Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A birthday, some snow and a lotta loot

Today is the first birthday of PIPO's little PIPA. Happy Birthday Claire! Your mommy will soon be on her way to bring you home. Maybe finally meeting you will be mommy's birthday present since hers is next month. Hurry up TA! :)This is what greeted me when I opened the back door this morning to let Griffey out to "handle his business". I decided right then and there that I wasn't going to work. Not only did we get about 10 inches of snow.... but see those icicles? We got snow, then ice, then more snow.It was treacherous out there. The 10 yr old girl from across the street has been shoveling for me this winter. It's a worthwhile investment. I hate shoveling snow. Of course, she's really only had to do it twice so far. Which isn't bad considering we're already nearly done with January.So I went back to bed for a couple hours and then spent the rest of the day in my jammies. It was the kind of day I love. I got a couple things done around the house but mostly was just supremely lazy. It was heavenly.

Remember how I said I've been shopping for Mia too much lately? Well, I went through a long dry spell for awhile when I didn't buy anything. So I guess if you average it all out over the last 3 years it's not that bad. Plus I rationalize by saying that it's better to purchase these things now when I have the money to spend instead of trying to do so later when daycare and diapers are added to my monthly budget. Right? Work with me here, people. Okay, let's just face it. The truth is.... what the hell else is there to do when you're gonna wait 4 or more years for your child? LOL!

So with no apologies here are some of my latest finds. Well, this first one I can't take credit for. Angela sent me the link. I blame her. I mean, she had to know there was no way I could resist pink and green penguin clothes. These are from Janie& Jack. They were on sale but I still don't normally spend this much on clothes. However... they just screamed my name. Wouldn't you agree? I bought the sweater in size 2T and the shirt and sweater coat in a 5. Planning ahead, y'all. So some day you'll see my Mia in these outfits.
*I swiped the pics from the website cuz I was too lazy to pull the ones I now own out of the storage containers they're packed away in.
Do I even have to explain why I love these boots so much? They're fake uggs but look just like the real thing. And they're HOT PINK! They're on sale for $15 bucks at Sweet Soles online store. I got them in a 2 yr old size to wear with the first penguin sweater above. Can you just imagine how cute my girl will be in a little denim skirt, that sweater, some funky tights and these rockin' boots?!The other shoes I saw on this blog and fell head over heels in love with. But being the thrifty shopper that I am, I found them with an even better price at the Morgan and Milo website. Sorry Christy.... but I paid $18. Score!! They're out of stock now but there are some other cute shoes there at reasonable prices. They seem to be really well made and are even more adorable in person. You can get them at Sweet Soles, too. Just not as cheap. LOL!

I blame this next purchase totally on my hairdresser. See.... it's like this. She moved to a new salon which is inside the mall. In order to get to her, I have to walk thru the children's department. These were hanging on the rack right out in the aisle. If I hadn't had a hair appointment that day and if she hadn't switched to a mall salon, I never even would've seen these. So it's all her fault. LOL! Do I even need to explain why I bought the ensemble? My poor daughter isn't gonna realize that they even make clothes in any other colors until she's about 3. Do you think it could be emotionally damaging to a child if the majority of their wardrobe is pink and green? Just a hypothetical... I don't really know anyone like that. LOL!This last one is a biggie. My family all went in and bought the big yellow FP dollhouse for Tatum for Christmas '07. Fully furnished, of course. I remember how much fun I had putting it together and arranging all the furniture. (Uhhhmm... I mean, how much fun SHE had.) I knew I'd get one for Mia someday. So when I started seeing pics of this new one floating around on other blogs my heart skipped a beat. I tried to talk myself out of it. I tried to tell myself that I'd get one for Mia when she was a little older and would appreciate it more. But the fact is, this one might not even be around in 3 or 4 more years. It's pretty hard to find Tatum's yellow dollhouse even just a year later. And I wanted THIS EXACT ONE cuz I happen to like the color. LOL! It will match her room perfectly. And it's so freakin' adorable!So I took the plunge. I may start picking up furniture for it here or there if I find it on sale. But for now, it's still in the box, put away in the basement, where it will remain until Christmas or a birthday at about age 3. Unless she's very mature for her age... then maybe when she's 2. LOL!

