Sunday, April 26, 2009

Week 17 - Bring On The Rain

Since last night (4/26), April showers have officially arrived. Woke up this morning to a thunderstorm and it has pretty much continued all day long. I actually enjoy the sounds of thunderstorms and rain, however today we visited 6 stores looking for a patio dining set so the rain wasn't exactly fun. And to make matters worse when we got home we noticed that the skylight in our main bathroom is leaking (so much that the ceiling material is bubbling) and we're just waiting for water all over our floors. Rain is expected throughout the night and tomorrow, so hopefully we can get the roofing guys over and get it fixed soon.

The rest of the week consisted of us both working overtime at our jobs and a little yardwork whenever the rain ceased. On Thursday (30th) the weather was beautiful after work so we got to some more of our gardening projects. I planted some snapdragons, Dean finally got one of our dead shurbs uprooted, and we also planted strawberries and jalepeno peppers in our new Topsy Turvy planter!!

On Friday, May 1st my department at work exchanged May Day Basket favors. For my favor, I gave out lil' bags of (divided) Wildflower seed and printed a poem about April Showers bringing May Flowers. :-) LOL, I thought I had the creative gift but turns out three other ppl had the same idea too!! Regardless, it was a fun thing to do and definitely cheered up this gloomy morning. Now onto the 200+ profile launches I have before I can leave for the day... Ugh.

On Saturday (5/2) we went down to Lincoln and for a dinner 'party' at Keith & Amy's house. Dean's friends Jay & Marci (plus kids) came over as well. The evening was a lot of fun, and at one point all the boys took a ride in Jay & Marci's new convertible, and of course Dean (in the back) put his hood up to not ruin his hair. Keith doesn't need to worry too much about that issue, but did it anyway. ;-)

4.26.09 - 5.2.09

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Week 16 - Green Thumbs

This week we have had beautiful weather! We've done a lot of yard work and are definitely enjoying the season.

The major events this week have been Dean's friend Ben (who now lives in Vegas) was back this week and on Thursday, April 23rd him and Dean went golfing. Hoping to have some pictures to show for it... The other exciting part of this week was that a press release came out asking for male casting extras in an upcoming George Clooney movie called Up In The Air. We sent an email for Dean to be in it, so fingers crossed that he'll get selected and get a lil' screen time. ;-) Update: Unfortunately they had already filled all the extra positions by the time we applied, but hey---can't regret not trying!

Towards the end of the week things got good and bad. Good in that Dean won 2nd prize in another sweeps--funny thing is that it was a 2000 flushes toilet bowl cleaner (rather than the Grand Prize of a 50" tv and home theatre seats!) LOL, I told Dean that prize pretty much sums up our luck with winning grand prizes.

At the beginning of the week we bought a lilac bush to plant on the side of our backyard and we did a lot of yardwork towards the end of the week to prepare to plant it over the weekend. "Bad" is that somehow during all this I scratched my left eye and it got really irritated. Of course I don't have nice enough glasses to wear in public so I stayed home from work on Friday and missed out on a gorgeous day b/c I couldn't bare to be any light, including computers and tvs... so I pretty much rested all day. Dean got our lilac bush planted on Saturday though and it looks great. Can't wait for it to bloom and smell its fragrance.

4.19.09 - 4.25.09

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Week 15 - Easter

This week began with an Easter celebration at our home with Dean's family. We hosted dinner and an Easter egg hunt for his nephews. We didn't take too many pictures, but here is one of Dean playing horseshoes with Kobe.

On Thursday, April 16th we met up with Dean's friends Julie at BW3s. She lives in Chicago but was in Omaha for work. We had a great time, which of course resulted in some photos. :-) Dean can't handle spice as well as I can so he had to document that he took a bite of my Blazin' wings, which a BW3 symbol to prove where he was. He sent this to a friend, who responded with "I'd rather see your wife chomping down on something..." without your mind going somewhere nasty, we improvised where we could since we were out of wings. ;-)

4.12.09 - 4.18.09

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Week 14 - Sweeps Galore

We have been rather blessed with winning prizes in our sweepstakes lately. Although these aren't big prizes, early Sunday (4/5) morning (12:45am) we won two sweeps in a row! Dean won a t-shirt from GTX and minutes later I won a $10 Visa gift card from Century 21. We're very good at winning these smaller prizes, so hopefully soon we'll be even more blessed and win a big sweepstake!

Later Sunday morning we awoke to lots of blowing snow and no power! The snow covered the grass but melted on the sidewalks since it's been so warm. Dean and I hung out for awhile w/o power but decided to get out and run some errands since we couldn't do anything at home. We had lunch at Chipotle, made a quick stop to Verizon to exchange some accessories, and then went to SuperTarget to buy Easter goodies for Dean's nephews. We're hosting Easter this coming Sunday and always plan an egg hunt for his nephews Kobe and Zack. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. The good news is that as of 7:30pm most of the snow has melted, so it's looking like it will hopefully be good a week out.

On Tuesday, April 7th I joined Stacy, Kathleen (+ Cole), and Ember for lunch at Valentino's. Kathleen is on maternity leave and Stacy is on Spring Break so it was a perfect week for us all to get together for lunch and catch up. I didn't want to bug the girls with yet another group picture so I snuck in a picture with lil' Cole!

When I arrived home today (4/7) there was a big box on our front porch and I knew it had to be our most recent 'big' sweep win, the year's supply of baby wipes and diaper rash cream. :) The sent it very nicely boxed up so I only took out a few for a picture. All together we got 24 packages for 70-count wipes and 12 diaper rash creams. Luckily none of this expires until 2011!

4.5.09 - 4.11.09

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Week 13 - Crackberries

Hopefully I can remember all that happened last week since it flew by and I'm now (on Sunday the 5th) writing the entry for last week. (I am labeling this post for the 4th though to avoid confusion on the weeks).

The girls went home on Sunday so we spent the rest of that evening relaxing. On Monday we went to Verizon and got ourselves the new Blackberry Storms. This model has gotten some bad reviews (especially in comparison to the iPhone), but we love it so far. Verizon had a great 2-for-1 deal, plus with Dean's work discount and the portion they cover for work in general it's a great deal for us to switch our plans there. Plus Dean and I can talk free to each other, and they have this instant messenger just for Blackberry users, which Dean and I find ourselves using a lot.

On Tuesday, we won another small prize in our sweepstakes adventures. We won a year's subscription to Country Living Magazine. Nothing major, be we appreciate the prize for what it is. :-) These little wins help keep up the motivation.

The rest of the week consisted of playing with our phones, Dean had several fantasy baseball drafts, and overall busy times at work.

Saturday we had dinner with Dean's friend Keith and his wife Amy and then went over to their house for drinks. It was a great time and nice to catch up since we hadn't seen each other in a very long time. Right when we got to their house their kids were running around like crazy and we just had to have them pose for a picture after somehow one of the girl's hats ended up on Dean's head. :)

3.29.09 - 4.4.09