Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thanks Mom!

My mom was in this position 27 years go, and here I am! Thanks mom!

I'm all about songs with good messages, even if I'm not a rap-fanatic! Love it! It's good to show positive moves in the industry.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Venturing out

I do not like the cold--in fact, I am kind of a big wimp, but today is the only day this week that it is supposed to get into the 20s, and Nehemiah loves to be outside, and hasn't gotten to play in the snow yet, so out we went. After about 15 minutes I was ready to come in, but Nehemiah started to cry when I opened up the front door. So I went and found our Mad Bomber hat (which I know looks ridiculously silly), and that helped me last another half hour or so.

Nehemiah did not enjoy getting ready to go out--I think without the allure of snow, his suit is too constricting, but as soon as we got outside, the fussing stopped. He was really good at walking on the icy, bumpy snow, and at asking for help when he got stuck--it was fun.

When we came back in, we both had hot cocoa--bribing him with that promise was the only way to get him in with a smile on his face!

Anyway here is a picture, and hopefully more to come soon! I took it with my new Christmas camera! :D

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Like Father-Like Son

My 2 Cleveland Browns fans...hopefully Nehemiah will jump ship and join me on the Broncos side of the equation!

Growing up

Look what milestone we have embarked upon this week! Hee hee! It seems a little on the early side, so we are not stressing about it. It would be a lovely happening if Nehemiah was trained by the time Adelynne arrives--I guess we'll see how it goes!

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Advent Conspiracy

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Crafts

I have been browsing over at my favorite crafting with kids website, and they have oodles of great ideas for decorations, fun projects, and gifts for kids and their parents to make! I really like a ton of them, but this is one of my favorites!

It is on a blog I hadn't seen before, and it also has a bunch of neat projects with detailed tutorials and supply lists (both for year 'round and the holidays). In addition to this one, there is an adorable angel clothesline! So creative!

Photo and idea credits go to: Gail Bartel over at that artist woman--check her out!

A little something fun

I recently found out about a very fun site called Each day at 9AM MST, they post a new baby steal, which is a product for babies or pregnant mommas that is for sale 50-80% off. The only catch is that when it is gone it is gone! If an item doesn't sell out, they will sometimes put it back up on Saturday or Sunday, or run some other special.

This weekend they have an unlimited supply of these cute holiday Babylegs. Check it out!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Open Season

I promised to blog about our lovely house sitter, so here goes. We had driven approximately 18 hours over 2 days with a van stuffed to the gills, carrying both a 90 lb. Labrador retriever and a sick 17 month old. Ben and I were exhausted!

We rolled into our driveway, where it was 4 degrees and snowing about 15 minutes after Nehemiah's last puking episode. I got out to clean him up, and Ben went inside to start the bath water, bump the heat up, let the dog have some dinner, and get ready to settle back in.

I finished a cursory clean-up and headed for the house, at which point I hear...

Go! Maltby (our dog) go!
Kill it! Kill it!

This might sound odd, but I was actually excited to hear those words, because I was sure that Maltby saw a mouse upon entering the house. He never gets the mice, even when we can hear them, and I thought this was great, because they would finally be on the radar screen for hunting!

I heard a mighty rumbling as our big ole' dog rushed after the critter. What I heard next stopped me in my tracks...

Kill the *$#* red squirrel! Kill it!

Horror struck. A red squirrel? In my house?! Oh this would be the icing on the cake.

Next came the hearty,

Good job Maltby!

(as the squirrel made one last ditch effort at life and either bit or scratched the dog)

No, kill it! Shake it!

And a final,


At which point I stepped aside in the entry way to allow the dog to carry (prancing the whole way--who am I kidding?!?) his hard fought prize victoriously out the door. I did not want to go inside anymore. It was better to freeze and stink than know what I feared awaited us.

Then again, it was awfully cold.

So, in we went. I guess it could have been a lot worse, though at the time, it didn't feel like it. We had so much to do, and we were so tired!

