Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Don't worry that Nate woke me up at 5:30 this morning because he was so excited to open presents. We were very spoiled this year. We are looking forward to a great musical program at church this morning and later this evening we are going to have a prime rib dinner with some of Nate's siblings. I'm in charge of the prime rib, I've never made one or eaten one before so wish me luck! Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

In Which I Look Like a Polygamist

I interrupt your afternoon with an awful picture. Please, please let me set the tone for your picture viewing (or make a desperate excuse). I was wearing my hair down and straight, until I started my baking. I hate standing over a hot oven with hair in my face so I pulled my bangs and the hair right around my face up into a clip. But a few minutes I was still hot so I figured I should pull all my hair up off my neck, so I just did a quick loose pony tail. An hour or so into baking I went to use the bathroom and saw this in the mirror, there is a polygamist in my house!!! I was amused and horrified all at the same time. Even though I live in Utah, I promise that I don't know or associate with Warren Jeffs, and despite one nightmare, I am Nate's only wife and he is my only husband. I promise! Anyway, after I paused to take a picture to entertain all of you, I did fix my hair. No more poofy bangs and long hair trailing down my back. Let's just say, lesson learned.

Ahh, I am SO embarrassed! The only good thing you can say about this picture is that it's good I didn't french braid it.

P.S. No, I don't have any makeup on, my eyes have been so watery today and so I didn't put any on. Also, this photo is in my laundry room/ 1/2 bath, hence the towels.

P.P.S. Alisha, you are still my favorite hair stylist of all time and I promise I won't embarrass you by looking like this ever again! That reminds me, I need to call you and schedule a trim.

P.P.S. There's a picture for you Heather, now will you send me an invite to your blog? My email is on the side bar.

Text Love

I just got the best text message from my handsome husband. And I quote,

"You should get some of the presents today so that you can get your wrap on."

Awesome!! I LOVE wrapping presents, love it, love it, love it! I bought ridiculously cute wrapping paper this year and I just bought a gift wrap and ribbon organizer. Now I just need the UPS guy to get here! Thanks Natey, you made my day!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Week 2011

This year was our year to celebrate Thanksgiving with Nate's side of the family. Ben and Katie were kind enough to provide us all with rooms up at the Park City mountain resort. Nate and I went up Friday night and were able to stay the whole week. Nate hasn't that much time off of work since his hernia surgery! It was so nice to be able to spend so much time with Nate. I hated saying bye to him when he left for work this morning.
We did all the usual things in Park City, we shopped at the outlets, more than once. We went out to eat, our big couples' dinner was such a fiasco though! But that is a story for another time. We worked out, the kids and some of the adults went swimming. We played wii, took naps, and indulged in hot chocolate and of course we celebrated Thanksgiving. It was so fun to be away, but it's also nice to be home in my own bed too. Thanks Ben and Katie for a fun week!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Nate! I Love You!

I really want to wish my husband a very Happy Birthday! Nate, I love you more than you could possibly know. You are the biggest blessing in my life. I'm crazy about you, head over heels crazy. Life is so much better with you. I love our relationship and our marriage. Thanks for always being willing to try my new recipes, thanks for making me laugh, thanks for loving me, and thanks for being you. I hope today is amazing for you and that 26 is your best year yet!

Friday, November 11, 2011

We Are Now a Dot Com

Okay, you may have noticed, we have changed our address. Instead of having to type in our last name and blogspot we are now simply Even if you put in our old blogspot address, you will automatically get redirected. Everything is the same except for our address. This is just what happens when your husband loves technology.

P.S. It is Nate's birthday tomorrow so be sure and send him a happy birthday text!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Birthday Dinner

Happy Birthday month to Brandon and Nate! My brother-in-law Brandon had a birthday last week and Nate has a birthday at the end of this week. We had a birthday dinner to celebrate them tonight. We did shredded pork two ways and had tacos and I made Nate's favorite Brazilian lemonade. Everyone had a good time and I hope Nate and Brandon felt loved!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! It wouldn't be fitting if I didn't acknowledge my husband's favorite holiday. I started out the day with an MRI of my foot, yah, it's still hurting all the time and the podiatrist wants an MRI. I see him again Thursday to get the results. I spent the afternoon baking. Nate starts his master's degree program tomorrow so we are going to party tonight! We've got lots of full size candy bars to hand out tonight and in fact we've already had our first trick-or-treaters! Cute Steph, Eliza, and Anna came by this afternoon to show off their costumes. Yes, I actually know the kids in the photo, I don't take pictures of random kids. Nate may convince me to watch a scary movie with him tonight, but I am secretly hoping for Hocus Pocus, the best Halloween movie! Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Please Watch

We came across this video today and it does a good job of summing up some of what our trials are. Please watch.

