Archive for January, 2011

The Dreaded Belly Shot

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 by by

It’s time again for a belly shot!  Let’s just say that the “cute” stage is officially gone.  My arms, butt, thighs, and face are feeling just as pregnant as my belly.  Yes, I am larger and in charger.  Welcome to the third trimester.

I should probably add my back to the list of extraneous pregnant body parts.  I literally got stuck sitting on a step stool last night after washing the kids hair.  I could not. get. up.  My muscles were so tight, I couldn’t even get them to function, and I had to call for help.  Nothing like yelling out, “I’m stuck on the step stool and I can’t get up!”  Fail.  Yes, I had to have Dustin heave my big butt up off the step stool.  I then had to lean over the counter and cry because it hurt. so. bad.  But being the sweet guy that he is, he rubbed my back until I caught my breath and relaxed a little bit.  I may have had a similar situation on the toilet later that night (but that’s highly embarrassing, so I’m making no admission of it).  I now live in fear that I will sit down on the throne and have to call a neighbor to come and heave me off of it.  Funny in theory, but really it’s no laughing matter!  My back is killing me.  And as it is such, I’m saving what would have been the rest of this post for another time.  This aching back needs a rest while the wee ones are asleep.  Nothing like a quiet 20 minutes in a comatose position to help your day go smoother!



Weekend Reuse It: Water Bottles

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 by by

If you must get your water from little plastic bottles, why not make something useful out of them when you’re done? Here are instructions I posted previously for making shaker bottles for your infant and toddler to explore.

The link above goes to my original post, nearly two years old, about shaker bottles. I wanted to revisit them for this week’s Weekend Reuse It, because now Evie is enjoying them just as much as Jonah did! Even Jonah still enjoys playing with them, and it is one toy that they can share.

If you’d like to stop using those plastic water bottles, check out the reusable stainless steel water bottles at Rainforest Bottles. I like the cute design of these earth friendly bottles. Or, if you’d like one that can hold hot as well as cold, you might be interested in the hydroflask.

**Neither of these companies have given me compensation; I am simply pointing people to companies that I know make fashionable and good quality reusable water bottles.**

Early Birthday

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 by by

With all the snow we’ve had this week, our plans were ruined for a birthday for Miss Haven. She wanted to go to the movies and dinner and had this whole big plan. Her backup plan was to go to Bob Evan’s (one of her favorite places) and get a free birthday meal, which is funny, because I believe all her meals are free – she’s never paid for them!

So we had about a 1 hour break in the major snow and took her there with her present. She wanted to open it at Bob Evans….why? We don’t know – we just go along with what she wants. (more…)

A battle of wills that I know I can’t win.

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 by by

I command you to ignore any cuteness.

Now, did you hear those “Nnnnnno!”s?  Oh. Em. Gee. I hear that ALL day about everything. Every blessed little thing. If you argue with her no, she starts screaming, and hitting, and head butting, and slapping.

The Pudding Pie spend a lot of time in time out at the moment.


PT update :)

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 by by
Sofi is doing beautifully. Minus the occasional accidents, she loves being in her big girl panties! She even makes it through all her naps. She is waking up dry in the morning about 50% of the time.

Now, it is time to start thinking about tackling the other 2. As the weather gets warmer, I’m going to put Ian in underwear and a shirt. I think he will catch on pretty quickly, but not as quickly as Sofi.

Gabi, that girl is going to take some work. I’ve got to get the stickers and the sticker chart ready for this one. She is going to challenge me, but I’m ready for it. Now, if we could get healthy, yet again, life would be good. This time, Daddy went down. It has been a lonely week without him here to stand by my side. I miss him and am glad he is on the mend!

Smacksy Saturday Photo: Out to Lunch

Saturday, January 29th, 2011 by by

“Mom? What’s all over the floor here?”

“That’s sawdust.”

“Why is it everywhere?”

“It’s an old-fashioned thing that some restaurants do.”

“They should do more cleaning.”

Beautiful Snow

Saturday, January 29th, 2011 by by

We had a beautiful snow day yesterday, and this is the final product from the back deck. I love when it falls on the trees. So beautiful.

I believe final totals were 13 inches. Poor puppy can’t get out to potty.



Peanut Butter Pinecone Birdfeeders

Saturday, January 29th, 2011 by by

Grab some pinecones, peanut butter, and a cup full of bird seed, and you’ve got the ingredients for some good old fashioned homemade bird feeders. It’s a winter tradition in our house (along with our regular feeders), and these are the months wild birds need the most help finding food. Tie to the branches of nearby trees with string.

A Tribute to my son, Professional Cloth Diaper Model

Saturday, January 29th, 2011 by by

I am sad to say the time has come.  My toddler is passing the torch of video cloth diaper modeling to his younger brother.  He first appeared in a video in April 2009.  He was 4.5 months old.  Since then, he has been in almost all of my 81 video reviews.  At times I was forced to use a teddy either because he was asleep or in a phase where he refused to be still long enough.  I went through the videos he was in where I could get a good screen shot and compiled those, in order, into a video.  You can watch my son age from 4.5 months up to 2 years old.  You can also look at how many different ways I tried to get him to sit still!

Baby brother is now the official model.  Fletcher isn’t potty trained yet but we are working on it.  I wish his retirement was for that reason!

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Striking gold (or green!)

Saturday, January 29th, 2011 by by

You can teach kids long division, and you can drill them in handwriting. You can ask them to write a description, learn to spell, or even read a science chapter about animals. Chances are none of that will be too exciting for them, and if any of it sticks around, you should consider yourself lucky. Do you remember half of the stuff you learned in school?

I’ve found a curriculum for teaching my oldest (age ten, grade four) that is engaging, hands-on, of interest to him personally, and ripe with social activities and tangible rewards. I used to label it as “just extracurricular” until I realized it already contains practically every skill my kids will need in life, and it comes in a form that they want to embrace. This is the good stuff, and it’s called 4-H. (more…)