Thursday, May 29, 2008

little Aaron



I got to hold this little bundle all morning. He is just the sweetest little boy and Kate is absolutely over the moon for him...it's so much fun seeing her this happy. I'm so thankful this transition is off to such a good start. Natalie is just as smitten about her baby brother.

My mom will be here any minute and we can't wait. We haven't seen her since Easter!

I told my mom recently that I am losing track of all the cute things my two say to each other lately. Ruby is composing longer sentences and sharing more complex thoughts every day...it's hard to keep up! I must start jotting them down.

My mind is scattered and I think I just want to go relax with a book for a few minutes. I'm not sure if I'll be back before Monday...if not, have a great weekend! xoxo

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

a small price to pay


I've been on the mini-pill for a while now and am happy with it. I've heard that you can sometimes miss your period but that had never happened to me until this last month. Last weekend, to be exact. 3 negative pregnancy tests later (3 for 9.99 at Target), I'm fairly certain I'm not pregnant. Which is good...we are not trying to have another child right now. (if ever)

One of the tests taken this weekend was taken under circumstances which I found hilarious, given the negative result. Had it been positive I would have felt it a sad and somewhat cruel introduction to this new child's life.

I was sitting on the toilet in the Goodwill bathroom. It stunk. Ruby was in her stroller, screaming as loud as she could to get out, and I was trying not to pee all over my hand or touch, well, anything in there. It was hot and awful and felt wrong on so many levels, but we were curious and didn't want to wait until we got home. I called Patrick down at Home Depot a few minutes later and we both breathed a sigh of relief.

Sure, there was a pang of sadness for both of us but no more than a pang. Maybe even just a ping. I think it would have been super funny and very God-like of Him to allow me to be pregnant again when I have finally (mostly) stopped feeling guilty for not wanting another one right now (or maybe ever). Ha, that God. He cracks me up. Or, He would have but, thankfully, didn't. Thank you, Lord. (that is said in all seriousness.)

beer chips are good


Really. Try them if you see them on your super market shelf. Patrick might even love them.

Hi. I think I deserve a medal, or at least another cup of coffee. I took both kids to Woodman's this morning and got $250 worth of groceries in 1.5 hours. That is only a half hour longer than it takes me to go alone and that 30 minutes was spent in the bathroom (twice), opening cartons of chocolate silk (2), boxes of crunchy bars (Kashi bars) (2 - one kind for me, one for them), and answering the burning questions James had about Hot Pockets and ladles. Ruby was on my back and was good the whole time. THE WHOLE TIME. I was shocked and thankful and exhausted. They were too, and both fell asleep on the way home.

I still prefer to go by myself in the evening but today really could not have gone better. I was planning on a local week, partially because Patrick needed the van today to get the rain barrels. Unfortunately, that fell through last night. sigh. I really hope we can get them by the weekend or I might just tell them to forget it. Well, probably not but I am getting frustrated. (I know they're non-profit and all but come on!! List it on your website if you're behind on orders...return phone calls...something!)

Moving on. I am super excited to see Kate and her new little buddy tomorrow morning. I invited their clan over for coffee with the ulterior motive of holding him for a very long time. It's funny to me that I invited guests over and my living room floor is covered in crunchy muffin crumbs. ha! funny. Should go do something about that.

I stepped on an upside down hot wheel car today. Have you ever done that? I think it's worse than a duplo Lego injury and it certainly got a robust response out of me. My foot still hurts, hours later. I'm sure James will never even notice it's missing. (kidding.)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

my fingernails are still dirty


he loves this, originally uploaded by stephaniekg.

I can't believe it's almost noon. I went to bed early last night so I woke up at 5:30 this morning. yawn. Somehow the morning is still managing to fly by...almost time for lunch and naps! yay! They have worn me out, these two, with the painting and gluing and markering and painting and gluing...

We had a really good weekend. James got some steel training wheels on his bike but don't worry, mom, he is handling them really well now. Sunday was pretty funny because his seat was too low for him to get any momentum to get going so he sat on the path watching other kids fly by. Patrick said it looked like he was watching them for clues...we were laughing and applauding his perseverance. He's quite a kid.

I finished a strange book this morning. It's called The Locktender's House and got so creepy that until it turned a certain corner, I couldn't read it at night. It's a sad and strange and weird and, did I mention creepy?, story. Unlike anything I've ever read, that's for sure. I kind of liked it but still am not sure I really "get" it. I think so but it's one of those books that I have to mull over for a couple days until I either come to terms with it or just move on. Have any of you read it? What did you think?

