Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Like Father, Like Son

Last night Carson surprised us again with something not so wonderful. Carson loves to take medicine. I thought that that was good when he was sick about a week ago. I didn't have to force it down him. Plus he would remind me that he needed his medicine. He is just now over his little cold he had. Last night while I was watching tv and Jordan was on the computer, he came to Jordan with an empty bottle of Triaminic and said, "Carson drank it all gone daddy." We totally flipped out. The medicine was out because he had been sick and had been taking it up until just a few days ago. It was on top of the microwave, but he managed to climb and get it. He then managed to open the "child proof" top. I figured there was about just under a half of bottle of medicine left in there. Carson was sticky with medicine all over him so we knew he didn't drink all of it. We called the Poison Control number in the phone book. It just rang and rang and rang. Then we called the pediatrician and an on call nurse called us back. She gave us the local Poison Control's number. While Jordan dialed one number, I dialed the other on the cell phone. The local Poison Control was busy for 30 minutes. The other Poison Control number from the phone book just rang and rang and rang for 30 minutes. We called the nurse again. She said to call the pharmacist at Walgreens (the only 24 hour pharmacy in town) to see what the active ingredients do to a 2 and a half year old. At this point it is 10:30 at night. He said it would only increase his heart rate and make him have a lot of energy. He told us that we should be grateful it wasn't a cough medicine (it was Chest and Nasal Congestion). A cough suppressant would have worked like a sedative which would have put him out and been scary. He reassured us that he would probably be fine. When we called the nurse back (at her request) she said that she felt much better about the situation. She had told us before that if we did take him to the ER, they would assume he drank the whole bottle and treat him for that. We sat this one out at home rather than the ER and Carson was fine. Holy moly! Another exciting day in the Gold home.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

All Grown Up

I have officially finished my college career with a degree in Elementary Education. Today was our graduation. Now I need to find a real job!

Friday, December 14, 2007

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

I love this time of year! Note that it is still in the 70s and even 80s which does not make it feel like Christmas is coming at all. However, this is the time of year that my mom did most of her baking when we were growing up. She was always baking for people as a random act of kindness through out the year. At Christmas though, everyone got cookies...sometimes even her own kids. We always laugh about it because she was always baking for everyone else. We had to run and steal a cookie or two when they first came out of the oven if we were going to get a cookie. She was always worried about baking for everyone else. We always gave her a hard time about it and still do. Now that I'm married and have my own little family, my name has made it to "the list". I now get a big plate of cookies, while Chance (who still lives with mom) has to run and grab a hot one if he wants a cookie. My mom is like the most amazing woman in the world...and the best baker as well. The smell of freshly baked cookies always reminds me of Christmas!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Pa Pa

Last night Jordan was messing with the rocking chair and out fell a pacifier. We laughed and decided to see if Carson remembered his "pa pa". We asked him what it was. He said he didn't know. We told him it was his old pa pa. We made him put it in his mouth for old time's sake. He looked so silly.
Look at his look in this picture. LOL. It just made me think how much Carson has grown in the last year. He doesn't have his pa pa, he talks nonstop (I don't know who he gets that from), he's potty trained, he can count, and he can say his ABCs. He is just a sponge right now. It is so fun! He LOVES Christmas lights, Santa, wrapping presents, and putting presents under the tree. I can't even begin to think about what he'll be like this time next year.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Missionary Dinner

Tomorrow I am having the missionaries over. I used to be good at feeding them every Thursday, but with student teaching I quit doing that. So it has been forever since we've fed them. I'm making lasagna, salad (always makes everything go further), corn (my psycho family always has to have corn with lasagna, spaghetti, ziti, etc.), French bread, and ice cream dessert. The reason I wanted to post about feeding the missionaries tomorrow is to post a great recipe. I love making ice cream dessert because it takes 5 minutes to make and does not tie up your oven like brownies, cakes, or cookies. It is also very kid friendly. Carson helped me make it tonight.

