Thursday, April 29, 2010

Disconcerting

I ordered some clothes last week, and they arrived the other day. When I opened them, this is what I saw:


My first thought was that they had great personal service since they put a label with my name on it in the clothes I ordered. (Yes, I really do think the world revolves around me.) Then I realized that "Nikki" is just the style or name of that particular piece. But isn't that weird? Especially since this piece was on top.

Have you had anything like this happen to you?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What are You Having for Supper Tonight?


We plan to have ice cream for supper tonight. That's right, ICE CREAM!! Baskin Robbins has its annual 31 cent scoop night, and we are going to participate. From 5 - 10 pm, you can get a scoop of ice cream for just 31 cents. Ice cream for supper -- does it get any better than that? And I figure at 31 cents per scoop, that is less than I could actually cook a meal from scratch!

So, what are you having for supper tonight?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Three Months

Rachel turns three months old today. Three month olds do a little more than two month olds, but not much. However, in my experience, babies at this age are easier than younger babies because they are learning to go to sleep on their own and they have periods during the day when they are awake and happy. So what is new for Rachel?
  • She started sleeping through the night right when she turned two months old, but she has regressed to getting up once per night. Maybe she's in a growth spurt, but I have to admit that I miss my sleep.
  • Her smiles are coming a lot more frequently, and I love seeing them. It's still hard to catch her smiling on camera, though. Sorry!
  • She is awake much more during the day...and happy, too!
  • She has learned to cry herself to sleep. Since neither Sarah Beth or Daniel would do this, it is truly a blessing that Rachel will. It is so nice to just put her in the swing or her bed, let her fuss for a few minutes, knowing that she will go to sleep.
  • A good friend lent us a swing so we can put one in Rachel's room for her naps since she refused to sleep anywhere else during the day. Currently, however, we are working on her learning to sleep in her crib for naps.
  • She is growing and growing! It makes me laugh to hear people say how little she is because she is so much bigger than she used to be!
Here are a few pictures of my other cuties:

Sarah Beth was twirling around on the chair we use at the computer.

Daniel "helped" me make the cake for a shower I helped throw this past weekend. He pulled up a chair and watched, and he was very good not to mess with all the implements I had on the counter. As a reward (and because his older sister got to go on an errand with Daddy, leaving him home with Mondy -- that's what Daniel calls me), he got to lick the beater.

I know that I am biased, but I think I got some very cute pictures of Daniel. As a matter of fact, I had a hard time deciding on just two to post!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Contest..Kind of

I'm not actually giving anything away for this contest except for kudos. Several people have said that Rachel looks a lot like Sarah Beth, so I thought it would be fun to see if you could tell which was which (or rather who is who). What's your guess?


If you guess correctly, I will personally send you a pat on the back or maybe even a gold star!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WIP Wednesday



I have accomplished this much on John's blanket: four rows of five squares. I think it's going to end up bigger than either of expected, but I am going to put it on hold for a little while. John will not (should not) need it until fall, at least, so I think I'm going to work on some other things.

As you know, I love crocheting baby blankets, and I just found out that our church has a blanket ministry. Yea! I can crochet what I love, and they will go to a good cause. I have donated a few to our local pregnancy center, but I feel that being apart of something bigger through our church is better.


Here is the blanket I started on my birthday. I'm using Caron Spa yarn which has some bamboo in it which I think is kind of neat. I made this blanket (the pink one) for Rachel with it, and I like working with it, although I have to admit that I like my old standby better: Caron Simply Soft. But I got this skein free from the company as a promotional thing, and I will use it! I can't decide which side I like better. Can you even tell a difference in the pictures? I'm not sure I can.


I just have to share this story with your, too. We were talking about ages today, and I asked Sarah Beth how old she thinks I am. Her reply: "old." Guess who she learned that from.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday's Tip: Write it Down!

Do you have trouble remembering to do everything that you are supposed to do? Especially the things that don't come along very often? Do you like to make lists and check things off them? Then you need a place to keep all these lists, and it doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive.

I have been using a spiral bound notebook for a couple of years to keep track of what needs to be done when. This year I decided that I would like something a little nicer, maybe a little handier, too; so I priced a Daytimer-type thing, and the cost (around $100) was prohibitive. I decided that my trusty spiral bound notebook worked just fine, and at $0.25 was a lot more cost effective (cheaper!). Here is what I have:


It's just a standard spiral bound notebook in which I have handwritten the dates and days of the week. During the weekend, I plan my week, writing in each day what needs to be done. I use a highlighter to mark the activities that take us out of the house or other important events. I have a section for errands that need to be run that week or subsequent weeks, a place for notes, and a running list for Walmart/Target since I don't hit those stores every week. (I keep my running grocery list elsewhere.) In the back, I have several more lists: a Christmas card list, a list of easy meals that we enjoy, potential gifts, etc..

When I finish a task, I put a check by it. If I don't get to something on its assigned day, I circle it so I can do it later in the week. (I don't do well with running to do lists; I have to assign a day to every chore or I won't do it.) As you can see, I wrote this post on Monday, and I have not finished my chores for today. I also try to keep my schedule light for days that I know I will be leaving the house since I don't get much done those days.

Do you think my to do list is kind of short? Remember that I don't write everything down (like doing the dishes and laundry), and I have a not-quite-three month old who keeps things interesting and unscheduled.

