Friday, January 28, 2011

30 day challenge

I've decided to start something new. I'm going to do the 30 day photo challenge that I've seen going on around facebook. If you decide to do it also leave me a link to your blog!

You can find the 30 day photo challenge here. You can also find it by following the link on the right side of this page.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I'm going to be honest.. I love my hometown. The same town that almost every other person my age is dying to get out of.. I love it. The only flaw: I feel that the people are killing it. There is/was so much history and its slowing getting torn down piece by piece. I've got some old pictures from the local archives and some newer ones that I took so I'll let you guy see for yourself.

This was the old courthouse from the 1800s. It was gone way before my time. If I remember correctly it burned to the ground. I'll let you see the new one, but I'll start by showing the old picture of the "new" courthouse.

This is the oldest picture that I personally have of the courthouse. There are dirt streets and something that I've never noticed: three kids standing by the tree. This is so cool to me because those kids are probably the same age as my great-grandma. In fact, there is a picture of my great-grandfather that was made in the 20s and the quality of the picture looks a lot like this, the way it looks kind of like a painting.

This is a bit newer. I believe it was from the 40s. The people at the archives had a discussion with me about it and we were trying to figure it out by the cars. I can't remember what the outcome of that discussion was, so I'm just guessing that it was the 40s.

This one is from the 60s around Christmas. I'm not sure why they stopped putting those lights up. I think they look really neat. Actually, a few years ago they tried to bring them back, but they just didn't look the same. Every time my grandma thinks about it she tells me how great it was back then and how horrible it is now. She is so happy they didn't do it this past Christmas. Honestly though, I liked it.

This is across the street from the courthouse. All of those buildings are pretty much empty now. I really like how someone wrote on this post card "How'd you like to live down south in a little town like this." Its nice to think that at one point that this town was really considered a place where someone would really like to live.

Here is another shot from downtown across from the courthouse. My question is what jerk decided to change it from a dime store to a dollar store? I'd much rather it be a dime! In the background you can see Hotel Upson, and just in front of it you can hardly see the cafe that I showed you in my last post.

Hotel Upson in its glory days. I wrote a story about it once and did some research in the old papers about its grand opening. It was a big event and locals came to a big ball and had a big dinner. Its just something that doesn't happen in Thomaston anymore. I wish I could have been around back then.

This is the last picture I took of Hotel Upson. After this picture everything was boarded up, windows were broken and eventually it was torn down. It really broke my heart to see it because from the outside it seems like the building has so much potential. From what I hear it was a real danger to step foot inside, especially to leave the first floor. Now the lot where the hotel stood is empty. I believe it belongs to the church nextdoor. What a shame it will be if it turns into a parking lot.

This is my dream house. Isn't it just amazing! All of the different porches and gables (I hope I used that word correctly) are beautiful and the windows are just wonderful. This type of architecture just doesn't exist anymore. This house was a block or two from the hotel, and in its place there is now a gas station turned car lot.

Now for the finale.. The more current pictures of the courthouse. One of the great pieces of history that still stands.

Thanks for reading. I hope someone else finds these old pictures as beautiful as I do.
This will be my first of two posts today. First I just wanted to show you around my town, but then I found all of these pictures I've taken and I just had to share and tell you about them. They were taken while I was working for a newspaper. Best. Job. Ever. I loved meeting all the different people and learning something from each of them.

First I want to show you what happens when you run a red light.

This I think was the fourth or fifth wreck that month from someone running a red light on that one block. When I first started working there I would run to any wreck, and our office was a very short walk from the intersections so I heard the crash and would jolt out the door. Over time, as sad as this may sound, I would ask "how bad is it" and pretty much if someone wasn't going to the hospital or it wasn't controversial then it wasn't worth the time.

This particular wreck was big to me because it hit the window of a restaurant that I visited pretty frequently. The car you see in the picture somehow squeezed between a tree and lamp post before it hit the window and bench. The owner of the cafe had not long gotten up from that bench. I would often drive by and see him sitting on the bench talking to anyone who would walk by. Luckily there was no one sitting by the window at the time. Since then the owner has bought a new bench, and I make sure to never sit by the window.

I didn't want to post a picture of any people, but I LOVE these. I took these not long after I started working at the paper and were always my favorite. Honestly, I don't even remember this man's name, but I do remember the way he looked at this horse. The way they moved together was amazing. If any horse has ever loved a man, THIS horse love THIS man. I can just see it in their eyes. I just love these pictures, and the sky was amazing that day.

