Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tag, I'm It!

Ten Years Ago
1. I was a sophomore in high school
2. I worked at good ol' Dairy Queen
3. Marching band was my life
4. I was taking Drivers Ed
5. Life was easy

To do List
1. Buy new pants
2. Do laundry
3. Get pumpkins
4. Organize our utility and storage room
5. Help Jim with kitchen projects

Five Snacks I enjoy
1. Fiber One bars
2. Ice cream
3. Popcorn
4. Cauliflower and ranch dip
5. Crackers and cheese (at work mostly)

Places I have lived
1. Carter Lake, IA
2. Pella, IA
3. London, England
4. Hangzhou, China
5. Urbandale, IA

Jobs I have had
1. Dairy Queen
2. Thingsville
3. Kids and Company
4. Central College, Resident Advisor
5. West Des Moines Community Schools, Kids West

Pet Peeves
1. Cracking knuckles
2. Staff with poor attendance
3. People who ACT dumb/incompetent
4. People who complain but don't work to change what they're complaining about
5. Whiny kids

Things that bring me joy
1. My rockin' awesome husband
2. My super cute nephew
3. Planning for baby Davis
4. Time with our families
5. A hug from one of my work kids

5 People I tag (you're it!)
1. Joy

You can tag up to five, but I don't read enough blogs, so Joy, you're it!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


I heard a week or two ago about a new website called Handbag Planet that was having a give away to launch their website. All you had to do was pick your purse, enter your name and email address and they were going to draw a winner every hour for 24 hours.

The goal was to get their name out, if you emailed friends you could enter 10 times, if you posted their link to your website or blog you could enter 25 times. Anyhow, I just entered the one time because I didn't really figure anyone won those things anyways.

Well...I was wrong! I got an email today and I won. Here is a link that lists all the winners. I am hour 17 winner. They have already shipped the bag and everything! SO COOL!!!!

Handbag Winners

Check One Off

Jim and I have pretty much done nothing to prepare for our little arrival, mostly because things were so touchy for awhile. We have yet to buy anything, the baby's room is still how it was the day we moved in (with new carpet), and the whole idea of a child coming still seems a little surreal.

Never the less we have accomplished one super major task...we have found our daycare. I am pretty pumped about this. Daycare is insanely expensive and it's hard to find one you get the feel for but we have certainly lucked out. I had wanted Kari to be our daycare person but originally she didn't have any openings. Luckily for us, one of her children is leaving at the end of this school year because they are moving which means the opening we need at the beginning of this summer is there!

Kari used to be a Site Leader with Kids West so we had worked together before. She sits for a few teachers I work with and I have heard so many good things. We met with her on Tuesday and paid our deposit so we are in.

I had asked around to make sure we were making the right decision and I am convinced we are. The center daycares seem big and impersonal to me. You have to enter a numeric code to get in the door and can watch your child on a webcam all day...a little good...a little creepy. The environment feels sterile and we just wanted something more homey. I had asked some coworkers about their in home daycares (which I grew up with my Mom doing daycare so I felt good about in home care). Everyone loved their daycare, but some of what they said I wasn't to keen on and every time I questioned their policy Kari had it the other way that I preferred so it should be a great fit.

One thing down....and a whole lot more to go!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Drum Roll Please....

After 12 grueling weeks of waiting Jim and I are pumped to announce we are EXPECTING! We were pleasantly surprised with the news about 9 weeks ago. Although we weren't planning it, we are more than happy to welcome the new Davis into our lives! When I took the test, I wrapped it up in a gift bag for Jim and he opened the surprise.The first trimester had its fair share of ups and downs. We are very happy we have finally passed into a somewhat safer zone. There were definately scary moments so continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

We had our 3 month appointment yesterday and it went well. We are 13 weeks along with an expected due date of April 17th, 2009. Here are some pictures of our bundle of joy taken at an ultrasound a couple of weeks ago.

We are so excited and happy to welcome baby Davis to our family this spring!