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When We Were Kids

A post from Kelli–

As a new mom, I have found that the best way to stretch the dollars after having a baby is to be okay with getting or finding things used, recycled, or handed down.  I honestly think that I have bought a few outfits (mostly newborn clothes) brand new, but that is really about it.  Once I was pregnant, I started looking for stuff and so has mom and Jason’s mom too!  I’ve also been super fortunate to have been on the receiving end of lots of baby clothes and equipment!

While perusing the isles at the our thrift store recently, I found this and it took me back to my childhood days!

The JC Penny’s Seasonal Catalog!  It was mine and my sister Kayla’s favorite thing in the world growing up!

This was seriously the highlight of our 2nd and 3rd grade lives!  Mom would bring it home and we would lay on the floor for hours and hours, just looking at the pages…and the outfits…and the toys…and the luggage….and the EVERYTHING!

Our favorite game to play was to pick a 2 page spread and we had to pick our favorite thing on the 2 page spread.  If it was business clothes, pretty soon we would have stories about how we were going to grow up and need suits and we picked out which ones we were going to wear.

If it was toys, we looked and decided which one we would want.  Often times with dolls or sets of something, we would decided which one we would get and then which set would be the best set to go with the original item.  In theory we were perfectly fine with sharing so that we could attempt to get mom to buy it for us….in real life though, that was a completely different story.

If it was luggage, we would pick out the perfect set and end up creating stories about how we were going to travel the world.  As an adult, I’m not to the point that I do best with a over the shoulder bag because I rarely go any further than mom’s.  The stories were literally never ending and got more and more elaborate every time we turned the page!

This is one of those things that I’m kind of sad has been replaced by technology.  We seriously had just the best time in the world with that old catalog.  It also made me giggle and realize that it really is the small stuff….or maybe just a big catalog….that made us the happiest!


An Update on my Favorite Pie–Georgie Pie!

A post from Kelli–

When I was pregnant, for some reason, I could not stop obsessing over what nicknames were going to go with the baby names I had picked out.  I was sure that if I had a girl and I could convince Jason to let me name her Georgia Grace, I was going to call her Gigi.

Guess what is the one thing that I never call her–If you guessed Gigi, you are right!

I started out calling her Pumpkin–That shorted to Punky pretty quick.  The first time Jason called her Georgie I was really annoyed, but when Carver called her Georgie completely unprompted, it kind of stuck.  She has also been G2, with Gannon being G1.  Other names she has been include Pumpkin Pie, Peanut, Punky Brewster, Punkster, Punkarooni, Georgie Pie, Smiley Pie, Pie Girl, Peach Pie, Georgie Porgie, etc….I think we all call her a nickname more than we call her by her actual name.  Mom jokes that she’s probably going to grow up and not even know what her name is!

Anyways, Georgia is doing great–No matter what you call her!  And she will be 5 months old on the 4th of August. I literally can’t believe how that can be possible…..but it is!

She likes helping outside and seeing the cows!  If I’m at work and she’s home with Jason, he just takes her with in her carseat and she does whatever he’s doing.  If he’s vaccinating calves, she just plays in her carseat outside the pen.  If he’s working in the shop, she just hangs out.  One awesome thing about her is that she completely occupies herself!  If you give her a toy, she will be thrilled to play with it for about 15 minutes until she remembers she also has a pacifier and then she’ll play with that for another good 15 minutes or so!

She also loves the thrift store and finding good deals!  As you can tell, her enthusiasm put her right to sleep!  But the good news is that she is always really good in town when we need to run errands.  Give her a couple toys and she is good to go!

We also got the go-ahead at her 4 month appointment to start trying foods if we want.  We attempted it once and despite the smile on her face, it didn’t go so well.  Once she gets it in her mouth and gets going, she does quite well with it….it’s just getting it in her mouth and not splatter painting her mom that is the hard part.  I’m sure she’ll get the hang of it eventually….she is part Kramer after all….We are food people.

She also loves to give Puppycat and Ruby soft pets!  I haven’t been able to grab any pictures with Puppycat, but she is really becoming much more aware of her surroundings–which often include the dogs.  They are all so gentle with her!  When Jason comes home and is holding her, Puppycat often snuggles right up with them and while she tries to give lots of kisses, she also lets George give her lots of pets too!

