Oh, so many things has happened! But we’ll leave it to this blog for now. We just arrived at Grandma and Grandpa’s last night (and are thankful for our house and animal sitter!). Grandma and Grandpa met us at Chicago Union Station last night, my was it like an airport, and then we all got on another train travel to where Grandma and Grandpa were parked, 15 minutes from where they lived. It’s really nice to be on solid ground, but we had an awesome train ride and trip across the country in our Family Room on the sleeper car train. With two children, I can vouch that the sleeper car is the way to go! Plus, there’s free meals that go with a sleeper car. ;) The kids had fun too, and were totally excited also to be met by grandma and grandpa at Union Station, and then go on another train ride all together! I must say, I'm beat, but it's so nice to be finally here. It'll be nice too, as more and more family roll in as well.
Ok, my whole text just deleted (I never learn... -_-), but I'll give you a summery. I've dreamed of owning rollerblades, and now I have enough money saved up to get them! After researching, I found out that the pair I wanted was the Women's Twister 80, for beautiful maneuverability and tricks as well as cruising. The place I was looking at though, switched their price from $174 back up to $229 for their sale price, and everywhere was only the same or more expensive (I was killing myself for not checking out sooner and leaving them in the virtual cart for two days!). With desperate searching, I came to Amazon. After selecting my size, I saw the option on the right of buying used, and saw "Amazon Warehouse Deals" as the seller. After a little research I verified that this was indeed Amazon themselves. Clicking the "details" text, I found out that the only flaw was that the box had been opened and damaged. My mouth dropped, and I got them! With a budget of $175 (I did spend $3 over, I wasn't expecting sales tax), I got the protective gear I needed to, as well! ... And I made sure they were "Amazon Warehouse Deals" (I bought protective pads for $10.39 instead of $12.99 and a beautiful helmet for $25 instead of $35). How much did I save total? $122!!! I was able to get the roller blades for a deal I couldn't come close to finding on the web, and I had some money left to buy protective gear with, without having to wait and save up for it.
I hope this wasn't too long and/or boring, I just wanted to share because it worked out so well for me (and I never knew about it). Keep your eyes out if you're on Amazon. ;) When looking for these deals, you can type the name "Amazon Warehouse Deals" in Amazon's search box, after the name of the item your searching for. The items that come up may or may not be a Warehouse deal in your particular size, but one of them will be a Warehouse deal (usually only one size/style of a given item is a Warehouse deal, I've noticed).
I hope I explained it clear enough, and that this was helpful (and so cool too, right?!). It's amazing how Heavenly Father helps things work out. I would have had to wait till next month in order to get these skates if I hadn't seen them as an Amazon Warehouse Deal, and then next month, with the "cyber week" deals being over, I possibly wouldn't have even had the money for protective gear (if I could have even gotten the skates in the first place. The retail price is $299.99). This was a really outstanding find, and a big, big blessing. Anyway, I hope this helps you save a lot in the long run. Love, Mary
At first I had no clue what was wrong. George was throwing up everywhere, and had horrible diarrhea, yet he was emotionally fine and still lively. After a second throw up, he was on bedrest with Octonauts and chicken broth. He's doing better now, but lets just say, when your toddler is sick, a diaper is totally a lifesaver. Poor guy. He's a whole lot better now though, and back to his old self!
Emilie, our little Jedi, is 1 year old! I still can't believe it. Only after we opened her birthday cards, and handed her her presents did the realization strike me... I was like... "Oh my gosh... She's 1!!!" Wow Mary, a little slow there!
Emilie has been so cute and adorable. I'm happy to announce that she's finally bonded with Scott by now too (after she mastered a "true crawl"). Now when daddy comes home, she puts her arms up and can't wait to be picked up by him. Sometimes now, she refuses to let him go and even come back to me! She'll push my hand out of the way, or turn and burry her head into daddy, crying. Boy, was it hard when I was the only one who could hold her without her crying, and I'm glad that the circle has opened up to Nana and Scott, as well as myself at least, but I still hurt when she doesn't want to come back to me! Is she becoming a daddy's girl? Oh, she is so cute though, and so sweet.
At the age of 1, she can say "mama," "dada," "Hi," with a wave, and is in progress with trying to say "EIEIO!" for the song Old McDonald Had a Farm. I must say she is way more expressive than George ever was as a one year old. They say communication makes up of 90 something percent of language. It didn't appear that way with George, but it sure does for Emilie. She is also very visual! She communicates well with body language and knows what certain motions I give mean. Emilie also expresses her desire for food by smacking her lips! Emilie will also come to me, when I motion for her to come, and also realizes when I do short excited steps with my hand up that I'm going to pick her up and gets ready excited. She also realizes that when George takes something from her, that all she needs to do is to look at mommy crying, and that I'll fix it! Ok, maybe she's training me? I've been good at teaching George to share, but I'm going to have to put effort into helping her learn too! There comes a point when learning can happen, and I think she's finally there now, and I'll need to teach her. She'll learn over the course of the rest of her childhood. Emilie and George send their love. George is having a melt down so I gotta go! Love, Mary
Just one of those average amazing moms... Cause you know, mommy = amazing.