Friday, April 30, 2010

Our little town continued...

from yesterdays post
Last night our neighborhood and community got together to remember young Kelsey's life.
I had anticipated there being many people but I guess I was a little shocked as to how many young people there were.

It got me thinking about my life at 15.
I had short spiky brightly colored hair. All my clothes were from the thrift store that I would alter and add my own flair to. I wore black framed glasses and barely showered.

I had just started coming to church and it was very rare for me to miss a youth group event. I can honestly say that if I was 8 years younger Kelsey and I wound have been in the same click.
We were all asked after the candle light vigil to share our stories about Kelsey on facebook. I did that last night but I also wanted to share on my blog.
I never met Kelsey, but her story and live have made an impact on my life and many of the lives of people I come into contact with on a daily bases. I will remember her life every time I walk or drive past that wooden cross there on the side of the road. The life that was taken so soon all because one man decided to have a drink or two, get behind the wheel and hit young Kelsey as she was walking down the road.

* Yes, I did just take a picture of a picture. Yes, we do own a scanner. No this is not the first nor the last time I will do this.
** I think the pictur on the top right I am 16 but I think that you still get the idea.

This moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Our little town

We chose to move to our little town 5 years ago not only for its size but also for its location to our church.
Our little town has always been pretty quiet but not last night.
Last night was Wednesday, the night of the week that our church holds its mid-week service. People young and old gather for this service. When its over everyone goes there own way. Some walk, bike or get in a vehicle and head to there destination.
Last night a 15 year old gal from our church did not make it to where she was going. She was struck from behind as her and a friend were walking to her friends house. She did not survive.
When something so tragic as this happen it impacts the whole community. We will be gathering tonight near where she was hit, honoring her young life with candles.
This was not the only thing that happened in our community last night. A family in the next town over lost there father when he was shot and killed in their own home.
My thoughts and prayers are with these two families.
When my kids got up this morning I gave each one of them a great big hug and many kisses.
I am ready to have our quiet community back.

Monday, April 26, 2010

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

We have had such wonderful spring weather lately that our family has been going on evening walks around our neighborhood.
Mister Rodgers said it wonderfully.
So sing along as your scroll through our pictures from last Saturdays walk.

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

It's a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.
So let's make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we're together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?

Won't you please,
Won't you please,
Please won't you be my neighbor?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

This years garden

It took a few weeks but I finally got the garden weeded and planted. It is not that it was too over grown with weeds I just had to find the time to work on it between the rain showers and a needy newborn.

With help from the little man and all of his trucks.

We enjoyed all of the wonderful vegetables that we planted last year so I decided to plant them again this year. We will have peas, green beans, carrots, radishes, and zucchini coming out of our ears soon.
I have a few other planters that I plan on filling full of lettuce and tomatoes.

I was unable to get an after shot of the garden because it started raining again. So I will just have to finish this post off with a picture of farmer little man in this Levis.

Friday, April 23, 2010

This moment

So I jumped on the bandwagon. I tried to stay off but every where I turned everyone was doing it. So I just had to join.
I think that it all started here.
Here are the famous words from Amanda Soule
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I live. I drive. I am...

It was a picture that the little man took of his power wheel jeep while he was 'working' on it.

The hubby was helping fix a friends car so the little man needed to fix his car also. The little man took all of his tools outside and even used a few of the hubbies. The hubby was even nice enough to put the power wheel up on jacks for him.

After all of the fixing the little man came inside so dirty that he went strait into the bath.

It is so cute to watch the little man the way that he looks up to his dad and wants to do everything that he does.

Monday, April 19, 2010

What is it?

The little man has been really big on taking pictures the past few months. I really enjoy going through the photos on my camera and seeing some of the wonderful pictures he took even though there is always a few not so good ones of me. I really enjoy seeing life from his angle.

Sometimes I come across pictures that I am not quite sure what it is. So I make myself stare at it until I figure it out. If that does not work then I ask him.

So lets play a little game that I am going to call 'What is it?' Take a good long look at the photo below and leave a comment telling me what you think it is.

Have fun. I will post tomorrow the story behind the photo.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Real life

This is my life in a nut shell right now.
I have been running on auto pilot.
After two nights of not very good sleep, yet another clogged milk duct accompanied by a fever with hot and cold flashes and whole body aches I am starting to feel better.
I tried to get my garden in shape yesterday and my seeds planted before the rain but I was unsuccessful. Yesterday was a beautiful day.
I have washed about 7 or so loads of laundry in the past few days but nothing has been put away.
My sink is over flowing with dishes the hubby should of done a few days ago. We were on a roll for a while that if I had the dish washer unloaded than he would load it. I dont quite know what happened.
Our house needs a good cleaning if we are going to have people over tomorrow but I am just sitting at the computer in my pj's with the little lady on my lap eating a PB and J sandwich for breakfast. I guess that is more than I can say for the boys, they are still sound asleep in bed.
Maybe the boys will be up soon and they will help me clean or maybe I am just dreaming. I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


What we have been up to this past week.

