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4th of July Coffee Filter Fireworks Pom Poms

from The Suburban Mom
Summer is the perfect time to try new crafts, especially on rainy afternoons. If you are in search of an easy and entertaining craft that results in a cute 4th of July decoration this is your project. I expected my girls to decorate maybe 10 coffee filters before moving on, but nearly two hours later we decorated more than 50 filters. And my six year old would have kept going if wasn’t time for dinner.

Mississippi Mud Pie No Bake Cheesecake

from A Dash of Sanity
My kids loved my recent recipe of my Mississippi Mud cookies, in fact two days later they were asking me to make them again. I didn’t want to make the exact same thing, so I turned their new favorite cookies into a no bake cheesecake which is a dessert they always seems to love. So enjoy this summer sensation as a family, at a BBQ or pool side party.

Frozen Birthday Invitations – 2 Designs!

from One Creative Mommy

Last weekend, we hosted a Frozen Birthday Party for Lu, and I’m worn out!  If you read my blog regularly, you know that I go a little nuts when it comes to birthday parties.  I love to host themed parties, and I love to create games and crafts to go with the parties.

Yard Sale Milk Glass

from Penny’s Vintage Home
I went to a yard/estate sale Saturday where two lovely ladies were selling what was left of their mothers things,    Their mother had amassed quite a collection of milk glass….about two rooms full.

Grilled Corn, Zucchini & Black Bean Enchiladas

from LeMoine Family Kitchen

How do I balance out all those cookie recipes I’ve been sharing? Well, with a Meatless Monday Mexican dish of course! Its been awhile since I’ve posted a Meatless Monday recipe but I’ve certainly been making an effort to create more vegetarian meals for my family. These Grilled Corn, Zucchini & Black Bean Enchiladas are absolutely wonderful! They are incredibly flavorful and filling and of course full of good for you veggies and lean protein of the beans. The homemade enchilada sauce is really what brings the flavor and makes this dish a bit addicting!
Beauty Review Post #5 – Maybelline SuperStay 24HR Concealer
from Beautiful You
  The product I’m reviewing today is Maybelline’s SuperStay 24HR Concealer. This is literally the best concealer I’ve ever used. No joke. I’ve tried the really expensive ones and none of them have the staying power that this one does. I live in a very humid area, so any make up on my face has to practically be glued down.

A Portrait of Feminine Dress ~ From Church to Wedding

from Deep Roots at Home

With weddings and graduations coming up, I’ve been thinking a lot about what to wear. As I get older, I sometimes have to put a good bit of effort into attire so I am not frumpy. As we work on the heart issues of modesty, let’s also turn our attention to the exterior for a few moments!

Two Peas in a Pod Tutorial Series: DIY Seashell Door Stopfrom CereusArt
Wake: Nautical terminology; the track or path that a boat leaves behind it, when moving across the waters. Weekly recap of events from Cereus Art.   Starfish Boutonnieres Last weekend in between my mom’s birthday celebrations, I was able to spend some time in my studio.

Old Fashion Apple Pie

from O Taste and See

Old Fashion Apple Pie reminds me of one such commercial.  Every time I think about it I remember a jingle from an old Chevrolet commercial that promoted all things American.  They sang a chorus about “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet.  They go together in the Good Ol’ USA.”
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Baby Two at 30 weeks: some amazing things.

Today, I was tired. Yesterday, I was tired. Tomorrow, I anticipate being tired. It’s that point of pregnancy. At about 30 weeks, I feel every step, every movement, and while I’m not yet super uncomfortable, the word “cumbersome” and “oof!” echo in my mind multiple times, daily. The food? It’s all delicious and going to the right places. The iron? Well, I’m very anemic again and on a full iron supplement (I’ve been on a half dose for the whole pregnancy, so far). So anemic, in fact, that the midwife’s little finger-prick-tester-machine wouldn’t give her a number the first time; it just said “lo”.

 

Due to  the fact that a pregnancy is indeed a family affair, I have to say “Happy Father’s Day” to the man who amazes me. Alex wakes up with Callan every morning to give me a few extra minutes to sleep. He works two jobs. He makes time for reading, writing, and helping me clean. He is just as tired (if not more so) than me…and yet he took Callan away for a few hours this weekend to give me a break, played outside with him a lot of the afternoon on Sunday, and in general earned about ten thousand dad/husband points by just being here.

