What It All Comes Down To…

A glimpse into the life of our family. Some ideas, insight, recipes, and crafts. Maybe a baby picture or two.

Saturday. May 29, 2010

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The hydrangea are blooming!

Some are even purple this year.

Bill found this turtle in front of the house this morning. Sarah thought it was cool, except when Bill put it on the ground to walk. Maybe a little scary then. Yes, Mom, I washed her hands after she touched it.


Wii May 28, 2010

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There was a package delivered to my house a few days ago.  An unexpected, rather large package.  The best sort of a package, really.  The kids were delighted to find a Wii game system inside the box.  A present from their grandparents, who find their own delight in their Wii system.  (My kids think it’s seriously funny that their grandparents play Wii.  Sometimes they’ll talk to them on the phone and laugh when the grandparent will tell them that they’re out of breath because they’ve been playing sword fighting or tennis)

Now, I have serious reservations about video games in my house.  I know how my husband can be and I know how certain children can be when it comes to games and/or computers.  I dislike policing everything that my children do, and adding a video game was one more thing that I would have to oversee. I imagine the fights I would have to break up, the time limits that would need to be set, the answer of, “I’m just beating this next level, Mom.” when those time limits had expired.  It’s more than I need right now.  At least that’s what I thought.

This Wii thing is going to be my exception.  It is hysterical!  We had a Wii-fest yesterday.  Much playing ensued, all for the sake of learning how to play and what to do.  Everyone complained of Wii soreness today.  Even with my bladder attacks (don’t I sound like an 80 year old woman?), I still managed to play. 

Though I don’t foresee adding many games to our collection, I do think this is a fun game.  Very entertaining and something everyone can play.  Thanks, to grandpa and grandma for a fun gift!  Maybe we’ll have to post some pictures of us Wii-ing.


Sarah’s First Birthday. May 26, 2010

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Started with a CT scan (with contrast, naturally) for mom.  It was a lot of fun.  I am thankful, however, that I was able to walk out of the very same hospital that I found myself in last year on the same date.  Rather unexpected for both times, really.  That’s a whole ‘nother story…. 

We ate lunch at our favorite little country store.  Sarah had her first taste of apple juice.  She was not impressed.  After lunch we drove down the way to a small nursery to find something to plant in the yard in honor of Sarah’s special day.  We chose a pinkish color Rose of Sharon bush.  It will be planted in the front yard, where I can see it from the rocking chair in my bedroom.  Sarah’s favorite spot. 

Planting the bush.



Ouch. Crawling on gravel hurts!


Sitting on gravel is much nicer.


After a nice, long afternoon nap wearing just a diaper (how cute do babies look when they’re wearing only a diaper?!), Sarah will dine on homemade mac. and cheese (her favorite), hamburger patties, broccoli, and tomatoes.  Her bunny cake with vanilla ice cream will follow.  It occurred to me as I was baking the cake (I’ve made the same cake for all the kids’ first birthdays) that this will be my last first birthday party for one of my kids.  Sort of a sick feeling. 


Waking up from the nap and blowing bubbles. She looked like a rabid dog, there was so much slobber on her (and the floor).


Cake is G-O-O-D!!!


Presents are simple and few.  It’s the cards that she likes the best. 



At 1 year of age, Sarah is beginning to walk.  She is a crazy climber.  You’ll often find her pushing chairs or stools around the house, using them to climb on things she shouldn’t climb on.  Like the coffee table.  She is a great eater, preferring apples, french toast, and mac. and cheese.  Yogurt is another favorite.  After tonight, I think cake might win the favorites contest though.  Sarah takes one nap every afternoon and goes to bed around 10:00 and sleeps until I wake her up at 9:00 in the morning.  She’s always happy to be packed around and loves to be rocked.  If you say, “Cozy, cozy” she will lay down and pretend to sleep.  Sarah can show you where her tongue, toes, bellybutton, hair, and nose are.  She can blow kisses and wave goodbye.  She thinks all animals are ducks, and all animals say “bawk.”  She likes to climb the bleachers at the ballpark.  She loves to be outside, crawling in the dirt, gravel, or grass.  She has had 4 ticks on her already this year.  Sarah is not particularly friendly.  She does not like to be touched by strangers.  Really, she doesn’t like to be talked to by strangers either.  She is a funny little thing–just the best baby.


