Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pregnancy Is...

Exciting. Nerve wracking. Cool. Creepy. Awesome. Scary. Fun. Uncomfortable. Wonderful. Tiring.  Among many other things.  But so far it's been amazing.

I mean just think of all the perks:  Everyone is extra nice.  No one makes me do anything.  I can eat as much as I want and people don't judge (though I would like to state that I have NOT adopted the "I'm eating for two" philosophy).  I got a whole new wardrobe.  My husband is extra attentive to anything I need.

And yeah, of course there are downsides, but I'm so blessed that this pregnancy has been so easy thus far.  I'm crossing my fingers it stays so great...I have my glucose test the day after Christmas...

I'm at 26 weeks!  The time has flown by.  After this Friday Remy and I don't have to be to work until Jan. 2nd and we have decided we would spend that time getting our 2nd bedroom ready to actually start getting ready for this little bambino.  Right now it's a huge mess and has a ton of furniture in it.

Remy was finally able to feel the little guy kick last week which was pretty cool.  And last night Remy was telling him to move around, and he did and Remy felt it again.  :)   He's started moving around a lot more which I love.  I started feeling regular movements around 19 weeks, but the week before Thanksgiving he quit moving around so much and it was freaking me out a bit.  I knew it was still early enough that it probably wasn't a huge deal, but I was glad that I had a Dr. appointment soon after I noticed the change and she told me that everything was fine. 

It was still bothering me a little bit because he had been so active for a few weeks and I didn't like the sudden stillness.  I wasn't worried enough to go back to the Dr. because I WAS still feeling some movement, but still you can't help but wonder.  I was talking with one of my coworkers about it and she told me to try getting on my hands and knees for a little bit to put the baby in a floating position and he'd move around.  So I tried it and it totally worked!  After I sat back up within a minute probably I felt those little kicks again.  I was so happy I started crying (another thing that's becoming more common as I get farther along).  In fact I even cried when I told her at work the next day. :) 

But for the last week or so he's back to his normal kicking.  Every once in a while he'll jab me somewhere or strong enough that it makes me jump because it catches me off guard.  But it keeps me entertained during budget meetings. :)

So here's what I know about my baby so far:
-He's a boy.
-He becomes more active when I drink hot cider or hot chocolate (though I haven't been able to figure out if it's a temperature thing or a sugar thing).
-He's cute.  And I know that because I had a dream about him the other night about the day he was born and he was adorable. :)  And I believe this dream because well, of course I'll think my own baby is cute, but I also had multiple dreams that he was a boy so I'm on a good streak. :)  Plus, let's not forget the thumbs up he gave us at one of the ultrasounds!
-He moves more when I'm in a movie theater.  Not a fan of loud noises?
-Also that I love him.

And for those of you who are wondering:
-Thank you for asking, I actually feel really great.  I get tired faster and standing for too long and bending over at all make my back hurt like a mo-fo, but a little massage usually helps.
-I haven't been craving a lot of foods, but for some reason I do crave marinara sauce.  Which is weird because that usually isn't something I choose.  We randomly discovered that IHOP of all places has really good mozzarella sticks and those ALWAYS sound good.  Dipped in marinara of course.  In fact, now I want some....
-Other food related things are that I don't really want to eat protein.  It doesn't taste gross to me or anything.  I just can't eat a lot.  It started with hamburgers back in September and sort of continued from there.  I'll eat it, but it doesn't sound good.  Except for chicken parmesan (which I still haven't eaten though)...because of the marinara.
-I'm still sleeping well and usually don't have too much trouble getting comfortable.
-My sinuses dry up at night and often get inflammed which is obnoxious, but luckily we had a humidifier that we got as a wedding gift and had never used so most nights I sleep with that on and it makes a HUGE difference.
-Tying my shoes is becoming a chore.
-Speaking of shoes, I needed a new winter pair and had to by a size larger than usual.  Which I have NEVER done.  And I'm not going to lie I'll be a little bit sad if they stay larger permanently.  I've read that can happen, so I'm really hoping this is just swelling. :)
-I randomly get heartburn.  It's not usually too bad, but it comes on suddenly and I can't figure out if it's linked to anything specific.
-I love that my hair doesn't fall out.  Yes, yes, I'm aware it will after the baby comes, but please don't remind me.  It started thinning a ton in the months before I was pregnant and it was stressing me out.  As in I literally hated showering because I couldn't bear to see that much hair at a time no longer attached to my head.  So let me live in this bubble where my hair is back to normal.

