Monday, August 26, 2013

Miscellany Monday

1. We have a clothes line in the yard, one of those fancy retractable ones, but it it broken. We've tried temporarily fixing it with a stick, but every time while I was hanging clothes, the stick would pop out and the clothes would stretch the line down to the ground. It was so frustrating. I ended up just going to Walmart and getting a few of these drying racks. They work great, and I'll be able to use them inside in the winter.

2. My husband (who quit his job to follow his dream and take a job that pays as much as he used to make in a month as a yearly total) has been promoted. The head basketball coach left the college for a different job, making the top assistant the head coach and Tyler the top assistant coach. This is an amazing opportunity for him. And now he's making three month's worth (ha). He's already started calling recruits and loving every minute of his new work.

3. This is delicious. We have been starting to avoid almond milks with carrageenan in them (due to negative effects on the body), but I couldn't pass up this purchase, carrageenan and all. It is mighty tasty.

4. Speaking of coffee, we start them young here.

5. Tyler got me a dehydrator for Christmas and we finally used it for the first time. We dehydrated blueberries and cantaloupe. We pricked each and every one of those blues with a toothpick several times, luckily they turned out good so it was worth the hour of our lives. Next on the agenda, watermelon and pineapple.

6. My step-mother-in-law is doing a giveaway on her blog this week. She has 5 different prizes for 5 different winners, one of which is from my Etsy shop. She doesn't have a huge readership yet, so chances of winning are quite high, check it out! {Here's her blog}

Have a great week!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Sister Had A Baby

Just two days past Lindy's due date, my nephew arrived. She texted us at 4:30 that morning letting us know her water had broke, so we packed up the kids and all our stuff a few hours later and hit the road. It was a long trip (180 miles), but we made it to the birth center an hour before he was born. I was so worried we were going to miss it! Luckily, I was able to be there to witness her amazing natural water birth and take pictures (on her fancy pants Canon 5D Mark III).
Here's one of the pictures I took, just a couple minutes old.

Viggo Henry
8lbs, 10oz & 20.5 inches long

He's pretty cute, as expected. Lots of hair, little rolls all over his body, and a chin shaped perfectly for heavy duty thumb sucking. I wish we could have spent more time with the little guy, but we decided it may be a more peaceful start to his life if we took our show on the road. Our kids are pretty loud, like, all the time.


I feel like we have been here and there and everywhere the past month. I finally got around to emptying my camera contents onto the computer, how about a peek at life recently?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Mouth Sweeps

Mouth sweeps. Something I find myself doing very often these days. Elliot and Finnley are smack dab in the middle of the put everything in your mouth stage. I recall Mason going through it and wondering when it would end, if ever. But I don't remember sticking my finger in his mouth, like, ever. Perhaps I'm more paranoid this time around. I really don't have time to worry about choking though. I probably let Mason keep things in his mouth until he spit them out because it was just the two of us. Now that I have three to keep my eye on, forget about it. That foreign object is coming out!

Things I have recently swept out of Elliot and (mostly) Finnley's mouths:
Bark, definitely their fave.
Tree branches.
Dirt, Finnley shoved a fistful in her mouth, enough to make her gag. No lesson learned, however.
The little end off oranges
Random plastic trash (where do they find this crap??)

One day we went for a walk and Elliot was getting fussy in the stroller, so I strapped on the Boba and put her on. She remained somewhat fussy, which is unusual. Half hour later.. I discover a piece of bark in her mouth. She'd just been working away on it, like a piece of chewing gum. Apparently they lack the skill of spitting things out themselves? She was mad at first when I swept it out of her mouth, but didn't fuss anymore about it. Weirdo.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Baby Shower Owl Gift Basket

As I mentioned previously {here}, we played The Price is Right at my sister, Lindy's baby shower. Since the theme was centered around owls, I put together an owl gift basket for her to win as a showcase showdown prize. She was delighted. Let me share what was in it.

1. Thank you cards. Simply Said. My step-mother-in-law, Barb, made these cute cards. I thought it would be so much easier to provide the thank you notes for Lindy to send to all of her guests. Plus, they coordinate with the invitations Barb also made for me. (Pictured in my last post)

2. Crocheted baby owl rattle. Blue Moon Crochet. This is such a sweet, little toy. I love the squish of it and the soft rattle sound it makes. I'm sure my newborn nephew will enjoy staring at those contrasting eyes, too!

3. Melamine bowl. Target. Picked this up last minute in the dollar aisle at Target. Do you know how hard it is to find owl themed items that aren't deemed girly? Well, it isn't easy.

4. Pocket cloth diaper. Alva. We have a couple Alva brand diapers and they work great and the cost is low. I actually scored this diaper on a resale site, so I was even happier with the cost.

5. Crocheted newborn owl hat. Nancy Bags 4 U. I love this hat. It is so cute and seriously the softest hat I have ever laid my hands on. The value in Nancy's work is fantastic. I cannot wait to see that little baby boy wearing this! I think this was my sister's favorite item in the group.

6. Night light. Munchkin. Another Target item. This will make those midnight diaper changes a lot easier.

Lindy's Owl Themed Baby Shower

My sister is due in a couple weeks with her first baby, so last month we threw her a baby shower at my parents' house. Lindy is obsessed with owls, so it was no question that would be the theme we were to go with. Close family and friends joined us for the afternoon to celebrate the impending arrival of my nephew.

On the menu? Lindy's cravings. Just as random and odd as any other mama-to-be. Watermelon, cheese cubes, banana bars, mints patties, chocolate cake, gummy bears, and honeydew.

The guests filled out advice/prediction cards, I know Lindy will enjoy looking back at those down the road. Plus, it is always fun to see when other people think baby is going to arrive. The male guesses on weight and length are usually amusing. My guess is August 7th!

We did one big game for the shower, The Price is Right. My husband was the host and did an amazing job in the role. We had people come down and guess the price of different items (just like in the game show) and the closest would then go head to head in a mini game with Lindy. They guessed on things from baby powder to cloth diapers, apps to toys. It was amusing to hear some of the guesses and some were just outrageous (ahem, Kirk).

The little mini games played were:
Baby Trivia
Bottle Drinking Contest

Baby Animal Match-Up
Baby Food Blind Taste Test


Diaper Changing Race

Baby Sock Matching Race
Birth Charades

I had a lot of fun planning everything for the game and watching it unfold. I think most everyone enjoyed playing, too. At the end of each mini game, the winner won a small gift card. As hoped, Lindy won every time except once, when our Great Aunt Sondra was gracious enough to pass her prize onto the mom-to-be.
That same Great Aunt won the roll of the dice and went up in the showcase showdown with Lindy. Lindy's showcase was a $25 Amazon gift card and since she guessed within a dollar of the actual value, she also won Sondra's showcase, an owl gift basket (see it HERE).

August 7th (my birthday guess) is just a few days away. I can't wait to meet my nephew!