So, now that the Hubley's are running on one income, I have started clipping (and printing coupons). I am not that good at finding coupons and matching them up with sales and manufacturer's coupons to get a really good discount, but I know women who are great at it. They actually make it a game, but who has the time?
Well, yesterday I was watching our local news and they have a segment called Penny Pinching. This lady, Amy, comes on and tells about all the good deals going on around town. She has a blog with all the information, so I decided to take a look and try it this time. I wanted to start small so I wouldn't get overwhelmed, so I only picked a few items that we needed from Target. I printed off the coupons and was really excited to go find my deals.
So this morning, Hannah and I set off. You should have seen us. I was pushing her stroller in one hand, holding a latte in the other (which I had a gift certificate for), and coupons were coming out of my pockets. I was running up and down the aisle so excited. It was like I was on that grocery store game show (I can't remember the name of it), where you run all around the store throwing stuff in your cart. It was actually lots of fun.
But the best part was when I got to the check-out line, and I proudly handed the cashier my fist full of coupons. I think I might have actually been giggling. I bought $12.00 worth of items for....drumroll......$2.42 (your welcome, Hubby)!!
Here are the items I bought (I told you I was starting out small):
Move over Martha Stewart, craft time has officially begun in the Hubley house (for now)!!
While Hannah takes her naps, I have started doing something that I really enjoy....sewing! When I was a little girl, I would go over to Mrs. Gattis' house, and we would sew and craft all afternoon. I can remember sitting at her sewing machine with her by my side guiding my hand. It was here that my love for making things began. I was never really that great, but I enjoyed doing it. Mrs. Gattis was such a special lady, and I'm so grateful that she took the time to teach me what she knew.
Unfortunately, as I grew older I never had the time (or made the time) to continue sewing. My mom bought me a sewing machine a couple of Christmases ago and it has just been sitting in my closet....until now!
I have been inspired by other women who instead of wasting away their free time, use it to be creative and productive (I put some of the links to their blogs on our homepage if you are interested in checking them out). I found this adorable and easy baby bib pattern on Homemade by Jill. I figured I would start out with something small to build my confidence.
I started by cutting out two pieces of fabric for the front and back. Jill recommended terrycloth for the back, so you can use it as a washcloth too (great idea).
Next, I pinned the two pieces and sewed them together.
This is the finished product after turning it right side out, top-stitching the front, and attaching the velcro to the top.
Such an easy project, and such a cute bib...I can't wait to make more!! She has another pattern for burp cloths that I am going to try next. I will show pictures when I'm done.
We have really been trying to establish a consistent bedtime routine for Hannah. We are hoping it will help her continue to be a good sleeper. It normally starts around 8pm when Hannah gets to eat dinner. Next is a bath which she really likes, especially since she learned to splash. (click on the images to see a larger version)
Next we dry her off....
Then we do diaper, powder, lotion & PJ's on the changing table
Then we read a night-night book
Then Jennifer rocks Hannah to sleep usually around 9pm. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but we are trying!!
We had a little scare this morning with Sarah. It all started last night when we left the dogs in the backyard while we went to eat with Ben and Carrie. When we got back, Sarah was standing in the front yard waiting on us. I was quite surprised to see her there, especially because I made sure the gate was shut before we left. Sarah has long known how to open the gate when it is not properly latched but she had clearly learned how to get out of the yard when the gate was closed. It turns out that she scratched at the bottom of the gate until the bottom of the picket broke off. Combined with the deflection of the gate, she was able to just barely squeeze out.
While I was frustrated, I mainly attributed her behavior to her fear of the backyard when it was dark and didn't think much else of it. Then this morning I went to run an errand around 8am, and I left the dogs in the backyard. When I returned, Sarah was not in the back yard, or the front yard. She was gone. So Ben and I spent the next 3.5 hours searching the neighborhood by car, foot, and bike and even put up fliers.
Then around noon, Sarah returned home as mysteriously as she left. Jennifer and Carrie were playing with Hannah when Sarah all of a sudden started scratching on the front door. She made it home! Here is a picture of her back home safely. Notice the mischievous look on her face?!?
Besides Sarah's escapades, we had a nice visit with Ben and Carrie. Here is a picture of them and Hannah.
Those that back up their files, and those that wish they had.
We fall into the latter category. About 3 weeks ago, our laptop had a catastrophic hard drive failure. We have an external hard drive where we backup our files, but I haven't done one since January!!! Luckily, the computer was under warranty, so it didn't cost us any $$, just precious memories (we store our pictures and home videos on our pc). So just a reminder to everyone out there, back up your files.
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. Psalm 36:5-6 There is no place like the mountains to remind you that we serve an awesome God! Last week we went to Angel Fire, NM for our first family vacation and we had a great time. The weather was gorgeous! It was around 75 deg during the day and around 40 deg at night...so pretty much perfect! We stayed in Scott's family's condo and just soaked up the fresh, cool mountain air for a week. We took walks/runs around town, went hiking in the mountains, ate, shopped, and got massages in Taos, and got lots of much needed R&R.
We already knew Hannah liked to be outside but she liked being outside in the mountains even more. She is definitely her father's daughter! We took her on a 5 mile hike that took about 2 1/2 hours and she loved it. She stayed awake for the first 30 minutes and then slept the rest of the hike. She would smile and giggle everytime we put her in the Baby Bjorn...she was so cute!
Here are some pictures of our adventures:
Mom and Hannah hanging out in the condo.
Mom and Hannah eating at the AMAZING Taos Pizza Outback (we ate outside at almost all the restaurants because the weather was so nice).
Mom and Hannah overlooking the Rio Grande Gorge outside of Toas.
Hannah getting ready to take a walk with her dad in the cool mountain morning air.
The Hubley's first hike!
Beautiful views on the hike.
Scott carried Hannah on the front and the backpack on the back. All I could handle was the water bottle.
Scott and Hannah on a walk. She loved it!
The Hubley's taking a picture with the Angel Fire Elk.