I'm getting excited to start putting the nursery together and I hope that despite our lack of space, it will turn out cute. :)  And I'm starting to get even more anxious to meeting this baby!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's a....

Once I had the ultrasound appointment set for Oct. 30, I knew I wanted to do something fun to announce the gender of this tiny human, and the idea of carving a pumpkin popped in my head (without the help of Pinterest thank you very much)!  I figured we'd just carve the words "it's a boy" in the pumpkin, but Remy was drawing up little sketches of some ideas (he's so clever) and came up with this!  

We (well, Remy) carved 2 pumpkins with this design and took them to each of our parents' houses.  Remy's house didn't go as smoothly, there was just too much going on with everyone excited and getting ready to go out Trick or Treating.  -Specifically by the front door which wasn't good because we were trying to be sneaky about getting the pumpkin on the porch and lighting it.  Not to mention they kept asking us if we had found out yet and we just said that we had an appointment the next day (which is true!). So when they saw it, some people were confused at first, but I guess I can't blame them.  It was still fun!

Acutally Mako, our nephew was the first one who walked out of the house, saw the pumpkin and said, "so you're having a boy?"  At least someone got it right away!  :)

Then it was off to my parent's.  Much less comotion because there are no young kids and hardly any trick or treaters, so it was easier for Remy to sneak out and set everything up.  Then instead of just letting them notice it on their own we asked them to come outside and check out the pumpkin we carved.  It was fun!  My little sister was like, "Dang!  I bet a Jamba Juice it was a girl!"  It made me laugh a bit.

As for my shirt, I have to admit, I'm a little proud.  I had seen these online and wanted one really bad, but they were like $30 plus shipping everywhere I found them.  Then I found just the iron-on design for $17 plus shipping, but then I would have to buy a shirt so that didn't help.  I had found a blog where a lady had made her own by making a freezer paper stencil, but painting a shirt freaked me out for some reason.  So I got some think fabric stabilizer it was called, that has adhesive on one side and made my own iron on.  :)  Mind you it wasn't easy cutting all those little baby bones out (especially the fingers and toes!), but it turned out! And for about half the cost of buying it online. :) 

One last picture I have to share, this one of the ultrasound.  -Which BTW I had no idea would last so long.  It was like 45 mintues with the tech person and then the Dr. came in and looked around a bit.  I guess he wasn't cooperating when they were trying to get specific angles of his heart and spine.  So she was looking around and all of a sudden this little hand pops up giving us this little thumbs up!  I was so glad she was quick and grabbed a picture!  It seriously makes me laugh every time I see it.  We figure we'll take that as a sign that everything is okay in there.  :)
When the ultrasound person (what are they called anyway?!) told us it was a boy we just sort of looked at each other because we had felt like it was a boy all along. :)  So it was like, "yeah we know, but thanks for confirming."  But it was still exciting to hear!

So it was a happy Halloween for sure!  And we're excited for our little guy to get here at the end of March!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Never Gets Old

I had my monthly check-up this morning.  The Dr. of course got out the doppler and literally touched my stomach and there was the heart beat.  Is it just me or is it always a huge sense of relief when that happens?  Not necessarily the speedy part, but the part where you can hear it.  My Dr. always lets me listen for a while, which I love.

Can I just tell you, that sound never gets old.

Every time I hear that little heart beat and every time I see the ultrasound pictures on the fridge, I just can't believe it.  I can't believe how amazing it is.

I also can't believe how lucky I've been so far with how easy it's going.  Now, getting the baby there in the first place...not easy.  So I feel like it's only fair.  :)  (Sorry for all of you that have difficult pregnancies!)

