Friday, April 15, 2016

Jakob -- "Through the Ages"

2010-2011 Kindergarten

2011-2012 First Grade

2012-2013 Second Grade

2013-2014 Third Grade

2014-2015 Fourth Grade

2015-2016 Fifth Grade

Each year before school started, Jeff and I took a picture with Jakob in front of his school sign.  Ashlyn was born in 2011 and joined in the pictures.  Sure is fun to look back and see the changes in both of them.  It is sure hard to believe that he will be in sixth grade next year and Ashlyn in Kindergarten.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Boy Scouts Troop 366: Camporee

Jakob's outline from this past weekend's camporee with Boy Scouts Troop 366.

Friday, 4/8/16
  • Got to the church at around 6:20
  • Left and got there at 8:00
  • Got to the camp.
  • Set up tent in troop order.
  • Read 3 chapters of the Bible.
  • Went to sleep.   
Saturday, 4/9/16
  • Woke up at 7:00
  • Got day pack ready.
  • Did some activities.
  • Went to lunch at 12:00.
  • Started raining.
  • Went to tomahawks.
  • Did more activities.
  • Came back to camp.
  • Went to campfire and got rewards.
  • WON SUPER TROOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Went up a hill and Scouts dressed up in native Americans did the Order of Arrow
  • Ethan C., Ethan, and Zack were chosen from our troop.
  • Went back to camp.
  • Ethan C., Ethan, and Zack could not talk till we got to 1Stop.
  • Went to bed.
Sunday, 4/10/16
  • Woke up and got everything ready for the house and then we left for chapel
  • We sang 2 songs, told a story and more.
  • Left to cars.
  • Got to cars and headed back to the church and got to 1Stop.
  • When we got to 1Stop, Ethan C., Ethan, and Zack let out their words and were happy.
  • Got to church.
  • Dad got there and we left.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Boy Scouts Troop 366 - Backpacking: Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas

Here is Jakob's detailed version of his campout he attended between Friday, March 18th through Sunday, March 20th.  It has not been edited to allow Jakob the chance to reread and for him to see the changes in his writing as he gets older.  Enjoy!

   On this campout, I had to hike 15 miles with a hiking pack on. It was a lot of work. We left on Friday (3/18/2016) and got home on Sunday (3/20/2016).

My parents were driving me to the church I have to get to and we arrived at 5:30PM. We took pictures and waited for myself to have to leave. Once it was 6:30PM, we left to get to Arkansas. When we got there, it was 12:00AM and which meant it was Saturday.

     When we got out of the car we started getting our packs on headed out to the hiking. Since we were in the dark, I needed a headlamp to see. But then later, it was dying down. I had to wait 2 ½ miles until we got to the place we were going sleep at. I had a little trouble with setting up my 1 person tent, so I got some help from a person named Max (Little Max is what we call him). I had everything ready at 3:00AM. My thermals and everything else was ready for me at 3:05AM and then I went to bed.
     Max woke me up at 6:45AM, so I only got 3 hours and 40 minutes to sleep.I had to take down my tent and it was kinda a lot of work because my sleeping bag didn’t fit into its stuff pack that much. I finally got everything ready and ate breakfast on the trail. So when my hands were cold, I could not open my food. Soon I decided to ask for someone to open it and I ate 1, then the 2nd one fell to the ground. I was going to eat more, but Max asked me if I was ready. So I put my food away and said “Yes”.
      We started hiking on cliffs and I falled sometimes, but not near major cliffs. We had to hike 5 miles, and sometimes I was a leader (means to get to lead everyone on the trails). Then we had lunch, but since I didn’t finish my breakfast, I had breakfast with part of my lunch. After lunch, we hiked 5 more miles and then looked for a place to set up everything up.
        The cool thing was that we hiked 12 ½ miles in total (Friday and Saturday combined) once we found our place to set up. It was really hard for me to find a good place to set up my area. I found a place to be at and once my tent was set up again, I cooked my Spaghetti and Sauce for dinner. Then I got my food and ate.
         Max was making a fire for the night and we did work on the Merit Badge Backpacking. Then it was time for Thorns and Roses. After that I stayed up 15 more minutes and went to sleep.

        I woke up at 6:00AM and fallen asleep again. Then Max woke everyone up at 7:15AM. Like the other day, it was hard to set everything away. We got out of the place about 8:30AM - 9:00AM. Then we had to hike 2 ½ miles straight up the mountains and cliffs. After that we got to the cars and headed to CC's, but instead we went to Pizza Hut. While I was there, I got some sowed DC characters that were The Flash and The Joker. A couple hours later we arrived at the church. I ate dinner at McDonalds and got home very tired.        

Monday, March 21, 2016

Menu Planning Monday - March 21, 2016

Spring break has ended and it was time to get back on schedule with our menus.  I use an app called Mealboard on my iPad.  It allows me to plan breakfast, lunch, and dinners.  I can also include desserts or any other category.  Nothing fancy for dinner this week, but having ideas planned out helps us to not last minute order out or go out and spend extra on our budget.

Monday: Chicken Sandwiches & Leftovers
Tuesday: Hot Dogs, fruit, and chips
Wednesday: Leftover Buffet
Thursday: Dining Out
Friday: Walking Tacos
Saturday: Leftover Buffet
Sunday: Easter Dinner...

For more great ideas, check out this week's Menu Plan Monday at

Boy Scouts Troop 366 - Backpacking: Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas

On this campout, I had to hike 15 miles with a hiking pack on. It was a lot of work. We left on Friday (3/18/2016) and got home on Sunday (3/20/2016).