Vicki had asked me about my book list last week so I wanted to address that. Every time I go to the bookstore I browse the new fiction and non-fiction sections and take pictures (with my phone) of any covers that look good. I later add those to my hold list. I also browse through the Coming Soon section of bn.com (because a lot of times new books that have been ordered are already in our library's system and can be held) and check the Library's own Don't Miss lists around the first of every month. (It's where they list all the new books just entering the system...it has recently been organized so it's super easy to narrow down your search.) There. My library secrets and further proof that I am a geek.

I might update my list later but basically, I just got a lot of it done. We also managed to have some good fun this weekend and it left us all wishing every weekend could be like this. As Patrick was getting in the car this morning, James yelled after him to make sure he didn't hit a pickle in the road, eat his sandwich so his belly doesn't rumble and to be home by dark.

I need to take some more pictures of outside stuff but there are a lot already on flickr from the weekend. Time to make the hot dogs! xoxo

Sunday, May 25, 2008

checking in

keeping myself honest...

* plant 2 new perennials in front, under overhang (well, yes, I did plant two but I ended up buying 10 so I have a lot more to do)
* start filling in with rocks under overhang (nope)
* mow lawn (hopefully tomorrow)
* mulch perennial beds (one out of two finished and I love it)
* stuff to dump tomorrow morning (yup!)
* stuff on craigslist TONIGHT (jet, bed, newer little people collection) (2 out of 3 posted tonight)
* stuff on ebay/etsy (at least 5 items) (nope)
* resist dig & save even though I really want to go there and, who am I kidding, probably will so nevermind (yeah...I went yesterday)
* find training wheels (gold or black) for the little bike our neighbor is letting us use (yup, he's up and running!)
* baby & birthday gifts delivered to our neighbors (tomorrow)
* sew 2 baby dolls (? tomorrow)
* watch movie with Patrick (later)
* hike with family (yup!)
* church (yup!)
* baby stuff brought to church (nope...will have to be next sunday)
* stay caught up on laundry (so far, so good)
* pay bills & balance checkbook (now I'm just being ridiculous) (paid bills, now going to balance)
* get groceries (nope) (we're all pretty hungry) :)



I hope you are all enjoying your long weekends (if in the US) and remembering our veterans in some way. They wanted all vets to stand up in church this morning and of course Patrick wouldn't because he is so shy. I loved seeing all the men & women standing up looking so proud.

James is still awake in his room even though he is exhausted. He had a strenuous day of biking (his training wheels are kind of heavy...will bulk up his thighs, patrick says) and is kind of beside himself. I am off to cuddle him a little so he will fall asleep and we can have our ice cream. ;) xoxo

Friday, May 23, 2008

graduation day


dsc00974.jpg, originally uploaded by stephaniekg.

Ruby is napping and James is playing outside with Jenna...what a nice midday break. I am hoping to leave as soon as Ruby gets up to find a few plants and some mulch for this weekend.

James' graduation was great. It was very sweet and he had fun. They gave each child a personalized yearbook of their activities and we have looked at it so many times already.

I decided I had better take advantage of my last morning with only one child so I brought Ruby to the thrift store with me yesterday. We had such a nice time. I found quite a few books for them and Ruby conned me into a stuffed chicken. I am definitely planning any public/errand type outing for the morning this summer, instead of our lunchtime/after preschool outings of late. Nap time & lunch time errands do not make for a happy toddler. Hmmmm...when will I remember these simplest of lessons?

I really enjoyed my T/Th mornings home with Ruby during the school year, they were nice and quiet and (mostly) very sweet. She plays so differently on her own...much calmer and stays focused for longer without James around tempting or taunting her into something else. It was really fun to see that and have that time with her. I am also looking forward to a no-regular-commitment summer, though, and am happy to have James around a little more.

I have some goals for the weekend that I wanted to put in writing. Here they are:

  • plant 2 new perennials in front, under overhang
  • start filling in with rocks under overhang
  • mow lawn
  • mulch perennial beds
  • stuff to dump tomorrow morning
  • stuff on craigslist TONIGHT (jet, bed, newer little people collection)
  • stuff on ebay/etsy (at least 5 items)
  • resist dig & save even though I really want to go there and, who am I kidding, probably will so nevermind
  • find training wheels (gold or black) for the little bike our neighbor is letting us use
  • baby & birthday gifts delivered to our neighbors
  • sew 2 baby dolls
  • watch movie with Patrick
  • hike with family
  • church
  • baby stuff brought to church
  • stay caught up on laundry
  • pay bills & balance checkbook (now I'm just being ridiculous)
  • get groceries
whew!!