Ice Cream Dessert

12 ice cream sandwiches
8 oz. cool whip
caramel sauce for drizzling
chocolate syrup for drizzling
heath bar pieces or mini chocolate chips


Unwrap ice cream sandwiches. Break them apart and put into 9 x 13 pan (or whatever size you'd like). After all ice cream sandwiches are broken up, flatten with hands to make an even surface.

Dollop the cool whip on top. Spread evenly. Drizzle chocolate syrup and caramel.

Top with heath bar pieces or mini chocolate chips. Freeze for 5 + hours.

I usually make mine the night before and let it freeze overnight. I pull it out of the freezer about 5-10 minutes before dessert time. This way it's easier to cut. It is so great because my dessert is done and I don't have to worry about it tomorrow.

Monday, December 3, 2007

FHE Exchange

I recently participated in a FHE Exchange via a Yahoo Group. The ladies did an amazing job with their lessons. We each created one lesson each. We made 13 copies of our lesson (12 for the other ladies and one for us). It took longer for the exchange to take place than originally thought because some people didn't send theirs on time or at all. We did end up with 10 other lessons. All of the lessons were on The Book of Mormon. Instead of taking a million pictures of each lesson, I thought I'd post pictures of them as we get to each one as a family. Tonight's lesson is on the Stripling Warriors. I'm so excited! I can't wait!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Elf Yourself

The holidays are a time for friends and family. Jordan's family lives in Tennesee. Many of our friends don't live here. So to help keep in touch with them this year for Christmas we sent out an e-mail with this cool link. Check it out!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Oh Happy Day!!!

My portfolio for FSU is turned in. My FHE Swap #2 is mailed off. My house is a wreck, but I have two days off!! I am so glad that this week has been better than last week! Today was a half day at school, which really means it counts as a day of school but it is kind of pointless because nothing gets done. I left at 11:30. Mom and I went out to Olive Garden. We used to always go there for mother/daughter dates. The last three times I have been there, the service and bread sticks were horrible. This time they were great! It was nice to have lunch with just mom (Carson was still at day care). After lunch, we ran to Target to pick up some sweat pants for Carson (although the high for today was 78). We were checking out and the cashier handed us a $5 gift card. Apparently when you buy 4 sweatpants/sweatshirts this week you get a $5 gift card. On our way out, I saw Hairspray. I had totally forgotten it came out this week. I grabbed it and ran back to the cashier. With the $5 gift card and a $10 one I got a few weeks ago for buying two ink cartridges, I bought the movie for a whole $2.00. I was so excited!!! Tonight I need to clean, but I may have to watch Hairspray first. Hooray for good days!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Chocolate Milk

Mom bought us some chocolate milk. This is a rarity in our house. We normally have to make Nesquik. So today when Carson asked for chocolate milk he asked Jordan for a spoon. We both watched to see what he would do with the spoon. He stirred his chocolate milk (like he normally does with Nesquik) and then drank it. Every other sip he would stir the milk. It was so funny!!