Also over the last week or so I've felt the baby moving.  It's so awesome!  Someone described it feeling like muscle spasm without the muscle....which is actually pretty accurate.  I wish I could feel movements more often (though I'm sure later on I might be telling a different story. :) ). 

Later these week is the "Big Ultrasound"!  You know, the one where we can finally assign this baby the right pronoun.  :)  So cast your votes! We are so excited!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Oh Baby!

Man, we've had a lot going on!  I'm going to download some pics here soon of this really fun trip Remy and I just went on.  I had a work conference in Boston, so Remy came with me and we made a big adventure out of it!  We took a train from Boston to NYC, NYC to DC, and DC to Greensboro, NC.  WHEW!! 

 The view from our hotel room in Boston.

We caught a Red Sox vs. Yankees game at Fenway Park!
USS Constitution
We went to Mr. Bartley's Burgers just across the street from Harvard University.  Mmmmm.

Remy getting to eat his lobster before the baseball game.  He was loving it.

Went to the place where the Greensboro 4 did a "sit in" at the Woolworth's in NC.  It was a really awesome museum.

Of course, the Washington Monument.
I have a ton more pictures, but this is just what I could get off of my phone. :)

It was really a blast.  It was Remy's first time back there AND his first time riding a subway.  It was sort of adorable.  His favorite place was Boston, and though I do love it there, I really love DC.  We got REALLY tired by about the middle of DC.  We only spent a day in New York because it's so expensive to stay there.  The train pulled in around 10am I think and we got back on around 9pm.  We managed to to the Statue of Liberty, the tippity top of the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, a walk down Wall Street, a visit to Macey's for ice cream :). 

In DC one of our stops was at the National Archives.  I really love that place.  We only had time to stop in the rotunda, but that's where they keep the coolest stuff!  The Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the Constitution.  It was cool because while we were there it was the 225th anniversary of the Constitution so they had what they call the 5th Page on display.  Basically it's the last page that just explains how you can make an ammendment.  Not super thrilling so they have never displayed it before and they only had it out for a few days and we got to see it! (I'm a total nerd).

After DC we took our last train down to Greensboro, NC where I have an Aunt, Uncle and cousins and we stayed with them for a few days.  It was really great and we were sad to leave.  Hopefully we can go back soon!

Also, there is this:

Baby Smith coming March 2013!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cub Country

So this past week was Scout camp.  It wasn't overnight or anything, just Friday and Saturday from about 8a.m.-3p.m.  Remy and I went up just on Saturday...I'm surprisingly wishing I had gone on Friday too.  Those kids are so funny I can't even stand it!

The camp was up Millcreek Canyon, called Cub Country.  They have a whole bunch of sites with different themes.  Friday was Jurassic-something or other.  Saturday was Superhero Academy.

So cute.

It was super cheesy and the boys loved it.  I just had to share a few of my favorite moments.

I'm not going to lie, I thought the boys were going to be too crazy and off the wall to handle, but they were SO well behaved.  Really.

So at one station we were talking about historical figures/folk stories/legends.  You know, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, some lady whose name I can't remember who survived the Titanic.  Well to start off the scout who was leading our group was trying to get them to come up with the aforementioned names -or at least some sort of old famous person -examples given: Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, etc.

Names the boys came up with:  None.

So the leader tried again. (and I apologize if you saw this on FB already, but it's just too funny I don't ever want to forget).

Scout Leader: Who is a famous American who has done something great?
Scout: Kanye West

OH EM GEE, I died laughing!  Seriously.  Well, maybe not serious about the died part.  Obviously I'm still here typing this.

But it was close to death.

Then someone mentioned Big Foot.  Aka: Sasquatch.

Then there was a discussion about the size of said creature's feet.

Scout #1: 5 feet
Scout #2: I'd say...this big (holds hands about 2 feet apart or so)
Scout #3: Yeah 5 feet!
Scout #4: They wouldn't be THAT big!
Scout #5: Well maybe they all have different sized feet?
Scout #4: No.  There's only ONE Big Foot.


Also there was an obstacle course.