On the way to the sheriff's office to get the reports one day Heather found a leaky water tower. It never snows where we live, with exception of the past two years, but the area around this water tower was all ice. I thought it was awesome. Looking back on it now its kinda nasty, but I ate some of the ice off the fence! A few days later a company mended the tower, but until then I loved looking at the ice.

A church caught on fire in town so it had to be remodeled and the organ had to be cleaned. I have heard organs numerous times in church, but when I walked into this organ room I was blown away. I never knew how huge this was! I mean there was a whole room for this organ. Some of the pipes were a foot in diameter! I may sound ridiculous, but I was just shocked at the size of these pipes!

The first picture is an outside view of the church. The steeple was also being cleaned. If I remember correctly Heather and I were able to get on the crane and take more pictures. Not sure where those are though, but it was some pretty cool views!

I know this is just a McDonald's, but it holds a lot of memories. It has since been torn down to build a new one, but let me tell you about this old one! My mom and my aunt worked on the opening crew of this one in the 70s. My husband's first job was also at this McDonald's. My best friend's parents had their first date here. I had my 6th birthday party here, and I remember going through that drive through getting a happy meal and praying I got a new beanie baby toy. It was a nice McDonald's, but the new one is nice too!

The first summer I worked for the paper I had a feature that I would do once a week. I would find someone out in town (mostly older ladies) and I would take pictures of their gardens. By the end of the summer I made it into a contest and a lady named Mrs. Grace won. I loved taking pictures of the flowers, and getting to know the different gardeners. Mrs. Grace had lost her husband a few years back and gardening was a way she spent her time alone now. Her house is on the corner of the street my great-grandma lives on and I have passed her garden thousands of times since I was born. It has always been there, but it has only been in the past few years that I have noticed it. I don't know if its because she has had more time to spend on it, or if I just have an eye for these gardens now. Still when I drive by I look out to see if she is sitting on her front porch.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and my memories from them. I wish I had more.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

my favorite things

I know that the 90s things get old. Everyone has a list of things they love about the 90s, and then a list of reasons the 90s were best. As I put together this list I realized it was all from the 90s, but so be it. Here are some of my favorite things from my childhood:

Boy Meets World
I still watch this show every day!
Clarissa Explains it All
I love this one so much I have it on DVD.

Not sure what the big deal with this show was, but I loved it!

Fisher Price Little People
Ok, honestly I have no clue what these little people are called but I LOVED them! I'm pretty sure 50% of my childhood was spent playing with these. I looked for them on ebay last night and it turns out they were made in the 60s-70s. My grandma got ours at yard sales. I also was looking at the accessories and it turns out that we had almost every single thing they offered. I want to buy these again for Lorelei.

Harriet the Spy
After this movie came out I got a composition notebook and put a letter at the top of every page. I never had the heart to write things about people though. I also wanted to be a spy. I had a small bag full of all kinds of "spy" equipment.

Little Tikes doll house
I still have this one. Well mine got lost and I ordered a new one on ebay about 6 years ago. I can't wait until Lorelei can play with it.

Little Tikes Kitchen
This is a bigger version of what is used in the doll house. I had the kitchen. I never even knew about the rest of that stuff. I wish I did! If Lorelei is interested she will definitely have a play kitchen and any other play household stuff she wants!

The Magic School Bus
I don't think I even need to explain this one. I don't know anyone who doesn't love this show or the books. I love how creative and interested in the world this show made me.

Things this movie taught me - Some people actually ENJOY reading (I do now, but then it was unheard of), Not everyone has nice parents and I was blessed, and I WANT MAGIC!

Mouse Trap
I remember having this game. I don't, however, remember playing it. Not even once. I remember building the course over and over again and trying to trap the mouse.

Polly Pocket
The original Polly Pocket. I loved her. I had the big one I have pictured, along with a bunch of the little ones that fold up. I took them everywhere. Some dumb housekeeper threw mine away. I really wish I still had these for Lorelei.

The Busy World of Richard Scarry
I'm not sure what it was about this show that made me so happy, but I loved it! At school whenever we had computer day I would play this video game. It had different tasks where you would race a firetruck to a burning house or help build someones house. It was fun.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Another one I watch everyday still, and another with Melissa Joan Hart. I really like her (she uses cloth diapers). Plus, I would love to have a cat that talked! and magic for that matter!

Saved by the Bell
90s fashion at its finest.

Scented Markers
Purple was my favorite. I kept these neatly in their packaging and used them all of the time. My heart broke when they finally went dry.

