Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
What kind of things do you expect to see or have liked at company parties that you have attended?
Here are a few pictures of the event!
Friday, July 23, 2010
I love Hy-Vee food stores! I do. I know that is lame to write a blog about my favorite grocery store. No, I am not running out things to write about either—my head is full of ideas! Anyways, why is it that I love Hy-Vee? They are a lifesaver for me. I once DREADED going grocery shopping. It is getting easier now that Katelyn is old enough to not have to be in a shopping cart, but in November we will back to square one of trying to figure out how to fit two kids in a shopping cart. Many grocery stores only have a limited number of two seater shopping carts and some don’t have them at all. I have had to grocery shop several times with Jocelyn walking and a shopping cart just for the other two and then one for groceries. What a sight!
Anyways, I love Hy-Vee because for a small $10.00 fee you can shop online and they will grocery shop for you and you just have to pick your order up. Some Hy-Vee’s even have the drive-up option where you can just call the customer service and you don’t have to get out of your car! Love that!
Another benefit of online grocery shopping is that you can take time to compare prices, brands, quantities, and make some sound choices regarding your purchases instead of quickly rushing through the store before meltdowns happen.
You can take advantage of Hy-Vee’s weekly specials and also use coupons too!
Depending on how the store has their system set up, sometimes they show you what the product actually looks like before buying! I have heard some complaints about how Hy-Vee is more expensive that other grocery stores. Did you know that Hy-Vee has their own brand and is very comparable to other chains? They do! Also, their selection is crazy!
Anyways, the link to start is: http://www.shopouraisles.com/
For your first shopping trip…set aside some time so you can find your groceries. This is the most tedious thing at first. After your first shopping trip, your previous orders are saved you just have to simply click on the quantities and then just add to your next order.
Also, it says you can submit up to 7am or 8am the day of pick-up. I highly recommend submitting 48 hrs in advance. The particular Hy-Vee that I go to did not get my first two orders and they finally told me the process of how things work. Some are probably better than the particular location I go to. They were under some major construction at the time and things seemed kind of hectic.
One last point…the customer service at Hy-Vee is superb! I have always found that they go above and beyond when asked…or even volunteer their services to help carry out groceries for me, even though that is not typically a thing they do…unless you ask.
I could go on…trust me….if you HATE taking your kids to the grocery store or just hate grocery shopping in general, it is well worth the $10 fee!
Also—shop at Sam’s Club? Try Amazon instead—free shipping and no tax on hundreds of bulk items (diapers, wipes, dog food, books, electronics, snacks, cereal etc) Also, Alice.com is a online grocery service.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Our due date is November 21st. We usually go right on our due date or a few days before, so we will see if it will be the same for this one. I am secretly hoping for the more around the 22nd or the 23rd....for selfish reasons...I really, really, really don't want to bring our other kids home that first day like we had to for Easton. Talk about a very, very stressful day right away. My mom has Thanksgiving break so I am hoping she can spend her Thanksgiving maybe taking care of other munchkins for a day....we will see. I guess the craziness will have to start sooner or later...
Here are a few of the ultrasound pictures. He would not cooperate for a 3-D photo. The gal tried and tried and we say about a quarter of his face, but nothing worth printing.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Mahoney State Park: Live in Omaha or Lincoln? Never been? YOU HAVE TO GO TO THIS STATE PARK. It is a must! Ok if you are saying that you aren't into the swimming thing, there are quiet a few other activities available-- cabin rentals and camping, fishing, hiking, arts & crafts, sledding (when there is snow), climbing a tower, playing on an awesome swing set, miniature golf, golf driving range, ice skating, horse back riding, playing in the kids amusement center, and swimming in the water park. There are many more activities, but I am going blank right now. It is must go to place! It is only 20 minutes away from Omaha and 35-40 minutes away from Lincoln. Well worth the drive. Anyways, I was going to take Katelyn to the water park for her 3rd birthday, however when I looked up the prices I noticed that 2 and younger are free...so I took her a week before she turned two. My mom met me there and the kids had a ton of fun! Their favorite part was actually the motion ocean part, however I couldn't handle the waves very well. Here are a few pictures of our visit. Trago Sprayground: I did a separate post on this spray ground a few weeks ago. We met some friends there this past week also. It is slowly becoming the hot spot of Lincoln. Probably because it is free. I think there were maybe 13 of my friends there and the kids had so much fun playing with each other. I had a great time trying to play catch up with some of my friends. Kind of wore me out and I only got one picture of Jocelyn with a friend. Still LOVE that place!Our own backyard: If you have ever been to our house, our yard is not pool friendly. We have quiet a slope. Our first summer here we tried to put up a large 3 ft pool and that didn't work out too well...it caved over to one side and the water just poured out. We got estimates for putting in a pool...kind of a tricky deal with our yard and trees...so for now we have a kiddie pool for the girls and a baby pool for Easton. The girls both have birthdays coming up so we surprised them with a fun outdoor water toy. As Sean set it up the neighborhood kids flocked over and we had a little group taking their turns on the slide. It is so much fun and they all had a good time. Poor little Easton is still a bit young, but might like it a bit more next year.