Monday was busy. I had the day off. I took the kids into daycare for less than 2 hours so I could get my eyebrows arched (whooohooo! – my pampering) and then I went to workout at Curves. I found this great new place in town that does eyebrow arching for $10.00. I normally pay between $15 - $21 at a salon so I wasn’t expecting great things. She was by far the best person who’s ever done my eyebrows. She waxed, tweezed and trimmed! They looked AWESOME when I was done! I picked the kids up and came home and when Joey and I were playing and Joey ended up finding his gift. I told him that I could not put it together and he had to wait for daddy to get home. Poor Joey had to wait hours for daddy to finally come home. Joe made Joey his train table that Grandma bought him for his birthday. He absolutely loved it! Grandma got him a really nice one too by Imaginarium and it’s compatible with the Thomas wooden train sets.
Joey's new train table!
Tuesday was Rod Stewart night!!! My boss Steve won tickets from a local radio station. I found out and told him I loved Rod Stewart (heck, I love almost all 80’s artists!!). He asked me if I want to go a few weeks later and I told him HECK YEAH! So yeah, it probably looked weird that I went to a concert with my boss but it was completely innocent – I promise. We both LOVE music so it was sooo cool to go to a concert with someone else that totally appreciates music. It’s rare you find someone sooo into music – especially the music you love too.
We had awesome tickets – row B. We had an awesome view of the stage. The concert consisted of a little of all his music selections – from the 60’s, 70’s and then a bunch of 80’s, a few 90’s and a few from his new remake’s of classic’s. I knew most of the songs and was totally singing along to them (as was Steve!). I had an empty seat next to me so that was kinda cool too. They played my favorite song ‘Downtown Train’ but it wasn’t the album version – it was a much different version that I didn’t like so much so I was bummed. They did not play Steve’s favorite song so he was a little bummed too.
The cool part of the concert was all the different instruments they played – cello, banjo, accordion, sax, and a bunch others I didn’t even know what they were. The girl playing the sax was tall, blond, thin and gorgeous. The singers were all black women, great dancers and singers. This concert didn’t have a fancy light show or anything, was mostly around his singing talent but it was fun. He would stop the music so the audience could sing along, which was a lot of fun (though the guy down the isle from me was yelling – just sing DAMNIT!!) haha. We had an AWESOME time. I NEEDED to get out of the house and the concert was exactly what I needed! What a fun time!
Wednesday night was family transition studies night. UofM and us are in a study where they are seeing how the baby transitions into our family. It’s kinda fun, we get paid for it and they get data for their study on this. Unfortunately the snow was COMING DOWN and the roads were getting bad. I got home in time to pick up the kids before the roads got too bad but Joe wasn’t so lucky. His commute took 2 hours. He’s normally home around 6:30 and was home at 7:30. The girls that come over to do the study were so nice. They just LOVED Justin and Joey. One of the girls I let feed Justin his rice cereal because he seemed hungry and he ate it all. She was just smitten with him. Joe finally came home, we finished the study, the girls went home and Joe went to bed earlier than normal because he was so exhausted from his drive home.
Thursday night was WW night. Off to my parents house after work. Weigh in wasn’t that great – up 1.8. Not sure why because my scale hasn’t said I was up that much. I wonder if I was retaining water? Anyhow I’m bummed but not upset that much over it. The weight WILL come off.
When I got back to my parents house I came in the door, looked down at the ground because it looked like there is confetti in the middle of the brown carpet they had. There is popcorn all over the floor, and Joey’s bulldozer in the center. My jaw dropped open and I saw aghast to my mom ‘Did you LET him do this’? Dad says no and mom says yes. Too funny. So I pulled out their vacuum and cleaned all the popcorn up. The kid is so ingenious. He has no sand to push, so he dumps out a bunch of popped popcorn and uses his bulldozer to push it around. Too funny.
Friday during lunch I had to go to Curves because I promised myself I would go three times a week and I only went once a week thus far. Unfortunately the weather was awful, it was snowing so much you couldn’t see the road, and I still made the trek out to go to the curves that was local to work. DUMB I tell you! I almost got in two accidents because people were driving DUMB! The slush was so bad you had NO traction on it – it was like being on ice. The good thing was I got my workout in and felt better.
That day during work my previous boss Chris and my new boss Steve were both wearing the same style shirt and it looked funny. Check out this photo:
That night the roads were clear when I come home – thankfully. We decided that the roads were still not clear up north yet and because we wanted to go look for a new mini-van on Saturday, we decided to stay home and go up north to visit Grandma on Saturday instead.
