Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Good Night's Sleep

Last year we had a bad experience with a new mattress.  In my effort (okay, obsession) to find a good deal, I found a mattress company on craigslist that said that the mattresses were factory-direct and we could get factory pricing on a Cal King (which are so expensive!).  Off we drove to downtown LA, and $500 later, we had a new mattress.

Fast-forward one year:  We called after 6 months of having the mattress because it was sagging. They hassled me, so I threatened to contact the BBB, and they promptly brought a new, better pillowtop mattress.  Well, it has been less than 6 months now and the mattress was sagging again.  I really prayed about this, because I didn't want to ever have to deal with them again.  I was really disappointed we had a 2nd bad mattress and we were out $500.  Every single morning I was waking up with back pain and feeling tired all day long.

Last week someone posted a Cal King pillowtop mattress on Freecycle that was 4 years old ("like new" it said), but they wanted a new mattress because it was too soft for them.  I immediately emailed our story but knew it was probably gone.  Well, we ended up getting it.  I was ECSTATIC!  It has now been about 4 nights since we've had the mattress- a beautiful, new (to us) Serta pillowtop with memory foam.  It is absolutely amazing.  And the best part?  I have had the BEST nights sleep the past 4 nights, woken up with no back pain, and I wake up not even tired!  It is such a huge blessing.  Good things come to those who wait!  

Bad news?  We discovered in the process that our box springs are broken (which we got from that first company), which may have caused the sagging mattress (although M says that happened not too long ago when he stood on the bed to change a light bulb).  Anyway, we need to buy new box springs so it doesn't happen again, but I don't mind that cost - it shouldn't be much.

Here are some more pictures taken recently- in the leaves across the street from our house, and in Palos Verdes overlooking the ocean.  

(This first one is of the boys rocking out - look at Micah's face :) - they wanted to each stand on a drum while they were playing guitar - it was so funny!)


  1. cute pictures of you guys! We've had our own mattress saga (i won't bore you) and I concure a good night's sleep is the difference in a good day or not :) glad your back is feeling better!

  2. yeah for your mattress and your son looks like a real rocker. Love it!

  3. aww so cute!! Your kids are so darn cute!
    I'm so happy God blessed you guys with that new mattress!! I feel you there, we are still (after 4 years of being married) 'talking' about getting a new one ourseleves, b/c both of us wake up with back pain and usually restless :( Hopefully we'll be able to get a good deal on one too :)

    Thanks for your comments on my blog! I wanna try to find a camera like yours, I just LOVE your pics! Oh...the blog layout I use is from
    They have the cutest stuff! A tip: once you get your new layout, this company has its little 'advertizement box' on the upper left of your screen. To remove this, just deleted that part of the HTML before you post it. It's pretty ez to do, just look for that phrase "cutest blog" something. I discovered this recently! :)

    Hope your having a great week!! :)

  4. We were given a cal king mattress but needed a box spring. Anyway, my hubby went to the Salvation Army and found out 2 extra long twins (84") equals 1 cal king box spring. Maybe that will help

  5. Your pictures are awesome, Jaimie!!! I love reading your inspire me to go out and find good deals!!!! :-)