Friday, October 14, 2011

In Which We Look for the Silver Lining

So funny story. Last week on our date, Nate and I were talking about how even though we are missing a huge blessing, children, we have a pretty darn good life. We have a fantastic marriage, Nate has a great job, I am blessed to be able to stay home, we get to spend a lot of time together, etc. We really are so blessed. This was the tenor of our conversation and we had a great weekend.
Then comes this week, I had a bad migraine and my foot has been hurting like crazy. It's my right foot and it KILLS when I step down on it. It's the back outside of my foot and my heel. I've been walking on my toes on that foot so I don't have to step down all the way. This morning Nate told me that he was sick and tired of me hobbling around and that I needed to make a doctor's appointment. He offered to come with me. I only agreed because I knew if I came I could con him into getting a flu shot. I know! I'm a mean mean wife.
Anyway, lots of pain, two shots, a few x-rays, and several mental curses later, I am now the proud new owner of a boot! Can you tell how thrilled I am? Not. At least I convinced them to not make me have crutches and a boot. He told me I have a sprained ankle and really bad plantar faciitis (some swollen something or other). So yah, I've got a boot for the next little bit.
Moral of the story: we are still so blessed. Now we will just be sure to mention how grateful we are for modern medicine in our prayers. It's been a bit harder to feel blessed this week, but I know we are!

Nate assures me that boots are the "in" shoe for fall. Thanks babe.

I beg of you, please ignore the extreme contrast of my black boot and my shockingly white leg. Please.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Congrats Zak and Domonique

Nate's little brother got married yesterday! Thank goodness the rain held off until we were nearly finished with the pictures. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Smith!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Holy Smokes Batman! It's About Time for an Update!

No, we haven't gone Amish or been abducted by aliens or anything like that. We've just been busy! I've been meaning to blog for some time now, but I'm so far behind it's just felt a bit overwhelming. No more procrastinating though!

Okay, first up is the rest of July. Nate's parents and his youngest siblings moved to Portland, Oregon in early July and have been adjusting to life away from the majority of their kids and all their grandkids. The kids finally started school this week and it sounds like everything is going well with them. Back here in Utah, we spent lots of Fridays swimming at the pond with all the cousins.

Towards the end of the month, Nate and I started a new exercise program that we are LOVING. I'm jealous because Nate has seen bigger results than I have, but we both are seeing results and feeling much better. I still need to work on my blood sugars, my second A1C was higher than the time before, so I'm trying to really focus on that these next 3 months until they test me again! My heart is doing pretty well too. I finally feel like we are at a good level of medication and I don't have too many episodes these days. Woohoo!

Next is the month of August. In August, Nate started working an earlier schedule at work, so now he is done by 4:30 pm, which is really really nice. We love it. The two days a week that he does go in to the office he gets home before most of traffic and then on the days he works from home, he is done early enough to have lots of time to still enjoy the day. Can I just say how much I love Nate working from home! We are so blessed. Mid August, Nate's parents came back in town for a visit and we threw a bridal shower for Domonique (my brother-in-law's fiancee). Thanks to everyone who came.

We had some fun dinners with Nate's siblings. See, even baby Jack had a good time. Sorry, it's a cell phone pic.

The last week of August I met with a new doctor regarding certain "lady" things. I left the appointment angry and bawling. The doctor couldn't answer any of my questions and so he just referred me to someone else. It was a huge waste of time. To top it all off he told me that with my age and diabetes that my clock is ticking. He said that if I want any chance of giving birth I would need to get pregnant asap. Awesome. I had a really hard time turning 25 earlier this year and now I feel older than ever.

