Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Boy or Girl?

As I mentioned before, I'm pretty convinced this baby is a girl. With Timmy and Isaac, I craved orange juice like it was going out of style, but this pregnancy? I've had one, maybe two glasses total. What I have been craving (and baby changes his/her mind with such alarming speed that I think it must be female) are baked potatoes (Gold Yukon from the Farmer's Market, please), roasted broccoli, creamy things such as White Chicken Enchiladas and pudding. Don't worry, there have also been random Taco Bell cravings, it's not all roasted veggies.

I was way more nauseous the first trimester, with the "morning" sickness not leaving until 15 weeks pregnant (which I interpret to mean that baby will be a week late).

But...we have two boys. What's to say we won't have a third? Plus the cousins on Chris' side go (in order of age) girl, boy, girl, boy, girl. So naturally we're having a boy to keep the pattern going. I know, my method is pure science.
Adding a third boy? Yeah, that'd be awesome.

For the record, I'm predicting a girl on May 20 (one week past my due date), but we will be happy with whatever God gives us.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

As If the World Needed Further Proof...

...that I am going insane, here is the evidence.

The other day, I threw a sock of Timmy's in the garbage instead of the hamper. Thankfully I realized before it was too late.

Today while making these, I dipped the first pretzel and didn't understand why it didn't look like the one in Pinterest. That's because I'd forgotten to color the chocolate. I pulled out my food coloring...and grabbed the yellow and blue. Fortunately, I caught my mistake and swapped the blue for red and made orange.

And tonight while I was making dinner (which was grilled cheese, because that's about the only thing I'll cook the night before Thanksgiving), I turned the Foremen grill on to heat and after a few minutes went to put the sandwiches on. Turns out it works better if you put the grilling plates on. Sigh.

I'd like to blame pregnancy brain, but even if that's the case I'm not sure we can survive 5 more months of this...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What We've Been Up To

Summer has given way to fall (finally!) and we've been busy with house projects (Chris successfully planted grass where our septic system was replaced), Bible studies starting back up, teaching a casual ASL class to some sweet girls, teaching Sunday School, chasing Timmy and Isaac and oh yeah, growing Higbaby #3. Yep, baby is due in mid-May and we're very excited!

How we told the world/FB


So far, I'm convinced this baby is a girl. Different cravings, more nausea but less sickness. We're hoping to find out the gender before we head to see family for Christmas, but instead of having them tell us, we'll have them write it down and then open up the envelope when we're all together. Hopefully baby cooperates with this grand (and lovely) scheme. And while I may be convinced it's a girl, another boy would be fun, too. I can't imagine the awesome craziness of three boys.

We're hosting Thanksgiving again (probably the exact some menu as last year, haha) and are looking forward to it. Speaking of, I'm off to finalize my shopping list for it!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

How to Plan a Surprise Date Night

Funny how if you don't click "publish," posts don't publish. Wrote this in September...oops!

1) Have a generous friend offer to watch your kids. Bring your children to her house after their nap, before your husband gets home. If you're lucky, there will be cute photos like these taken:

2) Scour Pinterest for delicious yet not too complex recipes to make. (I settled on this and this.)

3) Set the patio table with candles, a tablecloth and wine glasses. Forget to take a picture.

4) Put on your favorite polka dot dress to cook while waiting for your husband to come home.

5) Enjoy a lovely meal on the patio.

6) Eat your dessert before the hot sun melts the letters you so carefully piped. Also, don't be like me and use a tomato sauce can. It tasted fine that night, but when nibbling on it the next day, it definitely had a hint of tomato.

7) Be thankful for your friends who watched your kids and even more thankful for your amazing husband.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Nearly Done!

Funny how I never gave myself an end date for my goals. And since summer weather here doesn't end until October, it'd be easy to just keep working on my summer goals, but I am so ready for autumn. Fall activities are starting up and chances are that if we have you over for dinner this month, we'll be having soup.

And I've made good progress on my goals! The bathroom is done. I've finished all the birthday cards and (drum roll, please)...Isaac is sleeping through the night! It did involve letting him cry a little, but he did MUCH better than we expected the first night. Even now if he fusses during the night he puts himself back to sleep quickly. I'm able to get up with Chris in the mornings before he leaves for work and the boys are napping at the same time and going to bed at the same time as well. (Timmy usually wakes up first in the mornings, but Isaac has gotten a lot better at sleeping through Timmy's daily singing of the Veggie Tales theme song.) Sleep is a wonderful thing.

