Thursday, January 22, 2009

Music to my ears

This is my 2nd post of the day.

(To me, Vance looks grown up in this photo. He was watching a video with Samuel on Jan. 14, 2009.)

On Inauguration Day, Vance broke out his first word, "Mama". I couldn't have been happier to hear him say it since Samuel's first word was "Dada". It was my turn, right? Of course, I realize that he doesn't understand what it means, but it is music to my ears and makes me smile every time. He says it all day long. So cute... In fact, today he woke up from his morning nap saying it. I sure love him and can't wait to hear what his next word will be.

Missing my baby...

Technically Samuel isn't a baby, but he's still my baby. My mom and dad took him to their house for a week. I am missing him like crazy, and he just left this morning... I am sure I will be busy packing and moving, but I still will miss that precious child. This is a picture I took of my boys last week. Miss you, Samuel!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Won't you come with me on a 60 mile walk?

First and foremost, I know I am not athletic or in shape, so laugh now and then read... In honor of my Aunt Jo Anne, who is a breast cancer survivor, I am considering participating in the Breast Cancer 3 Day. I am writing this to see if I could find someone to be my partner for this walk (or a team if I can find more than 1 person). I know that 60 miles might be overwhelming, but it is over the course of 3 days (Oct. 23-25) and no running is involved. I am not in shape and don't pretend to be, but I am willing to train for this event.

If you want more information, go to I just read a lot there and watched a video. If it seems like something you too are interested in, let me know. Maybe we can make a difference together in the fight against breast cancer.

Diapers and baby food

Talk about a deal... I was at Kroger last night on a search for prunes (very hard to find) for dear Vance when I saw that the diapers were not only on sale for $6.49, but they also had $3 off stickers on them. You just peel the sticker and use it like a coupon. That means that I got diapers for $3.49 plus tax. I bought one package since I am not familiar with Kroger diapers, but once I try them, I plan on going back to buy more. Heck, at that price who cares how great they are. After all, I could use them if he's about to eat since that will mean a diaper change in the near future. I guess I should have thought of that before I left the store.

Oh, and my diaper study diapers came. I imagine they're off brand, but I don't know which store. I will start with them tomorrow and see how it goes. I don't love the idea of using them overnight since Vance gets a bottle at bedtime, but I guess I will just follow the directions and use them 24/7. He will go through them in 2 days since there are only 18 diapers in the pack.

By the way, if you make baby food, would you give me some suggestions for frugal veggies and fruits? Pears were much too expensive, and I can't find sweet potatoes under $1 now. I don't want to make food if I'm not saving any money, so I would love some ideas. Oh, and bananas and applesauce are out because he's always got constipation issues and seems to get gas from applesauce. Here I thought I could give him applesauce everyday to save him money. Oh well.

Off to continue packing. We are now covered up in boxes. Here are a few photos from earlier today.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Praying for a Tenant on a Sunday morning

This morning I am home from church and watching the kids because Jeremy isn't feeling great. I actually expected to go to church with Samuel, but since Jeremy still hasn't gotten out of bed, I feel like I should stay here. I am finding it harder and harder to get to church with 2 kids and 2 adults; it seems like someone is always sick. Last week I took Samuel and Jeremy stayed home with Vance since Vance had been sick a few days before, and I didn't want to risk him catching something else in the nursery.

This morning is a good chance for me to catch up on some things I have been meaning to do and haven't. I've got the washer running, which I need to do everyday, but I skipped yesterday... I have Vance down for a nap, and Samuel is in the room with me watching Scholastic books on video- a short 20 minute video that includes his favorite book- Click Clack Moo. I'm on the couch and just finished a Craigslist ad for this house (our 2nd ad this month). I'm in prayer that someone will rent it between now and when we move because we really could use our deposit for our emergency fund. I'm praying for the Lord to bring someone soon.

Ok. Samuel's video is over, and I need to get him a snack

Friday, January 16, 2009

Five Things I Love Friday

Ok. I am borrowing this idea from a good friend, Lora.

Five Things I Love Friday:

1. small indoor heaters (I would freeze without mine in this drafty house.)
2. Vance's laugh (He has a belly laugh that I love!)
3. Samuel's love of books (That boy is loving the library these days and the library of books we have at home.)
4. Jeremy's dedication to our family (He works so hard to keep me home with the boys.)
5. Walgreens diapers (They are so cheap that they have made a way for me to avoid the work of cloth diapers!)

Have a wonderful day and a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Diaper Study for Size 4

If your baby or toddler wears a Size 4 diaper, Arquest is conducting diaper studies. They are looking for 200 people to participate. Not only do you get about 20 free diapers, but you also get a check for $10 when you're done. I found them by doing a Google search because Vance just went up to a Size 4 diapers, and I knew Size 4 was a popular size for studies. It's not local, so they will ship the diapers to you via UPS. Here is the contact info.: 1-888-342-7372 Ext. 634 for boys and Ext. 646 for girls. If you have a boy you will be talking to Sheila. If you have a girl, I am not sure who you are talking to. I had to just leave a message when I called, and then I heard back from Sheila.

Act quickly. She said that they wanted to get 200 people by Friday (1/16). If you read this after Friday, I would still call though. They might still need people.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sick but thankful for Publix

Yesterday afternoon once Jeremy got home from work, I headed to the local urgent care since I don't have a doctor here yet and felt like I needed an antibiotic. It turns out that I have a sinus infection, which is exactly what I expected. The doctor's bill was high since we have a $5000 deductible and no co-pay, but I was so relieved when the doctor told me that Publix offers free antibiotics. Yes, you read right. FREE. I quickly took my prescription over there and got 14 days of antibiotic without spending a dime. Thank you, Publix!