Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Amazing Deal for Ebay Gift Card

I don't know if everyone has heard about Groupon but I have to put a little blurb out there because it is an amazing way to save money. Groupon negotiates huge discounts—usually 50-90% off—with popular businesses. They send the deals to thousands of subscribers in our free daily email, and we send the businesses a ton of new customers. That's the Groupon magic. All you have to do is sign up with your email address and the city that is closest to you where you can find deals. Some of them are online and some are local.

I have been enjoying some great deals--today there is one for The Melting Pot at a nearby town and it is $25 for $50 worth of food! Isn't that amazing? I've been waiting for some good deal so I can try out that place! And then I've also gotten a groupon for bulk nuts from thenuttyguys.com and now there is one for Ebay. If you haven't signed up please use my referral link so that I can get credited when you sign up: http://www.groupon.com/r/uu8187538. Thanks if you do!

Once you have signed up if you want the Ebay deal here is the link: http://www.groupon.com/deals/ebay

Groupon has a very hot deal this morning! You can get a $15 voucher to anything on eBay for just $7. This can be used to buy anything on eBay and is even valid towards shipping and handling! So, it’s like getting a little over 50% off a $15 purchase on eBay — which isn’t something you can do very often!

You must have a registered eBay and Paypal account to purchase this and it’s a limit of one per person.

Note: This Groupon deal is set up a little differently than most in that you must put in your payment information at checkout. I believe they set it up like this because it’s a hot deal and this helps keep the page from crashing when it’s slammed with traffic. If you have Groupon credit, your card will not be charged, but you’ll still need to input it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A bird in the house

We have issues with bluebirds loving to come down our chimney and into our wood stove. It has happened quite a few times, but this time it got into the house and we had quite a time trying to get it back outside...birds are really dumb. But I thought it was funny how Gideon reacted...sorry that its a little bumpy at the beginning.

Gideon and Tirzah

Tirazh Talking

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Family Picture...

Thought I would share a family picture we had taken candidly last weekend. I love it...and some other pictures, Tirzah with her Great-Grandmother, Gideon taking advantage of Tirzah not being in her bouncy chair--although sometimes he likes to try to get in there with her as well, Gideon trying on Daddy's gloves, and helping me in the kitchen--otherwise pulling out potatoes! He sure is cute.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Six Weeks Old

Tirzah is six weeks old and she is getting quite the rolls of fat...which is to be expected with her being such a big eater. On Saturday I asked my sister Bethie to take a few pictures of my little girl and we got quite a few cute ones. They looks so professional and Tirzah was so strong pulling up her neck on her own. One of them she actually looks like she is smiling. Gideon loves his baby sister more and more and I think he is starting to have a name for her but I haven't quite discerned what it is yet.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Big Brother

Gideon has taken a decided interest in his little sister! He is constantly wanting to touch her, give her her passy, and point out her eyes, etc. He definitely doesn't like her to be sad or cry and gets a pained look on his face! But let me just show you some pictures of the cutie pie!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Dating Divas"---Amazing Website

I recently was directed towards a website that I have fallen in love with, it is called www.thedatingdivas.com! Their goal is "strengthening marriage one date at a time" so they have an incredible group of women who share lots of creative date ideas for those of us that definitely need some ideas. They also just have all sorts of fun ideas for keeping the love alive between you and your husband. There are ideas out there for dates at home, double dates, adventurous dates and just little things you can do to make your husband feel loved! Recently I took one of their ideas and made a candy card for Joshua...I haven't made one of those in ages and it was so much fun! The other cool thing is that the site is updated everyday...so there are always new ideas!

The past two weeks they have been doing some really great giveaways and if you head over there you can still enter them until tomorrow. They are doing a great big giveaway for the person who can advertise to the largest audience for them...seeing as I have a new baby I haven't really been able to think very creatively to be able to enter it but I did put their web address on our car and have been driving that around! It's been fun and I know that people will be reading it because it is written on the window with a car marker and I don't know about you but I always am curious what message a person has written on their car...so that was my try for the prize!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tirzah's Birth Story

I know this is long overdue...but today Tirzah is one month old! I can't believe how fast time is flying...she is quite a good eater and is gaining quite a bit of weight. When we went to the pediatrician last week she was 8.11! She is not the best sleeper but I was blessed when Gideon was born to have a good sleeper so I'm not complaining. She is also quite a noisy sleeper. Gideon is now very interested in his little sister and wants to hold her hand, pat her head (sometimes a little too hard), taker her blankie and all things that big brothers should do. :-)

So on January 29th I was excited because there was a big children's clothing sale going on that I wanted to go to...I went in the morning and stocked up on clothes for Gideon and then being overwhelmed by the cuteness of little girl clothes I decided to buy some baby girl clothes too with the hope that I would have a girl! Boy am I glad that I did! Later in the afternoon Joshua and I decided to take Gideon for a walk outside, he loves being outside and we have the perfect places to walk. So we took him on his little bike toy but right before we were ready to walk out I started having some severe contractions. It wasn't that unusual seeing I had had contractions for weeks but these were a little different. Still I decided to ignore them and go walking. While walking I had to stop every couple minutes to breathe through the contractions so we decided not to walk far and returned to the house. When we got in I timed the contractions and they were as I had guessed about two minutes apart and stronger than normal! Time to call my midwife!

We called to tell Alicia that we thought she should come and she was on her way. Then I called my parents and told my Mom she should come as soon as she could and we called Joshua's parents and they came and picked up Gideon. My contractions had started around 4:15pm and by 6pm my midwife Alicia arrived with her assistant Michael (who is a lady). Joshua had brought out our kiddie pool and started to fill it with water and I picked up the house a bit and breathed through my contractions. They stayed about the same.

My midwife checked me when she arrived and said I was about 5cm. She offered to break my water if I wanted to but I wanted to wait till my Mom arrived. She got to the house around 8:15 and we talked about what to do and around 9:11 I decided it was time to get things rolling. My contractions were very doable at the time and I just had to concentrate and breathe through them but I was ready to have this baby. So Joshua finished filling the pool and my midwife broke my water. I got in the pool and then things changed drastically! I must have dilated those last five cm in five minutes and skipped transition because baby was ready to come! The contractions were super intense at that time and soon I knew it was time to push...and that was really hard too but my Mom and my midwives and my husband kept saying that I could do it, because I was no longer sure I could! And then she was here! And I saw that I had a baby girl--it was 10:15.

After that came clean up, a bath, nursing her, her little check up--she is absolutely perfect, calling family members with the news, and all sorts of excitement and then getting our new little family all into bed so we could sleep around 2. My Mom stayed with us and helped us in the morning. Overall it was a wonderful experience, no spotlights on me, no stress from doctors yelling at me, the support of my mom, husband and midwives. It was amazing and I hope to do it again someday!

Gideon Dancing to Music

Gideon's favorite part of watching TV/Movies is the credits...and this is what he does: