Super-excited and making plans! Everything is falling into place.


I am so stinkin' excited I can hardly stand it.

We've been sick as dogs around here but getting by as best we can.

And finally, I felt up to booking my vacation tickets.
BTW anyone who thinks they are getting a better deal using a budget/discount travel site may not be.
I plugged my dates into several different sites to get the lowest fare, then went to the sites of the airlines themselves to make sure that was the best I could get as I am not getting a bundle (hotel and rental car inc).
There were a lot of different prices but the best option for me turned out to be Northwest which according to at least 4 (I might have done 5) discount sites was one of the higher ticket prices listed.
Seriously, Continental according to all of the sites had the best rates, then Southwest then US something or other... well, you get the idea.
The only reason I went to Northwest at all is because I have a WorldPerks number and turns out to be more than $130 less than the next cheapest price and only one stop as opposed to two.
Sheesh, you really do have to keep on your toes.

So, here are the plans...

April 16 I go to my mommy's which is MY IDEA of the perfect vacation- seriously she lives a super-easy walk from Hampton Beach in New Hampshire and her balcony (where I shall drink gallons and gallons of coffee each nice day) has a gorgeous view (yes, expect TONS of pics).

May 5th mama, me, my nephew Bill and his daughter Asia who I can't wait to see!!! in person finally and I fly to Orlando where we will be staying at the Loew's Royal Pacific Resort.

Aside from being a tropical paradise, the hotel has won numerous awards so I am sure we won't be disappointed.

We've got passes to the parks and UBER BONUS POINTS since we are staying at on on-site hotel the magical keys make it so we go to the head of the line! WOOT!!! Whatever the cost something like this if I can afford it is totally worth it to me.

While there are tons and tons of fun things to do, I am most looking forward to taking Asia to Seuss Landing. Dudes, it's Dr. Seuss come to life. How cool is that?

My brother and his 2 girls if they can will be meeting us- and hopefully we will also meet his new girlfriend. I've heard nothing but good things about her and if she makes him happy I love her already. So does mama.

On May 8th we go back to my mommy's for the final leg of my vacation. We will be chillaxin' until the 13th until I go home.

When I say it will be a vacation for me I mean we plan on no cooking, no have to's, nothing that we don't feel like doing (except mama will do the laundry, yes, even mine! and we'll clean her apt. once a week).

I think we can deal.

Have I mentioned that I am excited? ;-)

And that I intend to spend as much time as humanly possible at Dunkin' Donuts (we don't have any here and I love their bagels and veggie spread) and getting good PIZZA (again only adequate here).

Somewhere in all that my sister will come with my other great niece Cassidy Jordyn. Is that the best piccy of her bug-eyed self up top there or what?

I know, I know, it's not fair my family is so stinkin' cute but there you have it.

Man, I love my life and my family!

And all this before summer technically even starts. Anyone else getting excited and making plans?

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Now I've seen it all - $15 Paypal winner.

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:1
Timestamp: 2009-03-11 15:08:39 UTC

Wow! I believe I can now officially say I've seen it all. actually chose #1! as the winner.
And yes, there was more than one entry. ;-)
Never again will I hesitate to be the first to post since I've seen it with my very own eyes.
A big congratulations to jewelstreet who said...
I have missed your fantastic posts! Glad you came for the Spring Fling!
Check your email and I'll be getting that deposited into your acct as soon as I have your info. :-)
Thanks again to everyone who stopped by and entered.
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Win $15 Paypal SITSta's Spring Fling UPDATE: COMMENTS CLOSED

I will be using the randomizer to choose the winner and will announce it here as soon as they are emailed.

