Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble, Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

I am thankful for many things - and if you are reading this blog, it is likely that I am thankful for y-o-u! Or, maybe not. But you probably know either way. :)

Last night in typical Talicska holiday tradition, we saw a movie - Four Christmases. I recommend it to all - so, so good!

I'm currently blogging from the couch. Dad's making stuffing in the kitchen. Kelli's going crazy somewhere. Mom's reading the sale papers. It's a perfect morning.

We have quite the crowd coming today. Our whole family plus Gma T., Gpa N., Susan and John. 11 in all. I'm sure my Monday morning recap will be entertaining, if nothing else.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hump Day, Bump Day!

Greetings, faithful Wednesday readers!

Today I'm blogging from my childhood home - WIP is very snuggly hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa T. :) Mom, Kelli, Jill and I are about to embark on a shopping extravaganza, so I must keep it short and sweet today. Here's the bump at Week 19:

"Congratulations, Kristi! You're 19 Weeks Pregnant. Your baby measures about 5.2 to 6 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 7 ounces. The baby's skin is developing and is transparent, appearing red because of the visible blood vessels. A creamy white protective coating, called vernix, is also developing. As your baby continues to grow, you may be feeling some mid-pregnancy aches and pains -- lower abdominal achiness, dizziness, heartburn, constipation, leg cramps, mild swelling of ankles and feet, and a backache are all normal. Dilated blood vessels might cause tiny, temporary red marks (called spider nevi) on your face, shoulders and arms."

Week 19 sounds joyful, eh?

Happy Hump Day! And to those of you planning to go out and enjoy the biggest bar night of the year, have one for me!

Tomorrow's THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pregnant Women Like to Shop, Too!

As if!

I'm pretty sure that 92.367% of my readers aren't pregnant women, but for the 7.633% that might be, I thought I would share a few of my best finds. These aren't necessarily deals (though I encourage you to find coupons - I rarely shop without them!) but they are priced right and you're guaranteed to get the most bang for your buck.

The basics:
Tank tops/camis. H&M's "long" variety are are GREAT! Not only are they long enough to cover the tum-tum, they are priced right at about $8 each - and you can wear them all the time! (Mine are actually from my pre-prego days.)

Underros. For some reason both Joe and I both get the Victoria's Secret "Free Panty + $10 off any bra" coupons in the mail from time to time. I've started using them to get low rise bikinis in a size larger than I normally wear. Stocking up slowly on these bad boys...and for free!

Sweatpants. Steal them from your husband. If he complains, use the "But I'm preeeeeegnannnnnnnnt" excuse. Works like a charm. Also see if you can scam a footrub while you're at it.

Jeans. I can actually still rock my regular jeans with the BellaBand, but am getting closer to busting out my prego jeans. I have a full-panel pair from Old Navy and a wide-band pair from Motherhood...both were priced around $30 and are actually really, really cute. I'm not a fan of the way Target's jeans fit. They are really narrow at the ankle...which my cankles are NOT cool with!

Dress Pants. Since I have to dress up every day for work, dress pants were actually the first investment I made. Target's UTB (Under-The-Belly) dress pants come in grey, black and brown and are uber comfy. They have side elastic bands that you can adjust as you get bigger. I'm currently on button #3. :) The price isn't bad, either - especially if you work out the "spend $50, get free shipping" deal. They wash up great and don't need ironing. Woot!

Casual. Old Navy's long sleeve maternity tees are great! They come in every color under the rainbow and are nice and long. Plus, if you snag some during the 2-for deal days (almost all the time), they are cheap, cheap! These fleece tops (not maternity!) are also only $15 and are comfy-cozy.

Dress. As odd as it sounds, I've found some of the cutest tops at Kohl's! Their ELLE line (not maternity!) has a lot of really flowy tops with the wide bands at the bottom in some really great colors for fall. And Kohl's always has extra coupons or deals...just make sure everything scans right at the register. They've screwed up my purchases more than once!

Night on the Town:
Dresses. Both Motherhood and Target have some really trendy and cute options for winter. I've scored this and this - and like them both because they specifically do not look like "pregnant girl" dresses. You know, the deep v-neck, empire waist, flowery patterned ones. Gag me.

That's a good start for now. I'm sure this list will all change as I continue to expand. :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Seth & Amy (and Kristi!) With Your Weekend Update.

