Thursday, July 30, 2009

Clayton's birthday cake

Although Clayton's birthday is not until next Friday we are celebrating tomorrow with a few friends. He chose to go to Jackson to Chuck E. Cheese (just for games) and Chick-Fil-A. He wanted a Transformer cake for his party. I enjoy baking so I thought I'd give it a try. It's not perfect, but it will do. Clayton really liked it so that's all that matters. I think he said, "Hey, that's really cool! (Laugh, Laugh.) I really like it!" Works for me...

On a side note...I originally set out to make his cake to save money. When I called around cakes were running $20, which I thought was CRAZY!! Being the frugal person that I am I thought I might save money by doing it this way...WRONG!! I have about $12 and 3 hours invested in this little cake. I may just pay the extra $8 next time. At least this cake will taste better than a Wal-mart cake!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Baseball Fun

Every Thursday night in Jackson the Diamond Jaxx have dollar night: dollar admission tickets, dollar hot dogs, dollar cokes and dollar popcorn. Since the weather has been so nice we decided to head there last Thursday night. We could not have asked for a better evening! Who doesn't like a hot dog?!? I don't really know which the boys liked more...the concessions or the game?!?

Monday, July 20, 2009


Kroger Deals!

Kroger had some great deals this week! I was so inspired I decided to pull out my camera and take a picture. I got all of this for $3.90!! Normally one box of cereal would be more than that! Kroger is having their Mega 10 event. When you buy ten participating items you get $5 off automatically. These were a few of the participating items:
-Cereal-$2.50 minus $0.50 (mega 10 event) and $1 coupon making the cereal $1 a box!!
-Smucker's All Natural Peanut Butter-$2 minus $0.50 and $.35 coupon (doubled) making the peanut butter $1.30!!
-Softsoap-$1.50 minus $0.50 and $0.35 coupon (doubled) making the softsoap $0.30 a piece!
-The Deal of the Day-Irish Spring Soap-$1.50 minus $0.50 and $0.50 coupon (doubled)...FREE!! Yes, that's six bars of soap for free!! Yippee!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Day at the Lake

Melody and Corey took us out on their boat yesterday for a fun filled day! We met around lunch time and had a picnic on the boat and then headed out.
Clayton, Caleb and Bennett went tubing.

Clayton LOVED knee boarding!!
Daddy even took a turn on the knee board!

The only time Jack and I got out of the boat all day was to get in this tube. While he was a little worried at first he really began to enjoy himself as you can see from the picture below!

We had a great day and look forward to going again soon!! Thanks Mel and Corey!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

St. Jude

(Many of you got this message from me earlier this afternoon, but for those of you that didn't...)

As many of you know, last year Jennifer and I participated in the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon. This year, Jennifer’s not going to be able to run with me (she’ll be 4 weeks out from delivering baby boy #3!), but I’m looking forward to logging a lot of miles and raising a lot of money for the kids of St. Jude. I would love for you to help me with that.

Did you know that...
· St. Jude treats 250 patients every day on an outpatient basis and maintains 78 inpatient beds?
· St. Jude has about 5,400 patients in active status?
· During the past three years, 85 cents of every dollar went to current or future needs?
· St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world?
· St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's daily operating costs are nearly $1.4 million?
· In 1962, the survival rate for ALL was 4 percent. Today, it's 94 percent. Hodgkin disease is 90 percent; Medulloblastoma is 85 percent; Wilms tumor is 90 percent.Protocols have brought survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened to more than 70 percent today?

Maybe you’re wondering, “That’s great, but what can I do?”

First, consider sponsoring me. Check out my race website at and donate online. It’s really easy. If you have any trouble, contact me and I’ll walk you through it.

Second, consider running with me. St. Jude needs all the help they can get. Register online as a St. Jude Hero and join my fundraising team, Team Evan. Team Evan is named for my buddy, Evan Twilbeck, living proof that the work St. Jude does is worthwhile. Register early; this race fills up fast! We can do more together than we can on our own.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. My buddy Juston Gates at FBC Saltillo replied to my earlier e-mail and reminded me that his son, Caleb, is just shy of being declared 3 years cancer-free thanks to St. Jude's research. This really is a worthwhile organization!