Almost done! September so far... I can't believe it is September! I am SO ready for fall and changing leaves and cooler temperatures. Not next week but the week after I am going to make soup. I've been craving soup for weeks now and I have lots of soup recipes I want to try. Unfortunately I got the news that my grandpa has colon cancer which they are concerned may have spread to his liver and is having surgery next week. My grandma had a total knee replacement Tuesday. This is the set of grandparents that I lived with for a while. I still talk to my grandma at least once a week on the phone. I feel like I'm not handling it very well. My mom, aunt, and I have been busy coordinating to make sure someone will be there at all times an that my mom (a nurse) will be at the major doctor appointments, and all that that entails. A rough start to the month. Nate and I were going to go camping tonight with Justin and Whitney, but due to work schedules it was cancelled. I am so glad, I spent all Wednesday night and yesterday so sick. I would have had to cancel anyway. I am starting to feel a little bit better, so let's hope I'm over the worst! Nate is excited that BYU football season has started and has already requested treats for the game this Saturday. I finished up making Zak and Domonique's wedding announcement, at least I think we are finished! Now it's time to work on the family calendar.

I think that is all that's new with us. At least, that's all I can think of for the time being. Hopefully everyone is having a fabulous week!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Let Freedom Ring!

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday. We celebrated with the in-laws, Spencer's girlfriend and her kids, and Zak's fiancee's mom and sisters. It was a full house! We enjoyed a barbecued dinner and a firework show. My husband's favorite holidays are the 4th of July and Halloween. Seriously, he gets so excited to light fireworks every year. This year the big aerial fireworks were legal in our state so Nate was even happier. We definitely went over our firework budget, but it was so worth it! This was the best firework show we've done! In addition to all our fun, I want to take a moment to thank all of our service men and women for their selfless service to protect the rights and liberties we enjoy in the amazing country! My thoughts and prayers go out to all them and their families. Nate has an uncle, a father of 11 children who has spent a lot of time overseas, including Iraq, and we love and appreciate you Uncle David!

Now for some pictures of our festivities! I have to admit, taking photos of fireworks has been my biggest photography challenge to date. I had a lot of bad ones, but I think I got a couple decent photos too. Let me know if you have any tips!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Couponing - 1 Month Down

Okay, I have officially been a couponer for one month! I am totally hooked and I will always be couponing from now on. Here are a few pictures of what I accumulated in just a month! Keep in mind that this doesn't include anything that goes in the fridge or freezer, stuff we've already used, items that are in my kitchen pantry, and the huge box of stuff I gave to my mom. Even with all that stuff missing from these pictures I am pretty dang proud of my stock pile.

Sorry, this first one is the inside of my linen closet. I know it's not a great photo.

I already told Nate that I need another set of shelves!

P.S. I would like to also brag about how I saved $70 on fireworks with coupons! The hubs is a HUGE fan of fireworks and we were able to get tons this year because of coupons!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vials, Pens, and Cake Pops

Did you know there is now another way to get your insulin? No more need for vials, needles, or pens, there are now cake pops! My favorite baking website Bakerella had these fun cake pops featured and I think they are so fun! As a diabetic, I had to share. Go check out her site, she makes the most incredible treats and desserts!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Another Busy Week

Okay, this week was another busy one for Nate and me. We started out celebrating Katie's (mother-in-law) birthday. We threw a little party for her to wish her happy birthday.

Saturday night was date night for the two of us and we loved it because we had our first snow cones of the season! Nate is a HUGE fan of snow cones. In fact I was informed that that is what he wants tomorrow night for our Family Home Evening treat.

Also on Saturday, we found out that Nate's younger brother Zak got engaged! Congratulations to Dominique and Zak!

Then of course today is Father's Day so we had dinner at the in-law's. Happy Father's day to all fathers and future fathers!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Couponing 101 Part 2

Sorry it's taken me so long to get this posted! I have bronchitis and it has made accomplishing my to-do list very difficult. Hopefully I will start feeling better soon!

Okay, I am going to be finishing up my how-to post on couponing. Last week I posted the first two steps, finding coupons and clipping coupons. In case you missed it, read that post before this one so that everything will make a little more sense.

