We had a couple of new arrivals this weekend - one much more important than the other! I'll start with the less important...
With the amount of baking I've done in the past year or so, I'd been considering getting the KitchenAid stand mixer I've heard so much about. But with the cost and our already limited kitchen space, I'd held off on buying one, despite how much I thought I might enjoy having it. Last week I happened to receive a 30% off Kohl's coupon, and I had $10 Kohl's cash to use up, so I stopped there after work on Friday, still not expecting that I would actually take the plunge and buy one. But I discovered that the pink Artisan mixer was on sale for $250 (original price $360), and with my discounts, I could get it (before tax) for $168! I doubted everything would align like that again soon, so I went for it and am now the very happy owner of a stand mixer.
It seems like everything is pink these days, but I appreciate that I can support a cause that is near and dear to me with a simple purchase. Plus, now that I live with a boy, the kitchen is the only place I can have pink decor, since I spend the most time in there. Heh. We decided to keep the mixer on the counter - it's not too intrusive in the corner, and it's pretty. I'll definitely be more likely to use it if I don't have to lug all 27 pounds of it out of storage to do so.
I used the mixer on Saturday to make Shaun's birthday cake. It was so nice and easy, and it worked so quickly! Still, the day seemed to slip by without us getting to do much, although Shaun did head out to the batting cages with Rich while I was baking. But how could I compete with last year's birthday, when we were on our honeymoon, at Disney World?! Anyway, in the evening, we went to mass and dinner with Shaun's parents then had them over to our place for cake. After they left, Shaun opened his presents from me and we played ping pong and watched a movie.
The most exciting part of the day though was when I got a call from my mom telling me that my cousin Emily's daughter was born! We were pretty sure last week that she was going to have her on Shaun's birthday, because she was to be induced on Saturday if the baby hadn't been born by then. So, Brynn Rose was born on June 13th at 2:01pm, weighing 8lb 7oz and 21.5 inches long.
Fun side story - my family apparently likes to share birthdays. Emily was born on her brother Bob's 3rd birthday. I was born on their mother's (my aunt Mary's) 30th birthday. And now Brynn was born on Shaun's 26th birthday. We girls are just birthday thunder-stealers!
I keep saying this everywhere I go, so I apologize if I sound like a broken record, but I am so excited to go to Minnesota next month to see my family, and especially to meet my new second cousin! Fortunately I think the time will go quickly until then because we have at least one party or gathering per week in the coming month - always something to look forward to!
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