Stick Stickly
Every afternoon after school I would see Stick Stickly. Thanks to him, when 9/11 happened when I was in 7th grade (or thanks to my teachers I guess) I had no idea what the World Trade Center was. I only knew it as the twin towers because that is where he went to meet his twin brother.

Super Mario/ Super Nintendo
I can't even tell you how much time I spent playing this game, or how many times I have beaten it! I still have it actually, along with Donkey Kong! I have them both for the Wii too, but I will never get rid of the classic.

Tomagatchi / Giga Pet
How smart, a virtual pet! I had a few of these, including a Rugrats themed one that had legs and lit up. Actually, I still have that one! Not sure what it was about these, but they were awesome.

Legends of the Hidden Temple
I loved ALL of the game shows on Nickelodeon, but this one was by far my favorite! You can't beat kids doing physical challenges across motes and getting slimmed in the end!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My reasons for being crazy

So my family is full of babies! On my mother's side alone there are 3 (will be 4 within a month) that are under the age of two. Actually there is probably more that I'm forgetting. When I was pregnant and decided to use cloth diapers I was told that I couldn't do it. I would hate washing them and quit (thanks for the support btw). Well 4 months after birth I'm still using cloth. I do use disposable too, but I haven't quit.

I really wanted to explain to them how easy using cloth was, but they just won't listen. I guess all they think are thin pieces of fabric that are pinned with a stiff plastic cover, but that is not what cloth diapers are like now. I also think all they think of is nasty poop they have to wash. Honestly though, the only time I've had to clean up a big mess is when I've had a disposable diaper on Lorelei and she has had an explosive poop and it goes up her back. She has these often now that she has been sick, but while she is wearing cloth there is no mess.

So I want to tell you guys my reasons for using cloth diapers since my family won't listen.

  • My biggest reason to start using cloth is money! Disposable diapers are so expensive! Especially since you only use them once and then throw them away. One cloth diaper may cost as much as a box of disposable diapers, but you can wash and reuse over and over again. There are hundreds of websites that do the math for you, but I'll do it myself and try to keep it simple.

    Lets first assume your child potty trains at exactly two-years-old. You will change the diapers 9 times a day. That is 3,276 changes a year. 6,552 in total.
    ---Disposable - Lets use Huggies. Right now you can buy roughly 150 diapers for $35. 2 years worth of diapers will cost you $1540. That isn't accounting for random price changes, wipes, and all the trips to the store because that is around 45 boxes of diapers.
    ---Cloth - Lets invest in a stash of 30 one-size pocket diapers. I'm going to buy 15 from Nubunz. The factory seconds are selling for $3 right now with no insert. The other 15 I will buy from random places online, including some used. They will average about $7 each. That is about $150. I need inserts for each diaper so I will order some from a lady online who is making them 20 for $20. Also some of the used diapers came with inserts, and I will also buy a pack of prefolds at Wal-mart for $12. That comes out to be $182. Again I'm not adding in the cost of wipes (however you could make your own and not have to buy those either) or the cost of washing. But I doubt washing an extra load of laundry will run up your utility bill over $1000.

    So lets look at these numbers side by side.
    Disposable $1540
    Cloth Diapers $182
  • My next reason for using cloth is the cuteness factor. Have you ever seen a cloth diaper on a baby? Now look at a disposable. There are so many choices when it comes to cloth. You can even get your favorite fabric and make whatever you want. With disposables it is some cheap piece of paper like material with a picture of bugs bunny or mickey mouse printed on it. I mean really, sometimes I hate even putting pants on Lorelei because it will cover up her cute diaper. You tell me which is cuter.

  • I love the convenience! You may think it'd be easier to use disposables, but I find it easier to use cloth. When I run out of diapers all I have to do is dump a bucket of diapers in my washing machine. I don't have to load a baby in the car and drive a few miles to the store, haul the baby to the back of the store to the baby section, pray they have the type of diapers I use, dig my wallet out of the bottom of the diaper bag, load the baby and the diapers in my car, drive home, get everything out and put everything away. Lets hope its a good day because if not there will be a fussy baby which makes for a horrible shopping trip. I love that I throw them in the washer, just add a rinse cycle, and depending on my mood I either put them in the dryer or I hang them to dry (the sun does amazing thing for stains). Clean up is easy too! When I change a diaper I just throw it in a diaper pail. If it is "dirty" I take it to the bathroom and spray it out with a sprayer I bought at a store that carries cloth diapering stuff.
There are hundreds of other reasons to love cloth diapers that I'm not going to get into. One being how earth friendly they are. I think the reasons I gave you are 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thankful thoughts...