I love SNL. If only Amy hadn't had a baby, left the show, and been replaced by not one, but TWO un-funny women. And I won't even talk about how much I miss Tina Fey. Le sigh.

I digress...what a weekend! We celebrated lots of birthdays - most notably, Michael Johnson who is *cough* 25 and holding. :) And Miss Melinda's birth was also celebrated, but as I fell asleep on the way, we sadly did not attend. The FB pics looks like it was a good time, though!

Saturday was a l-a-z-y day. I slept in to an hour I'm ashamed to admit and did nothing but watch football, sleep, eat and fold laundry all day. It was awesome.

Sunday marked the beginning of our Thanksgiving family celebrations. We went over to Susan's (mother-in-law) and were joined by Uncle Don, Aunt Delores, Jack, Mickey, John, Tommy and Dana. WIP got a lot of attention...and so did Mommy's belly! John joked that WIP was swimming around in a belly full of gravy saying, "Thank you, Mommy!" (Probably not far from the truth.)

Aside from the delicious heaps of food (we literally could have fed 50 people), the highlight of my afternoon was a very special gift that WIP received from Great Aunt Sharon.

Ohmigosh isn't it the CUTEST thing you've ever seen? She made it! I cried when I opened it - it's the most precious little sweater I've ever seen. And the BUTTONS! Oh! The whole set is just perfect. Thank you so very much Aunt Sharon - WIP will be so snuggly warm and wrapped in lots and lots of love.

In Christmas-obsession news, a few of our neighbors have up their indoor trees AND outdoor decorations. T minus 1 week, people!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Better Than Wine.

I have a confession to make: the other night Joe and I went to Kona Grill for dinner. They have an ah-may-zhing happy hour menu, so we like to take advantage of it from time to time for a cheap, fancy-ish dinner.

Their Merlot was the wine special of the evening, and as I ordered my H2O with a splash of lime on the rocks, Joey ordered himself a delicious glass of red wine goodness. I was honest-to-goodness salivating when the waitress put it on our table. (Add this to the fact that it was 20 degrees out and I was wearing flip-flops with my work outfit due to a recent pedicure, and I'm 98% sure she thought I was a total nutjob.)

Anyway, I've never in my life wanted anything more. I would have cut off a limb to get bottle service at our table. And let it be known - I'm no drunk! I just really, really, really like wine. (Not a very good argument, huh?) So I sniffed up the glorious aromas and had the teeny tinest of sips. It's so good when it touches the lips!

I know a lot of doctors (and women) will tell me that the "occasional glass" is "totally fine." And I don't disagree, but there is a proven risk factor there...even if it's minuscule. And, quite frankly, it's not something I am willing to risk. I'm sure that makes me an anomaly to some - the girl who's not willing to read pregnancy books to learn everything she can about babies/pregnancy, but is totally willing to give up wine, coffee, tanning, etc. I'm ok with that - to each his own. :)

Alas, I've found a nearly suitable drink to bide my time over the next 5 months: the salted caramel hot chocolate from Starbuckies. It. Is. So. Deliciously. Delicious. (Shield yourself from the nutritionals.) Seriously, you need to get in your car and drive to the nearest SB (I recommend one w/ a I've said before, I'm lazy) and get yo-self one. I'm sipping one at this exact moment and it's pure bliss. Le sigh.

The even BETTER news is that right about the time Starbuckies will discontinue this delectable holiday treat (tear), McDonald's will have their Shamrock Shake back on the menu (joy!). Baby WIP's timing could not be any better...I love you, little one. Thank you for gifting mommy with all these treats and just at the right time!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Argh. It's exactly one week to the day since my "Respect the Turkey" post, and I already have bad news to report: the cube decorating contest has been squashed by the HR scrooges. Apparently, our company employees people of all religions (um, duh) and to capitalize on Christmas would be inappropriate. WHAT? Are you kidding me? I purposely called it a "holiday" contest to be sensitive to that exact issue. It's not like I wanted to plop a manger in my office!

Instead, we're allowed to have an "end of year" party with cookies, coffee and hot chocolate. Lame. I'm considering going balls-out decorating my cube, anyway. At the very least, I'll put up my tree with some fake little presents. And those giant 3-D snowflakes hanging from the ceiling? Yeah, I'm making 10. I might even wear an elf hat. So boo to you, scrooges of the HR world!

