Thursday, December 20, 2007

I'm back

It's been forever. The computer crashed, I lost my blogging mojo, life happens. But- I've been sewing and knitting up a storm. Here are some of the things I've been working on:
Some Christmas gifts for my mom.......
4 muslin produce bags
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19 cotton fleece family cloth wipes
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And an apple carrier
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with embroidered pink apples- her favorite apples are called "Pink Ladies"
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Fleece pants (double as a diaper cover) for my son
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A couple recycled shirts, made from adult shirts
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A bag for my sister
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Knit sweaters for ds
I didn't trust the pattern for the first one. A big nono. I added length to the body and to the sleeves, and it turned out way too big. It'll be his Christmas 2009 sweater lol. This one's made from Peace Fleece.
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I used up all my Peace Fleece, so this one's made from Fisherman's. Dip dyed by me. The best part? It actually fits. Too bad he hates to wear it:(
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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Cornmeal Pancakes

Mmmmmmm! My husband was reluctant to try them, "I just want regular pancakes" said in a whiney voice. Now I've been instructed to never make regular pancakes again. Off the hillybillyhousewife.com website, under "Recipes" and then "Breakfast".

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Awww!

My husband and I went grocery shopping. He was pushing C in the cart and was in front of me, I was lagging behind still pondering the best deal on cheese. I heard C say "sat?" meaning "What's that?" and dh answered "Milk". C leaned over to look around dh towards me, signed "milk" and laughed.

It's so sweet that he associates "mama" and "milk". He was probably wondering what the heck his milk was doing at the grocery store lol.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gorgeous Sunset

My husband just called from work and told me to step outside to enjoy this beautiful sunset. I love him!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Eardrums

Is it possible for one's eardrums to burst because of relentless screeching? If so, mine are on the way out.....ay yay yay!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Time

It's been a month since I lost the baby. I can't believe that I'd be a bit over 8 weeks pregnant right now. A woman my mom knows has a grandchild C's age (two days older) and she found out her daughter was pregnant the same day that I found out I was. My mom said that it will be hard for her when she hears that the other woman's new grandbaby is here.

Not that I would want anyone else to lose their baby, but why did she get to keep hers when I didn't? Sometimes I wonder what God's reasoning is...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mmmmm....

Fresh from the oven and still warm...
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Friday, October 05, 2007

Sunburnt

I got a little bit of a sunburn on my shoulders yesterday. In Michigan. In October. This weather is so very strange!

Yesterday was my husband's 26th birthday, and the 9th anniversary of our first date. Nine years, it seems crazy that it's been that long! Approximately 3,285 days and it's not even close to being enough. I am so in love, I can't imagine a better person to spend the rest of my life with.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Run mama run! bag

A reversible bag made from a Rosebaby Designs pattern.

Outside:
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Inside:
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Reversed:
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Closeup of inner fabric:
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Saturday, September 29, 2007

2 needle fingerless gloves

I wanted to make my sister a pair of Fetching fingerless gloves for Christmas, but I absolutely loathe small circumference circular knitting. So.....I modified the pattern to be worked on two needles.

This is what you get when you mate Fetching with this pattern from Purl Bee:

Pictures to follow soon (as soon as I get them off the camera)

C4B: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle (or spare double-point needle) and hold to back of work; k2, k2 from cable needle.

Left glove

CO 45

Row 1: k4 p1 across
Row 2: k1 p4 across
Row 3: k4 p1 across
Row 4: k1 p4 across

Row 5: work cable round [C4B, p1] across

Row 6: k1 p4 across
Row 7: k4 p1 across
Row 8: k1 p4 across
Row 9: k4 p1 across
Row 10: k1 p4 across

Row 11: work cable round [C4B, p1] across

Row 12: k1 p4 across
Row 13: k4 p1 across
Row 14: k1 p4 across
Row 15: k4 p1 across
Row 16: k1 p4 across

Row 17: work cable round [C4B, p1] across

Row 18: k1 p4 across
Row 19: k4 p1 across
Row 20: k1 p4 across
Row 21: k4 p1 across
Row 22: k1 p4 across

Row 23: work cable round [C4B, p1] across

Rows 24-56: k1 p4 across even rows, k4 p1 across odd rows

Row 57: k1, *yo, k2 tog* repeat * to *

Row 58: p across

Bind off

Sew up side seam, leaving a hole for your thumb.

