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Celebration of 2010!

Happy New Years Eve everyone!  Wow, what a year Coach and I have had in 4692010.  I thought 2009 was a lot of change for us including  getting married, moving to KY, experiencing and loving our first year of marriage, but 2010 has certainly trumped 2009!  Here is a rundown of our year:

Our Time in KY

Coach and I loved, loved, loved our time in Kentucky.  Though we missed our family and friends in the midwest, living 13 hours away created the perfect environment for us to enjoy our first year of marriage alone.   Coach had a crazy work schedule, so the weekends DSC04152were spent hiking the Appalachian mountains, exploring the KY countryside and celebrating our time as newlyweds.  One of the other important elements to our happiness in KY was our friends.  Coaching presents an interesting situation because most often coaches are transplants from somewhere else.  Together coaching families kind of create a network of support.  I have always felt bad about this because that means Coach has to also hang out with people he works with, but we have been fortunate enough that he’s happy to do so!  The unique thing DSC04106about our coaching network in KY was that we were all relatively the same age and the men’s and women’s staff got along very well(not typical, I guess!).  We left with heavy hearts knowing that the coaching world will probably split us all up forever, but with Facebook, email and phone conversations we have all been able to keep in touch. 

Other highlights of 2010  included:

The Derby

Coach and I had to drop off a recruit in Louisville on the day of the Derby last May.  It JUST SO HAPPENS that Churchill Downs is located only minutes from the airport.  We packed a bag just in case we decided to stay for the Derby after dropping off the recruit for his flight.  After the typical discussion, “This could be only time in our LIVES that we’ll be able to go to the Derby.” We decided to grab a six-pack, get some cash, park our car and head in to the in-field.  Now…I’ve always heard that the infield is crazy, but people….it’s CRAZY!  Coach and I like to have a good time and we were STILL shocked by what we saw when we stepped on the midfield.  WOW.  Not to mention that the rainy weather had created a major MUD PIT in the middle of the track.

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Coach and I HAD been disappointed in our outfits for the Derby (jeans, no hat and no dress), but after coming up from under the track we were upset we didn’t wear something WORSE!  I can only describe the ambiance as a mix between MTV’s version of Spring Break and what I envision Woodstock would have looked like in the rain.  As soon as we got to the infield, Coach needed to use the restroom – or shall I say outhouse.  The minute we got in line, this is what we saw:DSC04114

Apparently it is tradition for people to run across the top of the port-o-potties while dodging anything people throw at you….beer bottles, shoes, half-eaten turkey legs, you name it!  While this whole concept was pretty entertaining, I was a bit concerned about Coach’s head while he went to use the bathroom!  Luckily he survived without getting stepped on!

DSC04117 We quickly decided that the infield was not for us, so we made our way towards the grandstand.  Though we weren’t able to EVER see the field, we could watch them on TVs in the stand and bet on the races in the warmth, away from the mud and with people not completely covered in who-knows-what.   I actually had to take a picture of the man who was keeping me away from actually seeing any horse races of the day…I guess we didn’t have the appropriate ticket, outfit or income level.

DSC04118 All-in-all the day was successful.  We won on a few races and came out even on the trip!  We did eventually make it back outside for the final Derby race and watched it along the fence.  If you look close enough, you can see the winner in this picture…I think…look to the right…I think…

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Even if this is the one and only time we get to experience the Derby, we can tell our children that we have been and will always remember the adventure.  It was one of the highlights of my year for sure!DSC04122Even though I had to throw one of my favorite pairs of shoes away. I loved those shoes too!DSC04134 I just took a picture with this boy because he was cute and he was surviving the infield WAY BETTER than we were!  A true Kentuckian for sure.

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The Move to STL

By the time we moved, Coach and I had realized I was pregnant.  We actually discovered everything the week of our one year anniversary and were able to tell our parents on our anniversary!  Surprise!  I told a friend the other day that the best time to move is when you are pregnant, because you aren’t able to lift much.  Oops.  Luckily Coach had recruited a good friend (thanks Dave!) to help us lift the heavy stuff onto the moving truck.    In Kentucky we rented a VERY SMALL two bedroom house for $550 a month!  I know, crazy cheap.  We soon developed a love/hate relationship with the home and look forward to raising a baby in a house that keeps heat IN rather than sucking heat OUT during the winter months.  Really, the only thing we loved about the house was the rent price tag AND the fact that this is where we started out our married years.  Otherwise I hope to never have to live in a place like that again!  We were on a tight budget though so it worked for us.  Plus, we got to learn a lot about bugs, slugs, a mouse, carpenter bees, a whole new language from our neighbors and trees growing up from the floor boards while living there so it had it’s educational benefits as well.  Oh the joys!  Anyway, here is a look at our last day in KY.

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DSC04187 In 2010 we lived in four places total.  Some of my friends ask how I can stay sane throughout our adventures, but I really have to give credit to Coach for keeping me calm.  He has such a beautiful way of letting me know everything will work out.  I KNOW this trait is what makes him successful as a Coach and as a husband.  Maybe it’s his dad’s entrepreneurial attitude that has been instilled him, but someone how I always believe him!  Yes, I do have my occasional breakdowns but somehow he’s always right. 

STL has really embraced us with open arms.  We love everything about the city especially our new home, Coach’s job, the people we have met here and the closer distance to our family and friends!   Everything about the move seemed ‘just right’ from day one and we have continued to feel that way ever since.  

The Baby!

Obviously the most exciting and momentous event of 2010 was learning we were going to be parents.  This news was a total shock to us, but we have embraced this surprise as a TRUE, TRUE blessing.  There are so many things about our pregnancy that have really proved that there is someone who has chosen us to raise this baby.  We could not be more honored to meet our new little one in a few weeks and will treasure this gift every single day.   

I hope you all have an amazing New Years Eve.  What a wonderful time to reflect on your year, set some goals for 2011 and thank those who have helped you achieve a successful 2010.  Thank you for caring enough about us for reading about this blog.  I know 2011 will bring a lot of baby pictures, so be prepared!

Either way, I’ll ‘see’ you in 2011!!

Louise

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Let the Nesting Begin!

