Sunday, May 25, 2008

Favorite Things Addendum

I decided I should share some of my current "Favorite Things" - just like Oprah (even though I think Oprah is a weirdo now)!!

1. Yummie Tummie

Mom and I just discovered these awesome tanks in AZ!! They are the most comfortable slimming items we have found. They were featured on Oprah's Favorite Things for Summer. They have a lot of different colors - and they have long ones that cover your booty and are perfect for wearing with a dress!!

The Yummie Tummie tanks feature a secret minimizing panel that shapes the entire waistline from the bust to the hips, visibly taking off inches. The firm microfiber panel smooths and naturally wicks away moisture from the body. Made with sleek yarns that do not cling, the exclusive dual fabric strategy provides a modern look and full coverage that stays in place. The tank's extra long design provides a garment that does not roll up over your belly and is great for layering over or tucking into jeans, pants and skirts.

Yummie Tummies come in two lengths, long and regular. The only difference is that the long model is approximately 3" longer than the regular. If you are tall or have a long torso, or you want to create a layered look that you can pull down over the bum, order the long model.

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2. Praise Baby Collection
I love these videos!! They feature calming praise music to pictures of kids and babies playing, fun colors and images. Anytime I start this video Levi is instantly mesmerized. Anytime I need 40 minutes to get something done I turn this on for Levi!! I love the music! It is so sweet and calming!!
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3. BabyCook
This is from Williams-Sonoma and is amazing!! I had planned on making Levi's food but this helped make it a reality! You steam the fruits or vegetables in the steam basket and then it has a blade to puree the food. It is so simple. All you have to do is cut up the food and then turn on the steamer and then the processor!! I don't think I would be making his food if it weren't for this item!
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4. Baby Cookbook
This is from Williams-Sonoma as well and it offers various yummy recipes based on the babies age!!
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5. Baby Cubes
I just got these a few days ago and they work so well. Previously I had been pouring the baby food into ice cube trays, freezing them and then storing them in ziploc bags. This makes it simple to store the right amount until you need them!!
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6. The Magic Bullet
Brenda told me about this several years ago but we just recently got one! It makes it so easy to make shakes and blend anything you need to! Way better than a blender!! Everyone should have one!
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7. Vidalia Chopper Wizard.
It makes chopping so much faster!! I love it!! You can buy it in most Walgreens. I want the Vidalia Slicer Wizard but haven't gotten it yet!!
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Steven Curtis Chapman

This is such a tragic incident - my heart aches for this family. I can't even imagine. One of Maria's brothers accidentally hit her with his car and killed her. I am praying for that young boy.

(Left to right Will Franklin, Maria, Steven, Shaoey, Mary Beth, Stevey Joy, Caleb and Emily)

Chapman's five-year-old adopted daughter, Maria Sue Chapman, was killed in an accident on May 21, 2008. She was struck by an SUV driven by one of the Chapmans' teenage sons as he backed down the driveway of the family's Franklin home. The entire family was preparing to celebrate their eldest son Caleb's graduation of high school just hours before the accident. Maria Sue later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. A spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol termed it "a terrible accident" and said no charges are expected to be filed. Maria was the youngest in the family and one of three daughters adopted from China by Steven and his wife, Mary Beth. During the memorial service for Maria the family expressed their faith in God and their love for each other, specifically requesting prayer for their son.

NASHVILLE, TN...5/21/08... At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there. Maria is one of the close knit family’s six children and one of their three adopted daughters.

More than five years ago, Chapman and his wife Mary Beth founded the Shaohannah’s Hope ministry after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry’s goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to over 1700 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. Chapman is a five-time GRAMMY ® winner and 54-time Dove Award winning artist who has sold over 10 million albums and garnered 44 No. 1 singles.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

8 Months Now

Levi got his first tooth a couple days ago and has intermittent moments where he actually crawls!

John and I are "flipping" a house with my parents right now. We were there until 2 am last night painting and putting in baseboards so that the carpet could go in today. Levi has spent a lot of time down there with us while we work and he has been so good!! He does not like all the loud noises the John's tools make. He loves to watch John work - it is like he is soaking everything he does in and learning from him!! He also has naked time, nap time, Exersaucer play and watches Praise Baby videos!!

Best Uncle Ever!!
Kyle jumps at every chance to babysit - he takes Levi on walks, dances for him, sings for him, wants to know everything he can about how to take care of him - he can't wait to get some Platte Furniture clothes for Levi to wear!!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

My world is about to drastically change...

Right now Levi rolls everywhere. He has been doing this for awhile - he is just about to figure out how crawl!!