Last week was much better in the working out department, and in the grain-free breakfast area. Still need to convince myself to make eggs more often instead of being lazy and making toast.

The toys have been purged and most weeks we've done something fun, even if it's been simple like a park playdate.

Although I've read 10 books, only about half of them were on my list. I've also read Dad is Fat, Pretense, The Honest Toddler's Guide to Parenting and a couple others I forgot about. I'm about halfway through rereading Redeeming Love. I've also realized that making a list of the exact books I want to read isn't very helpful for me. I'm (apparently) a distracted reader, i.e. "ooo, this book looks good!" or "I forgot I placed a hold on that one..." so I think next time I'll just set a goal of a certain number of books, possibly deciding how many per genera.

I've started brainstorming some goals for fall, and I'll blog them when it's fall...aka, not 90 degrees outside.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bathroom Before and After (finally!)

Long, long ago (ok, more like eight or nine months ago) I painted our bathroom. After scouring Pinterest, I was inspired by this frame. I decided on bright green walls, because I am all about colorful walls. Painting was the biggest change, but I also got a new shower curtain, painted the cabinets, put trim around the mirror and made a wall hanging/art thing. I still haven't gotten a new bathmat, because the one we have is in perfectly good shape, so it's definitely a want not a need, even though it doesn't match. One day I'll get a tan one that matches the hand towels. I'm also toying with the idea of something like this as well as this.

I tried to keep track of how much I spent on the project, but it's been so long I forgot. My main expense was obviously the paint. There's some left over, but I'm not sure how full the can is, or if it was the first or second one. This is what happens when you take eight months to complete a project. We had the cabinet and trim paint leftover from repainting the kitchen cabinets when we bought the house. The shower curtain is from Amazon, the hand towels were a housewarming gift from Chris' grandparents and I got the frame for $10 at a garage sale.  I spray painted it with paint I already had and the sticks are from our dead apple tree.

Oh, and you know how one of my summer goals is to organize our digital photos? Too bad I haven't finished doing that, because I can't find the Official Before Photos. Thankfully, I have some from when we looked at the house before we bought it, so they will have to suffice.

Also, the green isn't quite as lime-y in real life. Gotta love computer monitors.













(Pardon the poor shot of this--I didn't feel like standing in the tub to get the full frame in the picture)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Goals (Yes, I Still Have Them!)

You know how sometimes you get too busy living life to blog about it? That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. I have made good progress on some of my goals, though. Others, well...

We've been doing lots of fun activities this summer. We sponge painted 4th of July t-shirts (which Timmy refused to wear), went to a parade and potluck for the 4th, had a visit from my parents and sister, as well as my cousin and his family, went camping with our small group from church, got fro-yo to celebrate Chris soloing in a glider and had a bunch of friends over for a BBQ.



I'm not sure if it's by the sheer grace of God, maturity or The No-Cry Sleep Solution, but Isaac has been sleeping so much better! I confess I haven't been very consistent with TNCSS principles, but Thursday night he slept 11 hours in a row. ELEVEN! His longest stretch ever. Even on the nights where he wakes up, it's only once or twice. And now I'm sure that blogging about it has jinxed everything and Isaac will be up every three hours tonight.


Almost all the birthday cards for the rest of the year are finished. Maybe I'll even get the last ones done today. The bathroom is coming along nicely--Chris hung the trim around the mirror last weekend and I'm working on the wall hanging. I also made photo books of 2008, 2009 and 2010, thanks to Snapfish's buy 1 get 2 free deal. Friday I hung some things above the boys' cribs and I hope to finish today.

I've definitely been slacking in the running and healthier breakfast area. But, we did go hiking yesterday (and I am pleasantly surprised how un-sore my legs are...just don't ask about my back) and the boys and I walked a few times this week. Gotta do better about eating healthy breakfasts.

Today I finished Desperate; I have also read the first half of Shadows of the Workhouse. Although not on my list, I read The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting and Where the Red Fern Grows as well. (Somehow I managed to reach age 28 without reading the latter...not sure how that happened). I thought I had finished Give Them Grace but according to my bookmark I'm about halfway through. Next up is Monster in the Hollows!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Goals Week 1

I should have made blogging a summer goal...would give me an excuse to make sure I actually do it more frequently. ;) I didn't get much done in the way of the bigger projects on my list, but I did scrub the kitchen/dining room floor by hand today, so surely that counts for something.