Hello, hello, hello!  I apologize for not writing yesterday.  I ended up running a bunch of errands (aka. NESTING) and then went with Coach on a recruiting visit.  We had a lot of fun watching a team in small-town IL during their Holiday Basketball Tournament.  As much as I’m going to LOVE having a little one around, I will miss these evenings of Coach and I heading off on the road together.  My dairy aire sure won’t miss those high school wooden bleachers though!  Eek.   Since we got home from our Christmas trip, Coach has been battling a cold.  I think he is finally starting to shake it off, but I stocked up on all the DayQuil and NyQuil a sick person could want/need/handle while I was out yesterday.  It’s hard to catch up on sleep in the middle of a basketball season.  I guess his crazy schedule is all in preparation for the little one to arrive in 3 WEEKS!

Speaking of the little baby…I had a Dr’s appointment on Monday and everything seems to be ‘baking’ right on track!  The Holiday weight gain wasn’t anything to brag about, but we were pleased to find that January 15th is still our expectant delivery date.  I’m not one to even WANT to consider induction or any sort of intervention strategies, so this little bubba will bless us with his/her presence whenever it’s their time.  I’m totally leaning towards a little boy, but Coach thinks it’s a little girl.  Not that it really matters, but it’s been fun to talk about what we think the little one is from day-to-day.  By the way, this week the baby is the size of a watermelon.  Remember the fruit/veggie lessons discussed earlier?  As for me, I’m really not noticing any new symptoms though I do feel some tightening (which I assume are Braxton Hicks) occasionally.  This typically happens when I get up in the morning or get a wild hair to start cleaning like a mad woman around the house.  So far our plan is to head to the hospital as soon as I hit the 5-1-1 mark:  contractions are five minutes apart, last one minute for one hour.  I’m sure I’ll probably just be freaking out much earlier than that and we’ll end up going early, but I would like to labor at home as long as possible.  Again, the less interventions possible…the better!  For those of you who may be preggo out there, I totally recommend the book Ina May’s Guide to ChildbirthIna May is a legend in the Midwifery world and takes a complete natural approach to childbirth.  I was recommended this book by a good friend in Kentucky and have enjoyed it immensely since picking it up a few weeks ago.  Ina May lives on a compound called The Farm (stay with me here!) and been a part of over 2,000 deliveries throughout her years as a midwife.  Ina May has a cesarean rate of 2% which is much, MUCH lower than the national average of 33% and climbing.  The woman must be doing SOMETHING right!  While some of the stories are a bit too ‘natural’ for my liking, I have really found her information about the birthing process to be very comforting to me and my fears. 

While we’re on the birth topic, I wanted to share a BEAUTIFUL blog post today from my friend Sherri.  Sherri’s little girl Macy turned one yesterday and from the blog you can see she has brought new light to their lives.  WARNING:  Grab some Kleenex though ladies…it’s a tear jerker!

What will be new in 2011?

2011 is going to bring SO many wonderful things to our family, including two sweet little babies…one for my brother and sister-in-law and one for us!  In addition, I know there is a very special job waiting my dad.  He has so many talents to provide the community and I JUST KNOW there is something good on the horizon.  That being said, there are also some plans/resolutions I am committing myself to before the year begins.  One of these resolutions is to document or track my coupon savings for a year!  I’ve always wanted to know how much I save on a monthly basis, so I’ve decided to make a real strong effort to record everything!  Thanks to a savings tracker like this, I’ll be able to easily report my savings from month to month.  We’ll see how it goes in January, anyway!  I will also be running a total on the side of this blog so all ya’ll can see how I am doing in this savings game.  Coach and I always get a kick out of my coupon obsession, so why not keep track of it over a years time?  It’s at least worth a try, I guess.  Plus, how else can I justify my trips to the salon every 5-8 weeks?  haha. 

For those of you who are wanting to dabble into a little couponing in 2011…I suggest the following websites to help you get started.  I can also help answer SOME questions you may have, but these are wonderful resources for someone starting out in the couponing world.  I know it sounds crazy, but couponing is something I have REALLY come to enjoy.  Not only does it help us save moolah, but it’s also something that I like to do!  Remember the TV game show Supermarket Sweep?  Well it’s like that, but different!

Also, if better budgeting is something you want/need to focus on for 2011, I recommend going to the library (which is FREE!) and checking out Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover.  While I don’t agree with EVERYTHING Dave Ramsey says, I do think he presents a very good plan of how to reorganize your finances to create a more secure future.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

Sump Pump Saga

So here it goes.

A couple of weeks ago, Coach came down to our laundry room only to find water/mud on the floor!  Yikes!  After about an hour of mopping, scooping and sweeping up the mess we finally decided that the strange hole in the corner of our basement must have been dug for a sump pump.  Wow…duh. But who takes out a sump pump before they move?  Now, let me start by saying that this whole homeownership thing has (so far) been a fabulous adventure but at times like these it would be SO MUCH EASIER to call a landlord…or even Lynn-lord for that matter (for those of you who don’t know, my dad’s name is Lynn!).  Anyway, after a few phone calls to some experts (Lynn), we decided to venture out to Home Depot and purchase a new sump pump for the basement.  Luckily the new pump fit perfectly into the pre-dug hole, but now we are waiting on some warmer weather (and a visit from my dad!) to pipe the water outside.  Right now we have PVC running into a drain in the same room.  It’s a total tripping/safety hazard, but it works!  Thank the Good Lord I married such a manly man who was able to  figure the whole process out himself.  I realize this might be an elementary project in the eyes of some home-owning legends, but for new home owners like us…this was a major accomplishment!  We did not get here without a few glitches, one of which is that Coach had to be creative in imageorder to get the PVC pipe to fit in his car (see picture).  There was also the incident where Coach was approached by a man at Home Depot who asked if he needed help.  After about 15 minutes of back and forth conversation regarding this pump project, the man said, “well let me find someone who actually works here to help you answer some of these questions.”  What?  The man even had a Home Depot vest on, but apparently was in the store completing some surveys and must have been bored enough to ‘try’ to help Coach with his questions.  Thanks for NOTHING Mr. Survey Man!

