Wednesday, April 30, 2008

a place to play and learn

We are slowly getting things exactly how we want them around here. This is they kids' playroom. There is still alot I want to do in here, but I like the way it feels so far. It is a good space to play and for us to do projects and whatnot in. The best part? For 3 days E has kept it clean! With very little prompting from me. Amazing.

Today there was a deer taking a rest right outside the door. We got to watch her and talk about her for awhile and she didn't seem to mind us spying on her one bit.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I guess we are

Homeschooling that is. I was at the library picking up a HUGE stack of books, among them some homeschool books and a bunch of books for E. The library dude asked me if I was a teacher. I said no, then he says, "Oh, you are homeschooling! That's really great!" I was all, "um, yeah... we are." Kind of shy and bashful. You see, I am a planner, big time. I want to make sure I have everything all layed out and I have done all my research and whatnot. I want to make sure I am going to win, to really succeed, before I "admit" what I am doing and planning. I don't want anyone thinking I am full of it or don't know what the heck I am doing.

So, I keep saying we are GOING to homeschool, or we WILL be homeschooling. I never say we ARE. But really, we are. I just DON'T KNOW WHAT I AM DOING!! I admit it fully. I have no real plan, no clear path. I am just doing what feels right, which changes every week. And I am really not sure of myself or if what I am planning out is the right thing. But, I do know this. Our little guy is learning all kinds of stuff and becoming such a big boy! He is so smart and funny and HE is not afraid to totally go for it without a plan. So, I guess it's official! We are a homeschooling family!

And those books I picked up? They were all about frogs, E's new love. Here is the newest addition to our (homeschooling) family: CRITTER!

Chubbas is totally into him, makes sure we feed him everyday and loves to watch him swim around in the water. And he named him all by himself, makes a mama proud!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

lions and tigers and...

OH MY!!!!!

The bears have come out of hibernation and are hungry!! We had a visit from these 3 little cubs who tore up the trash and hung out in the yard and walked up and down the road for about an hour. It was like being at the zoo, they were so close!! E was very very excited and my heart was racing! I have never seen bears in the wild before. I can't believe they were right out our window. I am sure their mama was close by, but we didn't get to see her. Totally cool and they were kind of cute...

But now me thinks it's not such a good idea to let Chubbas play around in the yard by himself anymore...

Saturday, April 26, 2008

52 weeks :: 10

Thursday, April 24, 2008

cows make milk

I have been doing alot of reading lately about food, one of my favorite subjects. I recently finished this book by Sally Fallon. It really resonated true for me. Lots of insight about eating food unmessed with, the way it is found in nature. Don and I have been talking about this and trying to eat more food that is organic and not tampered with in any way.

One thing that has been brought to my attention is the need to drink raw milk, not pasteurized or homogenized. So I did a little looking around and found a great place where we can get raw milk straight from the farm.
We decided to go for a visit and "meet the cows." I also thought this would be a great little trip for E.
He konked out in the car on the way down, so ended up being a little grouchy.
But he keeps talking about how "our" cows eat grass!

By the way, the milk is super yummy. For more info about raw milk, here is a great link.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

big people food

Her first little bites of baby rice cereal.

She wasn't too sure about it. Can't say I blame her, that stuff is seriously gross! I think we will be moving on to something a little more tasty...

Oh how I wish...

I had a pack of housecleaning elves that loved to keep everything in my house tidy! Anyone know where I can find me a few little guys that would be willing to come live with us? I promise we will feed them well and be really nice to them!

Seriously, I am trying my darnedest to get all the last little bits unpacked. We are ALMOST there, but not quite. Soon, I hope, everything will have it's place and it will feel cozy and clean in here. Until then, here are some cute pics from the past week...

These last two were taken by Don. He likes to call he and I the greaser and the bobby sockser. He has a serious 50's obsession and has this picture in his mind how we would have been back in the day. Well, he decided to dress our little Chubbas n Boop up like the mini greaser and mini bobby sockser. Our own little mini-me's!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Yesterday was my birthday, 35 years old!! Crazy- how did I become all grown up, I wonder? I still feel like I am 16 years old, in my brain at least. My body is another story!

This is what I am thankful for...