Step 3: Organization
Once all your coupons are clipped it is time to sort. I have a big zip up binder for my coupons. I also have those dividers for each coupon category. Alisha (my cousin that taught me how to coupon) suggest getting dividers that have a pocket so that you can store rain checks and stuff that pertains to that category. Here are my categories, but some things might get broken into more specific sections.

Breads, Cereals, and Breakfast Items
Pasta and Rice
Refrigerated Case
Canned Goods
Baking Supplies, Seasonings, and Condiments
Frozen Foods
Household Supplies
Cleaning Supplies
Beauty and Hygiene

In each section I have baseball card sleeves to hold all my coupons. You can find these sleeves at Walmart by the pokemon and baseball cards or you can find them at Hobby Lobby by the models and collections. I looked forever at Walmart for them but they were always out and so I got mine at Hobby Lobby. They are $7 for a pack of thirty, and so I bought two.
Okay, so you've got your coupons cut and you are now ready to put them away. I sort mine into sections, so all my hygiene coupons are together and all my frozen food coupons are together. Then that way I only have to go through each category in the binder once. You may have to fold your coupons to get them to fit in the slots, but I try and make the product picture and price face upward so that I can easily what the coupon is for. I also separate my coupons by price. For example if you have coupons for $0.50 off a box of Cheerios and coupons for $1.00 off a box of Cheerios I put them in two different slots because even though they are for the same product it is a different value. If the coupons are identical they go together. Remember that I get four Sunday papers so that means four of each coupon and the same ones get put in the same slot. I hope that makes sense.

Step 4: Preparing a Grocery List
The goal of couponing is to combine sale prices and coupons to maximize your savings. The easiest way to find deals is to have someone do it for you! I use a site called Savvy Shopper. She pairs up sales from local stores and tells you what coupons to use to save the most money! I also like that she ranks how good the deal is so you know if you should stock up or just buy a few. If you live in Utah, like me, the best two sites I've found are Savvy Shopper and Grocery Smarts, and the best part is they're free to use! Each of those sites have more locations than just Utah but I know they aren't totally national. I know that there are some sites that do similar things but you have to pay for a subscription. I personally don't want to pay because my whole reason for couponing is to save money!
If you can't find a website that pairs sales and coupons for you, you still have options! Where I live the weekly grocery store ads come in the mail on Wednesday. You can go through the weekly ads and look for good sale items and check if you have a coupon for that same item.
Once you have a list put together you are ready to shop!

Step 5: Time to Shop!
I choose just to focus on one store. I choose Walmart because I can price-match. Price matching is when another store has an item cheaper than Walmart and then they will match that price. I like the idea of only having to go to one store. That is definitely a suggestion I have for beginners, focus on one store until you get really comfortable. Read up on the store's coupon policy, I printed out Walmart's coupon policy that I can make sure what the rules and regulations are. Often times you will come to find that you know the coupon policy better than the cashiers! Make sure you get your maximum savings! In my county Walmart doubles coupons up to $1 on Tuesdays. For example if I have a coupon for $0.25 off an item they will double it to $0.50 off.
Okay, get prepared to shop, make sure you have a detailed list of things you are going to buy. Bring your coupon binder, have a pen, etc. As I go through and put things in my cart I double check the coupon to make sure it is the right item. Also, once something is in my cart I pull out the corresponding coupons and put them in a plastic sleeve in the front of my binder then it makes checking out much easier since I can just hand the cashier the coupons instead of having to search for them.
So you've finished shopping and now you are ready to check-out. Brace yourself, checking out is going to take a lot longer now that you are couponing. I have some tips for you, choose a male or a young teenager cashier, they are a lot less likely to hassle you about your couponing and a lot more likely to let you do your process. Let the cashier know right away that you have coupons and or price-matches so they know they will need to make some adjustments. Also, it's polite to let the person in line behind you know that you'll be couponing and that you are likely going to take a while. They may want to pick another lane. I like to put like items together on the conveyer belt and place the corresponding coupons with them. For example, when the cashier gets to my four lotions I tell them the price-match price, they scan the item, and then I hand them the coupons to scan. This way when I can see the coupon take effect right away, and if for some reason you have trouble with a coupon it can be fixed immediately instead of at the end. That works best for me, you'll find what works best for you.
After checking out, celebrate! You just saved your family money! Enjoy! Once I get my haul home I like to take a picture of my items and email them to my husband while he's at work so I can brag. I also like to go through my receipt and see what my total savings is in both dollar amount and percentage.