Amazon.com Fiasco

Let me start by saying I LOVE AMAZON.com.  I buy a lot of things from Amazon.com (baby stuff, household things) and would advise anyone to check their prices before making any purchases from a store.  But…do you remember me talking about all of my Fiestaware dishes that I put up for sale on Amazon.com?  Well, I am very excited to report that I sold my first set!  And guess how much I made from this $30 sale?  A WHOPPING $2!!!  Yes, that’s right.  After paying for shipping charges and Amazon’s fees, I net myself a two stinking dollars.  Can you believe that?  I had to call my mom and share my pathetic news.  How can I sell something for $30 and end up only getting $2 in return?  Wow.  I totally need to figure this only selling thing out before I try again.  Amazon estimated my $29 shipping charges to only be $7.99…so there was my first problem!  I don’t know how or where they get those figures, but THEY ARE WRONG!  Needless-to-say, I’m rethinking my other 28 dish sets.  Maybe I’ll try Ebay to see how it goes.

Coach is on the road recruiting again tonight, so I have saved my errands for the evening.  I have a list of five places I would like to go and maybe even catch my last solo movie.  What? You wouldn’t go to a movie by yourself?  Dah-ling, consider it…it’s a true treasure!

Daily Obsessions…there isn’t much here:Sky Blue Nylon Lanterns - Click to enlarge

  • Paper lanterns
  • All of my coupon blogs are BLOWING UP about deals on Kohls.com.  Check it out if you’re a Kohls type of person.  I wish I could say that I love shopping at Kohls…but I always find the store a bit overwhelming.  Use these codes to get additional savings:  TWENTY4U = 20% off,
  • SHIP2MVC = FREE shipping (may need to be a Kohl’s cardholder)  via thriftyandthriving.com

Merry Christmas to All!

Good morning!  I hope everyone is resting after what (for us at least!) was a FABULOUS Holiday break.  Coach was lucky enough to get one whole week off of basketball, so we were home in Nebraska and spent a lovely time with family and friends.  Coach and I were a globe-trotters throughout our time back home.  Overall we enjoyed six Holiday parties, saw as many friends and family as our schedule allowed and still had time to squeeze in a little work now and again.  We realize this is the lifestyle we signed up for when we moved away from home, but we really treasure our time with our family and enjoy any of our friends who squeeze us in their schedules when we’re back. 

In addition to celebrating the Holiday with our loved ones, I also presented my final paper and completed my Masters degree while we were back!  It was really special to have my family there to see me graduate.  Who would have thought I would presenting my final paper 8-1/2 months pregnant?  I guess I should be glad that there was something else for the group to pay attention to rather than my presentation!  I didn’t officially walk in the graduation ceremony, but we did attend a reception where I stood up and talked about my experience in the program.  After almost four years of part-time classes, I’M DONE!  What a wonderful relief. 

Before we get started with the blog, let me show off some pictures from our break.  Oops…a couple of pictures decided to sneak in from Thanksgiving.  Oh well, here are Coach and I with out two favorite girls – our nieces Brynn and Lauren.

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Moving on to Christmas break…Coach and I took a trip into Iowa to visit my 100 year old great-grandmother, Leona. Doesn’t she look amazing?  Coach had never had the chance of meeting her before, so I was super excited that we were able to fit in an afternoon to take a trip East for the day.  Grandma Leona is a spit-fire for being 100-years old!  She lives in an assisted living facility, but we took her into town for lunch.  She doesn’t get out of the facility much, so it was nice to give her a day out on the town!  Coach, my parents and I had a wonderful time eating lunch with Grandma and hearing all about her days as one of 20 children.  Move over Duggar family!  Grandma Leona is my mom’s grandma, so here is a picture of my mom and I followed by one with Coach and I.  DSC04286

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My dad’s family currently has three pregnant mammas!  Here is a picture of the three of us on Christmas Eve.  From left to right…Jill, my sister-in-law who is due in June, Natalie, my cousin is due in May and yours truly.  I think I win for biggest belly!  I may have even tried to suck in for this picture…not sure it worked though!  haha.  We are all SO excited about seeing each other again over the Fourth of July, when we will have three little babies to play with.  Oh boy…or girl…who knows!

lamprecht girlsHere is a picture of me with my Grandma Irma, who also happens to be one of my idols.  She got a new leopard vest for the Holidays and we were loving it!!!  Irma was a farm mom, something I’m always fascinated by because not only did she raise five kids, but there were also cows to be milked!  I’ve never heard her once complain about how tough her younger years were or how tough it was to have all of those duties while raising kids.  Being a Coach’s wife, I know there will be days/weeks/months where a lot will fall on my shoulders and I hope to be half as graceful as my Grandma Irma during those moments and take the days in stride.  I think we all could learn a lesson from her every now and again.

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Lastly, here is Coach and I celebrating our final Christmas Day as a two-some.  And yes, those are all Santas behind us!  Christmas would not be the same without traveling back home to see my parent’s house and Coach’s parent’s house all decorated for the holidays.  Coach’s mom LOVES Santas and you can see the proof behind the us.  They’re adorable and creepy all at the same time, but we love them.

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Three more weeks!

DSC04334 Okay, enough pictures…which by the way, can you see the difference in my nose between the Thanksgiving picture and the Christmas pictures?  I know pregnant women retain some water, but in their nose?  Crazy.  Anyway, let’s talk about what’s going on here in the outskirts of STL. 

My brother Adam and sister-in-law Jill came to visit before we headed back home for the holidays.  This was the first time either Adam and Jill had been to our new house, so Coach and I enjoyed showing them the area.  We spent one evening down in The Hill – an area of St. Louis known for the good Italian restaurants.  We settled on Zia’s based on some reviews from friends.  We loved it!  We all got something a little different and each were happy with our selection…especially Adam and his personal liter of wine!  haha.

This was Jill’s first time in STL, so she and Adam took one morning to see the Arch and cruise around the town.  Sadly, STL’s downtown isn’t much to look at (besides the Arch), but rather the town is known for it’s little communities like The Hill and other quaint townships that make up greater St. Louis.  Jill (pictured above) and Adam are expecting a baby in May, so we had a lot of fun talking about the upcoming babies!  They plan to find out the sex of the baby, so it will be fun to see if they find out before or after our baby is born (it’s all going to happen at the same time!).  All four of us had a good laugh one night as we were sitting around the table talking about kids because we are all still in shock to be at this stage in our lives!  It’s amazing, hilarious and fascinating all at the same time.

I have so much to write about this week – baby room reveal, sump pump status and a recap of 2010.  Whew!

