Monday, April 20, 2009


*Deryck Grant and I braved the cold weather and went to the Easter egg hunt in Enoch, where we found more nuts than eggs (meaning the parents get WAY more out of control than the kids, I mean who ever heard of a 6 month old hunting for eggs? Well apparently they do when they are attatched to a CRAZY parent! LOL!

*We had our usual egg coloring contest... Brandon won, Grant took 2nd with his Nacho Libre egg (thanks to my dad he is obsessed with Nacho)

* We had our family easter egg hunt at Nana Tuni's, and YES we all hunt for eggs because there are no little kids in the family and my mother still insists that we do it, but we love it because the eggs are filled with money instead of candy, and it gets WAY competitive!

* we had a YUMMY BBQ

That was our Easter in a nutshell!
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Change of Plans

Ok So Deryck is going to be leaving This Thursday instead of Saturday... he was originally going to fly out, but now he is DRIVING! I know CRAZY!....... But it will be best for us in the long run, his manager offered to pay him big money to drive his truck out there so that they can ship some things that they will need out there, we were going to ship my car out there when I was ready to leave but the cost of shipping went up to $1000.00 instead of the original $500.00 so we decided that since not only they will pay him, but pay for all expenses to get out there, it is a much better deal! The crapy thing is, it is going to take him about 3 days! UGH! But it will be worth it. WISH HIM LUCK!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Catching Up!

I haven't had a new post for a while so here is an update on everything that has been going on. Most of you know that I have moved in with my parents and now live in the apartment upstairs, which I am completely grateful for, my parents are absolutely amazing and have been a great help. Deryck leaves for Pittsburgh this Saturday and I can't even begin to tell you how anxious the both of us are to be embarking on such an adventure! It will be crazy without him here but Iknow that this is for the best. We have a solid date for the birth of our daughter, I am going to be induced on the 18th of May, I know that it will be a much longer labor than usual but this was the only way that we could ensure that Deryck will be here for her arrival... we are soo excited.... I also realized that I was in No Way ready for this baby to come, I hadn't even bought anything!! So I finally went shopping for a few things, I figured when she comes at least she will have the neccesities, onsies, diapers and plenty of Mommy Margaritas!! haha! We will figure the rest out later;) I finally had some maternity pics taken, I am in my 35 week! Ahhh! I didn't go all out, I just had my sister take them in our appartment on a lazy day, I have to say they turned out GREAT! Thanks Andi!! Any who these are the goings on within the Copley/Pena household:) I will be posting about easter soon! TTL!

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Homemade FRUGAL TIDE:)

So I just had to share this wonderful Frugal tip with all of you because I thought it was the most impressive thing that I have learned in a long time about how to be frugal, plus it makes for a GREAT FHE with the family and kids. I got this wonderful tip from none other than the mother on the TLC channel with 18 kids. I know what you are thinking..... but in a way I actually look up to her for the fact that she is sooooo patient, teaches her children about God and how to work, and most of all she is VERY frugal. I have a lady in my ward who watches the show too and her and her family made it for FHE and she said it works just as good as TIDE. So I am going to give it a try and I will blog about it after my first load of Laundry with my Frugal TIDE;) Here is what you will need.........

*In a saucepan bring your water to boil on med/high

*While the water is boiling, grate one bar of your soap.(She recommends Fels -Naptha, Ivory, Sunlight, or Zote's bars. But after researching online, I found another lady who changes the recipe and buys whatever soap is on sale.

*Slowly stir in soap flakes, a handful at a time, into your boiling water.

*Stir until soap is dissolved and melted

*Fill your 5 gallon bucket halfway full with hot tap water.

*Add your melted soap mixture, baking soda, and Borax.

*Stir until powder is all dissolved

*Fill the rest of your remaining bucket up with more hot tap water.

*Stir again

*Cover with lid and let sit for overnight or 24 hours to thicken(all liquid concoctions will be different depending on the type of soap you use.

*After your liquid detergent sits for allotted time frame, Stir. And fill a liquid soap dispenser (I used an old fabric softener container) and fill halfway full with mixture.

*Fill the remaining container full with hot water. (So every time you dilute your mixture)

*Shake before every use

Yields: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons

*Top load washer -5/8 cups per load (approx. 180 loads)

*Front Load washer- 1/4 cup per load (approx. 640 loads)

This is so easy to make and It really cleans well . YOu can use non-scented soap or scented. All the supplies (including bucket and lid and tax) cost $8.96. After I did the math on how many loads I can make out of the baking soda & Borax it cost us$1.86 for the ten gallons. (640 loads)

If any of you try this I want to hear what kind of soap you use and how you like it to!!