Monday, January 28, 2008

After weeks of extreme dinnertime pickiness, we finally ditched the highchair and put Natalie in a booster seat. She's been eating well ever since. While beaming with parental-genius pride, I noticed that there were a lot of crumbs now hitting the floor. So I bought her a bib that has a pocket to catch everything. Only our daughter would discover this, pick out the crumbs, and throw them on the floor!!! *sigh* At least she's eating well again, AND her weight is up! 24.6lbs as of tonight!!!

I took Natalie to the park today. Once she saw the jungle gym and swings, she gasped, grabbed my hand, and started dragging me to it! We couldn't get there fast enough!! It was a beautiful January day.

Statistics

I found some interesting information:

It is estimated that, on average, 20% of Americans have “maxed out” their credit cards.

About 25% of adults in the United States have a history of credit problems.

Americans’ average credit card debt is $8400 per household.

Approximately 185 million American consumers have at least one credit card.

Of those 185 million consumers with credit cards, 1.3 million credit card holders declared bankruptcy in 2002.

Americans pay, on average, an 18.9% interest rate on credit cards.

The average household pays $83.33 in credit card interest per month.

More than 40% of American families spend more than they earn. (Federal Reserve).

An $8,000 debt, at a rate of 18% interest, will take over 25 years to pay off and cost more than $24,000 in the long run.

Mike and I can proudly say that (as of this month) we are no longer a part of these statistics. We are out of credit card debt, and will never own a credit card again. EVER!!!! We are going out next month to celebrate the freedom. *insert huge smilie face here*

Rocking with babies

She couldn't be happier. I have great videos taken here as well, but I'm having trouble uploading them. :(


I love this picture.

Buddies

These were taken a few weeks ago. Sorry the picture quality varies, I was playing with the settings on my new camera.



Happy Birthday Nani!

We joined Nani and Pop for dinner, presents, and cake on Jan. 10th. Natalie enjoyed helping Nani open gifts.


Homemade caramel cake, compliments of Pop.

Busy busy!

Natalie shares her plug with a bear:



Such concentration!


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Lessons Learned

Over the past 48 hours, here are the (TRUE) lessons Natalie has learned.



1. Mashed potatoes stick to the wall when flung properly.
2. All bears (even plastic ones that hold honey need hugs and kisses)
3. It's fun to run away when Mommy tries to put my coat on.
4. Perfume bottles are great for scattering on the bathroom floor.
5. I can make Mommy talk through her teeth if I kick when she tries to put socks on me.
6. The green light on the computer turns it off.
7. I can climb on the couches now and bang on the windows!
8. Pizza sauce looks great in my hair.
9. I help unload the dishwasher by putting all the utensils on the floor.
10. I shake my head "no" and run away 1/2 the time when Mommy or Daddy ask for a kiss.
11. The buttons on the security panel can cause loud noises.
12. I try to get Cole in trouble by shoving socks in his mouth.
13. If I turn my sippy cup upside down and bang it on the table, I get a puddle to play in!
14. Mommy and Daddy wouldn't have life any other way!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Anniversary

3 years ago, I didn't think it was possible to love my husband more than I did when I said my vows. I was wrong. :-) Mike is my everything.

Big Trouble!

Our favorite dog has become somewhat destructive lately. Apparently he feels he needs more attention.