Monthly Archives: August 2010

Copps Double Daze 8/25 and 8/28

Here are this week’s deals at Copps.  Regular Double Daze rules this week, 5 coupons doubled per $25 transaction.  Don’t forget about the special coupon booklet found in last Wednesday’s paper also!
  • MEAL DEAL: Buy USDA Black Angus Beef Boneless Chuck Roast 3 lb or more for $2.99 lb and receive: 5 lb potatoes FREE, 1 lb Carrots FREE, Celery FREE
  • $5 off Next Order and Free Kleenex Facial Tissues wyb $20 in Kimberly Clark Products: Visit Minnesota Coupon Adventure for a complete list of coupon matches w/ these products.
  • Green Cabbage 0.39 lb
  • Roundy’s Baby Cut Carrots 1 lb bag 0.68  (Limit 1) w/ coupon book
  • Fresh Express 3 Color Coleslaw 16 oz 0.88 w/ coupon book (Limit 1)
  • Grapes, Peaches, Nectarines or Plums 0.99 lb
  • Green Peppers, Tomatoes 0.99 lb
  • Lightlife Smart Deli Meat Substitute 4-5.5 oz $2.00 – $1.00 printable HERE, HERE = FREE if doubled
  • Roundy’s Fresh Whole Chicken 0.98 lb (Limit 2)
  • On Cor Redi Serve Chicken Nibblers, Strips, Patties or Salisbury Steak Frozen 9-10 oz. $1.00
  • Oscar Mayer Regular Lunchables 3.3-4.5 oz. $1.00
  • Yoplait Original or Whips 0.50 – 0.40/4 MC from 7/11 SS, 7/25 SS, 8/8 GM OR 0.50/8 MC from 7/11 SS, 8/8 GM OR 0.50/4 printable HERE OR 0.25 MC from Que Rica Vida sample mailer = as low as FREE or 0.25 each if doubled
  • Imperial Spread 16 oz. 0.38 w/ coupon booklet (Limit 1)
  • Yoplait Splitz Yogurt 4 pk. $2.00 – 0.75 printable HERE OR 0.50 MC from 8/22 SS = 0.50 – $1.00 if doubled
  • Welchs Juice Cocktails 64 oz. $2.00 – 0.75 MC from 6/6 SS OR $1.00/2 printable HERE = 0.50 – $1.00 if doubled
  • Pillsbury Grands Biscuits 12-16.3 oz $1.00 – 0.30/2 MC from 8/8 GM, HEREHERE = 0.70 each if doubled
  • Clear Value Orange Juice 64  oz 0.98 w/ coupon book (Limit 1)
  • Roundy’s Chunk Cheese 8 oz $1.00 *STOCK UP*
  • Roundy’s String Cheese 6 oz $1.00
  • Yoplait Trix, For Kids or Drinkables Yogurt 4-6 pk. $2.00 – 0.75/2 printable HERE,  HERE OR 0.50 printable HERE,  HERE = as low as $1.00 if doubled
  • Roundy’s Sour Cream or French Onion Dip 16 oz $1.00
  • Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges 6 oz. $4.98/2 w/coupon book – $1.00/2 MC from 8/15 SS = $1.49 each if doubled
  • Stouffers Corner Bistro Melt and Soup 10-21 oz $2.50 – $1.00 MC from 4/11 SS OR $1.00/2 coupon from Sept All You = 0.50 to $1.50 if doubled
  • Roundy’s Steam and Serve Veggies 0.88 w/coupon book (Limit 1)
  • Kahiki Meals or Egg Rolls $3.00 – $1.00 printable HERE = $1.00 if doubled
  • Edys Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt 48 oz $2.50 – $1.00/2 coupon from Sept All You = $1.50 each if doubled
  • Smuckers Uncrustables or Snack N Waffles $2.50 each – B2G1 in ad MC = $1.67 each
