Friday, February 26, 2010

Mountain Girl Silver (Feb. 21st - Feb. 28th)

I ordered a necklace from the Mountain Girl Silver store this week because part of the money from the cost of the necklace will be donated to the Saving Sofia adoption fund. I just ordered it on Monday and it arrived in the mail today (Friday)!!!!!!! I love it!!!!! I am so excited to wear it... I actually spent some time on etsy.com looking at additional charms and things to add to it after ordering it - I will share the completed look when I have all of the pieces - for now, here is the necklace I received (completed and mailed to our house in Indiana in 4 days!!!!)



Thank you for sharing this website with us, Jennifer!!! Hopefully some other people have been able to order this week and help toward Sofia's adoption :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Lilybugs

I have been meaning to write a post on this for a few months now. I was just "reminded" of this after reading Adrienne's post at Our Unexpected Journey. Bennett (Adrienne's son) is 9 months old today and is learning to use a sippy cup. Although he is practicing with a sippy cup, Adrienne has ordered him a Honey Bear Cup so that he can transition from a bottle to a straw cup, and it has not come in yet. Here is short article from Parenting magazine that gives a brief summary of the benefit of a straw cup vs a sippy cup.

Anyway - Adrienne mentioned how she wished there were handles on the Honey Bear Cup (and I don't think I have found any straw cups that have handles) & I thought the same thing. I found something called Lilybugs on the website http://www.mom4life.com (I have found LOTS of great things on this website:) I thought it looked like something that might work... I ordered one (they have free shipping!) and Whitney LOVES her Lilybug! It really does help with learning to hold your own straw cup (although, Whitney has figured out that she much prefers to have us "hold" her cup for her, even though we KNOW she is capable of holding her own cup. She is working us!!!) Lilybugs have even won the 2006 iParenting Media Award in the categories of "Feeding" and "Hot New Product". The best price I have found is on the mom4life website (especially with the free shipping... it is a better deal than ordering direct from the lilybugs website). They have both "boy" and "girl" designs... Here is a picture of Whitney's "Lilybug" :

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Little Miss Chatterbox

Whitney has started to really babble and just talk about "whatever" (I have no clue what she is talking about) more and more... here is a little bit of her chatter w/ a little meltdown at the end :)
Enjoy!
video

Sunday, February 14, 2010

49 of 50 states

There was snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 United States on Friday. It even snowed a little bit in Florida! This snow is the reason that All Delta Airlines flights were canceled on Friday out of Atlanta... causing Craig (Mike's brother), Ellen (our sister-in-law), Grace (niece) & Julia (niece) to miss their flight for a 4 day weekend in Indiana with us. As it turns out, the snow that kept these flights grounded did not even begin until 5 HOURS after their departure time. They were able to get re-booked on a flight for Saturday (yesterday) which was also canceled. We were SO EXCITED for their visit and now we have spent the weekend feeling like this:

We missed you guys this weekend! We hope there is a time soon when you can re-schedule your trip!!!!!!!!!! Hope you were able to have fun playing in the snow in Georgia!!!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Saving Sofia

Our friends in California, the Sanchez Family (Three's A Charm) are adopting a little girl named Sofia from the Ukraine. Jennifer and Hector Sanchez have three boys. Joaquin, the youngest, has Down syndrome and is about 6 1/2 months older than Whitney. Jennifer was checking out the website, Reece's Rainbow, which is a charitable organization that promotes the international adoption of children with Down syndrome. Through donations they are able to offer grants to adoptive parents who may need extra financial help to bring home a child with Down syndrome, that may otherwise be confined to a life in an orphanage or an institution. Reece's Rainbow had a Christmas Angel Project where you could sponsor a child and donate to their adoption fund and receive a Christmas ornament with that child's picture on it. The Sanchez Family donated money toward the adoption fund for Sofia. Jennifer could not get Sofia off of her mind and through a series of events and discussions with her husband and their family, they have decided to adopt Sofia and have a baby girl. Sofia will be 1 this February 21st. You can read about their adoption journey at their adoption blog, Saving Sofia. If you would like to help them with their adoption of Sofia, you can click on the "Saving Sofia" button on the side of our blog, or visit their "Saving Sofia" website. There are a couple of ways that you can make a tax deductible donation to help bring Sofia home to their family: you can donate through Reece's Rainbow, or through the Down Syndrome Information Alliance. Both of these organizations can be found through their blog, Saving Sofia.

