Saturday, January 28, 2012

Finally a snowstorm

We finally had a snowstorm, our first snow of 2012. The first snowstorm since that wacky blizzard in October, I still don't know what that was about. Yet a week later, all the snow is gone and in my opinion it is gorgeous sweatshirt weather, weird.

I am so happy that there was finally some snow to take the kids outside to play with.  Nathan wanted to build a snowman but unlike the perfect packing snow we had in October, this snow was light and fluffy and would not even make a snowball no matter how hard I tried, and I did try.  Nathan managed to throw unpacked snow pretty far, aiming directly at me and his sister.

Snowstorm Jan 2012-01

I know we had gloves somewhere but we went outside close to 4 in the evening so I didn't want to lose daylight.  I thought Teagan would just stand or walk on the sidewalk but she was more interested in getting personal with the snow.  I have ordered both her and Nathan some cute little winter mittens for toddlers since this last storm, so now all I have to do is make sure I don't misplace them before our next snow storm.  They have a huge strip of velcro and the mittens open up really wide so you don't have to fight to get their little hands in them.  But most importantly I chose the mittens because the price was right and I couldn't find any in the stores.
Snowstorm Jan 2012-02
Snowstorm Jan 2012-03
Snowstorm Jan 2012-04

Teagan only spent about 5 minutes outside because it was cold and also because Nathan wouldn't leave her alone.  Apparently he was really enjoying sprinkling snow all over her hat and coat.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

it's still wednesday

It's still Wednesday for at least 2 more hours and I have a billion cute pictures sitting on my memory cards from as far back as New Years Eve. My computer screen time these days is fairly limited. So I guess I just have to get used to my evenings in front of the computer screen, listening to the squeaky fan on my video card, alternating between thinking "gosh this sound is annoying"  and "if this fan craps out, it is going to be one expensive item to replace". Anyway, the photos intermingled in this post are from Jay's family holiday party on New Years Eve.

I often find Nathan making himself mustaches out of bananas, markers, and even colored pencils. I think mustaches suit him, don't you?

NewYearsEve - 01

While I have Nathan on my mind...I am so proud that he ate an entire medium McDonald's french fry today all by himself.  I am not so proud that I forget to pack his enzymes.  That's is going to be 19 grams of fat right down the toilet, quite literally.

He also has been on a Reese's Pieces kick lately, probably because he sees his daddy throwing them in his mouth by the handful.  Well, guess what, daddy is now banned from the Reese's Pieces because Nathan likes to eat them.  Why? Because I said so, end of discussion.  Unfortunately, after Nathan ate a few enzymes worth of Reese's tonight he vomited.  Fortunately, I caught the vomit before it became a crime scene.  As I was dumping the vomit I was a little excited to see that it was almost a 1/4 cup of straight mucus.  Better out than in!

What a day!  A little over an hour and a half left in this glorious Wednesday.

It took every ounce of patience and determination in me to convert a contract into an adobe pdf and email it to a client this evening. Patience to listen to a whining overtired, napless little girl at my legs and determination to get that contract to my client without another day going by. Starting a business with two little ones might be the most difficult thing I've ever tackled.  It was more exhausting to complete this simple task than it was to run 3 miles, can you believe that?  Good thing she is cute and good thing I can forgive her, she is so innocent.

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She is saying so many words these days.  She has such a cute way of saying her words too.  Did you know she refers to dogs as "dookie"?  That's going to be an interesting one to break.  {smile}

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Nathan is a pro at puzzles. He nearly complete this entire wooden puzzle all by himself.

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He is also really good at destroying them too. He admired his work for all of 3 seconds, at most, and then dumped it over.

NewYearsEve - 06

Breaking large chunks off here and there, and then breaking the remaining chunks into individual pieces and then starting from scratch.

NewYearsEve - 07

Again, good thing he is cute and good thing I LOVE putting puzzles together.

