Things I Learned in September

I saw this idea shared on the nester’s blog. She linked to her sister’s blog here. I tried this last month and am continuing this month!

Things I Learned in September

1. How to print Instagram photos.

The 4×4 size is different than the standard 4×6, so what do you do if you want to print them? This is a tutorial on how to print them 4×4. I also printed them 2×2 by making a 2×3 mosaic and printing it 4×6.

2. IKEA stands for the founder’s initials and where he’s from.

Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd. Why have I never bothered to find that out before? I have no idea. Ingvar Kamprad started IKEA as a 17-year-old kid in Sweden. Crazy. He’s the #5 wealthiest person in the world right now.

3. Goodwill has 50% off kids clothes and toys on Thursdays.

Toddler Thursdays. My newest friend. Ha!

4. I’m going to have a new nephew in January!

My little brother Eric and his awesome wife Brittany are expecting their first child and now we know it’s a boy! Serena will have another cousin close to her age (she has Nora on the Tungseth side already) and I’ll have my first Pedersen nephew (no nieces yet either). I’m so excited!

5. I have it pretty good.

This month I did Week in the Life for a week. I have a cozy home, sweet fun husband, silly cute little girl, good friends to spend time with, a good church to be in community with, a cuddly dog to hang out with, etc…

6. They really do grow pretty quickly.

Everyone tells you to enjoy your baby because they grow up so fast. She’s almost a year old now and I am appreciating this. I already miss holding her when she didn’t squirm everywhere! I have learned there are things to appreciate about each stage. SO much more to learn!

7. I know what rosebud is.

I’ve been meaning to watch it for years and finally took the time to watch Citizen Kane.

8. I know how Breaking Bad ends.

I watched a lot of the first season and then started to sort of half watch it while Trevor was watching. It was just so hard to actually watch! Too intense. Last night I watched the series finale. I remember watching the first couple of episodes and wondering how it would all end. Now I know!

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Things I Learned in August

I saw this idea shared on the nester’s blog. I recently discovered the nester after seeing an article in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine that featured her home. I don’t know how I hadn’t found her sooner! She linked to her sister’s blog here, and I love the idea! So I’m going to give it a try. We’ll see what I can remember now. I mean, I’m already 3 days in to September! Ha.

Things I Learned in August

1. I really like traveling and seeing new places and eating at new restaurants, even as a parent of a small child.

It really is a new experience and a lot of work, but I am not a homebody. I love to get out of the house and see people. I really enjoyed being away from home and spending lots of time with family and friends and seeing Serena interact with them! I loved introducing Serena to new things as well.

2. My baby can fall asleep in a pack n’ play set up pretty much anywhere.

In the month of August she slept in a cabin, an A-frame, a camper, in various rooms of multiple homes…The one place she freaked out was the house at the farm. I don’t know why. She screamed like she was being attacked by wild animals. Jessica said she had never heard a child scream like that in her life. I have a special one!

3. There is an animal in The Philippines called a dugong.

It’s similar to a manatee. There are only 5 dugongs in captivity in the entire world, and one of them (in Japan) is named Serena.

4. I always misspell Philippines.

It is not spelled Phillipines.

5. If I’m feeling lonely I can just head to the thrift store with Serena.

Any thrift store I go to Serena attracts all kinds of friendly people, both shoppers and employees! It starts lots of conversations and I see all kinds of smiles. People that have grandchildren are the most likely to befriend Serena, but also other kids, women, and men. I love when she catches someone smiling at her and giggles.

6. I really like peaches.

I haven’t really bought them before, but my mother-in-law had some really good ones at Lake Week and my parents had really good ones at their camper. I’ve been buying them and sharing them with Serena who has also become a fan. I don’t know why I didn’t eat them before, but I was missing out!

7. I will drive to multiple TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Tuesday Morning locations to find a $5.99 scrap paper pad.

I made it worth my time by purchasing more than the one I was looking for of course, and some $1.49 Thickers….In case you are wondering, I was looking for the Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine papers (never did find the Amy Tangerine ones) and I found Dear Lizzy as well as some Crate Paper and Studio Calico. Because of this trip I also discovered next time I decorate my house (probably my next house someday) I am totally shopping at those stores, especially TJ Maxx/HomeGoods.

8. I want to change my e-mail address!

I’ve had this e-mail address for around ten years, but I’m getting annoyed with all the e-mails I get that are meant for other people. I get them in English, French, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian. Some of the e-mails have been pretty juicy lately, so maybe I don’t want to change and miss out…I even started a tumblr called The Other Karins!

So there you have it.