Friday, August 07, 2009
Our campsite. Loved all the tall trees...the biting flies, not so much.
Ransom and his friend Danny in matching Superman pj's.
Justin participated in the endurance challenge. Who knew that holding a glass of water could be so hard?!
Monday, July 06, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
On my Google Reader I subscribe to many of the "Deal Alert" and money saving blog sites. They are useful to a certain extent. Sometimes, by the time I get around to reading a certain post, the deal is no longer available either because of limited supply or expiration date. Another problem I have with the sites is the regional limitations. I am constantly marking all "as read" because the posts are not relevant for stores in my area.
This is where Twitter comes in. While Twitter hasn't replaced blogging (yet), it has replaced the necessity of subscribing to so many blogs. By following the Bloggers themselves on Twitter, I am alerted to deals when they break. If it looks like a deal that is worthwhile, I can click on the URL that often accompanies the Tweet.
Works great…but it can be better. What I need is a "network." I have no desire to start my own deal blog, but I want to somehow alert others about deals in my area. For example, Fresh & Easy recently had their grill packs marked down to $2.50. This is a great deal for 4 lbs 11 oz of chicken, sausages, and hamburger patties. I found out about it by a phone call from my mom. Of course, I didn't want to keep this info to myself. I wanted to enlighten others in my town with this knowledge. To do this I could either a) call everyone, thus intruding upon their lives or b) direct message each of them on Twitter, which ended up doing, thus taking up more of my own time than necessary. I could have just updated my Twitter status, but that would have also updated Facebook and not all my friends in the world of Twitter really care about coupons and grill packs.
The answer to this is GroupTweet. Instead of sending out individual direct messages, anyone in the "group" can send out a direct message to the "group" name and it will send out a Tweet to the whole group. (If that is clear as mud, just click on the link above.)
I have been working on this for a while now, and I think I have a pretty good grasp on how it all works. So… if you live in Hemet or San Jacinto (or are just curious to see how this all plays out) come check out the group's Twitter page: Hemet Valley Savers. You do not have to follow each individual in the group to see the updates. You just have to follow Hemet Valley Savers and the group has to follow you.
My goal is to not be the only one alerting everyone to great deals. Hopefully, others will share their deals, tips, strategies, and extra coupons (hint, hint!) I have been thankful for my friends that have helped so far and I am eager to have them share their shopping tips with others.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This is toward the end of our journey. Right after we saw the coyote. This encouraged the kids to walk faster. No one wanted to be at the end of the line; just in case the coyote was especially hungry.
Yes, Jericho is carrying a purple backpack (with Tinkerbell on it!) No, Ransom is not practicing to be a rapper. I think he just likes to look like his Uncle Jonathan.
In the cap & gown.
His cool squirt gun from Grandpa & Grandma. He was able to use it on the last day of school. They had a "Water Day."
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Jericho really did want his hair shaved off; Mommy just didn't want it so short. I was all for cutting his hair off for the summer, but I made the mistake of cutting it without the "cheaters." I normally cut Justin's hair and I never use a guide. So, when I started to cut Jericho's hair, I just took the razors and made a buzz right down the middle, starting in the front. At that point it was too late to do anything but cut the rest off too. Jericho loved it. Of course, Ransom had to have his done as well. Just like Daddy. Good thing they have such a handsome Daddy!
Ransom has gone back to taking naps again. I hope it means he is growing.