  • Campbells Select Harvest Soup 18.5-19 oz $1.66 – 0.50 MC from 8/15 SS OR $1.00 printable HEREHERE =as low as FREE if doubled
  • Skippy Peanut Butter $1.48 w/ coupon booklet (Limit 1) – 0.75 MC from 8/1 RP = FREE if doubled
  • Vitaminn Water $1.00 – $1.00/2 coupon from August All You = 2 FREE if doubled
  • Mentos Gum 15 piece $1.00 – $1.00/2 MC from 7/18 SS OR 0.55 printable HERE (FF) HERE (IE) = FREE if doubled
  • Dole Fruit Jars 24.5 oz $1.88 w/ coupon booklet (Limit 1) – 0.75/1 coupon from Aug All You, 8/8 SS = 0.38 if doubled
  • Nabisco Snak Saks 5.52-12 oz. $1.25 – 0.75/2 MC from 8/8 SS = 0.50 each if doubled
  • Nabisco Cheese Nips 5.52-12 oz. $1.25 – 0.75/2 MC from 8/8 SS = 0.50 each if doubled
  • Pop Secret microwave popcorn $1.50 – $1.00/2 printable HERE = 0.50 each if doubled
  • Keebler Bakers Treasures 12.5-18 oz $2.79 – $1.00 printable HERE = 0.79 if doubled
  • Betty Crocker Hamburger helper 0.88 w/ coupon booklet (limit 1)
  • Jolly Time Popcorn 4.8-10.5 oz $1.00
  • Smuckers and Jif 2 for $4 – $1.00/2 in ad MC =$2 for both or $1.00 each if doubled
  • Ragu Pasta Sauce 16-26 oz.$2.00 – $1.00/2 MC from 8/1 RP = $1.00 each if doubled
  • Coca Cola, Diet Coke or Coca Cola Zero 8 pk 12 oz or 6 pk 24 oz bottles or 12 pk varieties 4/$9 wyb4 (Limit 4) *STOCK UP*
  • General Mills DEAL– Buy 6 boxes, get $10 off and a coupon for free gallon of Roundy’s Milk (up to 3.25) and Dozen Eggs (up to $1.75).  Find coupons on the following sites.  You will find $1.00/2 coupons on them: Coupons.comPillsbury.comEatBetterAmerica.comBettyCrocker.comBoxTop4Education.com, $1.00 Total Cereal HEREHERE, $1.00/3 MC from 8/8 GM, $1.00/2 MC from 8/22 SS, 0.75 Fiber One coupon HERE , 8/1 SS, $1.50/2 MC from 8/1 SS = ?? (Cereal under $1/box = STOCK UP!)
  • Bic Cristal Pens Black or Blue 10 ct 0.49 – $1.00/2 MC from 8/1 SS, HERE = 2 FREE
  • Cottonelle Bath Tissue Double Roll 4 ct. $1.88 w/ coupon book (Limit 1) – 0.50 printable HERE = 0.88 if doubled
  • Era Laundry Detergent 50 oz. $3.79 – $1.00 MC from 8/22 SS = $1.79 if doubled
  • Nivea LIp Care $0.99 – $1.00 coupon from Sept All You OR $2.00/2 printable HERE = FREE
  • Crest Toothpaste 6.4 oz. 0.99 w/ coupon book (Limit 4) – 0.50 MC from 8/1 PG = FREE if doubled
  • Edge or Skintimate Shave Gel or Cream $1.50 – 0.75 MC from 7/11 SS, 8/1 SS = FREE if doubled
  • Oral B Indicator Toothbrush 0.99 w/ coupon booklet (Limit 4) – 0.75/2 MC from 8/1 PG = 0.25 each if doubled
  • Degree Antiperspirant or Deodorant 2.6-3 oz. $2.33 – 0.75/1 MC from 8/1 RP OR $1.00 Ultra Clear printable HERE (if included) = as low as 0.33 if doubled
  • Gum Tooth Brush $2.00 – 0.75 MC from 8/8 RP = 0.50 if doubled