Another thing that she loves is her play gym.  She has figured out that she can grab the toys with her hands…but also kick the poles to get the music to play too.  Here she is getting scooted over to the edge to check out the awesome clothes that one of the childcare parents was kind enough to pass along.  When I was sorting things out, she loved grabbing onto things and checking them all out.  She is super observant!

Headbands are another favorite of hers…see? Continue reading

Garage Sale Goodies

A post from Kelli–

As many of you know, kids clothes are expensive!  Mom always said that kids are mostly as expensive as you let them be….Which I’m coming to find is quite true!

Before I had Georgia, I really didn’t think it would be that bad, but I was the Aunt buying an outfit or two…not a parent needing to supply a wardrobe.  Needless to say, thrift stores and garage sales have acquired a whole new appeal!

Kalissa recently told me that there was one that I NEEDED to go to.  After a bit of chatting, we figured out that I would leave Punky with her and run to Decorah.  Afterwards, I was going to go to work at the nursing home for a bit to work on things.  Kalissa jokingly told me that even if they were closed, I needed to knock on the door because it was just that good!

I took Georgia to Kalissa’s house and headed to Decorah and boy am I glad I did!

I ended up spending $95.00 and got TONS of super cute stuff….

Is this stuff not the best?

And things were so reasonably priced!  A 3 piece outfit like this was $2 to $3 for the entire outfit!

I know it’s a huge surprise that I would be a sucker for anything with a dog on it…

And some little Scottie dogs too…

Seriously though, who could say no to these!

I swear that I tried to restrain myself, but it was just so hard!

The best part? The person hosting the garage sale was a coworker of mine at the hospital.  It was nice to catch up with her as I’ve been on maternity leave and then Dad’s journey.

I know it’s a surprise, but I swear that my mom somehow gets smarter and smarter every single day.  Georgia is only going to be as expensive as I let her be.  $95 for a full wardrobe…that’s not bad at all!!

Carver the Helper Boy

A post from Kelli–

I kow this is a big surprise, but I really just love Carver!  That kid is just the coolest!  At times, he can be a bit of a handful, but usually it’s because he’s a smart kiddo!

When he stayed overnight a few weeks ago, he was my helper boy once again!  I was working on cleaning up in my dining room/downstair sewing room as Puppycat had gotten into the garbage and pulled a meat wrapper out and stashed it in her secret hiding place that isn’t so secret.  While I was cleaning up the bits of paper, I also started picking up the remants of scrap vortex that have just been hanging out on the floor for a while.  I didn’t say anything to him, but he ran over to help me.  Shortly after, I was working on getting a bottle warmed up and changing Georgia and he came over and handed me a grocery sack.  I opened it up and then walked back over to the dining room/sewing room and by golly that little kiddo had picked up all of the rest of the scrap vortex scaps!  Isn’t he the best!?!?!

A bit later, I needed to take a shower because we needed to go to Decorah as I needed groceries and we had to meet up with Kalissa so he could have some Mommy time.  I called him over and asked if he could be my biggest helper boy.  I asked him if he could watch Georgia while I took a shower and his eyes just lit up.  He loves that girl and loves to help take care of her at every opportunity!  I told him that if she cried, he needed to give her her pacifier and if that didn’t help, he needed to come and get me.  He was thrilled with the responsibility.

NOTE–I know that he is too young to babysit.  I was more or less giving him something to do so that he wouldn’t find any trouble.  Also, he is well aware of the rules when it comes to babies–No picking them up, be gentle, no pushing their paci, etc

When I was in the shower, I’d stick my head out of the shower and listen.  Thankfully, all I heard was Blippi!

When I was almost done, Carver came roaring into the bathroom and told me Georgia was crying.  I quickly finished and came out to find this–

For some reason he felt it necessary to take his shirt off–Why?  I have no idea.  Often times, I count it as a success as long as he either has his shirt on or bottoms on.

He had helped her get her pacifier back and she was content.  He also decided to share his doll with her.  He can be a handful, but sometimes that boy sure melts my heart!

Before long, we were off and ready to go!  I had a big list of stuff to get at the grocery store.  I was a little worried to try and tackle it with two littles, but I wrapped and wore Georgia and Carver was a big help in the important jobs like which bag of carrots to buy or which bunch of celery we should get.  He happily threw them in the cart and thought he was on top of the world.  When it came to canned goods however, I quickly learned that throwning them in the cart was definitely not the best idea.  Hopefully I’ll have some time to get it down going grocery shopping with one kid…