes to nearly being devoured by vampires! The monotone voice was killing me!!  And Edward! Hey Edward, when you’re nearly killing her by sucking out the poison I think you’re supposed to show a little more emotion!  I was seriously caught up in the bad acting that it was a bit hard to just enjoy the movie. The baseball scene was actually pretty good and finally when you feel like the plot is starting to take place.  We got excited for that at least!

So hopefully they will make lots of money from movie #1 and make some improvements for movie #2.  I did have a fun time and enjoyed some time away from the boys so thanks hubby and friends!

Was I the only one not impressed by Twilight?

What Would You Do?

An earthquake hits Las Vegas (we ARE on a major fault line you know) and 100,000s become injured.  Large sections of the city are without electricity.  The emergency personel are overwhelmed.  What do you do?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training helps you prepare for any and all emergencies before hand.  From the CERT website “The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community”.  The best part- IT’S FREE and you get FREE stuff for taking the classes.  Free training for emergency preparedness!! There’s no CPR training so you can’t use fear of mouth to mouth as an excuse for not taking the classes.

So classes are every Wed evening for the next 5 weeks (off for Thanksgiving week though) over near Jones and 95. Hubby just took the first of six classes in CERT and he loves it!  So he’s looking for others to take the free class too.  The skills you learn could very well save your life and the life of those around you.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue provides this training free to anyone in Southern Nevada interested in attending.    If anyone is interested in the FREE classes, let me know.  You can miss the first class (already past) but not any of the other ones.

Upon graduation, you get a backback full of emergency essentials, vest, hat, and the knowledge and preparation to help when disaster strikes.  Anyone interested??

This Week’s Deals!

Weekly deals- Nov 2
Weekly deals- Nov 2

I’m celebrating the presidential defeat/ victory (depending on your outlook) today by shopping!  Check out my deals at Smith’s!  They are having one of those buy 10 items and save sales.  Throw in some coupons like I did and I got everything for $6 bucks and got free razors and free toothpaste!  Even though I don’t really need the free things someone out there does- so it’s a great way to help charities or families in need and it doesn’t cost a cent!!  And now I’m home and the kiddos are both sleeping =o) 

And if you’re not afraid of generic diapers then check out HERE to get the scoop on the amazing sale at Walgreens!!  Seriously it’s like buying 1 pack of jumbo Walgreens brand diapers (all sizes) and getting 3 free when you combine sale and coupon.  I’ve been to 4 Walgreens stores and stocked up.  The store and Craig and MLK has the red pharmacy coupon book sitting out for you to take at the “customer consultation” station.  So grab your coupon book from there, go to the diaper aisle and get 4 packs (limit 4), go to check out to ring up the diapers first, then hold the coupon book out for the clerk to scan the diaper coupon (it takes $2 off each package).  It’s like getting a pack of diapers for $2.50.  Can’t go wrong!  If you’re leary about diaper leakage, then use generics during the day and name brand at night. 

No more shopping this week, b/c I want to stay within budget this month, I am notorious for going broke on good deals, and it’s only the first part of the month so I want to save for deals later on.

Thanks Thrifymama for the info about these great deals!

Of Dinner and Taxes

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that’s what they decided to do.

The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day the owner threw them a curve.

“Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20.” Dinner for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free.

But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to eat their meal. So, the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now pa id $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man.
He pointed to the tenth man,” but he got $10!”
“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than me!”
“That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man.
“Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”
“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction.

Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore.

In fact, they might start eating overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph..D
Professor of Economics
University of Georgia


(I stole this from my hubby’s blog.  I hope he doesn’t mind!)

T’was the Night Before Elections

T’ was the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!

I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.

When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys
They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!
He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink
He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!

“On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On ACORN , On Pelosi”
He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn’t stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think
‘ bout this one final note —