Repeat for right hand, changing the cable row instructions to C4F
C4F: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle (or spare double-point needle) and hold to front of work; k2, k2 from cable needle.


Please let me know if this pattern doesn't make sense, it's my first time writing out a pattern.



Friday, September 28, 2007

Visitors

First, C and I went to my mom's house for a visit. It was actually to get out of the house- B said he'd clean, but he'll only clean when we're not here. While we were there, we went for a walk to a yard sale right down the road......I pulled C in his wagon. I got a couple little containers for C's snacks, but other than that there wasn't anything we needed although it was a huge (and very well put together) sale for a change. I'm so sick of stopping at yard sales just to see that it looks like they ran through their house that morning to find junk to set out.

J and F got here a bit after 3, and C and F were so cute playing together (as usual). They were both hiding under the same playsilk (21" x 21") and giggling when one would pull it off the other. Then F decided to sit in the tiny rocking chair. It's C's chair, so he went to sit on it with her. I have the cutest picture of two nakie babies sitting in a teeny rocking chair :swoon:

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tot lot

Went over to J's house and we all biked to the tot lot. It's the cutest little park designed especially for the little ones......everything is miniature size. C had lots of fun, and F enjoyed eating the sand (blech!).

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lapsit

My little boy is growing up so fast! Today C did his first art project at lapsit- a paper chicken (with mama's help of course) and also went up and picked a fish (brown fish) for the color song.

I can't believe just 2 weeks ago I was worried about telling J about the pregnancy. Seems that sometimes I worry about the wrong things:(

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Pictures from what I got done this week

From yesterday:
Pickles
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Pickled carrots
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All together:
11 quarts of tomatoes, 9 pints of pickles, 3 pints of pickled carrots
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Monday, September 24, 2007

People make me sick

Why do I continue to let myself be sucked in? Used and abused? C writes back through myspace to my pm of losing the baby....." Oh my gosh. I am sooo sorry. How far along were you? Are you doing ok?" and here I am thinking she actually cares. Nope, turns out she only wants the scoop so she can gossip and seem "in the know". When will I grow up and be happy with the wonderful friend I have in J and forget all the fair weathered friends?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

More canning

I did 11 quarts of tomatoes today. DH helped- I even put them through the blender so there's no chunks (DH is a veggie sissy like that). I don't have any canning supplies, so I'm improvising- dh cut a regular funnel so that it could handle big chunks, I'm using my corn cooking pot to do the waterbath, and I'm just letting them cool a bit and then using a potholder to get them out of the bath because I don't have jar tongs. It's pretty ghetto, but I'm making it work. We went to Meijer today and all the canning supplies were so picked over there wasn't anything I needed- they didn't even have quart or pint jars, only the quilted jelly jars:(

I still want to do pickles, my mom said my great aunt has a great dillybean recipe (pickled green beans), and if dh's aunt comes through with more tomatoes I'd love to do some salsa!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Seriously.

If one more person announces their pregnancy, I'm going to scream. I want to be happy for them, but I can't do it.

Raw

It's still so raw. I'm so confused. Part of me wants to never have more children, to never risk having this pain again. Part of me wants to get pregnant right away. It's hard to know which part of me is right, what the right thing to do is.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Feeling sorry for myself

Ever put yourself out there to someone when you're feeling especially vulnerable, just to find out you wish you hadn't?

I'm feeling sorry for myself. "B" congratulated me on my myspace page, so today I finally pm'd her and simply said "I wanted to let you know we lost the baby:("
I see that she's read my message but hasn't responded. I know sometimes people don't know what to say, but she could have at least acknowledged that that may have been hard for me to tell her that. On top of it, my cousin's wife found out I was pregnant (through another cousin) and pm'd me through myspace congratulating me (after I had already found out I was m/c'ing) so I told her that we lost the baby, and she wrote back that it happened for a reason. Blech. I'm in such a crappy mood, just venting.


Innocents

I put our baby down in the Book of Life. I'm not Catholic, but it feels good to know that people will be praying. www.innocents.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I'm so ticked off at God

I just keep listening to this song and trying to make sense of everything and it's just not happening.