Preparing May 25, 2010

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For the first birthday.  Unfortunately, my kidney stone has made a miraculous reappearance and I spent the morning thinking about dying.  Actually, it made me remember being in labor with Sarah the year before.  Hey, once was enough already!

Made THE cake this afternoon, finished dinner (chicken enchiladas, watermelon, brown rice) after that, and need to think about wrapping presents.  Poor baby isn’t getting anything “new.”  I found a wooden train at Goodwill, made the mushroom playhouse, and I think that’s it.  Funny how things are so different for a fourth child.  I watched videos from Madeline’s first birthday party–way over the top, it was. 

Our baby groundhog, hiding under a rose bush. Can you see him? He's so little that he stumbles about when he walks. We have no idea where mama is--she lives (or lived) behind Billy Goat's pen.


Birthday Dress for Sarah. May 23, 2010

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I found this embroidered pillowcase at Goodwill a while back.  It made me feel sad to see it hanging there, thinking about the someone who spent their time and energy sewing the sweet flowers on their pillowcase.  Who was this person?  Where did they live?  How come it ended up as a Goodwill donation? 

I turned it into Sarah’s first birthday dress.  A little shaping, some elastic strategically placed, and a bias tape binding to match the crocheted edge.  Bloomers to match, of course.

A close-up of the embroidery.

Sorry, bad photo of the embroidery.  Camera is having issues.


Relief… May 21, 2010

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I believe this “stage” has passed.  Literally.  Let’s just say that the flow of things has taken a significantly different turn and I do believe we will be moving on.  After nearly a month of this, I’m positively ecstatic.  Only wish there was a trophy to save for posterity.

Kidney stones suck.


I Am, Officially, My Mother…. May 20, 2010

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Today, I found myself telling my kids that they “can’t even tell the difference when I leave out 1/2 the sugar in the chocolate chip cookies.”  And those same cookies are made with 100% whole wheat (not white whole wheat, mind you) flour.  Thankfully, there were absolutely NO walnuts present during the baking.  Whew.  That would have been the end for sure. (If you enjoy walnuts, I apologize for the negative reference.  Certain people will surely understand why I felt the need to explain that I did omit them from the recipe.)

I finished watching the documentary, “Super-size Me” and I am convicted (more than ever) about our country’s crummy eating habits.  I think that my family does a significantly better job than the norm, at least according to this documentary.  But there’s so much room for improvement.  Certain members of this household consume entirely too much soda, for example.  The amount of sugar in just a 12 oz. can is disgusting!  And that occasional visit to McD’s is going to happen even less often than it does now. 

You really should watch this movie.  I think we all probably know that eating fast food too often is unhealthy.  But there are other areas, like eating overly processed foods, the additives and preservatives in everything, and artificial anything that we tend to overlook.  My goal is to eradicate EVERYTHING processed from the majority of our meals.  We’ll still keep things like Cheerios (or the organic version) for breakfast, and maybe Kettle Chips (yum!) for a side with our lunches, but everything else will need to be as close to its natural state as possible.  No fake breads, crackers, desserts (well, there is the occasional Zinger that the boys and I like to share), or prepackaged food.  Oops, almost forgot Kashi granola bars.  We’ll keep those in our lineup until I can create a suitable substitute.

Since I make most of our meals from scratch and we eat out rarely, I think this will be an attainable goal.  We’ll have to tweak a few things, and I’m always open to change (not really, but we can pretend), so we’ll see how it goes.

On tonight’s menu:  Whole wheat spaghetti with homemade marinara, homemade french bread, organic greens with oil and vinegar.  Water or iced tea to drink.  Those afore-mentioned cookies for dessert.  And then we’ll go to Sonic for icees and tots–just kidding.