In WIP-related news, my mom and I did some hardcore shopping over the weekend and I discovered a secret, hidden treasure in Somerset Mall! You see, they have a Mimi Maternity store, but I always refused to go in there because it's far too expensive. I mean, if I didn't want to pay $170 for an ugly cardigan before I was preggo, what makes you think that price is any more attractive when I am?

We decided to go in and look just for fun and much to my elation, the BACK of the store is Motherhood, the cheaper (and much more practical) version of Mimi Maternity! Woot! I scored this turtleneck (which I'm actually wearing right now) and mom bought me this sweater as a Thanksgiving treat. Love it!

The only question that remains: why would any woman in her right mind pay $118 for a pair of jeans when she can take 20 steps to the back of the store and get the same, exact pair for $48? The Secret Fit jeans are seriously identical to one another under both brands - only the price is different. I'm just sayin' that I can probably drop the $70 difference on a pair of shoes that I can wear 9 months of style? Please. I suppose it could also go into WIP's college fund. You know, whatev. :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hump Day, Bump Day!

Ahhh, week 18. I'm now just 2 weeks shy of the halfway point, which is so terribly hard to believe. Time is flying by, yet moving at the speed of molasses at the same time. How can that be?

Here's a look at my ever-growing self. Today you get a special treat - me with a shirt on! (That sounds worse than it really is, doesn't it?)

"Congratulations, Kristi! You're 18 Weeks Pregnant. Your baby measures 5 to 5.6 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 5.25 ounces. The rapid growth spurt is tapering off, but reflexes are kicking in. He can yawn, stretch and make facial expressions, even frown. Taste buds are beginning to develop and he can now distinguish sweet from bitter. The baby can suck and swallow, and he may even get the hiccups. The eyes have become sensitive to light, so if a bright light is shined on your belly, baby will probably turn away. Your uterus, about the size of a cantaloupe, can be felt just below your navel. You're most likely feeling the baby move at this time. A mid-pregnancy ultrasound may be performed between now and 22 weeks to assess your baby's growth and development and to verify the due date. If the baby is in the right position, the ultrasound may even be able to determine the baby's sex."

I'm really starting to feel better and am so thankful for that! The headaches and evening death wishes have passed, but extreme heartburn has taken over. Soon, it won't even be worth it to eat my precious chips 'n salsa. A sad day, indeed. I'm pretty sure I haven't felt WIP move yet, but I'm told that it's hard to tell the difference between other pregnancy ailments (read: gas) and baby's movements this early.

I'm so looking forward to Thanksgiving and spending time with family. I think the most exciting part is that I don't have to pack my Thanksgiving "fat pants." Maternity pants will do the trick!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

WIP's a Very Popular Little Girl/Boy

As of this morning, WIP's blog has had over 1,100 visitors since our first post on Oct. 16. Not bad for just a little over a month of activity! :) And, I'm pleased to report that as a result of my expert stalking abilities, we have visitors from all over the country, including:
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Arizona
  • Wisconsin
  • North Carolina
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Indiana
  • Pennsylvania
  • Orgeon
  • Florida
  • Connecticut (a.k.a. Columbus and/or Cleveland...right, David?) :)
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland

WOW! I can definitely figure out some of the non-Michiganders. Hello to Mark, Katy, Kristi & Charles, David, Lindsay & Mike, Julie & Paul (and Charlie!), Aunt Teresa, Jen, Brooke & Justin (Trace & baby #2, too!)...but some of the others befuddle me. Well, whoever you are, welcome to our blog and I hope you come back often. I've got lots to say!

Monday, November 17, 2008

WIP Gets a New Auntie!

WOO HOO!! What a weekend! I'm happy to announce to the blogosphere that Kyle proposed to Jill on Friday night (debatably very early Saturday morning) and she said yes! It was the perfect evening - he brought her family in from the West side of the state and Kelli, Joe, Mom, Dad and I were all there, too. Mom had chocolates made that said "Kyle & Jill" that were a big hit - especially with Joe. If you're wondering why he's noticeably absent in all the pics it's most likely because he was hiding in the back of the church eating all the goodies. :)

As an uber proud big sister, I'm also happy to report that Kyle did a BANG UP job with the ring. Things were so crazy I didn't even think to get a picture of just the ring, but I'll try to get one soon. As a general idea, it's an oval center stone surrounded by two rows of swirly pave-style diamonds. Um, yeah. It's awesome.

