We Have a Winner!

So I used the Random Integer Generator to select a winner…who knew I would get 263 comments?  Wow! I didn’t know how to copy the code to get this here, so I just copied and pasted the text.

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

     210

Timestamp: 2008-07-31 17:10:47 UTC

Now I need to go see who this is…

stephandtim is our blessed winner!  Congratulations!  I’ll be sending you an email.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – A Mod Mum Sling

Giveaway is complete.  See winner HERE.

Today’s giveaway comes courtesy of Mod Mum Baby Slings. What’s up for grabs, you ask? A pouch-style baby sling in your fabric (they’re reversible) and size of choice! I KNOW! Whether for you or someone you know with a little one, these slings are great. Click here to read my review of the one I have.

In order to win, please pop over to their site, www.modmum.com, then come back and comment below, letting me know which fabric option you would choose. Winner of the giveaway will be announced (and emailed) on Thursday at noon.

For more giveaways, check out the Bloggy Giveaways site.

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Prayers for Mck Mama

Hi all,

One of my bloggy friends, Mck Mama, needs our prayers right now.  Her little (unborn) baby is having a hard time with his/her heart, and she is acting as the vessel to get the baby the medicine he/she needs right now, which is wreaking havoc on her own body.  HERE is the latest post from her–I encourage you to read the latest updates and offer a prayer on her behalf.

Giveaway Reminder

Hi all!

Just a quick reminder that the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival starts Monday, and I’ll have a great prize to give away to one lucky commenter.  Also a reminder that you regular commenters are allowed 3 comments instead of one!

Have a superb weekend–I might be popping in and out.  🙂

A Day of Vaca

Two weekends ago I got a break. An overnight break, to be exact. It couldn’t have come at a better time.

Anja had spent the better part of two days besting me in an eating/spitting match. Her feeding times were literally taking upwards of an hour each sitting. And Mom was left frustrated and defeated.

My lovely small group friends and I headed downtown to The Westin (oh. my. The Fabulousness!!), which is built in the historic Farmers & Mechanics Bank building. Who knew a bank could turn into such a beautiful hotel? Plus the price was quite reasonable, and we got to feel fancy all evening.

We checked in and got dressed for dinner. And we looked like idiots, because we had all packed the exact same thing to wear. All had black tops, and two of us had gray, just-below-the-knee bottoms and two had knee-length black and white flowered skirts. But we didn’t care. We stopped at the 112 Eatery, where we could hardly understand the menu. “What’s foie gras?” Carrie would whisper in my ear. “I don’t know,” I would reply. Liz ordered tongue. Even though we didn’t voice it out loud, I’m pretty sure the other two were probably thinking what I was thinking. Gross. And I’m an adventurous eater! But we love you Liz, and we love that you love tongue. J

It stormed while we were eating and we walked out to 15 degrees cooler air and scary hooligans on Hennepin Avenue. Back at the hotel, we went for a swim in the stainless steel-lined pool. Can I just tell you that if I ever build a pool it will be done in the same material? Slimy tile and gritty concrete BE GONE! You have been replace by something much cleaner and more sophisticated. I felt like I was in a giant sink. We had swimming races. Apparently I was made to swim on my back, but I lost sorely in side-stroke and crawl competitions.

The next morning I had to get ready for this photo shoot (see my other site for more photos), so I didn’t get to stay long, but it was a great refreshing time away with my sisters in Christ.

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Riddle me THIS, Batman! Where did a year go?

This has nothing to do with the new movie out, which I haven’t seen and probably won’t see (because I’m a chicken).

Okay, folks.  My mom is here (she took us out to dinner at a “fancy” place last night that had gluten-free food–yay!), so I’m taking the opportunity to get some things done that don’t include watching a baby that recently learned to pull to standing and walk around furniture (how much more baby-proofing can my house handle?).  But I’m also starting to stress out about this: just a little over a month from now, Anja will turn ONE. YEAR. OLD.

I can’t believe how quickly it’s sneaked (snuck?) up on me.  And we all know what turning one means.  Some sort of party.  Ours will be fairly small, with immediate family only.  She has no friends and no cousins, so no kid-friendliness necessary (other than for her).  I’m leaning toward either a yellow duck or a pink bunny theme, depending on what sort of items I can find.  I’ll probably make and decorate her cake myself…

So tell me: what have you done for your children’s first birthdays?  Any tips/tricks/favor ideas/kiddish games for adults/good website recommendations?  Spill it, friends!  I need help!

In2U

My lovely sometime blogger friend (the friend formerly known as Daa**) hung out at the mall last night.  We ate some yummy Qdoba (thanks, Jen!) and then made some rounds to stores.  She found some fabulous shoes at Nordstrom Rack and, courtesy of her personal shopper Heidi, a stunning (and cheap!) dress at Jessica McClintock.

Interrupting self to say: I think that if I didn’t have anything else to do, I would want to be a personal shopper.  I love picking out clothes for people and making them try them on (often reluctantly), because they often end up loving it, even if they didn’t on the hanger.  I make my mom do this all the time.  She told me two years ago, “I can’t wear skirts.”  I said, “Oh really?” and handed her several to try on.  Now she owns over a dozen.  HA!  I said HAAAA!

Anyway, I also had fun picking out some limey green accessories to go with the black dress.

However, the highlight of the evening was when we strolled through the Macy’s perfume department to find a certain fragrance she was looking for, only to hear that it has been discontinued.  We stood around smelling other perfumes and chatting with the salesman.  Anja was with us, and he was asking me about where we got her stroller.  He has a son on the way (and is very excited about it) and is looking into getting some gear for him.  Jen continued smelling things.  Next thing we knew, this kind salesman pulled out two bottles of In2U, the exact perfume she was looking for, from behind the counter and said we could have them.  They were yet unopened, full-size “Tester” bottles the store had received when they ordered their shipment.  He also gave us each a bottle of aftershave for our husbands.  CRAZINESS!  We were just looking at him and each other like, Is this for real? And it was.  Because me, who never wears perfume, is sporting some today.  Some really expensive, yet free, perfume.  And it matches my chemistry well.

Isn’t that just the kindness of the Lord?  She and I both see things like that as sweet gifts, and we spent the rest of the night marveling that God would see fit to bless us like that.  It was a fun experience to share.