Thursday, November 27, 2008


I did it! I just prepared an entire Thanksgiving feast myself! I thought it turned out pretty decent, considering I have never cooked a turkey before and so did my husband. I did cheat a little...I put the turkey in the crock pot. I know, I know it sounds pretty, well, gross. But it actually was tender and juicy and it fell off the bone, literally. (I also took the easy way out by making stove top stuffing.) All in all it was a tasty meal, if I do say so myself. But I can't take all the credit thankfully, Adam helped clean up afterwards.

This will be our first, and last, Thanksgiving with just the two of us. Sweet baby Krause (we'll announce her name as soon as she's born) will be here before we know it. In 10 days to be exact, if she comes when the doctor predicts. We definitely missed being with our families or even friends, for that matter, this year. But when you can't make a seven or nine hour drive home because you might have a baby on the side of the road you make your own Thanksgiving memories. I am very thankful we have each other to spend Thanksgiving with. Adam put up Christmas lights, while I made the dinner. Later we're going to see "Four Christmases" (with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn). All in all it's been a fun, relaxing Thanksgiving. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Soley Sentimental

Cribs, swings, strollers, and baby bathrobes, just how long is a newborn baby going to wear a bathrobe anyway? Babies R Us, Baby Depot, and even Target shout, "Buy from us; we have the best deals!" What do we new parents really need for a newborn? Good question! Let's start with the basic necessities: Baby Bargains by Denise and Alan Fields is a must read before any new parent contemplating on wether to buy a $700 crib. This book is packed full of useful information on how to find things for the best deal possible. What is really needed, and what isn't- like that bathrobe! (Unless you want a cute picture of her in it after her first bath, solely sentimental).

I am trying my very best to not get stressed about all the things I don't have for my newborn. I know God will provide. For the moment we have a crib, a carseat coming our way! Two essentials! And don't forget the closet full of diapers. As for a mattress pad, baby finger nail clippers, a diaper bag, a newborn baby tub seat...etc. Well, we will have to make due.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ignoring Jiminy Cricket

I was contemplating this for awhile now. My husband even said, "Go for it". It was 8:30 on a Sunday night, when I decided it was time. Time to go brunette. I used the same hair color mixture I always use from Sally's Beauty Supply. I got the instructions years ago from my hair stylist and every time I followed them the color turned out perfect, just the right shade of a brownish, auburn. This time however, was completely different...

First, I have to say that I had this "gnawing in my gut feeling" not to do it. The "Jiminy Cricket" opposing my husband's "Go for it!" encouragement. Unfortunately, I ignored the little cricket. What happened next? I had the color all mixed in the bottle, I squeezed it onto my hair with the pointed lid. I noticed the color was coming out slower than normal, but I proceeded anyway. When, to my dismay, the pressure became so great from me squeezing the bottle...when all the sudden- BANG! The lid popped off! Brown, smelly hair color exploded all over the entire bathroom. It was so strong it made my eyes burn to the point of tears! It was on the door, the walls, the bathroom rug, my pretty shower curtain, and even the carpet outside the bathroom!

Jiminy wasn't whispering anymore, he was screaming, "I told you so! You shouldn't have done it!" After a feeble attempt to clean up the mess (thankfully my husband helped!) I waited the 45 min for the hair color to set. Unfortunately, with half the stuff all over the bathroom I didn't have quite enough color to smear all over my hair. What was the result? My hair turned out significantly darker than I had ever wanted. And to my dismay, there were chunky, bits of blonde peaking through. Moral of the story, don't ignore the little cricket. Thankfully, I have a friend who is a hair dresser. She told me how to fix the randomness of color on my head. Sadly, my bathroom now needs a makeover, a new rug, a new shower curtain, and the walls need a fresh coat of paint. What girls do for beauty!