The mayhem after:

Some family pics:

So, Auntie Jill - welcome to our crazy little family! We love you so much and are so excited to add one more to the bunch.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Miracle of the Moment.

Today I've decided to get a bit sappy. Forgive me, it's the hormones. Ask anyone in my family - I'm usually quite snarky.

Anyway, I was jamming to my iPod yesterday, trying my darndest to avoid the real world (read: work, chores, to-do lists, etc.) and Steven Curtis Chapman helped to snap me out of my trance. His song "Miracle of the Moment" was ringing in my ears and the chorus really caught my attention. Mind you, I've listened to this song approximately 82 billion times on other occasions, but this time was somehow different.

The chorus goes a little somethin' like this:
So breathe it in and breathe it out
Listen to your heartbeat
There’s a wonder in the here and now
It’s right there in front of you
And I don’t want you to miss
The miracle of the moment

That line - there's a wonder in the here and now - really jostled me. (Ok, I really just wanted an excuse to use the word 'jostled'.) I mean, how often are we just buzzing about our days, trying to clean the house, get the groceries, cash the paycheck, pay the bills...and we're forgetting to stop and see the miracle of the moment that God is putting right in front of us? It's kinda like the "stop and smell the roses" cliche, but instead of just sniffing a weird little flower, you actually take a moment to thank God for creating that rose, giving it the ability to grow and multiply and for using it to make His Earth a little more beautiful. See the difference?

Today I'm remembering to thank God for all my "miracles of the moment." Most notably, my husband, my WIP, my family, my friends, my job and my health. But aside from all those big, obvious things, there's little things in my every day life that I'm so, so thankful take a moment in your busy day today and be thankful for one of your miracles of the moment.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Respect the Turkey.

Ok - I realize from the title of this post that you may think I'm a proponent of respecting Mr. Turkey and his ever-popular Thanksgiving holiday. Weeeeeeeell, you would be big time wrong-o.

You see, I'm of the mindset that the Christmas season should start the second Halloween is over. I'm itching to put up my tree as I close the door on the last little munchkin at my doorstep and turn off the porch light. And I KNOW there are bajillions of people out there that disagree with me, but I just can't help it. I. Love. Christmas.

Big shocker: I'm on the "party planning" committee at work. (Eerily similar to "The Office" team, honest.) We had our big Thanksgiving potluck lunch yesterday, though we had to call it "Fall Fest" to make HR happy. Anyway, it was very successful and we're already making plans for the next event. And when the crew told me that they want to do a cube decorating contest for December I almost peed my pants.

It honestly kept me up all night. I have literally played every scenario and option out in my head. If I could draw, I would already have my blueprints ready to rock. I envision a sea of Christmas wonderland - garland, lights, my mini hot pink tree, little fake presents - it will be puketastic. I will blare Christmas music so the 2nd floor hears it. I will hang snowflakes from the ceiling. I will cover the ground in white felt and pretend it's snow. It's going to blow your mind.

However, out of respect for the turkey and my husband, I will not flick the Christmas switch until Dec. 1. But beware - I will be preparing in the meantime!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hump Day, Bump Day!

Well, lucky Wednesday readers, I thought today's post was going to have to be later tonight because Joe left super early for work and I just didn't have the energy to get out of bed for a picture before he left. However, modern technology and my quick thinking allowed me to prop the camera up on the couch and use the self-timer! So, it's not the greatest pic in the world, but it gets the job done.

Fit Pregnancy had this to say about Week 17:

"Congratulations, Kristi! You're 17 Weeks Pregnant. Your baby measures about 4.4 to 4.8 inches from crown to rump and has doubled its weight in the last two weeks to about 3.5 ounces. Fat begins to form aiding heat production and metabolism, the lungs are beginning to exhale amniotic fluid, and the circulatory and urinary systems are working. Hair continues to grow on baby's head and his eyebrows and eyelashes are filling in. You're showing more, with an obvious swelling in your lower abdomen. A five- to 10-pound weight gain is typical by now. You also may be noticing an increase in appetite."

I am very pleased to report that I fall right in the middle of the weight gain, at 6 lbs. Joe is still anxiously waiting for my ice cream cravings to start, but for now I'm lovin' the mashed potatoes. Sometimes even TBCY doesn't sound good, which is sooooo abnormal. I seriously don't know what we will do if our child doesn't like ice cream. Is there therapy for that? I keed, I keed.

