Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
We're still waiting on a payment from Jay's customers, so the money stresses are getting to me. I'm getting creative while going through the cupboard and trying to use up what we have and feel lucky to have what we do, even if it seems like slim-pickings. I'm really hoping for word soon that a check is on the way, though.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I think the sun and fresh air helped me tremendously, I felt so much better by the time we came in.
Now, flash forward to less than 24 hours later and this afternoon our deck looks like this.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Thankfully, my younger girls are playing together really nicely and seem healthy. Jay is taking the day off of work to get some paperwork done and try to get a payment from his customers. If the planets align just right, I will try to catch a nap while Luna goes down this afternoon. Hopefully, I can get out of the PJ's later and rejoin the land of the healthy.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
And here is a picture of our house. He even wrote Jay's name in cursive at the top. He added the details of rooms, stairs, and even the spare room where we have a box of movies that he loves.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Now for the Virtual Refrigerator, a place to showcase the latest creations!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
If you haven't seen the recent footage, I urge you to check out a few sites that show exactly what goes on before the meat reaches your mouth.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Today, Luna asked me for some blueberries and next thing I knew she was falling asleep in her chair. So cute and silly!
Today's gratitude is for the relief I see in Nico. As if a weight is lifted from her, and she is cheerful and happy. I'm thankful for an extra day with her. Thankful that she grinned ear to ear when I told her that her Mom agreed she can stay a bit longer and come with us to see Kaya's gymnastics. Thankful for steps toward compromise and peace within our family again.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
That's when I found this:
Wow! From the first second the video started playing, I could remember sitting on our orange shag carpet in front of the TV. A total flashback!
Inspired by my friend, Joy, I hope to add some Daily Gratitude to each of my blog entries from now on. Today, I am going to say how grateful I am to have the happy memories of my childhood with my Mom and sister. I remember my Mom as being a constant comforting presence. I remember her patience... her willingness to sit and play hours of Parcheesi and Skipbo (even though she was RUTHLESS and never ever just let us win!) .. the sacrifices she made for my sister and I. I remember my big sister, Stacy, and how often she would play with me and include me in what she did. Fond memories of rollskating in our basement or cruising around in her sweet Chevelle. Now that I am older, I realize that not every older sibling is so kind to their pesky little sisters.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
We ran down to the library this morning, I had two DVD's on hold that came in. One is a box set of Electric Company which I am sure will give me flashbacks to my childhoodl Haaaaay, yoooooou guuuuuuys! But, I digress... The girls were walking around the library when an older lady gave Luna a sideways glance and said, "Oh my! Quite a tushie on that one!" motioning to our Little Luna Blue.
Now, just like Kaya Jade, Luna is 100% cloth diapered. For both girls, the only time they wore disposable diapers was when we were in the hospital and the first few days of being home. I'm so used to the "junk in the trunk" profile that I don't even really notice anymore.
"Oh," I say. "She wears cloth diapers." And immediately, the woman wrinkles up her nose and tells me, "I didn't think *anyone* used those things anymore! Why, after years of of using flats and plastic pants on my boys, it was a relief to use Pampers on my youngest!"
Now, in my head, I wanted to go on and on about the super soft unbleached prefold diapers I use and cozy wool wraps. I wanted to tell her about the ease, the comfort, how you don't even need to use pins or *gag* plastic pants anymore. But, she was on her way out so I just told her, "Cloth diapers have come along way since then!" and gave her a big smile.
Truth be told, I love using cloth diapers. Love it. When I was pregnant with Kaya in 2001, I started reading up about them and thought that maybe I would use them some of the time. I was worried that they might be a hassle when out and about or that the work involved with washing them would be too much while tending to a young babe. A few things pushed me into using them full time. First of all, when I took out the trash bag a week after Kaya was born and saw just how much waste was created from a week's worth of newborn disposable diapers, I was floored. Floored. Secondly, I realized that I have sensory issues and the texture and funky smell of disposables doesn't agree with me at all.
From that point on, it was cloth for us. The extra load or two of laundry per week is no big deal in the grand scheme of things. And, in fact, I love the process of hanging up a load of prefolds on the line in the warmth of the sun. They can print up disposables with all manner of cartoon characters and there is still no doubt in my mind, cloth diapers are CUTE too!
Well, that's enough blabbing for me today. LB just came up to me and whispered, "Ah, poop!" which means she has a little junk in her trunk. That's my cue...
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Well, Kaya took on a slightly exasperated tone and said, "Mama! It is pretty funny that you always call them Rice Crispies! Don't you see the box? They're called Crispy Rice!"
Ok, ok. Point taken. We get the store brand and she is right, they are Crispy Rice. Guess I had better work on remembering that, huh?
In other news, Forgiveness has been in the forefront of everything Jay and I have been focusing on in the last few weeks. It sure isn't easy, in fact at times it seems downright impossible. We both know, though, that it is a very important step in being able to come to peace within our lives. We are already seeing how it is affecting our lives for the better and I can only hope that things will continue towards positivity.
On Friday, Jay felt an overwhelming call to reach out to his Mother. It has been years since we cut ties with her for reasons I won't go into now. But, he followed his heart and met up with her for a few hours at her home and reconnected. He was able to forgive her and start to catch up seeing as nearly 5 years has passed since they last talked. He came home with a weight lifted from his heart. Forgiveness has brought him peace, as well as his Mother I am sure.
Also, last night, Jay was able to talk with Nico's bio-mom for nearly an hour on the phone. While things are not fully resolved, I believe steps were made towards peace within this family situation. He admitted where we might have handled things wrong. He expressed a desire to work together. It seems as if she is not yet ready to accept or admit that she did any wrong in this situation and I can understand that it is not an easy thing for her to admit any wrongs when she still feels as if she is the victim in this. We will give it time. The discussion last night is a step in the right direction. A step towards peace and healing. I know we won't get there overnight, but I do have faith that things will get better.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Just about every day, Kaya gets suited up in a leotard, turns on The Beat (dance music station on Sirius) and does her dancing/gymnastics thing. Now, Luna is to the point where she will come to me proclaiming, "Preeeety!" which is how she tells us she wants her leotard on as well. While I sometimes get tired of the music and feeling like I am in a never-ending Dance Hall, I do love to watch as they shake it.
In this video, after Luna snatches the camera, I ask her to do her cartwheel. She does this funny little thing where she puts her hands down on the ground and kicks one leg into the air.