Archive for March, 2011

5 and 8.

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by by

Time sure has this funny way of never moving the way you think it should. Sometimes it seems like it goes by so fast you have no idea it was passing you by, other times it feels like it just drags on forever.

Today is mine and John’s 5th year being married, and our 8th year since we started dating.

Can I just say “WOW!” ?
In a way it feels like we’ve been together so much longer. It’s just hard to think back on life without him always being here with me. In another way it just doesn’t seem possible that we’ve been together for eight years. We started dating our sophomore year of high school. True, we had some rough patches, and yes it’s also true I broke up with him right before I found out I was pregnant with Zach. (I blame the hormones and early warning signs of the hellish morning sickness I was to suffer through on that) But we’ve just stuck. Working our way through all sorts of problems, heartaches, surprises, and joys. (more…)


The Good Fight

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by by


“Hey, Dad! Watch this! Fight! Fight! Fight! I’m punching and fighting with my hands! See?”

“That’s a little on the violent side, Bud. Didn’t we talk about toning that down a little?”

“It’s okay, Dad. I’m fighting germs.”

Honorable Mention {Kyleighs Closet} Review

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by by
Thanks Kyleighs Closet!

The one thing that kids grow out of besides clothes is SHOES! We try to not to buy too many shoes, but sometimes it’s so hard to pass by a cute pair. But there are so many ways that you can save on shoes and I have one way here….!!

This is where I got Eli’s Birthday shoes! And who doesn’t like brands like… 

See Kai Run, Robeez, Pediped!
Take a look at these. These are similar to the ones Eli wore for her party! Prices are fabulous and she always has shipping at $2.50, can’t beat that! There are over 600 pair of new & gently used pediatrician recommend baby & toddler shoes! Wow! That’s a lot of shoes! I am just so pleased with her site and the fast shipping. She also has 100% POSITIVE FEEDBACK! (more…)


Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by by

Fully cooked!  Quincy is officially full term today.  Basically, all this means is that I am “allowed” to go into labor any time now and no one will try to stop it.  It also means that it feels like I am smuggling a bowling ball between my legs.  But, I’m not complaining!  I still want her to stay in there for another week and a half as I have a few things I’d like to check off my to-do list.  Massage?  Yes, please.  Haircut, yes please.  My mom getting here first?  Yes, PLEASE.  Waiting for the 10th so I can be disgustingly pleased with the “orderly” way in which my children enter the world?  Bonus and yes, please.  Lots of recipes call for baking your dish with the lid off for an extra 15 minutes or so to brown the top.  I’d like to do that!  Brown up a bit, Quincy.  …Well, don’t really brown up.  That would raise some interesting questions that I’d have no good answer for.  But, you know what I mean.  Feel free to keep cooking!

I went in for my 37 week check yesterday, which went well.  As well as an appt can go when you wait an hour to be shuffled into a room, told to remove your pants and then sit there for an hour, sans pants, waiting to be “checked.”  I always love the apologetic nurse that pokes her head in after 45 minutes to say, “everything going okay?  She’ll just be another minute!”  Uh, yeah!  It’s great.  I’m just chilling out here with no pants staring at the wall.  I’m goooood!  Anyway, eventually the Dr did come in and the progress report was 3 cm, 50% effaced, almost 0 station and s o f t.  Making some solid progress from week to week.  If I keep this up and get my wish of delivering on the 10th, I’d be nearly 5cm and “ripe” by then!  Even being at a 3 to start has me thrilled to bits already!  It took 12 hours with Naomi to get to a 3!  Which reminds me of my favorite part of the appt.  My OB is totally convinced that not only will I be able to VBAC no problem, but she thinks I’ll have a fast labor.  A fast labor!!!  I wanted to hug her!  I’m not going to (more…)



Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by by


“Mom? Why isn’t Miss Marguerita teaching my swimming class this time?”

“She’s teaching a different class for this series. You have a new teacher now.”

“Miss Laura?”

“Yeah. She seems nice.”

“Miss Laura means nothing to me, Mom.”

