Thursday, September 30, 2010

One Month

Where did this month go? I think we're all getting accustomed to being a family of four {five with Soph}, and loving every {sometimes stressful} minute!

At Owen's 3 week appointment last week, he was 9 lb. 12 oz., and grew an inch - 23 inches! Such a big boy already, and looking more and more like his big brother everyday. :)

This is Owen's signature look: The scowl.

Thursday Deals - 9/30/2010

By the time I realized I forgot my Thursday deals last week, it was practically time for new ones. :)

1. Stop by Great American Cookie tomorrow {Oct. 1} between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to score a FREE Original Chocolate Chip Cookie! And, during the entire month of October, you can get a FREE cookie of your choice by donating a new or gently used book at your store. See if your store is participating here.

2. Tonight {Sept. 30, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.}, visit your local Cold Stone Creamery for a FREE 3 oz. sample of Kate's Wish Signature Creation {caramel apple ice cream with chocolate shavings, graham cracker pie crust, and apple pie filling}. Yum!

3. FREE 8x10 photo collage print at Walgreens, using coupon code FBCOLL. Expires 10/1.

4. More Pampers Gifts to Grow points! 10 points with code PUNTOSPARAMI123

5. Get another FREE sample of the Shout Color Catcher here. That means I have TWO coming to me in the mail. Woohoo!

6. Great coupons for Benedryl products here. {$1.50 off one item or $4 off 2 items}.

7. $5 off a $15 purchase at T.G.I.Fridays with this coupon.

8. Send a FREE mini pack of Kleenex to a friend here.

9. FREE sample of Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection toothpaste here {you have to answer a 2 question survey, and if it doesn't determine that you're at risk for gingivitis, you get to sign up for a FREE sample of Crest with Scope Outlast instead}. Hey, free toothpaste is free toothpaste!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Owen was welcomed into the Catholic Church last Sunday. It was a really lovely day even though our guests had to dine on the cheesy potatoes I burned in the roaster! God Bless our little guy!

Cute hat!

I've been a slacker - sorry!

We just got this cute hat for Isaac in the mail today {and so glad I got it while the Baby Sale was going on!}. I want it to get a little colder so he can wear it! :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


It's no secret that Blake really likes garden gnomes. So, imagine his disappointment when Target didn't have this costume in stock in Isaac's size for Halloween this year. He'd happily wear one himself if they made an adult-sized version.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Library kid

Yesterday, we took Isaac to the library and signed him up for his own library card. He loved the space, let me read a few books to him, and then he started taking random books off of the shelves and creating a big mess, at which point we packed him up, rented our books, and got out of there. That was just a disaster waiting to happen!

Some pictures of him behaving {we didn't take any of the mis-behaving. I only want to remember the perfect little angel!}:

He loves the Cat in the Hat!

Asian baby?

The other day, I looked at Owen napping in the swing and thought, "Wow, he looks really Asian right now."

Tell me it's not my imagination!

Thursday Deals - 9/16/10

Owen had his first crying spell during my normal Thursday deals blogging time last night {sad, right? I have blogging time!}. But, here they are, just a little late. :)

1. Save 20% at GAP just by using your Visa card with this coupon. Sweet! I'd like this nice pair of skinny jeans. Now, if only I could get them on sale + 20% off.

2. 30% off any single item at Old Navy with this coupon. It says Baby Sale on it, but the small print doesn't mention anything about applying to baby purchases only, so maybe someone can try it out on a non-baby item? Expires 9/23.

3. FREE sample of Wisk laundry detergent here. It's from Costco but you don't have to be a member to get it! :)

4. FREE sample of the new Quaker Life Soft Baked Bars here. The banana nut flavor was gone when I registered, but the Cinnamon roll raisin pecan is still available!