Saturday we NEEDED to stay home. We were way behind on chores, in which we were able to mostly catch up. Once the kids were up and the baby had his first nap we were off to the closet Chrysler dealership to get a Town and Country mini-van. My wonderful friend Lori and her husband Jeff got us their employee discount so we were looking to save a LOT of money when shopping (yay!).
In a nutshell, they wanted to give us $6,000 LESS than what we owed on our Honda Odyssey and Joe was like NO WAY – you have to be KIDDING. Then they tried to show us, well we are actually giving you $14,000 for your mini-van and the cost of the Town and Country is 28,000. Joe (who is a financial analyst for a living) looks at the guy and was like ‘Ok, I’m not DUMB. You are still only giving me $6,000 but rolling my employee discount and your $4,000 back into that total.’ Do they really think we are THAT dumb? So we ended up leaving.
Joe and I left upset about what we would get for our trade-in. We KNEW we would lose money on the van and we told the guy this, because we put soooo many miles on our cars that we out drive them before we pay it off. We put 30,000 miles on my car every year! So Joe and I went home depressed and trying to figure out what to do. We couldn’t take $6,000 for the van and have to pay $6,000. We would take $9,000 and lose $3,000 but that is about all really. We talked about driving it for another 6 months and paying down more of the value but then we would probably have to do maintenance on it and pay extra so we would really be back to where we are today.
We kept throwing things around. We really wanted the LX version which is Stow and Go but there are ONLY 3 in lower Michigan (so they probably won’t deal much)! We can’t really afford the touring right now so I told him I would go for the base model as long as he put satellite radio in my car. So we decided that we would take Tuesday off work and go car shopping. BLECH. I hate car shopping but I want to get this done and over with!
My Honda is fully loaded right now – leather heated seats, we have an entertainment package in it with a dvd player, it has everything and I’m going to go to a new van but a base model that has no miles instead. I hope I can get used to it! We are going to try to get away from putting another dvd system in the car but if Joey asks about it enough, we may just go to Best Buy and have it installed. Since the base is so much cheaper than any of the other models, we should be able to afford putting it in ourselves.
Random photo of Justin on Saturday. He likes to kick around on the ground with his clothes off and just a diaper on.
Funny things Joey said this week (that I can remember):
Joey says to Joe – “I want my presents. I’m three years old”. What a spoiled kid. Joe told him that’s not exactly how it works.
This morning Joey referred to Joe and I as ‘Hey guys’.
Joey woke up Sunday morning screaming – well almost crowing arrrr arrrr (for fun, not because he was scared). Joe walks into his room, asks ‘What is going on’ and Joey replies ‘Pizza’. Pizza is his new word for everything.
Sunday he was playing with his sandbox in grandma’s house and made a huge mess. Joe yelled at him and told him he was going to take it away, Joey looks him in the eye, laughs and says ‘Pizza’. Needless to say, he lost his ‘sandbox’ privileges.
Justin this week is really grabbing his feet. He’s now sitting in his exersaucer and will intentionally grab his toys and start to chew on them. His hand eye coordination is getting much better. He’s still a huge smiler. When we took him to the dealership this week he was squealing at everyone he passed! They absolutely loved him!
Other random notes:
Today I happened to watch the Hallmark channel that had a show on people trafficing and it was so sad. They showed this girl from Guatemala and how bad the economy is over there. These girls leave with a hope to make their life better in the USA and are told they are getting jobs and are instead sold into slavery. The only reason this girl was found was because she got pregnant with this guys baby that raped her daily and she was bleeding badly and started to go into labor and she was rushed to the hospital by a neighbor who had never seen her before. The baby was born early at 2 lbs but was ok. When they went to take the girl back home she was sobbing to this woman that if she lost the baby it was this man’s fault. The neighbor asked why and she said ‘He beat for for burning his tortillas’. The woman called the police who pretty much did nothing but she took this woman home with her. She had to fight the system for a long time to finally put this guy behind bars. The only good thing about this whole story is that this poor girl that was held hostage like this by an American was able to attain American citizenship. Could you image having to live a life like that and then being deported home? The show was eye opening for me. It makes me really take a step back and appreciate the little things I have – electricity, running clean water, a good job, a house – it’s scary and sad how a lot of the world lives.
When I went on my trip to Mexico in Oct 05 we went on a few city/country tours. It was amazing the poverty these people live in and how it seems they are 50 years behind us in technology. They work for only dollars a day. The kids were playing marbles and jacks – something our parents did when they were kids. It was eye opening – that’s for sure. I’ve never even been in another country where I saw poverty like that. Enough of this....
Stay tuned. When I get the next chance I'll have to post about our new Mini Van purchase. Plus I may get Rose from Joey's daycare to start sending me some digital photos of him at school so I can post them on my blog. Pretty please Rose? :)