Tuesday, October 26, 2010

CSA, Elliebeth, Rainbows- DOUBLE Rainbows!

I seem to have weekends where nothing is going on, and others where I have double, triple and sometimes quadruple booked myself unintentionally.  This upcoming weekend is one of those where there were too many choices and someone's feelings are going to get hurt somewhere because we just can't do them all.  I'm not quite sure what's going to be let go yet though.

We got our produce box today.  We received: lots of peppers again, that fancy squash that I like to call Cinderella pumpkin, salad mix, spinach, fancy apples, onions, cherry tomatoes(which are quickly being done for the season so some are not ripe yet, but honestly, I'm not complaining cause we really do have a hard time keeping up with the supply we get), and yummy carrots.  I am absolutely amazed at how flavorful the carrots are.  Well, everything, really.  But the carrots are so sweet and carroty!(did I just say that?) Anyway, they're good. I love the green tops, and I love that they aren't all perfect. :)

 It looks cute but it didn't last long :)

 This was at 6:30pm on Sunday. She wanted to go outside (got her shoes, brought them to me and sat down so I could put them on.) I put on her jacket cause it was dark, cold and raining.  She went out, walked around for a bit and came back inside. I guess she wasn't ready to go to bed yet cause she needed to play more. :)
 I know it's fuzzy, but look how happy she is! Drew had come in the door while she was eating, and as always, we had to scream when he came in the door. (I also remembered why I have a hard time letting her feed herself. soooo messy!)

This made me giggle.  This double rainbow was from Monday after work.  It was amazing. I though to myself, "this is amazing, WHOA!" hahaha and IMMEDIATELY reminded myself of this dude:

I hope it works...if it doesn't, here's a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQSNhk5ICTI

...how embarrassing... lol

Thursday, October 21, 2010

16 Months

My tiny little baby, who isn't a baby anymore despite my denial, is officially 16 months old today.  She's amazing in my eyes.

The past month, she's learned to say "cheese!", "thank you"(dank you), a more defined byebye, cat, car, a good great horse sound, and a very clear yes.  She's also been really into her alphabet letter magnets on the fridge.  She'll say the letter sounds with the Q, I, H, K, F, A, and M.  She'll play the beginning part of the song that has the letter sounds over and over until she has it right- amazing!  Just in the past week or so, she's started responding to requests with very precise accuracy, like "would you like your shoes off?" she'll say yes and sit down for me to take them off.  Or, would you like some blueberries? she'll say yes and run to her highchair.  I know for those that have had kids, or watched them grow up, it's part of the whole growing up deal, but to see this little baby grow into a little girl is just phenomenal to me.

Now for produce! We got a LOT today! wow! There were winter banana apples (and heirloom variety that I haven't tried yet, but plan on eating tomorrow), broccoli, a leek, butterball potatoes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, lettuce, celery, giant sweet peppers-look at those guys! They were like a foot long!!!


Drew had told her the box was for her head, so she did as instructed!

I feel awful that I have slacked on the monthly Blaire photos.  I remembered today though.  Getting her to lay down was a feat in and of itself.  She was laughing at her popcorn vacuum, and was helping vacuum while I took the picture.  It didn't last very long.  In fact, I'm amazed I got this.  (Do you like all her hair pretties on the floor?  She takes the container out, dumps them out, puts them back in the box, dumps them out, tries to put them on her head, and then puts them back in the box, dumps it out, etc., etc., etc.,)

See, it didn't last...she needed to do things

We don't wear clothes in our house. hahaha (she was on her way to the bath)- Drew had been folding his arms cause he was cold.  When Ellie sees folded arms, she thinks it's time for prayer.  Luckily I was snapping some pictures and got this one- so cute!

our cutie little pumpkins we got at the farm this year.  Elisabeth even picked out her own tiny guy!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


October in my opinion is Halloween month.  I hate dressing up, but I'm obsessed with kid costumes.  Elisabeth hates her Indian Princess costume (I'll try it with a onesie on next time), but she was pretty happy with her Teletubbie!  I'm pretty excited about that.

 We play in boxes. :)
 And eat apples :)
 And dance, dance, dance!

It was really hard to get her face cause she was turning so fast and the camera was having a hard time focusing on her movements in the low lit area.  I'll get better shots though over the next couple weeks!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I don't have much to report.  I have a few minutes to load up some pictures.  Elisabeth has been getting hives now and then since Thursday.  Some days there are just a couple, but Saturday night, she was COVERED in them....like everywhere.  We gave her benadryl and they went away.  I talked to the doctor and they don't know what it is.  They suggested putting her back on her asthma medication to see if it helps.  I'm not sure how to get it in her food though since we've weaned off of bottles and all she eats is bananas, blueberries and tomatoes lately. (it's a powder and we would throw it in her milk at night)  any suggestions? (and Mom, I haven't forgotten to call- I'll get on it!)