5. FREE tub of Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes and a FREE Cottonelle Easy Reach Hanger here. You have to share it with a friend via e-mail, but hey - Free is Free, right? :) {I also laughed at the address of the website. Actually, I'm still laughing about it.}

Monday, September 13, 2010

2 weeks

In about a half hour, Owen will officially be 2 weeks old {sheesh, where did that time go?} . Here's what he's doing on this big day:

1. Sleeping
2. Eating
3. Sleeping
4. Rocking out his first pair of Baby Legs
5. Taking head-butt style kisses from his big brother like a champion
6. Giving me those cute little baby smiles!
7. Eating some more
8. Fussing
9. Pooping and peeing
10. Sitting in his bouncy chair
11. More sleeping

Some pictures below of his daily activities. Sounds like a rough day, right?

Looking innocent before giving Owen a "kiss"

Can you see that little baby smile?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Becoming Mom

I'm not new to this mom thing. I did it with Isaac. But learning to juggle two of them has been interesting. Of course, I don't remember every little thing about having a newborn, but the hardest part for me is dividing my time between my two little boys. Most days, I don't think I do a terrible job. I know Owen only needs me to eat, cuddle, etc. but he still spends most of his time sleeping, which makes spending time with Isaac easy. However, Isaac has noticed that I'm taking just a little bit of his time, and has been relentless with his whining, tantrum throwing, and all out crying. His demands aren't much, "mommy, rock you; mommy, hold you; mommy, lay by you" but they are all things he wants done when Owen is screaming his head off. It makes me feel bad to watch him struggling to come to terms with what just happened to his life {thanks preg-o hormones}, but I know someday they will be the best of friends and someday Isaac will be too busy playing with Owen to give Mommy the time of day {which, by the way, sometimes makes me feel even WORSE for not being able to hold him or rock him...I know he won't want that forever either!}.

There is no question that Isaac loves his little brother. He proudly announces his name to others, cuddles, and kisses him, but he just doesn't understand why mommy has to be shared. Here's hoping he learns soon, because it has really been a challenge for my big mommy heart.

Friday, September 10, 2010


I got this 3-piece outfit on clearance at Target for about $3. Do you think it's because of the typo? Or, is it really even a typo? I think it can be written both ways, but I was always taught, "programmed." Anyone want to take a guess where it was made? :P At least Owen has no problem making it look good! :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thursday Deals - 9/9/2010

1. Get a FREE Wendy's Artisan Breakfast Sandwich with any purchase using this coupon! Good during breakfast hours.

2. FREE Harley Davidson Poster. Great for your Harley loving family members! ;-) Get yours here.

3. Complete this short survey and receive a FREE sample pack of Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay or Cascade Complete All-in-1.

4. More Pampers Gift to Grow points {10 of them!} with code LABORDAYFB92010, and get 10 more with code Sepfacebook2010

5. Now through Sept. 11, 2010, get FREE Shipping at Snapfish with code FREELDSHIP! I have to get some pictures ordered!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

23 months

I can hardly believe Isaac is 23 months old today! The wheels have been turning on what to do for his 2nd birthday. I think I've come up with something he's going to LOVE! He continues to be our little chatterbox, and my favorite: every night as he's going to sleep, he sings "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

A lot of changes for our little guy this month; most significantly, becoming a big brother! It has been a huge adjustment for him, but I think he's handling it pretty well, and often refers to himself as the big brother. I know someday, Isaac and Owen will be the best of friends!

Happy 23 months little man! We love you!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thursday Deals - 9/2/2010

1. FREE appetizer with the purchase of any entree from 4 - 9 p.m. at T.G.I.Fridays with this coupon. Expires 9/8/10

2. FREE sample of Pampers with Dry Max from Sam's Club - now open to non-members. I'm sure any of you diaperers out there have heard the negative PR of the new Dry Max diapers. We mostly cloth but do continue to use Pampers without a problem.

3. Great deal on HP ink cartridges at Amazon through Saturday, 9/4. Get $10 off a purchase of $40 or more of HP Ink, and if you spend more than $25, you get FREE super saver shipping. Bonus, no tax. :)

4. Save $5 off 5 Kraft Cheese or Dairy products with this coupon.

5. FREE Sample of Shout Color Catcher here. Supposedly, these sheets capture dyes in your laundry so you don't even have to sort. Hmmm....

6. Pampers Gifts To Grow 20 FREE points with code: HangOn2Summer20

7. FREE sample of Kashi Cereal Bar, Granola Bar, or Crackers here.