Super Bowl Sunday

Wow. What a game last night. I’m a Baltimore native, so I was definitely cheering my hometown team on last night.

The Ravens blew away the 49ers in the first half but, as we have seen in other rounds of the playoffs, the 49ers are a second half team, and that certainly was the case last night. After the crazy power outage, momentum switched, and I really thought we were going to blow it. It was like we were watching the Falcons game all over again.

But, we pulled it out, and the Lombardi Trophy is going home to Baltimore. Yay!

We had big plans to have friends over for the game. I came up with a pretty good menu – vegetarian chili, pizza rolls, chicken nuggets for the kids, pasta salad, chips and dip, and cookies – and Lucy and I spent some time out picking up decorations and last minute items.


But, when Joe returned home from his 30-mile (yes, that was 3-0) run, he wasn’t feeling quite right. We waited until about 45 minutes until our guests were supposed to arrive to give him a chance to start feeling better but had to call it off. We’re not sure if he had a stomach bug or it was something with the long run and amount of fuel. In any case, he wasn’t in any shape to have people over.

Lucy was REALLY disappointed because she was looking forward to playing with the kids who were supposed to come. I think she thought she was being punished because she kept begging us to let them come. It broke our hearts. So, we set up the party for her. I didn’t make all the food I was planning, but I set up some decorations and put out some food for us all. She had a blast!

Lucy had her first taste of grape soda.

We watched some football. We watched a time lapse video of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.

And, we played some games.

It was a nice, fun, family night. Gooooo Ravens! Hopefully next year, we’ll be watching our Falcons in the Super Bowl!

Week in Phone Pics ~ 5/52

How bummed am I that I missed doing this last week? Pretty bummed. It’s fun compiling all the pics I take each week and remembering all the fun we had!

Last week, we:

  • Played at the park;
  • Met a friend’s new baby and fed her;
  • Made a house for Tinkerbell;
  • Took self-portraits;
  • Practiced the “bridge” for gymnastics;
  • Did our nails for the Super Bowl;
  • Played games;
  • Rocked in the middle of the night “just because”;
  • And had a family Super Bowl party after sickness forced us to cancel ours with friends.

I’m linking up with Living Like the Kings. I wonder what this week will bring!

Lucy’s First Haircut

Last week, we got Lucy’s hair cut. For the first time. At age 3. That’s how slowly my kid’s hair grows. I mean, really, up until this year, she hardly had any. And, if it wasn’t for the straight strands underneath all her beautiful curls making the back look like a mullet, we probably would have waited even longer.

We don’t have any children’s hair cut places in town, so our options were either Great Clips or a salon. We opted for a salon and, boy am I glad we did. The stylist was SO good with Lucy and the hair cut REALLY enhances her curls. It seems MUCH more curly now, which I love. So happy.

And Lucy? She did awesome. She didn’t cry. She didn’t fuss. She sat, intently staring in the mirror as the stylist worked.

When the stylist was done, she sprinkled fairy dust on Lucy’s hair. And that was when she won all of us over. Best children’s stylist ever.

Before we left, Lucy insisted on sitting under the dryer like the other women.

And, we had to get a picture of her in front of the salon, since we hadn’t gotten one when we arrived.

Her hair doesn’t look too much different, but it is a little shorter and a *little* less shaggy. Honestly, I didn’t want it cut “short” because I want it to grow a bit. We needed it cleaned up a little, but with all those curls, it’s always all over the place! I wonder how long it will be before her next haircut!




Weekly Totals ~ 02/01


I am pretty proud of the fact that so far this year I have stayed under my budget of $40 a week. Now, if we could stop using the money we’ve saved to splurge on eating out, we’d be in great shape!

I totally felt like an extreme couponer this week when I picked up my special order of cat food. It was the first time I’ve ever done a special order and, since my Kroger limits customers to five like coupons per transaction, I cleared my use of all 30 coupons with the manager first. Well, the register locked up. Of course it did. And, there was a LONG line of people behind me. Talk about embarrassing. The supervisor was called over, and she told both me and the cashier that only five coupons were allowed. But, after I told her that I had gotten permission from the manager (and knew his name), she reluctantly unlocked the register. Ugh! I’m glad she did because I did NOT have that much money in my wallet to cover the cat food!

Here’s what I got this week:

Purina One Beyond Cat Food x 33 – $1.32 (33 $3.25/1 coupons)
Apples – $4.49
Kroger Milk – $2.99
Kroger Sandwich Buns – $1.69
Bananas – $0.99
Wholly Guacamole x 4 – $1.96 (4 $1/1 IP)
Wholly Salsa x 2 – $0 (2 $1.50/1 IP)
Tostitos x 2 – $4.98
Tostitos Salsa – $0 (Free salsa WYB 2 Tostitos IP)
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish x 2 – $2.48
Baking Potatoes – $1.99
Kroger Chili Beans x 2 – $1.38
Doritos x 2 – $0.99 (BOGO $1.99 with $1/2 IP)
Tostitos – $1.99
Chex Mix x 2 – $0.98 (2 $0.50/1 IP)
Cheetos – $1.09 (the kiddo convinced me to get her a small bag at the store!)

I spent $29.32 for $167.49 worth of groceries, a savings of 83%. I’m pretty happy with that, and I’m looking forward to see what next week brings!