In other news, I can now thank Facebook stalking for not one, but TWO faithful followers of this blog. Seriously, what did we do when internet stalking wasn't cinchy?

Enjoy your hump day - it's potluck day at work so I'm JAZZED! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday Funnies.

Oooohhh how I love my husband. He's honestly the most adorable guy on earth. From his daily made up songs to his insane obsession with football, I love every single part of his madness. That said, he's probably going to be really fake mad at me for posting the following story.

I was brushing my teeth on Sunday night, getting ready for bed. I have a little nightly ritual where I take my prenatal vitamin before I brush my teeth and set my Thyroid medicine out on the counter to remember to take in in the morning. Well, as I was brushing my teeth, I remembered that I forgot to take my vitamin. Since Joe was in the kitchen, I hollered to him and asked if he would get it out for me and set my other medicine out on the counter.

A minute or so later, I went in the kitchen to take my vitamin, which I expected to be sitting on the counter next to a glass of water (like I said, he's the best). Anyway, Joe was still in the kitchen and had the vitamin in his hand and was in the process of filling up the glass of water.

No sooner had I opened my mouth to thank him for his help, he was popping the vitamin in his mouth and SWALLOWED IT. I was stunned for a second and asked, "Um, did you just take my vitamin?"

He spit out the water that was left in his mouth, but the vitamin had already begun its dark descent into the depth of his belly. Whoopsie! We then both proceeded to laugh for the better part of four minutes about how he accidentally totally took a prenatal vitamin.

"It was habit!" he swears. "I was filling a glass of water and had a pill in my hand, so I just took it not thinking."

Seriously, we laughed about it for the rest of the night. I still giggle when I imagine the look on his face when he realized what he did. Kills. Me.

Now he's complaining on and on about sore nipples and feeling extra emotional. Go fig.

Today is Veteran's Day. Be sure to take a moment to honor all soliders - both past and present - and thank them for all they have done and continue to do for this great country.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Our Little Baby Bronco


Yes, friends. That is the FINAL score of the WMU Broncos vs. the Fighting Illini game, which took place on Saturday at Ford Field. I know, right? The running joke of the day was that it was the first time the home team has won there in a loooooong time. :)

It was an awesome game shared with a super fun group of people, albeit a bit...enthusiastic. John Lee, our fearless leader, even managed to swing us FREE tickets...AFTER we paid him for the ones he had already purchased. WIP enjoyed his/her first experience as a Bronco with a delicious, delicious soft pretzel with cheese and some popcorn. Yum-o! Add them to my "good" list!

WIP even let everyone know that (s)he's a future 'lil Bronco:

My shirt says "Baby Bronco on board!" And see the BMB in the background? Oh, how I love them.

And simply because I'm addicited to video blogs now, a Bronco entrance:

A Bronco touchdown:


Friday, November 7, 2008

Michael Phelps Ain't Got Nothin' on WIP!

Today was our 2nd trimester checkup. They ran my thyroid bloodwork again and we got to hear the heartbeat! It's seriously the coolest, best noise on Earth - it's like Christmas every time we hear it. I thought it would be fun to record it so everyone can hear our little WIP's strong heartbeat - in the 150s!! The video is only about 12 seconds long but you can clearly hear the thumping. And if you listen really carefully, every time you hear a "crack" (or a sound like someone's whacking a live microphone) is when WIP is moving! The nurse said we've got a real mover and shaker...oh boy! (or girl!) :)

Note - be sure to hit "pause" on the music player at the bottom of the screen so you can hear the video!

Exciting, right? And special thanks to my ridiculously good looking cameraman, Daddy Joe. :)

The best news EVER is that our next ultrasound is scheduled for Monday, December 8 (day after my birthday - woot!). If WIP is cooperative we will know the sex then, too! I'm debating keeping it a secret until Christmas but I honestly don't think I can last that long.

Let's take a poll - who thinks boy? Who thinks girl? Leave your comments on this post or email me at

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Good, the Bad and the Delicious.

A lot of people ask me what I've been craving, avoiding, etc. So, I thought I would dedicate a post to it. Honestly, I could probably type forever on the subject, so to keep me in check I shall do it Dave Letterman style with a Top 10.

