Thursday, February 10, 2011

Camera dump and some new toys...

I've finally uploaded a handful of pictures that I've had in my camera for a while now. These first few are from last Friday. You may recall we had 2 snow days on Wed. and Thur., and I had exactly FOUR babies show up on Friday!! In the morning, I also had the 4 kindergartners that showed up, since the Kdg. teacher called in.

Here are 3 of mine and 3 of hers playing with some math manipulatives. I wish you could have seen my 'BIG' 1st graders interacting with the 'baby' kindergartners. They were SO cute.

Here is my #4 and the #4 Kdg. at the listening center. How stinkin' cute are these two!?
Their creations.

I took this video for you on Monday. We got another 3-4 inches that night. It was such pretty snow, I just had to take some video. It was those giant, beautiful kind of flakes that make you feel like you're in a snow globe!

Ok, I've been meaning to tell you all about this stuff for over a week now. I just recently found out, through talking to my brother, that my 'points' on my credit card expire after so long. I NEVER knew that! I went back just for the past 12 months, and I had unknowingly lost around 10,000 points. WTF?! A few months ago, I cashed in some points for the first time, and got some silly things (a DWTS workout DVD [and yes, it's STILL in the cellophane!] and a power screwdriver) Every month, I go online and check out the "Hot Deals" for the month. More than once, I saw things I really wanted, but by the time I got around to actually ordering it, the deal would be expired. In January, there were a few things I wanted, one being the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. Oh, don't judge!! Actually, Stud really wanted it. I figured, anything that might get him to drink freshly juiced fruits and veggies as opposed to pop was ok in my book!

Well, of course, by the time I went to order it (truthfully, it was the night Jack LaLanne passed away) the deal was over. But then, my brother let me know about the expiring points. I was so pissed about losing so many points, I decided to just go crazy and get a bunch of stuff.

So, here's what I treated myself to:

I've been wanting one of these babies for YEARS! I remember the first time I saw one of these at Sam's Club (it may have been a little bigger) I wanted it SO badly!! But, it was like $500! Over the years, I've continued to price it every time I go there, and the price has steadily dropped. But, it never reached a price I could justify to myself, since it really isn't a necessity. Well, you can't beat FREE, now can you?! It arrived today, and I can't wait to try it out tomorrow night!!

Here's our pretty little juicer. It came over the weekend. We used it the other day and made all kinds of interesting juices. I made myself a really yummy combo of granny smith apples (my favorite!), pears, carrots and fresh ginger. YUM! Stud really liked the apple (just granny smiths) and apple/carrot. We'll be playing with it some more this weekend. I bought some spinach to add to something, I'm just not sure what.Ok, this was the most ridiculous of all my choices. Ever since I, I mean, Santa, treated me to my Keurig machine for Christmas, I've been trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my K-cups. I kept looking at the various holders available, but they all were so ridiculously priced! I wasn't going to spend upwards of $30 just for a thing to HOLD the cups. That didn't include any cups, just the holder. Yeah, right! But, then as I was perusing the rewards catalog, this little puppy was available for a really small number of points, so I figured, what the hell!
It was the perfect addition to the little coffee center I set up on the island in the basement. The last thing I do every morning before I leave for work is run downstairs and make my coffee to go. I haven't been to a Dunkin Donuts since November! This baby has paid for itself by a longshot!
Now, the piece de resistance! I got an iPod!!! Don't you love my wallpaper? Stud sent it to me :)

I know, big deal, right? Well, it kinda is to me, since I have yet to join the 21st century! The best part is that MY iPod is nicer than the one Stud and my nieces have. Tee hee!! I have the newest one, which means it takes pictures AND video, I can Skype, Face Time, it gets WiFi, so I can read email, blogs, etc. And, of course, I can play games!! I also downloaded several different eReader apps, so I already have a 'stack' of books just waiting to be read. It basically can do everything the iPhone can do except for make phone calls! For the past few days since I've had it, I've been using it to IM Stud, which annoys him to no end! Even though he's right down in the basement, I've been sending him messages like crazy. bwah hahahaha!!!

Tomorrow, I will be starting my day with a lovely cup of coffee made with a K-cup I'll choose from my cute little carousel. Then, when I get home, I'll probably make myself a delightful margarita after dinner, while Stud enjoys some apple/carrot juice, and who knows, maybe I'll write my post from my iPod! Wow, I'd better watch out. Next thing I know, I'll be Facebooking - NOT!


C said...

i LOVE all of your new toys bwahahahaha. you deserve them ALL.

enjoyed the snow movies, too.

those babies are SO cute!!!!

my oldest just bought himself a juicer, too! the same one.

nicholas, thats him, bought me a blackberry phone, its purple my fave, and he pays the monthy cost for it, for us since we are broke.. well he did anywaz before but just updated the phone. so i too am just learning how to advance technologically,, and i too text my kids even when they are here!! isnt it fun, tho?

Anonymous said...

I love the new gadgets. Awesome.

and 2. Kindergarten children still have center time in Chicago? I mean learning through play centers...NYC schools have totally forgotten that concept. The kindergarten children sit at tables for 20 minutes or more doing work that is developmentally in appropriate for them.

Busy Bee Suz said...

So many treats....that is awesome.
Is that an I Touch? Linds got one for her bday and she takes it everywhere with her. :)
Jeff has been wanting one of those juicers....oy.

Mary A. said...

Nice! I am a Dave Ramsey groupie, so I don't use credit cards. But I am glad you got some stuff for yours!

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karen gerstenberger said...

Looks like Christmas came again to your house! Very jolly indeed. Havea great weekend with all of your new toys!

ModernMom said...

So smart to spend all those points on you. I love your purchases! Oh and I have a Tassimo and feel super smart every time I save $5.00 by making my own specialty coffee.

jlo said...

Pumpkin has a coffee thing like that and she loves it too. I'm officially jealous. And the kiddos are pretty cute too.

KBL 2 ORD 2 SAN 2 LUV said...

Gurrrrl!!! How much shopping do you do to accumulate those points!? LOL!