Apr 20
2012

I had seen some posts online recently about making your own fabric softener, or Febreze, etc and I have been meaning to try them out. Since then, I've looked up basically every cleaner/spray that I use on a regular basis to see if there's a way to make a cheap version of it. I thought I'd share my list in case anyone else wants to save some dough! Check it out!

Apr 13
2012

Eric and I went to the Avett Brothers concert with our friends Terry, Jo & Val at the Pershing Center tonight. The concert was fantastic, they put on a great show. The venue left a lot to be desired, I can see now why we need a new arena in Lincoln. The stairs to our seats were extremely steep and completely dark, so a restroom break was quite the hazard. Everything was very dated and looked like it hadn't been kept up at all. Anyway, I wish we would've seen them at an outdoor venue, or something smaller/nicer where we could get closer. But it was still a great show.

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Apr 09
2012

After church, we all went over to Dawn & Jeff's house for Easter this year. The kids had fun doing the Easter egg hunt and grandma Margie even got them some Silly String to play with outside. The girls were so tired after all of the fun, they both fell asleep in the car.

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Mar 22
2012

We finally broke down and got a play set for our backyard. We had been putting it off because it takes up a pretty substantial amount of the yard. But, with me being home with the girls all day, it became evident that we needed something to do outside, stat! We got the kit from Menard's and then bought and cut the lumber ourselves. Ok, so I just held the paper and told Eric what sizes to cut..but he couldn't have done it without me!  It probably took 15 hours to get everything done. I was able to do a few things alone after the main set was up. The girls and I keep thinking of fun things we can add to it now..a no boys allowed flag, a flower box or two perhaps? We still need to add another swing or activity in the main swing set part…but without further ado, here's the new play set! drum roll please..

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Mar 06
2012

Ada is obsessed with the color pink lately, everything has to be pink if she can help it. If you ask her why she wants the pink cup, she'll almost sing "Cause I like pink!". This is just one of those phrases I don't want to forget, so I figured I'd put it up here.

Feb 25
2012

Ada had been on Omnicef for a week to get rid of an ear infection, and Tuesday morning she broke out in hives. I took her to the doctor because they wanted to make sure she was breathing okay because they thought it was an allergic reaction to the medication. He said everything was fine and just to keep an eye on her joints, elbow, wrists, knees, ankles to watch for swelling since that could be a more serious sign. Well that evening after she woke up from a long nap, she said her feet hurt and that she couldn't walk. This, of course, totally freaked me out so I Googled. It said joint pain can be associated with allergic reactions as well. I called urgent care to see if they could treat her, or if we'd have to take her to the ER, and they said they could treat her. They gave us a prescription for Prednisone, which of course she wouldn't take without a fight...but we must've got some of it down because she started to feel better soon after. The hives lasted for three solid days and she was not a happy camper. It was such a lovely sound when she woke up happy this morning yelling "mom! my owwies are feeling better now!"

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Feb 18
2012

It was finally time to cut Ada's curly baby tail off, so I took both the girls into Alison for trims today. I remember Ivy had her first haircut when she was about a year old, but for some reason I just couldn't bear to cut off Ada's baby hair..I just loved it. Well the girls did great and they even got a little glitter spray after they were finished. Here are some photos of the event.

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Feb 16
2012

So apparently we don't have very good luck with hamsters. Stripe II passed away last night...on Valentine's Day no less. He was found dead in his food bowl, by Eric..again. He was preceded in death by Stripe I. We considered trying to get another quickly without the girls noticing, but I think there was a bad batch of hamsters at PetSmart. I decided that we should probably try another type or another store. I was really worried about how the girls would take the news today, especially Ivy. There were some tears, but after I brought up the fact that we could go pick out a new hamster, she perked up quickly. We headed to Petco instead and picked out a female, "fancy" hamster. We had a long discussion on the way home about what we should name her. Ada thought Sally was a good name, Ivy thought we should call her Spot. Then Ivy mentioned Twilight, in reference to the My Little Pony named Twilight Sparkle. That made me think of the Twilight movies, so I said how about Bella. The girls agreed and that's what we named her. Here are a few pictures of Miss Bella.

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Feb 06
2012

I took some time to organize the house a little since I'll be here a lot more now. There were things that were driving me crazy that I just didn't have time to work on. I organized the cabinets in the kitchen, and the pantry. I added a turntable to the hall/medicine closet so I could find what I was looking for more easily. I wanted a couple laundry bags in the closet to separate lights and darks, so I ironed on some vinyl letters and Eric mounted hooks to the closet wall. We organized the laundry room with a shoe rack and a little rack above the sink for more storage. I also ordered some wall vinyl and made a little clipboard to display the girls' artwork. Here are a few pictures...

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Feb 06
2012

Just wanted to blog about my new career path. Starting today, I'm a full time mom! Ivy starts Kindergarten in the fall and I'm looking forward to being able to spend some quality time with the girls before then. Also, it will be nice to be able to drop Ivy off and pick her up without worrying about taking time off of work. Plus I'll be able to spend more time doing things for/with her class, so that'll be fun. With the full time job & website design thing, it didn't leave much time for anything else. So now I can still work on websites after the kids go to bed, but have all day long to have fun with them. Wish me luck!