On the health front, I walked three times and ran once (!) and ate three grain-free breakfasts. A smoothie, sometimes with eggs on the side. I did find that a large smoothie sipped gradually throughout the morning helped me not get hungry very quickly, and when I did, I had my new standby snack of hummus and crackers.

Our fun summer activity was supposed to be having homemade popsicles on the patio while reading books...but Timmy can only handle a few bits of one before he's done, so while we did read plenty of books this week and eat popsicles, they just weren't at the same time.

I cleaned off the bar counter and drastically reduced the number of books on it. We'll see how long it says (relatively) clutter free.

I'm about halfway through The No-Cry Sleep Solution and had intended to finish it this week, but then Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East End arrived at the library for me and they took priority. Apparently I'm not that desperate for sleep...

All in all I'm pretty happy with my progress this week. It was a different sort of week here as Chris was home sick on Monday and Tuesday and we had just gotten back from vacation last Friday. Here's to another week of productivity!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Goals

I love making lists and then crossing items off once they're done. On more than one occasion, I've written down something I've already done just for the satisfaction of crossing it off. In order to have a productive summer, I thought some specific goals might be a good thing, and since accountability is also a good thing, I am (possibly against my better judgement), sharing them with all of you on Internet.

I divided them into four different areas--reading, health, personal/family and homemaking. And naturally I made it a cute list for my craft corner wall, because (and I have no data to back this up), cute to-do lists are more likely to be accomplished.
Image found here

Reading (10 books is the goal)
Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
The No-Cry Sleep Solution
Wild
The Monster in the Hollows
Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse (just finished the first one and loved it)
Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End
Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
The Meaning of Marriage
A Sweet and Bitter Providence
Give Them Grace

A little light the fiction perhaps, but hopefully it will be an enjoyable list with some good variety.

Health
Exercise at least 3 times per week. I've really slacked in the running department lately. :(
Work up to making at least 2 grain-free breakfasts each week. We don't have anyone who needs to be grain-free here, but my usual standby of toast isn't very stick-to-your-ribs or filling. However, it is easy. I'm hoping to find more high protein breakfasts to start our days.

Personal/Family
Keep up with birthday cards. I dearly love making cards for our extended family, but I have to admit that it's always nice when summer comes and the birthdays slow down!
Do 1 fun summer activity with the boys each week. We may do more than one, but since they (especially Timmy) are at an age where they can enjoy special activities more, I want to make it a priority.
Get Isaac sleeping through the night. Hence the second book on my reading list.

Homemaking
Finish the bathroom decorating. Painted it in October. Still need to frame the windows and mirror. And buy a matching bathmat.
Do collages of pictures, etc. above the boys' cribs. I've got some cute projects they've done that I want to display up there, and a few others that I still
want to make.
Find permanent storage solutions for everything on our bar counter. I'm hoping that with a better place to store Bibles, etc., it won't need to be cleaned off constantly.
Do a thorough purge of the toys.
Paint and make cushions for some barstools we were given.
Organize and backup our digital photos. I need to purge them as well (we really don't need 10 of the first time Timmy rolled over, etc.) and I'd love to be able to make some photo books.

Hopefully I'll be able to accomplish most (if not all) of the these goals and blog about my progress as the summer continues!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Isaac's Very Hungry Party

I realized the other day that I had mostly written but not actually posted the details about Isaac's birthday. Oops! Better late than never, right?

We had a great time celebrating Isaac's first birthday, and it was much less stressful to prepare than Timmy's party (yeah, definitely went overboard on his). Nearly all the pictures in this post and the one about Timmy's birthday were taken by my friend Jessie, and I have to say that asking someone else to take photos has been SO great. If you're throwing any kind of kid party, I'd definitely recommend asking someone else to be the photographer.

I got Isaac's invites on Etsy. After realizing how much paper and time I invested in Timmy's and seeing that it wasn't crazy expensive to buy a printable, we opted for this one. So cute!


 The spread (the banner says Happy 1st Birthday Isaac...not that it's readable. Sigh. Should have used a darker pen).

