Monday, October 05, 2009

I heart couponing!

My life has been crazy busy lately, and here is one of the many reasons why......Coupons!! I have a friend who feeds her family of 8 on $50 a week!! Crazy right?!! She introduced me to the world of coupons! I've heard of these crazy coupon moms before....and was over whelmed by it. Once my friend explained it to me, its really easy. It's actually kind of fun-especially when you're checking out and see how you can get ton's of food for almost free! Now, I'm obsessed! It's so much fun! Before coupons, I was spending $90-110/week at Wal-mart buying all Great Value brands. Now, I'm spending $50-$60/week at Publix on name brand foods and getting twice as much! Literally! I took pictures to show Abe so he could be proud of all my hard work:) Abe and I have actually sat down together the past few weekends and cut coupons together.....ha ha. I guess we're getting nerdy.... oh well.

I'm just starting out, so I will eventually- hopefully get better and better. Also, the idea is to basically store up so much food, that you don't need to go to the store every week. You just go to get the REALLY good deals- almost free deals. I still have a lot to learn, but I'm already obsessed!

The first week I saved $90 and spent $70.





The second week I saved $125 and spent $60.




The third week I saved $120 and spent $50.


I also ventured out to CVS this week. I spent a total of $5 after all the coupons and Extra Cash Bucks. Not bad!


I'm just starting out, so I can do a lot better. But I'm excited for what I have saved so far!

Monday, July 06, 2009

She's walking!..Wait...no she's not....Now she is!!!



Thought I'd do a little update on "Baby Adderol" as my mom calls her. Lily Kate is one happy happy baby and she's wired. At 9 1/2 months Miss Slobber started walking. She would walk across an entire room by herself. She was doing this for about a week when she was walking at church and fell completely backwards and hit her head pretty hard. That's when she refused to walk anymore. If you tried to let go of her, she would arch back or plant her feet and not move. If you tried to stand her up, she would completely lift her legs up in the air. In the meantime, she would walk around our house using the walls and furniture as props. Finally, now at 10 months, she started walking again! She'll walk back and forth between Abe and I, across a room following me, or she'll let go and walk to a toy etc. Finally I have a mobile baby!








She weighs 21lbs. 97% percentile for height and 78% for weight.
Her drug of choice: a bottle. I've got her down to three 8 oz. bottles a day. But she would definitely take more if I let her. She's very fickle with her food. She'll eat carrots one day and not the next. Frustrating. I usually have to go through three different food choices, before she'll finally eat one.
Does she crawl? No
Does she pull up? Almost...still needs a little help...have you seen the size of her legs?
For some reason, I don't have the most athletic kids. Weird since I've always considered Abe and I as athletic. But they are both talkers. Lily Kate babbles constantly ALL DAY long. And Elle talks and asks why ALL DAY LONG!

Since she hasn't been crawling like most babies, she's had lots of time to work on other important skills: like waving bye bye, she'll put her blankie over her head and play peek-a-boo. She loves to dance and clap. She LOVES to jump!! on anything! She'll scream really loud when she jumps!
She says mama, dada, bye bye, and Hey- in a deep voice while she puts her arm straight out. She resembles Hitler when she says Hey. She loves when people talk to her. When we're at the store, she'll keep saying hey in her deep hitler voice, till someone stops and talks to her. Then she's all smiles and hides her face in my chest.
More importantly:
Does she tan? Yes, a little bit, but nothing like Elle.
Does she have hair? Not much! It's white blonde and has a little tint of strawberry in the sun.





Lily Kate at 9 1/2 months (before church)



In the meantime, she walks using anything as a prop.



Lily Kate refusing to walk after church.




Now at 10 months and one day, I'd say she's officially walking again.



Lily Kate LOVES to jump on the trampoline.

Roughin' it on the Fourth


For the Fourth, we sold our Peachtree Road Race tickets and spent the day at Lake Lanier instead. My mom has decorated their boat better than most houses. You might ask, how does she get her decorations to stay in place on a boat that rocks back and forth? HOT GLUE! It's kinda funny. Her lamps don't move, her picture frames stay on the wall, etc. We spent the day at Cocktail Cove and made Elle cover her eyes the whole time. After the craziness at Cocktail Cove, we drove back to the dock, grilled out. That night we drove the boat to a different cove to watch the fireworks on the lake. It was beautiful and relaxing!