I was sure by now
That You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth



I was going to have a baby, now I have an angel instead

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Canning tomatoes

I went over to J's today to can tomatoes (read: to get me out of the house). Being with a friend is so therapeutic!

We canned 14 quarts of tomatoes, my fingers were still on fire long after I'd left. Baby F was sick, I'm hoping C or I don't catch it, but right now the benefit of being with company outweighed the risk of getting sick.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Stupid

Sometimes I'm so stupid. I took a pregnancy test tonight, thinking maybe God had a miracle in store for me. The doctor said he'd never seen it happen before, but there are miracles every day, right? Not today, not for me, not for my baby.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

A better friend than one could ever ask for

I have the most considerate friend ever. Today I got an email from J, stating

"Hi. I just wanted to warn you that I’m sending dh over to drop off some meals. I don’t want to overwhelm you with company right now. That’s not what you need. However, I thought you might appreciate some meals to stock your freezer with. He’s not going to knock or disturb you. He’ll just leave them in a cooler at the back door."
She didn't want me to have to worry about cooking right now and so she sent over a dish of meatballs and two dishes of potatoes with ham.

Not that I would ever wish this on anyone, but it does feel good knowing that she knows what I'm going through right now.

I'm so worried about tomorrow. At least I had B with me all weekend to keep me company, keep me busy, keep my mind off losing the baby. Tomorrow I'll be on my own, to sit alone with my thoughts. Maybe I'll see if J will do something with me.

Wedding

The wedding was nice, the reception was well thought out by the groom's side of the family (surprisingly, since they have the accumulative IQ of a fruit fly). Noone said anything to me about the baby, which I think may have been worse than them acknowledging it. It's like I have a disease that noone wants to talk about.

I lost a baby. Maybe you don't know what to say to me, but don't say NOTHING.

I'm so tired. It's like my body hasn't figured out that I'm not pregnant anymore.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Heartbroken

HCG
Wednesday- 27
Friday- 10

The doctor said he's seen numbers go back up, but not at this low. He said I need to go in for another draw to confirm.

I think my heart is actually breaking. Is that possible?

To make matters worse, it's my sister's wedding tomorrow and so I get to go play nice with everyone and act happy.

HCG Result

I got my number from Wednesday - 27. This isn't looking good- D didn't sound happy, though she said all hope is not lost until we get the second number.

I went to the hospital to get the second draw done. I told the tech the reason I was getting the draw done, so hopefully she'll take pity on me and put a rush on it. She said I should have results by this afternoon. Pray for at least double.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Midwife

I went to see D today. She did an internal- she said the blood is old blood (good!) and that my cervix is closed (also good!). She said that without the hcg numbers she can't tell me much, but she was sympathetic and cried with me.

I called the doctor's office, and she said that since the currier doesn't come to pick up the blood until 2-2:30, it still hadn't gone out from yesterday:( grrrr!

Relieved and doctor visit

J is so happy for me, she started crying (good crying) when I told her! After canning some grape juice, I went to the doctor and they did and qualitative and quantitative blood draw (after doing a pee test, because for some reason they don't like to believe you when you say you've had a positive hpt).

I've got an order to go again on Friday or Saturday for another blood draw to find out how far along I am. The doctor was very uncaring about the fact that I've been bleeding, I hate how doctors can be so cold. Maybe it's time to call D (the CNM I used for my first pregnancy).

I called the homebirth midwife, G. This was my first time speaking with her, and she sounds AWESOME!!! I'm so excited to meet with her- I have to call after I get the blood tests to set up a home visit. She has two other midwives that she's partnered with, and they do all prenatals in your home as well as the homebirth for $1800. Still a good sum of money, but totally worth saving/working for since this will be a VBAC.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Hamburger/Peas/Rice (aka "How I told my husband")

I had already started making dinner of hamburger/peas/rice topped with cheese, otherwise I would have made something special for the occasion. I had the table all set, with the pregnancy test on my husband's plate (okay yeah a bit gross, but no place where pee had touched was touching his plate) under his napkin with a fork on top. I went to serve him, and he pulled the napkin off, revealing the test. He backed away from the table really quickly, and said "Are you serious?!" with a huge smile on his face.

The dinner was yucky, so I'm not even going to post the recipe; but that was overshadowed by our awesome news!