More pics over on flickr, have a great weekend! xoxo

library love


You know how everyone has those cool little book links on the sides of their blogs now? What they're reading and listening to? I love those but they seem like a lot of work. Instead, I'll share my library hold list with you. I know, I know, calm down. There are so many good books here...some I get over and over (the vegan cookbooks) and some I have been waiting for for a long time. (The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule) I love the library, I love that it's online, I just love it!! Please share any of your favorite reads right now...I am always adding to this list. (I have also started to manage it a little that's why some titles are suspended...so I can get them a few at a time instead of 23 at once.)

I hope you see something that looks good!








Artisan bread in five minutes a day : the discovery that revolutionizes home baking /
by Hertzberg, Jeff.
St. Martin's Press,
2007.

Date Placed: 02/06/2008Pickup Location
In Transit2 of 7402/05/2009
The Backyardigans. Born to play

Nickelodeon ; Distributed in the USA by Sony BMG Music Entertainment,
p2008.

Date Placed: 02/11/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended2 of 2302/10/2009
Bazaar style : decorating with market and vintage finds /
by Lake, Selina.
Ryland Peters & Small,
2008.

Date Placed: 03/03/2008Pickup Location:
Active1 of 1403/03/2009
Belong to me /
by De los Santos, Marisa, 1966-
William Morrow,
2008.

Date Placed: 05/11/2008Pickup Location:
Active145 of 16105/11/2009
The blue ribbon country cookbook /
by Roupe, Diane.
Thomas Nelson,
c2007.

Date Placed: 04/07/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended3 of 704/07/2009
Blueberries for Sal /
by McCloskey, Robert, 1914-2003
Puffin Books,
1978, c1976.

Date Placed: 05/22/2008Pickup Location:
Active2 of 205/22/2009
Button! button! : 50 cute & crafty projects /
by Taylor, Terry, 1952-
Lark Books,
2008.

Date Placed: 04/07/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended4 of 1404/07/2009
Clotilde's edible adventures in Paris /
by Dusoulier, Clotilde, 1979-
Broadway Books,
c2008.

Date Placed: 04/07/2008Pickup Location:
Active1 of 1104/07/2009
The creative family : how to encourage imagination & nurture family connections/
by Soule, Amanda Blake.
Trumpeter,
2008.

Date Placed: 12/03/2007Pickup Location:
Active1 of 4212/02/2008
Cute stuff /

Vertical,
2008.

Date Placed: 04/07/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended1 of 804/07/2009
Dirty little secrets from otherwise perfect moms /
by Ashworth, Trisha.
Chronicle Books,
c2008.

Date Placed: 05/04/2008Pickup Location:
Active8 of 1005/04/2009
Don't throw it, grow it! : 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps.
by Peterson, Deborah.
Storey Pub.,
2008.

Date Placed: 05/04/2008Pickup Location:
Active3 of 605/04/2009
Every day with Rachael Ray (magazine).

Readers Digest Assoc.,
2005-

Date Placed: 04/25/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended4 of 704/25/2009
The family at home : love, life, style /
by Kaushal, Anita.
Clarkson Potter,
2007.

Date Placed: 04/25/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended2 of 304/25/2009
A fork in the trail : mouthwatering meals and tempting treats for the backcountry /
by March, Laurie Ann.
Wilderness Press,
2008.

Date Placed: 05/04/2008Pickup Location:
Active3 of 705/04/2009
The geography of bliss : one grump's search for the happiest places in the world /
by Weiner, Eric.
Twelve,
2008.

Date Placed: 02/27/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended70 of 12702/26/2009
Go Diego go! Great gorilla! (DVD)

Nickelodeon,
2008.

Date Placed: 03/17/2008Pickup Location:
Active5 of 3603/17/2009
Gorgeously green : 8 simple steps to an earth-friendly life /
by Uliano, Sophie.
Collins,
2008.

Date Placed: 04/29/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended45 of 6004/29/2009
Green for life /
by Boutenko, Victoria.
Raw Family Pub.,
c2005.

Date Placed: 02/18/2008Pickup Location:
Active3 of 702/17/2009
Grow vegetables /
by Buckingham, Alan.
DK Pub.,
c2008.