We ate the same food as the caterpillar (apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges). I was going to poke them with a straw to make a hole, but decided that was too much work. I found the signs for the food here.
Guess the Number of Caterpillars (gummy worms)
Adorable (and in desperate need of a haircut) birthday boy! I made his onesie with my Silhouettte and some Heat N Bond.
My attempt at a caterpillar. I just kept reminding myself that he's only 1 and wouldn't remember. ;)
Caterpillar banner with pictures from Isaac's first year.
For favors, I just bagged up some Skittles and made signs that said "Thanks for crawling over to my party!--Isaac" Super easy and cute!

And yes, we actually did have guests at this party and there are plenty of photos of them, but I'm too lazy to ask permission of each and every person before putting said photos on the Internet. Plus who knows how long that would take me to accomplish...probably until Isaac is 2! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Sneak Peek and a Genius Idea

On Friday, a certain little boy is going to turn one so we're preparing to celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar style. I'm having to refrain from posting pictures of all the decorations before the actual party, but here's a sneak peek of one...

And while I was Pinteresting this party, I came across this genius idea--using The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a guest book! Because one year olds don't have much in the way of opinions about birthday party themes,  I think it'd be a fun tradition to always do one from a kids book, and what better way to remember who was at the party than having everyone sign a copy of the book the party was based on? Unfortunately I didn't see this idea until yesterday, so Timmy's party didn't have one. Which is probably okay because his big party was for his second birthday, not his first, due to us moving two days after he turned one, and the whole house warming/birthday party never happening...ahem.

A picture-full post will be coming as soon as we've recovered from the festivities!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Goodbye, Jabberwocky

One of my favorite features of our house is our patio. It's right off the living room, surrounded by a small wall and perfect for summer evenings, as well as playing with the boys. Although I do confess that it frequently houses toys, Timmy's trike and other random items, such as the colorful creature affectionately named the Jabberwocky.
Timmy (15 months) and the Jabberwock (the best photo I could find)
A few days ago, I noticed a (presumably) friendly black Lab had hopped over the wall and was on the patio. Knowing Timmy's love for dogs, I got him from the other room and showed him the puppy from behind the safety of the glass (because as this two year old knows, dogs are much better observed from a distance). By the time I got Timmy, the dog was in our yard and I didn't think much of it. I later saw on a community alerts Facebook page that several people had seen it wandering around our area, skittish and with no collar.

Some time later when the boys were sleeping, I noticed the dog walking down the street in front of our house...carrying the Jabberwocky in its mouth! So goodbye, dear Jabberwock...you will be missed and hopefully your new owner won't destroy you.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

BLW, My New BFF

Timmy's introduction to solid food was through the traditional route of purees. I had planned to make all his food, but to be honest, I wasn't a fan of doing that (which is weird, because I like cooking). So he ate a combination of homemade food and jarred food, along with plenty of Greek yogurt to help him chub up.

I knew that when Isaac was born, I'd have to make a larger percentage of his food, because taking two babies to the store every time we needed baby food was too impractical. For the first 8 months of life, Isaac basically refused anything but breastmilk. He showed all the signs of being ready for solid food--sitting up, mashing his jaw, grabbing at our plates and watching us eat--but try to give him anything on a spoon and he just wanted to eat the spoon. Since both Chris and I were way more relaxed the second time around, we figured he'd eat solid food eventually...I was just hoping for sooner rather than later, because I could tell he was waking up at night due to hunger. (15 minute nursing sessions at 2 a.m....not my idea of a grand time.)

I'd heard of Baby Led Weaning (BLW) and understood the philosophy behind it (teaching babies to chew and then swallow) but was convinced it was a choking hazard waiting to happen. Finally, at the encouragement of a friend, we tried it. I'm pretty sure the first food Isaac had was banana (though it may have been avocado) and people, it's awesome. I didn't read any books on the subject and only read a tiny bit online; we just did it and I am so thankful we gave it a try. We cut things like bananas and avocados into finger sized pieces and let him chow down. Now that he's a bit older, some foods are cut into more bite sized pieces. So far Isaac has loved just about everything he's tried. His favorites are avocados (he'll eat an entire one for dinner without hesitation), bananas, refried beans and shredded cheese.

Warning: BLW may result in super cute children wearing avocado on their noses
My one complaint about BLW is the mess. Oh, the messes that little boy can make. I put a towel under his highchair to help with the need to sweep multiple times a day, and I've heard that it does get better, but let's just say that he's needed a bath after dinner more than once because of food in his hair or eyebrows.

