Saturday, May 26, 2012

The game of LIFE...

Well okay... so there went the consistency.  I had really good intentions.  Now I just have to come up with some organization to get everything I need to do -
*Couponing *Family  *Friends  *Business (Ebay, Avon, Online)  *School  *Housework  *Church
and that's not even all of it... or in any order whatsoever...

I did do some things this month that I said I was going to do!!! YAY ME!! 
I hosted a card party- it was going to be at my house but then at the last minute since it was only my mom, 2 aunts and I, we had it at mom's.  I DESIGNED & MADE MY OWN CHALLENGE CARD AND THE CARDS TO GIVE OUT!  I only caps lock all of that because this is the first time in 8 years that I have designed and made ALL of my own cards!!

I had Saren & Spencer graduate from 8th grade yesterday!  So that makes this the first time in 14 years since I had last had ALL of my 'k-12 grade' kids in ONE SCHOOL.  Chad, Saren & Spencer will all be at Bear Creek High School!  LETS GO BRUINS!!  So now our family has 7 people in college and 3 in High School...
Here is my list... Brandi- back to college
                            Adam- American River- chemical engineering
                            Holly - BYU- Idaho, graphic design
                            Natasha- American River- Funeral Science
                            Candace- Art Institute of Utah- art/anime
                            Jorge- Institute of Technology- Culinary/ Executive Chef
                    and  Rodger- Heald College- Computer Science w/ emphasis on Network Admin.

Like they say... life is never boring....
at least not at my house.

As always... I'm Just Juls

Sunday, April 29, 2012


so my intentions with this blog was CONSISTENCY!  So obviously that didn't happen.
So let's start this again....

Since its been awhile since I have updated my blog...
let's see what's new...
Rodger started going to school at Heald College.  He is studying Information Technology with Emphasis on Networking.  He will be done the end of 2013 and he will have a multitude of Certifications and 2 AAS'.
He is doing great!!  And he is really good at it and he is way smarter than he gives himself credit for.

Chad is still in drama at Bear Creek High School and he is AMAZING!!
They are doing "Ladies Night At A Turkish Bath" and he is so funny I swear I think I peed a little!  I just sat there laughed my butt off and was such a proud mom.  He has turned into quite the man... he's got swag... he's good at what he does... and he is quite popular.  He is a junior- so 1 more year and he will be in the class of 2013!

Saren & Spencer are in 8th grade and getting ready to go into high school!  I can't believe they are old enough to be freshman!  It will be exciting!

I'm just the mom... trying to keep our family functioning and everyone's head above water...

Okay, I'm off for the night.....
Keep safe and sound and I promise I won't be so long before my next post.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


I've been couponing... my daughter, Holly, doesn't believe that I coupon!  Are you kidding? I'm a mom on a REALLY STRICT budget!  So before the end of the year I decided that it's free money and I was just throwing it away.  I'm not crazy like some extreme couponers... I dont even save the coupons for the things I don't use.  I'm not the type to get coffee just because it's free- I mean I guess I could always donate it to someone or a food bank or something... 

Here's my binder... 

I have a 1" binder and I am going to graduate to a 2" D ring binder.... 
I love my binder... Saren helps me cut coupons and organize them, I have my friends all helping save the coupons they don't use... 

I went to the store yesterday and made my best deal yet...  between watching ads and coupons....

YEP!! I saved 43% on my purchases!! I'm so freaking proud of myself... I've been telling everyone!

I only bought 1 thing that wasn't on sale... and it was a lunchable cuz I was starving!

If you have helpful ideas, websites or anything else... let me know... 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

ahhh,... the dentist

So today started out pretty good,  it was sunny and clear outside and I was on a walk, spending some time with my boy Chad.  I can't believe he is going to be 17 in a couple of weeks... 
Anyway, so we head out and go for a walk to the dentist... (his wisdom teeth are growing in).  The appointment is at 10:00 AM- they get us in promptly and begin with x-rays and the like.  Survey says he has 6 small cavities- upper right, lower right and upper left- HAHAHA  The reason that is funny is because the LOWER LEFT is the part of his mouth that hurts from the wisdom teeth.

       (this is the picture of him right after the shots- before the pain kicks in)

He has a bright idea, 'let's just get the fillings all done at one time', SOOOO, 4 hours and 7 shots later, he has 6 new pretty white fillings and a numb face.

At one point I told them.. I'm going next door to Jack in the Box to get something to eat (2 tacos no lettuce of course) and they tell me I can't go because he's a minor- I then told them that he is 6'2" and he can probably handle himself while I spend 5 minutes next door.  Since I had my cell phone they let me go.  I really wanted a sandwich from Panera... but NO... he's a minor... hehehe, good thing I love jack in the crack eh?

So after the dentist appt and taking him to Jamba Juice (yeah he's spoiled)~ we go into Sports Authority to see Courtney~ her and I look over and he is looking in the mirror making faces at himself.... it was hilarious~

This is his kissy face.... and now he is upstairs with tylenol and an ice pack... 

All this and he STILL has to have his wisdom teeth surgically removed... that should be tons of fun...

So we finally got home around 4:30~!!  It was a really long day, which wouldn't be so bad except I have to take the twins in on the 20th!  Does that mean 8 hours?? Guess Sheri was right and I should pack a lunch!  

Friday, February 3, 2012

What a wonderful day!!