  • My amazing kiddos. They inspire me and make me feel so full of love every single day. I never knew that I could be this happy and content with my life.
  • My cute husband who always makes me laugh and who understands me. And who brought me flowers yesterday, which is a VERY rare treat. Thanks baby... (and thanks to my sweet mommy, who also brought me flowers, I feel very spoiled!)
  • Our wonderful home, with all its quirkiness and charm. I so love living here, it makes my soul happy and is truly the best place I have ever lived.
  • That I get to stay home and take care of our kiddos and our house. I can't believe being a housewife is so fulfilling to me!
  • My awesome family, my mom, my sister, my aunt, all of you guys. Thanks for supporting us and being "my people!"

I am really looking forward to this next year, I think alot of exciting things will be happening. Everything just feels right and good in my life now. I feel blessed and very happy!

Oh, and my little guy sang Happy Birthday to me yesterday.

This is his version:
"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday... Cake, I love you cake... Mmmmmm..... cake....., Happy Birthday to you!"

Yeah, I love cake too little man.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

our neighborhood friends...

These are our new friends and the reason we aren't doing a garden this year. This was yesterday, 6 sweeties stopping by to say hi.

They were right out the front door on our patio...

Chubbas keeps asking, "Mama, where did the deer friends go?" My answer? "To visit with some other people, but don't worry, they will be back!"

Monday, April 14, 2008

6 months, oh my!

6 months ago my little girl came into this world. Didn't I just post a 5 month update only 2 seconds ago? Since I've been keeping up with any developmental happenings on this blog, I thought I would share her birth story and some cute pics to celebrate a half year of sweet baby girl life.

She was born 10 days early on Sunday, October 14th, 2007 at 10:12am. 8 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long.

For about 2 weeks I was feeling like I could go into labor at any moment. I had been having really strong Braxton Hicks contractions for months by now. They were so strong that my midwife told me to slow down, work less, do less, so as to avoid going on bedrest. I was dilated very early with E, so we wanted to make sure we did not have the baby too early. For the last 2 weeks of my pregnancy, I was starting to have what felt like “real” contractions on and off, so I was starting to feel really anxious about going into labor.

The few days before giving birth, I was really, really tired. I slept so much those couple of days. On the night before she was born, I just felt like this is it, it was going to happen. I told Don we had to go to the store so we would have food. We went to King Soopers and the whole time we were walking around I was having light contractions. I just knew it was almost time. It was late and we were hungry, so we grabbed some sandwiches at Subway and headed home. I picked up the house and made us all go to bed early.

At about 4:30 in the morning I woke up to a real, no kidding contraction. I laid there and had a few more that were definitely starting to feel pattern like. I woke Don up and said we were getting started. I asked him to time my contractions. They were about 7 minutes apart and lasting about 30 seconds to a minute long. We decided to stay in bed and just chill for a while. Don was really excited, I was starting to feel nervous. Was this really happening now? Well it was! Within 30-45 minutes the contractions were 5 minutes apart and starting to get stronger.

I decided to give our midwife a call and let her know today was the day. I then called my sister and while on the phone with her had several more contractions. She said, “Wow, those are like 3 minutes apart, maybe you should get your midwife over there.” Don was starting to get really nervous and wanted to call Jessica (the midwife) again. I kept saying no, I’m fine, she said they should be 1 minute or longer for an hour and I had just talked to her like 20 minutes ago. I told Don to go ahead and call my mom. I could tell he was needing a little more support, so he called and told her to come over. E woke up sometime around this point. He was just playing and oblivious to what was going on. Right after we called my mom, Don said, I’m calling Jessica! So he did and she said she was on her way. She got to my house before my mom did! My aunt and Heather, Jessica’s assistant arrived about the same time shortly after that.

Jessica asked if I wanted her to set up the birth tub. I was still lying in bed and just did not want to move and didn’t feel like worrying about E wanting to get in the tub, so I told her no, I didn’t want to use it. At this point, the contractions were starting to get really strong and I just couldn’t move from the little nest I had made on the bed. Don was being so awesome, right there with me, rubbing my back and saying the sweetest things all during labor.

Then, the bed was just really uncomfortable, but I was scared to move, I don’t know why. Jessica and Don helped me get up and I moved back and forth from the kitchen to the bathroom. I asked Jessica if it was too early to feel like pushing. She said, no-go ahead and do whatever my body feels like doing. So with the next contraction, I gave a little push. Wow, did that make the contraction easier! I realized I had been trying to hold it all in instead of going with my natural urges. So after that I pushed with every contraction, just a little. It really helped. I remember Jessica saying that the baby was working her way down and for me to not fight it. So that is what I did, I relaxed into each contraction. Jessica then said she thought that as soon as my water broke, the baby would probably come right out. So I started to focus on my water breaking.

