Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I like

My friends, Dan and Jennifer, are getting married next month. We received their wedding invitation a couple of weeks ago and I have been thinking about it pretty much daily ever since. Not sure if it's because I am smitten with the look of it, or if it's because it is sitting out on my counter.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thursday deals - 6/25/09

It's late, so these are my top three for the day:

1. Blake was mad when I didn't let him get the new biscuit holes at Hardee's last weekend...now I'm GLAD I didn't fork over the $3 - FREE COUPON. Boo-ya.
2. Arby's is having FREEbies Wednesdays all summer long. {Calendar here} Next Wednesday's deal {7/1} is a free Beef-n-Cheddar sandwich with a drink purchase.
3. TODAY ONLY {6/25} - Get a free quart of eggshell finish Glidden paint as part of their national paint giveaway.

Monkey Man

Dear Isaac,

Please stop growing up so fast. You only just started crawling. I'm not ready for you to cruise yet.


2 a.m.

That's what time our the fire alarm in our house started going off.
2:30 a.m. - that's when we finally got them to stop.

Since we live in a newer house, all of our alarms are wired together. When one goes off, they all do. So, while I stood in Isaac's room and covered his ears to keep him from waking up, Blake frantically ran around the house trying to figure out which alarm was the culprit. The only way to figure it out was to disconnect all of them until the beeping one showed its face. Go figure, it was almost the LAST one we disconnected.

We replaced most of the batteries in them awhile ago {as recommended}, but apparently we forgot one. It felt like those mid-night fire drills in college all over again.

Eenie Meenie Miney Moe

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

27 - D is for Daddy

Happy Birthday to the man who schedules inappropriate reminders in my cell phone because he thinks they are funny {sometimes, they are!}. Just one of the many things I love about him.

Also, this picture is "D" in Isaac's alphabet book. I just haven't added the text yet. :)

Friday, June 19, 2009


Isaac learned to crawl today. Video coming shortly!

Edited: 6/22/09 - Having a mobile baby sure is tiring!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thursday deals - 6/17/09

1. Free kids meal at Boston Market! Just have your child color this and bring it in for their free meal.
2. If you live near a White Castle, you can get a FREE slider!
3. Free Orange Julius Smoothie tomorrow {6/19} using this coupon!
4. If you'd prefer a root beer float, A&W is giving away FREE small root beer floats from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. tomorrow {6/19}. Only one per customer though.
5. Saturday {6/20}, Old Navy is selling their women’s and girls rib-knit tanks for $2 {limit 5 per customer}. In store only.
6. If you are in the market for a Flip Camcorder, you can get the 30 minute version right now at Amazon for $54.99 {original price is $149.99}. Plus, free super saver shipping.
7. The best deal ever - FREE CHOCOLATE EVERY FRIDAY!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Going on a bear hunt

Isaac loves this. Every time we turn it on, he kicks his feet and squeals in delight. He loves the cave and discovering the bear parts too. We watch it almost daily - and this coming from the mom who said she didn't want Isaac to watch TV {does this even count as TV anyway? ;-)} until he was a year old. For now, I do whatever keeps him happy {that will eventually change too!}.

Look familiar

Family - does this remind you of a photo I took circa 2004 {while working on Brian's senior pictures}?? I can't seem to find the old one, but this new one is hilarious! Cows love me.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Alphabet book - C

Just in case you're wondering how it's coming along. :)


Friday, June 12, 2009


Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think these are young box elder bugs, living in our sprinkler system control box. They are all over. It's gross. Anyone know of a good way to get rid of all of them? Otherwise, it looks like I'm going to have an army of box elder bugs all over the south side of our house in the fall. Boo. Hiss.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thursday deals - 6/11/09

1. It's heating up! You can enjoy a FREE Minute Maid frozen treat! Yum!
2. After you eat your frozen treat, you can brush your teeth with a FREE Sample of Crest's new Pro-Health Enamel Shield Toothpaste!
3. Save $1.50 each on Kashi Waffles {here} and Kashi cereal bars {here}. Make sure you are hooked up to a printer!
4. If you need some Rubbermaid storage options, print a $1 off coupon here.
5. Do you like the Jonas Brothers? You can download their song "Love Bug" free by using the code - Jonas
6. FREE GeoTrax DVD! I hope Isaac finds this interesting!
7. If you need some A-1 for your steak, you can get a $2 off coupon here!
8. Target just gets cooler and cooler. They are offering printable web coupons now! WOOHOO!


Four years ago, I married the most wonderful man.