They had to climb over a wall, grab some Kryptonite (they had to save Superman), then do that thing where there's two rows of tires on the ground and you have to jump through them, you know, like army people?   Anyhow, then they had to weave around some hanging cylinders, balance on a log, jump through some ropes, and crab walk back to the beginning.
Remy was superman.

 Well the first few times through the kids ran through it as fast as they could, with just a few tumbles -mostly on the balance log, which I was standing right next to.  Well they just kept going and going and going...around and around and around!  By the 5th time through or so you could tell they were starting to get a little tired.  And pretty much every kid started falling on their face when they got to the tires.  We could not stop laughing.  And not in a mean way, the kids were laughing too.

Just had to put that out there.

One of our boys was going across the log and was almost to the end when somehow he slipped and landed stomach first on the side of the log.  It looked like it hurt, but he just popped right back up and kept going.

Another of our kids was getting really pooped.  One time he got to the crab walk and was basically going in slow motion because he couldn't go any further.  He was purposely being dramatic and it was cracking me up!

At another station the boys paired up to make paper rockets.  To start they took turns cutting out the pieces.  One of the kids accidentally cut in the wrong spot so they had to cut a new one.

Scout #1, upon seeing the wrong cut had been made, it the most calm, disappointed, serious voice I have ever heard:  You messed up.  You really, really messed up.

Now was that nice to say?  No, but the way he said it was so funny.  Of course I stepped in and said that it's not a problem, we all make mistakes and we can easily get another.  The kid who said it is the sweetest little guy which is one reason it was so funny to hear him say that.

Our little sharpshooters in action
One of our last stations was BB guns.  I had never shot one before and it was really fun!  The scout leading that station was SUPER energetic and silly, but the boys were eating it up.  I mentioned to Remy how surprised I was by how well they were listening, that they must really like the kid who is talking.  Remy thought it was because they were just really excited to shoot the guns.  But, I said, that's exactly why I'm surprised they're listening!

They had a really good time and I know I was thoroughly entertained by the day.  By the time it was over the boys were FILTHY -special thanks to the crab walk for that one.  But they didn't seem to care, or notice for that matter.

I'm actually looking forward to next year!

Then we got home and took a nap.

The End

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A List

I'm normally not into these sorts of things, but I saw this on a blog and it looked fun, so I thought I'd do it.  If it's orange, I've done it!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (karaoke only though!) 11. Bungee jumped - Does the bungee swing count? 12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty -not WALKED
18. Grown your own vegetables 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community 36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Have Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris -been to it, but not to the top!
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle 79. Have Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake -surprisingly no and I live right by it!

97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Monday, June 4, 2012

He Graduated!

So my brother Erik, he's a smart kid that one. 

He went and got himself graduated from High School!  It took him a lot more work than he expected (that's what happens when you save all your make-up packets until literally the last weekend before graduation).

But that's neither here nor there.

The point is, he did it right?

He's also goes, excuse me, WENT to this fancy school called NUAMES.  Meaning the Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering and Science.

READ: Smart Nerd School

I kid, I kid.

But really though, they're smart and most of them would be proud to admit they're nerds.  Heck, even the valedictorian ended his speech with "live long and prosper." 

Don't worry, there were actions.

 I'm pretty sure he's my LITTLE brother...well, he's younger anyway.  The little thing is no more.
 Nice job, Kid!  We're proud of you!

Monday, April 30, 2012


I went to my first Pinewood Derby on Saturday with the Scouts. 

Did I not tell you?

Remy and I are scout leaders.

I know, right?

We are the Bear Den leaders.  Those are the 9 year olds for all you non-scouting types.  It's been fun so far.  A little frustrating because there are hardly any boys so it's hard to plan activities.   But we're figuring it out.  We're definitely not naturals at it, but it's fun.

And when I say we hardly have any boys, I mean it. 

So our Pack consists of all the boys that live in the boundaries of the three wards that share our church building.  So that's a pretty large area.

There are 4 Bears.

And that's if they all show up.  So usually that means one or two come to Den meetings.

