Tuesday, September 01, 2009

First Day of School '09

Jericho and Hero all ready for their first day.

Jericho is ready for the first day of first grade.

Hero has a seat in the front row in her third grade class.
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Friday, August 07, 2009

And More Photos...

Daddy and Mercy prepare for a hike.

Grandma and Mercy

The Grandparents and all the Grandkids.

A view from my favorite spot by the river.
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Even More Photos

My niece Elizabeth in the raft.

The boys in the hammock.

Ransom, asleep and dirty.

Aunt Julie and Mercy.
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More Camping Photos

The kids on our hike.

Our fearless leader.

Hero and Meredith rafting in the river by our campground.

Mercy and Grandma.
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Camping Oregon

For our family camping trip this year, we met the rest of the Peters' clan at a campground east of Eugene. We were looking forward to the cool Oregon weather and lush, green forest. It was definitely pretty, but it was pretty hot too. Oregon was experiencing a heat wave! We still had a great time visiting with family and the kids got plenty dirty. Some highlights of the trip: Mercy started walking ~ finally, Jericho lost his second tooth, a deer came into our campsite, all the kids enjoyed playing in the river, and Mommy got some yummy blueberries on the way home.

Our campsite. Loved all the tall trees...the biting flies, not so much.

The Cougar Reservoir. No, we didn't swim in it.

Another view.

Mommy didn't get too close to the edge. This is overlooking the other side of the dam.
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Sunday School Camping Retreat

At the end of July we went camping with our Sunday School Class. It was a good warm-up for our family camping trip. The kids had lots of fun and got really dirty!

Ransom and his friend Danny in matching Superman pj's.

The kids had fun on our hike.

Hero and her lizard friend.

Justin participated in the endurance challenge. Who knew that holding a glass of water could be so hard?!
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Monday, July 06, 2009


How not to Discipline...
Mommy: "Mommy doesn't like to give you spankings."
Ransom: "Yeah, don't give me spankings!"

Friday, June 26, 2009

What I’ve Been Up To

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

Ice Cream Cutie

Believe it or not, she ate this whole thing by herself!

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Into the Wilderness

My husband is very concerned about the health and well being of his family. In order to ensure our fitness and also to create some family togetherness time, he took us all out to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. By the end of this "quality" time. I am sure he had a lot more sympathy for Moses.

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.

This is actually at the beginning of the hike. Notice the happy faces.

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.

Hero and her tiny frog. This was one of the redeeming qualities of our trek.
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Jericho's Graduation

Here are the photos from Jericho's Kindergarten graduation. Jericho had quite a big speaking part, but he managed to memorize the whole thing. We are so proud of our big boy!

In the cap & gown.

Saying his part.

Getting his dipoloma

His cool squirt gun from Grandpa & Grandma. He was able to use it on the last day of school. They had a "Water Day."
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Jericho's First Lost Tooth

Jericho pulled out his first tooth...then he lost it. Actually, to be more accurate, we lost it. I put it in a baggie then set it on the mantle supposedly out of harm's way. Well, the time came to place it under the pillow. I reached up to get it to no avail. The tooth was gone! Our theory is that the baggy was thought to be trash and since Monday is garbage day, well...needless to say, Jericho was heartbroken. Thankfully, he found some cash under his pillow the next day that cheered him up.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hair Today....

...gone tomorrow.
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!

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Ransom Recents

Here are some pics of my wild two year old. He definitely has lots of energy, but he is getting better at channeling it (somewhat.) He seems to finally have the potty thing down, although he still has accidents from time to time. I am just glad to be diapering one kid. He plays really well with Mercy. She follows him around everywhere, like a little puppy. He is loving toward her in a rough sort of way. I especially enjoy listening to him explain things to her. I can see the role of a scapegoat in Mercy's future.

Ransom has gone back to taking naps again. I hope it means he is growing.

He loves jumping. Especially when Daddy is home to show off to.

For Ransom, every day used to be "crazy hair" day.
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