Tuesday, April 24, 2012

9 Months Old

Well, as usual, I am late with this post.... halfway to 10 months now. But Eden is officially 9 months old. Beautiful, healthy and very happy.

Eden, you are such a joy to this family. You are seriously one very loved little lady. You've started crawling some, but mostly like to scoot around on your belly doing the army crawl. You say "Ma-Ma" "Da-Da" and "Ba-Ba" for bottle. Your hair has really come in a lot in the past few months! Your eyes are still a beautiful shade of blue. You have become a great sleeper- sleeping from 8:00 pm until 7:00 am and then taking two great naps during the day. You brothers still adore you and do a great job taking care of you. They love to give you your bottle or get your paci for you when you are crying. They love kissing and hugging you, too. You've been plagued by several ear infections in the past few months, but you'd never know it from your disposition. You are a sweet and happy baby girl! You have two little teeth on the bottom and you've started eating table food. You love bread! And you can use a sippy cup now, too. You weigh 19 lbs 1 oz (60%) and are 28 1/4" long (75%). What a big girl you are getting to be! Eden, Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you and so grateful that we get to be your parents. We love you as high as the sky and pray everyday that God would grow you into a woman after His heart.

Here are all four at 9 months old.

And here is Jack at 11 months old and Eden at 9 months. She looks like her Daddy.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Couponing Adventure

I had a great trip to Harris Teeter and CVS today and I just had to share.

This week Harris Teeter is doing Super Doubles which means they double coupons up to $1.99! So my $1.50 off of Starbucks coupon becomes a $3.00 off Starbucks! Great deal, huh? Here's how I did at Harris Teeter today: (I also got a 6 pack of Sparkle Paper towels and two loaves of bread that I forgot to put in the picture.)
Total Before Sales and Coupons:  $147.44
Total Spent Out of Pocket: $65.17
Total Saved: $82.27!
I got the mega pack of paper towels, 2 loaves of bread, 4 things of Starbucks coffee, two packets of Starbucks VIA, four tubs of butter, baby wipes, two bottles of marinade, four Dawn dish soaps, two packages of frozen pancakes, two lbs of strawberries, grapes, applesauce, milk, mashed potatoes, baby yogurt and feminine products. And I saved more than I spent. Pretty awesome, right?

And here is how I did at CVS.... get ready to have your socks knocked off...
Total Before Sales and Coupons: $26.94
Total Spent out of pocket: $1.74 !!
Total Saved: $25.20
AND I got $9.00 in Extra Care Bucks to use next time! 

How fun is that? I was actually giddy when I left CVS. Seriously, CVS shopping is so. much. fun! When I checked out the girl at the register said, "Man, it's like we pay you to shop here!" Yes, my friend, that is exactly what you are doing and I love it!

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Big Week

Last week was a big week here in the Blankenship household.

First, Caleb and Noah started swim lessons. Caleb already knows how to swim- he just figured it out last summer! He wants to swim on a swim team and they suggested he have a round of swim lessons to get a little stronger with strokes, etc. And when we went to sign Caleb up, we decided to sign Noah up for Preschool Swim Lessons. Noah does not know how to swim yet and in fact, had a scary moment in December when we were at the beach house for Christmas. So, Monday, they were both very excited to go to swim lessons. Caleb did great.... he was constantly moving he was so excited- fidgeting, going under water over and over, bouncing up and down until it was his turn! He was on one of the pool with his teacher and Noah was on the other. Noah had a hard time at first. He is still a little scared to go in the water without his life jacket after December. I went to the far end to take a picture of Caleb and I came back to find Noah with his teacher in the water crying! Sweet boy is so obedient that he went right to her and did what she asked, just crying as he did it! I got him calmed down and he did great the rest of the class. Jack took the boys on Wednesday and said Noah was amazing and that his teacher, Miss Emily, could not believe the change in him! We have four more weeks of lessons twice a week. Should be fun!

Also last week our big man Josiah went to Potty Boot Camp! I kept him home from school on Wednesday. Noah went to school, Caleb went to the BCM with Jack and Eden took a long nap while Josiah and I had Potty Boot Camp. It was kind of spur of the moment, but Tuesday it became so clear that he was ready and I felt like I needed to capitalize on his excitement. He did great! He really potty trained in one day. Wednesday he had two accidents and lots and lots of success. Then Thursday, Jack took Noah and Caleb to the BCM and we worked on it during the morning hours. He only had one accident, but he was watching TV... not a good idea, I knew. Once we turned the TV off he did great. We even went out to lunch and to the BCM Thursday night where he stayed dry and clean! He hasn't had another accident and has been in underwear full time since Wednesday. In our house, we do intense potty training and once we put on underwear there is no going back! I am happy to say that he is fully potty trained!! He still wears a pull up for naps and at night, but honestly he's been waking up dry almost every time, so it may not be long before he is in underwear all the time. This is the same method that I used to potty train Caleb and Noah. It is laid out in the book "Pottywise." (It is by the writers of Babywise, but please don't comment on how much you love or hate Babywise.... Pottywise has nothing to do with feeding, schedules or infants... it lays out a great method for potty training). But my friend, Carrie, from college has written out this method on her blog. It is exactly the same method that I use. So if you are interested in the details, check out her blog by clicking here.

Potty Training 101


Finally, this little peanut turned 9 months old and started crawling.... but more on that in another post!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday

Today we woke up and found that our black rocks of sin had been replaced with baskets full of blessings. Just like Jesus took our sinful hearts and made us new! After checking out our baskets we made resurrection rolls for breakfast and got dressed for church. Our church service was wonderful this morning. So good to be reminded of all Christ endured for my sin. Motivation to run this race and turn away from those things that so easily entangle. I loved worshipping with Caleb and Jack this morning. Caleb stood between us and linked arms with both of us as we sang Chris Tomlin's "Our God" (Caleb's new favorite song). It is so moving for me to hear my children sing praises to the Lord.

After church we went to Glencairn Gardens for an Easter picnic and tried our best to get a good family picture in our Easter finest. Eden was not really in the mood for pictures most of the day, but we did manage to get a few good ones. We took 608 pictures today.... seriously, no exaggeration! And ended up with about 50 that were good. Digital cameras sure are great! Our friend Ruth was able to join us for lunch and we had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying the beautiful day.

Easter Week

Here are some pics of our Easter traditions. We really enjoyed our Lenten Lights each night and our Easter Mountain reenactments during the days, as well as our Basket full of Blessings and Resurrection Rolls this weekend. It was such a great week filled with deep and meaningful conversations about sin and our need for a Savior.