Monday, August 30, 2010

An Anniversary

Yesterday N and I celebrated our one year anniversary.
His Parent's watched E for us and we had lunch at Marisco's, a delicious italian seafood restaurant.
I enjoyed Blue Crab stuffed Tilapia with rice pilaf it was delicious! I substituted the fresh veggies for house pasta salad, I would not recommend that :(
We followed dinner with ice cream for N and Berry Sorbet and Watermelon Sherbet for me.

We ended the day by cleaning the basement, dealing with E - who has started fighting bedtime with all the strength he can muster, and attempting to watch a movie.

All in all it was a great day. The food was fabulous, the company was perfect and once E finally fell asleep we were able to head to bed a bit early ourselves. :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

One of those days . . .

Oh, this has been one of those days . . .

The kind where you wish you could go back to bed and start over

The kind where you wish you could move to Alaska and leave everything behind

The kind where you question wether or not you really want to have more kids

In the midst of it all I have had a revelation! In church we sing some great worship songs, songs about love, forgiveness, being saved, miracles, a God that knows our name.
Today, I realized that there is a large untapped worship song market out there. Where are the songs that say things like,

"Saviour, he can calm a crying baby
My God is mighty to calm
Forever, to calm a crying baby
He is mighty to calm, mighty to calm"

Or how about

"I need Thee, oh I need Thee
While my baby teethes, I need Thee
Oh bless me now my Saviour, I'm going crazy"

And of course,

"Blessed be Your Name
When the diaper pail is plentiful
Where streams of spit up flow
Blessed be Your Name"

I was taught to cast your cares upon the Lora, to lean of Him for all I need.
And right now, the above songs describe where I am in life.

One last song, for the road
(no liberties taken with this one)

And I'll praise You in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The wonders of Lavender and . . . a 10 month old?

Today I made the most amazing thing, an all natural diaper pail spray that works wonderfully!!!
There is currently a HUGE pile of dirty cloth diapers, wet sheets, dirty, clothes, etc... piled up in E's room (the washer is currently on the fritz) Well, needless to say, the smell was overwhelming.

Yesterday I picked up a bottle of lavender essential oil at the store and today I mixed up, 1 3/4 cups water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 25 drops of lavender essential oil. Shook it all up in a spray bottle and sprayed it over the whole mess. E's room now smells faintly of lavender but the icky ammonia smell is gone - I am in love! :)

This would work as a furniture spray, room spray, pretty much an, "anything stinky" spray. I believe you could substitute the lavender essential oil with any scent of your choice - if you do that leave a comment here and let me know how it goes!

While E and I were at the store yesterday he was sitting in the front of the cart and when we got to the checkout the clerk said something along the ilnes of, what a cutie, about ten months old? I could help but chuckle :) No, I said, he's only about five months old. I'm pretty sure the clerk didn't believe me. He gave me a look like "yeah right lady, what are you smoking?"

Ah yes, my ten month old . . . . five month old is now hollering at me from his room :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I'm still here / win a free ipad

Yes, I'm still alive :)
Life has been crazy lately but I promise a decent update is coming soon!

In the meantime, You should all click on this link: and sign up for ebates it's super easy you just have to enter your e-mail and password. That's it. Simply, huh?
Ebates gives you cash back or gift card rewards just for buying stuff from the stores you already shop at like Target and the Childrens place.
Now, if you sign up asap and then purchase $20 worth of stuff through ebates by 10/10/10 it will help my win an ipad - which would totally may my day. :)
I need 50 people to do this, it seems a bit daunting but I have faith in you all!

Step 1 - click on link
Step 2 - sign up
Step 3 - Take your custom rewards link, write you own note, or status update, or e-mail and convince your friends to do for you what you're doing for me
Step 4 - this is the best step of them all - SHOP!

Have a marvelous day :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Baby Whisperer

My son is 4 months old and still gets up in the middle of the night :s
When I took him in for his 4 month checkup the PA we saw said that he should be able to sleep through the night. Should.
Last night was the final straw, he wouldn't go to sleep until 1:30am and then woke up 3 times (one of them was kind of my fault, thought). But, let's back up a minute here, I'm not a fan of "crying it out" So, When E was born I jumped on the attachment parenting bandwagon . . . and but soon realized I wasn't 100% attachment. So I'm about 60-70% attachment 5% crying in out (when exhaustion has hit me) and the other 25-35%? Who knows.