We called my parents and mother-in-law to let them know that we arrived home safely, and my MIL graciously offered to come help us clean before we went to bed.

That blasted squirrel had pooped in every single room of the house! We had to wash all of the sheets before we could climb into bed, sterilize the changing table and rewash all of the newly clean cloth diapers, sweep and mop everything, bathe the still sick baby, and clean up the few broken picture frames and pottery oil lamp the squirrel knocked over. I'm still trying to figure out where all of the oil spilled! That bugger was on top of cupboards, on the pot rack, on the sashes of the window frames, in the mail basket, knocked off all of the computer speakers and sensors from the desk, and peed on my kitchen table! Oh the insult!

My husband has always enjoyed hunting the destructive red squirrel, but this year I managed to convince him that they were pretty cute, and they gave our dog some much needed exercise and excitement outside. I'm not as charitable now. It is safe to say there is open season on red squirrels around our house, much to Ben's delight. I see the spark of revenge in those eyes, and I doubt any of us will ever look at the littlest squirrels as cute again!

Ben even filled up the bird feeders around the house. Mostly because we like to watch our bird friends, but the spark was back as he actually hoped it would lure some reds our way! And wouldn't you know it, it has been 72 hours and we haven't even seen one (an oddity for sure)! The guns are locked and loaded, and those squirrels are either quaking in their squirrly boots, or (and this is my greatest fear) hiding out in our basement!

If the saga continues, I'll let you know. Meanwhile I am looking for a counter to add to my blog so that you can track the carnage! ;)

Bizarre Health things are no fun!

So, I don't know about you, but I hate it when I'm not feeling well and it looks unconventional. I hate it even more when it is one of my kids!

When we were in Colorado, every single person in my parents' house contracted the stomach flu. It lasted about 24-48 hours in differing levels of severity. Nehemiah started us all off, we think. But here is the catch, he started about 15 or 16 days ago, and he is still vomiting and having diarrhea intermittently! The kiddo looks just fine. No fever; he eats and drinks, stays hydrated, plays, laughs, bounces, everything that looks like he is healthy. I have considered taking him to the doctor a few times, but he'll be fine for nearly 24 hours, and I think it has passed. Then, whamo! It happens again!

Now that we're home, I'm calling his pediatrician tomorrow. Hopefully she'll have some strategies, or answers *fingers crossed*. I haven't done this many loads of laundry in 2 weeks, ever! Keep us in your thoughts, and I'll try to keep you updated! :)

Friday, December 5, 2008


Well, I meant to blog a goodbye message when I left for Colorado for an extended Thanksgiving visit. I never got around to it. Sorry about that to those of you who thought I was MIA!

We just got home last night, and I have much to blog about, but we are in the throes of unpacking, cleaning, and (soon, I hope) Christmas decorating! We are also dealing with a few unfortunate events still lingering from the trip--namely the stomach flu and a red squirrel we found in our house upon arrival. I promise more details, especially about the latter, because I am sure it will be funny to us--someday! :D

Friday, November 14, 2008

Another Freebie!

I got a hot tip from my friend Sarah about another free photo book! This one is from the folks at Inkubook. She saw the tip on this blog--Simplemom (check it out here for how to get the deal). So, I spent several hours putting together our wedding album 5 years late! ;) It had over 50 pages, and was free aside from shipping and handling! Hot spam (as my mom would say)! I'm so excited to see my new books! This software wasn't quite as intuitive as snapfish to use, however, once you play around with it, you can get the hang of it--and the free book was over twice as large as the snapfish one--score!

PS--This offer also expires this Sunday, and you have to invite a friend to send a picture or some text for your book to get it free. This was easy, and if I know you, let me know, and I'll get your back! Or you could just use your husband's e-mail address to set up another account like I did. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008


I LOVE 'em! So, I thought I'd pass this one on--I just paid $7.44 (which = shipping and handling only) for a $30 snapfish photobook that I would already have to pay shipping on--SCORE!

Want one? You have to go the oprah's website and link through it to snapfish to put the coupon into your account (don't log in first--and if you don't have an account, then you can create one after linking).

On second thought, Freebies 4 Mom describes the whole thing much better. Why re-invent the wheel? Just click on that link for wonderfully layed out info. on the whole schmeal! They even have some links to figure it out if you don't think the credit is applying to your order, which happened to me--after all the work of putting together an album that was a little frustrating!

This would also make a fabulous Christmas gift, or if you are looking into starting a business where it would be nice to have a portfolio of past work, then I think this would rock. On Oprah's site, they actually suggested scanning your child's artwork into your computer and making a book of it so that it doesn't clutter your house--which is an amazing idea; of course, Nehemiah is a little young to have too much artwork just yet. ;D

This offer has to be started by Friday at 11:59 pm for you to take advantage, and the Photo book must be ordered by Sunday. Just an FYI since it is a limited time offer!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day

I am not so far removed from being a military wife that I don't remember what it is like. I hope I never forget. There is so much sacrifice and faith required of both servicemen and their families.

So I'd like to say thank you to those who do serve and who have served. I would like to thank my husband and the men of the 2nd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment. I would like to remember departed friends and comrades, Sgts. Blessing and Tillman, and others we know who came back with serious injuries (physical and mental/emotional). Please pray for these brave men who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and for the friends and family that back them up. Every soldier who has served in a war zone is still living with consequences resulting from their service to some extent.

Thank a veteran; don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Friday, October 31, 2008

All Hallow's Eve

Here are some pictures of our Halloween themed activities of late:

Our sweet neighbors brought Nehemiah a pumpkin treat bag about a week ago--with one of his favorite treats...a whole apple--Shazaam! ;)

When Nehemiah caught sight of himself in his pirate/Buccaneer outfit a few days ago, when we tried it on to see if it fit, "Argh!" was the furthest thing from his was more like "Aaaaa!" He was so freaked out!

Tonight we stayed far away from mirrors! Success!

This picture of my costume didn't come out really well, but I had a bun in the oven on my shirt. The bun even had a little pink bow on top!

Nehemiah has also really enjoyed our pumpkins--he's even attempted saying pumpkin, which is pretty funny.

PS--My camera is having a tough time lately--if you notice the green on the bottom of one picture, I am having similar problems in about 20% of my pictures--so sad! Anyone have any expertise as to what might be happening?

PPS--I made Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread to bring to the soiree we attended tonight. It always gets rave reviews, and is really easy! I've posted the recipe before, so link away! :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008


This morning at my mom's group, we were talking about homemade soups, and I love squash soups, though I haven't actually made any from scratch. A few of the moms hadn't had any squashy soups, so I thought I'd dig through my recipes for one I clipped knowing it would be pretty quick and painless. I have yet to make it, but if you do, please leave a comment telling me how it is! I hope to make it soon. Sorry to not give entirely proper credit, but I don't remember where the clipping is from. It does say it is from the American Heart Association No-Fad Diet. :) Enjoy!

Curried Pumpkin Soup
Serves 4

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 C. minced onion

15 oz. can solid-pack pumpkin
1 1/2 C. water
1 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. cayenne
1 C. fat free half-and-half
1 Tbs. light tub margarine
1 tsp. sugar
  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Pour the oil into the pan and swirl to coat bottom. Cook the onion for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the pumpkin, water, curry powder, salt, and cayenne. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the half-and half, margarine and sugar. Cover and let stand for 3 minutes to allow the flavors to blend before serving.
I have to admit, that I am unlikely to use margarine or fat-free half-and half, as I prefer the more natural full of fat varieties. ;)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cloth diapering update

I found a blog that has a tutorial (with pictures) on pretty much everything I posted about the other day. :) Here is that link, and one for diaper fabrics and patterns. :)

Ooo! Make sure you check out the Cloth Diaper Diva too, for tons of info on just about everything!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cloth diapering

I have a friend who has a sister who wants to join the fold (ha ha...get it? cloth diapers...fold! I crack myself up (or maybe it is getting too late!)). Anyway, I remember how overwhelming it was for me when I was first looking into diapering options, so I thought I would sort through my thoughts and resources on the subject. My most important resource is hard to give anyone else access to; she is my good friend (also Erin) who has valuable experience, and I think that is the best place to start. With someone who has been there.

Reasons for considering cloth diapering:
Having chosen cloth, and having used disposables on occasion, I can tell you a few other things about our experience. We use what are known as DSQ (diaper service quality) chinese prefold diapers with a Bummis Supersnap cover, oh and a Snappi (no more pins!). When we have chosen to use disposables, I have had far more blow-out experiences. A true blow-out, where the poop gets on the clothing, I have had fewer than 5 in the 15 months of cloth. In the few weeks worth of disposables, it is nearly a daily occurance. This leads to having to wash clothes, sheets, etc. just as often as I have to wash my diapers anyway...every other day--if you're curious. And for those worried about poop in your washing machine--yup, it gets there from clothes too! We have this great diaper sprayer that we got from the Potty Pail people, and we rarely have poop in our washer, because it all goes into the toilet--where responsible people put their poop anyway! ;)

Once you get the hang of cloth diapers, they really take about the same amount of time as disposable diapering.

A few tricks of my trade:
  • Use cloth wipes--we recently put ours in a wipes warmer, and they pull up one at a time, just like the disposable ones, but they smell better, I know what is in the wipe solution, and they clean up messes SO much better than disposable wipes. I bet we use 3x the disposable wipes on a bad diaper than cloth.
  • Cut up a piece of fleece into strips to line your diapers with. It is inexpensive, and fleece wicks moisture away from the skin and keeps your baby drier. It is also pretty easy to spray poop off of. I love it!
  • I prefer the covers with snaps. They seem to hold up longer than the ones with aplix (or velcro) closures. You don't have to worry about them snagging on anything either.
A couple of negatives (to be fair and balanced):
  • I'm not a big fan of trips over 5 or 6 hours with cloth, just because I don't like hauling the dirty diapers around with me. It is doable, and I bet there is a good system for it, I just haven't discovered it quite yet.
  • The booty! I think it is cute, but with the cloth diapers we use, Nehemiah has quite the booty--which just means we have to look for pants that are cut generously. I don't think it is too much of a drawback--he still looks cute. Oh, and overalls are a great solution to this problem too! And if you still want cloth, but no booty, these pocket diapers are really trim and great--just more expensive!
I have tried a few other varieties of cloth (thanks to a generous friend, Susan, who shared some with me), and I really do like the Fuzzibunz pocket diapers a bunch. Especially if you are taking your child into the church nursery or somewhere that people aren't familiar with cloth diapers. They are intuitive to change and wash up well. Plus they come in cute colors and patterns!

Here are some other links to helpful sites (I know all the ones to this point have come from Punkin butt, which is where I have purchased all my diapers and supplies, and I can vouch for their service and quality, which is fabulous!):

There is a ton more information out there online, and I am sure I am missing a bunch, even from the corners of my sleepy brain, but this should get you started! :D

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pictures from the park

Who knew my favorite park was full of gorgeous photo ops?!

Beautiful Fall

I really enjoy taking pictures. I am by no means a photographer, even in an amateur way--I have very little actual knowledge of the subject aside from one class in high school. In that class however, I heard that if you take enough pictures, then anyone can be a photographer. With the advent of digital photography, it is possible! I also figured out how to make a photo collage, so that you don't have to look at countless individual photos. These are all in our yard. Enjoy!

Friday, October 10, 2008


Nehemiah's first fuzzy experience!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Developmental Milestone

We have a nice little inflatable bath tub for Nehemiah that saves us water and is nice and cushy if he slips around a bit. He likes it, but I thought he might enjoy a bath in the "big person" tub.

At first, he wasn't sure what to do all alone in that much water. So he just stood there.

He seemed a little perplexed.

Eventually I tried a 2nd time to sit him down, and then he got really into it.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


I mentioned I was going to the doctor on Friday; my OB referred me for physical therapy and took a wait-and-see approach otherwise. I am glad that I have the ultrasound on Monday, because that will allay the smidge of worry I have about things as far as the baby/placenta is concerned.

Nehemiah's skin thing is clearing up also. He is finished with his course of antibiotics. You can still see where it was, so I am still keeping an eye on it. It is red, but no longer swollen and drawing, so I think he'll be alright. I am hoping it doesn't scar--Ben has had a few that have, and I guess it makes me sad that he could be scarred so young (silly, I know).

Otherwise, fall here is beautiful. It is my favorite season in the Midwest. The temperatures are comfortable with a sweatshirt, and the colors are awe-inspiring. It is a great reminder of God's faithfulness and constancy.

A Fall Baby Shower idea

I was doing a little internet surfing during naptime yesterday, and there was a lady looking for ideas for a Harvest themed baby got my creative juices flowing, and this is what I came up with (for any of you interested in such a thing)! If you're not planning a wedding/baby shower, there are still some killer recipes for great fall food! :)

You could assign each guest to bring a themed gift in their invite. Ideas...thankful for naptime, thankful for mommy, thankful for daddy, thankful for feeding, thankful for playtime, etc. I know it is more Thanksgiving-y, but it could be fun! :) Sort of like the showers where you assign everyone a time of day or night to bring a gift for.

Or you could have a game when you asked them why they are thankful for naptime/playtime/mommies, etc. It might be good advice for the mom-to-be.

As far as cider (sparkling or spice/hot or my favorite, caramel apple cider), and pumpkin recipes like chocolate chip pumpkin bread/muffins, and pumpkin dip.

Here's an easy recipe for pumpkin dip:
1 Large can of pumpkin
1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
2C. powdered sugar
Pumpkin pie spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg)
Mix together and serve w/ gingersnaps or 'Nilla Wafers

Ooo! I found another good harvest recipe in my recipe box!

Carmel Corn:
Pop 2 bags of microwave popcorn
1 stick margarine 1/4 C. corn syrup & 1 C. brown sugar (place on low heat, bring to boil and leave on low hear 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add: 1/8 tsp. bream of tartar, 1/2 tsp. each of salt and baking soda and stir)

Stir caramel through popcorn quickly. Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil in a 200*F oven for 1 hour, stirring after 1/2 hour in oven.

I also have a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Cake if you are interested.

You could make fancy caramel apples for favors--you know the ones...drizzled with dark and white chocolate with mini choco chips or marshmallows on the outside...mmm, mmm! I'd wrap them in cellophane and then tie them with pastel ribbon and a mini pacifier or other baby symbol from the favor section at Wal-mart or your local party store.

You could cut out paper leaves (and/or sunflowers) and have people write their advice for the mom to be and then string them on a banner.

One of my all-time favorite general baby shower matter what the theme, is to get together a bunch of baby scrapbook supplies (you can even ask those among your guests who scrap or stamp or make cards to bring their supplies (cutters and tools, etc) to lend a hand). Then each guest makes a page or two with blank pages for pictures. I suggest going with the smaller 8x8" books because a 12" page takes too much time. Then the mama has a ready made memory and guest book of her shower. They always come out great and have lots of love and personality! If you have a few example pages printed out--even ladies who have never scrapped before get in on it! It's great for young and old, and if you are looking for scrapbook ideas, visit:

Hope this helps! Let me know what you decide! Fun stuff!

And for those of you who want even more; I've linked to my diaper cake tutorial (and other ideas) too. :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Today is my mom's birthday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!! I love you!