What a Stinky Week

I can't believe it is already Friday!!! This week has been horrible! Jordan came home sick from work on Monday. He was throwing up blood. So we went to Seawind (the walk-in clinic). We then went to a gastro office. (We went to two doctor offices with Carson...Daycare was closed Monday.) The doctor at the gastro place wanted Jordan to have an endoscopy Tuesday morning. He gave Jordan a prescription for some medicine that he needed to take for the endoscopy. I went to drop it off at Walgreen's (I love the drive through), but the doctor did not put how many he wanted Jordan to have. I explained the ordeal but the lady couldn't do anything. The Dr. office was closed. She said she could call first thing in the morning, but I told her that would be too late. I called mom crying not knowing what to do. She helped me out. Somehow we ended up with the prescription. Then I went to pick up Pizza Hut because it had been a day. I got back in the car to find out my car was dead. I had to call Jordan to jump it off. However, my car did not start. I was exhausted and in tears again. It had been a day. I really needed to work on my portfolio for school that day. I had to call my supervising teacher and tell her what was going on and how I wouldn't be there Tuesday. She is so wonderful because she said, "Don't worry about it. Don't bother coming in at all Tuesday. Get your husband better. I'll pray for you." I went to bed that night thinking the next day would be better. It wasn't. Luckily daycare was open so Carson did not have to come with us. Jordan had an appointment at 10. I left him at the surgery center to grab breakfast. The Dr. the day before said the procedure would be about an hour. It was far from that. I came back a few minutes before 11 with a full belly and a word search only to find Jordan still in the waiting room. To make a long wait short, we didn't leave until a quarter til 2. Luckily Jordan just tore his lower esophagus with his throwing up. They said he had had a virus and that is how it all started. Wednesday I woke up with the virus!!! I had to leave school early. On my way home, the car died AGAIN! I didn't have my cell phone this time. Luckily it broke down right next to the daycare Carson goes to. I walked to Mrs. Karen's and used her phone. At first I couldn't get a hold of anyone. Finally I called Rebecca and she came and took me home. I didn't get to make it to YWIE that night. It was a bummer because we had put a lot of work into it and I didn't get to see how it all turned out. I heard it went great though. Thursday I was still sick. I was counting on this whole week to finish my portfolio and FHE Swap #2. Needless to say I am so far behind. I need a week that no one else gets just to catch up. Thankfully I feel better and so does Jordan, but my mom is feeling sick now. She helped with Carson and dinner while we were sick. Last night she came over with a ton of groceries. She thought that with the week we had had, we hadn't made it to the grocery store. She was right. She was so sneaky about buying us groceries. She said that she wanted to split some chicken with me and asked if we had room in our big freezer. I told her we did. She needed to know this for groceries. This is one of the sweetest things anyone has done. It was so great because she bought chocolate milk, good breakfast stuff, etc. that we normally don't buy because we are tight on money. Then her hubby bought us a $50 gift card for gas. It was so thoughtful! Maybe next week will be better!!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Trunk or Treat

Every year at church we have a Halloween party called Trunk or Treat. Everyone decorates their trunks and passes out candy to the kiddies. This year we had a great Trunk or Treat. Of course I brought the camera for pictures. I am glad I did because there were some great moments that night. While taking pictures of Carson's costume, we saw a frog.
He chased it in his frog costume. It was cute. Jordan had school and couldn't go, so I made Chance pass out candy. However, he never did pass out candy. He was always running from one place to another.
Mom came too. It was a blast! This year instead of bobbing for apples, the Young Men did a donut tree. They hung donuts from string and the kids had to eat them off of the string. I don't know who came up with that idea, but it was the funniest thing I have ever seen!

Showing off the Costume

When we were in Tennessee last, my sister-in-law gave us a frog costume that the girls had worn. I used to not be big on hand me downs, but as much and as fast as Carson grows I have come to LOVE them. Carson loved the costume because he became a frog the moment he put it on. He would jump and ribbet like a frog. Carson went to Mimi and Papa's to show off his costume. I got some cute pictures.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Kodak Moment

A few weeks ago, we had the best Kodak Moment we have had in a while at the Gold house. Normally this is the routine when Jordan comes home. Jordan hops in the shower. Carson runs in the bathroom, strips, and jumps in with him. They get out. Then we all eat. Well this night was different. It was Thursday because I was vegging on the couch watching Ugly Betty, waiting for Grey's Anatomy to come on. Jordan was in the shower. After he showered, he came out and asked where Carson was. I immediately said I thought he was with you. The house was quiet. We knew this was a bad sign. When it is quiet, Carson is into or up to something. Jordan went to look for him and found him in the kitchen. I was still watching television as Jordan relayed the message that he had made a mess with the Nestle Quick in the kitchen. I told him to just spank him and tell him not to do it again. Jordan replied that he couldn't do that and I would have to come see why. This is what I saw. Carson had already had an accident and refused to put on a new pair of underwear, insisting that he go around the house commando. I chose not to fight him on this because I was exhausted. Jordan has been on this Nesquik kick lately and Carson wanted some chocolate milk too. He had poured Carson a little bit of milk and put some Nesquik in it too. Apparently Carson did not think he put enough chocolate in it. He poured the entire new container of it in his cup. You couldn't even tell that there was milk in there. When I saw this, the only thing I could do was grab my camera and laugh.

Halloween Party

I'm updating my blog so the next few entries will be about previous events. Last Saturday night, the lady who watches Carson had a HUGE Halloween Party. I don't know how she did it. The people who attended were daycare kids, friends of her kids (teenagers), adults, and older people. It was a great party! It just amazed me at how great she is with throwing a party. It was very well organized. There was a hayride. The daycare kids got to ride separately from the teenagers. This was great because when we left the party, we saw tons of hay in the road from the teenagers. There were two different piñatas (one for the daycare kids and one for the older kids). The piñatas were full of candy, prizes, and animal crackers. She made great costumes too for herself and her husband. She was Cookie Monster and he was Oscar the Grouch. The daycare kids learned a Halloween song and sang it at the party. It was so cute! Carson had a great time playing with all of his friends from daycare. I will kind of be sad to see him leave at the end of this month. He has come a long way socially and academically from going to daycare. I love this picture of Danielle and Carson. It just so happened that she was a princess and he was a knight in shining armor. It was priceless.


Today was an extremely long day at school. I could not wait for it to end because the kids were so restless. We had "Vocabulary Day" today. Everyone in the school dressed up as a vocabulary word (since it's Halloween). My word was grouchy. I borrowed a Oscar the Grouch costume from Carson's babysitter and put a big E on the front. It turned out cute! Hopefully I will get a picture of it back from Mrs. Adams who was photographing everyone in their costumes. Tonight I took Carson trick-or-treating with my mom. (Poor Jordan has had school the night of Halloween for the past two years and has yet to take Carson trick-or-treating.) Anyway, we went in my grandma's neighborhood (I went there as a kid). I love it because it's usually not very crowded and it consists of mainly retired people who love to sit outside and look at everyone's costumes. This afternoon I left school right at 2:45 and picked Carson up for daycare. I got home at 3:15. I had to dry some clothes because Carson had an accident in his costume last night at my dad's house. (My dad is going out of town tonight so last night we went up to his house and showed off Carson's costume.) I ran to get pizza for dinner. Carson was excited about pizza, but when we got home he would not eat any no matter how hard I tried. Then as we were ready to leave (Carson was in his costume and everything), Carson had an accident AGAIN! He was in a pull-up, but his pants somehow did not make it. So I ran around frantically looking for some pants for him. Carson has outgrown everything recently so I was freaking out because I knew he did not have a big selection of clothes that fit. Luckily I found a pair of black windbreaker pants that worked. It was so frustrating though! After the incident, we made it to my grandma's and went trick-or-treating. We had a ball! Carson got way too much candy. He got a shower and crashed. Too bad we can't go trick-or-treating every night. I LOVE how tired it made him! How was everyone else's Halloween?

Sunday, September 30, 2007


So we've been trying for baby #2 off and on this summer. We kind of scared ourselves out of another baby at the beginning of the summer. By the end of the summer we changed our minds yet again. So, to the big announcement...our dog had twins!! We never were able to get pregnant this year, so we may try next summer (we have to stay on the school schedule for my job). Anyway, back to the dogs. We went from no dogs to three dogs recently. They are all little wiener dogs. A lady from church is in the middle of a divorce and cannot have animals at her new place. I really just need to learn the n-word...no, but thankfully they are pretty good dogs. There are two girls (both are black) and one boy (brown). One of the dogs was pregnant. Wednesday night at about 11 p.m., she had a tiny baby (black). We put her in a little kennel that was dark for the rest of the night. When we awoke the next day, Jordan let the dog out to go outside. He said there was another puppy. Sure enough, she had another puppy (brown). Both are girls. We were surprised because the lady said they normally only have about one puppy since they are so tiny. The brown one is bigger than the black one. They are so stinking cute though. Cute comes with a price...the lady normally breeds them and the local pet store buys them for $250 each. Hooray for two puppies!!! I just hope we don't get too attached. We cannot keep them, and $500 will definitely help us out with Christmas and me only working 4-5 hours on Saturday during my internship. Here are some pictures of the cute little things. Carson keeps getting in the kennel with the dog and her puppies. I have to pull him out constantly because he can open the kennel.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Where oh where has Meagan been?!!