One sleepless night, a few weeks ago, I discovered "the baby whisperer" aka Tracy Hogg. I liked what I read so I went online to our library's website and put her book on reserve. Apparently she's quite populary as I just got the book a couple days ago.

Now, back to last night. It's 12:30am E is fussing, I'm tired I can tell that he's tired, but no one (except for my husband) is sleeping :( So, I pulled out the baby whisper book and started speed reading through what looked to be the most relevant parts for getting your baby to sleep.
While I didn't start her "Three-Day Magic" last night I have decided to read more in depth this weekend and start the program (?) on Monday.

Once we're done with "Three-Day Magic", which could take 2 couple weeks as E is over 3 months, I'll write up a review of the book and let you know how it worked for us.

And just for the record, my husband is very skeptical that this will work, but I'm going to hold out hope. :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

You Are For Me

For christmas 2009 my parents gave me Kari Jobe's self titled cd and I love it. :)

It's one of those cd's that I can listen to over and over again.
I listened to it all the time while I was pregnant with E and now, if he's fussy and I put it on he (usually, 9 times out of 10;) ) calms down.

Lately, life has been . . . well, frustrating . . . discouraging . . . hard.

E was fussy earlier today so I pulled up my itunes and played "You Are For Me" by Kari Jobe.
Not only did the music calm E down but the words of the song reminded me that no matter how frustrated and discouraged I may get God is always on my side, when thing's seem beyond my control it's because they are. It's not my job to find the perfect solution for every problem, it's His. I've really got to remember that more often. It would save me a lot of stressful, sleepless nights.

If you've never heard Kari Jobe's music I encourage you to check it out, hopefully you'll love it as much as E and I do!

You Are Faithful - Lyrics

So faithful
So constant
So loving and so true
So powerful in all you do
You fill me
You see me
You know my every move
You love for me to sing to you

I know that you are for me
I know that you are for me
I know that you will never forsake me in my weakness
I know that you have come down
Even if to write upon my heart
To remind me who you are

So patient
So gracious
So merciful and true

So wonderful in all you do
You fill me
You see me
You know my every move
You love for me to sing to you

I know that you are for me
I know that you are for me
I know that you will never forsake me in my weakness
I know that you have come down
Even if to write upon my heart
To remind me that

I know that you are for me
I know that you are for me
I know that you will never forsake me in my weakness
I know that you have come down
Even if to write upon my heart
To remind me who you are

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Random Ramblings

I'm having trouble getting to sleep tonight. I've got to much on my mind. That and the fact that I had a nice long nap from about 6ish-7:15 tonight.
E had kind of a rough day today (we had friends over all weekend and it just threw him off kilter) and now it seems the only place he wants to sleep tonight is in his mama's arms. So, it all works out in the end. :)

Now for the random part:

I really need to cut my fingernails

My feet look gross - I should use one of E's naptimes and take care of them - Yeah, they're pretty gross . . .

I need to mow lawn tomorrow, go to the library, go to the farmer's market, do some sewing . . .

What is that odd noise? I think it's the ceiling fan . . . that or the dishwasher.

I wonder where the blue flannel shark fabric went? I'd really like to find it so I can use it to make a new blanket for E.

I'm getting sleepy. I wonder if E will be able to sleep in his crib now?

I'm sure I could go on but I've probably bored you enough for one night. :)

Update - 4:16am
E has decided that 4am is a great time to be wide awake, bouncing up and down in your jumper, eating your blanket, and practicing your smile.

I am not amused.

I feel that 4am is the perfect time to be asleep.
However, when sleep seems far away then, 4am is also a good time to be curled up on the couch, wrapped in your awesome super fuzzy king-sized blanket your husband got you for Christmas last year, catching up on blogs and watching Hero's


Someday I'll get to go to sleep . . .