 

Today? It was amazing that Callan woke up at 5:45. It was amazing that he took an hour nap at 8:30. It was amazing that he didn’t wake up grumpy, that he ate carrot sticks with lunch (!!) and that he took another two and a half hour nap this afternoon. The little boy I’m babysitting also took an hour nap; I literally sat on the couch, amazed, for a few minutes, not knowing what to do with myself. Actually, I sat on the couch a lot today, unable to be anything but exhausted, and watched as the boys played together happily, letting me rest.

Can I use the word “amazing” one more time? No? Okay okay…fine.

The thing that took my breath away (aside from our walk, when I started getting worried about early labor because holy crap Braxton Hicks!) was when Callan opened a “Baby Signs” book, looked at the illustrations of different signs, and started doing them. He was literally reading sign language out of a baby book; several of them were signs he’s never done before.

What!?

 

We are beginning potty training tomorrow, and if I needed encouragement to get started, I didn’t know it. But that was so encouraging to realize that he’s making those kinds of connections, and gives me hope that maybe (maybe) he’ll be potty trained in the next month.

On the agenda for the rest of the week:

  • start potty training, and don’t freak out
  • continue to notice these little things that make you thankful, because you’ve had a good start this week!
  • get motivated to do a) some exercise, and b) some cleaning, and c) some resting and d) some more resting…
  • wash and bleach those poor cloth diapers that have been sitting for…ahem…
  • rest some more and ignore the to-do list. Because those Braxton Hicks are kicking your butt, and baby has to stay inside for at least another seven weeks.
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7 Quick Takes: A day in the life (sort of).

I decided to do one of those “day in the life” posts…but only give seven points of the day, because that’s probably all I’ll remember anyway.

~1~

Let’s start with last night. It’s about 9:57 PM…and I’m fed up with Jetpack. I can’t get my gravatar image to load. But I literally cannot stare at the computer screen any longer. So tell me…is there a gravatar plugin that works, and a stat plugin I can download, so I can forever get rid of Jetpack?

~2~

6:22 AM. Get up, get dressed make Callan oatmeal, get distracted by the computer, salvage the oatmeal, put bread ingredients in the bread machine. Feed the boy and get us ready to take Alex to work…who is almost late, because we all lost track of time. Out the door by 7:31 AM.

~3~

8 AM. Back home to get all the library books together, make pancake batter for lunch later, deal with the meltdowns (of which there are three? four?), check email and communicate with my mom (all I did was post this video on her Facebook…but she has five daughters whom she loves and misses, so that’s good for today). I put beans for dinner on to soak, made my grocery list and a detailed to-do list for the day, because I was already forgetting things.

~4~

10 AM. We’ve collected our boy to be baby sat (my part time job, right now), and head to the library for Callan’s first day of their baby/toddler program. We sit, sing silly songs, read a book, and then let our little people interact for half an hour. During the music part Callan sits on my lap and looks around the room: “You guys, this is just…dumb.” He was not very impressed, but enjoyed all the toys. After the library we head to the grocery store for 5 (make that 6…7…hello, string cheese!…8 things) and I go $9 over budget. Cool.

~5~

12 PM. Back home again, where I have about 1 hour to simultaneously make/feed pancakes to two (very hungry and thirsty, Miss Heidi!) boys and assemble Boston baked beans in the crock pot for dinner. We have to go pick up milk, but find out at 12:30 that we don’t actually have to leave til 2 PM…awesome. So I put Callan down for a nap and sit and read for like 20 minutes by the time lunch is over (and my feet thank me, believe me!).

~6~

2 PM. We leave, pick up milk and meet someone with some birth supplies for me, come home, put on George for the kids, and sit. Just sit, for a few minutes. During those minutes, the living room turns into this:

 

~7~

The afternoon. Wash dishes, fold laundry, get a snack for the boys. I got a surprise gifts of a dress for my anniversary (which is awesome!) and these new pumas from thredUP; I left my (old, yucky) tennis shoes on my Southern trip and decided to update. Once the other boy gets picked up we’ll go pick up Alex from work, come home and eat, and then sit and do nothing with the air conditioner blasting. Maybe we’ll drink a glass of vino after Callan goes to bed, just for kicks.

