Friday, August 29, 2008


Why, you ask???

Because Chris and I are about 2-3 months from paying our last credit card off!!! We still have a small bank loan and medical bills, but it is so stinkin' exciting to be so close to being debt free! We will have to be extra frugal with our bucks to make sure we stick with our monthly budget and continue the debt snowball that we started 2 years ago. It's been a slow process, but it's great when you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I will keep you updated and of course you will be the first to know when we are DEBT FREE!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rose Creek Pool

Chris has been working at Rose Creek Aquatic Center (a housing development with really nice houses) this summer as the Pool Gate Keeper, and as a perk of him working we get to swim for free!!! So I have taken the kids a couple of times and they have really enjoyed it as you can see from the pictures below!

Labor day Weekend will be the last weekend the pool is open, so we are planning on heading there one last time for the kids to play, swim and soak up some sun!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

FFB Bowling Night

Chris works at First Fidelity Bank and every year they have a bowling night to raise money for United Way. I somehow was placed on his branches bowling team again for the 2nd year in a row! We had a good time (mainly because we were able to bowl with our friends Asia and Jeff). So here are some fun pictures of the night. They gave away door prizes throughout the night, so we were pretty excited when Chris won some gift certificates to Interurban. We are planning on going there tomorrow night for dinner, the kids will be spending the night with Grandma and Grandpa, woohoo we get a date night!!!

I am laughing hysterically because I won 10 votive candles - they just kept piling them on and I wasn't sure I was going to make it back to our lane without dropping them all! I thought it was stinkin funny!
Our friend Jeff won $25.00 cash - we were all very jealous of that prize!
This is Jeff's wife Asia - she works with Chris at his branch. She didn't win anything, but hey they had some stylish FFB tote bags for everyone to take, so I guess that's something!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Family Reunion 2008

My sister Fran lives in Chicago, so we drove for 14 hours (more like my parents drove) to spend the day with her (and to also meet the boyfriend) and my other sister Jackie and her family. We had a great time checking out Navy Pier - here we are on the huge Ferris Wheel.

Chris and Gavyn taking pictures at the "Bean" in Millenium Park before we head over to eat some Chicago stuffed pizza at Giordano's! YUM!!! After dinner we walked/shopped on Michigan Avenue and then it was back in the van to head to Davenport, IA to meet up with the rest of the family!
You can't go to the Davenport area with out stopping at the John Deere Museum in nearby Moline, IL. There were HUGE tractors the kids could climb in and pretend to drive. Here is a picture of Mikah and his cousins Grace and Hannah.
After the musuem we headed to my mom's cousins house to have dinner and visit with all of the extended family. Gavyn with her cousin Grace (Gavyn loved this rocket swing)! Somehow this was the only picture we ended up with, I think our camera was dying and since everyone else was snapping pictures we figured we would let them take 'em! It was a funfilled LONG weekend, but well worth it to see family again. Our next one is in 2 years in MN - here we come Mall of America!!!

P.S. For those of you wondering if we liked the "boyfriend" - the answer is a YES! He was very nice and great with the kids! We gave Fran our approval!!!