Date Placed: 03/31/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended1 of 703/31/2009
Hello, cupcake! /
by Richardson, Alan, 1956-
Houghton Mifflin,
c2008.

Date Placed: 04/07/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended11 of 3504/07/2009
Homemade : how to make hundreds of everyday products fast, fresh, and more naturally.

The Reader's Digest,
c2007.

Date Placed: 05/04/2008Pickup Location:
Active20 of 3005/04/2009
How to 'cook' compost : making and using compost /

National Trust,
2008.

Date Placed: 05/04/2008Pickup Location:
Active4 of 605/04/2009
Hungry Girl : recipes and survival strategies for guilt-free eating in the real world /
by Lillien, Lisa.
St. Martin's Griffin,
2008.

Date Placed: 04/29/2008Pickup Location:
Active8 of 4604/29/2009
I love dirt! : 52 activities to help you and your kids discover the wonders of nature /
by Ward, Jennifer, 1963-
Trumpeter,
2008.

Date Placed: 04/22/2008Pickup Location:
Active6 of 1304/22/2009
Icons of the highway : a celebration of small-town America /
by Worobiec, Tony.
AAPPL ; Distributed by Sterling Publishing Company,
c2008.

Date Placed: 04/07/2008Pickup Location:
Active2 of 404/07/2009
In defense of food : an eater's manifesto /
by Pollan, Michael.
Penguin Press,
2008.

Date Placed: 02/11/2008Pickup Location:
Active48 of 29302/10/2009
Into the wild
by Krakauer, Jon.
G.K. Hall,
1997, c1996.

Date Placed: 04/13/2008Pickup Location:
Active2 of 504/13/2009
The jolly postman, or, Other people's letters /
by Ahlberg, Janet.
LB Kids,
2006, c1986.

Date Placed: 05/22/2008Pickup Location:
Active4 of 405/22/2009
The jolly postman, or, Other people's letters /
by Ahlberg, Janet.
Little, Brown,
c1986.

Date Placed: 05/22/2008Pickup Location:
Active1 of 105/22/2009
Junk beautiful : room by room makeovers with junkmarket style /
by Whitney, Sue.
Taunton Press,
2008.

Date Placed: 04/07/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended9 of 5204/07/2009
Juno music from the motion picture.

Rhino/ WEA,
p2007, 2008.

Date Placed: 05/22/2008
Active166 of 16805/22/2009
Little cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse /
by Hansen, Kaye.
Clarkson Potter/Publishers,
c2008.

Date Placed: 03/03/2008Pickup Location
Suspended7 of 2803/03/2009
Little heathens : hard times and high spirits on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression /
by Kalish, Mildred Armstrong.
Bantam Books,
2007.

Date Placed: 05/11/2008Pickup Location:
Active89 of 9605/11/2009
Living the good life : how one family changed their world from their own backyard /
by Cockburn, Linda.
Hardie Grant,
2006.

Date Placed: 04/25/2008Pickup Location:
Active2 of 304/25/2009
Lotta prints : how to print with anything, from potatoes to linoleum /
by Jansdotter, Lotta.
Chronicle Books,
c2008.

Date Placed: 03/03/2008Pickup Location:
Active4 of 2603/03/2009
Making stuff for kids

Perseus,
2007.

Date Placed: 04/25/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended4 of 404/25/2009
Martha Stewart living (magazine). 2007-

Time, Inc. Magazine Co.,
1990-

Date Placed: 05/22/2008Pickup Location:
Active4 of 405/22/2009
More ideas about parenting with less stress : journal collection years 2000 to 2005 /
by Fay, Jim.
Love and Logic Institute, Inc.,
c2005.

Date Placed: 05/08/2008Pickup Location:
Active11 of 1205/08/2009
Notes from Nethers : growing up in a sixties commune /
by Eugster, Sandra Lee.
Academy Chicago Publishers,
2007.

Date Placed: 05/11/2008Pickup Location:
Active19 of 2205/11/2009
O (magazine) : the Oprah magazine. 2007-

Hearst Communications,
2000-

Date Placed: 05/22/2008Pickup Location:
Active5 of 505/22/2009
One morning in Maine.
by McCloskey, Robert, 1914-2003
Viking Press,
[1952]

Date Placed: 05/22/2008Pickup Location:
Active1 of 105/22/2009
Physics of the impossible
by Kaku, Michio.
Books on Tape,
p2008.

Date Placed: 05/04/2008Pickup Location:
Active9 of 1905/04/2009
Please feed me : a punk vegan cookbook /
by McGuirk, Niall.
Soft Skull ; Distributed by Publishers Group West,
c2004.

Date Placed: 04/18/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended5 of 504/18/2009
Raw family : a true story of awakening /

Raw Family Pub.,
c2000.

Date Placed: 02/20/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended2 of 402/19/2009
Real simple (magazine). 2007-

Time Inc.,
c2000-

Date Placed: 04/25/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended2 of 704/25/2009
Real simple (magazine). 2007-

Time Inc.,
c2000-

Date Placed: 05/22/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended7 of 705/22/2009
Sam the cooking guy : just a bunch of recipes /
by Zien, Sam.
John Wiley & Sons,
c2008.

Date Placed: 05/02/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended2 of 405/02/2009
Screen doors and sweet tea : recipes and tales from a Southern cook /
by Foose, Martha Hall.
Clarkson Potter/Publishers,
2008.

Date Placed: 05/04/2008Pickup Location:
Active5 of 1405/04/2009
Simply organic : a cookbook for sustainable, seasonal, and local ingredients /
by Cool, Jesse Ziff.
Chronicle Books,
c2008.

Date Placed: 04/07/2008Pickup Location:
Active2 of 1304/07/2009
Sleep through the static
by Johnson, Jack, 1975-
Universal Republic,
2008.

Date Placed: 03/01/2008Pickup Location:
Active17 of 11903/01/2009
The sneaky chef : how to cheat on your man (in the kitchen) : hiding healthy foods in hearty meals any guy will love /
by Lapine, Missy Chase.
Running Press,
c2008.

Date Placed: 04/07/2008Pickup Location:
Active7 of 2004/07/2009
Teaching Montessori in the home : the pre-school years /
by Hainstock, Elizabeth G.
Plume,
c1997.

Date Placed: 04/24/2008
Active1 of 304/24/2009
The ten-year nap a novel /
by Wolitzer, Meg.
BBC Audiobooks America,
p2008.

Date Placed: 04/29/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended1 of 404/29/2009
The top 100 recipes for happy kids : keep your child alert, focused, active and healthy /
by Watts, Charlotte, 1970-
Duncan Baird ; Distributed by Sterling Publishing Company,
2007.

Date Placed: 05/04/2008Pickup Location:
Active1 of 505/04/2009
Trail of crumbs : hunger, love, and the search for home : a memoir /
by Sunee, Kim.
Grand Central Pub.,
2008.

Date Placed: 02/27/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended10 of 1602/26/2009
Treehouse living : 50 innovative designs /
by Laurens, Alain.
Abrams,
2008.

Date Placed: 05/11/2008Pickup Location:
Active8 of 905/11/2009
Treehouses and other cool stuff : 50 projects you can build /
by Stiles, David R.
Gibbs Smith,
c2008.

Date Placed: 05/04/2008Pickup Location:
Active6 of 1505/04/2009
The ungarnished truth : a cooking contest memoir /
by Mathews, Eleanor.
Berkley Books,
2008.

Date Placed: 03/28/2008Pickup Location:
Active1 of 203/28/2009
Vanity fair (magazine). 2007-

Vanity Fair Pub. Co.,
1913-

Date Placed: 05/22/2008Pickup Location:
Active5 of 505/22/2009
Vegan express /
by Atlas, Nava.
Broadway Books,
c2008.

Date Placed: 04/18/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended1 of 104/18/2009
Veganomicon : the ultimate vegan cookbook /
by Moskowitz, Isa Chandra.
Marlowe & Co. ; Distributed by Publishers Group West,
c2007.

Date Placed: 03/12/2008Pickup Location:
Active15 of 3003/12/2009
We sing, we dance, we steal things [sound recording]
by Mraz, Jason
Atlantic,
p2008

Date Placed: 05/22/2008Pickup Location:
Active21 of 2205/22/2009
The well and the mine : a novel /
by Phillips, Gin.
Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts,
c2007.

Date Placed: 05/11/2008Pickup Location:
Active2 of 205/11/2009
You've got it made : deliciously easy meals to make now and bake later /
by Phillips, Diane.
Harvard Common Press,
c2008.

Date Placed: 03/03/2008Pickup Location:
Suspended2 of 1903/03/2009
Yours, Jack : spiritual direction from C.S. Lewis /
by Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.
Harper One,
c2008.

Date Placed: 05/04/2008Pickup Location:
Active1 of 105/04/2009
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