Wow. A new week is just a few hours away! Did you all get some extra sleep last night? I volunteered to work night shift, and didn’t realize until yesterday afternoon that I was going to have to set the clocks back and work an extra hour! Made for a long night, but other than the sleep deprivation work was good.
Monday, I got back into the good ol couponing. Last week I attended a couponing seminar and, well lets just say they made an offer for Sunday newspapers that I couldn’t refuse. I was pretty proud of myself because I managed to fill up my entire kitchen table with good stuff that we use for $65. I saved almost $100 total!
Tuesday night we finally carved our pumpkins with the kiddos. I helped Noah make a Spiderman one, Emma drew her face out and Wayne cut it, and Anika drew and carved her pumpkin all by herself…my baby’s growing up.
For Halloween we kept it pretty low-key, we popped over to Emma’s preschool that held a harvest party, then went home and trick or treated around the neighborhood. We have a great small town neighborhood, everyone comes to our house. We run out of candy every year! We wrapped the night up with Charlie Brown, then put the kids to bed and watched the rest of the Blazer’s game.
Friday I snuck off to Portland for a couple of hours to see the Holiday Food and Gift Festival at the Convention center. I love sampling all of the food (and wine!) and looking at all the booths. I ended up buying some specialty nuts and a bottle of wine, and a bottle of mint vodka! Who would have thought there was vodka samples there!?! I normally use peppermint schnapps for my cocoa, but this Vodka was so good, the mint flavor was perfect, and it wasn’t sweet, so it went perfectly with the cocoa, and I imagine it would make an awesome mojito.
Saturday was Anika’s big day! Two basketball games back to back. They lost, but Anika drew a foul and made 1 out of 2 free throws, scoring our very first point of the season!! She was pretty bummed out and grumpy from loosing, but she actually took a nap, and woke up in much better spirits. She said, “Mom, I read at school that ‘ you’re not done when you lose, you’re done when you quit!’ ” She then went outside to practice on her own.
This week entails more practices, meetings, errands, cleaning, work, and whatever else comes our way!
Thanks for stopping by! I am a mom of three teens, travel nurse, writer, and recipe developer. I love collecting vintage etiquette books, creating tasty food platters, traveling, and enjoying a good glass of wine. I created Melissa Kaylene in 2012 with the hopes to inspire you to make memories daily. Here you will find recipes, entertaining tips, tips to better your life, and travel ideas.