Do you keep something like this? Are you able to remember to do everything without such a list? (If so, I am really jealous!)


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pictures of my Garden

Here are some pictures of my garden. I planted it about two weeks ago, and I am thrilled at how well it's doing...especially considering our fertilizer fiasco. (But I'm not going into that story; I plead the Fifth.)

On the far left, at the top of the picture, I planted squash. In the middle, there are roma beans, and on the right is corn. The cucumbers are not coming up yet.

I wasn't sure anything was even going to grow in my garden, so I planted some containers, too. I still don't know if anything will bear fruit in my garden, but if it does, I'll have twice as much! More to eat and share!

Squash.

Cucumbers.

A couple of these beans are just barely breaking the surface. Do you see them?

I really enjoy growing fruits and vegetables, even though I just started last year. I hope to do better this year with gardening since I'm not suffering from morning sickness like I was last summer. I'll continue to keep you posted.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pictures from the Zoo

We took a trip to the zoo Tuesday morning with several friends. It was a pretty big group: six mothers, eighteen children, and three grandmothers; and we had a great time! Since I was carrying Rachel in the Ergo, I wasn't able to take many pictures, but here are a few I did get.


Waiting for Grammy.


Our zoo has bronze statues of animals that are great for climbing on. Sarah Beth finally got her turn on the ape's head.


Daniel was fascinated by the ape's hands.


See?

I took this picture yesterday of Rachel. Doesn't she look like an angel? No! Angels are scary looking. Whenever they appeared to anyone in the Bible, they always had to say, "Don't be afraid!" (That's my theology lesson for today!)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My Plans for my Special Day

When some of my friends asked me yesterday what kind of plans I had for my birthday today, I didn't know what to say because I felt like I had no plans. Then I realized that I do have plans: to do as little housework as possible: no laundry (if I can help it), no cooking, no cleaning. I plan not even to dress my children or change any diapers. (Of course, I'm kidding with that last one because that would just be nasty.) Tonight, we will all go out to eat as a family, using one of the free coupons I received for my birthday, and then we will get some ice cream utilizing another coupon.

What will I do all day? Stare at the wall and twiddle my thumbs. After I get bored with that, I plan to watch Guys and Dolls and crochet. However, I won't be working on John's blanket. I want to do something a little more fun, so I plan to work on this blanket. Isn't it pretty? I don't know yet what I will do with it, but it doesn't matter as long as I have fun working on it. Working on John's blanket isn't dull, but I have made twenty squares (so far) that are exactly the same except for the color.

So far, I have received some nice gifts from my children. Rachel slept all night long. Daniel and Sarah Beth both slept a little late this morning; I didn't get them up until 7:30, so I was able to read my Bible and start this post. The best one, though, was the sweet birthday kiss that Sarah Beth gave me because she tends to be a little stingy with her kisses.

Does this sound like what I did last year on my birthday? What can I say? I like what I like.

What do you do on your birthday? Are you as lazy and unproductive as I am?

Oh, in case you're wondering, I turned 29 (again) today.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tueday's Tip

I have no tip for this week because we're heading to the zoo with some friends.

No, wait, I do have a tip. Sometimes, you need to get out of the house and take a field trip with your children and your friends.

Where do you like to take your children for field trips?

Monday, April 12, 2010

New Post

I haven't posted much recently, and I thought you may want to see a picture of a beautiful baby. (Just please ignore the drool on her chin.)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday's Tip: Taking a Break

As a homemaker, my work is never done; there is always something else that needs to be done. I don't take days off very often because then my work backs up, and I fall behind. However, there are times when I just have to take the day off.

Sunday night (or I should say Monday morning) I was up with Rachel until 12:30 a.m., and then she was up again at 5:00. Needless to say, I was tired yesterday, but I was able to get most of my daily chores done. Right after lunch, Sarah Beth started throwing up. She was able to get to the toilet most of the time, but there were still some things that needed to be washed. And it made for a long afternoon. (Thankfully, Daniel and Rachel slept through the worst of it, and John came home early.) Last night, Rachel finally went to sleep at 10:30, but she woke up again at 3:30 this morning. Since John gets up at 4:30, I wasn't really able to get much sleep after feeding Rachel and getting her back in bed. Again, needless to say, I am tired today, but I figured that I could still get my daily chores done because there isn't much to do. When Sarah Beth got sick after breakfast, I figuratively threw my hands in the air and said, "That it! I've had enough! I'm done for the day!"

What did I mean? I decided to take a break today; I plan to do the minimum of chores like preparing meals and cleaning up afterwards. Since Sarah Beth didn't feel well this morning, I popped in The Sound of Music for us to watch. She enjoyed it because of the children, and I enjoyed watching an adult DVD. I was even able to fold a load of clothes.

Since Sarah Beth has not gotten sick again, and she seems to feel better, we may go back to our daily routine after nap time. If not, we can always finish The Sound of Music.

Sometimes I just have to "call in sick" and take the day off. I think that we all need to do that occasionally, but there is so much to do in keeping our homes that we feel guilty taking the day off. But there are times when it is better, I think, to do the minimum than to struggle to get our to do list done.

What do you think? Do you take days off? What precipitates your decision to take the day off? Or am I the only one?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He is Risen!


Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!