Monday

9 MONTHS ALREADY-- update!




Here's D waiting on Dr. Potts for his 9 month check up!

His stats:
21 lbs
27 1/2 inches

What's new?:
crawls really well on elbows
pulls up on toys and people (no furniture yet, whew)
says "dada dada dada"
sits up from laying down position

Can't believe we've got such a BIG boy on our hands!
Look at him on the same exam table here


Prayer for the Manross family

The Lord has laid it on my heart to ask for prayer for a sweet, sweet family. I have asked you to pray for them before.
The Manross family has a precious son, Hodges, who is about the same age as Dalton. When I fret over bumped heads and runny noses, I often think of Hodges' mommy, Ashley. I cannot imagine the daily struggles she faces. I get a glimpse of her world through her blog, and I am amazed at her amazing faith! She and Rich are wonderful parents to their children, the ones here with them and the one in heaven. I want to ask all of you to pray for the family for strength and courage to face the next day. After reading what all they go through on a daily basis, even when they are at home, I realize how much we have to be thankful for.
God has a purpose for Hodges and I pray He keeps him here with his parents for a long time!

Wednesday

Finger Fun!!!




Pool days . . .

We've had this pool for half of summer, but we were waiting on it to cool off . . . haha! That hasn't happened, so we decided to go ahead. He loves it just like his bathtub! He kept trying to pull up (his newest accomplishment) on the pool and didn't understand why it kept collapsing!
video

Crockpot Lasagna

Here's an easy and VERY delicious recipe that I wanted to share!
You know if I did it, it's easy!

Crockpot Lasagna

1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, choppped
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (approx. 26oz)
12 oz container of cottage cheese
1 egg
12 oz lasagna noodles (uncooked)
12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese (reserve 1/2 cup)

Directions:
Brown meat and onion in skillet. Drain off fat. Add jar of spaghetti sauce and simmer for 5-10 mins (if the sauce is too thick, you may want to add about 1/2 cup water to thin it). In separate bowl, combine all the cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese (except reserved 1/2 cup) and the egg. Mix thoroughly. Spoon a layer of meat sauce onto the bottom of the crockpot. Add *two* layers of uncooked lasagna noodles (broken into small pieces to make them fit) and then top with cheese mixture. Repeat with sauce, noodles, and cheese mixture until all are used. Sprinkle reserved 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella on very top. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for approx. 3 hours.
Serves 6-8.

Monday

Maaaaamuuuuuuhhhhh!!!!


On Friday the 31st, I was in the kitchen fixing some lunch and D was in the livingroom. He started fretting and whining because he couldn't see me (spoiled much?) and it quickly escalated to yelling "Maaamuuuh"! So there you have it, D's first word. I didn't post before because I wasn't sure it counted. So I've tested the theory the past few days (not by leaving the room and making him cry, wink wink), and it's official he's said it a lot of times over the past few days. How sweet . . . our baby is growing up! TOO FAST!

Saturday

The best things in life are free . . . or close to it!

If you know me, you know that mommyhood has made me an avid bargain shopper. This being said, I love me some consignment sales. Now I am no expert on these sales, yet! But I would say I was pretty pleased with my finds. I'll share a few upcoming sales with you and hope that you have as good of luck as I've had in the past. And here they are with some pros and cons.

Southern Crescent Parents of Multiples' Second Time Around Sale:
I have gone to the SCPM sale twice and you'll remember I found the exersaucer that D still LOVES in the spring sale. Other than this find, I wasn't as pleased with this spring sale as I was with the one last year. They do have a lot of new clothes (Carter's, etc) with tags on them. Also, this sale should have some holiday outfits and Halloween costumes. The toys were clean and they did have a lot of them. Downside: if you don't have multiples, a lot of the strollers, etc. are made for doubles.
My finds: exersaucer ($40), Eddie Bauer booster seat--high-back ($20), LeapFrog play table ($12), clothes, baby Bjorn carrier ($10...yes $10)
Here's the website for location and sale times.
http://www.secondtimearoundkids.com/


The Kids Stuff Sale:
This is a new sale for me. Someone at church told Mom about this one in the spring. Upside: TONS of clothes. Downside: Cramped in someone's basement and some of the clothes were stained and outdated. Not a lot of babygear (playards, carseats, etc).
Just got an invite for this year. ***New: Henry Co. Board of Ed employees get to shop early if they bring their employee IDs. Therefore, I will be taking my Mom or Todd with me! :) If you don't know any, you better befriend one quick. Only a few wks before this sale.
My finds: clothes, packnplay for Mom
Check out the website for info.
http://www.thekidsstuffsale.com/

Kellytown Kids:
I would say this is my favorite. Or rather has the most things I've needed. I've gone to 3 or 4 KK sales. Upside: New location with more space. Tons of clothes (namebrand) with good quality. A lot of babygear. Downside: You've already missed the summer sale. I'll update later when a date is known for the fall sale. (Sorry!)
My finds: umbrella stroller ($4), pentagon-shaped crawlthru toy with mailbox, windows, etc ($7), FisherPrice lion ride/push toy ($7), packnplay ($20), various Fisher Price toys, TONS of clothes.... at the July sale I got 20 clothing items and a few toys and shoes for $60! Not too shabby!
Watch here for fall sale announcements
www.kellytownkids.com

I plan to hit the sale at the racetrack, Conyers Horsepark, and another in Gwinnett hopefully in the fall. I'll let you know what I find. Any feedback on these from my mommy friends that have gone???