Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Here's a quote from the article: "De Beers, world's largest supplier, agrees to pay $295 million for controlling market for 14 years. Customers who bought a De Beers gem between Jan. 1, 1994, and March 31, 2006, have until May 19 to submit a claim to the settlement's administrator to get money back. Customers will need a receipt but won't have to give up any gems. How much anyone receives in the settlement will depend on the value of diamonds purchased and the number of claims filed. Go to https://diamondsclassaction.com/ for more info!"
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Unfortunately, I've caught whatever cold Ryan had and gave to Kaylin, so I wasn't feeling 100%, but I'm really glad we went and got out of the house. I'm not the sharpest crayon in the box because I'm never careful about sharing spoons or passing germs when the kids are sick...I just figure it's inevitable that we pass it around.
In other news, while I was making dinner, Kaylin got sassy and walked around the kitchen a bit. She's so proud of herself, and it's becoming obvious she has the balance and strength to walk now, she just chooses not to. Little stinker.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
He was really into it and as a mom, this is the most stupid-proof book I've ever seen. It literally TELLS YOU exactly what to say. What the parent says is in red, what you read silently to yourself (the additional instructions) are in black. For example, "Let's play say-it-fast. My turn: motor (pause) boat. (pause) Say it fast: motorboat. Your turn: Wait until I tell you to say it fast. motor (pause) boat. (pause) Say it fast. "motorboat." (repeat step 2 until firm)" This was after learning a few sounds and pulling your finger across the page from left to right. I'm assuming that is to get Ryan in the habit of reading from left to right. Ryan was totally into this lesson. He had fun repeating after me, he had fun dragging his finger across the sounds, he had fun repeating what I said really fast, he loved it all. You would have thought I was shoveling ice cream into his mouth, he was seriously that excited.
She's also super excited about feeding herself now. I decided to give her a chance to eat penne with sauce with her fork last night, but the fork was taking her too long, so she started using her hands. WOW - I forgot how much spaghetti sauce stains. She soaked in the bath for quite a while before her skin wasn't orange, her shirt needed to be washed twice in Oxy Clean and the stains are still on her bib and high chair tray. Doesn't she look like the dog from The Little Rascals? I think she was tired and rubbed her eye.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
The next night, I gave her mashed potatoes to try. I actually got to eat my meal while it was still hot. Loving this new idea. (notice that Kaylin eats with her left hand just like her brother!)
Then today, I decided to give her a chance to eat oatmeal. She struggled a little and made a huge mess, but she managed on her own pretty well. Click on the picture to get the full effect. Her hands were soaked, pieces of oatmeal were all over the place, it was a sight. The mashed potatoes were a much, much neater experience!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
This is my twin, Andrea. People confuse us all the time. Now that her hair is darker and shorter, it might not be as noticable, but do YOU think we look alike? I just had someone approach me at the gym on Saturday saying, "Are you friends with Kim? Didn't we meet at her house last year?" "Nope, I've only been to Kim's house once for Bunco and you weren't there. You must be thinking of Andrea." It happens all the time. People at our old mom's group were so glad when I got pregnant with Kaylin because they could finally tell us apart. I had no idea what they were talking about until I saw this picture about a year and a half ago. At first, I thought it was me.
And this is my sweet friend, Erin, who faithfully reads my blog. I think she's stalking me... She won LCR tonight and I caught her rolling in her cash. Check out that greedy little grin. (You didn't think I'd post it, did you?)
Saturday, January 5, 2008
1. On Wednesday, we opened a late Christmas letter from my Dad's sister, who I've recently come back into contact with over the last few years, but we don't really communicate outside of Christmas updates. At the end of the letter is a handwritten note, "Buy something nice for the family." I was confused until I reached back into the envelope and pulled out a $75 check. Mike and I were so excited, we immediately started plotting what we would use the money for. (so it doesn't get sucked in the bank account abyss and accidentally go toward bills)
2. A few weeks ago, our TiVo died on us and we ended up getting a DVR through our satellite company with a new dual receiver. They gave us a deal and will credit our account $10 a month for the next 10 months to give us a chunk of the money back. So it cost us very little when all is said and done, plus we got rid of a $5/month charge for having a second receiver. That was a cool situation in and of itself. But there's more...
3. The Dish Network installation guy mentioned that he could take our old receivers and they would give us a $10 refund for each, but he recommended we try to sell them on eBay. He said if we're lucky, we might get $50 apiece for them. We ended up selling them on eBay for $61 and $63. That was money we were totally not expecting and definitely made the DVR upgrade a beneficial purchase.
4. While he was selling things, Mike decided to put the finicky TiVo unit on eBay. We advertised it with all of it's problems, but the good thing is that the lifetime subscription (that they don't even sell anymore) is still active on the box. So we can transfer it to the winning bidder. And if someone's technically inclined (which we're not) they can just replace the hard drive and the unit should be back to normal again. That sold for $119. A TiVo unit that needs to be fixed...we're still in shock.
5. The biggest surprise of all was when I went to transfer the money from our Pay Pal account to our checking account. There was a deposit for $50 that I didn't recognize. When I looked in the details of the transaction, it said, "Thank you for participating in the Pay Pal 20% cash back holiday promotion. We have deposited the funds into your account for your recent qualifying purchase." (!??!?!!?) I looked back over the last few months to see what I bought through Pay Pal and I forgot that (before Mike asked me to stop spending until I can start earning money working for my mom again) I used Pay Pal to buy our new down comforter set (my Christmas gift) and my mom's Christmas gift from Overstock.com. That purchase was $250 and sure enough, 20% of that is $50. Which was a huge unexpected surprise!!!
Words to live by: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all things acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5
Mike's a worrier by nature. Most marriages have one and he's the worrier in our relationship. I have the amazing gift of faith. I trust with my whole heart that God is completely in control of every aspect of our lives, including our finances. And when crazy little non-coincidences like this happen, how can we NOT attribute these blessings to God???
Wednesday, January 2, 2008