We cannot wait until Sofia is finally with her forever family!




Tuesday, February 9, 2010

great face lotion!

I just have to share about a great face lotion I have found! My sister started dating a guy named Josh this summer. Josh grew up in Aruba and now lives here in Indianapolis (with about 6 inches of snow on the ground and 4-8 more inches on the way right now, I bet he wonders what in the world he is doing in Indiana!!!!!) I, unfortunately, have not been lucky enough to go to Aruba, so I would have never known about sunscreen and lotion products made by a company called Aruba Aloe, but as it turns out, Josh's family bought this company about ten years ago and they have expanded from only selling their products in Aruba, to now selling via the internet worldwide! Josh manages the internet sales. I wanted to try some of the products and Josh was nice enough to create a 15% off code for me when I placed my order. I ordered some face cream, hand lotion and face lotion to try. I love all of the products I have tried, but so far, I think my favorite might be the Desert Bloom Face Care Lotion. It comes with 8 oz. compared to many face lotions which come with only 2 oz. or less and cost quite a bit of money. (I am VERY into products and LOVE LOVE LOVE to shop at Sephora, so I have tried quite a few face creams and lotions and have never been able to buy a face lotion I love that comes in an 8 oz bottle!)
Whitney and Anne both have dry skin due to the dry winter air, but poor Whitney's cheeks have become VERY chapped, even though I have been putting all kinds of moisturizers on her cheeks multiple times throughout the day. I just got this new lotion in the mail last week and thought maybe I should try it out on Whitney's cheeks - guess what, they have dramatically improved. I LOVE this lotion and just thought I would share in case anyone else out there is looking for a good deal on a great face lotion. I called Josh this morning to see if I could share the 15% discount code with my friends and family and he said I could go ahead and share it - so, if you are interested in trying it out... go to http://www.arubaaloe.com/ and type in the discount code SNOWDAY15 to get 15% off your total purchase. I can't wait for warm, sunny weather so I can try out the sunscreens!!! My sister, Melissa, who is fair skinned went to Aruba with Josh for New Year's (and she ALWAYS manages to get sunburned any time we go on vacation) and she said for once she did not get sunburned!!! (Josh gave her Aruba Aloe sunscreen while she was there) Now I just have to convince Mike that we need to go to Aruba... I NEED some sunshine and warm weather - I am SO over winter!!!! :) I hope everyone who is covered in snow is managing to stay warm! Spring is just about 40 days away... hopefully we will see some glimpses of spring soon!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

We have another tooth :)

I have to admit I have been more of a "reader" of blogs than a "writer" in the past couple of weeks. Nothing TOO exciting has been going on... Whitney has been working on her top/front two teeth for I don't know, about 8 or 9 months!!!!!!!! FINALLY, her top, right middle front tooth popped through a couple of weeks ago. She has had her bottom two middle teeth since about 8 or 9 months old, it took until almost 17 months old to get her 3rd tooth! I think the one next to it will come through soon, maybe???
We had a cardiologist appointment for Whitney last Thursday. The last time we saw the cardiologist was July of last year, and we had been going to the cardiologist about every 3-4 weeks and then every 4-6 weeks. In July, Whitney was doing well enough that the cardiologist didn't need to see her for 6 months! When we saw him last week he could not believe how big Whitney had gotten and how well she was doing. In fact, she was doing so well that we do not have to go back for a whole year!!!! Yeah!!! Her mitral valve is still leaking more than he would like to see, but as of right now he is going to keep an eye on it for a while longer before deciding if another surgery will be needed to repair it again.
My mom had a cardiologist appointment today to see how everything is going with her heart (follow up from her June 2009 aortic valve replacement open-heart surgery). She also received good news- she is doing so well that she does not have to return to the cardiologist for one year, too!!!
I do not have much to report about Anne, other than she is getting way too big, way too fast!!! Last night I was holding her and looking in the mirror with her like I used to do when she was a baby - and it just is hard to believe that she is such a "big girl"!
I tried to take some pictures of Whitney's new tooth, but they didn't turn out so well... here they are: