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Annunciation matters

So we're doing the on-again/off-again school of potty training over here. This means well, that's another post, but there are a lot of books around here about little boys turning into big boys who go potty. Sam finds them riveting. So much so that he surprised me at the store by saying "I read about Joshua. He goes pee pee, and jumps and cwaps."

Pretty sure that was "claps."

Later, in the car thankfully, Sam says: "He's in a buttload of trouble!"

 I rack my brain to figure out where this one came from ... ah, yes. Our latest bedtime book: Pirates don't change Diapers by Melinda Long. Only in the book they say "boat load" as in "boat load of trouble."


I Google

Word Count:  434 (Today) 5,109 (Total)

When asked what my favorite kitchen tool was, I answered "Google" without hesitating. The list below will show you why. Here's a list of my Google searches since Wednesday - the ones I remembered to paste into the document, anyway.

AP style for BMX bike

Newberg garbage service

Oil cloth fabric

Images of pirates booty neon signs

how to reheat tamales

how to make green chile sauce

why was there no amber alert on kyron horman

girls names beginning with e

oil cloth chalk fabric

pirates and the Bible

debt of honor anne lamott

Disney's cars fillmore

postage from US to Slovakia

best way to cook chicken breast

Larso

Since I like lists even more than Google, I'm seriously considering making this a regular post on this blog. I'd love to see some of your lists too!


Hoping {and working}

Word Count: 1, 373 (Today) 4,674 (Total)

For those who ever wondered if Anne Lamott's "debt of honor" approach to writing works, it does. My goal of 300 words a day, most days, is starting to add up slowly but surely.

I am trying to get those 300 words in before Jake wakes up in the morning but that's anywhere between 5 and 8 a.m., so I have other margins of the day I take away from other chores in order to get them done. I am finding that by simply keeping my head (and heart) in the project, inspiration comes every day. I feel so gushy about it today because things are really, really starting to click and sure as I knew this house was The One when I saw it, I feel like this book is The One that's going to get some of these characters out of my head and into your hands (and hearts).

I hope.

In addition to hoping, though, I work.

Speaking of which ...


Re-post this

If you're on Facebook very much, odds are, you have an opinion on those status updates that feel a little like the emails that say if you don't forward something to ten people in, like, ten minutes something really bad, or something really good will happen. I hate, hate, hate stuff like that.

On Facebook, there's no indication that something good or bad will happen but rather just a big ol' guilt trip like - if you don't repost this as your status, Jesus will know you're not a believer, or you are a communist, or you probably don't have any respect for firefighters or you don't really love your mother or whatever.

One of the first times I re-posted one of those sound bytes for a good cause - I got called out on it by a friend for posting just a sound byte on an issue as complicated as our current health care - by the way - what happened to that conversation?

Anyway, so even if I do believe in the cause (I'm down with Jesus, I'm not a communist, I have the utmost respect for firefighters, nurses, etc and I most certainly do love my mother) I typically don't repost. Until last night when I saw this on my friend Michelle's Facebook page:

Can you believe the news coverage being given to a spoiled 20 something
this week? Lindsey WHO?
 Here are a few 20 somethings worth knowing
about
: Justin Allen 23, Brett Linley 29, Matt Weikert 29, Justus Bartett
27, Dave Santos 21, Chase Stanley 21, Jesse Reed 26, Matt King 23,
...Chris Goeke 23, & Sheldon Tate 27. These 20 somethings ...gave their lives for you this week

I left off this part: Repost if you support our military

I'm just going to assume you do support our military - regardless of your position on the current (or any) war. And you don't have to repost it, but I do ask you to stop and think about that.

I've been thinking a lot this week about media priorities - but before we jump to blame them - media feeds its masses - masses prefer to hear more about Lindsey's dumb ass than those putting theirs on the line for us.


Fear doesn't win here

Note to readers:

Thank you, first of all. For your support, comments and encouragement while I figured out which direction to take my writing - personally and professionally. To some extent, I've realized it's only partly a conscious choice ... most of it is what I feel compelled to do - some days, I'd even say called.

The part I figured out is whether or not I'm whoring out my family, so to speak, for my personal gain. After a lot of thinking, talking and more thinking ... I've decided that's not really what I'm doing here.

Mainly, I'm just doing my thing and have found a cool way to connect my personal and professional life. I will always be mindful of respecting my husband and sons' wishes about their personal privacy - believe it or not there's a lot I don't share on here that I would love to write about but am sure it wouldn't be appreciated by Matt now, or my kids in the future. So, I stick to stuff that's mine to share.

As far as the Kyron Horman Thing goes ... I can't stop that. Nobody can. Crazy is as crazy does and ultimately, here is what we do have a choice about: what will you live like today?

For me, the answer is: I will be more aware of what I'm putting out there and the impact it could have. I will be more careful in our day to day life - locking doors and such - but fear doesn't win here. I can't live like that. I want my kids to know that most people truly are good and I want to fight against those that aren't by moving through life with positive expectations.

 p.s. I'll be putting the content I pulled down back up as soon as I figure out a faster way to do it!


Highchairs and clotheslines

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When the foodmill came back out of storage, when the baby sling went into the Goodwill pile, when all the newborn clothes were passed along to a friend I was stunned that it was already time for the next stage of Jake's babyhood. I thought things moved fast with Sam but with Jake I still can't believe he's six months old. I say that every month, I know.

