And so this is Christmas…

We travelled to Grand Rapids for Christmas this year to spend time with the Verwys side. We went to Grandma and Grandpa Verwys’ for Christmas Lunch at 1pm. We then headed back to Cherrywood to open presents as a family. 018

It was a short trip and I didn’t take very many photos… I’ve got to get better at that, and blogging too!

Fran’s long lost cousin was the life of the party. She opens her own gifts as well. Good job pu-ph-ph (puff).020

Sunday night we headed back to BC; MCV has to work all week! Here are some of our decorations around the house… the only thing I bought this year were lights- we had a very homemade Christmas this year!

The whole time we were gone Frannie pooed in the toilet! Good Job fuzz bag!


99 cents?

Went to 2 more Hallmark stores yesterday. Found candles for $10.00 even. Used the $10 coupon only had to pay tax!

I got 4 Yankee Candles yesterday for 99 cents + tax!

~ Andrea are you getting this deal? You love Yankee!


Almost free candles

Yesterday I came across a valuable Hallmark coupon. Since we were going to the “big” city (Gaylord) to go shopping I brought a few along.

I think you can print coupon by going to Google and searching for the coupon “image”

hallmark coupon

Marvin and I both went into the Hallmark store. I persuaded Marvin to go by telling him he could buy anything he wanted. His reply, “Oh great, a $10 coupon to a store full of crap”.  It ended up that he didn’t find anything…shocking! We both purchased the 14.5oz Yankee Candles.

Regular Price: $21.00

Sale Price: $13.99

Discount coupon –$10

Total Price: $3.99 plus tax each!


So if you have a snow day like me, tomorrow you can get yourself a cheap candle too! I just got the “schools closed” call about 10 minutes ago; I squealed with delight!  *ts ts ts*

Bunny hill or Black Diamond

Today was our first ski of the season. It was also the first time we’ve skied together.

Both of us have skied before, Lindsay only in Michigan and Marvin out west. So needless to say one of us is much better than the other.

I have never skied with goggles before and I heard it was a must and that I was crazy if I didn’t wear them. So before we hit the slopes we both invested in some goggles. I was very glad I had them, with winds up to 50 miles an hour, they were a necessity.

We started off on an easy hill and I was literally blown up the hill while trying to go down it.

Wipe out count:

Marvin 0

Lindsay 2


We will go back next weekend when night ski opens!


Snow Days

I love Christmas break, Winter break, and Spring break…but nothing beats a good ole’ snow day!

Last Thursday we had our first snow day of the season, and with any luck we will get many many more! Smile

Marvin went off to work like normal and Lindsay enjoyed ever minute; she slept in until 10:30 and then played housewife for the day. A delicious dinner awaited when Marvin returned home.

This is my pumpkin from Halloween

2 weeks ago, Boyne City had an “Earlier than the Bird” weekend shopping activity. Participants dressed in their PJ’s and went shopping reciving freebees for being the first 50 in the door. Lindsay took this very literal and must have forgotten for a moment that we were in northern Michigan, population 50!

We were THE EARLIEST bird. The first 4 shops we went to we were the first. Marvin enjoyed a 1/2 price haircut, and Lindsay got free hot chocolate and later won a $25 gift certificate to Alpine Chocolate Haus.

Wearing the homemade PJ’s by Lindsay (pants only were homemade, not the Northface jackets) Smile


All the freebees- 2 mugs, a cup, a coaster, 2 boxes of chocolates, and shampoo samples


Also last week students had a snow coming dance. Marvin and Lindsay chaperoned. Lindsay was excited, Marvin was…not!


Snowcoming King and Queen, and Runner ups



The Chaperones


And just for all to know. Fran is completely potty trained! Smile