Thursday, February 24, 2011

two week notice

tonight I put in my two week notice in.

a little bittersweet...
I have been a server overall for 10 years!  
 that is alot of saucy southerners served  :-)

i thought i'd tell you some fun facts about HP due to my farewell post:
the owner lives next door in the brown house
we sing the happy birthday song 300+ times a week
we serve 17,000 people a week
we sell over 23,000 POUNDS of meat a week
a good server can make $25/hour
we go through 750 gallons of ice cream a WEEK!
the little indian statue at the front of the resturant freaks out alot of young kids
some customers really don't know which is bigger, the 1/4 burger or the 1/2 pound. 
we have three sets of napkins: teal, pink & burgundy-- these colors mean everything & most servers have a set color they like being.   
 my husband loves the chicken tortilla soup and asks for it alot :-)
the resturant can hold 450 guests 
during a shift it usually takes 60-70 people to run everything.
... i am really going to miss the chaos that working in a fast past restaurant give,s but I am
 just so DARN excited to spend 25+ hours a week with these two studs!  
Farewell HP!

Monday, February 21, 2011

$5 for a $10 Applebees Gift Card

yeah!  I just ordered one of night! :-)

Mamapedia has a great deal for new buyers!

First time buyers can get a $10 Applebees gift card for only $5! click here.

Gift card will be mailed to you within 3 weeks. Limit one per household and billing address must be in continental US. No Gift purchases or referral credit s for htis deal.

There is no expiration date on the card!

thanks MoJoSavings!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Ryan turned 30!

My husband turned 30 last Thursday!
{He is just as good of lookin' as the day I first met him! :-)}
Birthdays are big deal in the Houck household.
a tradition is you wake up to the birthday song being sung to you.
 this year it was a solo but hopefully in the next few years the kiddos will be able to help :-) 
Growing up my mom always made certian we felt so special on our birthdays.
  {thanks mom!}
I made some Christmas Morning Rolls for breakfast ( I am not a great cook but these are so easy even I can make a mouth watering dish!)
then... we felt really old & met with an attorney & to do our will
 (I didn't cry once!)
then...went out to lunch
then....headed to Des Moines for awhile
then... headed back home & had two of Ryans best friends over for dinner.
All in all it was a great day! review

some dear friends of ours had a baby last Friday.
...a beautiful, healthy little boy!
I volunteered to coordinate meals for them.
A while back a friend of mine, Autumn told me about this website
she said how it made coordinating meals SO MUCH easier..

{for example} says what time the family likes to eat
....if they have any allergies many people they need to feed
...the address

....AND THEN...
you sign up & write what you'll bring the family hopefully eliminating muliple meals such as tacos three nights in a row because you will see the meals others are planning on making!  
to see what I mean: go to
last name: hibbing
password: colton

pretty cool, huh?
thanks Autumn!

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines day to you!

This is my 9th Valentines day with my Ryan!
Time really does go faster the older you get.
We don't too much for this "holiday" but it is nice to take time out to do special things for the people you love!
My husband took on a little plumbing job this afternoon/evening so while he's out little T-man & I will be going to my brothers basketball game! 

Our Favorite Valentines Day:

my husband & I were college sweethearts
 Our second Valentines Day together my sister, Carly talked me into doing a singing Valentine to Ryan.  My sister was a music major and every year the music department did singing Valentines as a fundraaiser.  They travel all around the town & sing to lots of different suckers people. I thought this would be really funny, original & sweet.  Since it was a music department fundraiser & Ryan happend to be taking a music class my sister spoke to his professor & asked if the singers could perform in the  middle of the class.  He agreed & halfway during the class on Valentines day called Ryan up to the front of the room & serinated him in front of 300+ people. 
Thankfully he loved it! :-) 

oh..and a free redbox code if you want to snuggle up on the couch with your sweetheart tonight...BEMINE

Monday, February 7, 2011

Free Redbox rental--today only!

I've got a hot date tonight otherwise I'd so be doing this!
Get a FREE Redbox Rental with the code FEB7MOVIE. This code is good 2/7/11 only. Click here to find a location near you.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

debt free

Two weeks ago we became debt free.
we have been completely blown away by following Gods prompting on our hearts & doing somethings we really didn't want to do
 He blessed that.
There have been alot of hard sacrifices
he blessed every.single. sacrifice.
 We have been completely humbled.
we have been blown away.
 I am not going to share the story on the blog yet

this is..
this is... the first time in our marriage we've been debt free
this is... the first time since we've KNOWN each other we've been debt free
This is...totally rocking our  marriage!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentines Inspiration

Ryan & I both had ( and still have!) some pretty yucky colds over the weekend.
...we were in Chicago  visiting Ryan's sister & brother-in-law.
we were drinking cold medicine & using cough drops like they were going out of style.
kleenex tissues were at a premium. 
 We even started jokingingly yelling at one another that the other person wasn't using up the kleenex as much as they should of. 
yes, we were talking about using up all the real estate on that tissue before you grabbed for another one!
ohhh, the joys of being sick!
at least we could laugh at our misery, right?

Moving on...

Valentines Day Favorites I've been seeing around the web.

Sparkly Valentine Banner @ Lemon Tree Creations

or this 3D valentine.  Would be totally cute, however to get my little one to sit still for 3 straight seconds is darn near impossible. but I loved this idea!

or...i wheelie like you:

and, because I can't hold a secret from my hubby to save myself i am doing this one for him:
(the guy LOVES new socks, so this is cute & cheesy) perfect for valentines day!
We make a great pair:

stay warm & safe today!

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