Archives for November 2008

November 30th

Parker was asleep in his swing today. Zander walked over to him and stroked his cheek. Lucy saw this from across the room, came running full speed at Zander, smacked Z’s hand and said, “NO! My Parker. Zanner no touch!”

Protective little stinker she is.

Look how adorable!

I can’t get over how absolutely adorable this outfit is! Go check it out for yourself, and hopefully one of us will win it! 🙂 (I hope it’s me! Lucy would be adorable in this!!)

Downtown Holiday Jacket and Pant GIVEAWAY!!!!

What a weekend!

Things have been beyond crazy around here. I apologize for the quiet, I just feel like I can’t get my head above water. I finally get things under control, and 50 other things come up that need to be dealt with “right now!” I’m hoping that getting back into the routine around here will help.

I got another baby shower item yesterday, but I’ve been too crazy to post. I promise to get to it tomorrow!

Don’t forget to enter the Boogie Wipes Contest, and don’t forget about my mega sale on designs!

More tomorrow – I promise!

November 29th

We put up our Christmas tree yesterday, and set out all of our Christmas decorations. Lucy has been obsessed with everything we set out, and can’t seem to keep her hands off of any of it.

Today, she walked up to the tree and said, “Kissmas, Mommy! Kissmas! So Soft!” and she proceeded to pet one of the branches.

Not quite sure “soft” is the word I would use to describe the tree, but whatever floats your boat!

Psssssttttttttt! Over here!

I’m having a HUGE sale on designs!

Thought you’d like to know!

November 28th

I sent Gene out to do some Black Friday shopping. Kmart was having a 2-for-1 booster car seat deal that we just couldn’t pass up. I sent Zander along with him.

When they got home, Zander ran over to me and asked me, “MOM! Did you know Santa shops at Kmart? He was there, and I think he was picking out my gift! I made sure I was really good so that he would get something really awesome!”

Busy day today!

We spent today finding places to put our Virtual Baby Shower prizes so that we could pull out all of our Christmas decorations and then finally putting out all the decorations! Let me tell you, it was not easy to find a place to put all of the wonderful items that we’ve gotten! But, I think now everything has it’s place. At least it’s not all stacked on my dining room/play room/office floor!

I sent Gene out to battle the Black Friday shoppers. Since you have to drive 2 hours to find any kind of shopping around here, I just wasn’t feeling up to it. BUT, Kmart was having a special on booster car seats – buy one, get one free. Both of the boys are ready to move up to boosters, so we absolutely couldn’t pass this up. He got there just in time to grab the last 2 black booster seats. It’s a good thing they had 2, or our boys would have been using pretty pink flower booster seats!

While he was out, I spent my time decorating. My tree is seriously lacking something this year. I’m kind of bummed about it. I’ll blog more about it tomorrow, after I dig up some years past pictures, and take some of this year’s tree. It’s really quite sad. LOL!

Lucy is in heaven, though. Everywhere she looks in our house, there’s something Christmas. She can’t keep her hands off the tree, the Nativity scene, or the Cherished Teddy’s train set. She also doesn’t like hearing, “Lucy, don’t touch!” She’s really gentle with everything, though, so I think she’ll be fine. Luckily, I have lots of super glue in the house, and these things have survived 3 kids before her, so I think we’re safe.

Here are a few pictures I got of the kids and Parker yesterday:

Aside from the pumpkin pie poisoning, we’ve had a really good couple of days.

Now, if I could just get Lucy and Parker to sleep……

November 27th

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We had turkey today. Now, before I go any further, you need to know that I do NOT do well with raw meat of any kind. Turkey, especially, grosses me out. Luckily, I married this amazing guy who will pull everything out of the turkey, clean it, and stick it in the oven. I married a really great man.

Well, as hubby was pulling everything out of the turkey, he pulled out the neck. Zander happened to be standing right there, and he got this horrified expression on his face. He turned to Gene with his eyes wide opened and asked, “How did the turkey get his head up his butt?!”

I TOLD him I didn’t like pumpkin pie!

But he just wouldn’t listen.

Gene was sitting at the table eating a piece of pumpkin pie. He has given me a hard time for years because I won’t touch pumpkin pie. Every year I get the same thing, “How do you know you don’t like it if you won’t try it?” You know, the same line we give to our kids to get them to eat something nasty.

