Monday, July 28, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Yippee!

I was so happy about this great deal...I just had to share! :)

Tuesday I went to K-mart during lunch to pick up a few things...and as always I cruise the baby section...We use Nestle Good-start formula with Laura. Nestle is coming out with a 'new' line so several stores have been discontinuing the purple label cans. They are normally 15-16.00 for a 12oz powder can...k-Mart had them marked down to $2.00 a can!! They only had 6 cans in stock...so I got them all. That was almost $100.00 in formula for 12 bucks...not bad!















Happy Anniversary!

My parents celebrated 30 years of marriage yesterday...Congratulations :) I love you!






















Monday, July 21, 2008

The Braves play here...

Saturday night I took a group of 35 4'her's and parents to Georgia 4H Night at the Braves game. Overall it was a good trip...even though we left Clarkesville at 3:40...and didn't get to the stadium until 7:15! (I had planned to be there around 5) We were stuck in traffic for about 2 1/2 hours in downtown Atlanta...It was ridiculous. They are paving 4 of the lanes and so at the 75/85 merge traffic moves from 10 or more lanes down to two. I hated that we were so late getting to the game because several of the kids had never been to a Braves game and they missed out on all the pre-game stuff, but maybe they can go another year...

Laura and Eric drove down separately and so she experienced her first baseball game. She did great and fell asleep in her front pack for the last half of the game...She didn't miss much...the Braves lost 8-2.

It was after 1:30 before I got back home though...despite numerous reminders for them to call their parents to let them know we were almost home...3 kids 'forgot' until we got back to the office...Grrr...One child didn't even know her home phone number...how can you be in the 5th grade and not know that??










Friday, July 18, 2008

4 month checkup

Laura had her 4 month check-up on Monday (she is actually closer to 4 1/2 months because our Dr appt scheduling is a little off)

Everything looked great...She weighed 13lbs, 7 oz (50% percentile) and was 26 inches long (96%) so she is just long and skinny!

She is doing everything right on schedule so far. She has really discovered rolling the last week or two and so she is always working on rolling from her back to her stomach and stomach to back. She has woken up on her stomach several mornings this week. She also loves reaching and playing with her toys. Her favorites are a little cow rattle and a green frog Eric brought back from Vegas a few weeks ago. She has discovered her feet and loves to try to pull her socks off.

She also drools like crazy! She can soak a bib in no time...I am guessing this is the early start of teething but the pedi said it would most likely be 6 months or so before we actually saw any teeth break through.

Our pediatrician recommends starting her on baby foods between 5-6 months so we will be starting that in the next few weeks. I plan on making a lot of her baby food at home for several reasons...Its tremendously cheaper (a few pennies per oz vs. 60-90 cents per ounce for the canned stuff) and I can control the quality of the foods and no extra preservatives or salt/sugar. A great site for recipes is wholesomebabyfood.com I already have acorn squash, zucchini, and peaches frozen as ready to use cubes. I have some green beans, peas, and sweet potatoes at home that I will work on pureeing and freezing this weekend. All you really need to get started are some ice cube trays, a blender or mixer, and freezer bags. I'm excited about making her foods. I've been a UGA 'Home Economist' for six years and so I get all into canning and food preservation...I am officially a nerd. :)

Brock and Riley gave us several baby items (and tons and tons and tons of clothes) for Laura and so this weekend I was in Eastman and I brought back a ladybug exersaucer. She loves it...and I do too! Its nice to have another place to put her while I get things done around the house...esp when I'm cooking dinner.


Laura and I went to Eastman last weekend to visit my family...we had a great trip. It was nice to see everybody...especially Chris and Jennifer! Its amazing how much she has grown since the last time we went to Eastman...here's two pics for comparison...the first one was taken April 20, 2008 (7 weeks old) and the second was taken this weekend (4 1/2 mos)



























Friday, July 11, 2008

July 4th, 2008

we had a great 4th of July weekend. Amy and Cody came up Thursday night and stayed through Sunday. We had not seen them in about 2 months so it was a long overdue trip! :)

Friday we went to Stone Mountain for the fireworks/laser show. It was a really good show, even though we were stuck in traffic forever getting into (and out of) the park. We didn't get home until after 2am...I can't even remember the last time we were out that late. I am definitely getting old!
I also really experienced how inconvenient hauling strollers and carseats and all that cr*p (oops, i mean, necessary stuff) can be when you are trying to navigate around a few thousand people with blankets all over the ground...Oh well, i guess that is what happens when you have a baby!

Laura loved the fireworks! I was afraid I was going to have 'that baby'...the one that cries and screams the entire show through...but she was fascinated by the fireworks and the laser show. It was great!

Saturday we hung around the house most of the day but we bowling that afternoon...I won, btw... :)

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!






Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Redesign

I did a little re-design of my blog today...I think overall it looks pretty good. I made the header picture using a nifty little program called ScrapBlog. I have always had good intentions for doing scrapbooks...but over the years, I've spent way too much money and created too few pages to justify doing much paper scrapbooking anymore. However, this digital thing might be a little more to my liking (and its free, except for having your pages professionally printed, but you can also download them to your computer and print them yourself!) It's another way I'm discovering my inner hidden creative personality! :)

I've also sewn a few more burp cloths and finished two dresses that I made for Laura...they were super easy...but since I'm definitely a beginner at this--small successes are good! I still need to finish painting a set of cubbies Eric built for Laura's room but I haven't had time to work on them in a while.

I've also added a few of links to home design and DIY websites I enjoy reading and getting ideas from. Check them out if you get a chance!