- The little lady has finally slept a night in the co-sleeper not her swing. I dont think that I slept very well though. She is such a loud sleeper and moves all night. She is also staying awake more during the day. It is so nice to see her personality come out.
- The little man has learned the joy of hide and seek. Even though the weather has been nicer it has still been a little cold outside so we have been playing hind and seek in the house. He plays his own version and has a blast.
- I have started a no dairy diet to see if it will help the little ladys belly. I was unable to eat dairy when I was nursing the little man also. I miss cheese but its ok.
- The hubby is still job hunting. He took a test last week and the week before. We are still waiting to hear where he ranked so we have our fingers crossed.

I hope that everyone has had a great week.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mister mom

Here in a few years the little man will hate that I posted this picture but I just could not help myself. If he was not so darn cute than I would not post photos like this...

Yes, those are nursing pads the little man is so proudly wearing.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Girls must stick two-gether

This weekend my sisters little girl turned two.

There was a little gathering at my sisters to celebrate. This was the first time that my little lady got to meet her auntie and cousins.

Her cousin did not know what to think of her. She was interested. She wanted to look and touch.

As they grow up together hopefully they will learn the joys of having a girl cousin to play and bond with, because us girls need to stick two-gether.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hunting for eggs

Waiting for the hunt to start.

We were lucky that the rain stayed away at least for a little while.

Of course the little lady was hanging out in the sling eating and sleeping.

Ready to start hunting.

Look at all of the eggs.
We got much more than we did last year.
The little man cant wait for next year.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful Easter.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Fuffy bottom

This post is part of the Cloth Diaper Carnival from Cloth Diapering Bloggers and Dirty Diaper Laundry. Each participant writes about the chosen topic, this month is Newborn Cloth Diapering. If you want to read what others are saying just click on the Dirty Diaper Laundry link. Enjoy.

I have been asked a few times why I cloth diaper and normally my answer is why not. I dont do it to save the planet even though the thought of my childs diaper sitting in the land fill for hundreds and hundreds of years bothers me. I dont do it to make a fashion statement even though they are super cute. I do it because I dont like the idea of throwing my money away or the idea of my child sitting on all those chemicals. I do it because I want to.

When it came to cloth diapering the little lady I was new to diapering a newborn but I was not new to cloth. Since I did not start cloth diapering the little man until he was a year old, this stage was all very new to me. I was very lucky to have many people around me who have been there and done that.

Washing the diapers is just about as easy as remembering to go to the store and buying a box of disposables. Well, maybe not quite that easy. I wash about ever other day. The night before I am going to wash I place all the diapers in the washer and let the soak in cold water and baking soda over night. In the morning I just add the diaper from that night, a little natural free and clear laundry soap (about a 1/4 of what your would normally use) and I let the washer do the rest. They are washed in hot with an extra rinse to make sure all the soap is out. Once they are done washing they either make there way to the dryer with my dryer balls (that I love) or they can be dried outside in the sun. I have only put her diapers in the sun once so far but it does wonders on the stains. Now that the diapers are washed they are ready to go on the little bottom.

Laundry day in our house

The little ladys stash consist of
18 fitted diapers with snaps
3 small Velcro covers (2 Thirsties and 1 Bummis)
at least 36 infant prefolds (never used as diapers yet)
12 small pocket diapers (Fuzzi Bunz)
5 or so wool soakers (lanolized, but never used yet)
2 small snappies
100+ cloth wipes
and this is just what she fits in right now. I have three bags in the closet of the larger sizes. The only things that I bought were the two Thirsties covers (second hand), the snappies here and some wool to make a few of the wool soakers. Maybe soon I will get around to trying the wool, I hear that once you try it you dont go back. Everything else was given to me by my sister or of from friends.

My goal was not to buy any disposable diapers, and I have not. So the few packages that I was given as gifts were all that I had. So at about a week when I saw that I was running low I knew that it was time to make the switch.

I wanted to wait until her belly button stub fell off before I put her in cloth because I did not buy any newborn diaper covers and it was just my luck that it fell off early right at a week. She started just wearing them during the day. After about a week of that she was in cloth all the time. I use the fitted diapers during the day and the pockets at night. The first few times she wore the pockets we had some leaking but I think that it had to do with her still being so little.

We have only had a few leaks. Sometimes I forget to make sure that all of the cloth is inside of the cover and the diaper will leak. Even with the big blowouts the mess stays in the cover and does not venture out onto her outfit. She has had more messy blowouts in a disposable than she has had in cloth.

This is just the beginning of my cloth diapering journey with the little lady. Before I know it she will be out of diapers and I will look back and miss seeing her fluffy bottom. There are thing that I will miss about cloth diapering but there are also things that I wont miss. But until then she will proudly sport her fluffy bottom.