Well, I had enough, and told him to give me a bite. He gave me a little bite with lots of coolwhip on it. I chewed it up and told him it just wasn’t sweet enough for me. Seconds later, my tongue was swollen, and my lips were swollen. I am severely allergic to walnuts, so we checked the ingredients and all it said was “may contain trace amounts of nuts.” Ok, great. What nuts? Peanuts, I’m fine. Almonds, I don’t like them, but I’m fine. Pecans, again, gross, but I’m fine. It appears that there were trace amounts of walnuts in this pie, or I’m also allergic to pumpkin.

Apparently, I shouldn’t have taken that bite. I’ve been telling him forever that I don’t like pumpkin pie. Maybe next time he’ll listen to me!

I took Benadryl, and it’s brought the swelling down. But, geez. What fun on Thanksgiving Day!

Watch out for the pumpkin pie!

Happy Thanksgiving!

As I sit here and reflect back over the past year, I have so much for which I can be thankful.
*I have an amazing husband who loves God, loves me, and loves his kids.
*I have 5 beautiful babies that drive me absolutely insane, refuse to sleep through the night, and cause all sorts of trouble, but they are MY kids, and they are 5 of the biggest blessings in my life. I’d be lost without them.
*I have an amazing family – both right next door and scattered across the country. I know that I can go to any of them any time I need them.
*I have made some wonderful friends. I have people that I can call at 3 o’clock in the morning, and they would hop out of bed and come over if I needed them. I’ve never had that before, and I really like it. (Not that I’m calling them at 3am, mind you, I just know I could.)
*I’ve got an amazing church family. People who love the Lord and it just shines right through them. They are an encouragement and a blessing every time I walk through those doors.
*I’ve got the assurance that I know where I’m going when I die. After years of pretending and wearing a mask, I finally gave it all over to Him and it feels SO good.

Yep. I’m one lucky girl. I will spend today with my family. I couldn’t be happier.

And to make you smile, here’s a Thanksgiving Hello from my little turkeys (ahem) boys:

May God bless each one of you today and every day. May His blessings surround you as you spend today with your family!

November 26th

There are just no words for today’s funny….
I asked the boys to put on their pajamas. This is what I found on Jace when I went in their room:

Cute, eh?

Macy’s Friends and Family Program

Macy’s has done it again! In the Spirit of Giving, Macy’s is offering their employee discount to YOU! You can take an extra 20% off your purchases December 10th – December 15th. (10% off Mattresses, Furniture, Area Rugs, Electrics, and Electronics.)

If you prefer, you can Download the Macy’s Friends and Family Coupon!

Or, click this image:

Macy’s is all about giving this holiday season. Make sure you print out your coupon before you head to Macy’s December 10th – 15th. And if you don’t want to head out in the cold, you can use the coupon code on Macy’s website, and get free shipping on orders over $99!

Thank you, Macy’s for allowing me to share this with my readers!

Boogie Wipes Review & Giveaway

I received a gift package from Boogie Wipes as a part of Kim’s Virtual Baby Shower. Molly from Boogie Wipes asked if I would like to do a review for them. Of course I was thrilled to do so!

I received the package on Friday, and it couldn’t have been better timing. Lucy’s allergies have been acting up, and her poor little nose has been running for days. You gotta love the crusty gunk that gets stuck on their nose that you have to practically scrape off. Well, thanks to Boogie Wipes, there’s no more scraping! Those nasty little boogies come right off, and have the most wonderful scent! The fresh scent leaves everything smelling clean and fresh – really! The grape scent really smells like grapes and is a favorite with my kids! The wipes are really soft, too, and I don’t get any complaints when I wipe noses with these. Boy, is that a welcome change around here! My boys keep sniffing, pretending that their nose is running, just so they can use a Boogie Wipe!

Along with the Boogie Wipes, they also sent us a Boogie Momma and Boogie Baby t-shirt. Parker will have to grow into his, so I didn’t take a picture of us in our matching shirts, but here’s everything they sent us:

Look at all that stuff! And what a fun way to promote such a great company! I love it!

I am so grateful to Boogie Wipes for being a sponsor in the Virtual Baby Shower and for sending me this gift basket. It is such a fabulous product!

Want to try Boogie Wipes for yourself? Boogie Wipes has graciously offered up a gift basket to one of my readers! You’ll receive a small gift basket with 2 30-count packages of wipes, a boogie mom and boogie kid t-shirt. They will also toss in some coupons and individually wrapped wipes (perfect for the purse or diaper bag!).

To enter, visit Boogie Wipes, then leave a comment here and let me know why you need some Boogie Wipes or what you learned on their site.You must leave a valid email address or a link to your blog. I can’t notify you of your win if I can’t find you! Add angie (at) 5vinezmonkeys (dot) com to your “safe” list so that you don’t miss the email!