And that whole fear of choking? There have only been one, maybe two times where I was genuinely scared that he was choking on something. I remember being scared much more frequently when Timmy was transitioning from purees to real solid food.

I'm hoping the rest of our babies take this easily to BLW, because it's been wonderful for our family. No thawing baby food, needing to run to the store and buy some or make sure we have a jar or cubes with us when we go somewhere. (I do try to bring a banana or avocado along if I know we'll be out of the house and eating something he can't have due to not having enough teeth, etc.) Timmy also loves eating bananas, and I like being able to buy one food that both my boys can eat.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Pom-Pom Game

I've been looking for some quiet time activities for Timmy to do, especially for when he stops napping but I want to encourage him to rest. Or when he needs to sit still someplace...or I need a break. While visiting some friends over Christmas, I saw something similar to this and combined a couple of Pinterest ideas and came up with The Pom-Pom Game.
The Pom-Pom Game

I took an old sour cream container and removed the writing with nail polish remover (thank you, Pinterest). I debated covering it with some scrapbooking paper or even painting it, but then decided to just go simple and used stickers.

Next I made pom-poms in a variety of colors. Then I cut holes in the lid for them to be stuck in the container. I had to make them a little bigger than I planned, since Timmy's fingers tended to get stuck.


Timmy loved it and proceeded to refill and empty it at least four times in a row. I love that I was able to make it with things I already had on hand and that it's been enjoyed already!


Saturday, March 09, 2013

Building a Party

I started writing this forever ago and wanted to add a picture of the invites before publishing, but I can't find the one I saved for his scrapbook. So this is just an invitationless post. So sorry.

Breaking my blogging silence to document one of the (many) projects consuming my spare time...Timmy's second birthday party. (Can I just pause for a moment in shock that my oldest is TWO?)

Timmy is 100% little boy and into saws/building, trucks, trains and guitars right now. Since he turns everything (books, toast, hammers, etc.) into saws, I thought tools would be a fun theme. I did some Pinteresting (can we all just agree it's a verb?) and this is what we ended up with...

Sandwiches

Chips & salsa

Chocolate chip cheesecake dip & graham crackers

Carrot and celery sticks with Ranch

Cheez-it snack mix

The whole spread

Timmy's Workshop saw sign and photo wall

Timmy recognizing the cakes as saws made the party a success

We brought Chris' saw clock in from the garage and I cut out the
sign on my Silhouette

Favors were cookies (using these cookie cutters) with royal icing.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

"I thought about blogging, too."

Those were my words to Chris when he told me he was thinking about starting a blog to document his boat building progress. I decided to do one step better, though, and actually blog. Please, don't die from shock. We are all alive and well here, filling our days with the world's cutest boys, books, diapers, nursing, running, church, Bible study, knitting, crafting, cooking, cleaning and even on occasion sleeping.

Sadly, I am currently blogging from the touch pad which means lots of typos and (worst of all) no pictures of said adorable children. Just take my word that they are darn cute. Isaac is crawling now, putting everything into his mouth, which sometimes includes food but more often than not is something I have to fish out before he swallows it. (Actually, he is a good little eater, thanks to my new BFF, Baby-Led Weaning.) He's nearly 10 months old, a fact which just about sends me into shock.

Timmy would spend all day in the garage with Chris if he could. He's obsessed with saws, trains, trucks, music (specifically the flute and guitar), his Songs for Saplings CD, Duplos and balls. Despite being all boy, he loves helping me the kitchen and will still snuggle us, given the appropriate amount of tiredness and stuffed animals nearby. He turned 2 last month, and I really do have a post about his party nearly finished.

Chris built amazing bookshelves for our living room and is currently working on an entryway unit to house our coats, scarves, shoes, etc. He also allows me to beat him in Settlers from time to time. He's a wise man, my husband. We celebrated 3 years of marriage in September, and I'm thankful for every day by his side.

If I could compose, edit and add pictures to all the posts I write in my head, this blog wouldn't be so neglected. Alas, my time at the computer is usually spent on Pinterest or actually typing a response to an email instead of pecking it out on my phone. Evenings are my crafting and knitting time and when you have a house still begging to be made home, the projects are endless but (mostly) enjoyable. Who knows, maybe I'll finally get better about blogging and even update my currently reading sidebar. Now that would be a miracle!