 I had forgotten a while ago we found a little 49ers cheerleading outfit for Ellie.  We cheer for anyone playing AGAINST the 9ers, but she wears it to support her daddy. hahaha  She's been super into teeth lately.  I've been working on trying to get her to show me her teeth, she hasn't gotten it yet.
 Fort building!  I was feeling pretty yucky this weekend (too much gross food at our ridiculously long conference H/F) but Drew got out the chairs and blankets and made a pretty awesome fort for E.  He even made carpet! hahaha she's been going in there and just sitting...it is adorable!

 I am *so* sad these turned out blurry.  I got some funny/adorable pics of her.  She is a MESS, but she was smiling for me when I asked her to! -that's a first- my stoic child would smile when she was little and I'd do stupid stuff, but once she realized how to turn it on and off, she's been SO serious!  --we've also somehow flipped her giggle switch and she giggles at everything now, it is a great sound!

 She looks so grown up to me here.  I asked her if she wanted dinner and she knew right where to go

This is week 20 of 26 of our harvest box. I'm having a slight mourning over not getting our goody box every week.  I have absolutely ADORED EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK. of this box.  I am so grateful for Drew's coworker for introducing it to us!

So this is what we got today: Peppers, lots and lots of peppers. grape tomatoes, Jonagold apples, lettuce, red kale, garlic, acorn squash, cilantro, Romano beans

Saturday, October 9, 2010


I had a rude comment made toward me in a joking fashion this afternoon.  I wasn't expecting it, and it caught me off guard.  It got played off "nicely" but it was still there, left untouched, and unsolved.  I didn't know what do.  Here we are 8 hours later and I'm still a bit upset about it.  I talked to Drew about it to try to figure out what to do.  It boiled down to choices.

I made a choice to go to college, get married at 20, buy a condo early, work my butt off, try to be a good person, etc.  These were my choices to make.  I chose to go to grad school, rack up a ridiculous amount of debt, buy another condo to later find out it was a bit of a mistake.  That's ok...it was my choice. I made the choice to continue working while having a baby. It was my choice to continue to work hard for what I want.

I spent 18 hours over 2 days listening to speakers try to give up insight, helpful hints, motivation and encouragement to become better teachers.  Some of those speakers could have talked to anyone about anything and it would have pertained to their lives.  One gentlemen in particular spoke about attitude.  Your attitude it what is ultimately what people remember.  One of the points he made was (not quoted directly, but hacked by me)- 'What are you going to do, to see the change you want?' -  ultimately, if you want something bad enough, and you work at it, you'll get it, but if you freeload,and expect it to come TO you, you're going to be sorely disappointed.

That thought struck a very deep emotional cord in my personal belief system.  Though I struggle with depression, I am still very aware that I have a pretty good life.  If I ever complain about having a "rough life" please smack me..because it ultimately boils down to- these are the choices I've made to this point to get the results I feel I deserve.  Do I feel like there's more do to? Absolutely!!  Do I feel like there's things I could have changed? Without a doubt.

Sometimes (often) I have the grass is greener syndrome.  I think it runs in my family.  Things aren't talked about much when it comes to it, but I feel is lingers.  What I have to remind myself though, is that we have all made our choices.  If we want different results, you need to change the way you do things.

Alright, enough of my rant. I have cute pictures to share.

What a little helper! Unwrapping all the toilet paper! It's a hard job, but she'll do it!

hat party!

I just like that look

Ellie has decided she can climb things, but still lacks some serious skill.  She was so proud of herself for getting on the upside down container

cheeese! (nevermind the milk + chocolate mouth - lol)

cute pouty face

playing lions- she hops it along the table and growls!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Food and Babies

I'm having a difficult time making my words work if I put in my pictures first.  It's ridiculous.  I feel sad for the days when I could figure it all out and feel proud of myself.  Now that I seem to be on a perpetual time crunch, there just isn't time to figure out how to make it work.  So, words first, pictures last.  I can make that work. :)

We got our CSA box today, I know they're coming to a close in a few weeks and it makes me sad.  I have thoroughly enjoyed having these every week.  We didn't get lettuce this week and I'm actually shocked that I won't know what to do for lunches now!  better get created I suppose. :)

Alright, we got: cabbage!, red peppers!, sweet girl tomatoes!, yukon gold potatoes!, carrots!, arugula!, Abate Fetel pears!(what a fancy name!), sweet potatoes (they apparently don't grow big here cause they have a hard time getting cold during the night), FENNEL!!! I love fennel you guys! Time to make some tasty potato salad! YUM!

Isn't this such a cute picture?? I am in love!

We've been practicing putting stuff on heads again in hopes that this Christmas, she'll wear her hats and sunglasses at the beach without screaming.  So far, every day she'll wear things a little longer...

She's going to an office meeting.  An IMPORTANT office meeting

Best thing about a bath? lapping up the water...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I take pictures...

Because sometimes I think I have the cutest little girl in the world :)