Saturday, January 30, 2010
after a 'heat wave' here in the ozarks it was about time for another snow. we were more prepared for this one, however.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
eric is still working at cantina laredo, which kept him really busy in the summer and during the christmas season...now that the seasons are over things have slowed down at the restaurant so he is applying for a job at another store at the landing.
Eric has an interview at the store this weekend with them...so we will see what happens. he would be working part time if he gets the job. not only is he going to be having a second job, more than likely, but he is also starting classes at an online school. he is getting a second bachelors in accounting. i guess he loves school as much as i dislike it. as much as i don't like school or numbers/math...i am excited about his new endeavor and thrilled to see where this new area of learning will lead us in the future.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
if the italian cream soda is for a party buy some nice umbrella toothpicks and put them into the drink..this is an amazing treat...you will love them!
Monday, January 18, 2010
it is a search engine just like google... except instead of just searching for things on the worldwide web it also gives you random bucks (swagbucks). i.e. i am searching for a particular book, i go to swagbucks site and type in the title of the book i am looking for and swagbucks brings up a whole page (or more) of the book i am looking for. it is as easy as that. *they don't give a swagbucks everytime you search for something... it is completely random.
once you have collected enough swagbucks, you can go to the swagbucks store and buy various types of gifts, giftcards, musical instruments, electronics, books...and for real...a lot more.
so eric and i have been saving swagbucks since this summer. we have been pooling our bucks together so we can have more swagbucks. we saved enough swagbucks to count as $75 worth of Amazon gift cards.
And this is what we bought... the whole series of Dick Van Dyke... can you believe it...a $75 item...for absolutely nothing. all we had to do was search the web.
If you want to know more about swagbucks let me know...ya know...if you want free money... just click on this link, sign up and get started: http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/spallozzi .
Friday, January 15, 2010
To the second question... lets make it a big party at a Brazilian grill but lead Eric to believe that it is just us and one other couple...SURPRISE!
To my chagrin, I was surprised... One night last week... the week before my darlin's birthday, to find the birthday boy ordering a new Bible online. I calmly asked Eric, not wanting to give anything away, 'what are you doing, babe?' his response, 'I am ordering a new Bible.' 'Okay'. I quietly replied on the outside, but on the inside it was a different story. 'WHAT, you just told me you wanted a Bible for your birthday and now you go and order one...fine, I just won't get you any birthday presents at all!' nice, huh.
After the initial response had worn off...like the next day...I began to plan how else I could surprise him. Perfect idea. Only invite one couple to go with is to this Brazilian grill, but really have everyone else already there to surprise him. The only problem... no one could go except M and S. Back to rethinking a birthday plan. I love surprises, obviously there has to be some sort of surprise on his birthday, right...honestly...I think I had more surprises than he did.
Eventually the plan came down to this...
First, I was home when the package came with his Bible in it...I thought...I don't have a birthday present for him... so I will wrap up this Bible (which I know he wants, since he picked it out himself)...and give it to him for his birthday.
Second, we will have a nice dinner with just two couples and another one of our friends.
So that was the plan the 5 of us would go up to Springfield...no surprises... and eat at this amazing restaurant, ReRicos. I even had a coupon so we could get a discount on our meals. We had to leave at certain time...because the coupon stipulated that in order for the discount to work we had to get there between 4:30 and 5:30. We made it 5:15, perfect! Our mouths were all set and as we walked in, the host at the front table says...'i am sorry, but we are closed due to plumbing problems.' 'WHAT!' alrighty then...now what...
*I must say at this point I could have cried... nothing is working out like I had planned.
We made the most of it and went to our favorite place to eat in Springfield, Nonna's. Alright, I can handle that. So we made our way to downtown Springfield to eat dinner at our little Italian restaurant. From this point on there were no more surprises coming my way.
After our meal, S and M came back to our trailor and we ate dessert and played CTR (video game) and Scattergories until midnight. and Eric got to open his presents...he loved the games that his parents got for him...and he loved the Bible that I wrapped for him.
What started out last week as crazy planning trying to come up with something fun to do for my dear husbands birthday...then getting surprise after surprise of my own when things didn't turn out quite right...turned out to be a great evening with lots of laughing and fun times with some very close friends.
So Baby...I hope you enjoyed your birthday...because next year, believe me...you will be surprised...not me!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
enjoying our first real snow of the year... Eric and i woke up to a world of white this morning.
we weren't too sure if jack would take to the idea of snow...but he loved it.
his favorite game catching snow balls in his mouth.
after taking a hike through the woods behind our house and taking some lovely scenery pictures