Monday, July 28, 2008

I'm Back, Sort Of

Well, besides being busy getting ready to move, my Internet would not work for me all week. My husband was out of town, and I'm not that technically inclined. So, I haven't done much blogging lately. Not that you've missed much: I packed a little, organized a little, took care of my kids, saw some friends (yeah!), and, oh, yeah, I've been trying to nap every morning when my little one does. I've been so tired lately, all the packing, trying to see people, the heat...being pregnant...

It looks like we are a couple of weeks from heading down to our new home. I have mixed feelings, because I'll miss all my friends and family up here, but I really want to get settled and back into a routine with the kids. My five-year-old doesn't do well with change, and she is having a hard time. I think we will do better when we can get some structure in our lives with school, regular bed times, etc...

Ok, enough with all of the ...

I'm off to catch up on my favorite blogs, then maybe I'll take a nap... (ooops), even though I should be packing.

Monday, July 14, 2008

101 Things Update

So, I have accomplished a few things on my list. I highlighted what has been done in blue, the works-in-progress in orange, and I've changed a few in light of our move.

1. Grow our own organic produce
2. Fix up both bathrooms: paint, flooring, decor-our new bathrooms do have their problems
3. Start making healthy breakfasts for the family
4. Get photos printed and in albums or photo books
5. Paint kitchen cupboards and replace knobs-just knobs for our new house
6. Learn to embroider
7. Learn to knit
8. Send birthday cards to family members
9. Get into daily chore routine
10. Start a gratitude journal
11. Read Stepping Heavenward
12. Pretty-up broom closet: paint, organize with nice storage containers-change to laundry room/pantry
13. Baby proof house-add new house
14. Make freezer jam with organic strawberries (homegrown or u-pick)
15. Preserve fruits and veggies this summer and fall
16. Make homemade ice cream
17. Make more meals from scratch
18. Go on an inexpensive family vacation (Nevada)
19. Go camping
20. Make a photo book for baby's first year
21. Learn to be more frugal
22. Plant a sunflower house for girls
23. Read/research about sensory processing disorders (to help my 5-year-old)
24. Create a serene, peaceful home
25. Get rid of STUFF, keep only the useful and beautiful, preferable things that are both
26. Cut out the junk food in my diet
27. Fit in time to be creative everyday
28. Cherish my children everyday
29. Love my husband everyday
30. Choose joy everyday
31. Train up my children in the way of the Lord
32. Play with my girls more
33. Practice my cartwheels!--After the baby is born and my incision heals! :)
34. Teach 5-year-old to swim
35. Teach 9-year-old to dive
36. Invite my dad and step-mom over for dinner more often-invite them to Nevada more often!
37. Invite friends over for dinner
38. Have many backyard BBQ's
39. Make homemade lemonade
40. Get up before kids in the morning for quiet time
41. Write a children's story
42. Illustrate a children's story
43. Go to Maryjane's Farm
44. Grow great swaths of lavender
45. Make lavender sachets
46. Do more craft projects with girls
47. Kiss my husband everyday
48. Enjoy taking care of my family
49. Shop at second-hand stores for vintage treasures: linens, dishes, books...
50. Teach girls how to cook
51. Teach girls how to do dishes
52. Have another baby (due November 27th)
53. Bake lots of fruit pies this summer...can't wait for strawberry rhubarb
54. Experiment with creating my own recipes
55. Help girls to plant their own gardens
56. Eat more fruits and veggies everyday
57. Bake my own bread
58. Wardrobe overhaul: get rid of out of date, frumpy, too big, too small...(now I need to replace some things, but I'll wait until I'm out of the maternity stuff)
59. Get some cute flats
60. Get some cute flip-flops
61. Get a hair cut I like
62. Find a way to add to our income from home
63. Take girls out for a Girl's Day once a month
64. Get together with my mom and sisters without kids more often
65. Have tea parties with my girls
66. Give girls more hugs
67. Schedule in mom-refreshing days once or twice a month
68. Go on dates with my husband twice a month
69. Go away for a weekend with my husband to the bed and breakfast where we got married
70. Start having Family Days: spend the day together doing something fun
71. Bake a cake from scratch
72. Eat more organic foods
73. Cut down on my sugar intake
74. Eat extra-healthily during this pregnancy
75. Stay fit during this pregnancy
76. Get all Christmas shopping done before baby is born
77. Find a larger car/van-(we now have a Suburban, I think that'll do)
78. Find a good Christian school for girls for next year
79. Make and freeze a variety of meals before baby is born
80. Wean my son (after 12 months)
81. Get my son to sleep through the night (he did this on his own )
82. Paint wicker chair--too bad I don't like it now

83. Create a nice relaxing patio: potted herbs, flowers, cushions for chairs, lighting Now I need to do this at our new home--fun!
*84. (Just realized my first list didn't have #84) Set up a craft area for me and the kids
85. Go to farmer's market once a week this summer (maybe next summer!)
86. Go huckleberry picking
87. Learn how to use more features on my camera
88. Make pasta from scratch with my new pasta machine
89. Find some new, fun, easy lunch ideas
90. Paint living/dining room-add: every room in the new house
91. Frame and hang my children's black and white portraits
92. Learn to sew
93. Hang curtains in son's and daughters' rooms
94. Make and hang curtains in kitchen-change to new valances for living and dining rooms
95. Take more walks with my kids
96. Do nice things for my husband, just because
97. Keep a garden journal
98. Focus on positive in life, not negative
99. Be a role model for my children
100. Watch my words...confess truth, life, hope
101. BE the daughter of the King I'm meant to be

Not bad, so far.
Now, for a while, I need to focus on packing, planning, moving, dealing with my pregnant emotions as well as my sad girls and assorted family members and friends (who are not so happy about our moving so far away), etc...and still try to enjoy the rest of summer. So I may not be posting much, we'll see how it goes.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Lots of News

First of all, we are having a girl!! So excited. Sofia...something. We haven't decided on a middle name. Either Ann, Elizabeth, or Lynn. My mother-in-law's middle name, my mother's middle name, or my middle name. Hmmm....It's a hard one.

In other news...we are moving to Nevada. My husband's sister offered him a job in their family business. It's a huge move. All of my family is around me here, but I do think it's the right decision. We have a million things to do as we want to be moved by the time school starts at the end of August. So, I'd better get busy working on some of those now. I'll leave you with a picture of my new back yard. One of the big selling points for me.

Yes, that's a deer. No, we won't be living in the woods. It's the middle of town. But it feels like the country with our yard full of cottonwood, cherry, and apple trees. And the deer.

Anyway, back to the million things...

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Cake

My cousin Sarah told me about a good site for birthday cakes. I found the cute beehive cake and bee cupcake ideas there.

So, the frosting on the cake got a little wild, but you probably can't tell. Overall, I was happy with the results.

And, more importantly, my little man was happy with how it tasted.


We had a great time in Nevada, but it is always good to be home. We drove all night Monday and arrived at 8am Tuesday morning. It was already 80 degrees, and our house was a disaster since we took off the day after the baby's birthday party, but it was still wonderful. So I've been trying to unpack, put the house back in order, survive the heat (no A/C), as well as all the regular day to day duties of a wife and mother. Yesterday we took a break from all this and headed up to my grandma's lake cabin. It was great, if a little chaotic. It sure is a different experience now that I'm a mother. It's a lot more work, for one. And constant vigilance with a one-year-old in tow. It was still fun, though. Picture one grandma, one great-grandma, three mommies, one aunt, one dad, and thirteen children ranging from one to seventeen. Oh, don't forget the PILES of gear. Wow. The beach was so full of beach bags, life jackets, floaties, sunscreen, towels, and more, that there wasn't a lot of room left for relaxing. But everyone had a good time, and Grandma Jo was loving having the cabin full and cooking her chili and cornbread for all of us.

Now I just need to get the house back in order and be ready to enjoy the Fourth. We will probably spend the day at my mom's lake place, and then come home to watch the city
fireworks display from the comfort of our own backyard. We have front row seats.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!
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