Okay, I really hope you could all understand that. Again, please comment of email me at nksmithfamily[at]gmail[dot]com if you have any questions of you want to brag about your savings! Happy Couponing!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Free Contact Lens Solution!

Today only Walmart is giving away free contact solution! Each box of solution also comes with a contact case! All you have to do is print the offer and take it in to your local Walmart Eye Center. I printed eight copies and got eight boxes of solution! Hurry because it is today only! Here is the link for the offer -

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Kim's Couponing 101

Okay, let me preface this post by saying I have a killer cold so I really hope that everything is coherent. Also, it's a long post so I am breaking it up into two sections.

I coupon to have a baby. That is the super short version of things. My husband and I will hit the 4 year mark next month of trying to get pregnant. Four years! It has felt like an eternity trying and waiting and praying for a child. I won't bore you with all the details of procedures and medicines and diagnoses, but here is where we are at now- in order for us to have a chance of getting pregnant we will have to undergo a $15,000 procedure called ICSI, and that is only if I am medically cleared with my diabetes and heart issues. So yah, that's the story in a nutshell! I want to save at a faster rate than we have been so I decided to jump into the world of couponing. My husband and I made the decision that we will not go into debt to have a baby. We want to be able to pay for everything up front. I am not condemning those who do finance their fertilty procedures, but it just wasn't the right decision for us. Saving for ICSI is my number one reason for couponing.

Both my husband and I are deeply religious. We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One thing our church advocates is personal preparedness. It is recommended that everyone have a stockpile of food and essentials in case of natural disaster or financial struggles. Couponing helps me build up my stockpile. First I want to be able to have a 3 month supply of everything from food to toiletries to cleaning products etc. Eventually I want a full year's worth. This is my other motivation for couponing.

Okay, now that you know my life story :) I will walk you through my process. Keep in mind that I've only been couponing for a couple of weeks! I have made some mistakes but I understand the general idea and I hope that my tips help! I will try and explain the best I can but please leave a comment or send me an email if you have questions. My email is nksmithfamily[at]gmail[dot]com.

Step 1: Getting Your Hands on those Coupons!
I get my coupons from two sources, my local newspaper and online.
Each Sunday I get four newspapers delivered to me. Why four? Because that means I get four sets of coupons. If you look at my previous post you will notice that I bought four of most items, that's because I had four coupons. The common standard is that you order one newspaper per person in your household. So if you have four kids you order six papers, one for you, one for your husband, and one for each of your kids. I hope that makes sense.
I also print some coupons from the internet. The best sites for coupons are
You can print each coupon twice per computer. If there is a coupon I want I print it from my laptop, my husband's laptop, and from his home office computer, that gives me a total of six coupons. As far as the online coupons go, I only print ones that I know I'll use. For example, we don't drink coffee or have pets so I don't waste my time on those coupons.

Step 2: Cutting the Coupons
This is my least favorite part of couponing, but alas, it has to be done. For my newspaper coupons I pull apart all the coupon pages and stack the identical pages on top of each other. That way when you cut them, you are cutting all four at once. Make sure you get coupons from both sides of the pages! Once they are all stacked and ready it doesn't take too long. My husband usually will help if I bribe with some cinnamon rolls or some cookies. Just a suggestion :). As far as online coupons go I use one of those slide track cutters that are usually used for scrapbooking. I told Nate that I want to get one of those heavy duty handle cutters that can go through like 20 pages at once.

Okay folks, this cold is killing me and I've got to stop, but stay tuned tomorrow for steps 3, 4, and 5 and some pictures!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Low-Down on My Coupon Showdown

So I talked with Alisha (cousin) earlier this evening. Of course couponing came up! Alisha is the one who taught me how to coupon and I loved that she let me brag to her about the deals I got this week! So I've got another coupon post for you! Here are some of the deals I was able to get. This isn't everything. I didn't get stuff out of my fridge or freezer for the photo, I forgot. But this should still give you a pretty good idea of what I was able to get. I can't remember all the pre-sale prices, but I listed both the full price and the price I paid.

