Sunday, January 11, 2009

Going once, Going twice...GONE!

Christmas crept up on our family and flew by...then New Years where we spent the evening in a car dealership a couple hours away from home. Now it is already Jan. 11th and I have not sat down long enough to write a decent blog post. Where has the time gone?

It never ceases to amaze me how much time can pass just doing the "normal" daily tasks...beyond that we didn't do anything monumental, but we have been insanely busy. Larry picked up a couple of extra days to make up for time off during the holidays. I sold our Civic and a ton of other things on Craigslist. (For those that don't know what that need to check it out www. Click on your state and find one in your town. Don't look around too much or you might wander into a men seeking men section, but the places I like to look are the local items for furniture, tickets, children items, etc. ) I have bought and sold on Craigslist for about 5 years now and it has been a wonderful experience. I made quite a bit of room in our garage and made some cash in the process. That is also where I sold our car.

I have scored some amazing things there. This fall, I bought a group of "gift certificates" on Craigslist from a lady that had won too many silent auctions. I scored 13 nights in different Bed and Breakfasts and resorts in our area...dinner certificates, zoo passes, massages, horseback riding excursions, and more..and all of it cost me $200. We have used several already and it has been so fun! What a cheap way to travel!!! It isn't all that lucky...but persistence pays off, I have learned!

Other than that, I have spent a lot of time in my calling in the church as Primary President. (which means I am over the kids programs for our church.) It is such a blessing to have this opportunity to serve, but it does take a lot of time!!

Larry works, works, and works...and has done a great job of supporting our family and working extra hours constantly to earn more to pay back those enormous student loans. I don't think he will continue with these long hous forever, but he has been a great sport this last year.

The girls are counting down the days until their birthdays (both Feb. 7th!) We are thinking about going to the Great Wolf Lodge as a family to celebrate...but I am having a hard time finding a discount and it just kills me to pay full price. So that is yet to be determined.

There has been a ton more going on...but that is all I can think of right now. Goodnight!


Aly G said...

Shanda, you are the best at finding the deals! I am amazed! I think with your persistance you should find us some good Oprah tickets! We could fly out there again! I'll leave you to finding us some. Let me know k?

Larry, Shanda, Aana, and Addison said...

Great idea Aly...I will work on that!

Lexie said...

Love the update and your deals. You really are amazing!