Well, a lot of personal things have happened in the last 10 days. After only being out for less then 3 months my husband has found an amazing job. It takes a great deal of financial stress off us now but the kids and I have gotten use to having him home 24/7. So, now we have to come up and adapt to a whole new routine. I have taken a short break from my schooling to get us back in order. My oldest starts school 2 weeks from today then I start back two weeks after that. I most likely won’t be posting much. I do, however, have an awesome guest post that will be up by the end of the week.
Stick around, I will be back to blogging in no time!
I went out to weed the garden a bit. If your near the south then you know how much rain we have been getting. While its nice for our veggies it’s not so great for the weeds. LOL I was really starting to give up on our garden.
So far this season we’ve have only harvested a single green bell pepper.
But today while I was outside I got a pleasant surprise! First I saw these peppers but as I started weeding I found…
We also have corn and pile beans planted but nothing from them yet. I’m a bit more hopeful now.
Family time is something that is really important to my husband and myself. We’ve decided that we need more unplugged family time. I will post with each idea we come up with. Raising kids in a plugged in, always connected world, Ben and I want to show the kids that we can have awesome family time without phones (except for the camera and of course when I’m on call for a client), iPods, iPads, anything connected.
So today we went to our 3rd Build & Grow workshop at Lowe’s.
We love going to these. Its great quality time we get to spend as a family. So far they’ve built Monster’s Inc. monsters, treasure boxes, and RC from Toy Story. Even though they’re still young and we end up being the ones that put them together, the kids still love learning to hammer the nails and bringing home something they helped build. I really think it helps build their confidence. They love going to Grandpa’s house afterwards and showing off what they built. Our 4yo loves getting his patch for each thing we build. It’s so cute! The best part? IT’S FREE!!!
Its important to register ahead of time, to insure your local store has enough kits. Registering is easy, just follow the link above the picture. Make a profile and each time you want to register just choose the store you want to register at and and click the kids names. Then you print out the waiver form and take it with you. No worries if you forget, they have them there as well. I also suggest trying different stores if you have more then one close by. We tried one and they do their building on wooden tables in the door isle. We tried another one the next time and they did theirs in a small conference room on plastic tables. First of all, 10+ hammers going at once in a small room leaves you with a head ache and second, the plastic tables made it almost impossible to hammer the nails completely in and we ended up on the floor.
So, find one near you and take the kids! Its awesome family time and the kids are always asking when we can go again.
Since had to go to the store to replenish my doula bag I thought I would make a post about it. I carry two bags, a doula bag and personal bag.
•stabilized exercise ball with hand pump- its deflated of course. But I keep it with me just in case either the hospital doesn’t supply one or they are all being used.
•hair ties and bobby pins-we all know how easy hair ties break so I keep a whole bunch plus bobby pins.
•new chap sticks- if a mom needs one I always have them on me.
•bendy straws- just in case. Saw it on another doulas blog and thought it was a good idea.
•spray bottle-help mist mom and cool her down
•lavender and unscented lotions- massages
•wisp and altoids- in case mom throws up or needs something to suck on
•little flash light- in case mom wants it dark but we need to see
•basic home birth kit- in case a mom wants to labor at home and goes faster then expected
•change of clothes and trash bag- birth is messy and no one wants to drive home in messy cloths
•sneakers- I bought a cheap pair off the clearance rack. They are my hospital shoes. They don’t go outside, I think it just looks more professional since all my sneakers are old running shoes and I wear rainbows 98% of the time.
•jacket-hospitals get cold
•travel blanket- two reasons, hospitals get cold and if for some reason mom wants to be on the floor.
•feminine hygiene products
tooth brush, tooth paste, mouth wash, deodorant
•change for vending machine
•mini first aid kit
•Emergenc-C immune support
•migraine and allergy meds
•baby wipes- because I can’t take a shower
I’m sure as time goes on I will refine and change my bags. With my next birth I do want to try something. I read about one doula that keeps cookie dough in freezer. And when she gets the call she pops them in the oven while she gets ready. Then she shows up with fresh cookies for the nurses. These bags sit by my door and once I am on call after 38wks they go in the car if I go somewhere.
Here is a quick Monday night recipe!
White corn chips
2cups of diced veggies, I used onions, peppers, mushrooms, olives and tomatoes
1/2 cup Colby Jack
1/2 cup mozzarella
1) Preheat oven to 350*F
2) In a shallow, glass pie dish spread out chips and cover with Colby Jack. Top with veggies and the mozzarella.
3) Bake 15-20 or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!
This has been the craziest two months of my family’s life. We moved from Southern California back to my home town and into a house grew up in, in the upstate of South Carolina. Both my husband and I are still experiencing mixed emotions about leaving our form or life. It is the most stressful, scary, exciting, and adventurous we have gone through since we got married. We are trusting God and following where we fill he is leading us.
My dad flew out to help us drive back East. We mostly followed I-40 the whole way. We did stop and check out the Grand Canyon. The kids did so well. As well as our new kitten and our dog. It took us about 5 days between site seeing, kids, and pets.
Settling into a smaller house has not been easy. Especially now that my 16-year-old niece is living with us. I have to admit, the extra help has been a great blessing.
My little brother left for boot camp in Paris Island on June 2. It was nice to be able to be here and see him off. And my mom is excited to be able to come see the kids just whenever she wants.
Blogging is going to be so much easier. I got a new phone, my old one was freaking out on me and making it hard to do anything. You will be seeing many more post now that I can post from anywhere!
We have started planning our daughter’s 2nd birthday. Of 3 kids this will only be our second birthday party that family can attend. We chose a tea party them. She loves pretending and it will be outside.
It’s always so funny how kids perceive things. Colton is almost four and a half and he came to be in the kitchen the other night and this how our conversation went:
Colton: Mommy, I want an octopus.
Colton: Mommy, I want to get on your computer and order money so I can go to the store and buy an octopus top put in my room.
Me: Oh, Colton if that’s only how it worked. Come on, let’s go tell Daddy.
I’m not sure why he thinks that you order money. LOL Maybe because we order a lot from Amazon and other online stores. We did talk to him later about how Daddy works very hard for our money and maybe it’s time he gets a very small allowance for doing chores. I plan on getting both him and Liam the chore chart from Melissa and Doug. It was just so funny that he wanted to order money.