Friday, February 26, 2010


If you have some time - watch this video. This little boy is just a day older than Isaac...I cannot imagine having to go through this....such a miracle and evidence of the power of prayer.

You can read about their whole ordeal on their family blog.


I love the show, I hate doing it.

Since we sold our house last week {after only three days on the market, can you believe our luck?}, we are now on a super search for a house. We have just over a month. *$&%!!!! I'll keep you posted if we ever see a house worth keeping on our short list - I am NOT moving again in under three years if I can help it.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday Deals - 2/25/2010

1. Get 20% off at GAP in store or online, with this coupon.

2. Ruby Tuesdays lover? With certain entrees, you can buy one, get one free - coupon and details here. Or, take 20% off your entire order with this coupon {some exclusions apply}. Not bad for a night out!

3. FREE sample of Mystical Monkey All Purpose Cleaner. I'm interested in trying this out with a toddler in the house - it claims to be non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, safe to use with infants, children and pets around, and environmentally friendly.

4. FREE sample of Olay Total Effects Body Wash here.

Wow, it's a slow week!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sing song

I love singing {as does the rest of my family}. I'm already working on instilling this quality in Isaac. :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday Deals - 2/18/2010

1.In case you haven't done your taxes yet {and you are able to file your own - ours are much too complicated with Blake's new biz}, you can file them for free at Tax Act.

2. FREE down-loadable cookbook here with 22 healthy chicken recipes.

3. FREE pretzel at Auntie Anne's on Saturday 2/20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Choose from the original of the cinnamon sugar. One of the cinnamon sugar pretzels sounds really delish right now! Details here.

4. Get 25% off all regular priced items at Gap using coupon code GAPNEW25. Offer good through 2/21.

5. Join Victoria's Secret Pink Nation and get a FREE deluxe fragrance sampler. Also, if you're new, you'll get $10 off a $35 purchase. Not too shabby.

6. 20% off Famous Footwear using this coupon, or online code MARIE. Expires 2/27.

7. Now through 3/4/2010, Hallmark is offering a FREE kids card valued at $1.99. In store only. Details here.

8. Do you like Glamour magazine? If so, right now Amazon is offering a one-year subscription for just $7!


I'm a total Olympics lover - always have been. It's a shame Blake doesn't share my love for the games. However, Isaac is definitely following in my footsteps. It was so cute watching him cheer as we watched ladies alpine skiing yesterday. This is a re-enactment, but it's still cute!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Happy Lent

What are you doing to make this Lenten season a fulfilling one?

While it's easy for me to just give something up {I am - limiting my internet time again...BOO!}, I'm also going to try to make it to daily mass at least three times this season. I know, it doesn't sound like much to most people, but daily mass is at 7 a.m. here, which makes it difficult since Blake has to leave our house just before 7:30 a.m. It will all depend on his schedule. I'm hopeful though - going to daily mass is something I've only done a couple of other times my entire life. I'm looking forward to it and I think it will be more of a challenge than the limited internet time.

Isaac is still contemplating what he's going to sacrifice {see below}. I think his ashes inspired him, though he kept referring to them as "ow-ies." Personally, I think he should give up all of his whining. :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

One great adventure

Well, maybe I don't want to be going on this vacation with my siblings.

So far, because of some plane delays/mechanical issues they ended up in San Francisco over LA, missed their flight to Australia there by 10 minutes, had to spend a night in SF and got rerouted to Vancouver {hello opening day of the Olympics}, and will catch a flight to Australia from there, arriving over a day later than originally planned. Whew. Funny? A little bit. Fun for them? Probably not that much, but I hope they're trying to enjoy it anyway. At last report, I think they were going to attempt stopping at a Target to buy a few more necessity items for their carry-ons. Just in case.

And their luggage? It's probably sitting in LA since they never boarded the flight there. It'll probably take their whole vacation to catch up to them as they are doing some island hopping while they down under. I bet they see it about a week after they get home from their vacation. Yee. Good luck sibs!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Have I mentioned that I could really use one?

So, I'm dreaming of my siblings on their way to Australia right now. *sigh* I sure hope they have fun, and get some extra R&R for me. {Really, our family vacations are never about R&R, but more like, see as much as you can see in the small amount of time you're there!}

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Thursday Deals - 2/11/2010

1. New York and Co. is having an awesome sale right now {WENDY!} - get a FREE pair of pants with any regular pants purchase. You can pair it with this $20 off $60 coupon for an even better deal. Example: Buy 4 pairs of pants at $34.95 each, use coupon, and you got each of them for $12.50!