Who knew teaching was so time consuming? I mean I knew it was that way, but I didn't take into consideration the other things that I still have to do on top of teaching (church, Gap, being mommy, being a wife, etc.). Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE it! I am just having to figure out how to juggle it all. Any suggestions?? I thought I'd post some pictures of my home away from home...the classroom. This is my little desk. It is in the back of the room and faced against the wall. I rarely use it when the kids are there because my back is to them. Instead I'll sit at the guided reading desk.
I took these pictures at the beginning of the year because I loved my supervising teacher's bulletin boards. This one is at the Working With Words Station. This is the Practice Reading area. The kids go to this cozy spot to read for 15 minutes during stations. There are a ton of books. It's practically a mini library. I have more pictures of the classroom, but I these are my favorite. Since I'm in the teacher mentality, everywhere I go I am looking at things differently. I am always thinking...Hmm...That'd be nice in my classroom. I don't even have my own yet! When things are on sale though, I tend to pick them up while I can because they are usually things that I am going to need and I might as well get them on sale rather than pay full price right?! This is one of my Target exclusive finds. I LOVE Target!! These are just little fold up chairs that sit on the ground. I thought they'd be perfect at my Practice Reading station. My teacher has a couch at hers, but we're poor so these will work just fine. Carson loves them. The best part is they were on sale for $2.48 normally $9.99. They fold back to a straight position for easy storage.
Another Target find is for my treasure box. Target always has that $1.00 section at the front of the store. I love when it goes on sale. I rarely find it on sale, but I caught it at 75% off. So, I got everything for a quarter each.
Then I had to find a treasure box to put it in. I looked online and at Ms. Mary's (a local school source store) for a cute treasure box, but couldn't find what I wanted for a decent price. So once again, at Target I found this little box in the Halloween section and thought it'd be perfect. Not everything fit in there, but a lot of what I bought are duplicates. It isn't decorated yet. I think it needs to be decorated, but I just haven't got around to it yet. I have also been busy working on my classroom library. I bought some classics at...no not Target...Books-a-Million for $2.97 and then I got a teacher discount. I don't have a ton of books, but I'm working on it. I also found out that the scholastic newsletters they send home monthly have great deals in them. I've never read Junie B. Jones books, but the kids cannot get enough of them. At Books-a-Million, a boxed set of 4 was $14.95. In the newsletter they were $14.95 for a boxed set of 8. There is always a $.95 book each month. I think that is awesome because some kids (or teachers..haha) cannot afford to buy books, but $.95 is very affordable for a book. Well, that is what I have been up to these few months. CRAZINESS!! I love it though! I have some excited news to announce tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Friday, September 7, 2007