Top Diaper Creams

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by by

No matter how hard you try to keep a rash away from your baby’s bottom; your baby is bound to have diaper rash at least once before their diaper days are over. When your baby gets diaper rash, and you are standing in the aisle at a pharmacy store, you will realize that there are plenty of options for creams, ointments and lotions available to treat diaper rash. Many parents actually prefer to use a cream on a daily basis to help prevent diaper rash. If you want to use a diaper cream on a daily basis on your own baby, read ahead to find out which one is the best for your little one’s bottom.

Babecology Diaper Balm
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This is a very lavish diaper cream that is made with organic ingredients and essential oils. Because of the combination of the luxurious ingredients and essential oils, it smells really delicious. The ingredients list is lavender, chamomile, mango butter, jojoba oil and more. The lotion is very light and it is not oily so it is easy to get it out of the tube. It will glide onto your baby’s skin very easily and leave your baby smelling very yummy! (more…)

Pretend Play: Grocery Shopping

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by by

We pretended the living room was a grocery store on Friday. We took all the toys off of the shelves you see in the photo above. Then we restocked them with Noah’s plastic food toys and empty food containers that were about to go in the recycling bin. Okay, so it looks a bit like the shelves you might find in a third world grocery store. But it was the first time we attempted this game, so supplies were somewhat low. The kids didn’t seem to mind…well, except for M. and L. both desperately wanting to purchase the one and only container of hummus!



Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by by

I am reposting a friend’s blog post with permission. If you would like to visit her blog, you may do so here

This is not one of my typical posts since moving over to here. but its something I need to say, to share. Because I can relate in some small way. Because we once needed the hero.

I can still remember the day we were told Joey needed a Bone Marrow Transplant. And the thought that crossed my mind was “will there be a match?”

I was terrified. I help my breath. Melanie was tested. I felt so defeated when the results showed she was not a match. More tests… more waiting.

When I first called and there were “no matches yet, but some possibilities” I was scared. I was always afraid that a call would come that they just had no match for him.

Then the call came. I hit the floor, crying. I was in the laundromat when they informed me he had a donor. I can not tell you the feeling of being told your child has a hero.

Please, heroes are needed every day. Every child deserves the best chance to grow up they can get. I am asking, are you willing to be that hero? Are you willing to help save a child?

I ask because there are children whose lives hang in the balance, whose lives depend on a complete stranger giving a selfless gift, marrow. Children like Austin who need a match and don’t have one. Please, today, register as a donor. Register today and help save children like Austin. Give this family the chance our family was given… you will never regret being a hero… I am eternally grateful to Joey’s donor, and I write her letters, praying one day to thank her in person.

Just Ducky

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by by

Don’t tell me spring is not on the way. I have the proof. Not in the way of marshmallow peeps and plastic eggs we are all wheeling our shopping carts past at the grocery store. I’m talking real, live, peeping proof of fluffy adorableness.

We have four new baby ducks. And yes, they are already much bigger than when I took these pictures. In fact, they will be bigger by the time I finish typing this post. They are playful, fluffy and fun. And my children are filled with joy at the sight of them. Unlike our chickens, the kids can actually feed the ducks handfuls of lettuce, raisins and other treats right out of their hands with just a light tickle of their excited bills as opposed to sharper beaks. They are Pekins, which means they are soft and yellow now, and they will grow into the beautiful all-white ducks. Their cuteness is off-the-charts, as is the elation captured on my kids’ faces. Our small, backyard homestead is slowly growing.


Larissa Turns TWO!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by by

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.


If you live in Illinois, you know that the days between August and May can seem endless, because here it’s rare that we enjoy any semblance of definable seasons. We go from hot to cold, sunny to gray, with little variance in between. At first winter is bearable, but as the months march on, the constant stream of dark days hang on you like a frozen albatross. It’s hard to stay hopeful when you can’t know for certain when a true end to the darkness will come. Sometimes – for me anyway – it gets to the point where I feel like light will never return and I have to use ever ounce of my endurance to hang on. Some years, spring takes its sweet time to arrive. Other years, spring decides to give winter an early reprieve. But no matter when it comes, I find myself so grateful for the return of warmth and color, that the grim memories of winter’s depressive drain immediately disappear — as if they’d never existed at all.

Two years ago today, spring came early.

Woo hoo – I’m TWO!
My pregnancy with Larissa was a lot like a Midwestern winter. When I found I was pregnant it was an (more…)