Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Birthday William Parker

3 years later


And he is still sleeping the same way...


My sweet baby is three today. I am so proud of the little man he has become.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Designs by Jenn

A good friend of mine has recently launched her own business, making photo cards and other cute crafty things. She has an awesome knack for making birthday invites, Christmas cards, birth announcements, or cards for any other special occasion. Her website offers premade designs that you may choose your own photo and message OR Jenn will tirelessly work with you to create your own perfect custom design cards!

Not only are Jenn's designs delightful, but she has begun all this work in hopes of adding a new member to her family through adoption. We all know that adoption is a long, hard and costly process, so please visit Jenn. Look around, buy something, make a donation, or at least say hello.

A little message from Jenn:
"I have been "dabbling" in things like these photo cards and such for a couple years now....ever since I started being a stay home mom. Recently, growing our family by adoption has been weighing heavily on my mind and heart. With God's guidance, we have decided to adopt from Africa. We are just in the very most beginning stages of our journey. A journey which we know will be long, full of joy, full of heartache, and full of trying to raise the funds. I started this website in hopes of helping to have money to add to our adoption fund."

Merry Christmas

Just in case ya'll didn't have enough to think about right now, we're coming up on 45 days and counting! :) I've already been looking at Black Friday (which happens to be my birthday this year!) ads and planning out how to finish the last of my shopping.


I'm putting this at the bottom of the blog in case anyone needs a quick reference.

Whoa Momma!

I came across some cool facts about Moms today and thought I'd share.

Surprising Numbers:

82.5 million of moms in the U.S. - 2 Billion moms throughout the world.

4.3 Babies born each second!

82% of women aged 40-44 years old who are mothers. In 1976, 90% of women in that age group were mothers.

25 is the average age of new moms. In 1970 it was 21.

40% of all births are the mother's first.

4.0 Million is the number of women who have babies each year. Of this number, about 425,000 are teens aged 15-19, and more than 100,000 are age 40 or over.

35,000 births are attended by physicians, midwives or others that do not occur in hospitals.

2 is the average number of children that women today can expect to have in their lifetime.

3 is the average number of children that women in Utah and Alaska can expect to have in their lifetime.

Only about 10% of women have four or more children today. In 1976, 36% of women had four or more children.

1 in 5 preschoolers are cared for in a day-care center while their mother works.

August is the most popular Birth Month.

Tuesday is the most popular day of the week in which to have a baby.

The odds of a woman delivering twins is 1-in-32.

10 Million is the number of single mothers living with children under 18 years old. This number is up from 3 million in 1970.

105 Boys are born for every 100 Girls.

Mommy Chore Facts:

Women average 2.2 hrs / day on chores, vs. 1.3 hrs / day for men.

88% of Laundry is done by moms, totaling 330 loads of laundry and 5,300 articles of clothing each year.

The least favorite chore for moms is vacuuming the stairs.

A baby has 7,300 diaper changes by it's 2nd birthday.

Moms take 2 minutes, 5 seconds to change a diaper vs. 1 minute, 36 seconds for dads. For moms, this adds up to 3, 40-hour work weeks each year - just changing diapers!

Preschoolers require mom's attention once every 4 minutes or 210 times a day.

A preschooler's mom spends 2.7 hrs / day on primary childcare, vs 1.2 hours for dad.

Mommy Records:

Mrs. Vassilyev of Russia gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1766.

Rosanna Dalla Corte gave birth to a baby boy when she was 63 years old in Italy in 1994.

Signora Carmelina Fedele gave birth to a 22 lb 8 ox boy in Italy in 1955

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Why We Love The Dollar Tree

Who could say no to a giant lollipop?!?