It has been a good, full day.  How about you?? Oh, and Team Whitaker is hosting today, by the way…so thank you!

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The sauna outside, tons of baby clothes, and prayer.

I spent most of the afternoon feeling bad because I didn’t take Callan outside today. That is, not outside to play. We took Alex to work and went to WalMart and the library, but we didn’t go for a walk or play in the yard. I turned the a/c on before 9 AM, because it felt like a sauna out there at 8. And I said “ain’t no way I’m going outside anymore than I have to.”

Instead, I spent all morning sorting, putting away, washing, and storing aaaaaaaaaallll of the baby clothes. And as I posted on Facebook this morning, I’m so glad we’re having another boy. The thought of doubling the amount of baby clothes we have seems impossible; the buckets are literally coming out of corners, ya’ll, and I can’t open my bedroom door all the way.

Callan kept me company hanging out on the bed, reading and cracking himself up by putting baby clothes on his head. He had fun playing inside today (pretending my nightgown was a cape happened, too), so I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad.

And…ohmygoodnessI’mexcited. Looking at all the wee little things again and thinking “soon! Soon soon!” I can hardly believe how fast time is flying.

32 weeks. I feel jus’ a lil’ puffy.

That said, I do have a couple of prayer requests…

  • I am…anxious. I’m not scared I won’t be able to push the baby out. I’m not scared of having a home birth. And I’m not scared of transferring to the hospital again. I’m nervous that since we were in the “minority” of abnormal labors and deliveries last time with Callan, we will be again…except more serious, this time. Like, transverse position, or cord prolapse…all these scenarios keep running through my head and I’ve spent a lot of time battling fear with prayer, soothing essential oils, and pregnancy tea these last few days.
  • We have a list of things we need to do and a (short) list of things we need to buy before the baby comes, but are a little overwhelmed at the thought of fitting these extras in around our already-crazy schedules. Please pray we find peace, prioritize well, and enjoy the “getting-ready” time. It’s also our last couple of months of just the three of us, and I want to treasure it.

Thanks, friends, for the kind comments and support you’ve shown us so far. I’m glad that the community around the blog is an encouraging part of our lives, and so excited to show off our new little guy in just a matter of weeks.

Hopefully tomorrow it won’t feel like a sauna outside, because I would like to make a serious effort to let Callan have some play time.

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Empathy vs. rudeness: Moms, don’t confuse them.

Toward the end of last week I met a nice lady while running errands. A mom of grown children herself, she congratulated me on baby two’s pending arrival and showed me pictures of her kids, describing their good qualities and reminiscing on “the good ol’ days” when they were little. She asked me what I was having, and when I told her “boy”, and that I have a 21 month old son as well, she said “wow, you have your hands full!” I agreed, with a slight smile, and after chatting a little more we parted ways.

I was slightly irritated, but I know why. It’s because lately, on Facebook and other social media outlets, some of the trending articles give whole lists of “things you should never say to a pregnant woman” and “things a mom of little kids won’t appreciate hearing”. Granted, there are a lot of insensitive things that people come up with; I’m not saying people are never rude. Weight comments, particularly, aren’t really in good taste at any time, not just pregnancy.

Sometimes, I think, we moms (and especially when pregnant) have a tendency to take offense at the slightest little remark (I blame it on the hormones, but you know…) and I think we need to take a break from immersing our minds in all the potential offensive things people might say in the grocery store and take honest stock of each situation as it comes.

  1. This woman obviously loves being a mom, and remembers the days when her children were little with fondness.
  2. When she made that comment, she was smiling. Her face was kind. Her eyes were genuinely sympathetic, because she remembers.
  3. She was not speaking flippantly, rudely, or sarcastically. She was being empathetic.

Now, I don’t appreciate weight comments any more than the next person, but really, how many of those do we actually hear on a regular basis? And guessing the gender? asking about twins? guessing the due date?…what is really offensive about all of that? Okay, maybe insensitive…and I’ll warrant that after a hard day some of those things do rub me the wrong way…but.

