I have been reading reviews on vacuum cleaners for about a year...maybe more. There seem to be wayyyy more bad review than good ones. Dysons are expensive to purchase and often break down, so you're left spending more money to fix them. Hoovers and Dirt Devils didn't seem to fair well either. Finally, I was talking to my friend Beckie about my dilemma one day. She told me about the Eureka Boss SmartVac, saying that it is a decent price and that Consumer Reports rated it really high! PERFECT! I borrowed hers to try it out on the dog hair...I mean carpets...before we steamvac'ed them. It was AMAZING!! I got on my hands and knees and could only see like two dog hairs on the entire carpet. WOW! I was sold. I ordered it earlier this week from Amazon for under $130 and have been patiently waiting ever since.
After Noah woke up from his nap, I saw this beautiful package waiting on my doorstep:
This is when you start OOOing and AHHing! I took the pieces out of the box, and scattered them on the floor. Noah was clinging tightly to me. I think he thought it was a monster or something.
A few minutes later and VIOLA! Presto-chango...a beautiful, bright red vacuum cleaner! I know this blog really is telling of my stage of life. I used to get excited about cute new shirts, a great new movie, etc. Now, a vacuum cleaner really gets me going! :)
Of course, one of the best parts about a new vacuum is the HUGE box for Noah to play in for a few hours. Again, why play with toys when you can play with a big old box. I'm pretty sure a good time was had by all. :)
I didn't end up sharing the info with too many people b/c you always wonder if the sale will actually be there. I hated to call a bunch of people and then not have any good deals in the end. Well, note to self...the last week of July was a huge Target toy sale! I'll try to remember that next summer. :) You can find my deals below. While most of my deals were 75% off, you'll notice that some were a little less than that.
Easy Bake Oven Ice Cream Cone Set: $3.24 (originally $12.99)
Gourmet Cupcake Icing Set: $3.24 (originally $12.99)
Rub-a-Dub Pirates Bath Tub Toys: $5.12 (originally $20.49)
Refrigerator ABC Bee Hive: $5.12 (originally $20.49)
Cadoo Kids Cranium Game: $3.75 (originally $15)
Pixos Set: $4.98 (originally $19.99)
Moon Sand Play Set: $4.74 (originally $19.99)
Extra Moon Sand: $4.57 (originally $18.29)
Cars Play Set: $6.22 (originally $24.89)
Slinky Dog: $3.24 (originally $12.99) -- Noah will love this!!
Right before we left for vacation, my friends, Michella and Trish, and I (sitting on the couch with Sara) threw our friend Sara (the beautiful one in the pink skirt) a baby shower. J. Nash Crafton is due to arrive August 7th, and I can't wait to meet the little guy! Sara and I met while we were at Hanover, and I have always just loved this girl. She is such a free-spirit and is probably one of the most kind-hearted people I've ever met. Sara was one of my bridesmaids when Ryan and I got married, and she asked me to be in her wedding, last year, but I was going to be 9 months pregnant at the time. After Noah was born two weeks before his due date, Ryan said to me, "We can still go to Sara's wedding!" He knew it was just so important to me. Sure enough, we made it for the big celebration. Now just 14 months later, Nash is about to arrive!
Soon after the girls were born, I was talking to Jessica on the phone. This time I was the one surprised! She asked me to be the Godmother of one of her baby girls. I felt - and still feel - so honored! Being a Godparent means different things to different people. To Jess and Nate, they have asked that if - Heaven forbid - something would happen to them, that I would make sure that my goddaughter knew God and had a relationship with Him. WOW! What an awesome responsibility. :) I love having the opportunity to do this with Noah, and now I have the chance to share His love with one of her daughters, too. :)
A couple months ago, Jess told me that she wanted me to be Kendall's Godmother. Kendall is the tiniest of the three girls, weighing only 2 lbs., 1 oz. at birth. She is one heck of a fighter, and Jess seems to think that she's going to be the fiery one. I like that! Earlier this month Ryan, Noah, and I made the three hour trip to Georgetown, Kentucky for the baptism. I got to hold Kendall for the first time that day, and as you can imagine, I fell in love with her instantly. She was such a good girl throughout the ceremony, too. Even though she was asleep when the priest poured water and then oil on her head, she only cried out for a second. She was a trooper! Thank you again, Jess, for inviting me to share God's word with Kendall, but also to love your girls and to be close with you and Nathan for the rest of our lives. I love you guys!