So we combine a lot with the Wolves because they hardly have any kids either. 

But back to the Derby.

I have to admit the Pinewood Derby is WAY more fun than I expected.  The track was intense with electronic sensor things and everything that gave exact finish times (we're talking NASCAR stuff here).  I was impressed.

And the boys did SUCH a great job.  It was so much fun to see all the work they (and their parents/relatives) put into them.

We were so proud of our Pack!  Each boy got to race their car 4 times (once in each lane, just to make it fair) and then the top 3 with the fastest times overall get a bigger trophy.  We had 2 of our Scouts in the top 3!  First and third place!

Monday, April 23, 2012

You Know You're Old When...

...your baby sister goes to Prom.


I'm not sure how this happened.  Yesterday she was in first grade and now...


And she was adorable, and giddy and it was hilarious.

She had a dance competition that day, so we had to hurry home after her last performance to get ready.  Heather and I did her hair, my mom did her makeup.  She was actually done and ready to go BEFORE her date came to pick her up.

I know, right.

Who does that?

I guess she practiced putting on the boutineer during the week.  She had our brother put on his church suit jacket and pinned it on him a few times.  :)  Well, she was so nervous when her date actually showed up she didn't want to do it, so I put the first pin in and she managed after that.

Anyhow, it was fun to help her get ready and to see how excited she was.  Next week, it's my brother's turn!! 

Seriously how did this happen?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Books vs. Movies: My Expert Review

Ever since I got my fancy-schmancy Kindle Fire for my birthday (thanks Remy!), I've actually been reading books.

Amazing, I know.

In just the first month I think I read more books than I have in the last 5 years combined.

Sad, I know.

I've read a few books that were made into movies.  The first one I read was Water for Elephants.  I saw the movie first when it came out and I enjoyed it.  When I read the book I was actually shocked at how closely the movie seemed to follow it. 

(Of course I have a terrible memory when it comes to movies, so it was entirely likely I forgot the whole movie anyway by the time I read the book.)

I really couldn't think of anything major that I remember missing in the movie.  I was impressed.  So the other night I re-watched the movie and yeah, it was pretty dang close.

(Of course I have a terrible memory when it comes to books, so it was entirely likely I forgot the whole book anyway by the time I re-watched the movie.)

The book of course has more detail, and I much prefer the book over the movie, but still, I was impressed it was as close to the book as it was.

Then I read The Help.  Awesome book.  I really enjoyed it.

Then I watched The Help.  Not that awesome of a movie.  I didn't really enjoy it.

If you haven't read the book, you need to!  Seriously.  Every few chapters it rotates through the perspectives of different characters.  There's Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny -it's pretty neat.  And the movie just can't capture their perspectives like the book.

I was really disappointed in the movie.  It had it's entertaining parts, and it can be fun to see how they portray certain characters.  But the movie just didn't capture, in my opintion, how deep Hilly's control of the group was, and Celia...oh Celia is so much more involved in the book.  So much of her character was cut out.  Though the parts they did include were actually really good I thought.  The amount of effort it took Skeeter to get Aibileen to talk initially...and then Minny...and then the others...the movie just didn't get into that enough for me. 

Oh and don't even get me started on the Stuart thing.  Holy crap they should have just left him out of the whole movie if that's all he was going to be in it!  They cut out a HUGE part of his character and the love story between him and Skeeter.

Same with Celia Foote's husband.  He wasn't a huge part in the book, but they didn't do the part he did have any justice.

And Skeeter's mom?  She wasn't dying from the beginning of the book!

And the whole thing with Skeeter and Ms. Stein?  Oh geez!  They didn't explain anything that led up to that first time you see Skeeter on the phone with her.  And then they're acting like they're BFF's or something.  It was just weird to me.

To me the whole movie felt rushed.  I understand you can't put every part of a book in a movie, but still.  I've been trying to separate it from the book and think if I would feel any differently about it, but that's hard.  I think that even if I hadn't read the book some of the scenes would make me say "wait a minute, where did that come from?" or "why is that even in here?"  I don't even feel like it should be nominated for best picture.  The movie was fine, but could have been SO much better!  I'm curious to see deleted scenes.  I wonder if any of them had any of the little details I felt like were missing.

