Friday, April 22, 2016

What Do They Do When No One is Looking?



These two goof balls!

We Bought a New Car

So we went out and bought a new car on Wednesday. We searched online for the dealerships that had exactly the car, color, and features we wanted.  So the first place we went had two cars matching what we were looking for.  As we got out of our car a salesman approched, and of course Marie says, "How would you like to make the easiest sale ever?"  He looked shocked, but Marie and I explained the car we wanted and after he located it we took a quick test drive.  Everything was as good as we had expected, so we went inside and started negotiating.

This is where the story gets a little odd.  The salesman goes back and talkes to his manager and comes out with a final price just under $25,400.  Well, the MSRP said $24,035 and nobody pays sticker so...  we countered at $24,000 out the door.  The salesman looks at me and says, "I would like a Lamborghini for $33,000 but..."  Which kinda pissed me off and I replied, "Well now let's compare apples to apples cause your not exactly selling Lamborghinis here."

Right about then his manager walks out of the back room and asks us where we came up with this pricing.  Marie tells him, "I just like the way twenty-four out the door sounds."  To which the salesman tries to justify his origninal price by listing the extras they had put in the car.  Things like wheel locks, a trunk tray, and a coat of paint.  We said we could do without the wheel locks and trunk tray and the new paint was a feature of new cars, so they don't get to claim that, unless the car had need repair work, in which case we weren't interested.  They refrased and said they put a clear coat on top of the paint to repel water and things.

Then the manager pipes back in and says, "Have you been to any other dealers, because the price your asking is too low."  I said, "Do you really want us to leave right now and go to other dealerships?"  He said, "Yes, but come back and we will continue negotiating."  I replied, "We may be back, we may not"  but Marie says, "We probably won't be back."  And we walk out to our car, drive away, and start going to the next dealership on our list.

Marie calls ahead to the next dealership, it turns out that they just sold the car we were looking for the day before and hadn't updated their website yet.  However, while on the phone with the new dealership the old dealership calls and begs us to come back.  They agree to our $24,000 out the door price and we also got the trunk liner and wheel locks.  So our absurd deal quickly became very reasonable.

2016 Honda Civic EX-T w/Honda Sensing

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Quick Salsa Recipe

Ingredients:



  • 1 Can whole tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 Can diced tomatoes with green peppers (drained)
  • 4 teaspoons of diced jalapeƱos
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of acid
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ghost pepper powder

Instructions:

Simply pour all ingredients into a food processors and process until it looks like salsa.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Microwave Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate Fudge

  • 3 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 21 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Butter

Peanut Butter Fudge

  • 1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter Chips
  • 7 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Butter

Instructions:


  1. Melt butter in in large microwave safe bowls.  
  2. Add chips and sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Stir.
  4. Oil a 9x13 inch glass dish.
  5. Microwave Chocolate Bowl for 5 minutes at half power, stopping once to stir.
  6. Remove from microwave, stir.  
  7. If all chips are melted pour half into well oiled 9x13 dish and spread until it covers the whole bottom of the dish.
  8. Microwave Peanut Butter Bowl for 3 minutes at half power, stopping once to stir.
  9. Remove from microwave, stir.  
  10. If all chips are melted pour on top of the chocolate layer and use a spatula to make it cover the chocolate completely.
  11. Reheat remaining Chocolate Bowl at half power, stir.
  12. Pour on top of the Peanut Butter layer and using the spatula cover all of the Peanut Butter layer.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Halloween 2015


Bea and Wyatt's Homemade Minion Costumes
That is Bea
This is Wyatt

Friday, July 31, 2015

It's official, Kori is going to be a Computer Science Major.

Kori is now part of the third cohort of students to be awarded a scholarship by the Matsui Foundation and admited into CS-in-3, a partnership between Hartnell and CSU Monterey Bay that awards a BS in Computer Science in only 3 years, and will be starting full time in the fall.  So for the next 3 years, she will pretty much be gone 6 days a week.

Kori after a very exciting night.

Watch out California... Kori is now a licensed driver

Kori passed her drive test and is now enjoying the freedom of driving back and forth to school alone.  She passed with only two minor mistakes (It takes 15 to fail).  As she took her drive test at 8 AM in the morning the babies ran amuck outside the DMV.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Kori has her first car.

No picture, but it is a small Kia Rio.  We have moved the kid seats into her car, and she has now started driving the family everywhere.  The goal is to have her ready to pass her driving test by summer so she can drive herself to classes.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bea and Wyatt in the car singing and Wyatt dances in his car seat a little too.



Recent Pictures of the Family Hiking and Stuff

Some Deer at our Hiking Spot

Wyatt resting

Dad helping Bea get ready for the caves.

Dad and Bea hiking

Mom poking though a hole

Bea and Mom rest

Wyatt and Mom posing for the camera
A flock of wild turkeys


Bea walking carefully

Wyat, Dad, and Bea are enjoying the view.

Bea decending into the caves.

Mom and Bea at rest

Bea more interested in the flashlight than the caves.

Kori and Wyatt find something interesting

Bea helping Dad out of the caves.

Wyatt readies his flashlight.

Wyatt and Kori wait at the entrance to a cave.

Kori in the cave.

Mom, Kori, and Wyatt pose... Bea goofs off.

Mom and Kori pose on a log.
Wyatt and Mom playing with rocks.

Dad, Bea, and Kori hiking.

Dad, Mom, and Wyatt pose for a picture, while Bea makes it clear that she is done.

Dad, Mom, Wyatt, and Bea pose near a rock wall.

Bea gets to meet Chuck E, Cheese during Wyatt's Birthday Party.

The Kids

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kori Did It!!

She has passed the CHSPE and is now done with High School at 15.  This summer she will take a class at the community college, then enroll full time in fall.  We are super proud of her and can't wait to see what she does next.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My Grandma's Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar (Packed)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (1/2 package)
  • 1 Cup nuts (optional)
Instructions:

      Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream shortening and sugars together with a mixer, then add vanilla and eggs. Mix.  Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix again.  Then fold in chocolate chips with a spatula.  Place tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough on lightly greased (you could also use parchment paper for easier clean up) cookie sheet and bake until edges are golden brown (about 7-15 minutes depending on where in the oven they are placed).