I also got to get out and see some friends at the weekly mother's and children's meeting at our church, which was nice and needed. And then I had a WIC appointment.

The nurses at our clinic are lovely ladies, and they were very concerned for me today. They thought I looked ghostly pale standing up and would only allow me to carry Nehemiah or my diaper bag, not both. They followed me around..even out to my car with whichever I wasn't hauling around at the time. They told me to call the doctor as soon as I got home this afternoon and to make an appointment. I was surprised. There have been several people comment on how pale and not well I look lately, but to have 2 nurses hemming and hawing over me made me think that maybe I'm not crazy and that there is more to this whole exhaustion after the wreck thing. Anyway, I called my OB nurse and they have an appointment scheduled for tomorrow morning. I'd really like to get to the bottom of whatever is going on so that I can get back to living life!

One of my friends came over for lunch and brought her little girl. She graciously did some dishes and swept my kitchen for me while I played with her baby. And then tonight, we had small group.

When we got home, a lovely thing happened. Ben put Nehemiah to bed entirely! It is the first time that I have not nursed Nehemiah and then put him to sleep. Ben read and gave him a bottle. Nursing has been much less comfortable now that I am pregnant, so I think even though it is a little sad that my baby is growing up, it will be a good thing for all involved for him to wean. Nehemiah didn't make a sound and went to bed peacefully. Yeehaw!

Thank you all for your prayers and sweet comments! I don't want to be too whiny on here, because in the midst of all this, there is still a lot of joy in my life.

--Speaking of joy, Nehemiah is starting to verbalize actual words these days...he says "Mo" while signing more, he can say No, Mama, Daddy, and today at lunch, when I handed him his cheese, he started grinning and saying "Chee, chee, chee;" so cute. When he had cheese at dinner, he started making the ending sound...zzz, zzz, zzz. Now if he can just put them together!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Sorry all! I have been a bit behind in posting. I have had a perpetual headache since our car accident, and between that and my pregnancy, I am wiped out! I hate feeling this way--so like a slug!

Anyway, I at least want to throw some new pictures up here for you!

Caught in the act! My little mischief maker has turned into a climber! :)

Aww...too cute! I swear he'll walk soon!

Playing with Super P

Trying to walk a mile in Daddy's hiking boots.

Vintage Nehemiah...though if he's cutting any more teeth with all that chewing and drooling, then they are the last ones that he can...his 2nd molars! We'll see if anything comes of it!

Oh, and next Monday, the 6th, we get to find out Baby 2's gender if this is a cooperative little one! Here's hoping!

Friday, September 19, 2008


What an exhausting week! We are recovering from lots of things here in our house! I'm still sore and getting treated by the chiropractor from our car accident. It's hard to tell with Nehemiah. He is definitely exhausted and tired and crabby, but there are a couple of thing going on with him.

He has a vertebrae or tow out himself, a cold, a low grade fever off and on, and an infected bump. The nurse practitioner thinks it is an infected pimple, but I have other suspicions. When Ben was in the Army there was this weird virus (I think) going around. It starts out looking like an infected pimple, but it can end up eating into your body--especially near joints. Fortunately this isn't near a joint for Nehemiah. But this thing is nasty. They think it is the combination of 2 bugs, one picked up during some training in Jordan, and another from a deployment to Afghanistan. Ben and I have both had these things, but they aren't common medical knowledge. It was specific to Ben's platoon at the time, and they were investigating a couple of the guys' cases out at Walter Reed. Of course we don't know what came of that, and Ben always got treatment from the medics (no records), because they were the only ones on Post who had seen it and knew what to do. Uugh. I guess some things just stick with you. Hopefully the antibiotics and warm compresses the doctor prescribed will get rid of it.

It would be nice if next week was a little less stressful!