I got it on Ebay for a pretty decent price plus free shipping. While I was there I decided to window shop some dollhouse furniture. I found that you can buy tons of stuff for these things on Ebay. Including different people. While the mom and dad family with their twin babies that come with the house are cute and all..... they don't represent us. Since I want Mia to know that there are all different kinds of families and each one is acceptable and okay, I decided to get another set to reflect our family. An auburn haired mom with a Chinese daughter. Except my kid turned out to be gigantic in proportion to me. I mean, look at those feet! LOL! Now I just need to find a plastic miniature Pomeranian dog and we'll be all set.

27 comments:

PIPO said...

Awwww...thanks for the shout out to my girl! It has been a bite not being together on her first birthday but we'll just fake it in a month or so.

As for the shoppy, woman, you are an addict. You have enough clothing for a gaggle of girls :0) Mia is going to be like one of those 'wear it once and pass it on' gals.

Alas, I had to reel it in. Things aren't quite as inexpensive as the 'Adopting from China Costs' guide would lead one to believe. It's like a money hemorrhage going on right now. Then again, all for the greatest of causes.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh my word...you have to stop!! I love all the clothes....and I see nothing wrong with a wardrobe of pink and green....Most of Sarah's wardrobe for the first year and half was pretty much all pink...just this past year we started to venture out and try new colors!!

Happy 1st Bday to sweet little Claire!

Have a great week:)

Sandra said...

I LOVE Janie and Jack. Those clothes are just perfect for Mia and so is ALL the rest of her stuff ;-)

Angela said...

TeeHee, I was wondering what if anything you would end up getting, so cute, and as for buying the size 5, I'm right there with ya!, Lily is currently in size 6, but I just bought a ton of stuff for her in sizes 7-9 and some 10's. Not to mention that in the babies closet, I have gotten thing for her up to size 5's too. I was wondering the same thing about ladybugs, she will have so many clothes with them on it, I thought maybe I should stop, she might think "what the heck is the deal with all the ladybug stuff"
Oh, and the doll house! My mom gave one to Madilyn for Christmas along with some of the sets of furniture, and pets, anyway, I was thinking hers was the yellow one, but nope, just went into the playroom to see, and she has the pink one too. Wally world had several sets on clearance down here.

Lindsay said...

Love the clothes - really cute outfits. I'm glad I got so much before Hannah came home - it made life a lot easier and cheaper before I went back to work!

Sarah in MT said...

Ok,no one has mentioned this so it must be my eyes...Does the Momma doll have on pants, or does she not? From my viewpoint, it looks like no pants but swollen ankles. Just checking on the details, if she's supposed to represent you. Yes, there are all kinds of families. Hmm....

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Love all the goodies..
They are soooo cute..
Looks like we will all be sooo ready for our babies..
And I am with you on buying now..because we will have tons to buy when they are here..
Have a great week.

Suzie said...

I go through my spells of not shopping and then all of a sudden I become compulsive :o) It's crazy what this wait does to you!

I love all the clothes and know that Mia will look just beautiful in all of them.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I think Sarah in MT said it best... however, I love every purchase you made. We haven't bought anything new in a long, long time. However, I will be getting quite a bit of China stuff soon... my LID buddy who dropped out is forking it over. How nice is that!!!

Headmeister said...

Janie & Jack is my *favorite* kids clothing store. Of course, I'd be living in a cardboard refrigerator box if that's all I bought for Georgia, but I still love it...lol. My mother in law bought her THREE outfits from there for Christmas - THREE. Unfortunately she bought all the same size, and she would have outgrown the outfits after only getting to wear them twice so the Hubs and I went to exchange two of them for new, larger outfits for the spring. Wanna know how much just ONE of them cost her? $84!!!!!! I still can't get over it... Well, at least she has grandparents who are willing to shell out that kinda cash... I know I don't have it to hand over that's for sure! But now that you said they're having a sale, I'm terrified to go over there! lol!!!!!!

amy said...

