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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tomato Tuesday

My first tomatoes from my garden!

I have to cut back on watering. When you over water tomatoes they split. 

No matter, they still taste amazing. I love tomatoes that I grow myself. They are so much better then the tasteless tomatoes you get in a grocery store. 
 Oh ya, I needed to make a BLT sandwich on homemade bread. 
The best way to eat the first tomatoes from my garden.
 I just love this time of year! BLT and watermelon .... it doesn't get better then that! Yum!
Also my first green beans from my garden. I only planted a few green bean bushes so that I can have steamed beans. I don't plan on canning green beans this year. I might freeze some if I get too many to eat, but I'm sure that won't be a problem. Love steamed green beans fresh from the garden! 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy 21st Birthday Brady!

Happy Birthday Brady! 
21 years old

This year Brady has decided to celebrate his birthday in Las Vegas with his friends. Since I won't see him on his birthday I put together the birthday box above. 

Each of the balloons has some cash in it for his trip to Vegas.

I hoped that the balloons wouldn't pop before they arrived on his doorstep. I also was nervous to send cash through the mail, but I insured it and hoped it wouldn't get lost or stolen on it's way.

It's nice that UPS offers 1 day ground service from Boise to Salt Lake City. That gave me more hope that the balloons would stay inflated and it would arrive. They always ask me what is in the box, I didn't want to say balloons filled with cash - so I said electronics because it did include 2 flash drives. The box only weight 1.5 pounds.

I kept checking with Brady to see if it had arrived. I started getting worried that it was lost when it had not been received at 5 pm. I kept checking the website and finally checked their delivery time which is until 7 pm. Brady received his box about 6:50 pm but hooray it made it!!!
 This is the box after Brady received it. 

Yippee! The balloons were still inflated. He said about 3 were popped. I wonder if it balloons popped while someone was carrying the box - that would startle the UPS man. LOL!
 I used water balloons and didn't fill them very big because I wanted a lot of balloons in the box filled with cash. 
 To say that Brady was thrilled with his birthday box would be an understatement. 

This is our text discussion after he opened the box. 

After he sent me the pictures of his box of balloons, he said he would post in on his facebook account on his birthday with this caption: "Now that's what I call birthday balloons!"

Thank you so much mom! I feel absolutely spoiled!

Best part is now I have cash for the Vegas trip and I don't have to go make a withdrawal. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!
A picture of all the balloons popped with his birthday cash. 

I've asked him to take lots of pictures so that I can blog about his 21st birthday celebration. 

This is what he has planned to do:

Blue Man Group show

Le Reve - french for "The Dream". It combines water, fire, swimming, acrobatics and spectacular effects. In this theater no seat is further than 42 feet from the stage.

Cirque du Soleil

They'll go to Circus Circus

They plan on going to the aquarium in Las Vegas

They are staying in the Pirate of the Caribbean / Treasure Island hotel and will see the Pirate show there. 

They plan on seeing the volcano explosion at the Mirage Hotel. 

They want to see the Bellagio (starred in Oceans 11 movie)

He has quite the itinerary of things he will do on the 4 days he is celebrating his birthday.

He doesn't plan to gamble too much because we hate losing our hard earned money - so we'll see what he actually does with the slot machines ... if he plays or not. 

I'm so excited for his adventure and know he will have a wonderful time. I can't wait to hear all about it when he returns home with lots of pictures (I hope). 

Today brings a chance to look towards the future!
New dreams and New successes.
Here's to a bright new tomorrow 
that is waiting for you!
May all your dreams come true Brady!

Happy 21st Birthday!

I love you to the moon and back!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

July Financial Wins

I did it!!!!

I did it!!!!

I am now ......
except my house!!!!

Can you hear my Dave Ramsey debt free scream? I'M DEBT FREEEEEEEEEE!

I am thrilled that I reached my goal for financial freedom.

It feels wonderful and empowering! Just the thought of my paycheck being mine except for living expenses is LIBERATING.

The future is looking mighty fine. I will never get into debt again!

Other financial wins in July were:

Blog advertising check was: $115.29

Swagbuck points earned in July were 7421 ($74.21) giving me a total of 18,277 or $182.77.  I decided to go ahead and cash in some points for Amazon gift cards. I cashed in 17,200 points for $175 (the $25 gift card was on sale for 2200 instead of 2500). Now I have $175 free money on my Amazon account. It's nice to have that buffer just in case I need to purchase something - I like free better. 

The best thing about this month was becoming Debt Free and meeting a goal I set for myself. 
Yay me! 

Happy 31st Birthday Jason

 Jason turned 31.

Yikes, I'm old .... can't believe my son is 31.

I decided to decorate my house with balloons and signs to celebrate his birthday. He laughed when he walked in and saw all the decorations. I know he secretly loved it. 
 I decided to just purchase his birthday cake. Isn't it fun?

I forgot to buy birthday candles .... darn!
 I had a few candles so Sharon put 3 together and 1 separate for 31 years old. 

A cheesy smile because we made him pose for pictures --- too funny!
 Awe, now that's a nice smile from my cute son. 
 Jason just cracks me up!!
 Sharon lighting the candles.
 Jason checking out the fondant clouds on this fun and yummy cake. 
To celebrate his birthday we saw Ant-Man. We liked it a lot! Of course, we usually like all the Marvel movies. Sharon was grossed out during most of the movie because she hates ants. I just shook my head while she was shuddering through the movie. 

After the movie we went out to a chinese dinner.

Happy 31st Birthday Jason!


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