NewYearsEve - 08

NewYearsEve - 09

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And a Wednesday Photo Dump on Wednesday, with exactly an hour and a half to spare. Wahoo!  Goodnight friends.

photo dump Jan 25 2012


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Completed cloth trainer, my prototype

I finished sewing the first of many cloth training pants for Nathan a few days ago.

I think I am more determined to begging the potty training process than he is.

But here is the truth, Nathan is a large boy. He is not fat by any means but he has outgrown most of the cloth diapers because of his rise, waist, and leg measurements.

I am not going to continue to waste money on disposable pull ups when he treats them like diapers anyway. I also don't want to waste money on disposable diapers that fit him properly when I know how to sew.

I used the Tinkle Time Comfort Trainer Pattern which could either be sewn as big kid undies or pull up/snap trainers. I like that I can custom fit them just for him, adding as much or as little padding (absorbent layers) as he needs.

Here is the first pair, my test pair. The rest I may add an extra layer to the soaker, increase the rise a tad, and make the leg elastics a little more snug.

Nathan Cloth Trainers 02

This boy cracks me up. I can't get him to stand still for a picture so I ask him to pose for me and this is what I get, a series of body builder poses.

Nathan Cloth Trainers 03

Cute little tushy (sorry N).

Nathan Cloth Trainers 01

Many, many more cloth trainers left to sew, especially since he uses them as diapers. Maybe I should start potty training Teagan and give Nathan a little more time.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Just because

...we are having a lazy snow day so I am feeling very lazy.  Perhaps I have had one hot drink too many, sometimes too much caffeine makes me feel tired.  I should've had a spark instead but truth is - I am perfectly happy with our lazy snow day.

It was my turn to wake up with the kids this morning.  By 10 am I finished sewing Nathan's first pair of cloth training pants.  I have photos of him wearing them but they are still on the camera and I am feeling lazy.  He doesn't get the whole potty training thing and the cloth trainers weren't the magical solution I thought they would be.  He has absolutely no problem doing his business in the cloth training pants, just like he has no problem with diapers, regular underwear, hardwood floor, carpet, etc.  At least the trainers are somewhat waterproof, makes my life and cleanup a little easier.

And since I am typing this post on our laptop, I don't have any current photos at my fingertips.  But I did find a couple of cute photos taken with our camcorder when Teagan was only one month old.

Teagan one month -01

Why hello, dirty mirror!

Teagan one month -02

Look at her little froggy legs.  I love this baby phase when they fit perfectly in the contours of your body and when you pick them up they arch their back with their legs all curled up and their arms over their head.

But don't get me wrong, I love the current phase both of my kids are in.  I have an increasingly intelligent little boy who knows WAY much more than I realize and and little toddler explorer girl.  She is getting into everything and our house is overcome with toys and crayons and I love it all very much even when I may say otherwise.  Our house feels full, even when I am drifting off to sleep for the night I feel a full house.  I couldn't even imagine how it felt before Nathan and Teagan were occupying the other two bedrooms, empty I guess.  I love our full house.  I am also realizing this paragraph makes little sense but I don't feel like deleting or proofreading.

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Oh and look here, a Wednesday Photo Dump on a Saturday to cover the past two weeks. I really need to break out of my lazy blogging phase.

Jan 21 2012 photo dump

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Creative Juice

Ever find yourself smack dab in the middle of a creative storm? That's currently where I am at. If you've been with me for a while you can most likely recall other creative storms that have passed. Once the creative juices start flowing I dare not get in the way, I just go with it.

I finished piecing together the top of Nathan's very large, full size, quilt. I could barely manage that quantity of fabric to sew on a border. If it had been smaller I may have attempted machine quilting the layers together myself. I may be crafty but I don't think I'm crazy which is why I shipped this quilt off to be quilted (locally) by a long arm seamstress. I really can't wait to see and show Nathan the finished product.

Other projects I'm working on are:

1. A reversible spring jacket for Teagan. Which still needs 3 inches of top stitching and a button for each side.

2. Cloth training pants for Nathan. Finally I'll be able to get the perfect completely custom fit. I'll be repurposing some of the prefolds that no longer fit either kid into soakers for the training pants.