Last night he had his first meal in a high chair. A real high chair. IMG_3449


  
Love that little guy. Things are starting to feel more settled around here, which I'm thankful for because Jake's first 6 months have been among the most chaotic of my life. There's a sense of order and I feel myself starting to relax into our new life here. Matt put up our clothesline in the back yard and gave me specific instructions to keep the lines on the highest setting when I'm not using them.

"That's were the expression 'clotheslined' came from."

"Yes. I know. I was actually born in this country and have learned the language of its people." In his defense, I do  screw up a lot of expressions with no good reason other than I grew up ESL.

Speaking of clotheslines ... http://www.newsregister.com/article/44974-can't+beat+line+summer+drying

Thanks to Sandy and Aimee for letting me interview them. There are some cool links on there if you want to look into some ideas for saving money and/or the planet. No pressure.


Deadheading with the nanny

 
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Sam discovered a new favorite store this morning: Wilco. Tractors! Animals! All kinds of cool tools and things to (not) touch. We were there for flowers for our window boxes. (I have window boxes, how cool is that?!) I used to think I had no idea what to do with any living thing but since I'm doing alright with the kids and the dog, I figured I'd take on a few plants. I know, I know. Most people work that in reverse order. But here's a picture to illustrate the possibility that I make things harder than they need to be:IMG_3439

So ... the tape measure is to make sure the plants are precisely 8 inches apart but I had to check Google several times to make sure I understood 8 inches from what exactly. The water pitchers are because I couldn't figure out how to work the hose ... the mess is due to thinking it was a good project to do with Sam.

Sam, sweet little helper that he is, paid very close attention as the sweet lady at Wilco taught me how to deadhead my new plants. In the time it took me to fill those two pitchers of water, he "deadheaded" the flowers. So, the arrangement is a little less colorful than it was when we bought it. I hear it'll grow ...

Geraniums, I picked geraniums because the smell of them reminds me of my mom. It was one of the (many) things I remember her doing every night when I was growing up. Ja ta lubim, Mami.

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p.s. This is the first thing that I've ever planted all by myself. I know, I'm eight.

p.p.s.. Also, after Sam's third attempt to climb into the water feature, I introduced myself as the kids' nanny. 


Derailed and inspired

I'm sorry, I forget y'all aren't on Facebook too so here's the link to my July's Baby on Board column:

http://www.newsregister.com/article/44829-baby+board+turns+out+toys+aren039t+trivial+after+all

Hope you like it. I really enjoyed writing that one.

Meanwhile - I got derailed on the novel with this strange wrist pain thing (sprain? carpal tunnel?) But the ideas are still coming, I'm taking notes in my head and doing this other cool thing called reading. And recharging. Can you believe it? I read two books in the last two weeks. While reading poolside with a cocktail sounds delicious, reading while nursing and play camping is also pretty cool. One of the books is an old favorite called "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons" by Lorna Landvick. I actually found two copies of it while unpacking books and had to re-read it before mailing it to a friend. Reading has long been one of my favorite things and some time in college reading for pleasure became replaced by reading for other reasons. After college I went back to reading before bed and absolutely treasuring that part of my day. When I was pregnant with Sam my pleasure reading was pushed aside by a pile of parenting and nutrition books (I know, Tati, I know). All that is to say ... two books in two weeks - pretty cool.

I'm worn out with the whole not-sleeping/ nursing/teething baby thing on top of the after effects of moving BUT am feeling increasingly inspired by this concept I'm learning from Stacy Julianabout scrapbooking by color. More on this soon.



Meatless Monday: Warm bean and spinach salad

I had a cold soup and sandwiches planned for dinner tonight but it wasn't hot and the kids didn't nap so we wound up with this instead. It was easy and good. Plus, I skipped what appears to be a main ingedient and it was just fine.

1 package (10 oz) washed fresh spinach

1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (Also called Great Northern Beans)

1 large bell pepper, coarsley chopped (I didn't have one)

2/3 cup Italian dressing (Since we're on a one year salad dressing ban I made my own with the Pampered Chef thing)

1/4 tsp garlic pepper (Skipped this too)

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2 oz) Or a few fistfuls if your kids are too fussy to mess with measuring cups and scales!

1. Remove large stems from spinach, tear spinach into bite-size pieces. Place in large bowl (seems like that goes without saying) Add beans and set aside.

2. Heat bell pepper and dressing to boiling in 1 qt. saucepan; reduce heat to low. Cook uncovered 2 minutes, stirring occassionally. Stir in garlic pepper if you have some. So I pretty much just heated up the dressing ...

3. Pour bell pepper mixture over spinach and beans; toss. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve warm.

Matt, who is supportive yet struggles with the Meatless Monday concept, suggested we have this salad regularly. With bacon. From Victor's. Or, Carlton Farms. So, not on Mondays.

- Recipe from Betty Crocker's Good and Easy Cookbook


A surprise for Mama

It's a really good thing that after careful, careful consideration I've decided to carry  on with my blog with some increased awareness but essentially the same. I can't totally protect us from Crazy but I can lock our doors, arm myself and keep my cell phone charged. That little safety tip came from Matt.

And the reason that's a good thing this morning is because it would've killed me not to share this with you:

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