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This week I’m loving medium-sized shrimp.

Not the taste or because I have a hankering for cocktail sauce, but because that’s the size of baby #3 this week (according to www.babycenter.com)!

That’s right – baby #3 is on the way! (I could use my standard narcolepsy as an excuse to why I haven’t been posting as often as I used to, but excuses drive me nuts so I won’t. But – for the record – being pregnant with two kids in the house and working full-time is a bit on the exhausting side.)

13 weeks down. 27-ish to go. But probably more like 26 if this little babe is like the other two darlings who each came almost a week early (which is just fine with me because they were both already over nine pounds at birth! Can I get an “uf-da?”)

My second favorite thing this week is that I can still fit into my pants – Hallelujah!!! I had visions (nightmares?) of growing out of them at about the fifth week.

When the time comes I’ll embrace my stretchy waistbands. Until then I’m rocking the everyday wear.

You heard it right. I’m loving my VCR right now.

You remember what a VCR is, right?

Are you bewildered why I would love one let alone still have one?

Six years ago, when Casey and I moved into our house we decided to go without cable. It was mainly to save some cash until we knew what our budgets would be like with the addition of a mortgage and all the additional costs a home brings into your life.

Six years later, we’re still without cable or a DVR or TiVo or anything really. In fact, when we got the digital box this past winter we “got cable” in the form of the addition of the CW to our line up of CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox and PBS.

So…why am I loving our VCR? I love Desperate Housewives. I know, I know. I can’t help it. I never watched it until my maternity leave with Charlotte, when I decided to start with the first season and plow my way through.

DH just happens to be on the same time as I’m in a classroom (hopefully) teaching a group of 9th graders about Jesus and their Catholic faith.

Before I leave for class I pop in the tape (only one I have for recording), rewind it to the beginning, and ask my dear husband to start recording at 7:55. When I get home I put Charlotte to bed and then head down to the couch to catch up with the ladies.

Tonight I had a picnic for work so I set it to record The Office wedding. Actually…I don’t have the remote for the VCR anymore so I can’t really set it. I just turned it on and let it record everything until we returned home.

Now I’m sitting back to enjoy the grainy quality in all its glory, commercials and all as I’m too tired right now to get up and fumble with the fastforward button.

An oldie but a definite goodie.

(Much like two weeks ago…pretend it’s Thursday. Just for a few minutes.)

Without a doubt, my favorite thing of the week was the super long nap I just took. Alone. On the couch. In the middle of the afternoon. By myself. With a movie on in the background. Did I mention I was alone?

I had a pretty busy week with driving to Minneapolis with the family on Friday night, Liz Logelin Foundation events on Saturday, driving home alone from Minneapolis, then up early and to bed late Sunday through Tuesday for a conference I organized for work.

Wednesday and Thursday were wrap-up days and today I whisked my two bundles of joy (can they still be called bundles at ages 16 months and 4 years?) off to daycare then came home to crash on the couch.

Pretty much the only time I got up today was to do a couple loads of laundry and pick up Casey to go to lunch at Xtreme Pizza Kitchen (yum!).

I think the work week should naptime.

It works for my kids, I’m sure it would do wonders for me.

This week my favorite thing came from Peter.

Casey was reading to him last night when Peter asked, “Dad. Why did Jesus die for us?”

Casey gave him an answer that’s somewhat consumable for a four year old.

Then Peter said, “So Jesus is waiting for us in heaven?”

“Yes,” said Casey.

“Well when I get there I’m going to give him a big high five.”

Does it get any better than that?

First off…let’s pretend it’s still Thursday. But only until you’re done reading. Then party like a rockstar (which for us is watching Hannah Montana: The Movie) and enjoy your Friday!

I can’t help but appreciate and love my kids’ reactions to our first family pets, brought home last night after a trip out for bubble bath.

It might have been an impulse buy on my husband’s part, but we are now the proud owners of…

Nemo

Nemo

Dori

Dori

and Sharkie

Sharkie

(I’m pretty sure I got those in the right order.)

These are technically the kids’ second pets. They had two goldfish (Nemo and Rosie) that experienced a bit of trauma (aka “held by Peter”) on the way home from the store and made it about two hours.

Casey brought home the new members of our family last night and we were extra careful to avoid trauma (still aka “held by Peter”).

Charlotte pointing to the fish

gazing

Here’s hoping that Nemo, Dori, and Sharkie live long and prosper.

And if by chance they don’t…that the kids aren’t too heartbroken if we need to have a traditional goldfish funeral.

Update – Nemo has left the building. The kids haven’t noticed yet, so I think we might do a switch-a-roo. That’s not deception, is it? Hope not!

I almost forgot about my new Thursday ritual, but instantly remembered – and chose a topic – when I looked at my kitchen floor.

I’d show you a before picture of the floor, but won’t in fear of what you’d think of me.

We have a white tile floor and “dirt magnet” would be an understatement. With a floor like ours (which we inherited with the house and most certainly did not install ourselves), we’ve poked around for better floor cleaning solutions since we moved in almost six years ago.

We tried the twisty mop with its grubby tentacles. We experimented with the traditional sponge mop with its dirt-loving scrubber. We resorted to good old hand scrubbing. Boy does that take a long time.

Then we found it. The Shark steam mop. (Cue heavenly choirs.)

the shark

This thing is great. All you have to do is fill it with water, wait 30 seconds for it to warm up, and you’re off!

It cleans with steam (no chemicals for your baby to try and lick off the floor) and dries quickly (no falling babies as they run at you, longing to be held).

The only downside is that you might have to sweep your corners/edges after use if your floor was really dirty…which mine usually is. But the excellent, fast cleaning makes up for this task.

So there you go, another of my favorite things.

What’s your favorite thing for the week?

I thought it would be fun to do a weekly post about my favorite things in life.

And because I love naming things, I gave it a name: Favorite Things Thursday.

This little ditty is two fold: it’s like a grown up version of show & tell from school and calling out a specific day of the week means that I have a deadline each week. I love deadlines. I’m weird like that.

Anyway…for my very first Favorite Things Thursday, I’d like to show you my custom stamp.

my custom stamp

I have always wanted one of these things. I think that personalized stationery and stamps are so beautiful, and add a touch of class with not a lot of effort.

This stamp is from Expressionery, which often has coupons and sales  (don’t buy anything full price, ladies! It’s kind of like shopping at Kohl’s – never pay full price). Mechanically it’s great. I even let Peter try out some stamping and each one came out as nice as the one before.

My husband wasn’t as wowed when I showed him the stamp and raved about how terrific our Christmas card envelopes are going to look.

But I know he’s going to love it when he sees the stamp in action.

Or not.

But that’s okay, because the stamp is really more of a girl thing.

And I love girl things.