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

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