The good:

  1. Applesauce
  2. Peaches (canned, whole, etc.)
  3. Mashed potatoes (especially of the cheap, instant variety!)
  4. Frosted Mini Wheats
  5. Tuna (NOT a fan pre-pregnancy)
  6. McDonald's hamburgers
  7. Bananas
  8. Fruit by the Foot
  9. Egg noodles (cooked, obviously)
  10. Waffles w/ delicious, delicious syrup
The bad:

  1. Subway (hard to even type it without vomming)
  2. Cheese, any variety
  3. The smell of Joe's body wash (poor guy)
  4. Chicken is getting harder to eat. I can still stomach it, though.
  5. Salads (I promise that WIP's getting all required nutrients, though!)
  6. The smell of re-heated Indian food
  7. Scrambled eggs
  8. The smelly and gross Thai food Roger sometimes orders for lunch (very different from #6, I assure you)
  9. Butternut squash soup
  10. Taco bell "meat," any variety

The delicious:

  1. My amazing husband, who gives me glorious backrubs and no longer uses his body wash (he's still clean, I promise!)
  2. 100.3 FM for playing Christmas music ALREADY!!! Woo hoo!!
  3. Maternity pants. I honestly might wear them forevermore.
  4. Mid-day naps
  5. Ridiculous deals on baby furniture
  6. Birthday bootcamp...hinty hintington...we're only 5 weeks away!
  8. Hearing WIP's heartbeat
  9. Visits to the dentist (I know it might make me sadistic, but I LOVE the dentist)
  10. The umbrella excuse for when I don't want to do something - "But I'm pregnant!"
As you can tell, my "good" list resembles the diet of someone in a geriatric facility without teeth or a sense of smell. I'm not too proud - I'm ok with it. :) As a disclaimer, this list is subject to change without notice. Tomorrow I might want a footlong Cold Cut Combo with extra cheese!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hump Day, Bump Day!

Greetings, faithful Hump Day readers! WIP's been growing, that's for sure! Some sources say I will start feeling the "flutters" soon, but either I'm not very discerning or WIP's not fluttering yet, because the only thing I'm feeling these days is a full bladder and some killer heartburn. I'm sure my love of Mexican food doesn't really help me in that department, but you can't ask me to give up my fajitas! :)

Fit Pregnancy had this to say about Week 16, which starts today:

"Congratulations, Kristi! You're 16 Weeks Pregnant. Your baby now measures about 4.3 to 4.6 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 2.8 ounces. Fingernails are well-formed and the fine hair, called lanugo, continues to grow on the head. Arms and legs are moving, the nervous system is functioning and muscles are responding to stimulation from your baby's brain. You may be able to hear the baby's heartbeat in the doctor's office. Your uterus has grown significantly by now and weighs about 8.75 ounces. Within the next few weeks you may start to feel your baby move, called "quickening." It's often described as a gas bubble or subtle fluttering movement. As it happens more regularly, you'll know it's your baby. There are other physiological changes happening in your body. Increased blood volume to support your growing fetus may cause nosebleeds, and veins may become more apparent. Because your uterus is shifting, you may not have to urinate as much."

For what it's worth, my uterus isn't "shifting" yet. Or, at least I'm not experiencing the bonus effects of said shift.

Seriously - can you believe that belly button? It's ridic! ...but those pants...those are nice! :)

In related baby news, my friend Jackie had her baby yesterday - Leighton Elise. She's a little peanut - 5 lbs. 4.5 oz. and 19.5" long. She's a cutie and both mom and baby are doing well. I can't wait to hold her!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bargains and Bargains and Bargains Galore!

I have a confession to make: I love a deal. I seriously cannot resist them. I love, love, love coupons, discounts, sales, get the gist. When purchasing things online, I will Google for hours to find checkout codes for free shipping, discounts or extra freebies and usually won't buy something if I can't find a deal on it. It's an addiction, I understand. But it's also an addiction that saves us hundreds and hundreds of dollars a year - so Joe tends to indulge me. :)

Today I am so jazzed to share some of my bargains. Some were blessings and others are plain and simply the result of some serious hunting on my part. Either way, I'm elated.

Item #1: WIP's Halloween custome for next year! :) (S)he's going to be a pea pod! How can you not love it? $14.99 at Target - but I got in on the 50% off Halloween sale. TOTAL: $7.50!!

Item #2: Starbucks tall decaf coffee. Totally free for voting. I'm still sippin' the goodness as I blog. Shoulda set me back $1.40. An extra bonus: I got it in a holiday cup. (Christmas obsession blog coming soon.) TOTAL: FREE!!