Find more deal match ups at Minnesota Coupon Adventure.

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Our Busy Summer Continues

Seeing as August is somehow half over already (eek!), I think it’s time for another re-cap.  Only 2 weeks to go until school starts.  I can’t believe it.  Here’s what we’ve been up to since I left off on August 1st.

  • The first week of August was CRAZY busy for me.  I somehow didn’t realize how much I had planned all in one week.  First, I had a deadline to get the GBAMOM newsletter done, which ended up being a day late.  I had an extra dog staying with us for two days.  Thursday was our usual park playdate.  Then I helped give a couponing presentation at the GBAMOM meeting on Thursday night, which went pretty well.  Spent much of the week’s “free” time shopping and prepping for Sunday’s GBAMOM Summer Family Picnic, which included a trip to the park on Friday w/ the kids, taking pictures of things around the park for a digital photo scavenger hunt.  Lots going on, but in the end it was all worth it.
  • Saturday, August 7 – Packers Family Night.  Our first ever.  We skipped the early activities and chose to head over to Lambeau after dinner.  That worked out well for me as I spent much of the day Saturday preparing food and treat bags for Sunday.  Took us a while to find a place to park and it was a good trek, but at least it was free street parking.  We arrived just in time to see the Packers come out on the field for drills.  After that there was an Oneida performance (Friendship dance, I believe).  Then it was scrimmage time!  National anthem, flags, player and coach intros, etc.  Took lots of good pictures.  The kids had a lot of fun, but the boys definitely got bored pretty quick.  They don’t have the attention span yet to actually watch what’s happening on the field.  I had fun trying to explain some of it to Emily and watching her copy my cheers and comments.  It’s so funny how much our kids model our own behavior!  The kids knew that there were fireworks following the game, so there were MANY questions as to when the game would be done and when it was time for fireworks.  After the game there was a LONG give-away for fans to receive player jerseys that were worn during the scrimmage.  Someone in our section won, but not us.  Better luck next time!  Finally the fireworks began and they were GREAT!  Even better than movie night.  I was really impressed.  Packers Family Night is really a great event.  We’ll definitely go again, but I think we’ll wait a couple years until it’s a little more exciting for the boys.
  • Sunday, August 8th – GBAMOM Summer Family Picnic.  After an early morning storm scared me awake the morning of the picnic I’d worked so hard to organize, the skies cleared and it was a beautiful day!  Got everything packed up in the van and Jeep and got to Pamperin Park around 10:30 to start setting up.  Hubby had a delay following us in the Jeep (still not sure what), but Dolly and her family arrived around 11:00 and started helping me move tables and get them covered.  Hubby started grilling around 11:30 and people started filtering in.  We had a really good turnout w/ about 10 families in attendance, adding up to over 50 people, and everyone brought food.  It was a really nice group and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves.  I had set up some games & sports equipment & bubbles for the kids to play with and had a few organized games planned.  After everyone ate lunch (grilled burgers, brats, hot dogs), we all took turns getting a family picture taken and introduced our families to the group.  Us moms see each other all the time, so it was nice to see everyone’s families, and especially all the twins, which is what brought us all together in the first place!  After that we played two games.  I planned the classic egg & spoon race, which ended up being way too easy and over in an instant.  I must have picked spoons that were too easy to balance an egg on!  I had also planned for a water balloon toss, but for some odd reason, the water balloons that I had filled before going to the park, all popped at the same time.  Very strange, so that game didn’t happen.  Then it was on to the scavenger hunt.  Each family got a list of items to search for around the park.  They had to find the item, take a picture and bring their camera back to me to show that they’d found everything.  Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun w/ this game.  The first three finishers got a prize.  After the games, the few families that lingered enjoyed some birthday cake from Veronica for her son and spent some time relaxing & chatting.  Brian found himself playing a game of soccer w/ some of the younger kids.  All in all, a great day.  Exhausting, but so worth the effort.