Proof of wonderfulness seen in this photo: Even though we have a manly version of a diaper bag, he still carries the girly one around too! Check out that lovely shade of red and fancy knot! :)

Happy Anniversary!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


My choir has their last performance on Sunday. Our organist is retiring {Actually, she retired at the beginning of November 2008 while I was on maternity leave. I tell you, with all of my pregnancy/mommy hormones fresh in my veins, I cried and cried and cried when I got her letter of resignation!} I am looking for a nice gift that the choir can give to her in the range of $125. So far, I'm looking into purchasing a picture of the choir at Midnight Christmas mass {8x10} and putting it in a personalized frame, but need other ideas ASAP! We will miss her dearly, and she deserves this so much! Help!

P.S. Jennifer, you're so good at the alphabet game - let's see how you do on this one! ;-)

Monday, June 8, 2009


Pair this shortcake with whipped topping, fresh strawberries, and some homemade lemonade and I'd say it's the perfect summer meal {excuse me...SNACK}.

4 eggs well beaten
2 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 t. vanilla
1 c. boiling water
2 c. flour

Mix in order given. Pour batter into lightly greased 10 1/2 x 13 pan {I just used 9 x 13 since I don't have the 10 1/2 variety!}. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Enjoy!

**If you cut the recipe in half, it is suitable for an 8x8 or 9x9 pan. It won't cook quite as long either.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

8 months

So serious....

Isaac was busy last month. He:

1. Vacationed in London and Paris {and consequently flew on a plane and rode on a train}
2. Started eating puffs {when we feed them to him}
3. Went to two weddings
4. Learned to eat peaches and grapes from his mesh feeder
5. Eats small pieces of peas, green beans, and watermelon
6. Mastered his sippy cup!
7. Helped Grandpa do field work {and fell asleep doing it!}
8. Cut a tooth
9. Probably put on weight
10. Probably also got a bit taller
11. Worked on beginning to crawl. He is on the verge. I swear he'll be crawling all over in less than a week {first he needs to figure out how to go from laying on his back to sitting!}. Right now he sort of scoots, rolls, and is trying to pull himself up.

Happy 8 months sweetie pie!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Little Kiss

There is no doubt Isaac loves me. He has learned to give kisses. Sure, they just feel like a bunch of slobber, and it appears as though he is trying to eat your cheek, but they are so sweet. I love him too.

Thursday deals - 6/4/09

I've decided to share my best finds with you on a weekly basis. Here's hoping it'll help you save some $$ too! :)

1. TGI Fridays buy one entree get one free coupon {here}.

2. Take part in national donut day tomorrow {6/5}! Krispy Kreme will give you a free donut just for stopping in. Dunkin' Donuts will give you a free donut with purchase of a beverage. Sounds like breakfast is covered; too bad I have neither near my house!

3. Print free business cards here!

4. Free samples: Ladies {here}, Upset stomachs? {Free Prilosec}, Moms with babies {Free Huggies}

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Alphabet book

I'm working on this project to give to Isaac when he turns one. Basically, I take pictures with Isaac in them that take him through the alphabet. I've only just finished letter 'B' but am looking forward to the rest of the book. You can help me out by throwing out your ideas for letters. I'm really hoping to turn this into an adventure. I want to make 'C' a cow, so we're going to capture some shots of that next time we are visiting the farm. Last time Isaac met a cow {calf, really}, he was frightened by its tongue.

Here's my progress so far:



And this is the rough draft of what I have in mind for all of the other letters. I'm open to suggestions. Help a girl out:

D = Daddy or Dog
E = Eat or Eiffel Tower {I want to use the picture of Isaac and me in front of the Eiffel Tower, but am wondering if I should put that under P for Paris? England and France?
F =
G = Grandma and Grandpa or Grass
H = Happy, Hands
I =
J = Jumper
K = Kiss
L = London {I'm putting the picture of Isaac and me in front of Tower Bridge here}
M = Mommy
N = Newborn
O =
P = Pool, Papa Jerry, Pacifier
Q =
R = Reading
S = Sophie, Sophie le Giraffe, Sling, Swing, Stroller
T = Tongue
U = Ultrasound, umbrella
V =
W =
X =
Y =
Z = Zoo {If I make it to one!}, or Zzzzzzz {for sleep?}

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fresh squeezed

What a way to quench my thirst. This lemonade is simply delicious! Give it a whirl. The recipe makes 2 quarts.

2-3 lemons {I use 2}
1 orange
3/4 - 1 c. sugar {I use a little less than 3/4 c. but I like my lemonade a little more tart}

Mix, chill {or add ice!}, ENJOY!