I think we need to acknowledge that even though the hormones are a whole level of crazy that just can’t be explained, we can still control them enough to know when a person is trying to be rude and when they’re trying to empathize, relate to us, or simply say something that speaks to our situation, and take the comments in the spirit they’re intended. Maybe they’ve forgotten what it feels like or don’t know what it feels like, but how many people honestly approach a conversation with a pregnant woman thinking “I should just make sure to tell her how miserable she is, because she obviously doesn’t know?”

Because the truth is, I do have my hands full. And I appreciate that a stranger took a moment to recognize where I’m at, show a little sympathy and support, and then send me on my merry, acknowledged, respected, and very busy way.

Oh, and p.s.: I did appreciate this article. Being a mom of a sensitive kid myself, I would encourage people to think a little extra when kids are around. I may be in control of how I receive comments, but it’s not reasonable to expect that same level of control from children.

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A look inside a pregnant brain. Get ready.

Someday I think I should do one those “a day in the life” posts…you know? Where bloggers break down their day, giving you times and details? Maybe I will tomorrow…but for now, here are all the random things going through my head today that didn’t quite make it onto one cohesive post. Get ready, because some of them are doozies. And yes, this totally accurately depicts the state of my brain and what thoughts run through it in about a ten minute time span.

Yes, it drives me crazy.

You’ve been warned.

Yes. This dress (from thredUP, naturally)…so comfy, light, and a good new dress for our anniversary. A little see through…but maybe if I wear white underwear it won’t matter. I really don’t want any extra layers adding to my perpetual sweatiness.

All those garden greens are just sitting there wilting. I should wash them…later.

Itch…scratch…ow…dadgummit…stupid bug bites! I need my essential oil refills! Okay…tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus (for the diaper smell in Callan’s room), and oregano. I’ve got to see if it helps the eczema/crazy rash/wart outbreak on my hand. Husband approved ordering…boom.

Can I possibly stand to stand there and put a pot of water on for spaghetti noodles? I promised the boys spaghetti, so I guess I must.

Man, the boys had fun at the splash park today. It did feel good to put on a swimsuit and get wet…I just wish I had the energy to walk over there more often. Tomorrow they’ll be distracted by all the errands, and maybe I can get another 3 hour nap out of Callan. Because that was awesome.

I’m out of chocolate.

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I need a “thing” for my Etsy shop…one item I can make my own; my signature piece that I’m known for. I think baby mobiles would be super fun, a way to learn to make all kinds of stuffed animals, and something a little more unique than scrubbies and dishcloths. I think the first animal I need to learn to make is an elephant. And in the meantime, I need to just put the entire shop’s inventory at 50% off. It would be nice to use that drawer for baby clothes, or something.

The bathroom smells like diapers. Someone should take the trash out.

I wonder what it would be like to win the lottery. What would I do with an extra…hmm…I’d buy my birth kit, for starters.

How in the world did I rope myself into making pancakes for a snack?? There has got to be a way to get out of this…I know! I’ll offer him cheese with his apples. That’s unusual enough to distract him from pancakes, right?

Nota bene: I did put my entire Etsy inventory at 50% off. I also ordered my essential oils. I did not make pancakes for a snack. I’m planning on solving the chocolate situation tomorrow. I washed my greens, made spaghetti, and spent Callan’s nap trying to figure out how to crochet a small elephant (measurements, pattern people!). And I’m sort of hoping we win some kind of lottery, sometime.

A good Thursday, for sure. 

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We are three years old.

Saturday was our third wedding anniversary, and about three and a half years since we started dating. We’ve come a long way, since then…

…while dating, from the Midwest to the West coast to the East coast to East Asia to the South and back.

…when engaged, five long hours away from one another, teaching at two different classical schools and seeing one another a couple of times a month (Alex did the bulk of the traveling, it’s true.)

…married, we’ve been all over the US and to Ireland. Between the two of us we’ve had six jobs, almost two babies, become involved in a church community, and made an apartment a happy, cozy little home.

