Al told us about a Swiss chalet that was just across the parking lot from their apartments. They didn't have much money but every now and then they would run across the parking lot for a "special treat." I think he said they had some kind of cheap lunch deal and that while they were out east that was what they considered to be their big splurge for the month.
I can officially say the we have found our "Swiss chalet" so to speak. Since moving to Portland we have discovered Winco. It's a great store where you can get all your groceries and other items for low prices. Not only that but the have the most fabulous pizza. Every now and then Aaron and I splurge for the 15'' pizza. Since it's and extra $1.00 if you have them cok it and put it in a box we opt. to cook it at home. It cost 10.00 and can usually serve as dinner and lunch the next day which (or sometimes breakfast if it's up to Poy!) which is a pretty good deal. Anyways these pizzas are to die for and we each grab a $0.43 pop to wash it down. So there you have it, our special treat!
Here is poy being a hand model, he didn't know that I zoomed out to get his whole body in! Isn't he hilarious!?!
Here is AJ celebrating the fact that we finally got Apple Juice again. We only get two free cans a month and with my two boys that dosen't last long! (I know it's not a great picture but I get introuble if my posts don't include at least one picture of AJ.)
First and for most we have our son AJ. He is perfect in every way and has brought us more joy than we could have possible imagined. Of course we have our good days and our bad days but even his bad days are really just wonderful because he is here and he is ours! So far we have been blessed with our health, so many of us take this for granted, but as I watch our extended family struggle with health issues I can not help but feel blessed for the healthy Temples the Lord has give to us.
Last spring Aaron and I decided that we would move to Portland to pursue his career in Chiropractics. I probably would have been nervous to move 12 hours from home if the other option hadn't been 36 hours away. After hearing about Al & Lorraine's three day car trips home from Toronto each summer with 2 or 3 children, the trip to Portland seemed like a breeze! His acceptance to WSCC was the first in a long list of blessings as we prepared for this new phase in out lives. Aaron and his Dad made the first scouting trip down to Portland, they had a great time checking out the school and coast line, but that was about all they did. It was just a month later that Lorranie and I decided we had better head down a do the REAL work of finding a place to live. We found a great place and felt like it would be a good home but then at church we meet Nicole and Steve Wagner. Nicole stopped to introduce herself and see if we were just visiting, long story short, they got us into Sandstone! Not only that but we are now close friends (aka we spend everyday together!) all because of that Day at church! After giving our notice back home we moved in with my parents for our last 7 weeks in Canada. In the end it made it harder to move away from them, they were very reluctant to let AJ go, but we saved a lot of money and made some great memories! After Al, Grandpa Chuck, and Jared helped move us down we were on our own, but not really! Our ward family welcomed us in and soon we felt at home. Aaron's schooling has been hard work and long hours but he is doing so well and pulling off grades that he is more than happy with. All though he is gone a lot we find a way to balance it all and stay close. Blessings, Blessings, Blessings!!!
Our home is now filled with the Christmas Spirit, it may seem early but I just love the feeling of it all and couldn't resist getting everything started. In three and a half weeks we will be on our ways home for the holidays, which we weren't sure we could afford, but after paying our tithing and going over our finances were we able to swing it! I just can't wait to see everyone, there is however, one person I am more excited to see than anyone else. Baby Tolman. I still have a hard time grasping the fact that I am soon going to be an Aunt, I see the love that our brothers and sisters have for AJ and how much we love our little Abby and Sid and I just can't wait to feel that for my first little nephew. What a blessing he will be to all our family during this special season. Not only will I meet him at Christmas but since Dustin and Lyndz were able to get an apartment right in our complex, I will get to be closer to him than anyone else! (Sorry Grandparents!)
Our lives are not perfect we have our struggles and our trials, just like the rest of the world. However when viewing my life with my "gratitude glasses" on I just can't help but feel like one of the Luckiest women in the world!
We now have to close the curtain during his splash portion of tub time. He has proven that he can completely soak the entire bathroom in a matter of seconds.Finally this is "Polar Bear AJ" he makes this face when we as him what the bears at the zoo say.
Well this morning AJ got up saying "Capin, Capin!" however the Captain was all gone. Here he is at 6:15AM throwing a major tantrum and refusing any other food.It is of course my fault for letting him have it in the first place but holy moly was he upset. After 10 minutes on the kitchen floor and another 5 in his crib for a time out he calmed down and had some yogurt. Just another fabulous Monday.
He played with them for the next 45 minutes and then it was nap time. While we still lived in Lethbridge I got the best smarties cookie recipe from Dee and have been craving them ever since I got down here. Unfortunately for me they do not have the same smarties down here as we do there for, no smartie cookies. We'll Dad just couldn't let me go with out, hence the ginormous bag of bulk smarties he sent and now I have enough smarties to last for our whole Portland stay, lol. Anyways I am so exited for these cookies, it has been far to long so I am off to make them while AJ snoozes! Thanks for the care package, we really enjoyed it!
P.S. Can you tell this is one of his fav. poses?
Aaron had actually moved the couch right up to the TV, so I could be comfortable and still hear it when the volume was basically off. Please notice that I am only about 10 inches from the TV! It was so hilarious, what a cute husband I have! Love ya babe.
What the Heck!?!? That's right this is our kitchen table.
Here is AJ discovering his brand new fort!
Taking a good look around......
Oh yeah! he loves it. AJ has been playing in here since I made it and he dosen't seem to be leaving anytime soon.
I wounder where we will eat dinner??