Y'all know how I love me some SITSta's even though the real world has gotten in the way of my virtual life and blogging. *WAVES Hiya SITSta's and Preston, I've missed y'all.*
Well today they are hosting a SPRING FLING and there are tons of giveaways and well, let's face it, I cannot stand to be out of the loop and missing out on all the fun, so I am going to make it easy on myself and have me a little (just over) 24 hour giveaway of my own for $15 through PayPal. (11 am Central time tomorrow 3/11/09
Open to anyone who has a PayPal account.
First Entry: Leave a comment telling me how awesome I am and how much you have missed my fabulous comments and terminal cuteness... j/k (sort of) just say hi! and I'll count it. ;)
Second Entry: Follow Me on blogger (If you already do make sure that it is public, Blogger had the hiccups and I lost a ton of my friends and am feeling really sorry for myself and pathetically unloved)
Third & Fourth Entries: Twitter with me- follow me (I follow back) for third and tweet the giveaway for fourth
Fifth Entry: Link me on your blog (grab my button or add me to your blogroll)
Fave me on Technorati
All of the extras you can grab or click on the right sidebar. And you are really really appreciated!!!
Make sure you leave a seperate comment for each that you do so I can just use randomizer. (I will be checking the winner so don't say you did one if you don't.)
Have fun and enjoy the SPRING FLING over on SITSta's... Hope you win a LOT!
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Menu week of 3/9 - 3/15

I have a little gremlin that makes me contrary so instead of saying Monday I will eat this, Tuesday I will eat that I am just putting the meals we will have for the week down and we'll eat them when we get to them. Or not. Cuz that's how we roll around here. But at least I'm trying to use some of the huge stockpile I have and for now that's a good thing.

Stir fry Polynesian vegs & pineapple with angel hair pasta

Baked ham, yellow and green beans, corn

Chef salad with grilled chicken, cheese & choice of dressing

BFD (breakfast for dinner) probably egg and cheese sandwiches on English Muffins, ham for those that want it and fresh fruit

Spaghetti with (meatless) sauce, garlic bread, salad w/creamy Italian dressing

Beef fajitas and all the fixings

Eat whatever doesn't eat you first (aka leftovers that haven't grown teeth yet)
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Making Lemonade

Angela over at Texas Banter has blessed us with the "When Life Hands You Lemon's Award."

I actually do try to see the bright side although as Dev will be quick to point out, I can be mean as a snake for that first little bit when reaction kicks into gear before the brain engages.
And I know that this has nothing to do with the award, but my grandmother made THE BEST lemonade in the whole wide Loonyverse. Her secret? In addition to using nice fat lemons at their peak she would add in tangerine and lime juice- not enough to really make it mixed citrus juice but enough to know it was really something special. Try it sometime, I think you will be amazed at what a little squeeze of each will add. :)

I know we don't always play these games by the rules but we are so very, very appreciative. I don't know about you guys but I am truly honored that people actually take the time to read our little blog and think we wrote something worth nominating for these awards. It means a LOT!

Thank you so very much.

That being said once again I am going to play by the Loony rules and put the award up now and then I am going to make the little divas pass out the awards (yes, they actually do read a lot of the blogs on my sidebar and from our followers, especially the littlest diva). My kids ROCK HARD!

Here's the dealio so if they tag you with it, and you'd like to play cut and paste this part and add it to your own blog.

Here are the rules for this award:
1) Put the logo on your blog or post.

2) Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.

3) Link to your nominees within your post.

4) Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5) Share the love and link to the person from who you received your award.
I/we are passing this award on to:
(To be announced soon, the littles had a late night and are still sleeping!)
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We're the best!... and so are these guys.

My team won the state Quiz Bowl championship on Saturday! Go us!
But the AAA (the branch of the AR government that sticks its nose into school competitions) has decided that freshmen can't handle the incredible strain of losing to someone better than they are. So, they divided the state into two separate brackets that never play each other... so we're not the only state winner, which is completely idiotic.
... I still say we'd have beat them anyway, though.
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Winner Chosen for $25 Build-a-bear E-GC

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:3
Timestamp: 2009-03-01 15:05:16 UTC

Congratulations to Crystal who said...
My daughters favorite toy is ribbons, the kind that come bunched up and curled that you stick on top of a present. She has played/fidgeted with them since she was a baby. Only toy she has actually stuck with, everything else has a shorter life span lol.

I will be emailing for your info and getting that e-gc to you asap. Enjoy.
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