Sunday, August 30, 2009
2. "Cool" weather! Ethan and I got to go outside yesterday before bed time and we didn't have a heat stroke!
3. Clean Cars you washed yourself feels good. Not only do you save $ but you get a good workout. I should do it every weekend!
4. Naps. I hope to get one soon.
5. Spongebob Squarepants marathon. Enough said.
Friday, August 28, 2009
We start on our tummy.....Then on our side.....Reach back and get foot up under us........All the way back.......And PUSH with the foot to move forward an inch or so!!!! Then start all over again. Soon you will be right where you want to be, next to mommy! This is the funniest thing ever. I laughed at him trying so hard to get to me. And he did!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
We took a trip up to Eli's lab to see the coral he brought home with him from the Gulf Coast. Ethan loved looking into the tanks! I think we might have to have a day at an aquarium to get the whole fish experience.
Ethan wearing his kangaroo tshirt that his Daddy brought back from Australia for him before he was born! We have kangaroo hide shoes, too, but they are still too big.
First time in his swing at home. What fun! It's still so hot outside that we can only swing in the early morning.
First time discovering dirt.First time to play in the dirt.First time to eat dirt!!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Eli so kindly made his Dad's cheesecake for me to take. I made the blueberry topping. It was yummy and everyone enjoyed it!
Family Cheesecake (modified)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Monday- Crockpot Roast, potatoes and carrots. I'm also going to attempt Grandma's Cake with buttermilk this time! I need to make Ethan some more cookies, too.
Tuesday- Charro Beans
Wednesday- Chicken and Dumplings Cooking the chicken on Tuesday and finishing it up on Wednesday. This is the first time I've ever made chicken and dumplings. When I was looking for a recipe, I kept finding ones that had celery and carrots in it. My grandma and mom made them for me when I was little and they never had celery and carrots! So I found one without.
Thursday- Beef Stew. I got a great deal on stew meat at Target on Sunday. Sometimes they put $off stickers on their meat. I found 2 packages of stew beef with $3 off stickers on them. It was like getting them Buy one/get one Free!
Cut the beef into bit size pieces. Brown outside in pot with olive oil salt and pepper, adding cut up onion about half way through. When it is brown on all sides add a bit of flour and mix. Pour in 2 cans of beef broth and scrap the bottom of the pan to get all the good stuff. Add cut up potatoes and carrots. Cook low until all is tender. Add corn and green beans. Remove lid for last 15 mins to reduce liquid and thicken.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
1. I don't have to work outside the home.
2. I get to work outside the home at least once a month!
3. I get to spend my "extra" money how I want.
4. I have "extra" money to spend on groceries when we need it.
5. When I do work outside the home, my husband does the dishes! (maybe I will work more;)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sure, cloth diapers are environmentally friendly, cute to look at and easy on the pocket book (in the long run). But the reality is: they have to be washed. And washed. And washed. Again. And Again.
Let's start with the diaper coming off the baby. I toss them and my cloth wipes all in the pail with a laundry bag to line it. (Hopefully some day I may buy a waterproof wet bag.) If there is poop on the dipe it may or may not get rinsed of with my handy diaper sprayer. (This has to be the grosses thing I've ever done.) I don't have separate pails for the covers, inserts or the wash clothes. Some do but I'm not sure why.
I mostly line dry in my back yard. While I'm hanging diapers I start another load with the wipes, micro fleece liners and any prefolds I may have. I wash these separately because I use California Baby diaper cream on Ethan from time to time and don't want the oils to transfer to the BG's. Also, the velcro on the BG's picks up EVERY loose thread from the wipes and the prefolds. On the hot wash I will add any extra laundry I may have sitting around like towels or underwear. I usually use Tide or my homemade soap on this load.(Save the Planet!)