Daily Obsessions:

  • Christmas Vacation PosterCoach and I were fortunate to get an iPad for Christmas!  So, my morning was spent trying to figure this thing out!  Right now, the iPad is keeping my entertained by playing National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Netflix…a true classic!  It’s amazing that so many of us have seen this movie and none of us thought that Randy Quaid was really crazy?  Well he is!
  • Speaking of Netflix, EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE IT!  Coach and I pay $8 a month and enjoy unlimited viewing online and through our Wii.  It’s amazing!  Who needs cable when you can watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on demand?  Also, beings that I’m a huge documentary buff…I really enjoy their selection of documentary movies.
  • I know we are all trying to get organized in 2011, so why not be J. Terence Thompson Plastic 18 Gal. Tote Slate Blueprepared for that second-wind-cleaning-frenzy and pick up a few of these.  Lowe’s is offering these totes for $2.50 which is a fabulous price!  Let me know how that cleaning goes, by the way.  The good thing about moving all the time is that I’ve really learned to purge my stuff.  However, from some reason EVERYTIME we go home, we end up coming back with an entire car load of stuff.  My parents are slowly getting rid of any item from my childhood.  I guess I can’t blame them, we’re all trying to be organized!  via stlmommy.com
  •  Bath and Body Works is having an amazing sale right now!!!  75% off items and 50% off candles.  Also, if you decide to head out to check out their items or login online, use this coupon for $10 a $40 purchase.
  • Barnes and Noble has a lot of their children’s books marked to 75% off!  Check the great deals out here.

Merry Christmas!

Louise

Daily Obsessions

I just had a whole post typed up and my computer crashed….EEK!  So, I’m going to need to make this quick.  I’ll post some personal updates tomorrow, but I need to get out of the house and head to the grocery store before I hit the post 5 o’clock rush.  I am a coupon queen and have three places to hit up yet this evening.  I was busy today with meetings this morning and a hair appointment this afternoon.  However, rather than leaving today’s blog blank I really wanted to be sure that everyone got to see today’s Daily Obsessions!  Come back tomorrow as I’ve got some exciting to things to share and I’ll let you know much I save during my three grocery store trips tonight….yeah, I’m that lady.

There really wasn’t much going on in the Daily Deals department today, but here is what I found.

  • Personal Note:  Yesterday was my second highest daily readership with over 160 people viewing my blog!  Ya!!!  My goal is to get to 500 consistent daily readers before I look into ways to make some money at this…so spread the word!
  • Panera’s gingerbread bagels are back for a limited time.  Pair this with some honey walnut cream cheese, and girl you’ve got yourself a little taste of heaven!
  • JCPenny has again partnered with the Salvation Army to provide Angels Giving Tree gifts during the Holiday season.  Go online today and search for an Angel in your area to help sponsor.  Coach and I will be sponsoring a little Angel this season in honor of our upcoming Present. 
  • Weight Watchers Magazine subscription for $2.99!  What a wonderful price and I’ve heard that WW has a  lot of coupons in their magazines, so making back that $2.99 should be easy!  Fellas, this might not be the best idea for mom or your wife.  If so, prepare yourselves.  Just be sure to enter WEIGHT when checking out online.  via www.hip2save.com.
  • **Coach’s Favorite** A ESPN Magazine subscription is also on sale A Tanga Imagetoday for $3.99.  Coach prefers ESPN over Sports Illustrated because he says the are more well-rounded in the sports they present and find some interesting articles to showcase new talent, etc.  Be sure to enter ESPN when checking out online.  I have found myself reading this in the car ride between Nebraska and St. Louis and enjoy the various stories as well!  This is a great gift for any sports fan!

Louise

Time for Some Home Projects

Ooo…late post again!  I have been out all morning running errands and chatting it up with our real estate agent, who has become one of my four friends in STL!  Hey Tiffany!  I’m sending her my blog after I post this, so hopefully she’ll get to reading daily like the rest of ya’ll.  It was so fun to catch up with Tiffany and to tell her about all the things Coach and I LOVE about our new home.  Tiffany was so helpful in finding this house, not to mention EXTREMLY patient too.  I know we had a quick turn around, but Tiffany and I really saw a LOT of houses in that short timeframe.  Plus, with Coach starting a new job right after we moved, he wasn’t able to be around too much during the search.  Luckily, Tiffany and I got along really well which helped the process quite a bit.

I then head out to Home Depot, Target, Pier 1 Imports and Home Goods – a store all you Nebraskan’s should UPSET you don’t have!  Home Goods is the same as Marshall’s/TJMaxx, but for home interiors.  We had one in Lexington and it’s a MUST when looking for things like rugs, lamp shades and good, good sales.  I picked up a few lamps months ago at Goodwill that needed some new lampshades to bring them to life.  After searching and searching, I finally found some today at Home Goods for $12.99 which made the lamps $16.99 total ($4 from Goodwill)!  I was also in search of some throw pillows for our couches (yes, we have 2!) in the living room.  We inherited a couch from Coach’s family and after recovering the thing with a new couch cover, it was in need of some pillows.  I know you don’t know what it looked like before (again….should have taken a picture!), but here is the final product (minus a few new pillows).

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Notice the stubby leg in the middle front…I’m trying to figure that little thing out?  Any ideas?  It could be from moving it over the years, but for some reason the middle leg sits about two inches off the floor…hmm.  Coach was out recruiting late last night, so this project was completed by me, myself and I!  I decided to upgrade to the two-piece couch cover, one piece that covers the cushions and another that covers the rest of the couch.  I’m happy with the final product, but know the cover will need a little TLC every now and then to keep it looking decent.  I am not a professional with couch cushions, but was surprised to see the new ‘stretch’ versions in the stores.  It all worked out pretty slick!  Luckily Coach and I had some Bed, Bath and Beyond gift cards leftover from our wedding…I know, we’re THAT frugal that we haven’t used all of the gift cards from a our wedding a year and a half ago!  The gift cards combined with a 20% coupon made the couch cover a pretty good deal! 

