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Thankful for: a giant pumpkinhead

Tonight while I was wasting time on Facebook, I suddenly started to notice all these posts about things people are thankful for, and I realized that somehow all of a sudden it’s NOVEMBER. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but man, time flies. For the past several Novembers, I’ve attempted to blog daily as part of National Blog Posting Month, otherwise known as NaBloPoMo....

Black Friday Fun.

Every year, my mom and sister and I (and occasionally a sister-in-law or two) brave the crowds on the Friday after Thanksgiving for our annual shopping trip. We’ve been shopping on Black Friday for at least the last six or seven years, and it’s become a tradition that we all look forward to. But we’re not the crazy shoppers you read about in the newspaper; we’re not standing in line at...

Baby Shower for Boys.

Co-ed baby showers are increasingly common, though the boys in my world don’t seem to realize it. Our good friends Heather and Michelle offered to host a co-ed baby shower for us that included Dave’s bar staff and friends. We thought this was a great idea, since many of our friends happen to be male and it would also be an opportunity for Dave to be involved in a shower. After all, it’s fun to...

Obligatory Maternity Pictures.

We had good intentions of documenting my growing belly in pictures, but we haven’t been very diligent nor are we good photographers. I started to think we needed professional help to document this important time in our lives— plus, good pictures would be easy Christmas gifts for our family! A few weeks ago, I scheduled an appointment for pictures with Casey Wright Photography. I’ve known Casey for a...

Thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving! I have lots to be thankful for, every year and all the time, but this year is extra-special because of baby’s impending arrival next month. I am thankful that Dave and I are finally at the point in our lives where we can add to our little family. Thankful for my awesome husband. Obviously. It would take me a year to list all the reasons why. Thankful that we both have jobs. Jobs that we...

How I Met My Husband.

Our how-we-met story could almost be a sitcom. One night when I was in college, I was with friends at my new favorite bar. We were sitting in the front of the bar in the “comfy” chairs that sadly no longer exist, when I heard someone in our group say “Hey, there’s David Johanning.” Through my slightly intoxicated haze, I recognized that name. You see, my parents have been huge KU...

A Bonus for Shopping Online.

I don’t do a lot of online shopping. I’m trying to do everything I can to save money, not spend it (and I prefer to shop local when I can)— but there are a few things I buy online. Whenever I shop online now, I visit ebates.com first and see if the store I’m shopping participates. If they do, I click through to their site from Ebates, which tracks my purchase and then pays me back anywhere from...

We Have Windows.

I don’t pretend to know anything about construction. I know Dave’s been working tirelessly on our house, framing and building walls and doing whatever it is that you do to add rooms onto a house. But in the beginning phases, it’s hard for someone like me to actually see progress. But now, we have windows. Two of the three sides on the new addition are framed and wrapped in Tyvek, and our new...

Uncomfortable.

This pregnancy has been super easy. I really have no complaints about the first 32 weeks, aside from mild carpal tunnel syndrome, a little bit of heartburn and swollen feet. But the past two weeks have brought on the discomfort that I’ve heard so many women complain about— major heartburn, exhaustion and worst of all, a near inability to breathe most of the time. I’ve started sleeping while propped up...

Happiness is Labrador Puppies.

My friend Jessica posted this video on Google+ yesterday: It was fate. I don’t use Google+ for anything other than a private chat room-like daily conversation with four of my friends; I rarely look at anything else that people post there. (It’s not that I don’t think people post interesting things, I just don’t have time for yet another social network.) But today I just happened to see...

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