For the third year in a row we celebrated God’s providence in putting us together by spending some time alone; we skimped on the presents this year, but had a fantastic dinner (steak! Happy pregnant lady!) and caught up on some much needed conversation, connecting as friends again after a very crazy month.

These, seriously, were all I wanted for an anniversary gift.

And this is the local attraction Alex discovered after dinner; he named it the “man-bush-vine”, or something like that.

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Today, I’m a co-host for the “That Friday Blog Hop”

For the first time, I’m co-hosting a blog hop! All the info and host links are below, so indulge in some extra blog time today and enjoy finding some new blogs. :)
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The hold system at the library and the end of our Spring garden.

If I wrote to a “Dear Sally” column in a newspaper, this is the question I would ask her:

Dear Sally,

Do the ladies who work at the library mind that I use the online hold system for every single book I check out so that I can pick it up rather than go look for it?

But really, what would they rather deal with…collecting books for a lady to pick up, or the lady letting her toddler run riot down the stacks while she searches for books to read?

Am I the laziest library lover ever, or just plain practical?

A concerned patron of a public library

That is what I would ask. I obviously dearly love the hold system, because I have 10 books on hold right now.

Sad but true: after two more destructive forays on the part of the groundhogs, I’m throwing in the towel with the garden for this season.

It would take so much work for Alex to keep them out, and the man is working so hard already. It would take so much work for me to prune and re-plant and get seedlings (which aren’t in the budget, anyway), and I honestly don’t have the energy for it. What energy I do have I’d rather spend putting up freezer meals and getting the house ready for the baby. I won’t let the vegetables that are still alive go to waste; I’ll harvest them and use them happily. But I can’t handle more investment at the moment, and Alex doesn’t really want to deal with more disappointed-hormonal-wife-meltdowns. So until the Fall, we’re saying “you win” to the groundhogs.

This Fall I’m hoping to just plant a few rows with a lot of a few ingredients; namely beets, onions, carrots, beans, and peas. The rows will make it simpler for me and hopefully we’ll get even more, next time. For now, though, I’ll just be giving good business to the local farmer’s market so that I can get a supply of tomatoes in the freezer for the winter.

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The Liebster Blog award.

All of a sudden it’s like “woah! Things are happening in the blog world!”  First off, I’m co-hosting the “That Friday Blog Hop” over at Rebecca’s blog.

Second, my friend Davy nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award yesterday, which is flattering, fun, and convenient because my exhausted brain is tired of being wracked for post ideas, and she took care of Tuesday for me! So, without further ado…

Here are the rules:

  • if you’re nominated, write a post with 11 random facts about yourself (I’m only doing 5)
  • answer 11 questions the person who nominated you asks (I’m only answering 5)
  • nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers and let them know (I’m only nominating 5)
  • make up 11 of your own questions (guess what? …yep, 5)
  • post the rules!

It’s simple, a fun way to connect…and lets you learn some things about your blogger friends you might not know otherwise.

5 random facts about me

  1. rubbing flour between my hands gives me goosebumps
  2. I like string cheese
  3. I once quit a Russian class because the teacher was a snob
  4. watching my son eat lettuce makes me gag
  5. everything in my life happens in phases: books, movies, TV shows, cooking, eating, cleaning…I’m consistent in most things but feel like a migrating fish through most others

Davy’s questions

Why do you blog?
Mostly because I like it and it’s a creative outlet for me, but now also to try and earn a little supplemental income for my family. A longer version can be found here.
Do you know any foreign languages? If so, which one(s)?
At one point, I knew Russian and German at a functional level, and then taught Latin for two years. I haven’t practiced in so long, though, that I have forgotten a lot and it would take some serious studying to catch up again.
How many states have you visited?
Um, probably around 43.
What was the best class you ever took?
British literature in college; I got a C+, but the professor was so great and taught me how to read and love literature better than anyone else, I think.
Do you prefer shopping in person or online? Why?
Online. It’s so much less exhausting. Being out and about, though refreshing at times, is not my favorite thing.

My nominees

For Want of Wonder
That Still Center
Latham Living
Brian & Kate + Fate
This Northern Belle

I don’t have my own questions…so, people I nominated, you should answer Davy’s too! Happy blogging!

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