2. Walgreens is offering a free 8x10 collage on Friday, 2/12 ONLY using promo code VDAY and store pickup.

3. Speaking of Walgreens, they are also having their Friends and Family discount on Friday, so get your coupon here for 15% off all eligible store items or 20% off Walgreens or W Brand products. {Janelle, I'm sure you've got the buzz on this one already!}.

4. FREE ebook called Love Every Day written by a team of bloggers in honor of National Marriage Week. Check it out, or get yours here.

5. FREE ebook with 22 dessert recipes here. I love me some dessert. I'm all over this one! :)

6. Valuable Dove coupons here. We're huge Dove fans, so I snagged these right away!

7. 40% off any one regular priced item at Joann's Fabrics using this coupon. Have I mentioned I'm interested in learning how to knit? I found someone to teach me, now I just need to make time to do it!

8. 15% off at The Children's Place with this coupon. Online promo code = SPRING2A

9. Walgreens is all about the deals this week! Get 25 FREE 4x6 prints with the purchase of 25 4x6 prints using promo code LOVE10. Offer ends 2/13/2010.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


I have a monster in my house. His name is Isaac. He wakes up at 4:30 a.m. and won't go back to sleep, fusses because he finally has one canine tooth poking through the gums, pulls Sophie's hair, dumps out his cups of water, throws his food on the floor, whines to be picked up all day long, takes every possible toy out of his toy bin, unloads my lazy susan cabinet, tries to drown one of his fake stuffed bugs in Sophie's water, digs his Goldfish crackers out of his diaper bag and empties them on the carpet {which is full of Sophie hair, waiting to be turned into Pocket Sophies}, stares in and attempts to dig through the garbage can as I throw those crackers away, unfolds all of my laundry, leads me to food in the cupboards that he can't have {well, he CAN, but just not at the time he wants them}, begs incessantly to feed Daddy's fish multiple times a day, and doesn't listen to a single.word.I.say, but I love him {scary and monstrous as he is} anyway. Is this really life with a toddler? I had no idea what I was signing up for.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

16 months

Can time please stand still for just a little bit?

Every day, I'm amazed at what he's learning, but it's all happening too fast! Currently, he's working on getting his incisors, so sleep is pretty rare once the nightly dose of Motrin wears off. His vocabulary is growing by the day, he's fascinated with trying to make the sounds of the letters of the alphabet {especially "a" and "p"}, and he loooooves his fruits and vegetables {hooray!}. Other than that, he still nurses from me once a day - mornings. We'll drop that nursing in a week or two and he'll be completely weaned. He was nursing just twice a day for a while. I made the decision back in October, when he turned 1, to continue to nurse him through the bulk of the cold and flu season. I think it helped a lot. He only had one cold the whole time, and I've brought home at least 2 or 3. Yippee!

Happy 16 months sweetie!

P.S. His eyes are still not brown. They change daily between green, blue, and a hazel. I love them!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mommy moment

Up until today, I thought I was doing a good job with documenting the big things in Isaac's life.

Today was his first haircut. I remembered to bring my camera....with a dead battery. So, I've got a couple of crappy cell phone pictures that I have no idea how to transfer to my computer, snippets of his hair wrapped up in a makeshift envelope, and my memory. Sad. :(

He looks like such a little man now. I'll post a picture of that sometime soon. We've all had a loooong day.

Thursday Deals - 2/4/2010

1. Feb. 5-7, Kohl's is offering an additional 15% off of everything with this coupon or enter code SAVE15FEB online. Plus, if you spend $75+ online, you can get free shipping with code FREE75. {Thanks Jen!}

2. Get some FREE sound for your bear, with a $10 purchase at Build A Bear Workshops with this coupon.

3. Take this coupon into your local Aveda salon and get a free hair consultation AND two free samples matched to your hair's needs.

4. FREE e-book download about scrap booking here. Maybe I should download it and read it...see if it re-energizes me to start scrap booking again!

5. FREE Kashi sample here.

6. If you're into Qdoba food, play the old game MASH to win some free food here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cheese Face

Isaac is at the most fun age! Generally speaking, he has never been a "food on the face" messy eater. Sure, he gets his food all over his hands, clothes, floor, etc., but usually he keeps his face fairly clean. So, you can imagine my excitement when he presented this tonight! And, to make it even more special, he was laughing and totally hamming it up for the camera - a total 180 from his trademark oh, so serious, look.