Thursday, March 31, 2011
And Lora's face didn't get bit by the sun like mine, but don't be fooled...she is BURNT on her chest just like me...
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
And for every meal so far, we've done this...
Sunday, March 27, 2011
We got home from dinner and got in the hot tub and chatted. Then we came inside, I took some Nyquil and Lora's in bed and that's where I'm headed. Here's to a fun day tomorrow...oh, and that I can kick this cold to the curb!
Friday, March 25, 2011
This one couldn't wait! :)
Love this one...love that she's staring right into my lens...
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I want to make sure I leave the house as clean and in order as possible for Sean when I'm gone. I have a few bills I want to pay before heading out and just a few more odds and ends to pack. I have a coupon that needs to be used on Friday and also groceries to purchase for Sean and Tate so Sean doesn't have to worry about grocery shopping while I'm gone. I also have a couple of loads of laundry to do and a few of my DVR'd shows to catch up on. :) In addition to all that, I really want to soak up these next couple of days with Tate because though I am totally excited for a fun and relaxing girls week, I know I will miss Tate and Sean so much.
I am not sure that I'll be posting much before we head out on Saturday as I am going to be pretty busy, but who knows. Just thought I'd let you know in case you don't hear from me for a few days! I will be blogging from Florida though and now that I have the Android, I can blog from my phone, so that makes things easier for sure! In Florida, Lora and I plan to spend lots of time in the sun, shopping, at the beach, going out to eat and reading! Our plan is to read Crazy Love while down there and (I know I am totally delayed in reading it...I've been holding off until this trip!) I cannot wait to open that book up! It's looking like we'll be enjoying some PERFECT weather then entire time...mostly sunny skies and low 80's all week! Woohoo!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
It's World Water Day and so today is a great day for a post about water and a giveaway, right?! :)
You should too...and if you do, see below what you could win from ME! :)
I know so many of you who read my blog have the biggest, most giving hearts and I know that if you really took a second to stop and think about what you're doing in giving a small donation, you would know what a huge gift you're giving to someone.
4000 children die a day due to lack of access to clean drinking water...what if that was your child?
It does not make it any more okay for someone else's child to die than it does for my own child to die.
An explanation (and SUPER short, cute and entertaining video that you should totally watch!) about exactly where your money will go from The Adventure Project's website:
"Instead of drilling more wells, we’re using our charitable gifts for something revolutionary – to train and employ handpump mechanics. The mechanics earn an income, bringing themselves out of poverty, and they save lives – turning water back on for thousands of people each year."
Okay, now about the giveaway.
I am giving away this...
*Included are 4 decorative mini-clipboards. I have 4 that hang on my kitchen wall and love them for holding bills, coupons, artwork, notes, etc.. There is also a bottle of Bath and Body Works Antibacterial Hand Soap in the scent Dancing Water. Convenient name and coincidentally my FAVORITE scent from Bath and Body Works! Lastly, (sorry this will only apply to locals or those who would be able to travel to the Quad City Area) I am including a gift certificate for a FREE PHOTO SESSION with me. Want your child(ren) photographed? Your family? Your new baby? It's all free. Check out my Jennie Peakin Photography Website or the blog to view some of my work if you'd like. :)
How to enter...
1 entry just for spreading the word on Facebook...post THIS LINK.
1 entry for every $10 you donate
Or you can donate by clicking on the image on my right sidebar labeled typeTAP.
Donations will be tracked and along with all of the other approximately 150 bloggers giving up their blogs for water today, we hope to raise at least $10,000. AND The Prem Rawat Foundation has stepped up and agreed to match any donations made TODAY for World Water Day, up to $10,000.
The giveaway closes at 11pm CST, so make sure you donate by then! Once you've either spread the word on Facebook and/or donated, please leave me a comment on this post to let me know that you posted about typeTAP Water Revolution and the donation link as well as the amount you donated. If you are not comfortable commenting that you donated or the amount you donated, you can email me your entries to japeakin at hotmail dot com. I will enter your name the appropriate amount of times into the drawing for the giveaway and draw a winner at random. I will post the winner on this blog on Wednesday! I will mail your prize to you immediately!
All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you so much in advance for taking part in this!