My mom and I were cleaning up the dishes after dinner. I asked if she had a garbage disposal. Her reply: "No. We don't. Kelly we're are seriously roughing it when we come to the boat. It's just like camping." As she's saying this, she's turning off the flat screen tv and turning on their suround sound music. It is a rough life.




Abe doing back flips off the top of the boat.



















My mom and the girls roughin' in the kitchen.


Abe and Abelina







Elle helping PeePaw drive the boat.






Lily Kate with her cousin Lucy.






Sitting with the Captain.


Elle trying to stand up in "her room."


Elle jumping on the bed in the master bedroom.


....and nothing ever moves. Thank you hot glue!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

I heart Charleston!

Charleston is by far one of the prettiest cities I've been to. I love the old oak trees, the beach, and the beautiful homes. We went to Charleston with our friends Mandy and Chad and their little girl Ella. We had so much fun venturing into the city(hottest city in the world!!!), going to the beach, visiting the local resturants, and relaxing at the condo. Thanks Mandy and Chad for a FUN weekend!!!



















Paw Paw loves his little girls!!

Who is big and cuddley and would do anything for his girls?



PawPaw!!

My dad had two girls, and now has three granddaughters! I have to say, I think my dad secretly loves the fact that he has a bunch of princesses running around. PawPaw is so sweet, cuddley, and goofy with his girls. We just love being around him!!



For Father's Day, we went to his house and had some fun!!












Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Anniversary!


June 21st was mine and Abe's 6 year anniversary. Time really does fly. Abe's parents said they'd watch the girls Saturday night, so Abe and I decided to go to the new Coke Museum in Atlanta. Honestly, I had a bad cold and had 3 or 4 hours of sleep the night before, so I wasn't feeling good at all! And Tylenol Cold did absolutely NOTHING to help. I really wanted to go though because Abe and I never get to go out on dates anymore. Once we got there and started drinking coke, I had forgotten I was even sick. (From now on when I'm sick, I'm going to drink a Coke) I had forgotten how much fun it was to hang out with just Abe. It felt a little bit like we were in high school again. We had the perfect day together. Abe did many sweet and thoughtful things, which made me feel so loved. Abe's truly the love of my life and I'm so greatful for everyday I get to spend with him.










The Beverly is the nastiest Coke drink EVER!! Disgusting!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Mom! Hebenly Fader's not listening to me!"

SWEET MOMENT:
This past Thursday I was in a hurry trying to pack so we could go visit Abe in Alabama. It started thundering and raining outside. Elle was getting a little scared of the thunder. She kept running into my room (scared) asking me what the loud booms were. I kept saying, "Oh Elle, you're fine. It's just thunder. The clouds are playing baseball." A few minutes later I went to check on her in her room and saw her praying(on her knees, hands folded). I stopped in my tracks so I could spy on her without her seeing me. Her prayer went like this:

"Dear Hebenly Fader, please help the thunder and rain to go away. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

Then, she jumps up and looks out the window. To her disappointment, it was still raining and thundering.

Then she yells(very frustrated), "Mom!! Hebenly Fader's not listening to me!"

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

What Do You Do For Fun?

We put our kids in bins and see how far we can push them on the carpet.




Is this normal?

Abe let me sleep in on Saturday morning. I came downstairs halfway awake,walked into the kitchen where Abe was feeding Lily Kate. This is what I saw.....




Abe never explained Lily Kate's appearance. Is this normal?

SEE ROCK CITY

We followed the signs and saw Rock City...it was fun. I took the girls with Abe's parents and grandparents. We had a little picnic and walked through the park. It was breathtaking!! Elle's favorite part was the "Mother Goose Cave." The swinging bridge gave me a mini heart attack. Next time I go, I'll make sure Lily Kate is in a sling and I'll go when its not so hot outside. It's actually really beautiful and a fun trip to take if your kids can walk!




Little Miss Sunshine

Lily Kate is Little Miss Sunshine. She is ALWAYS smiling and laughing and has brought sunshine into my soul!! She's VERY active but always happy, so it makes her craziness kind of cute! I love my Little Miss Sunshine!!!