Spotting

I'm still spotting a bit today, so I'm going to the doctor to find out what's going on. I know there's nothing they can do to stop the bleeding, but it will make me feel a bit more "proactive".

I'm going to pick and can grapes with my friend J, and I've been worried all night about telling her our good news. I know she'll be ecstatic for us, but at the same time she will go home and cry- J isn't able to have any more babies and she desperately wants to:( I know she would be more hurt if I didn't tell her though, so I am going to just come out with it.

I'm Pregnant!!!

After 10 long months of trying, we've been blessed with another baby! C is a big brother!!!
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I'm not sure what the bleeding was that I thought was my period, maybe implantation bleeding? I saw a streak of blood today and thought that was weird, which prompted me to test and this is what I got:)

Friday, September 07, 2007

Breast or Bottlefed?

A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby's first exam. The doctor arrived, examined the baby, checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed.

"Breast-fed" she replied.

"Well, strip down to your waist," the doctor ordered.

She did. He pinched her nipples, then pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a detailed examination. Motioning to her to get dressed, he said, "No wonder this baby is underweight. You don't have any milk."

"I know," she said, "I'm his Grandma, but I'm glad I came."

Monday, September 03, 2007

So sometimes I'm wrong:(

Started my period today. I am so let down. I was positive that I was pregnant, so very sure that I've been talking to the baby:( Major bummer.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

We're back:)

We had a great time...and I think I'm pregnant! I never ever have cramps before my period starts, and I've been cramping the entire time we were up north. The only other time I've had cramping like this (without being on my period) was when I was pregnant with C. I took a test and it was negative, but I just have a feeling.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

We're going up north!

My favorite place in the world:) We're leaving Thursday night and returning Monday. Off to pack...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Lazy!

Okay, so I'm a lazy blogger. I'll try to be better. I know I skip around alot, from here on out I'll just blog about my everyday going-ons. Not that anyone reads this anyway...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

BBQ Chicken and corn

Tonight's meal was simple- bbq chicken on the grill and corn. I marinated the chicken in bbq sauce for a couple days, and basted it while it was on the grill with the sauce that remained in the bag. It turned out lovely, my husband said he wouldn't mind having this every night.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Chicken Parmesan and Mashed Potatoes

Tonight's recipe hails yet again from hillbillyhousewife.com

Chicken Parmesan

  • 3 lbs chicken pieces, skin removed (legs & thighs are fine)

  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated bread crumbs (stale, but not dry is best)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

First remove the skin from your chicken pieces. The coating sticks better, and tastes better when used to coat skinless chicken pieces. The skin makes it taste too greasy. Next, in a wide cereal bowl combine the egg and milk; set it aside. In a large shallow dish combine the grated Parmesan cheese, and the semi-soft bread crumbs. Add the salt and pepper to the cheese and bread crumbs. Mix well. Dip the naked chicken pieces into the egg mixture, and then coat them liberally with the cheese and bread crumb mixture. Press the crumb mixture into the chicken to make it stick. Arrange the chicken on a well oiled baking pan. Bake at 400° for 45 minutes. Serve hot with corn on the cob, tossed salad and green peas. Very good.

For the crumbs I use the heels of my homemade bread. I crumble it up by hand into fine crumbs and measure it as I go along. Store-bought bread will work too. For faster or more efficient crumbling, place your stale bread into a blender or food processor and process until the bread is fine and crumbly. Personally, I hate to clean the kitchen machines, so I make crumbs with sturdy fingers instead. Makes 6 servings.


I liked it, but found it a bit salty- I wouldn't add salt like the recipe calls for. My husband said it was, "Okay, but I wouldn't request it again." I'll probably keep it as a "backup" meal just in case, since we usually have most of the ingredients on hand. I also made homemade mashed potatoes to go with it, with plenty of leftovers for Tuesday's meal.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Pizza!

We went to my mom's house and had pizza from Hungry Howies. When it's just my husband and I, we only get pepperoni and cheese, since he doesn't like vegetables. This time my mom and I got pineapple and ham, a delicious change for once. Tomorrow it's back to cooking though, which I'm quite enjoying:)

Friday, August 17, 2007

Golden Honey Chicken

Another recipe from hillbillyhousewife.com tonight. It was delish- my husband was surprised that the sauce was homemade. I put it in to marinate when I split up all the chicken after grocery shopping on Wednesday, so it was marinating for 2 days. We barbecued it rather than baking it. YUM!

