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