The Happel Crew

The Happel Crew
July 2012: Front row Carter and Cade. Middle row Addy and Reegan. Back row Me, Kyler, Quincy, Cael, Jaycie, Dean and Mackenzie

Psalm 127:3-5

Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5
Dean and Dawn proud parents of these blessings:

Mackenzie Jo 19, Carter Dean 15, Reegan Marie 12, Cael Charles 11, Quincy Everett 9, Addelynn Ruth 7, Cade Joseph 5, Kyler Erwin 4, and Jaycie LeeAnn 2

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Did you know?

That we are alive over here despite my absence in writing? Or that if you have a cavity in one of your baby molars and the adult tooth is coming in, it can crack that baby tooth? Reegan learned this today and had to baby tooth parts pulled out and low and behold an adult tooth is 3/4 of the way in already.

Since it was just Reegan and I in town today, I decided to make a field trip out of it, and do some price comparisons. Why? Well, when I was at Wal Mart on Monday getting a prescription filled for a sick Kyler, I picked up a few things and it was hurting me a great deal to be paying the prices I was. 98% of my items could have been bought cheaper elsewhere. But who wants to drag a sick little guy to another store and through that wind? Not me. It got me thinking, if a person had to grab just a few items at a store where could they get the best price?

So I came up with a list of items, bananas (2lbs), appples (3lbs), 1 dozen eggs, a box of fruity rice cereal (in honor of Kyler - his favorite), sugar, gallon of milk, and a box of powdered milk. Powdered milk is odd I know, but I wanted to see if this is a cost effective way to have milk for a recipe. The answer to that is no.

I started at Hy Vee, they had their eggs on sale, thank goodness since I needed them and they were the cheapest. Those items would have cost me $24.04. We went to Wal Mart next, where one would most likely believe to be much cheaper then Hy Vee. Nope, those items cost $23.88 there. Then to Fareway, where I like to buy a majority of my groceries. $21.90 there. Then to Aldi $18.41. From my shopping experience, I would have expected Aldi to be the cheapest on these items - but take caution, eggs there are $1.99 - seriously wrong, and therefore also the most expensive of all four stores.

I make many stops on my shopping adventure. I shop the sales at Fareway and Hy Vee, I know what is cheapest at Wal Mart (not much), I know the bread store is a great deal, I also know on many staples Aldi is where to buy them.

What I found not so surprising, is there not being a big difference between Wal Mart and Hy Vee, I expected that.

What kept me busy in December? Wrestling, school, life, Christmas, and exercise. I partook in a kettle bell challenge. It went 1 Turkish Get Up(TGU) for each day of the month and on each side. So December 1 - 1, December 15 - 15, December 31 - 31, you get it. Also 1000 kettlebell swings week 1, 1500 week 2, 2000 week 3, 2500 week 4. 7000 total. I threw in 348 burpees as well. This was a true challenge. I started the TGU with a ten pound bell and ended doing all 31 with my 30lb bell.

How do you follow that challenge up? By doing 10,000 swings in the month of January. I am also adding a pistol squat a day similar to the TGU, and other exercises as well. 1700 done so far and 8300 left.

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