  • Thursday, August 12 – Park playdate w/ Amy & Bitsy.  We had our usual Thursday in the park.  It was REALLY hot that day so the three of us moms actually spent most of the time in the pool too.  It was actually kind of nice in the wading pool, just sitting in the water by the edge.  Us moms chatted, the kids played.  We cut it a little short that day as it was just too hot and kids were getting crabby (moms too).  Only one summer Thursday left for the pool!
  • Friday, August 13 – Tall Ships Festival.  Brian took the day off, as well as the following Monday and Tuesday, so we had planned to do something fun on Friday.  After much debate we finally decided we’d go to the Tall Ships Festival at Leicht Park.  We waited until afternoon to go, as it was a bit rainy.  We timed it pretty well though.  When we got there around 2:30, the rain was just ending but it was still really windy.  The first ships we came to were not allowing anyone on because of the rocking.  The bigger ships that followed were still allowing tours, so we got in line.  It was really neat to see the big beautiful ships up close and walk around on board.  We got to see the Bounty, which was a movie prop built for a Marlon Brando movie (Mutiny on the Bounty), and has since been used in many other films including Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.  Gotta watch the movie again and see if I can pick her out!  🙂  All of the ships are used for sail training and had information about how you could join the crew on a sail and learn the ropes.  Brian and I fantasized about how neat that would be.  We got to go on a good number of the ships, but missed a few since we arrived so late, but thankfully the lines were not terribly long.  We heard they were much longer that morning and the rest of the weekend.  We stopped by the entertainment tent to watch Miller & Mike for a bit.  They are clowns who do some good juggling tricks, among other things.  Brian and I had seen them before in a more adult version of their show.  The kids got a kick out of watching them and I had fun watching the kids’ faces.  We toured one more ship before leaving, and that was the Unicorn.  Emily picked that one, of course.  Definitely a neat event.  Maybe next time the tall ships visit Green Bay, hubby and I can go on one of the sail away cruises!  I would love that!
  • Saturday, August 14th – Rob, Angie, Erik & Allie came over for the day.  Rob & Angie had Bullfrogs tickets to use that night, so we watched the kids when they went.  We just hung out all afternoon, then had a quick dinner before they left for the game.  I showed Angie how to make a cardboard can rotator since she missed Shelly’s party last month and traced up a template for her.  After they left, I decided to finish up another one for myself, so now I have two on my pantry shelf!  All the kids had fun playing together and stayed up WAY too late as usual.  🙂
  • Sunday, August 15th – Grandma L’s 90th Birthday Party.  Got to spend the day w/ Brian’s family celebrating Grandma’s 90 years.  The weather was perfect.  We all enjoyed sitting outside, talking to everyone, and eating all the yummy food!  There were some really neat pictures of Grandma through the years.  It was neat to get a glimpse of her past.  She really seemed to enjoy her party and was grateful that we all could be there.  We are of course glad to have her with us, still doing great at 90.  Sue and her sisters are already planning for her 95th!  I told Grandma we’ll be celebrating the big 100!
  • Monday-Tuesday, August 16-17 – DRIVEWAY.  Ugh.  A very big, very time consuming, very muscle aching project.  Spent Monday filling cracks w/ crack filler (that just sounds wrong).  Spent today putting the sealant on.  It looks about a million times better.  Still needs a second coat, but that will have to wait for another weekend.  We needed WAY more buckets of sealant than our square footage required since it’s so long overdue and the pavement is so rough.  Hopefully that second coat won’t need nearly so much.  One thing we can check off our to-do list.
  • Side note:  Went to BioLife Plasma Services today to become a plasma donor.  Expected to be there for 3 hrs. for physical and donation.  Got through the whole paperwork/physical process and when the nurse checked my veins, she decided they were too small for me to donate.  The needle they use is pretty big so that the red blood cells don’t get crushed and she was concerned that my small vein would blow out if they put in a needle that is about the same size as the vein.  So, I got sent home after that.  She said I could try lifting weights and hydrating better to get those veins to plump up but it might not work.  Guess I need to get back to my workouts if I’m going to have any chance of donating.  What a bummer and a waste of a nice morning.