Here's the breakdown:
4 Crest Mouthwash - $3.99 to $1.99
4 All Laundry Detergent - $2.99 to $0.99
4 Ban Deodorant - $2.75? to $0.74
2 Stayfree Pads - $2.99 to $0.99
4 Snuggle Fabric Softener - $3.47? to $1.99
4 Tide Stain Release Packets - $3.97 to $0.97
4 Nivea Men's Body Wash - $3.50 to $0.50
4 Nivea Men's Shaving Cream $2.60? to $0.50
4 Fusion ProGlide 5 Blade Razors - $6.97 to $0.89
4 Bic 4 Flex Razors - $5.97 to $0.99
4 Crest Toothpastes - $2.87 to $0.25
2 Aquafresh Toothpastes - $0.97 to FREE
4 Colgate Toothpastes - $3.00 to $0.13
16 Nexcare Bandaids - $1.00 to FREE
2 Tylenol Precise Cream - $5.97 to $0.97
5 Wheat Thins Stix - $2.50? to $0.67
2 Pompeian Vinegar - $1.48 to $0.48
1 French's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce - $2.00? to $0.37
12 Ronzoni Pasta - $1.48 to $0.50

Pre Price Match and Coupon Total: $225.52
Total Spent: $47.99
Total Savings: $177.53 or 79%

That was my week in coupons! Tomorrow I'll post my process, where I get my coupons, how I find deals, and how I stay organized.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

4 Years!

It's our 4 year anniversary today! Part of me can't believe that it's only been 4 years. I feel like I have always been with Nate, it's hard to remember what single life was like. I've learned a few things in these four years, I know that Nate is a wonderful wonderful man. He is an amazing partner, a fantastic provider, he's fun to be with, and he is truly the best friend I have ever had. I love him so much more than I ever thought possible. Thank you Nate for being my husband! I love you!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


So I have dabbled in the world of couponing before. I never truly understood it and I never really seemed to reap the benefits. I have now come to know that I was going about it all wrong! Nate has a super cute cousin, Alisha, that was so sweet and took the time to go over the whole process with me. Today was my first shopping trip taking advantage of price matching and coupon doubling at Walmart. I have to say, one trip and I am hooked! I love my coupon binder and I can't wait until my next set of newspapers come!

Here is part of my shopping trip today:

Haribo Gummy Bears - $0.37 each
Frosted Flakes - $0.25 box
Kool Aid 5 Packs - free
Comet - $0.97 each
5 Gum - $0.78 each
Cookie Crisps - $0.48 box
Lunchables - $1.29 each
Candles - free

Total before price matching and coupons - $39.02
Total out of pocket - $9.84
Total savings - $29.18 or 74%

I was pretty pleased with myself. I spent less than $10 for everything and it would have cost me more than that to just buy 3 boxes of the cereal at full price! Here are some pictures of my binder. I love it. It makes the system manageable for me. I was able to organize it just the way I wanted it and I am really enjoying the process.

Needless to say, I am totally hooked on couponing now! Thanks again Alisha!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mustache May and Baby Jack

Oh man, so glad this is over! Nate's work is participating in mustache May. During the month they all grow out a full beard and then this week they all had to trim everything but their mustache. There is some sort of prize for the person with the craziest mustache. Since Nate is working from home the later part of the week he is already back to being clean shaven. Yay for me! Here is what he looked like a few days ago.

This last week we welcomed another new addition, cute baby Jack! Congratulations to Brandon and Julianna! I think he is so cute, he is just so little and he's darling with his curly strawberry blonde hair. Welcome to our family Jack!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mother's Day, a New Addition, and a Baby Shower

It's been an exciting week for us! Sunday was Mother's Day and we were able to visit both of our moms. I made them each a personalized recipe binder with some of our favorite recipes and some family favorites.

On Tuesday we welcomed a brand new niece into the family. Lacey Nichole was born Tuesday evening. We got to see her on Wednesday and she is darling! She has lots of dark hair just like her older brother did when he was born. I can't believe how small she is! Congratulations Benji and Amanda.
We will also be having another nephew added to the family any day now. This morning I went to a shower for my other sister-in-law. Please forgive my photography, I can't seem to stop throwing up, so I just took pictures from my seat on the couch. Julianna got lots of cute things for baby Jack.