My Miracle

It's been a while since I have had the time to stop and blog. Last month I had one of the worst days of my life. Carson and I had been out running errands. He fell asleep on the way home. I decided to go open the door to the house and then come back and get Carson. As I opened the door, I clicked the button to open the car doors just to make sure they were unlocked. I threw my purse and keys in the door and went back outside to get Carson. As soon as I closed the door, I realized I locked it. I ran to the shed to get the spare key. I searched and searched and could not find the key. I started to panic because neither of my neighbors were home. Jordan wouldn't be home for 3 or 4 hours. I ran back to the car to get Carson out. At least I had made certain the doors were unlocked. However when I got back to the car, the doors were locked. I panicked! This is one of those moments that you hate as a mother. It's a feeling you cannot even describe. Apparently my Gallant has a "safety feature" that locks the car back if you haven't opened the doors within a certain amount of time from unlocking them. I ran back and forth from the car to the shed. I was looking for something to pry open the door with or a key I had overlooked. The worst part was when Carson woke up and started crying. The entire time I just kept praying for a miracle. This was the hardest I have ever prayed in my entire life and I have been praying since I could talk. I kept trying to get Carson to undo his car seat (which I know he cannot do). If he was out of his seat he could easily unlock the door. All of the sudden I grabbed a screw driver and just started trying to get in. Somehow within 3 minutes I was able to open the door. I ran and grabbed Carson who was hysterically crying. I just held on to him as tight as I could. Looking back, it was amazing that I was able to stay calm and think during the whole ordeal but as soon as I had him in my arms, I had a panic attack. I am so grateful for my baby boy. I know he's two, but he's still my baby and I could not even imagine life without him. This experience has made my faith grow immensely. I now fully know the power of prayer. I am so grateful for my own personal miracle.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Today I am only tackling one thing...DINNER! I started my district inservice last Thursday and have been at school ever since. Since I am student teaching, Carson is going to daycare. He's attending an in home daycare. Last Thursday was his first day. He cried when I left him, but he has done that at my grandparents' (they have watched him for the past two years so I could finish my degree). When I picked him up, he was so cute. He showed me where his shoes go, where his mat is, and where everything is at. The next day I picked him up when they were tumbling. Of course, I had to watch him. He's really been doing well with daycare. It is good for him because nursery at church is really the only time he is around little kids.
Back to my tackling of dinner...I never realized how hard it is to get up early, go to work, come home, and then cook dinner. I LOVE to cook, but I am so tired by the time I get home. Tonight I decided to tackle a new recipe. I always seem to be making the same thing for dinner. Tonight I am trying beef enchiladas! I have an amazing recipe for chicken enchiladas, but I've never done beef ones before. I thought I'd post my chicken enchilada recipe. If the beef one is good, I'll post it later.

Chicken Enchiladas

1 c. chopped onion
2 Tbsp butter
2 c. chopped cooked chicken
1 4-ounce can green chili peppers
¼ c. all purpose flour
1 tsp ground coriander seed
¾ tsp salt
1 ¾ c. chicken broth
1 c. sour cream
2 c. shredded Monterey jack cheese (8 oz)
12 6-inch flour tortillas (8-10 if thick)
1 can green enchilada sauce

In large saucepan cook onion in 2 Tbsp butter till tender. Blend in flour, salt, and coriander. Stir in chicken broth all at once; cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Add chicken and chili peppers. Stir in sour cream. Spoon green enchilada sauce on bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Place filling in flour tortillas and roll. Cover enchiladas with remaining green sauce and cheese. Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or till bubbly.

*You can use red sauce if you want, I prefer green though*

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday

Alright so I have totally slacked on my blogging. I keep feeling like I have to wait for pictures to tell what has been going on. I checked my camera the other day and there are 200+ pictures which haven't been uploaded to my computer yet. I keep putting off blogging because I know that there is so much that has happened and I feel I will need a good 2 hours just to write. In between making lunch and doing the laundry today, I decided to go ahead and write. I'll fill in the gap from July to August later. Today is Tackle it Tuesday. Since I start my student teaching Thursday, I have a lot to tackle!! My biggest thing that I am tackling today is LAUNDRY!!! I am behind somehow and as soon as I think I have caught back up, there is another large pile to be tackled. So today is my huge laundry day. I don't think that laundry is every completely done, especially if you have a kid or a husband. While that is my big Tackle it Tuesday chore, my to do list is long for today.
-Take back movie (Return...not a fan of it)
-Cut out fabric for bags (We're making school bags as a service project at church)
-Buy velcro, bobbins, and thread (For church tomorrow)
-Dishes (seriously dishes are never ever completely done either)
-Dinner: Chicken Pot Pie (The Veg All recipe is great because it takes no time. I'm going to see Hair Spray at 4:15 so I have to have something cooked when Jordan gets home...he'll beat me home today)
-Make banana bread (Last week bananas were only 39 cents so I bought too many and have to use them somehow)
-Vacuum the living room (Carson always leaves behind crumbs)
-Work on Young Women In Excellence (I'm putting together a slide show for this special night in November. I have to start it while I have the time.)
-Work on Recipe Book (I want to type my recipes up so it's easier to share and read than on cards.)
While my list doesn't cover everything and doesn't seem too long, it is very time consuming. Hopefully during Carson's nap I can get some of it done. What are you tackling today??