Lots of activities going on this week and weekend, but I’ll save that for another day.  Hope you are all having lots of fun this summer!

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Copps Double Daze, 8/18 and 8/21

Here are this week’s Copps deals.  Back to regular Double Daze this week, only 5 coupons doubled per $25 transaction.  Happy shopping!
  • Sweet Corn 8/$2
  • Cucumbers 3/0.99
  • Green Bell Peppers 0.99/lb
  • Green Grapes 0.99/lb
  • Green Beans 0.99/lb
  • Zucchini or Yellow Squash 0.99/lb
  • Tomatoes 0.99/lb
  • Cantaloupe $1.50
  • Seedless Watermelon $2.99
  • Oscar Mayer Deli Shaved Meat $3.00 (Limit 2) – $1.00 printable HERE = $1.00 if doubled
  • Whole Boneless Pork Loin $1.99/lb
  • Nesquik Flavored Milk or Milk Shakes $1.00 – 1.00/2 MC from 8/1 RP = FREE if doubled
  • Pillsbury Sweet Moments $2.50 – $1.00 MC from 8/8 GM or printables HERE, HERE = 0.50 if doubled
  • Frigo Cheese Sticks 12 ct $3.00 – $1.00 printable HERE = $1.00 if doubled
  • Minute Maid Lemonade, Limeade or Punch 64 oz $1.00
  • Totino’s Pizza Rolls $1.25 – $1.00/2 printable HERE = 0.25 each if doubled
  • Kemps Frozen Yogurt Parfait or Singles or Itti Bitz 2.9-6 oz $1.00 – $1.00/3 MC from 7/25 SS = 0.33 each if doubled
  • Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream 56 oz. $3.00 – $1.00 printable HERE = $1.00 if doubled
  • Blue Bunny Ice Cream Treats 6-12 ct $3.00 – $1.00 printable HERE, 6/27 SS or 0.75 coupon from June All You = as low as $1.00 if doubled
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce  $1.25 – $1.00 MC from 7/25 SS = FREE if doubled
  • Welchs Juice Cocktails 64 oz. $2.00 – $1/2 printable  HERE or 0.75 MC from 6/6 SS = as low as 0.50 if doubled
  • Betty Crocker Delights mini bowls $2.29 – 0.75 MC from 8/8 GM = 0.79 if doubled
  • Brownberry Wide Pan Bread 24 oz. $1.99 – 0.55 MC from 8/15 SS = 0.89 if doubled
  • Cascadian Farms Organic Cereal or Granola Bars 6.2-17 oz.$2.99 – $1.00 printable HERE = 0.99 if doubled
  • Pillsbury Cake or Brownie Mix 0.99
  • Roundy’s Pretzels 10-16 oz  $1.00
  • Quaker Cereal Cap n Crunch 12.6-16 oz $2.00 –  0.50 MC from 5/16 RP = $1.00 if doubled
  • Prego Pasta Sauce 23-24 oz. $2.00 – $1.00/2 printable HERE = $1.00 each if doubled
  • Powerade or Powerade Zero 8 pk 20 oz. $3.99 – $1.00 coupon from August All You = $1.99 if doubled
  • Aquafresh Toothbrush 1-2 ct. $1.50 –  $1.00 printable HERE = FREE if doubled
  • Right Guard Total Defense 5 2-10 oz pkg. $2.50 – $1.00 printable HERE = 0.50 if doubled

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Copps Double Double Daze 8/11 and Double Daze 8/14