I haven't done this in a while, but here I go again. I have a lot to be thankful for.

  1. The sleeping baby swinging in front of me. The peaceful look on her face always makes me smile.
  2. Sweet pea is getting to the point where she is starting to laugh. I make funny sounds in attempts to make her laugh, and the second she starts I smile so big I can't make the sound anymore.
  3. Our medical insurance. I have had quite a week with Lorelei. We've had to go to the emergency room, then to the doctor where we had to get what looks like a baby asthma inhaler. We haven't had to pay a penny.
  4. The lady at the base medical center. I've only been in there maybe 5 times. Most of those were to get our insurance straightened out at this new base. I called the other day after we went to the ER to set up an appointment and pretty much all I said was "Lorelei has RSV and we need to set up an appointment." The second I walk in she calls Lorelei by name and asks about how she is doing with the RSV. I was impressed how well she remembered. The same lady always offer to hold Lorelei so I can get things done for myself while I'm there.
  5. The amount of money I saved at the grocery store, and the fact that I'm learning to coupon. There is something about a full pantry that just makes me feel secure. 
  6. Cloth diapers. Not having to worry about running out of disposables is really calming.
  7. The load of formula I found at Goodwill. All unopened, and still in date. I haven't had to buy this paycheck and it has really helped.
  8. The fact that Lorelei now fits in our Britax convertible carseat that we got for FREE! This huge carseat just makes me feel safe.
  9. And lastly, I'm thankful that I could go on much longer listing things that I'm thankful for, but I'll save that for another post.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My adventures in saving

Today has been quite a day. It was my first day officially shopping with coupons. I have been preparing for a while now. I got a printer and have been printing, and clipping. I stole the SmartSourse out of my grandma's newspaper and clipped everything whether I thought I needed it or not. I have a small binder thing and I organized them (I need to organize better though). I made sure to go back and check the printable sites almost everyday because sometimes they add some, and if it was something that I use often, like cresent rolls or baby products, I print as many as they let me.

The shopping trip took longer than normal. Not to mention that Lorelei had an explosive diaper. The time we decide to go out in a disposable she does this. We have NEVER had an explosive one while using cloth, but thats a whole other post! The time spent started before we even went to the store. I carefully researched all of the stores in our area to find which has the best coupon policy and rewards system. For me it was Winn-Dixie. They double coupons, and accept internet printed ones. A lot of stores in our area don't do either and both of those were a must for me because they equal more savings. Along with the good coupon policy they have a rewards card. It is a free card they give you that they scan at checkout and it applies all of the extra discounts in store. Most of the savings was actually because of this card. I also chose this store because along with the card they have a baby club which has some amazing savings. I just joined so I haven't got the stuff in the mail yet, but I can't wait until next month!!

So after finding the store I would use for the majority of my shopping I found their sales paper. This store has an app that I downloaded on my phone that shows everything (which is so awesome!) and then I went through and listed everything off the sales paper that I planned to buy. Then I went and matched what was on the sales paper and what I had coupons for, which happened to be a good bit. Then I listed what I would buy with just coupons, and then what I needed that didn't fall under any category. The way I just explained that made it complicated. It really isn't. Its just a basic grocery list and I put symbols out to the side of of what was on sale or had a coupon, or both. I also noted things I would buy if I could get them at a really good deal, but could do without if not.

Not the best picture, but here's my attempt at organizing.

So we took list and coupons in hand and took off Winn-Dixie. I went in there with the mindset that I wouldn't buy junk just because it was on sale or I had a coupon because stupid junk adds up fast. I only bought things that I know we would use. We buy a lot of junk like tv dinners and pizzas, but I got them all on sale and was able to use a coupon. I did the same with cresent rolls and cinnamon rolls. Off the top of my head I can only think of maybe four things that I bought that weren't on sale and didn't have a coupon. Those things were because I only use a certain brand.

One of my best buys today I think was two big bags of boneless chicken breasts. They were buy one get one free when I used my card, so in all they were only $10. I did the same with pork chops. Two packages for about $6.50. I'm not sure the normal price but oh my gosh they looked good, and were buy one get one free. I think one of the best things though is to know when to step away, and not just buy because of a sale or a coupon. I had a coupon for $0.40 off of a certain brand of sugar, but even with the sale and coupon I could get another kind for cheaper, so I got the off brand instead.