3. Reusable sandwich wrappers and snack bags for myself and for my 5 Facebook "handmade pay it forward" friends.

4. Vamp up the Velcro on Nathan's Vest.

5. Shelving for the wasted space in Nathan's closet.

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I enjoyed the calm after the Christmas photo storm and have been taking advantage of this time to relax and get some things accomplished. But I am very excited to be getting busy with photo sessions again.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Christmas Story

If they ever decide to remake A Christmas Story

Nathan Ralphie 3

I think I know a little boy who would make a perfect Ralphie

Nathan Ralphie 2

What do you think?

Nathan Ralphie 4

Nathan Ralphie 1

...and yes, I am now realizing I used one photo twice in this post, oh well...poop calls my name.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Quinoa Burgers

I tried a quinoa burger recipe {I found on Pinterest} a few nights ago for dinner and it was delicious.  I had seconds and my hubby had a third serving.  My patties were not as formed as I wanted them to be.  I like shape so circular burger patties suit me just fine.  Dropping burgers on the frying pan all haphazardly gets my panties in a bunch.

Then this morning I saw that my friend also pinned a quinoa burger recipe so I decided to marry the two recipes and make a few of my own alterations and give birth to a new quinoa burger.

So my quinoa burgers are a rather loose union of these two recipes: recipe 1 and recipe 2.

Quinoa Burgers-7 copy

I sometimes like my burgers bunless but you can serve this quinoa burger in a pita pocket or as a lettuce sandwich.

Ingredients


1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 medium carrot, I actually skipped this and substituted the pulp of my vegetable juice.
6 scallions, thinly sliced
1 can of great northern beans, rinsed, drained, and pulsed in food processor
1/4 breadcrumbs
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 Tablespoon cumin
Salt
Pepper


 

Directions

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add 1 cup of quinoa, bring back to a boil, lower heat and cook until the water is absorbed (much like rice). Set aside

You can shred a medium carrot or chop it up and pulse in food processor but since I was juicing I decided to add a handful of the pulp (today: kale, carrot, celery, beet, cucumber).

Quinoa Burgers-1

Then I rinsed the white beans and pulsed them in my mini food processor. I didn't go crazy because I like the chunks. When finished combine with the carrots/vegetables.

Quinoa Burgers-2

Beat the egg and add the remainder of the ingredients including cooked quinoa to the mixing bowl. You could do this all in a large food processor but I don't like being so rough with my quinoa, personal preference. I just mixed with a spoon.

Quinoa Burgers-3

Then to form those circular burger patties, I stuffed a lid of a Ball mason jar with the quinoa mixture and pressed down. You get some pretty brilliant ideas after watching other people cook. My dad had an actual burger patty ring and my father in law use a plastic lid of some sort turned into burger ring. Circles are good.

Quinoa Burgers-5

Flip it over and gently tap onto wax paper.

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Fry in coconut oil, a few minutes on each side until browned and enjoy.

Quinoa Burgers-7

I gobbled these bad boys right up and stored the rest of my quinoa burger mixture in the refrigerator for later.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Grilled PB&J

How have I not eaten a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich until now?  I've made peanut butter and jelly french toast but never have I eaten a grilled pb&j, or in this case grilled almond butter and jelly.  I'm sure everyone reading here has already experienced the mouth watering delicacy that is grilled pb&j but what a wonderful way to add some calories to an already high calorie sandwich for a CFer or a terrible way to add calories to my personal low calorie diet.  I guess it depends on how you look at it, glass half full/empty.   Sort of makes me want to break out my little banana costume and bust out in song "it's Peanut Butter Jelly TIME!" {Ok, I don't really own a banana costume}

Grilled PB&J

2 slices bread

nut butter (I used almond butter because I like it and because I'm sure my peanut butter loving husband finished off the pb)

jelly (For some reason I only like jam, or preserves.  What's the difference between jam, jelly, and preserves anyway?  All I know is that I am not fond of jelly)

butter or oil to coat the sandwich (Coconut oil is our choice)

Fry it up like a grilled cheese and then enjoy the oozing peanut butter and warm jelly.  Bananas would sure taste good on this grilled peanut butter and jelly, will definitely have to add those next time.