Here are the best deals at Copps for this week.  This Wednesday is Double Double Daze again, which means you can double TEN coupons (up to $1 value) per $25 transaction.  Saturday is regular Double Daze where you can only double 5 coupons.  Happy shopping!!
  • Corn 8/$2
  • Green Cabbage 0.29 lb
  • Cucumbers 3/0.99
  • Green Beans 0.99 lb
  • Zucchini or Yellow Squash 0.99 lb
  • Grapes – Red or Black 0.99lb
  • Peaches, Nectarines, red or black Plums 0.99 lb
  • Strawberries 1 lb $1.50
  • Santa Sweet Grape Tomatoes $1.50
  • Red or Yellow Peppers $1.69 lb
  • Cantaloupe $2.00
  • Hormel Marinated Pork Fillets BOGO – $1.00 MC from 8/1 SS
  • Newmans Own lemonade $1.00 – $1.00/2 printable  HEREHERE = 2 FREE if doubled
  • Dannon DanActive or Activia $2.00 – $1.00 MC from 8/1 SS, printable HERE = FREE if doubled
  • Yoplait Go-Gurt BOGO – 0.75/2 MC from 7/25 SS = about 0.40 each
  • Roundy’s Deli Style Cheese 8 oz BOGO = $1.50 each
  • Kemps Sour Cream or Dip 0.79
  • Palermos Classics Thin Crust Pizza $2.00 – $1.00 printable HERE (this is a PDF and has been a hassle at the register) OR $1.00/2 printable HERE = FREE to $1.00
  • Michelinas Meals 5-9.5 oz. $1.00 – $1.00/5 printable HERE =  0.40 each if doubled
  • Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers 11-12 oz BOGO – 0.50 printable HERE = 0.75 each
  • Eggos Pancakes or Breakfast Pizza $2.00 – $1.00/2 MC from 6/20 RP, 7/25 RP =  $1.00 each if doubled
  • New York Texas Garlic Toast or Bread Sticks 10.5-11.5 oz. $2.00 – 0.40 MC from 5/23 SS or 0.50 printable HERE = as low as $1.00 if doubled
  • SeaMazz Tilapia Fillets Frozen 16 oz BOGO = $3.00 each
  • Vitamin Water $1.00 – $1.00/2 coupon from August All You = 2 FREE if doubled
  • Lifesavers $1.00 – 0.50 printable HERE = FREE
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (4oz) $1.25 – $1.00 MC from 7/25 SS = FREE if doubled
  • Ronzoni Smart Taste or Healthy Harvest $1.00 – $1.00/2 printable HERE,  HEREHERE OR 0.75 printable HERE = FREE if doubled
  • Kraft Sandwich Shop Flavored Spread 12 oz $2.29 – $1.00 MC from  6/13 SS = 0.29 if doubled
  • Van Camps Pork and Beans 3/1.98 – 0.30/3 MC from 8/1 SS = 0.46 each if doubled
  • Roundy’s canned corn or green beans BOGO = 0.48 each
  • Nabisco Chips Ahoy 5.5-18 oz $2.50 – $1.00 MC from July All You OR 0.75/2 MC from 8/8 SS = as low as 0.50 if doubled
  • Hormel Completes $2.00 – 0.55 MC from 8/1 SS OR  0.55/2 printable HERE = as low as 0.90 if doubled
  • Coke, Diet Coke or Coca Cola Zero 2 liter bottle 3/3.99 –  B3G1 Free in ad coupon = $1.00 each
  • Roundy’s Apple Juice BOGO = $1.50 each
  • General Mills Granola Bars or Fruit Snacks- Buy 2, Get 1 FREE – 0.50 printable from Coupons.comPillsbury.comEatBetterAmerica.comBettyCrocker.comBoxTop4Education.com OR  0.75/2 MC from 7/11 SS,  8/8 GM OR 0.50 MC from 8/8 GM = Final Price Varies (may be a catalina for $ back if you buy nature valley or fiber one bars)
  • Top Flight Envelopes 36-100 ct. 0.50
  • Ball canning supplies 25% off – $1.00 coupon in ad OR 0.55 MC’s from inside pectin boxes = Final price varies
  • Pert Men’s Shampoo $2.00 – $1.00 MC from 6/27 SS, 8/8 SS = FREE if doubled
  • Sure Deodorant 2.6-2.7 oz $2.00 – $1.00 MC from 6/27 SS = FREE if doubled
  • Suave Professional Shampoo or Conditioner 7-14.5 oz. 3/$4.98 – $1.00/2 printable HERE = 0.66 each if doubled
  • Suave Mens Shampoo or Conditioner 7-14.5 oz $1.66 – 0.50 MC from 8/1 RP = 0.66 if doubled
  • Halls Cough Drops $1.00 – $2.00/3 or $4.00/6 MC from 8/8 SS = 0.34 each
  • Desitin Ointment or Cream 2-15 oz. $3.00 – $1.00 printable HERE = $1.00 if doubled

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More Summer Fun!

Our busy summer continues and we keep cramming in the fun activities!  I actually forgot to mention one in my last post!  Here’s a re-cap of the last few weeks:

  • Thurs. July 15 (missed this one!) – Went to Concert in the Garden at Green Bay Botanical Garden.  We missed the park that day, so I decided to pack a picnic and take the kids over to hear some live music and walk around.  Hubby decided at the last minute to meet up with us after work and we arrived w/in minutes of each other.  The area by the musicians was pretty packed, as we had arrived just after the start of the concert, but we did find a nice grassy spot for our picnic where we could hear the music really well.  They had speakers set up as well, to help carry the sound.  It was really enjoyable.  We listened to the Green Bay Symphony Jazz Ensemble and they were quite good.  I recognized the bass player; he’s played w/ Manitowoc Symphony too and was fabulous in our jazz concert in April.  Once we’d finished our picnic, and realized the kids were getting antsy (especially when Sam decided to show off his underwear to the people around us!) we decided to go for a walk around the garden.  We gradually made our way to the Children’s Garden, where the kids had lots of fun running through the maze and FINALLY braved the slide.  For some reason, they’ve all been too scared to go down the tube slide there in the past, but they all decided it would be fun this time and they were right.  It was a complete last minute decision, but turned out to be a good one to go that night.  The weather was perfect and we had a great time.
  • Tuesday, July 20 – After I got done working at the Y, we headed straight to the NEW Zoo to meet up w/ Angie and the kids.  She had two extra kids that day since she’s babysitting this summer.  We had a picnic lunch and then headed into the zoo.  Angie enforced a buddy system and it worked pretty well to keep all 7 kids together.  Every time they’d start going off in different directions, we’d yell, “Find your partner!” and the kids would all flock back together.  A few highlights from this zoo visit:
  1. The lion cubs are just as big as their parents now!  Last year they were still small and really playful.  This year they still played a little.  It’s hard to tell which lioness’ are the cubs and which is the mom.  One of the cubs is a male and has the start of a mane.  It’s neat to see them grow up!  We did get to hear daddy lion roar loudly as dinner time approached.
  2. The kids all had a blast feeding the goats this year.  Emily is still a little timid about it and didn’t participate much.  The boys did a lot of giggling and dropping the food.  They would get a little nervous when the goats started nibbling and half of the food in their hand would fall to the ground when they’d back away too quickly.  So funny to watch.
  3. The new Mayan food court is open so this was our first time checking that out.  Last summer we just saw the foundations of the building.  We all popped in for slushies to help the kids cool off.
  • Thursday, July 22 – RAIN!  And I mean ALL DAY rain.  Not good for our park day, but Amy graciously invited us to hang out at her new house.  It was our first visit since their big move.  The house is beautiful and I have to admit I had a little house envy that day.  Even the kids asked if we could move to a new house!  🙂  Bitsy and Sydney joined in the fun this time too.  The mama’s were able to hang out and chat in the living room most of the afternoon while the kids all played in the basement play area.  They have so much fun together.  There was a lot of screaming and door slamming, but apparently it was all in good fun.  Boys were chasing girls, etc.  PBS was on the TV downstairs and at one point Lily and Josh were sharing a chair and looking so cute and cozy.  Makes one wonder if the same thing will happen when they’re in high school together.  😉
  • Friday, July 23 – Day Off/Fun Day didn’t happen.  Got a flat tire driving to the Sara Lee Outlet after Amy’s house on Thursday, so we spent Friday getting the tire fixed, running errands, and cleaning house.
  • Saturday, July 24 – Went to a family birthday party in Appleton.  It was a nice afternoon/evening hanging out with Brian’s family.  Once again, enjoyed the fact that the kids can go play w/ little supervision while we spend time chatting w/ the adults.  They had a sand box at David & Diane’s house, so that kept the kids pretty well entertained all day.  Lots of good food and a huge birthday cake filled w/ many names!  Everyone complimented us on how well the kids behaved, especially at meal time.  I’m proud of my little munchkins.  They really do behave themselves quite well around other people.  At home… that’s another story.  😉
  • Sunday, July 25 – Decided to go to Bay Beach Amusement Park and use up some leftover tickets from last summer.  Didn’t spend a whole lot of time there.  It was REALLY hot and we were tired from staying up late.  The kids enjoyed a few kiddie rides and the helicopters w/ mom & dad.  We skipped the train this time since the line was so long and building was very stuffy.  We spent a good deal of time at the playground, which we’ve never done there before.  Emily was a hoot, playing restaurant, making me repeatedly order and eat her make-believe cooking.  She was serving pizza, chicken, noodles, and some very interesting desserts, like ice cream supree which apparently consists of vanilla ice cream, cherries, and bananas.  After our short visit we decided we’ll probably go back on a weekday when it’s not so crowded.
