Cody’s “Bodger Birthday”!

September 24, 2012

Cody is finally, officially, a Bodger!


Father’s Day 2012


All these guys gathered to honored the big guy in the middle with all the grey hair, John. Thanks to Jason for hosting everyone, as this was the first time all the boys had been together on Father’s Day in over 20 years. Quite an accomplishment.

To honor their dad, Ashley & Bekah used Willie’s new lawn mower to get instruction and mow the lawn for the 1st time.



Way to go girls! 

And, being in the country for Father’s Day has its benefits. Jason took Ashley for her 1st drive. 


Happy Father’s Day to one great guy. I love you, Willie!

I am tired of the last post… Gotta put something new up


Obviously, it’s been a long time since I blogged. Been a little busy around here.

Cody has now been with our family for over 6 months, and I just contacted the attorney today about getting the finalization of the adoption set!

Bekah has finished her first MSP testing, and survived, though after the 1st day I wasn’t sure she would.

Jordan is participating in his 6th year of baseball, and is helping manage his school’s track team.

Ashley is days away from her first AP test. Big, scary deal.

Willie is now working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, and enjoying it!

I am just about into a routine, and before long it will all be thrown out the window as summer vacation arrives.

Earthquake preparedness for CHEAP!

Paid $2.65, saved $16.89 or 87%!

So, it’s not all earthquake preparedness, but it’s FREE water and that’s a great start.

4 Arrowhead water 6 packs (reg. $2.79, sale $1.00; used (4) $1/1 coupons) FREE!

2 Friskies cat treats (reg. $1.99, sale B1G1free; used (2) $1/1 coupons) FREE!

Cantaloupe (reg$.99/lb, sale $.58/lb)



I think I’ll see if I can get more water coupons before the sale ends on Tuesday!

Rite Aid deals

Spent $2.25, saved $22.50 (or 91%!).

1 Thermacare back 1ct ($3.99; used $3.99 store coupon from rain check)

1 Thermacare back 2 ct ($6.99; used $3/1 man coupon & $1/1 video values coupon)

1 Gain dish soap (reg. $1/49, sale $.88; used $1/1 coupon)

1 Clorox toilet bowl cleaner (reg. $3.19, sale $2.00; used $1/1 coupon)

2 Pine-sol (reg. $3.49, sale $2.00; used (2) $1/1 coupons)

1 Scotch clear packing tape ($4.99; used $1/1 coupon)

1 Tilex mildew remover (reg. 3.69, sale $2.00; used $1/1 coupon)

Also used $3/$15 survey reward coupon and $6 +UP rewards.

Got back $6 +UP rewards, and will submit for (2) $1 single check rebates for a net out of pocket of $.25!!

Walgreens & Albertsons’ doublers again!


Spent $16.87 ; Saved $76.15, or 80% !

Walgreens: Spent $10.38, saved $41.68, got $8 Register Rewards for future purchase

Clearasil  Daily face wash(sale $2.99; $2/1 coupon)

Right Guard deodorant x 2(sale B1G1 $3.99; used 2 B1G1 coupons) = 2 FREE!

Irish Spring men’s deodorant x 2 (sale $3, buy2 get $4 Register Reward; used (2) $.50/1 coupons) = $.50 each

Blue Diamond Almonds (sale B1G1 $3.49; used (2) $1/1 coupons) = $1.49/2

Irish Spring men’s body wash x 2 (sale $3, buy2 get $4 Register Reward; used (2) $1/1 coupons) 2 FREE!

Jelly Beans x 2 ($.99; used 2/$1 in-ad coupon) = $.98/2

Hairbands (clearance $.32)

Good & Plenty (clearance $.37)

Albertsons: Spent $6.49, saved $24.09, got $1 Catalina to use on a future purchase

Emerald dry roasted peanuts x 2 ($3.59; used (2) $1/1 coupons + (2) doublers) = $1.59 ea

Keebler Jumbo Fudge Sticks (sale $1.99; used (2) $1/1 coupons = (2) doublers) 2 FREE!

Chef Boyardee Ravioli (sale $.88; used FREE coupon from company) = FREE!

Glade Air Freshener x 2 ($1.99, used (2) $1/1 coupons + (2) doublers) = 2 FREE! + $1 money maker (Catalina)

Frigo String Cheese (sale $4.99; used (2) $1/1 coupons + (2) doublers) = $2.99 ea

Odwalla bars x 2 (sale $.99; used (2) $.50/1 coupons + (2) doublers) = 2 FREE!


Walgreens was out of a bunch of stuff that I was hoping to pick up today, but I did get a couple things that will make my family happy.

Seriously, I spent $.39!

Not your typical box of Cheerios

She’s a silly girl

Ok, so technically I did turn this photo upside down. But I couldn’t resist! Her little eyes and nose hide so well in the little “O’s”!

Pulled this one out from my 2008 drafts. Bekah was 6. Ah, the days of playing with a cereal box.

Today’s deals

Target, Rite Aid & Albertsons: $7.57 spent, saved $40.23!

Ok, yes, there is Kraft Mac N’ Cheese and frozen fries (sweet potato is a little healthier!), but look at all those great, name brand, and high cost items!

Here’s what I scored today:

Target: Spent $1.47

Shout travel wipes ($.97; $1/1 coupon)

Propel (Price cut on grape $.79;  (2) $1/2 coupon)

Rite Aid: Spent $1.66! Got $4 +UP rewards to use on my next trip.

Planters peanuts ($4.49; $1 store coupon)

Kashi Cereal x 3 ($3 each; $2 coupon)

Eucerin Body wash & travel size creme ($7.99; $2 store coupon & $1/1 coupon)

Cottonelle TP double roll 12 pack ($6.99; $1/1 store coupon & $.50 coupon)

Nivea lip care x4 ($1; $2/2 coupons) FREE!

Albertsons: Spent $4.44

Honey Bunches of Oats x 2 ($2.50; $1/1 coupon + doubler)

Kraft Mac N’ Cheese 5 pack ($4.79; $1/1 coupon + doubler)

Ore Ida Sweet Potato Fries x 2 ($3; $2/4 store coupon & $1/1 coupons + doublers) FREE!

Tomato paste ($.65 – sometimes there are NO coupons!)

And so goes this week’s ads. Looks like more Twice the Value coupons are coming on Sunday!

(Thanks to & for all their brilliant match-ups that allow me to save soooo much!)

A snowy Saturday


Bekah is dressed like Laura Ingalls as we head out to Krispy Kreme

We had already determined that Saturday (2/26) was going to be our trip to Krispy Kreme to redeem our Valentine ‘free doughnut’ coupons, and then it snowed – again. We bundled up, drove to North Seattle, fed our fat cells, and then headed out for a walk.

Fun family morning!

Snowy streets

All loaded up snug as bugs!


The boys

The girls (and the dog)

Feeling daring with her rubber boots on, Ashley descends into the partially frozen ditch.

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