Monday, July 9, 2007

My Crazy Life

Life has been so crazy and full of events. We went up to Tennessee Tuesday and came back yesterday. There will be another entry on that trip when I have longer to write and share the pictures. It was fun, but exhausting! I feel like I'm always behind. There's always housework, laundry, school work, and Young Women stuff to do. Once this semester is over, I will have to have a party!!! Perhaps it will be a scrapbooking party for myself. I would love some time in my scrapbooking room all by myself!!! Anyway, I was reading from 5 minutes for mom and they are giving away a really neat item! It's called neat receipts. Check it out! I would have less clutter if I won one! I have a lot more to write, but right now I'm out of time. I have to do a quick interview with a student and then come home and write it all up. Sounds like a great night!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bowling and the Excitement of Wal-Mart

Wednesday night Rebecca and I took the Mia Maids (that's Mormon lingo for 14 and 15 year old girls) bowling on base. I have not been bowling in FOREVER. We have a Wii and I'm Pro in bowling. However, bowling on the Wii is TOTALLY different than in real life. In real life, I stink! It was a ton of fun though. I came in second (all of us stunk). The girl who won used bumpers. That's my excuse for losing. Haha. We bowled for an hour with two lanes and seven people and it was only $21. Yay for the base! Of course I brought my camera. As soon as I pulled it out, Jessica said, "You and that camera!" I love my camera! However I have to start bringing batteries because mine died after two or three pictures. Luckily Emily brought her camera and offered them to me. So now I have a million pictures from last night. The loud and crazy one with the crazy giggle. The cell phone addicted, anti-camera twin. The quieter twin with the battery girl sneaking into the picture. The winner from our lane.
The leader with the sexiest pair of bowling shoes ever! She's had some surgery on her wrists so she asked for the lightest ball they had. After the guy gave her the smallest ball, he proceeded to give her the old lady shoes too. VELCRO!! I've never seen bowling shoes like that before. The best leader ever! Yeah right. The girls were taking pictures and the red eye wasn't on. We had a blast though!!!
Alright on to my Wal-Mart experience yesterday. We were in dire need of groceries (I put off grocery shopping for the past two days) so I made a trip to Wal-Mart. They have been renovating the store. Yesterday I saw the best part of the renovations. Was it the hardwood floors in the clothing department? Was it the brand new nice freezers in the groceries section? Was it the amazingly clean floors? Was it the way EVERYTHING was actually well stocked? Was it the awesome clearance due to renovating? No. All are nice, but the best thing was SELF CHECKOUT!!!! I LOVE self checkout anyway. (I guess because I've never been a checker...it would probably be different if I had had the job.) The biggest pain at Wal-Mart is the 20 minute wait to check out. Yesterday barely anyone was using self checkout so I didn't wait at all. I walked up with my tons of groceries and checked myself out. The self checkout at Winn Dixie doesn't have a big space to put all of your groceries that need to be rung up. At Wal-Mart it's like a regular check out so there is tons of room to put your stuff on (because they know you're going to spend a ton of money there). Anyway, that made my day!! From now on I won't cringe as much when I have to go grocery shopping there!