Friday, July 11, 2014

Meet Little Baby Teixeira!

We are happy and excited to announce that we are expecting a child come January!
We found out that I was pregnant 3 days after we closed on our house. What timing! Luckily there was no early morning sickness or fatigue, so moving in was a breeze.
HAD to get the digital easy-read test. Lou couldn't see/believe the lines on my First Response.
And then the fun started!
Everyone keeps asking if I get cravings. I haven't. It's more like the opposite, I'm totally repulsed by foods, foods I used to really like. I don't want cake, coffee, anything minty, or spicy. The only meat I really want is chicken. And I'm eating so unhealthy because I'm either exhausted, or so ill that anything I can stomach, I'll take.
That all ended a few weeks ago. I had a nice break around 12 weeks. And then the sickness turned to allergies, sinus infections, and headaches. Good times!
But now I'm in my second trimester and I'm looking forward to it. This is the time they say is the best. Once I can breathe through my nose I'm sure I will enjoy it.

Thumbsucker?! Not for this Ortho-mom. 
As for finding out the gender, I scheduled a 16 week private ultrasound because we can't wait until 20 weeks. When I say we I mean me. So fingers crossed that baby T cooperates and we get to see everything we need to. Lou thinks boy (or wishes) and I think girl. Only because of a dream I had. All of my other symptoms have pointed to boy. We picked names as well, but decided not to share yet. People can be really judgemental and I don't want any ones opinions about what we picked to affect our decision. Hopefully all will be revealed in due time :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Breaking up with your job

I quit my day job, to take a part time spot.

I've been working in a multi-specialty dental group for nearly four years. It was demanding, stressful, and unfulfilling. So after some serious consideration, I took a job with another dental specialist. What a difference.

It's so quite, slow, and successful. I'm nervous and excited. My hours are crazy and all over the place. I'm making less money. It's further away. And it's better already. 

Starting in a new place is always kind of depressing. I don't know anyone, I'm going to eat lunch alone. I'm going to bother everyone with my questions. I'll make a million mistakes. But it's a process, and in three months time I should feel comfortable. That's usually how long I think it takes to learn everything, know everyone, and have a real opinion on where you are. 

In the meantime, I'm pushing for cake business. Now that I'll have more time for it. I worked on some beauties so far. 
Later On that night, we lit this cake up with over 30 candles ;)

I am absolutely thrilled with the way these came out.

So this weekend we have a big Sweet 16 job on top of new job training. It will be a long weekend but hopefully by Sunday I'll drag the husband out to take a Christmas card picture somewhere scenic. We never sent out Thank You's so this is my solution ;). I'm also working on some around the house crafts including some wall art, redoing a $5 mirror, hacking my Ikea coffee table, and revitalizing some storage cube ottoman/seats. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

69 Shopping Days Until Christmas and Other Financial Crises

I started holiday shopping at around 100 days. THIS IS MY TIME TO SHINE. I'm like that lady in the commercials. I have a schedule, a timeline, a mental map of the store. I have coupons for days.

We have nieces and nephews, little little cousins, god children, friends with babies, and a huge list of loved ones we buy for every year. The kids come priority and it's amazing how much I save when I start shopping early. 
A few weeks back the toy coupons started popping up. This is my green light. I usually find them here. For under $90, I picked up all of these goodies.
2 bags of candy, 2 bags of Halloween morsels, gift wrap, box of Duplex blocks (say that three times fast), Little People Disney Princess Castle, 3 Barbies, gift bag, 2 bottles of Canada Dry (not pictured, chillin in the fridge yo) and 2 awesome Halloween storage bins, which I have to admit, only one of them is filled with Halloween stuff. 
Target always does me justice. Between their Cartwheel App, manufacturers coupons, Target store coupons, mobile coupons and gift card offers (all of which are combinable), I usually save enough on one gift to purchase another. And the clearance section, my god. 
Do pay attention to the clearance stickers. Unless it's something you must absolutely have/want/need, leave it and come back next week. It will be marked down again. It goes 15, 30, 50, 75, and the rare 90% off. If you return and it's gone, it wasn't meant to be. You'll find another candle or decorative elephant to fill that hole in your soul, I promise. 
I made this little legend up, screen shot it in my phone, and that way I can cross reference my findings while out in the field. I usually only make it to Target once a week, Wednesdays to be exact, to prevent economic failure, but I'd make a return trip if something was worth it.

Luis thinks I'm crazy. But he brags of me to all of his friends. He knows what I'm doing is special.  
We are house hunting with a debt ceiling about to collapse and a government shutdown. I'll save when and where I can. If that calls for Christmas in July then so be it. I'll be at home baking cookies while all of the sleepers are out terrorizing the shelves. 
Now is the time for action. Who do you have on your list?