YOu have gotten me sooo excited.Love those clothes

Michael, Barbara and Mia said...

Mia got that exact dollhouse from Santa, she loves it!!!

kris said...

Woman you know HOW TO SHOP!! Cute stuff!!! And I LOVE that dollhouse!!!

Kayce said...

Great stuff!! Love the deals and the shoes!

"M" said...

Wow, you have made some great purchases! You may laugh at this, but I actually find it a bit stressful having so many great clothes for A. The very cute stuff gets destroyed at daycare (tomato soup, sloppy joes, paint....you get the picture) so I don't want a cute outfit to get ruined. However, there just isn't enought time on the weekends to wear all the cute stuff. And then tehy have the audacity to grow. Then next thing you know you have all these cute things that you mourn having to give away. What's a poor mom to do.......

Catherine said...

So much cute stuff for Mia already! Way to go mamma! Have you budgeted in for a new house in order to house all your girlie's clothes and toys?

All the outfits your bought are great and can you imagine how pretty her pics will be when she matches her dollhouse?! FUN times ahead!!!

3D said...

No better way to beat the winter ice and snow than with shopping for mega cute stuff!

Keep smilin!

Marla said...

LOVE all the goodies you've bought for your girl. And heck no, there's nothing wrong with a wardrobe of pink of green. Imagine how cute her pics are going to be on this pink and green blog of yours.

And LOL @ the momma doll having no pants on!

OziMum said...

OOooooo Krista, your a girl after my own heart!!! I LOVE a bargain (if you hadn't already worked that out!) Love the "bird" wear!! Just gorgeous! My friend buys from Janie and Jack all the time... I haven't gotten there yet!

Love the dollshouse!

All I can say is... make sure you have enough, with a lot to spare, for your adoption trip. The jacked up donation, and the poor conversion rates, are really killin' us!

(my word verification was "sling"... hehehe! maybe Mia will be a wee baby, in a sling?!)

Polar Bear said...

Wow! Those clothes look like they were made for you and Mia!! It's all so cute!

That dollhouse is so much fun! I always wanted a doll house growing up, but never got one. If I knew for sure we were getting a girl I may have to investigate a little more. My luck, I'd buy a pick doll house and we'll be referred a boy!! Boy! I'd never hear the end of that one!! :)

Stay warm up there! We got another four inches of snow this today. We're supposed to leave for Chicago in the morning, but now I'm beginning to wonder...

Polar Bear said...

Oops! I really need to proof read my comments!
That is supposed to be a PINK doll house not a pick one! :o)

Donna said...

I see a pink and green theme... (have you ever seen my nursery?).

Anyway, we got the girls this doll house for Christmas and I love it! We noticed that "Caring Corners" has a doll house and dolls that are almost exactly the same scale as Loving Family. They sell both of these doll houses side by side at our local Toys R Us so I was able to compare the dolls before buying them and they're very similar. Best of all, they have dolls that very closely match our family. Here's a link:

http://www.learningcurve.com/caringcorners/category/Doll+Packs

Donna
Our Blog: Double Happiness!

wzgirl said...

Something tells me that you are about to have many packages of tiny pomeranian dolls fill your mailbox. Lol! Love the Hores story....

xo

Shannon said...

Oh my goodness but your Mia will be the best dressed child on the East Coast! I need you to help me shop for Ellie-I truly stink at it. Maybe you should start your own personalized shopper business!
Love the house. It's amazing! =)

Liene said...

Now you've gotten me wanting those pink boots. Looks like you had a fun time shopping and got some really great stuff. Love the dollhouse too. I've always known I've wanted a Loving Family dollhouse for my wee one.

Carla said...

That sweater coat is freakin adorable! And I may have to go upstairs and look, but I'm pretty sure Tate's dollhouse is pink.

Way to go on the pantless Mama doll.

Sea Star said...

Adorable dollhouse! I'm fully convinced that my girl will be a tomboy living with all boys and she will have no interest in anything girly.... =0(