  Friday (3/18/2016)
-  Arrived at church at 5:30PM.
-  Left at 6:30PM.
-  We arrived to the camp at 12:00AM. (Saturday)
-   Hiked for 2 ½ miles in the dark.
-   Headlamp died.
-   Could not use my bright flashlight.
Saturday (3/19/2016)
-    Set up my 1 person tent at went to sleep.
-    Fell asleep at 3:05AM.
-    Woke up at 6:45AM by my leader, Little Max.
-    Set down my tent.
-    Got on trail at 9:00AM.
-     Had breakfast on the trail.
-     Hiked 5 miles.
-     Had lunch near the lake.
-     Hiked 5 more miles.
-     Looked for a good place to camp.
-     Set up another tent in a different place to camp.
-     Cooked my Spaghetti and sauce.
-     Worked a little on the merit badge for backing.
-     Said our Thorns and Roses.
-     Stayed with the camp fire.
-     Went to my tent at 8:45PM.
-     Got my pillow and went to sleep

Sunday (3/20/2016)
-      Woke up at 6:00AM and went back to sleep.
-       Little Max woke everyone up at 7:15AM.
-       Got out of place at about 8:30AM - 9:00AM.
-       Hiked 2 ½ miles uphill to the cars.
-       Got to cars.
-       Went to Pizza Hut.
-       Got some sowed figures of DC characters.
-        Got to church.

-        Got home very tired.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring Break 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016:

Last year, I saw advertisements regarding Texas Tulips.  The tulip farm was not too far north of our house and therefore this spring break I decided to take the kids to visit.  So after we finished errands, we headed out there and picked a few tulips.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016:

It had been almost a year since our housecleaners came to clean and I was able to schedule them to come while we were on spring break.  I did not realize how dusty the house had been until they came and cleaned everything!  In order to keep the kids out of the kitchen while they were finishing up and weather was beautiful, the kids had their lunch outside on the patio!  They absolutely love eating outside which warms my heart.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016:

Jakob, Ashlyn, and I visited Lake Ray Roberts State Park - Isle du Bois Unit.  I parked over near the Hawthorne campsites and then the kids and I followed the Randy Bell Scenic Trail around one side until we found the playground.  The kids were able to play on the swings on the playground, but most of this playground was closed off.  It was near the lake and with recent rain totals I am wondering if it was damaged due to high lake levels.

After playing on the playground we headed back toward where we parked and attempted to find some geocaches near the trail.  Using the geocaching app, we were able to find one.  However, I have not subscribed to the app to allow me to find what they consider advanced geocaches so we could not register we found it through the app.  Jakob had me sign the book inside and we took a selfie.  He was so proud of me for finding my first geocache.

After walking around for over two hours, both kids were getting hungry.  We had a gift card from Christmas from my Mema for Dairy Queen and coupon for B1G1 for the location near the state park.  What a great morning day trip for $3.00 out of pocket because of the gift card and coupons!

Thursday, March 17, 2016:

My mom had planned to visit beginning on Thursday.  While waiting for her to arrive from Killeen, TX, we had a quite nice hail storm.  It was short lived and most of the hail was marble size or smaller.  Our vehicle was in the garage and I did not notice any damage to the house.  I read an article from CBS stating the Fort Worth Zoo ended up having to open late and had some animals killed due to the hail storm.

We had a fabulous lunch at Olive Garden and then went to the mall with the kids.  Both Jakob and Ashlyn were excited to visit the Lego Store where they each received new toys purchased by my mom.  Ashlyn was able to get new dresses at Gymboree and then we stopped at Target on the way home for coffee and other snacks.

My mom was able to watch the kids at their weekly swim lessons at Emler Swim School that evening after dinner out at Chick-Fil-A.  Both kids continued to watch to make sure she was watching them swim.  I am continually amazed at how much they have learned within this past year after starting last June.

Friday, March 18, 2016:

Jeff took the day off on Friday and we all went to see the movie Zootopia after eating an early lunch at Jakob's favorite restaurant, Taco Casa.  Jeff and I learned we need to ensure we have a booster seat for Ashlyn as she was more restless during this movie.  However, this is only her second movie in the theater.

After finishing the movie, we had a few more errands to run including purchasing a few more last minute items for Jakob's boy scout hiking trip in Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.  We got him all settled and dropped off Friday evening. He returns Sunday evening after a 14+ mile hike!  Monday morning should be quite interesting!

CVS - Toothpaste and Dryer Sheets

I have been working on getting back on track on my coupon shopping with CVS and recently I have done well again.  Today, we stopped in to pick up Colgate toothpaste and Bounce dryer sheets and spent $3.63 out of pocket and then received $8.00 back in ECB for my next shopping trip!  Here's how my transaction looked:

$3 ECB WYB $12 in participating Laundry products, limit 1
2 - Bounce Sheets $6.00 each
-$2.50/2 Tide detergent , Bounce, Downy or Unstopables, excl Tide Simply Clean & Fresh, Simply Clean & Sensitive, detergent 10 oz, PODs 5 ct., or Gain Flings 5 ct., Downy Libre Enjuague or liquid 12 loads, or Bounce sheet 25-40 ct., and trial size, PG 02/28

$2.50 ECB WYB Colgate Max 6 oz, Total 4-6 oz, 2in1, Kids 4.6 oz or 360 Floss Tip toothbrush 1 ct., $3.39, limit 2
2 - Colgate Toothpaste $2
-$1 off Colgate toothpaste, 3 oz + , SS 03/06
-$1 off Colgate toothpaste, 3 oz + , SS 03/06
-$2 off 2 Colgate toothpaste (CVS Coupon)

- $5.00 ECB
- $4.00 ECB

Total Before Savings and Coupons: $25.31
Total Spent: $3.63

Total Saved:$21.68
ECB Remaining: $8.00


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