Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It's not still Monday??

Well it's a busy, busy week- so each day is just rolling into the other without my even noticing. :-)

I am currently trying to get Hadley down for her nap. She thinks it's play-time so she is just jabbering away in her swing, talking to her little lamb mobile friends and kicking her feet. She thinks she's funny. Mommy thinks she needs to take her nap.

This week is a week of planning and preparing for a big {and have I said "busy"?} weekend! What's happening this weekend? Well a few things...

First- This Sunday is Hadley's Baby Dedication; a small ceremony in which Nick and I make a commitment to God, witnessed by our family and friends, to raise Hadley {and any future kiddos} in a way that is pleasing to Him. We will aim to be careful of what influences we allow into our home, and will search the Word {the Bible} and seek Godly counsel in determining our "parenting style". Amongst others, our primary goal is that Haddie would come to have her own relationship with Jesus Christ.
We chose this weekend because on Monday: Hadley will be three months old, it gave enough time for family and friends to make arrangements to attend, and because...

Second- This Saturday is Nick and I's 6 year wedding anniversary. {Happy Anniversary, Babe!} Yes, it's hard to believe such time has flown by, yet here we are. I am so thankful. I am so very blessed. Truly I am married to my best friend. Many people make this claim, but in our case this really is true. There is no other person I would rather spend my time with... and in the few times we've had to be apart it was JUST WRONG. :-) Nicholas Lee truly is my better half.
I could go on, but I'll spare you and save the rest just for him. ;)


Third- This Sunday is also the seven year anniversary of the day Nick and I first met- on our first {blind} date! If you can call dinner at Applebee's with your older sister and two other guys a date. I'll blog those details another day, but for now I owe a very big "thank you" to my big sis, Laurin. THANK YOU!!!

Lastly- It's a big, busy weekend because we have family and friends coming into town for all this hodgepodge of events. There are rumors of the Woodland Park Zoo and a Mariner's game in the mix. ;-)

One of those dear family friends just so happens to a photographer!{Adam Breckenridge Photography} He will be shooting Hadley's dedication and fun pictures of the weekend. We are also hoping to get a lovely, little family picture {would you believe we don't have one pic with Nick and myself and the baby in it yet?}

I have decided that it is officially time to stop hiding from the camera. I mean, we all know it's just baby weight, right? ;o) Otherwise Hadley may have doubts about me really being her mother and being there for all those little experiences. So I'm putting on a bold face, and will be stepping around to the other side of the lens. I go with the confidence that a) Weight Watchers works, b) I am a member, and c) two pounds a week seems measly, but it's permanent!
{Excuse me while I blog a self pep-talk.}

On that note... here are just a few of the recipes for this weekend:

Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches
  • one beef rump roast {or any kind of beef roast really}
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 packet of dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1 jar of pepperoncinis
*Toss all ingredients into a slow-cooker and cook on High for at least 5 hours.
*Then shred beef roast and serve beef at pepper on a hogie bun with a little mayo.
*Take a bite and then realize that this recipe is simply genius.

Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork
5551711173_dc42f7fc4b_z My new favorite from the Pioneer Woman. She know's her way around flavor!

And as for the sides and desserts... well that I haven't figured out yet. However, I am pretty sure cupcakes may find their way in there somewhere.

Happy Tuesday! This lady's off to finish my grocery list...

{What are you cookin' this week??}

Friday, April 1, 2011

Me, my baby, and the JBF Sale

Wow, two weeks into this and I'm already behind! That is the sum of life as a busy wife/mom, oral surgery, and a three-day span of minor sickness.

Well, I've just settled baby girl down for a nap, so now there is time.
Isn't she just precious?

Hadley is one week shy from three months old, and I can't believe how quickly the time has passed since the day she came into our lives. The depth of the love of a parent is amazing to me. Nick and I have asked ourselves a time or two, "how did we ever live without her?"

Last night was a big night. Last night, Hadley experienced her first JBF Sale!
Just Between Friends of Tacoma

If you have not heard of "Just Between Friends"- Moms, listen up!

The Just Between Friends Sale {Or JBF} is a huge consignment sale for all things baby and kid. They're hosted all around the country, and they're a pretty big deal! SO many things at SUCH great prices!
The sale for our area is hosted at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, and our first visit was last October.

Seven months pregnant, I rounded up the troops {Nick and my sister-in-law, Kim} to score some of the big ticket baby items. And boy, did we make out like bandits! From a name-brand stroller travel-system, baby swing, and bouncer seat to even some of those smaller items. We saved just a little under $400!

It's needless to say, but I was just a little excited about their Spring sale. ;) And this time I would be a consignor!

I packed up some of Hadley's clothing that she had outgrown, a few things that didn't fit her size & season, and a couple of items we didn't need.
I was pretty proud of my three bags full.

Mom came to watch Hadley as I quickly ran my items over to the sale site for drop-off. Then I caught glimpse of the serious consignor moms. We're talking full car loads {and a few with some truck and trailers!}

There was a great feeling of encouragement and comradery amongst all us moms- young and old- as we each presented our goods for inspection. Each item must be in almost-new or great condition and season-appropriate to be accepted. A great amount of things, like mine, are still brand-new with tags!

My favorite part? As a consignor I was invited back for the pre-sale beginning at 8:00 pm!

There was just one thing I was needing {or so I thought} and that would be another baby carrier or sling. We have a Moby-Wrap that Hadley just loves to be carried around in.. but since the thing is 5.5 meters long {Uhh- huuh} it is not the easiest thing to just throw on when hopping out of your car somewhere. We needed something easy for those times.

Well, we found a few more things we currently need or will be needing before the Fall Sale, and I can't wait to share our deals {steals} with you!

Here's what we came home with:

Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat - Lilac -  Bumbo - Toys"R"UsBumbo Play Tray - Bumbo  - Babies"R"Us
Purple Bumbo with Tray
Retail Value: $50.98 *
We Paid: $15.50
Pretty In Pink™ Supreme Play Gym
Bright Starts- Pretty In Pink Activity Gym
Retail Value: $49.99 *
We Paid: $17.00
The First Years American Red Cross Baby Scale - Learning Curve  - Babies"R"Us
The First Years American Red Cross Baby Scale
Retail Value: $59.99 *
We Paid: $10.00 !!!

BumGenius All-In-One Cloth Diaper - BlossomBumGenius All-In-One Cloth Diaper - ZinniaBumGenius All-In-One Cloth Diaper - Butternut
3 Bum Genious All-in-One Cloth diapers
Retail Value: $47.85 *
We Paid: $15.00

Graco Secure Coverage Digital Monitor with 2 Parent Units
Retail Value: $64.99 *
We Paid: $10.00 !!

And I just could't resist these...
<em>John Deere</em> Infants Tan/Pink Wellington Booties
John Deere Pink Infant Cowgirl Boots
Retail Value: $45.00 *
We Paid: $6.00 !

Oh, and I can't forget the one thing we went there for.. ;)

Infantino Euro Rider in Khaki/Black 151-578
Infantino Euro Rider
Retail Value: $29.99
We Paid: $8.00

And since we were there we picked my sister up one of these..

Boppy Rock In Comfort Travel Swing
Retail Value: $62.88
We Paid: $19.00 !!

That's a difference of $311.17!
Am I bragging about the savings just a bit? It was just too exciting for me. It was Christmas in Spring!

Now, off to the rest of my day...

You can check out more info about the JBF Sale Here: Click Here
Or check out their Facebook page here: Click Here

Click the little *'s to see where I found the retail prices.


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