I got up to the register and I should have chosen a different one. The lady wasn't the friendliest, but I survived. I told her in advance about the card and coupons and she started scanning. Next thing I know the price is flashing $150, $175, $190. I was about to throw up. If these coupons and sales don't save like I planned I am going to be broke! We usually spend maybe between $140-150, and sometimes that is pushing it. I can't spend $200 on groceries unless it is going to last the whole month! So she gets to the end and I hand her the card. She scans it and the price JUMPS down. Just from what the card took off I could breath again. Then she started with the coupons and it went down even more. In the end it was arond $150.

All in all I bought ALOT. Nothing like the people on TV do. I didn't leave with 5 buggies full, just one that was filled to the brim, but we payed the same we normally do and got a lot more. I am also happy to say that I bought the foods I like. I bought what I would normally buy and saved money. I won't be buying chicken for a while. I paid more than $2, which is ok. For some of the things I have to buy it may be unrealistic for me to save that much, but I did save a good bit and I am very proud.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

RSVP minus P

I am so happy to be home after my time away for the funeral and waiting for my car to be fixed. I got snowed in and stayed longer than I had liked. David had to go out of town for training so I've got the house to myself for a few days. I am really enjoying it. 

Lorelei has been a bit under the weather. She started coughing the other day and just couldn't stop. It got to the point that she was choking and couldn't breath. Finally after a couple of days and it only getting worse I took her to the emergency room. On the way to the hospital she screamed and gagged. I really considered taking her out of the carseat, but the weather was getting bad and I didn't want to risk anything. When we pulled in she threw up all over herself. I felt so bad for her, but it seemed to clear her throat and make her feel better for a bit. I was happy she felt better but once we finally got back to the doctor he treated us like we were the kind of people who freak out and bring a healthy baby in for nothing... if only he would have seen her ten minutes before. They ran tests and did x-rays and it turns out she has RSV. It is some type of respiratory virus which causes things to swell and make it hard to breath. We have been giving her breathing treatments and sleeping with a humidifier and some Tylenol. She seems be doing a lot better. She is still coughing, but not as often and not as severe.

It is so scary to see your baby sick. I felt so bad for her. Her eyes have been puffy and her nose is stuffy. She has been so clingy and just wants to be held and sleep. I gladly do it so that she will feel better. Now I am coughing though, but it only wakes her up half of the time.

Since I have been home alone I have been doing a lot of cleaning... or what can be done with a sick and clingy baby. I have printed coupons then cut and organized them. I finally finished the dishes that my husband left behind before he left... and I still have to clean up the rest of the house.. I will admit part of it is mine though.. I haven't even gotten around to getting my sewing machine back out. I've got so much cleaning to do that I don't even need to start making that mess. Sewing is so much fun but it can become messy. I really wish We would have gotten a bigger apartment so I had an extra room to have a desk and place to put my sewing machine. Also it would be nice if we had a place to store more stuff. (or maybe I should just go through our house and clean out stuff...)

I am really rambling today. I am sleepy and getting sick :(

Sunday, January 9, 2011

uninterupted sleep

Last night was the first night that I let Lorelei stay the night away from me. I kept putting it off and finally I realized I had no good reason not to let her stay with my mother-in-law. So she went, and I enjoyed a nice night to myself and got plenty of sleep. This morning though, I do miss my sweet pea. I can't wait to see her.

I have been working on what I said wasn't resolutions this year. I have been knitting a hat and I'm having withdrawals from my sewing machine. I am staying with my grandma until my car is fixed and can drive the two hours home and I am really starting to get homesick. I have been here since last Monday, and David left this morning for training and he won't be home until Friday. I thought I would enjoy staying until he came home, but I think I'm ready to get Lorelei home and we can get back into our routine.

I saw a show the other night about people who take couponing to extremes. I'm sure some people may have thought they were crazy, but I found it inspiring. I even went out and got a printer so that I could print internet coupons. I have researched all of the stores in my area that offer the best coupon policies, and signed up for their discount card and baby club. I can't wait to get home so I can cut and organize and plan a trip. I have never been so excited to go grocery shopping.

Well my sweet pea is almost home so off I go to spend time with her! I will let you know how the couponing adventure goes!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

happy boo year!

I've been working on the Love Dare still (in between buying cloth diapers). I swear to you, buy just one and it is like crack, you can't stop buying and googling and just clicking away through hyenacart and etsy. Really though, The Love Dare is a serious challenge! I felt like such a failure yesterday, but I'm just going to keep on keeping on and watch my marriage become the awesome thing I know it can be.