 

 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Barganing to eat, who knew

I wanted Nathan to eat something


{A grilled PB&J}


Nathan wanted me to draw him a Mario Spiny


Who knew it would be a good bargaining point


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If Nathan took a bite


I sketched part of the spiny


I let him peek at my progress periodically


By the time he was finished eating


I was done sketching


Mario Spiny Sketch

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After he saw the finished spiny he requested Bowser


I'm not that good


I think Bowser is going to require a lot more eating

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

All Natural Playdough

I've been on a kick recently where I am forcing myself to complete some of my pins on Pinterest. Just obsessively pinning all day long is making me somewhat of a pin hoarder. What I love most about Pinterest is that it gives me ideas to get me going. I love that I can then borrow and idea and make it work for me and my family.

When I saw a pin for homemade playdough I was like, Yes Please!

I remember playing with playdough as a child and how fun it was to make it at home or in school. Of course since I am in a juicing kick and I can tell first hand how much color comes from various fruits and vegetables, I decided to play with the recipe a little bit.

Tradition Playdough Recipe

1 C Flour
1 C Water
1/4 C Salt
1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Cream of Tarter
Food Coloring (kool-aid packets. I used carrot juice but I would think you can use any fruit or vegetable juice)

It really is such a simple recipe. You combine all the above ingredients in a sauce pan, keep stirring, over medium heat until it dries out a little bit and forms a ball of dough. Then you remove from the heat (start soaking that pot) and knead the playdough (careful, it may be hot) with your hands. When it cooled to a comfortable temperature I handed the ball of orange (carrot) playdough over to my eager son.

Pardon the grainy cell phone photos. They look so much better when they are small but I have to see this kid's smile spanning the width of my LCD screen.

Natural Play Dough - 01

He was eager and disappointed that we didn't make red playdough. But since I didn't know how it would turn out with the vegetable as the coloring, I didn't want to waste my last beet in the fridge, which happens to be my absolute favorite thing to juice. Now that I know how great it works we will be making some red playdough tomorrow, because apparently everything is better when it is red.

Natural Playdough - 02

Nathan, playdough master, very serious, and somewhere between CPR instructor and masseuse. Excellent use of your body parts, my clever son.

Natural Play Dough - 03

Isn't playdough awesome? Brings me right back to childhood the moment it squishes through my fingertips.

After we try to make red playdough with beets, I am thinking blue playdough with blueberries.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

randomness

I was so proud of myself for accomplishing so much during the 2.5 hours while the kids were at preschool. It is all stuff that I have to get done regardless but my timing and focus inspired me. I was a multitasking extraordinaire. I popped the diapers in the washing machine before bringing the kids to school. While I was showering the diapers were in the spin cycle. After I got dressed I threw the inserts in the dryer and hung the covers. Again, all stuff that had to be done but my timing was impeccable that morning.

cloth diaper laundry

And to think of it, the weekend has come and gone and I get to do it all again tomorrow.

spotless kitchen

The kitchen counters were spotless, WERE spotless, again a task I get to repeat tomorrow since they are now covered with thread and fabric scraps.

houndstooth love

Teagan was the first to board the TOMS shoe love train weeks ago. She currently rocks out in her Pink Pop Herringbone Tiny TOMS. I am not affiliated with TOMS but I should be, I am already in love. I was tempted to get the matching adult pair but I thought it was a style best left to my mini me. And since I love houndstooth, see photo above, I was tempted to get houndstooth TOMS, but I thought too much of a good thing, so I settled for red wool! Red + Wool awesomeness! I am so happy we were able to give shoes to two children in need, because you know that with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for one. Win win.