Oh, I did run into my OB for a quick appointment to listen to the baby's heart beat on Monday (just to make sure everything was copacetic after our crash). It was actually the first time I heard the heartbeat, and it was strong and at about 151 bpm. :) I think I felt a round of hiccups for the first time last night--how exciting! I'm not feeling the baby move consistently yet, but I think it is coming soon. That is one of my favorite times of pregnancy.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Various and Sundry things

I got to go to a bigger city today *smiles*. You know, one with a Michaels, Olive Garden, Mall, TJ Maxx--hurrah! It was fun to do a little looky-loo-ing with my mother-in-law, and I got a few fun things and a few needed things!

On the downside, while we were just about 5 miles out of town, driving on the highway in the pouring rain, we were rear-ended! It could have happened to anyone considering the conditions, but of course, it was a teenaged boy. He was so nice and responsible and concerned about everything you couldn't help but feel sorry for him. His car was very crumpley. My m-i-l's vehicle didn't look noticeably damaged at first, but throughout the day we saw things that showed that the whole back half of the car shifted forward a fraction of an inch. The guy was probably going about 40 miles an hour. Poor Nehemiah was startled out of sleep, so of course he was screaming! But he seems to be doing well. I feel a little like I've played a few quarters of tackle football. I think because I saw it coming in the side mirror and tensed, and am in my 2nd trimester with all of those stretching ligaments and moving bones, that my body isn't quite sure what to do. I'm hoping with some ice and rest that I will feel less sore soon.

The poor kid, his dad had already called to check and see if everyone was okay by the time we got home--nice folks, really.

If you think to pray for us, I could use some prayers for soreness, and my in-laws could use prayers for wisdom in what to do with their car. It is an unfortunate situation, their car is in impeccably beautiful condition, but because of the age, it will likely be totaled, meaning virtually impossible to replace at it's current value. *sighs* I'm sure some of you know how that goes, so wisdom and health prayers would be very appreciated! :)

Friday, September 12, 2008

A link to love

Especially for all of those busy ladies out there!

I happened upon the blog Gourmet Momma and have enjoyed looking through her recipes. Most of them are relatively quick and easy, and they have a limited ingredient list-with easy to find ingredients-yay! Just thought I ought to share! :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Blessings Abound!

Well, I would be lying if I didn't admit that last week was a bit frustrating financially. Our oven went south and had to be replaced, and we found out that new tires for my van would cost upwards of $500--ugh! No fun!

But today was a good day, in spite of some of those things. Our new oven arrived, and it is spiffy! Ben is working diligently and patiently on converting it from natural gas to propane, and is nearly finished, so we'll even be able to use it! I will again be able to bake bread--I am nowhere near the bread aficionado that my husband is, and when the old oven inevitably burned my hard-fought loaves, I took it rough. Baking bread will no longer be an occasion for sin-hee hee.

We also sold our VW Golf (the car of our courtship and early marriage) just 25 hours after posting it on craigslist! This was very necessary to help cut some of those aforementioned costs! It was easy, which was fabulous, and I think the man who bought it for his high school aged daughter will be a hero. It is a blast to drive!

In very exciting news (that I have been waiting on delivering until all the family has been called), my first nephew was born last Friday! My brother and my college roommate/sister-in-law, Melissa welcomed their first little one into the world. After months of my history loving brother joking that he wanted to name their son, Stonewall Tecumseh, he and Mel settled on the name Austin. A little historical, not too bizarre...perfect! Isn't he cute?! Mom and Dad aren't too shabby either! And I was excited to see that the retro fabulous burp cloth I made with my own hands (with this pattern) made it to the hospital. That takes forethought! It made me feel loved and useful, which is really sweet, because I feel otherwise useless this far away. I can't wait to meet them as a family in November!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More home-preschooling links and ideas

I found my other preschool homeschooling links!

I posted many here, but I knew I was missing a bunch, and here they are!

Preschool Themes

Excellent blog with a ton of great ideas/pictures/lesson plans

Kindergarten and Preschool Activities blog with all of the letters, etc.

Scrumdilly-do!--great crafts, activities and ideas

I hope those of you who are giving this a shot soon find some things you can use! I know I'll be referencing these in a few years!