  • Wednesday, July 28 – Got to hang out (by myself!) at Shelly’s house.  She had a party to teach a group of gals how to make can rotators from cardboard boxes.  With all the groceries piling up in my house, I wanted to learn how to make these and make better use of my shelf space in the basement.  I don’t really like stacking wobbly cans on a wobbly shelf, so this will be a great solution.  Also helps w/ the FIFO rule!  We had fun making our project and chatting.  Jill, Dolly, Vivian, Theresa, and Misty were there, so it was a nice group of GBAMOM’s getting some extra time together.  Thanks Shelly!!
  • Thursday, July 29 – Perfect weather for the park w/ Amy and her crew.  Kids had fun in the water as always and Bitsy and Sydney came along too!  The boys are starting to get more brave about getting their faces wet and going underwater, especially Sam.  Emily is having fun bonding w/ Amy’s girls and I think they’re enjoying her too.  Really loving the wading pool since I don’t have to worry too much about the kids.  They’re all loving the water and doing well enough w/ their swimming skills that they feel very safe.  I can relax a bit and enjoy the rays while soaking my feet in the cool water.
  • Friday, July 30 – The kids and I drove down to Appleton to Dan & Sandra’s house (friends from college).  Sandra made us a wonderful lunch and we took the kids outside to play in the sand.  Us moms talked couponing while the kids played w/ water in the sand, making rivers and pools and having a generally fun and messy time.   The kids got along great w/ Sandra’s girls.  The boys didn’t want to leave when it was time.  Sam was actually giving me a really hard time not getting in the car.  I think we’ll have to get both families together for a cookout sometime soon and do some catching up!  Can’t believe how much time has gone by since we last saw each other.  A chance encounter at the drive-in earlier this year produced a reconnection!  Love when things like that happen.
  • Saturday, July 31 – Last minute plans w/ Chad & Gretchen!  Decided to meet for dinner and check out the first annual Packers Movie Night at Lambeau Field.  What a great night!  We met at Old Chicago for pizza.  Hadn’t been there before and it was good!  Went to Lambeau and it was a long wait for the kids who spent most of the time going bonkers w/ each other.  Seven kids under 7 can get a little wild.  🙂  When the gates finally opened we found some good seats and waited for the big show w/ several bathroom trips and some snack runs for popcorn & drinks.  The show started at 7:30 w/ a Packers highlight film of last season.  Got to remember some of the great plays that happened last year.  Then it was previews and finally, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  I went there not expecting much from the movie, more wanted to go for the overall experience, but it was actually pretty good.  Very cute movie about middle school and all it’s awkwardness.  The kids got a bit tired and uncomfortable spending so much time on the bleachers.  Chad & Gretchen headed out w/ their kids a little early as all were getting tired.  We stuck it out for the fireworks at the end.  The kids perked up and got really excited when the movie ended since they knew what was coming.  The fireworks started out a bit wimpy and we weren’t sure what to expect, but they sure turned it up a notch later.  It was pretty impressive actually.  The finale was really cool; all of the fireworks going off simultaneously were green & gold.  Very neat.  The kids loved it.  I had a huge smile on my face the whole time, snuggling Sammy on my lap.  I don’t really know why, but I love fireworks.  So glad we got to see some w/ the kids this summer!
  • Sunday, August 1 – Seriously, is it August already???  Jessica and Lincoln are in town from Florida (yay!) so we made plans to get together in Door County today.  Her parents have a place in Sturgeon Bay so the kids and I headed up there this afternoon.  After eating a quick lunch we headed up to Whitefish Dunes State Park.  We’d never been before but I’d heard good things about it.  It was crowded, but we did find a nice spot to enjoy the beach.  The waves were huge and they have signs all over warning about rip tides.  A small area is marked w/ buoys for swimming, but it was too crowded to go into that area.  The kids played in the sand and in the waves.  The water was a bit cool, but you could get used to it pretty quick.  They boys were fearless and kept walking out farther than I was comfortable with in the waves and I had to keep calling them back.  After a while the kids figured out how to ride the waves w/ their rings & noodles and had lots of fun bouncing up and down and getting splashed when the waves would crash over them.  We REALLY have to go back there w/ Daddy and go on a weekday when it’s not so busy so we can all play in the swimming area.  Lincoln was super cute.  Had to be a great sensory experience for him.  He loved playing w/ the shovels & buckets in the sand.  Great day at the beach and so nice to spend a little time w/ Jess while she’s in her home state!

So, yeah… I think we’ve been keeping ourselves pretty busy.  I don’t know why, but I occasionally feel like we’re not doing enough.  Crazy, I know.  That’s part of the reason I want to get our summer activities in the blog.  So I can look back on what a great summer we really did have.  During the week w/ all the hustle & bustle of work and errands, I find myself wishing we could be at the park or a beach somewhere.  I’m definitely looking forward to my 3 week break coming up later this month.  Two weeks to go!  We have some really fun things planned for next weekend and Friday is up in the air, so I need to think of someplace new to check out.  Can’t wait to get through this week’s hustle & bustle and get back to the fun!!

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