Golden Honey Chicken

  • 3 pounds chicken legs &/or thighs, skin and visible fat removed (this is about 4 chicken leg quarters)

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • several shots hot pepper sauce (omit if you are feeding children)

Place the chicken in a gallon size plastic ziplock bag. In a small bowl combine the ketchup, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and hot pepper sauce if you are using it. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the bag. Marinate for an hour, or overnight, if desired. Turn the bag from time to time to coat the chicken evenly with the sauce.

When you are ready to bake the chicken, arrange it on a well oiled baking sheet. I use a large pizza pan, and line it with 2 layers of tin foil to make clean up easier. If there is any sauce left in the bag, pour it evenly over the chicken in the pan. Throw the bag away. Bake the chicken at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. There, it is done. I like to serve this with rice, and peas and carrots. It is also good prepared on the grill in the summertime. Without the hot sauce, this is a very child friendly recipe. Serves 6.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Chicken Rice soup

Today was supposed to be chicken and dumplings day, but I didn't realize we were out of flour; so we did chicken rice soup instead.


2-3 lbs. chicken, cooked and shredded or cubed
1 can of corn
4 medium potatoes, chopped and microwaved for 1 min.
2.5 canfuls of instant brown rice (use the can from the corn to measure)
chicken stock/broth

Boil the chicken stock/broth, and put the chicken, corn, potatoes, and rice in. Put the lid on and simmer until the rice is cooked. Serve it up!
For my husband's lunch, I drained the liquid off so he was able to eat it one handed out of the container. Quick and easy to make- you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry and/or freezer.

Cost:
3lbs chicken at $0.99/lb- $2.98
can of corn- $0.59
4 medium potatoes, I'm guessing maybe 3 lbs? I got 20lbs/$5 on sale- $0.75
brown rice- had on hand
Total: $4.32

Meal Planning

Normally when I go to the grocery store, I just walk around and find whatever is on sale and looks good. Then when I get home, I have a bunch of food but no meals. I'm spending way too much time and money with this method, so I've started meal planning. This week Riverside Market had split chicken breasts on sale for $0.99/lb. so we are having an all chicken week. You could definitely make your dollar go further by having a meatless night, but my husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy- no beans and rice are going to appease him (but I'm working on that, so we'll see muahahaha).

Tonights recipe is from hillbillyhousewife.com

Hot Pepper Garlic Chicken
  • 3 lbs chicken legs &/or thighs, skin and visible fat removed (leg quarters are fine for this recipe)

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil OR vegetable oil
  • 6 cloves minced garlic (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon dry hot pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of water

Get out a nice big skillet, preferably one with a tight lid. Heat the oil in the skillet. Add the chicken and brown on both sides. Add the garlic, hot pepper flakes and salt. Stir the seasonings around in the pan for a moment or two. Add 1/2-cup of water. Cover the pan and simmer for 45 minutes. Add more water as necessary, to keep the chicken from scorching. The water should evaporate down to a glaze like consistency. Serve over boiled spaghetti or egg noodles, with a bit of the pan juices spooned over top. This is a spicy dish. It tastes delicious when you need a change of pace, and is very cheap to make besides, especially with chicken leg-quarters. Cooked beets, and raw broccoli pieces make a very healthy, and tasty meal.

I changed it up a bit- I added more water at the end, about 1.5cups in addition to the 1/2 the recipe called for. I took the chicken out of the water when it was done cooking and set it aside. During the last 5 minutes of the chicken cook time, I made a rue- a couple tablespoons of butter/margarine melted and a couple of tablespoons of flour cooked until slightly toasty brown. Then I whisked the rue into the chicken water (sans chicken at this point) and brought it to a boil. I boiled it for a few minutes and then let it simmer. This thickened the broth so it was between a broth and a gravy. The way the recipe has it, it's yummy- but too thin for our liking.

There was enough there for two pieces of chicken for my husband, 1 piece for me, and 2 pieces for him to take to work for lunch. We're on midnights, so we eat breakfast at 4:30 pm, "dinner" at 8pm, and "lunch" sometime during his work shift. I served this with spaghetti noodles and it was delish!