I was SO excited to find some adorable throw pillows today at Pier One for $7.98!  Throw pillows are SO expensive, so anytime you see a good deal on a throw pillow, SNATCH IT!  I might need to re-think my curtains after buying the pillows though.  As you can see in the picture (above), we have sage-ish green walls in our living room.  The paint job is fine, but the muted color is SO NOT ME!    I mean, my heart can not resist anything that looks like this, let alone if it’s $7.98!  So the pillows I bought today were intended to splash some more color into the room…which might need to be continued into the curtains as well.  My oh-so-skilled mother made the curtains for us out of an old exterior shower curtain I had from awhile ago and always loved.  After a trip to Cost Plus World Market, we might be negotiating another set of curtains for the living room and transitioning the current curtains into table runners for the end tables/night stands in the Master Bedroom.  I guess this blog is a warning to her!  oops.  There used to be a super-good interiors magazine by Conde Nast called Domino (RIP) that went out of publication in 2009.  Anyway, I LOVED the looks they created in the magazine and in a perfect world, my house would have the same look.  Kind of like this picture:

It’s kind of vintage-meets-comfort-meets-international. So now do my pillows make sense?  It might be a few years before my entire design esthetic can really shine, but until then I’ll get a kick out of my $7.98 pillows!

I also stopped by Home Depot to check on their sump-pumps.  Coach and I were surprised to come home after Thanksgiving to find water-mud in our mechanical room!  Eek!  There is a sump-pump pit in the basement, but no pump.  It will be an easy fix and one we are not too concerned about, but we just want to get it taken care of soon.  I have a call in to a guy who is going to come and check it out before we do anything too crazy.  I mean, my entire knowledge of the whole project has been done through Google searches and watching YouTube videos, but I’m pretty confident that Coach and I can do this project on our own.  And (according to the internet) purchasing the sump-pump is inevitable so I figured I should just pick one up today.  I also purchased a can of white spray paint for a project in the baby’s room. 

My trip to ReStore yesterday was not nearly as productive as I was hoping it would be when I left home.  Apparently, all ReStore locations are a bit different in terms of what they carry.  In Kentucky, the ReStore that I visited was full of furniture basic household items.  THIS ReStore was full of screws/bits/doors/door knobs/home project items.  They did still have sinks and vanities, but the rest of the items were more specific than what I was looking for.  I guess I’m just going to have to stick with Goodwill and Craigslist for a nice looking bookshelf/toy chest.  That shouldn’t be too hard to find. 

I know ya’ll haven’t seen the baby’s room yet, but I’m thinking about putting one of these in a corner of the room.  Our house ‘blessed’ us with all indirect lighting, meaning the house prefers lamps to ANY overhead light so we are in need of lamps!!!  I have always liked the playfulness of these paper lanterns and think I’ll be able to convince Coach this is what the baby would want…I just know it! 

Maru Round Green Paper Lanterns - Cost Plus World Market

Fattening Up

By 34-35 weeks, the pregnancy books say the baby has reached close to it’s birth length but now focuses it’s attention fattening up it’s little body while strengthening the lungs….hence all the hiccups!   I can certainly tell in the past few days that he/she is getting a bit cramped due to all the kicking and elbowing, but I’m LOVING IT!  I’ve really enjoyed every stage of pregnancy because of the milestone each one presents, but the 3rd trimester has to my favorite so far.  I realize I’m only beginning this stage, but I LOVE all the movement and being able to really feel and imagine what the baby is doing.  I always thought baby movement in utero was something NO WOMAN would ever be able to explain to me.  And as a pregnant woman, I still feel the same way.  There is this weird image that goes through my head every time I feel a kick or a series of hiccups where I think I can actually see my little one and what he or she is doing. It’s crazy.  My family is like a LaLeche International Club, not only because we are obsessed with breast feeding but we also have an infatuation with babies.  We currently have two babies under one year and three babies on the way!   Over Thanksgiving we were all sitting around after dinner and my aunt who worked as a labor and delivery nurse for many years said that a baby moving inside you is EXACTLY how you thought it would feel.  And she’s right!  I mean, it’s still strange sometimes when I do feel a BIG KICK or wake up in the morning and within 3-4 minutes get a somersault, but it still feels just like I thought it would!  My cousin who is also a labor and delivery nurse (see, I told you!) said one mother loved baby movement because it was her secret.  She could be talking with someone and feel the baby kick, without the person she was talking to knowing what had happened.  This mother liked that this silent ‘communication’ was just between the her and her baby.  How sweet is that?

Okay, sorry for the HGTV followed by TLC’s A Baby Story blog post today.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday!

Louise

Daily Obsessions

  • Olive Garden’s Five Cheese Ziti al Forno.  YUMMY!
  • This is a fun idea if you know someone who is sick, pregnant or would just benefit from a heating pad/rice pack!  It looks like she has added scented oils and aromas to the packs before as well.  Good idea! via moneysavingmom.com
  • One thing we should NEVER pay full price for is photo cards for the Holidays.  There is a sale going on here where you receive 60 free cards when you use the gift code: 50cards at checkout.  All you need to do is pay $4.99 for shipping and handling! via stlmommy.com
  • Another thing you should never pay full price for is magazine subscriptions.  If you have a teen you are buying for this holiday, Seventeen Magazine (Oh the days!  However, I preferred YM!) is on sale for $3.73/year!  Just be sure to enter PXCJ1212 at checkout. via stlmommy.com
  • Bath and Body Works is offering $10 for anything $10 or more, which means that $10 gift sets are available for $5.99!  Just enter F102785 at checkout.  Here are some of the things listed at $10.  via hip2save.com
  • Amazon is offering Entertainment Weekly for $15…that’s $190.40 off the retail price!  Nice!  One thing to note about Amazon subscriptions is that it sometimes takes awhile before you get anything in your mailbox.  The good new is, they have MEGA-deal!  WARNING:  I read the comments and found this…once you get the subscription ordered, be sure to go online or call to cancel your auto-renewal.  Otherwise you will be charged for another year at FULL PRICE.   via wisebread.com
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One More Obsession ‘O’ The Day!

Do you need a good Holiday CD this season? One of my favorite a cappella groups called SONOS came out with Holiday CD and I’m LOVING IT! I saw them sing awhile ago in Lexington, KY and they’ve been on my playlist ever since. They are all UCLA grads who went to school with Sara Bareilles, who is one of my other favorites! The girl who sings lead is aMAHzing. You can listen to the album here.

And We’re Off…

I am trying to get an early start this morning because my To-Do list is FAR TOO LONG!  I won’t bore you with all the details, but my day will include grocery shopping, checking out our local ReStore for some home project necessities and the dreaded, never-ending, no-good chore called cleaning.  I also need to work on my paper/presentation some, so it’s going to be a busy day!

Fiesta, Ole!