Item #3: A glider for WIP! Well, technically it's for anyone holding WIP, but you get my point. It's for the nursery. I about DIED when I went into Babies 'R Us and saw them retailing for $400 or more! So, I started doing some digging on Craigslist and found some really great deals on used ones. Then, lo and behold, I found one NEW in Troy for $100! It was at a place called the Troy Merchandise Mall, a big warehouse where retailers send all their out of stock or last season stuff. Kinda like a Marshalls or T.J. Maxx, only way less organized (if you can believe it). Anyway, we went to check it out and managed to talk the guy down $10! We looked online and the same rocker retails for around $200 and got great reviews (which you all know Joe loves). TOTAL: $90!!

Item #4: Delicious doughnut/donut from Krispy Kreme. Again, an "I Voted!" freebie. Would have cost $2.95 on any other day. Suckers! TOTAL: FREE!!

Items #5 & #6: This is the "blessing" part of the post. I didn't do any googling or sleuthing to get this deal - it just fell into our laps and we are so, so thankful. A wonderful friend and coworker of ours is ready to put his youngest into his "big boy" bed and offered us their crib AND changing a gift! Needless to say, we are elated. They will be perfect for WIP's room - and unlike the IKEA set we were originally going to get, they won't cost a dime! More money for the college fund! Plus, they (intentionally) match the glider we got today. (Note: the pics are of the crib still set up in their house.)

All in all, I'm super pleased with our bargains. I'm still on the hunt for an armoire and dresser - so stay tuned for more bargains - KVW style! :)

And, if you haven't yet - GO VOTE!

Monday, November 3, 2008

2 Brains ARE Better Than One!

Woo hoo!

I totally figured out how to get some tunes on the blog! It's on random/shuffle, so you should get a new song every time you log in. Ooooh I'm loving it!

For what it's worth, "I Loved You Then" (the song I blogged about a week or so ago) is on the playlist - have a listen! Just scroll to the bottom of the blog to see the playlist and pick it to play. It should be the very first song on the list.

I love having 2 brains. :)

The Adventures of WIP

Little WIP had quite the weekend! It started on Thursday night with a long overdue visit from Jamie and continued into Friday evening with quite the social gathering at the VeeDub household. We had about 20 or so people over to celebrate Halloween and Kelli's birthday, and it was probably the most excitement WIP has experienced in the last 3 or so months! Thanks to some unseasonably awesome weather, we had a fire in the backyard (or a "driveway" fire, as some city-slickers called it) had some of's "famous chili," roasted some s'mores and ransacked the sweets the kiddos didn't take.

Sidebar: We had about 30 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. A few times, I put the bowl at their level and told the kids "you can pick one treat." And wouldn't you know, some of the little greedy monsters took HANDFULS! A note on my anticipated parenting style: when an adult tells WIP that (s)he can take one of something, you best believe that grubby little hand will be taking ONE candy from the bowl. I'm just sayin'...

Anyway, back to the adventures of the weekend. On Saturday morning, Joe, Kelli, Dave and I drove to Auburn to celebrate Kelli's birth with the fam: Mom, Dad, Kyle, Jill, G-ma T, G-pa N and Aunt Theresa. Mom made a deeee-licious dinner and some of her best ice cream cake, ever. (WIP's a BIG, BIG fan of the ice cream cake.) It's also worth mentioning that it took Kelli FOUR breaths to blow out all her candles.

Kelli opened presents and we just chilled for awhile...and then the adventure began. We hopped in the car and headed to a restaurant we were falsely led to believe was a mere hour away. 67,492 miles and 7 panic attacks later, we arrived at "The Bank" in Shanghai, er, Port Austin. I attempted to jump out the window of the Buick at least a half dozen times on the neverending journey and managed to keep the others in the car entertained with some Grammy-worthy renditions of the "Song That Never Ends." I honestly thought we would never, ever, ever, ever, ever arrive at our destination. But, we did. And I survived. Barely.

Sunday was a day of (much needed) rest and relaxation. We only ventured out into the great unknown for a mere 45 minutes - to buy a dining room table!

Woooot! One more room almost complete in the house, then onto WIP's nursery. Oy.

Remember to vote tomorrow! (And because I"m the queen of "free," don't forget that you can get a free doughnut at Krispy Kreme, a free tall coffee at Starbucks and a free cone at Ben and Jerry's just for showing your "I voted!" sticker. If that's not incentive, I don't know what is!!)