Cost for the meal:

3lbs. split chicken breasts $3.00
Spaghetti noodles $0.99
garlic & hot pepper flakes- had on hand
Total- $3.99

I figure this meal could definitely serve more than just us two, but my husband's a big guy and therefore eats a big portion.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

15 months old

C will use all these signs regularly (and in the correct way):
More/Again
Eat
Finished
Brush teeth
Daddy
Bath
Milk (for nursing)
Byebye
Baby
And he blows kisses
He's learning "work" (for when daddy goes to work)

He also gives hugs and/or kisses when requested, and also when the mood strikes him (which is often, he's a lover).

He says bird, dada, mama, up, and he said "no" once but hasn't said it since (thank goodness).

Oh, and he coughs whenever someone coughs or sneezes.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Circumcision Lawsuit

Lots of great information about 2mins 30seconds into it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3PxuUlVXCU&mode=user&search=

Clean with me!

I'm starting something new- in order to keep myself accountable, I am going to post a new challenge every weekday (and possibly some weekends). Sometimes when things get too bad around here, I feel so unmotivated because I don't know where to start. I just feel like sitting in the middle of the room and crying. I find it helps to start out small. In my house (and I'm sure most houses) the smallest room is the bathroom. If you have two bathrooms, start with the one that is used the most. We're not going to go above and beyond and clean everything or else we won't have the motivation to continue on tomorrow.

Wait until you have an hour or more- preferably when the kiddos are taking a nap and out of the way. Plug the sink, add a bit of soap, and run some hot water in there. Now empty all the toys out of the bathtub and put them in the sink. Take all shampoo/conditioner bottles, razors, soap, scrubbies, shaving cream, etc. out of the tub and set it on the counter. Spray down the walls, fixtures, tub, and soap holders down with cleanser (I try to use natural cleansers, but for this first cleaning you might need something a bit tougher such as Scrubbing Bubbles).

Lay a towel down on the counter or on the floor if you don't have room. Now we're going to let the cleanser do it's work while you clean the tub toys. Ours tend to get a bit slimey after a while, I'm guessing from soap yuck. Wash each toy and set it on the towel. When all the toys are washed, drain and scrub down the sink and sink fixtures (faucet, handles). If your toothbrush holder, cup, and soap holder need to be washed, clean those too.

By this time, your tub should be done mellowing, so get a scrubby pad and get to work. Scrub the grout, around the drain, the soap holder, the tub, even the ceiling if you can reach it (only if it's tiled). Rinse everything down and return the toys and grooming products to their rightful places. Make sure you recycle or throw away anything that is empty and razors that are dull.

Put some toilet cleaner in the toilet and let it set while you clean off the counters. Put away anything that doesn't belong, throw away anything that is trash. Spray and wipe down the mirror, and when that is done continue down to the counters and wipe those down too.

Now swish the toilet and finish by wiping down the back and outside. Make sure there is toilet paper. Cull magazines or books that are next to the toilet.

Phew! We're almost done- now we need to work on the floor. If you have a rug, toss it in the wash. Vacuum or sweep the floor. Now get down on your hands and knees (come on now, no complaining- it's a small room and you'll be done in no time!) and wash the floor starting at the far wall and ending at the door. Stand up and admire your work- doesn't that look great?!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Energizer Bunny

It's 7:11am and he just keeps going and going and going.

Go to bed already!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

This is funny

Extremely funny.



That's all.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Turtle Chloe Toes

Knit turtle PUL outer, prefold inner dyed by me. I'm not sure if I like using a prefold as an inner- it was super quick, but a PITA to get the snaps through and it was hard to catch all the layers in the FOE. Size medium. Sorry about the low quality pictures, I'm a bit embarrassed of them since I had it on the wrong setting and the flash didn't go off :'(







Rude!

I think it's incredibly rude to call people back when you see a number on your caller ID but the person hasn't left a message. I called a wrong number today and realized it when I heard the message on the answering machine. They just called me back at 10:30 at night, which IMO it is rude to be calling that late unless you know the person. If I had wanted them to call me back, I would have left a message!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Projects

Made from the Picky Pants pattern with increases and short rows in 100purewool.



Cuff:

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