Friday, January 27, 2012

Would You Like A Tour?

These are the pictures I took when we first saw our house.
A few things have changed since we moved in and we'll get to that, eventually.
For now, enjoy looking at the "before" pictures.


 
































Well, there she is.
Some nice carpet, eh?
The price was very right.
What do you think? Would you have made an offer?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Top 3 Reasons I've Been A Blogging Slacker.

  1. My computer is SLOW. And that is an understatement. It also likes to shut down randomly. But.. we are awaiting the arrival of our new desktop. It should be delivered to our doorstep sometime in the next week. I'm excited!

  2. Molars.
  3. Days like this:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Christmas, Enough Already.

Here's the rest of my Christmas pictures, in random order.







Okay, now I'm done.
Promise.

Wordless Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Christmas Morning on the Farmstead.








(this was actually the next day, but who's keeping track?)


Not done yet.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Miscellany Monday.

1. I slept in til 9 this morning. Mason slept til 9:30. We always wake up together, in fact I can count on one hand how many times I've got up before him. So, it was kind of nice to have that half hour to myself before starting the day.


2. Mason has been working on cutting his molars for like 2 months now. Lately it has been just too much for the little guy. Lots of whining and clinging going on. I have even been giving him some pain relievers before bed the last few days because otherwise he just sleeps horribly. Poor guy. 
As for you, molars, will you just poke through already?

3. My parents were here this weekend doing more work on our kitchen. I'm very excited to share what it looks like when it is finished. So far, it looks great!


4. Mason loves popcorn. He loves to eat it, he loves to feed it to others, he loves to watch it pop, he loves to spill it all over the floor, he even loves to climb into the bowl with it.



That's all I've got.

Miscellany Monday @
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

It's Been Nice.

The weather has been amazing here lately. Highs in the 50s and 60s, lots of sunshine, and minimal wind. It actually got up to 68 degrees one day, that was a record setter. Usually around this time of year, it is cold, snowy, blustery.. much like it has been today and yesterday.
We took full advantage of the nice weather, hitting up the park, taking the dogs for walks, and playing in the yard. Mason loves exploring. When there are other kids at the park, he likes to just stare at them playing for the longest time. Eventually he tries to join the action, but isn't quite big enough to fit in with their games. He sure tries though.




Mason likes to collect things such as rocks, sticks, trash, dirt clods. He'll carry them around with him until he needs a free hand to touch something or collect something even more interesting. He also loves to put rocks in his mouth. I'm kind of hoping he'll get over this soon. At least he always spits them back out.




So, while we've been out and about, my house remains in need of unpacking, organizing, yada yada. It has been nice to have an excuse to ignore it, but this snowy, windy weather means lots of time indoors to put things away, read lots of books (over and over and over..), and snuggles.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas Eve with the Mathisens.

Look, I warned you there were going to be more Christmas pictures. And, I'm not done yet.

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christmas eve

We went to church, as we always do, and Mason slept in the car with Grandpa Tim. They woke up and came inside just in time to catch the end of the service.

Afterwards, we went to the Double G's and had ham, among other things. Mason gobbled down pistachio salad.

Mason's favorite present from the night was his tractor flashlight. Two things he loves, combined into one.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

12 Goals for 2012.

A new year is here, although it feels like Christmas was just yesterday.. perhaps because we celebrated our 6th and final family Christmas yesterday? It will take me a while to get used to calling the year 2012, especially considering I've already wrote 2013 on two checks... yep, true story.
I have accumulated a somewhat lengthy list of goals for myself this year. But, they are all things I would love to accomplish so I don't want to leave anything out. I plan to update you all (because I know you want to know) throughout the year on how I'm doing in regards to meeting each one.

  1. Organize. A lot of my other goals could technically be subcategories of this one, but I generally want to know where stuff is. Everything needs a place. I may just be craving this now since my house is a wreck and desperately needs unpacked. (Wait, then what am I doing blogging?) I want to organize my time, travels, calendars, meal plans, budgets, just everything.
  2. Plant and maintain a great garden. I've had gardens in the past and they have done very well considering my neglect. This year I want to make the commitment to see my little seeds all the way through their journey, ending my family members' bellies. I've got a few good ideas pinned already and would like to get some winter sowing done this month. I'm super excited about this.
  3. Learn how to can. I'm really scared of killing my friends and family via canned goods, so I'll be tackling a fear here also. I got a canning bath/starter kit for Christmas from my sister-in-law, so I gotta do it, right?? My backup plan is to just buy another freezer. I'll settle for plan A or B.
  4. Attend a craft fair as a vendor. I haven't been to a craft fair in ages, but I would love for Dejigle to have a space at one. I think it would be a really great opportunity for us. Lots of details to work out, but hopefully we can get it accomplished!
  5. Get out of the house. Mason loves being outdoors and so do I. Now that we live in town and have access to our family car, I see us getting out and about more often. Not to mention we now live 1/2 block away from the park. I can get wrapped up in doing stuff around the house pretty easier, I would love to get out at least once per day.. well, maybe not during blizzards.
  6. Get moving. I need to start exercising. Not necessarily for my self image or weight, but for my heart and general health. I've been counting breastfeeding as my daily workout for too long. (Anyone else do this, or is it just me?)
  7. Strengthen communication. If I want to continue down the path of practicing positive parenting (which I do!) I need to work on how I communicate with other people (my husband, mostly). While I'm very good at being patient, not yelling with Mason, he does observe my interactions with others. I bought the book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life early last year, but had a hard time reading it. I love the idea behind the book, but it just is not an easy read for me. I would really like to get through the book and implement some major self improvement.
  8. Really DO the Farmers Market. We casually attended the farmers market in Omaha a couple times last year and once in a town closer to us. We went with no plan and it was all kind of on a whim. This year I want to know what I need before we go. I love supporting local farmers and want to get what I don't have in my garden from them. This will require having my meal plan and grocery list ready to go. It would be a double bonus to find a good source of local, organic meat.
  9. Make a home. As you know, we just bought a house and moved in within the last month. I want to get everything put away, hang up pictures, sew curtains, arrange furniture just so, and all that other fun stuff that makes a house feel like home.
  10. Greatly reduce my sugar intake. At first I was thinking I should give up pop for the whole year. But after remembering how much I love Dr. Pepper, I decided I just don't want to get that extreme. I'm not a huge pop drinker anyhow, I rarely drink any at home, just mostly when we go out to eat. So, I threw that idea out the window. But, I do consume a good amount of sugar. I love brownies. And cookies and bars of all kinds. The list goes on and on. Sweets are a big weakness of mine. While I am definitely not ready to commit to going sugar free (although there are good reasons to do so) I would like to cut back on my treats. I really don't want to develop diabetes, like, ever. Put the cookie down, Melissa!
  11. Clean up my routine. As in, I need a cleaning routine. I am going to make myself a schedule and stick to it. I'm a bad housekeeper right now (fun fact - I worked as a hotel housekeeper during highschool and part of college). I think my husband would enjoy coming home to a slightly much tidier home.
  12. Get off the computer. Sniff sniff. I do love the internet. Perhaps too much. This time I've had with my computer "out of order" has been a good reminder of how I don't need to check Facebook several times a day in order to function. If I'm going to accomplish all my other goals, I need to do this one, big time!