Anyhow, that's just my take on the whole thing.  Sorry if you loved the movie.  And if you did love the movie I'm curious to know if you've read the book as well.

So I've read The Hunger Games trilogy and as excited as I am to see the movies, I'm scared they're going to turn out like The Help, or dare I say...Twilight.  I don't want the movies to ruin the whole thing! 

To be fair I know there are a lot of die hard Harry Potter fans out there who probably felt the same way about those movies vs. books.  However, due to my aforementioned memory retainment issues, I couldn't remember the details of the books that were left out.  Or major events for that matter (and throw the fact that it's a whole SERIES of books in there, you just nailed the last nail in the memory coffin).  My point being that those movies were still really good and you could follow them even if you had never read the books.  The Help left me confused.  And I don't want the Hunger Games to make me feel the same way.

Any other movies out there that are from books I should read?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Where's Malcom Wednesday

It's time for a Where's Malcom Wednesday.

Flashback version!

Malcom loves things that blow heat.  And he has since his little life began.   He loves sitting on the heater vents and also the fan on my laptop.  When he was just a little kitten he would cuddle up next to the fan when I would sit on the bed working (What?  Watching Grey's Anatomy IS work).

He was small.  He was not inhibiting my online viewing experience.   It was cute.

See Figure A:


Malcom still loves the hot air...but he's....well...

He is not small.  He prevents me from using the laptop altogether.

See Figure B:


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A New Arrival...

Today this will be delivered to my house:
And I'm SUPER excited! It's SOOOO comfortable and really deep.  As in if I sit all the way back, my ankles barely hit the end of the couch.  I feel really fancy that it's from Crate and Barrel.

Now here's the story.  Sometime in November Remy and I went to the mall to check out the new Crate and Barrel.  We found this couch.  We sat on this couch.  We loved this couch.  We slept on this couch.

Okay maybe not that last one.

But really, we LOVED it!  We'd been couch shopping off and on, always checking them out at stores, but hadn't ever found anything we loved enough to commit to.  Plus we didn't NEED one, ours just isn't that comfy.  Even though we wanted to take this one home with us, the price tag was NOT as loveable.

Then after Christmas we went back to the mall for some reason and I suggested we go sit on our couch and see if we really loved it as much as we remembered. 

We did.

We also noticed there was a sale on this couch!  Yay!  But it was still a bit more than we really wanted to spend.  We started discussing colors, etc.  The floor sample was in the color of the pic above, which is fine, but there were some others we both preferred.  Remy happened to ask me what I would think if we had to have the color of the store sample.  I said if the price was right I'd take it.

Well right then a sales person came over to see if we had any questions.  Remy asked about the color options, and she let us know that the sale was on this color only because they were discontinuing that specific fabric. 

Okay then, good to know.

We went back and forth debating on whether or not the price was right.  It HAD been marked down twice....but still, we just got back from vacation and weren't planning on dropping large amounts of money on a couch any time soon.

Remy then asked if we could have the floor model and if it would be discounted further.  She said we could only have it if it was the last one left.  She also said they'd been going really fast once they went on sale, so she checked to see how many were left.

Well I figure this couch was meant to be ours.  Because wouldn't you know it, the warehouse was clean out -meaning we could take the floor model.  She originally said it would be an additional 10% off, but then after confirming with the manager we could even take it, turned out it was another 20% off.  This brought the couch to nearly 50% off the original price!!!

That offer was just too good to turn down.  So we bought ourselves a couch!

The lame thing was they couldn't deliver until January 10th at the soonest because they weren't getting the new display couch until then and didn't want a big empty spot on their floor.  So that meant there were 10 extra days that random people could be sitting on my couch! 

Our living room is going to be pretty tan though...tan walls, tan carpet, and we even got these new tan curtains for Christmas (also from Crate and Barrel) not expecting to then buy a TAN couch!

Oh well, walls can be painted!  I just can't wait to snuggle up on this new couch tonight!