Jess, Kendall, Nathan, Addison, and Kate
Why he insists on carrying around an electrical cord, we'll never know. We finally had to put a stop to it because he was starting to unplug things, and we really don't want him doing that. He sure loves those cords!
Jill & Jake
Anyway, we met Jill and Jake at their house and then headed for downtown. Originally, we were going to go to the Children's Museum. Noah has never been there before, and Jill's family has a membership. Well, because the weather was so perfect - warm and a little overcast...not too hot - we decided to go to the zoo instead, agreeing that we could always go to the museum when the weather isn't nice.
The boys are loaded up and reading to go! With that blond hair, couldn't they be brothers?
We started out looking at the marine life and checking out the shark exhibit. The boys really thought that was neat! The seals were especially happy, swimming all over the place and jumping above water. I quickly began to realize that going to the zoo in the morning is SOOO much better than in the afternoon. The animals are being fed, and their day is just beginning, so they are happy, moving around, and playful. The last time we went to the zoo, it was the middle of the afternoon, and most of the animals were so hot and tired that they just laid around napping. So, I made a mental note to go in the morning from now on if possible!
Between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., the zoo has lots of activities for the kids to see and do. For just $1, we got to feed the giraffe a slice of sweet potato. I think the giraffe is one of my very favorite animals. I am just amazed by them! So, I was really excited about this opportunity. Jill and Jake fed the giraffe first, and I snapped a couple of pictures for them. Then, it was Noah's and my turn. We walked over to the giraffe, and before I knew it, he/she slurped that sweet potato right out of my hand and left it all slobbery!!! Can you see the look of surprise on my face??
Noah reached up and was petting the giraffe while we were snapping a quick picture. I think this giraffe really liked him. I would get one, but I'm not sure it would be as happy in my little fenced in back yard without any tall trees. Hey, Noah could always feed him sweet potatoes through his bedroom window. How sweet would that be?? :)
After checking a few more sections of the zoo, we all sat down and had a bite to eat. After lunch Jill walked away to throw away her trash, and Jake was in his stroller. He was looking back at Noah like, "Are you coming, little buddy??" It was precious! We went to the playground area to let the boys run around freely and play. They had a blast!! Noah had a slight meltdown when I put him in his stroller, but he came around pretty quickly. We were fast approaching nap time. We went and checked out the butterfly exhibit because we had never seen it before, and then we headed home. All in all, it was a perfect day at the zoo with friends!
Even more exciting is that Jill, Aaron, and Jake are going to join us for our vacation to Cape San Blas, FL! I think the boys will have so much fun, and we parents will all have a relaxing time away from home. Who could ask for more?
I ended up going to Kroger, Meijer, and CVS. Here are pictures of everything I bought:
CVS Total = $10.64 (saved $31.73)
We are usually breakfast-on-the-go kinds of people! The pie crusts are for my famous pizza pies.
I love my chips, and Noah eats hot dogs almost every day.
Total spent: $100.69
Noah practiced kicking and splashing while we held him in differnet positions. I think the only thing he couldn't do was blow bubbles. He thought it was hilarious to see us do it, but whenever we tried to give him a chance, Noah would just open his mouth to try to drink the water. Silly boy! I think we only made it to 5 of the 10 classes because Noah ended up having a HIGH fever (102.5 to 103.3) for about 4 days from cutting a tooth. He didn't have any other symptoms, so that's all I can guess would bring on his fever. We also had our 5K run at church, so we missed class that night, too.
Not only did Noah have a great time at swim class, but he was usually so wiped out afterward! If we were lucky enough to keep him awake in the car until we got home, Noah usually fell asleep so quickly and slept really hard until the next morning once we put him in his crib. Here is a video of Ryan and Noah doing the Hokey Pokey!
I love my family.