If my mother were writing this blog, her Daily Obsessions section would ALWAYS include dishes.  She loves dishes, just loves them.  Throughout my high school and college years, my mother attempted to court me into her addiction by starting my dish collection – at 16 years old!  I’ve always loved the look of Fiestaware and the way all the colors blended so well together, but that takes planning.  Something we didn’t consider when we started the process! Fiestaware prints their colors by collection, so if you don’t get all of your sets in a certain timeframe, your color could be discontinued.  In other words, starting a collection fifteen years ago was probably not the best idea for my mother and I. Why?  Because we have NO COMPLETE SETS!  I did receive some beautiful pieces for our wedding and plan to use those to create one complete dinner set, but the rest of the odds and ends we’ve have collected over my lifetime are going to have to go!  I’m not one to hold on to things for too long.  Anyway, I checked online last night and it appears I may have one color (3 5-piece settings) that were discontinued in 2002?  Sweet.  So those might be a bit trickier to sell.  The others have been listed on Amazon, one penny short of what Amazon is selling them for!  Luckily there are websites like Replacements, Ltd. who purchase rare/discontinued sets from people, store them in their warehouse and sell them when they can.  So today, I will be taking pictures of my rare, but perfectly new dishes and emailing to Replacements, Ltd. in hopes that they come back with some HUGE price!  I’ll be sure to let you know what I hear back from them.  Their website says 2-3 days, so hopefully I have an answer by Friday.  Otherwise, I may try to sell them on eBay (placing a reserve on them) to see if anyone chomps at the bit.  I haven’t had the greatest luck with eBay, but maybe it will pull through for me this time!

Home Projects

I am heading to ReStore today to check out some of their items.  ReStore is a retail store tied in with Habitat for Humanity.  If you are ever in need of ANYTHING for a home project, check out ReStore FIRST!  They have wonderful items for gardening, home improvement projects, etc.  Their website says:  ReStore resale outlets sell new fixtures, as well as gently used furniture, home accessories, appliances and building materials.  There are ReStore outlets all over the United States.  To find one in your area, check here.  Today, I am on a mission to find a bookshelf for the baby’s room.  I don’t want or need anything fancy, just something I can paint to help liven up the room.  I’ve also heard they have cheap paint, so while I’m there I’ll check that out too!  I’m also going to see if they have any new sump pumps and PVC pipes.  Oh friends, that’s another story for another day!  I’ve never been to the ReStore in our area, so I’m kind of excited to see all of their treasures.  I’ll post pictures of anything I find.

Speaking of pictures!  I have had a lot of people ask if/when I’ll post pictures of the baby’s room.  I am going to wait until it’s ALL complete before I post anything.  I am getting a few last minute items for Christmas, so by then everything should be done.  It’s looking adorable though and I can’t wait to show it off.  Here is a sneak peak of the border my Grandma Irma and I worked on when she was here in September:

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Here is the room before we made some necessary changes to it!

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And here is a proud daddy painting away at the ceiling.  My neck hurts just looking at this picture!  And yes ladies, my man proudly bares his muscles around the house!

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We painted the room in the first part of September.  It was one of our first home improvement projects.  We were so excited to have a new room for our little one that we searched for inspirational pictures, went out and bought paint and WALLA.  We had a baby’s room!  I’ve  always thought a baby’s rooms with a blue ceilings would be adorable.  Why not let the little one imagine they are outside while laying in their crib?  Also, the grey walls are meant to help blend all the other colors of the room together.  We didn’t go with a theme but decided it would be a hodge-podge of things we love…including that mobile in the picture above that has been in my various homes the past four years.  It’s so peaceful to me and reminds me of all the places I have lived.  I also have another mobile over the changing table, but that will have to wait until the Big Reveal sometime late-December or early-January.

Baby Book

I’ve officially started on the Baby Book this week.  My friend Becky had a wonderful idea of doing everything online and then printing a hard copy of the book at the end of the year.  So, I’m stealing her idea and have been using Blurb.com to create a book for the baby.  When I am home over the Holidays, I’m going to check my old baby book and gather some ideas to add to ours.  I know I want to write the story of when/how we found out we were pregnant, the move from Kentucky to Missouri and the amazing things that happened in our lives as soon as we found out we were being blessed with a this little one.  The whole experience was really powerful to me and I want the baby to know what an impact he or she had on our lives even BEFORE we officially met face-to-face!  One thing that really upsets me though, is our lack of photos along the process.  We have SOME pictures, but nothing wonderful.  The bad thing about phones now is that you take pictures with them but they are NEVER as beautiful as the ones you could take with a camera.  So…the pregnancy portion of the baby book will be more text than photos, but I PROMISE to take many pictures of our new little one.  I’ve certainly learned my lesson in the past few months.

Becky also makes year-in-review books for her and husband.  What a great idea!  Over the year, she just slowly puts pictures in a book and at the end of the year, she prints them off for whoever wants one!  I’m totally stealing this idea too for 2011. 

Okay, I need to get some things done!

Daily Obsessions:

  • Picasa is what I use to store my pictures.  It’s easy to use and has some fun editing capabilities.  Plus, it’s a Google program and they can do no wrong!
  • This is a cute idea if you are wanting/needing to buy a little gift for co-workers but don’t want to spend a lot of money!  I love it!  You can even print the tags off from the website.  via moneysavingmom.com
  • Do you have a little boy on your Christmas list?  If so, I think he needs this.  And at $10, you can’t really beat that price.
  • Need a gift for your boss?  Or a man in your life?  Omaha Steaks was featured on the Today Show’s Daily Deals today.  You can get a $181 meat set for $39.99!  Not bad.  Be sure to enter the code: TODAYSTEAKS when you checkout.  The deal includes: 

    4 (5 oz.) Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignons
    4 (4 oz.) Boneless Pork Chops
    4 (4 oz. approx.) Boneless Chicken Breasts
    4 (4 oz.) Omaha Steaks Burgers
    4 (5 3/4 oz.) Stuffed Baked Potatoes
    4 (4 oz.) Caramel Apple Tartlets
    $20 Omaha Steaks Reward E-Card

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Life’s Miracles!

Happy Monday Everyone!  I’m getting a bit of a late start this afternoon because I was in meetings all morning.  I am currently working as a part-time consultant for a local University from home, so this morning I drove into the city to meet with some of my team.  I figure I should show-face while I can!  After the baby is born, they might only see emails from me for awhile.  The position is fabulous and I’m hoping to continue and possibly expand some of my job duties in the near future.  Have no fear though, we’re still on a hunt for something full-time from home!  Ya’ll haven’t lost me yet, it isn’t that easy!