Sweet pea has still been feeling a little down. I don't know if there has just been so much going on she is just out of whack, but she has just been so fussy. I have thoroughly enjoyed the holidays and being out and about, but it is time for our schedule to go back to normal and her to get back into her routine. I am still learning how to do this mommy thing, but I'm getting it!

Yesterday I found out my Uncle Jesse died. That makes two uncles in one week. Jesse was my dad's uncle. He is my grandma's brother. Also, my Uncle Dick (Charles) died. He was my mom's great-uncle. Which makes him my great-grandma's brother. She seems to be taking it well though. He lived a long full life so we know he is in a better place. Uncle Jesse on the other hand, he was only 60. We weren't close, but I can still hear his voice. I was expecting Uncle Dick to die, but I just didn't feel like it was time for Uncle Jesse.

I went to the funeral home websites and read each of their obituaries. I learned so much about them that I didn't know. I knew they were great men, but now I know even more! I had to click around and read the other obits to see if I knew anyone since this is such a small town, and my heart hurts. I didn't know any of them, but I can't imagine what these widows are going through!

Well, I'm stopping at that. Time for bed! I need to rest while little sweet pea rests!

Ohh, and how cheesy is my title!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

OWN, Fockers and a drunk husband

So I rang in the new year at the local Applebees drinking one of the nastiest alcoholic beverages I have ever tasted. I guess I just don't care much for liquor. I had a red apple sangria.. it did look pretty, but taste wasn't all that great. 

I must share a complaint (or a hundred) about Albany, Ga... first of all our date night started off with a movie. Why is it that at 9pm the theater doesn't have the frozen coke machine running.. it was as if they were just opening up. So I got past that because the guy was really friendly and I got my frozen coke that I have been in love with since I was pregnant. So we go to the theater where our movie of choice was playing. It was so dirty. They couldn't pretend like they tried to clean that place up. There was trash on the ground and cups in cup holders. It wasn't even like we had went in early. Our movie (Little Fockers) started at 9:35 and we got in there at 9:30. So whatever, I didn't have to sit in trash so I was going to get past it (even though now I'm thinking of going to their website and filing a complaint), but I was getting comfortable and a big group of rowdy "gangstas" came and sat behind me. I figured they would shut up by the time the movie started but boy was I wrong. Right when it started I heard one of them talking on the phone. Note that I didn't say whispering, I said talking. It wasn't even like "yeah mom, I'm at the theater. I'll talk to you later..." they were having a conversation.. and towards the end of the movie another one of them were doing the same thing. I have heard of people being rude in theaters but this was really ridiculous. From now on I am going to stick to the base theater. People there are respectful and the staff keeps the building clean. I guess they have to or the Marines will kick their butts! Plus the base is like $6 cheaper!!

Well that is the end of my theater complaints. Applebees wasn't that great either. Our waiter brought David the second Corona after we told him not to because I didn't want a drunk husband, and lets face it.... drinking costs too much. Well I did end up with a drunk husband. I hate drunk people. We were laughing today because last night I just told him "shut up. you are stupid when you drink too much."

On to what is going on in this new year -

I have worked on doing every single thing that I told you I would do in my last post.
  • I have attempted to save some money. I didn't just throw everything in the buggy when we went grocery shopping today. I took coupons with me in attempts to save some extra. In the end this trip to the grocery store wasn't that successful. I ended up spending more that I would have liked, but I have more chances. I looked up information effectively using coupons and I think this is something I can do. However, I do need a printer. I can't do this without a printer.
  • I'm going to be a better mama. Yesterday my little sweet pea laughed out loud for the time. She has done the big smiles with a little coo, but yesterday she had the laughs. It was awesome.
  • I haven't spent as much time being creative today. My mom is in town so the sewing machine is in the corner instead of in the middle of the living room for my easy use, but I did knit today. I'm trying to make Lorelei a headband.
  • Be a better wife.. I sure am trying. I started the Love Dare. Follow my journey HERE. For this being my first day I feel that I have already learned a lot! My whole attitude on this is different. I feel like a different person around my husband, and I say that in a good way. We both seem happier around each other just by my following the first dare.
I can't wait to see what else this year has in store. Hopefully just fun with my ONE baby! I hope we won't have any surprises. I pray there will be no deployments and no more moving. Just one full year in one place... settled.

Oh and I have to confess my love for everything Oprah right now. And I did sit by the TV today to watch the second her OWN network launched. I am so excited to see what is coming up for this network. I would tell you more but I'm watching the Behind The Scenes show on OWN right now!