Monday, September 8, 2008


I think that word aptly describes our day. :)

We slept in this morning and had a late breakfast. We decided to head into town and borrow my in-law's car battery recharger so that Ben can get his Golf all ready to sell. Then we went ran a few errands. We were in the grocery store, tempted by all sorts of things, because we were really ready for lunch--we did pretty well resisting, but then Ben had to pump gas near the DQ.

It was then that the insatiable desire for a Chili-cheese dog with lot of pickles swept over me. It would not go away without succumbing to it...which I did. I tell you; it was SO good. Weird, huh? It is not something I would normally eat, but I am craving all kinds of salty things...which is also odd for me, and completely unlike my first pregnancy. I go through one if not two jars of pickles a week (don't get me wrong...I like a dill pickle now and then, but not several, daily)!

When we got home, I found out that I wasn't needed to watch the Super P, so I made an appointment to get my hair cut. It was delightful to have some time on my own being spoiled, and I like how it turned out!

Then when I got home, we made a new recipe for dinner (one I found awhile ago in my Real Simple magazine), and toasted up some Sourdough bread to go with it! The soup was perfect for this chilly, fall-like day (oh, and we used the chicken option, not the salmon one). You should check it takes about half an hour to make--so yummy!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thank you!

I have gotten several comments, e-mails, and calls to check how our nights have been going since out last post, and I wanted to thank you! The Lord has been gracious! The first night wasn't as bad as I expected. It took about 50 minutes initially, and Nehemiah was up 4 more time that night, the next night was about 15 minutes and up once, and last night he cried for about 2 and a half minutes and then slept all the way through! It was awesome!

In other exciting sister-in-law should be at the hospital in WY. She was scheduled to be induced early this morning, and I am waiting excitedly for a phone call with an update! :) I may have my very first nephew today!

Also, as an aside, my parents have some sad business to attend to today (it is good that their newest grandchild will distract them). Their dog is getting really old. This is the same "puppy" that followed me home from the playground when I was in 6th grade, and never left. Anyway, Al is at the point in his life where it will be the kindest thing to have him put to rest before the winter comes. Today is the big day, and it will be difficult. Please pray for my parents as they will weather this storm after each has had a full day of work. Then they'll leave for WY tomorrow morning.

You may have noticed a change in my blog format! I am excited about it, and may change it a few more times now that I found these fun layouts! My friend Sarah re-did hers and I swiped the link...feel free to do the same! Here it is: The Cutest Blog on the Block. :)

Have a blessing filled day--we will!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

It's going to be one of those nights...

Well, tonight is the night we are starting the trying, "Cry it out Method" with Nehemiah. I tried the "No Cry Sleep Solution," which I desperately wanted to work, but I'm not sure we're cut out for it either. I think it's going to be a LONG night, but the co-sleeping thing was really only a short term, easy way out (though it probably made it worse now) for us, and that time has come to an end. Keep us in your prayers! Hopefully we get some sleep tonight, and Nehemiah isn't too distraught by morning! Uugh! :}

Monday, September 1, 2008

Laughing out Loud

I feel like I know several people who would write this sort of thing...way to Rap Kate McAlpine! :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

State Fair--The Great MN Get Together

Here's what we did was great fun for everyone! I wanna' go back!!!

Nehemiah got to go to the Little Farm Hands exhibit and do all sorts of fun things, like milk a fake cow!

We also went to the Miracle of Birth exhibit and saw a lamb being born! We got to pet a lamb a few days old too.

We went to the smelly Swine Barn for a quick trip...mmm...reminiscent of college days in Iowa! ;)

Nehemiah enjoyed some famous Sweet Martha's cookies.

And then...he passed out! It had been an early morning, and we decided to call it a day and head home.

PS--If our pictures look like they have spots, it was raining off and on, but it didn't dampen our fun! Oi! All of these cheesy must be getting late!