However, today Coach and I are celebrating a few of life’s wonderful miracles:

1) My bestest friend Dana welcomed her third beautiful pumpkin yesterday and named the baby girl Adelaide.  Adorable, right?  Dana had quite a tough pregnancy, so this little Christmas baby came 20 days but at a healthy size of 8 lbs. 5 oz.  Can you imagine if she would have been full-term?  Oofta!  Addy and Mama are doing well and Coach and I are SO excited to be able to meet their newest addition soon.clip_image002 Adelaide is not a family name, rather the name of an acquaintance Dana met years ago and thinks of often.  So sweet.  Dana has been such a WONDERFUL support for me throughout this pregnancy, she was actually the first person (besides Coach) that I called when I put two-and-two together and realized I was pregnant!  Dana was JUST what I needed at the time, someone who could calm me down and let me know how wonderful my life was going to be from this point forward.  I was excited, of course, but the shock of the pregnancy and the unknowns in our life at the time (Coach’s new job, a new location, new job for me) was a bit much for this one to handle.  Dana has such a way with words that we got off the phone and I felt completely confident that everything would be just fine.  It has been a blast for Dana and I to be pregnant together.  She is such a wonderful mother and I know she is enjoying every minute of spending time with her new little peanut.

2) Remember my lunch date Becky from last Friday?  Well…she and her husband ALSO welcomed a little girl as well yesterday!  Reese was born after hours and hours of labor, so I’m hoping that mom and dad are taking some time to rest today.  I’ll be excited to hear what techniques from our birthing class worked for both of them and which ones did not!  Little Reese weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. and seems to be doing very well.  Congrats to everyone!

Two baby girls, huh?  I wonder what that means for us?

3) After six hours of grueling work, Coach finished his Fall project of raking leaves….all 32 bags worth!  Can you believe it?  I always think that God must have known I would need someone with a hard work ethic, because I was IMG00191-20101205-1631finding EVERY REASON POSSIBLE yesterday to take a break.  But Coach kept raking away and worked his so hard to get all of these bags packed full.  Doesn’t he look proud in this picture?  Well he should be!  We had the yard vacuum from my dad, but the leaves were too wet (due to our procrastination) to suck up in the mulching machine.  Also, Coach thought it was quicker to just rake the darn things.  So…this left us to the old fashion method of just sweeping leaves, building piles and manually stuffing the leaves in the compost bags.  I’m sure the yard pickup man was LOVING US today…not.  Coach and I kept laughing last night because we were SO SORE from all the raking.  It was almost as though I needed one of those lift chairs to get me off the couch last night.  Here are some other shots I snapped with my phone.  They do not do the project ANY justice to this tedious project, but you get the idea.  See how grey the pictures are?  That’s not an optical illusion, it was really that pretty out yesterday…

image IMG00188-20101205-1631 I paid Coach back with a yummy, warm dinner last night and we watched Grow-Ups (which I give it a B-…I’m not usually one for slapstick comedy, but you’ve gotta love Adam Sandler) before collapsing in our bed around 9:30.

Behind on the Recipe Exchange

For those of you who are new to the blog, I love to cook!  I also love to share recipes I find uber-fab in hope that it inspires many of my readers to cook as well!  I don’t do anything too gourmet, anyone who can read can make this stuff.  Part of what’s fun about cooking is getting to a point where you can change and adapt the recipe to suit your budget, your inventory or your taste buds!  I also enjoy playing a little game called Hide The Onions from Coach, but we can talk about the rules to that cooking strategy later.

Here are a few Fall recipes that I’ve been baking/cooking at my house.  Be sure to share any recipes you find amazing.  To do so, just post them in the comments section (below each daily post) and I’ll be sure to put them on the blog.

Some Quick Business Updates

I wanted to let ya’ll know that if there is a sale listed in the Daily Obsessions (see below) section, they are  typically just for that particular day unless otherwise noted.  Anymore the one-day-sale concept is really hitting the web, so a lot of the things I post are onsale just for the day.  I apologize if this has confused some of you, but hopefully that means all of you will have to check back every day for new deals.  Hint, hint!  Also, I am getting some email subscribers, so THANK YOU to those who want to be updated via email when there is a new post.

While we’re on the topic of this website, I wanted to let you know that www.louisesaysthings.com is officially purchased!  If you have louisesaysthings.wordpress.com saved to your favorites, please change it now to louisesaysthings.com because (at some point) we may be changing this blog as well.  I found out that WordPress.com does not allow one to post ads to blogs, only WordPress.org….confusing, huh?  So…at some point we may be switching to something completely different.  But since I purchased the www.louisesaysthings.com domain name, we should be able to transfer everything fairly easily.  Clear as mud?  Well I’ll keep you posted along the way (pun intended!).

Smoky Southwest Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I cooked a few chicken breasts in the crock-pot, then chopped them up and poured the rest of this in with the diced chicken.  I also used regular rice, milk and a bit of sour cream (don’t tell Coach) instead of cream.

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Submitted By: Mealtime.org

Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 6

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup canned, sliced carrots, drained
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 (3 ounce) cans premium chunk chicken breast in water, drained
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 (10.75 ounce) can low-sodium cream of chicken soup
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 pinch ground chipotle chile
1 cup cooked wild rice
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese, divided
1/3 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Cilantro sprigs for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

1.In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; add onion and celery. Saute, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until softened. Stir in soup and broth. Add rice, carrots, chicken, chili powder, cumin, chipotle chile and 3/4 cup cheese; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors; stir in cream and chopped cilantro. Garnish with remaining cheese and cilantro sprigs.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2010 Allrecipes.com

Apple Strudel Muffins

SUPER YUMMY!  It was apple season, so I picked up a bunch of 3lb. bags of apples at Aldi (LOVE!).  Coach and I would eat these for breakfast on the weekend and save a ‘few’ for ourselves for the week.  A food chopper is FABULOUS for chopping apples in this recipe.recipe image

Ready In: 1 Hour

Servings: 12

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped apples
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.

2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3. In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples, and gradually blend in the flour mixture. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan.

4. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over tops of mixture in muffin pan.

5. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to sit 5 minutes before removing muffins from pan. Cool on a wire rack.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2010 Allrecipes.com

Daily Obsessions:

 

  • How CUTE is this idea for reusing/recycling Christmas cards from last year?  I know my mom reused old cards as gift tags, but these are super cute.
  • If you need to stock up on return address labels for your Holiday cards, order some FREE ones here!  Be careful, you’ll be receiving emails from them EVERY DAY unless you mark it differently in your account settings.  Once you create an account, be sure that the email settings are set to once a week or whatever you prefer.  If not, you can always unsubscribe to the emails once they start hitting your account every day.
  • If you’re more of a high-end shopper and need a gift for a dad/husband/boy-toy, check this deal out!  via wisebread.com
  • If you’re an aunt like me who really likes to give educational gifts (boring, I know!).  This is a great deal!  You can never go wrong with a LeapFrog product!  I bought one for my niece last year and it’s a great entertainment for a toddler while mom or dad cooks dinner.  via babygoodbuys.com.
  • My goal is to be on this list someday.
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Weekend Retreat!

Okay, I apologize for those of you may have been trying to log on and read this morning.  WordPress, while it does have a lot more features than Blogger is MUCH MORE complicated in the coding behind the blog.  So, I’ve been spending a few hours this morning trying my best to figure everything out!  As you can see, the title and some of the words are still in the block-type font, which I find boring.  But I got a little tired of trying to figure out the CSS coding and decided to table the whole layout look for another day.  So you’re stuck with this, my good friends!  This new blog is definitely going to be a work in progress…but I’m ready for the challenge!

Before I forget, I just posted a new feature (called a widget in the blogging world) to my page.  Above the Happy button to the right you will find a email subscription option.  If you would like to be emailed every time I update the blog, then register your address today! 

Now, those of you who have been blog readers for awhile know that I don’t like to write much on the weekends.  However, I am so EXCITED to be blogging again, so here I am.  I really did miss my daily updates to the world.  It probably seems weird to be putting our entire life out to the public like this, but I’ve really never been one to keep my feelings bottled up for too long.  Hence the title of this blog! 

Okay, enough of that…

The recruiting went VERY WELL last night.  In fact, the recruit we went to see ended up scoring a whopping 40 points!  It’s not a national record, but 40 points left a very good impression on Coach and myself.  He’s a 6’8 center/5-man/big guy, so it helped him to be playing a team who’s tallest player was RIP Manut Bolonly 6’2-6’3 (RIP Manute Bol).  Never-the-less, this boy was consistent and could shoot!  Coach and I got home around 11:30, but we really had a great time checking out small-town Missouri/Illinois.  I’m sure those recruiting trips will be few and far between once we have a little one, but I sure enjoyed tagging along for this trip.  Boy, being back in the high school scene really made me GLAD to be out of that time in my life.  I love high school, don’t get me wrong, but the awkwardness is unbearable!  The school we visited had wonderful community support, but I couldn’t help but notice the insecurities among the ladies and the uncomfortable-attempts-at-flirting that kept occurring among the students.   I realize we were all there once, but wow! 

The good news is that the BAND was AWESOME!  We walked in the gym to find a fabulous 20-piece pep band playing Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.  It was like watching a pep-band version of Glee!  I tried to keep my dance moves to a minimum (all business, remember?) but I was lovin the music the whole time!  There is nothing then to see kids in the stands singing to the pep-band!  I think far too often the bands play songs no one even knows, but to see some activity/dancing and movement in the student section was GREAT!  The school also had a very impressive drumline which kept me entertained during the 30-40 point blowout of a game.  The cheerleading and dance team performances could have been better, but by halftime I was too enthralled with the band performance, which definitely trumped all events (besides the recruits 40 points!).  Coach and I decided to grab some dinner on the way home, so there is no report on the concession stand…sorry!

Speaking of coaching…I want to give a !CoNgRaUtLaTiOnS! to a special family-member Spencer, who made his coaching debut last night.  Coach and I thought about him last night and wished we were there to cheer him on as the new high school basketball coach at the local high school.  I know he was nervous, but I got a full report from his First Lady that the team won, he kept his cool and their two-year-old was successfully sidelined with bribes of licorice and nachos!  My kind of kid. 

Coach has another game today, which I will be attending.  Then hopefully we will be able to come back to our house, cook up some chili and enjoy watching our Nebraska Huskers win this:Big12trophy_crop_340x234

I’ve never really been a HUGE football fan, but I do enjoy a good game every now and then.  Coach actually laughed a few weeks ago because (for the first time since we’ve been married) I REALLY got into a Husker game while folding clothes.  He was busy working on some film stuff and I was LIVID over some bad calls, Coach Pelini’s sideline antics and the lack of coverage of the half-time show!  I wish I could tell you who they played that night, but those are just details…right? 

Oh, speaking of Pelini.  He has since apologized, an apology I felt was directed at me personally so I’m over it.  How did he know I was so upset over his craziness on the field?   Well whoever told him, Thank You!

Also this weekend, I need to REALLY work on finishing the final paper for my Masters program.  I started my Master’s degree in 2007, so I am READY to get this three year journey completed!!!  If all goes well (cross your fingers!), I will be presenting my paper in a few weeks and will officially complete my program.  I am so excited, relieved and psyched to be able to cross off Receive My Master’s Degree from my Bucket List.  My paper is on how nonprofit organizations should market to the Millennial (born between 1982 and 2002) generation.  Yes, I know they say we’ve been coddled (the Baby on Board generation!) our whole lives, but we are also a generation who is very committed to civil service and global ventures.  We have experienced two wars (Desert Storm and Iraq/Afghanistan) and 9/11, which many say has helped bring the Millennials back to focusing on the greater good.  However, we are also a generation who loves technology though we are often over stimulated by all of the multiple technology channels.  So, as a non-profit development director, what do you do?   And that’s what I’m trying to address my friends!

Okay, I need to get some things done today before I head to watch Coach and his team beat a very tough opponent.  Coach’s team is going through some rebuilding years, so it’s quite a struggle to compete and win.  But…I really do believe that wonderful things are going to happen in the next few years and I can’t wait to watch the entire program grow to something bigger and better!

Happy Weekend and Go Skers!

Louise

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Sorry for the mess!

I’m currently trying to figure out my font styles, etc. so sorry for the mess!

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