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Monday, January 28, 2013

One crazy week!

Last week was just that.  ONE CRAZY WEEK!  It's been that kind of year so far!

The week started out normal.  School was out on Monday, but other than that it was status quo.  Until Thursday that is.  I had made arrangements with our friend Kevin for him to come pick me up to go after the Camry.  It was about an hour away each way, so he was taking me on his day off.  On the way home, I had a blow out just before our exit.  He was about 1/2 mile behind me I guess.  But due to the laws here in Florida and my spare being flat, I had no choice but to tow the car.  It was a lesson learned that looking back was a good one.

So since then I've been doing TONS of shopping around for the best tire prices and alignment prices too!  Who knew how expensive tires were getting these days!  I'm finding the average price PER tire to be around $100!  Crazyness!  I remember buying tires for the Contur and the prices were around $40 a tire!  So, to replace the one that's blown as well as the other tires on the car and the spare, we are looking at around $500-$600!  And the alignment I have to make a decision... I have the opportunity to do lifetime alignments for a total of $169.  I can take it in every 6,000 miles and they will align it free of charge from the time I purchase that package to the time I sell my car.  I just don't know what I need to do there because we have had the Camry for 2 years now, so I have to weigh if it's worth doing that or just getting a regular alignment because how many more years are we going to keep the car until we trade it in for another newer model?

Ryan spent the weekend with his parents in North Carolina and the girls and I made a game of getting them cleaning in their room and doing their chores.  It was WONDERFUL!

So this week's goals:
Make the decision on the new tires.  I have the damaged tire replaced with a used one for the time being.
Make the decision on the alignments.  This is something Ryan and I will discuss.
Get the office and tax information all Organized so that we can file as soon as the other 3 papers come.  I think Ryan has 2 more w-2's we are waiting on and I have one.

That's about it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cox Family Crazyness

So far this year, we have had a bunch of crazyness followed by some forgetfullness on my part.  I do apologize for not updating you sooner, but I'm gonna try and hit the highlights for the month and then I think I am going to make a goal to get 1 post a week in here.  Keep you updated on our lives.

Update for 2013 so far:

January Happenings

Week 1:  We had a great week 1.  We started the year off by going to our annual New Year's Party with our friends Scott and Juanita.  This year, it was lower key than last year and that's good!  Ryan had to leave on New Years Day, so we didn't make a big to do about it.  We took some games over and had a nice family game night with them and Scott's brother Patrick! It was nice!  Then New Years Day, the girls and I dropped Ryan off and he spent the week in either Georgia or South Carolina (I honestly can't remember which.  He's been so many places lately I get confused!).  And we had a low key final few days of the girls being out for winter break.  They enjoyed the quiet time!  And so did I!

Week 2:  The girls had a time of getting back into the swing of going back to school, but did well and were rewarded with a fun craft night!  We did some scrapbooking on the 12th with our friends Deb and Juanita while the guys went fishing!  Followed that with the girls watching a movie in our room while the adults played Gesstures!  Too funny!

Week 3:  We got the report cards and were pleasantly surprised!  Mackenzie improved her "C" in Science to an "A"  so she is doing great!  She's now got 2 A's and 3 C's.  Slow and steady wins the race my friend!!!  Maddie is also doing much better in school!  We are so happy to see they are both improving so much!  And we started planning Mackenzie's birthday party!  It's hard to believe she's gonna be 10 already!!!  Doesn't seem like she should be that old, but it's the price you pay for time going by so fast!  We are doing it on the 17th of Feb.  At the local park and she's chosen Monster High for the theme!  This should be quite interesting!!!

Week 4:  I've been doing tons of soul searching and so has Ryan lately.  We both know we don't like him being gone, but we understand the need for him to be gone in order to provide for his family.  So, I decided it was really time to go out into the work force.  I applied at 9 different places today.  I had a goal of 5 and ended up doing 9!  We have been quite selfish in our attempts with work and have only been looking within 5 miles of our house.  Quite selfish, yes I know.  I have expanded my search to include Clearwater.  I love that city!  Even though I am not from there, Clearwater is what I consider home.  It just fits for me!  So, we are looking at jobs and possibly housing in Clearwater!  We just need to do what's right for our family and I don't think that being where we are now is condusive of a great amount of success for us.  We shall see where the Lord leads us.

And Finally Goals for this year:

* Lose 40 Pounds.
*Walk 3 times a week (or run)
* Enroll kids in before/after school care with their schools
*Register truck and get it on the road (new battery)
*Get a job and get Ryan home
*Evaluate, Pray about and decide what to do about our housing.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


This week, I am telling you, I've been having flashbacks to my childhood through my own daughter's eyes!!! Not only is she loving saturday morning cartoons on CW, but she's in LOVE with Wrestling!  She can't wait to see Saturday Morning Slam!  Loved Smackdown last night and is sitting on the edge of her seat while watching POWER RANGERS right now!  Love this!  Transformers is next!  She's such a cutie!  I am so happy that we are able to give them some clean fun that they can look forward to each day wether it's watching wrestling or crafting with mommy!

Ryan is out of town again and while we don't like him being gone so long, it's what has to happen if we are to get a pay check.  I just can't wait until he gets through his goal for the new year!  Once he does that, we will totally be happy campers!

So my goals for this weekend:  Cuddle time, tidy the house, cuddle time.  Get the kids ready to go back to school next week.  And lastly get my house ready for my open house next week! Can't wait for that one!  Gonna be so much fun to show my friends some of the newest prints available!  Such fun!