I am so happy and blessed today!  The sun is shining, I've actually gotten some things accomplished... but most importantly... I am now the proud wife of a College Student!!  Yep... Rodger is starting school at the end of the month.... we figured that the time is going by whether or not we are trying to make a better life for ourselves so we might as well help it out.  The Lord only helps those that help themselves, right?

I hope everyone has a great weekend...
I love you all,
Just Juls

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ahhhh Friday.... or... Never tell me that I CANT do something!

So its Friday afternoon... and I can barely walk... why?  Because I NEEDED- not wanted- NEEDED, some caffeine yesterday so as Saren & Spencer are getting ready to leave for school my brain kicks in and says... "hey I'll ride Courtney's bike to school with you since Quik Stop is just down the street from it."  Saren looks at me like I'm on crack and should go back to bed and Spencer says - no mom.... you'll hurt yourself, I will go for you and just be late to school....  So me being me, I took that as a challenge!!  So doing what any mom, that has her 13 year old call her out, does.... I got my butt on Courtney's bike and rode to Quik stop!  I don't think I've ridden an actual bike in probably... A WHOLE LOT OF YEARS!
I was so proud of myself ~ but I did know that when I woke up this morning I was going to hate myself~ well I don't hate myself... but I am going to make myself at least ride around the block so that I can get those thigh muscles working.

Have a great day and be nice to each other... 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hilarious kids..... I'm so lucky!

I have the funniest kids..... their wit is quicker than anything I have ever seen... 

They fight like any other siblings but when they get along... which is quite often.. its priceless and never a dull moment!
For instance... tonight I got this great idea (NOT) to buy buffalo wings... if you know me you know that I do NOT eat spicy or hot... let alone.. BUFFALO hot!  So Chad is eating the wings and as long as he is eating them he is fine, but when he waits for a minute the spice kicks in.  His reaction was priceless!  Then the brainiac gets this great idea- that only Chad could get- and he uses some of the sauce as war paint under his eyes. 

 Saren and I laughed until we cried, soda came out of her nose and I about wet myself.  He was beyond miserable.... PRICELESS!  Probably not nice to laugh at his pain- but it was HILARIOUS!
I love my kids so much!  Never a dull moment in our home.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Creative Gene.... the Taylor side of me!

Hello there and happy Thursday...
I had an epiphany last night.... I'm not quite as retarded as I keep telling myself that I am.  I've decided that I'm going to be more creative... I know how to sew, cross stitch and cook... I am just going to try to get better at it!  I am also going to have my friend teach me to knit.... what's the worse that can happen? I end up with a ball of yarn for my cat??  
I've got that Taylor DNA in me somewhere... and if anyone knows any of the Taylor's it means that I MUST be able to do something!!
Any ideas, suggestions, helpful hints I will take them....

okay... and now to my wishing for rain.... we FINALLY have rain here in Stockton... not alot but it's better than nothing right?  But did it seriously have to come with the subarctic temperatures?  Even without the weather man telling me rain was on the way... I could have told you... oh the pains from getting old.  My hands have hurt all day... and my knees.  The good news is that my hip doesnt hurt... maybe because it's artificial.  Bring on the ibuprofen and the electric blanket.

and for my last rant of the night.... (maybe)... how exactly does a 45 year old dress? I don't want to do frumpy but I also don't want to be that 'old lady trying to be 18 again'.... Velvet... time for a shopping trip!!  At least to try on clothes even if I don't buy anything... how fun..... like playing dress up!

Have a good, warm and safe evening~
Just Juls

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Good morning world....
Happy Tuesday..
I've decided that I'm going to be a positive person today...
Not just "I'm positive its 22 degrees outside and I'm numb" but .... more along the lines of .. good things happen to those that make good things happen, pay it forward, etc etc...
Gotta get out of the funk and into the FUN!  I'm going to work on not procrastinating so bad!  (but I may put it off for awhile..)
Also... I'm 100% POSITIVE that I have AMAZING freaking kids!!!! I'm so proud of them I can hardly stand it.  I know I have people around me that figure I should just get a shirt or a billboard so that I can quit talking about how baller my kids are!  Evidently they don't know me very well or they would know that if I had a shirt on that said how amazing my kids are... I would then have to point out to everyone my 'amazing kids' shirt and explain how amazing they are!! Silly people!!
Okay... I'm off to make this day amazing! 
I've got my pepsi... life is good... 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hello? Winter? Where are you?

Was I upstairs reading when winter stopped by?  I certainly have missed it.  Today I actually had a window open... I mean really? 64 degrees in January?  The birds are chirping like crazy... I think they are saying 'what the heck? where do we fly? I'm so confused', there are bears looking at each other... are we supposed to have new babies now or hibernate?  my flowers in the backyard are wanting to bloom... I've turned the sprinklers back on ... the trampoline is up...  can't believe I'm going to say this... but I miss the rain.  Bring it on mother nature!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 *** TWO THOUSAND TWELVE *** 2012

Happy 2012!!
It's a New Year with a new optimism and hope for a great time for everyone!
We had Holly, our daughter, go to BYU-Idaho today.  She is SO EXCITED to be there and we are so excited to have her taking this next step in her life.  Chad, Saren & Spencer come home on Saturday!! I can't wait to see them... they have been missed.  Courtney had her 1st day in her new calling as the Primary Music Leader... she is so excited and it was awesome to see her coloring and planning- it will be exciting to see her grow in this calling and work with the youth. El Dorado ward is very lucky to have Courtney in their primary... 
Hopefully the year will continue to get better- lets all try to stay positive and happy and healthy-
I love you all... 
Just Juls