Want extra entries? Do the following, then leave an extra comment for each one that you do.:
1. Post about this giveaway and link back to this post and to Boogie Wipes. (Please leave a link to your post in your comment.)
2. Follow me on twitter. Leave your twitter id in your comment.
3. Grab the html code for my button in the sidebar and put it on your blog, follow my blog, subscribe to my feed, or add me to your blog roll. (1 entry for each one of these that you do.)

Contest ends Sunday, December 7th. Winner will be announced on December 8th.

Good luck!

Wordless Wednesday: A girl and her puppy

Now, go visit MomDot’s WW.

November 25th

As I was changing Lucy’s diaper for the umpteenth time today, I asked her if she wanted to wear big girl panties. She giggled and said, “No, silly. Diapers.” I told her that if she was big enough to say she needed diapers, she was big enough to wear big girl panties. Her response was, “No Tinkey-Bell panties. Diapers!”

SIGH. She’s going to be the hardest one I’ve had to potty train. I can feel it.

Today’s package

Today, Parker’s shoes from See Kai Run came. WOW! These shoes are awesome!! I can’t believe the quality of them. Really nice, and REALLY cute! Take a look:

Go check out all the adorable shoes over on See Kai Run.

Also – tomorrow I will be hosting my first giveaway!! Make sure you stop by and enter!

November 24th

Gene was getting ready to go to work, and the boys were up to their usual antics of not wanting to go to bed. Jace pokes his head out of his room and asks me if Daddy was gone. I told him No, and said that Daddy would be leaving in a few minutes.

Jace then asked me, “Can I play in your room once Daddy leaves? I promise I won’t tell him!”

Sneaky little stinker. (And the answer was No, by the way!)

Lots more stuff arrived today!

Quite a few packages to share with you today!

First, I got a diaper cake from Cutie Booty Cakes. It is absolutely adorable, and it came at the perfect time! 🙂 It’s stuffed with Size 1 Pampers, which is exactly what Parker is in right now. I can’t tell you how badly we needed this to show up today! Look how cute it came packaged, and how pretty it is unwrapped:

Next, I opened the package from Silly Monkeez and found an adorable little bib. I’ll be visiting their shop again, because their logo is perfect for ALL of my little monkeys! 🙂 Look how cute:

Then, I opened a package from TruBaby. Tammy has been such a pleasure, and I just love the nursing pillow she created for me. It’s made with my favorite fabric featuring the Jungle Babies. Love it!

I also got a package from Diaper Doodie. This thing is fantastic! I love the fabric, but I love the convenience even more. It’s a changing pad that folds up and also holds diapers and a travel wipes case. Perfect for when you’re out and about but don’t want to drag the entire diaper bag around with you! Look how adorable it is:

I got the coolest Roll-n-Go Rollable Diaper Caddy, Attachables Clothing Body Suit, and Bib and Burp Cloth Set from LAF Brand. I LOVE this idea, and I love that I can wrap up everything I need in the diaper bag into this beautiful satin brocade bag. Simply gorgeous! Look:

And, last, but certainly not least, I got a big box from The Whimsical Stork. OH.MY.GOSH. I opened it up, and immediately the entire room filled with these amazing scents. Inside were the most gorgeous cupcake shaped bath bombs I have ever seen. They really look edible! I already unwrapped all of the holiday scented ones and have them lined up along my bathroom cupboard. It smells awesome in there now! They’re almost too pretty to use! I also got the most adorable blanket, personalized with Parker’s name. It’s in a Western Print with super soft brown minky on the back and where it’s personalized. This is quickly becoming one of my very favorite blankets. She’s also sending some personal “mom” cards for me, and I’ll let you know when those arrive. But, here’s what she sent that came today:

A HUGE, HUGE thank you to each of these sponsors. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love everything!!

November 23rd

Tonight at church, we had our big Thanksgiving dinner and communion service. At the start of the service, I had to sneak out and head down to the nursery so that I could nurse Parker. I took Lucy with me, just so Gene didn’t have to deal with Jace, Zander, AND Lucy.

As I’m trying to sneak out of my pew, Zander says, “I need to go with you, because Daddy isn’t going to want to put up with me.”

Fair warning, I suppose!

You won’t believe the grab I just got!

I am not kidding. If you are not a member of MUIB Trading Post, you need to be!

I just grabbed a TIFFANY & CO necklace for $40. TIFFANY. For $40! Did you hear that?

I got this necklace:

For only $40 worth of credits!

Right now there are COACH purses listed, along with about 12 pages of other items.

If you haven’t joined yet, you NEED TO! You won’t be sorry!

PS – Tell them I sent you! 🙂