I then had to pee really bad, so I went into the bathroom. Right after peeing, I had a super strong contraction while sitting on the toilet and felt like pushing-HARD. So I did and my water broke right into the toilet! It actually exploded!! All over the bathroom and Don! My mom said she heard it in the living room. Crazy! Well then I felt like pushing to get the baby out, but I so did not want to do that on the toilet. I grabbed Don and said, “Not here!” He said I shot up faster than he had seen me move in months. I went into the bedroom and suddenly felt soooo tired. I just wanted to lay down. So I did. On the next contraction I tried to push but it hurt so bad and I knew I couldn’t do this laying down. I asked Jessica what I should do. She suggested standing up with my foot on the bed. So she and Don helped me get back up. On the next contraction I pushed her head out. And then I just stood there dazed and amazed that I had just done that. I reached down and felt her head just hanging there. Totally surreal! Jessica said to go ahead and take a break. Then she said, okay long enough you’ve got to finish, so I gave one more good push and out she came! Freakin’ amazing!!! Don caught her and tried to give her to me, but I felt like I was going to fall over so Jessica and Heather helped me get back on the bed. Don then handed me my beautiful baby girl!!!
That is the most amazing experience I think a woman can ever experience, taking her child in her arms for the first time!!! We just layed there and cuddled for awhile. My mom and my aunt came in with E. He was pretty overwhelmed by the whole thing. I guess my crying out and blood everywhere was scary for him. Poor little guy! After a while we cleaned the baby up and weighed her. Such a big girl!! Totally healthy and wonderful. I took a wonderful long hot shower and then went and layed down with my little girl. Right away she nursed like a champ!!! She’s had a super strong suck, yowza! (Still does, BTW).
We took some pictures and then the midwives left, followed my mom and my aunt. They took E for the night and Don and I just hung out in our bed blissed out all day. Birthing at home is so amazing!!! The midwives pretty much left Don and I alone to labor together without too much interference. Then we got to snuggle down in our own bed. Don made us a great dinner and I just felt soooo good! I was totally wired and couldn’t really sleep, but felt totally comfortable because I was in my own space.

Happy 6 Months, sweet girl. I love you more and more every day.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

52 weeks :: 9

Thursday, April 10, 2008

a sure sign of spring

It's kind of hard to see in this picture, but, that is what we call hail.

Since I grew up here in Colorado, I know for a fact that Spring means hail, thunder storms and big flooding the street rain. I remember driving down the street as a teenager, gripping the wheel of my Ford Granada, scared to death, watching the rain and hail trying to beat it's way through my windshield. But this is such an exciting occasion (our first hail storm) because it means we are really heading into spring! I love Spring! By far my favorite season.

That is NOT snow, no way. It is a good 3 inches of slushy rain soaked hail. I even heard some thunder banging in the sky.

Welcome Spring!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

must chew hand!

Little Boop is getting her first tooth! It is peeking through just a tiny bit, but I can see and feel it! I guess we are about ready to try some real food.

And we are on the move. I set her down in the middle of the blanket and she scootched herself a little closer to mama.

Please, baby girl, stop growing! How I wish you could stay my little baby forever!

Friday, April 4, 2008

52 weeks :: 8

Thursday, April 3, 2008

sugar high

I am still recovered from my sugar hangover after eating waaaay too many cookies yesterday! (They are yummy!)

This is E about to crack an egg! Don keeps telling me he can do it but I have been too chicken to let him until now (egg mess anyone?).
Well, he is quite good at it, just has to pick out the shell. Only one missed the bowl, making a nice little mess on the floor for me to clean up. And to think, I was afraid!
The best part of this adventure was later on, when I had put the cookies on top of the fridge because our little cookie monster kept sneaking another. Chubbas stood in the kitchen with a very serious look on his face...
Me: Whatca doin?
E: Thinking.... (this along with a very serious scratch to his head)
Me: Oh yeah?
E: Hmmmmmmm.....(looooong serious pause...)
E: Cookies up there....need to get up do I get up there....... I KNOW!... I need a ladder. A BIG BIG tall ladder!
Can't fool this one!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

rock and roll

Chubbas invited me to listen to his band yesterday.

He called me into his (empty) room and he says "come on in friends" then shuts the imaginary door.

With pure intention, he says softly "one, two, three...." and starts playing the drums and dancing around like a manic and talking to his make believe band friends.

"Rock and roll!" he yells...

My little man! Does this make me a groupie?!

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