Ok so, I gifted myself a new pair of shoes since I am not happy that my flip flops have been retired for the winter.  I also ordered a new sports bra since my favorite sports bra from 2003 has vanished into thin air.  I'm on a running freeze until it arrives, also a sad thing, but I need me some high impact support.

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Quilt love.  All the fabric arrived for the quilt I am making for Nathan's new full size big bed.  All the pieces are cut.

Nathan's quilt 01

Some of the pieces have been sewn together, some of the pieces have been sewn together by accident.

Nathan's quilt 02

I much prefer cutting, sewing, and pressing over ripping stitches any day.  But with every project I tackle, there is usually a large amount of  seam ripping required.

Nathan's quilt 03

I will never make the same mistake again, but there will be others for sure!

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What a random weekend.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

a day late

Kids are back at preschool, and I am hoping to get back in a schedule.  Since they began preschool in November it has been one holiday after another preventing them from going as scheduled on Mondays.

But now that I have a few minutes of uninterrupted time in front of the computer listening to some Pandora, I swept the floor first, I am posting a photo dump with two extra row just because I am a day late and because I haven't posted many photos lately.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Freezing

It's been cold the past few days. Really, really cold. And for me to say it's cold means it's cold.

I don't know the exact temperatures because I don't stay on top of the weather, or the gas prices, or anything else worthy of conversation but I have been hearing 4 degree temperatures.

You wouldn't be able to tell how cold it actually is from the inside of our house because the heat is working overtime.

Please don't lose heat, please don't lose heat. That happened a couple of years ago on one of the coldest days of the year. Dang furnace had a short and kept blowing fuses. Trying heating a two story house with a natural gas oven , not fun!

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Typing on my iPhone again during Nathan's evening treatments. This Wordpress app rocks my world.

Speaking of Nathan, he has swallowed exactly 5 enzyme capsules whole today. No chewing at all! He simply pops one in his mouth and sips through a straw. We still open them in applesauce at home if he needs 3 or more pills at once but leaving the house has become a million times easier. No spoon, no ice pack, no cooler, no applesauce.

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All the fabric I ordered to sew the quilt for Nathan's bed has arrived and I love each fabric. It can be difficult ordering fabric online especially when you like to touch and line them up next to each other to see how they work.

I could easily spend two or more hours in a fabric shop and to be honest, that's not happening with two kids in tow. I couldn't even keep my husband happy for that length of time pre-children.

Shopping online really has become my only solution. That's why I stick to certain designers with quality I know and trust. I know that sounds like and advertisement but I haven't mentioned names. Honestly there are a lot of good names in the fabric industry.

No if I can only find my rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat I could get slicing. I'm guessing finding those tools will take a couple of days to find in and of itself. Weekend project perhaps?

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Typed this entire post during one neb treatment (hypertonic saline) and he is out. Perhaps I'll also figure out pics on here soon. Good night, friends.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

FROM OUR FAMILY
Our 2011 Christmas Holiday Card


TO YOURS

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Enjoying a break

I'm not sure anything is better than enjoying some time off with my family after an extremely busy month.

The month of December kept me busy with one photo shoot after another in addition to preparing for Christmas and enjoying our family traditions.

It feels good to relax and enjoy this break from work.

And now today, Jay is back to work and so am I. Well actually I am going to ease back into work. Typing this post on my iPhone with the Wordpress app while I supervise bath time. Nathan seems to be washing Teagan's hair, or wetting it rather, uninvited of course. Life is good.

We sent out our after-Christmas, pre-New Year's cards with the exception of a small stack, which were waiting for addresses. Late Christmas cards are so not the end of the world. As a friend told me: birth announcements are sent out after the birth of the baby. It is only appropriate that we send out cards after the birth of Jesus.

All my photos are on the computer and getting a moment on the computer is a bit more complicated. Perhaps there will be a divine intervention and I will be blessed with a midday nap for the kids. I would love to share our Holiday card.