Monday, March 21, 2011
*We tried a new church this weekend. It was a Lutheran Church. I've never attended a Lutheran Church before...not sure I've ever been to one in my life. We liked it. I enjoyed the message and Sean did as well. We attended the most contemperary service they have and though it was less contemperary than our church in West Des Moines was, still the music was great, the sermon was great, it had a casual feel and yet still had a traditional feel to it in some ways as well. I think we'll go again and keep trying it for a while. :)
*I mentioned a few days ago that we had budgeted for some fun, larger purchases this weekend. I posted about the Kinect below, but our other purchase was another laptop! I spend A TON of time on the computer editing pictures and doing photography stuff and all my photos take up so much space on the computer. Since I am going to be getting busier with photo sessions in a few weeks, it was time to get me my own laptop. We found one for a great deal and bought it! It's so nice that we don't have to fight over the computer now! :)
*Tomorrow is World Water Day. It will come with a challenge to you, my readers. :) I know I've written about water on my blog before, and this won't be the last time. It is something that needs to be heard.
*Today is cleaning day in our house! I am excited to crank the radio and get this done. Plus, it's gorgeous outside, so we may be breaking out the bubbles and sidewalk chalk this afternoon too!
*Did you know that yesterday was the 1st day of spring? It was! Spring is here!!! Spring is here!!!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
*I just looked at the 10 day forecast for Venice, FL and got butterflies of excitement just seeing it! Around 80 degrees and SUNNY every single day! Hopefully that trend continues throughout the week Lora and I are there!
*I love my new Android Mesmerize almost completely. The only thing that I don't love is the fact the battery dies about twice as fast as my Blackberry battery used to die. Although, that may be because I'm constantly on it doing things.
*We have budgeted (you know me...the budget queen!) for a couple of fun purchases this weekend that we're excited about. I'll share what they are once they have been purchased. :)
*I miss my mom. I talk on the phone to her daily when she's home and she's been in Florida for almost 2 weeks and will be there until 2 days after Lora and I arrive there. I think I've only talked to her twice in 2 weeks...I miss our morning chats and her trips up to the QC to visit!
*We went to the zoo yesterday (for FREE) and this may sound crazy, but I could totally go back today. I won't, but I could!
*I made 82 cake pops for St. Patrick's Day and there are only 10 left. I haven't eaten a single one and Sean's only eaten maybe 4ish. Is it bad that I am itching to make more of them and look forward to the next event I can make them for?
*Sean loves his new job. I love that he loves his new job. I kinda love his new job too...at least I have loved the hours so far! I think he may be switching to his nights rotation once I return from Florida...bummer. :(
*THANK YOU to DeCooks for letting us have your patio set! It's been so nice to have a place outside to sit. We've already eaten out there twice! :)
*Lora and I are having a "packing party" this weekend in preparation for our Florida trip! Only 8 days until we leave!!!!
*Sean is off this weekend and I am so excited to have a family weekend with he and Tate since I'll be gone from them the following 2 weekends.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The weather was cloudy, but mid 60's and PERFECT for the zoo!
Tate had so much fun...we all did!
It was really fun doing the spontaneous zoo trip! And for all you locals...its free admission into Niabi Zoo tomorrow and all of next week too!
I think Tate may break out the green pants one more time for St. Patrick's day tomorrow (yikes, I mean TODAY...it's 1:30am!) and I need to find something festive as well. We delivered the cake pops we made for DeCooks to them this evening and tomorrow (today...when I say tomorrow, I actually mean today) we will be delivering more. I scheduled a play date/coffee date for tomorrow afternoon with my old blogging friend turned real friend and her son Eli. Tate has talked about Eli almost daily since we introduced them a week ago. Today in Wal-Mart we were walking by the toy section and he pointed at a guitar and said, "Mommy, Eli has that toy. I really miss him." So cute. He insisted when he saw the cake pops that Ava, Chloe, Lora, James, Leah, Kayla, Mike, Sarah and Eli each have one. He went through ALL of their names. So amongst others (Sean's co-workers, Lora and James' students), those people will be getting the cake pops. He did name some various other family members who, unfortunately we will probably not be seeing soon enough to gift any cake pops to...sorry!
So tomorrow Sean is off work (YAY!), I will get some coffee and conversation with a friend in the afternoon, Tate will get some play time with a friend and then we'll be going to Sarah and Mike's for dinner and more fun! What a fun day it will be! If only the rain would stay away. It's supposed to be close to 70 degrees and THAT makes me one happy girl!
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!