Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
I woke up Saturday with a headache that Tylonol just couldn't cure... or even really help. Then, I woke up Sunday with my mouth, head and the right side of my face just throbbing in pain. It hurt to open my mouth. What was the deal? I may never know. My suspiscion is that it was a reaction to Benadryl which I took to help me sleep on Friday. I don't usually take medication and I haven't taken Benadryl in over 10 years... and now I won't ever take it again. I just have a hard time sleeping now in this third trimester. Thank goodness I only have 2 1/2 months to go! And so much crafting left to do!!!!
Our apple tree is covered in big apples now. They are incredibly sour and most of them were quite bug-ridden but I can salvage enough to make a vat of applesauce and some tasty pie and apple strudel (my favorite). I think next year I will have to learn how to care for trees so they won't be so buggy. I found some bugs I have never seen before in my life trying to eat some of my apples!! Yuck! Anastasia enjoyed helping me pick the "balls" off the tree. She picked a few on her own as the tree branches were so heavy with fruit they were at her level. She also was an exceptional apple-launcher. Apparently they are just as much fun as bouncy balls.... only these ones grow on trees!
I have a tupperware bowl of blackberries from my uncle to address as well. I am picturing blackberry cupcakes smothered in buttercream frosting with a single berry on top. Mmmm.
What is wrong with my dog? Since last week she has been following me everywhere! She is constantly staring at me as if I am going to leave her or something. She started eating some of Anastasia's unused disposable diapers a few days ago. She also stole a pepper from the produce my uncle gave us and was eating it in our bed with tea-light candles. Then today I woke up to an explosion of diaper wipes in Anastasia's room.... they were everywhere!!! And I buy the unscented kind! She has never done anything like this before!! Then, she stole 2 zucchini's off of the counter at some point today, and pulled a loaf of bread off of the counter as well. She is a notorious bread thief, so that isn't too abnormal, but peppers, wipes, zucchini and candles are a little bizarre, even for a husky. All I can think is that she is desperately seeking attention... or maybe she just doesn't like her dogfood and is making a statement by eating candles and diapers. Either way it is the oddest thing for my almost too-good dog.
Friday, July 18, 2008
After managing the crowds, I ended up at the doctor 10 minutes late. My appointment was quick and smooth and I was out of there in 30 minutes. Next on the list: COFFEE! I stopped at Border's across the street for coffee and a macadamia cookie. And onto my parents house (an hour from Fairfax) where I dropped off Anastasia after a quick trip to Target for a gift for Tara and a card for Nick. Then I picked up popsicles and flowers at Giant and went to the hospital. Poor Tara was having some rough contractions. By around 5pm they were still rough and she was only dialated 4cm so Nick and I decided to go out to dinner for our anniversary at a hibachi steak house. It was AWESOME.
We arrived home pretty late and got to bed after 11pm. It didn't matter because I couldn't sleep. I didn't sleep until 3am after I got the phone call that Tara had a baby boy at 2:32am... 7lb, 6oz, healthy. Then I slept until 5:45 am when we got up to get to my parents so Nick could get to work on time. So on 3 hours of sleep, we went to my parents and then my mom, Caitlin, A, and I went to the hospital before heading to Richmond. I got to hold baby boy for a couple minutes (with clean hands and trying not to breath on him as I had been congested still). What an incredible cutie pie! I think he looks like a little gnome baby, so thin and with such defined tiny features. Tara was doing great and totally beaming. Anastasia wasn't sure what to make of him. I haven't heard if they named him yet or not.
After a quick visit and a cup of tea, we headed down to Richmond. This is when I really began to loose my voice. By the time we reached my uncles house... I could hardly talk. :( I enjoyed seeing my uncle Joe and aunt Terrie from Florida, as well as my Uncle Mike and Aunt Beth, cousins Timmy and Carlene and their new dog, a black lab named MOOSE. We had a great visit and left around 5ish. I drove to and from the Richmond area, had soup at my parents house and drove an hour and a half back home. We left for showers (I still couldn't talk) at Andy and Heather's and came home where I crashed until 10am this morning. And that my friends, was my past couple days of pure chaos, fun and pure exhaustion. I still can't really talk.
Here is Tara, and I and our "babies." Anastasia seems so huge next to baby boy.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Even so, I got up the energy to take Anastasia to the library since we will be missing Storytime due to my doctor's appointment tomorrow. She recieved a prize for the summer reading program which is pretty fun. I usually let her pick her prize, but she wanted a yellow rubber duck... and she currently has like 10 rubber ducks, so I gave her a purple dragon instead. I felt like the evil controlling mom but guess what? She has been carrying that purple bendy dragon around all day. So I don't feel so bad. We got out a book called "Three Perfect Peaches" and it was really hilarious. About a princess who was ill and needed 3 perfect May peaches to cure her and the peasant boy who tries to find them. I feel like the princess today... ill and in need of 3 perfect peaches. So far I have had 2 near-perfect cups of peach tea. Maybe one more will do the trick!
Despite being so tired, I also got out the Coleman pump and blew up Anastasia's blow-up pool. It was way bigger than I expected, but works out nice on the deck next to the old dryer that is sitting there. She loved it and I enjoyed cooling my feet off and knitting with some tea. That is some serious therapy. Speaking of knitting, I successfully crocheted a little acorn necklace for Anastasia. I will post a picture later. I put a little treasure stone in it due to a lack of acorns this time of year... but the possibilities for this tiny treasure holder are endless. She has been wearing it all day. Now she sleeps... and I must prepare to prepare dinner. Soup and cornbread sounds so comforting right now... mmm.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Anastasia loved the initial stone hunt where we took our basket into the yard and found some light-colored stones. She really got into it! Then we took the stones in and washed them in a bowl of water with an old nail brush and a little dish soap. She spent about an hour on this task, just washing, and scrubbing the rocks. When she finished scrubbing, she put some back in the water to wash again. I think I will start her on dishes tomorrow! haha
Now the fun part, which was a little less fun for her, and really fun for me. I put the rocks on a foil-lined sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. I took them out and we melted crayons on them. For Anastasia, I held the stone for her with a rag because it was too hot for her to do on her own. We are learning the word "hot" so it was actually a good activity as she could touch the stone without getting burned, but it was hot enough to make my point. She liked the crayon melting effect and we did a few together. I ended up doing most of them alone while she napped as it took a while and I had to heat them up again.
After finishing the batch, I placed them in her sand box for a 18-month old appropriate "treasure hunt." She loved it!This is some awesome Easter Egg Hunt prep if you ask me! She should be a pro by next Spring!After melting some of the crayons I decided to pull the wrappers off and make a set of muffin-tin crayons. I melted the crayons for about 6 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees in cupcake wrappers. I then stuck them in the freezer for a while. They turned out great and looked like Reeses cups, but A. didn't quite get the idea of coloring with them and made a tower out of them instead.
Anastasia is currently carrying around her basket of treasure all around the living room. Definitely our favorite project yet!
And LOOK AT MY BEAUTIFUL BATHROOM FLOOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:
Nick finished the grout last night, and I had my doubts prior to his "grouting" but now... I am in love. With my husband of course ;) and his floor laying abilities. Perhaps it is hard to appreciate but if you had seen the gaping chasm where one should be walking, you would totally understand. Guess what is going in now? The toilet... hopefully!! The wellspring of cursing I have been hearing worries me a bit...
Edit: After I finished my post, my toilet was in! I have to manually flush it until tomorrow probably, but beggars can't be choosers!!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
There are two ways to make this, and I will give you the smart way--the way I didn't do it and should have for less of a mess factor. I used a paper towel roll cut in half and cut each half down the center and taped together. Then I cut a piece of paper to wrap around it. I had Anastasia decorate it with crayons and stickers (which didn't stick well to the crayon). The smart thing to do for a toddler is find some double sided tape to stick to the back of the bottom edge of the paper. You can then cut strips of tissue paper (like me) or use crepe paper. Have the child stick the tissue paper to the tape (this is where I used glue and made a really big mess and all the strips became stuck together). Then adults or older children can glue or tape (I actually did a little bit of both for durability) the paper with the strips around the paper towel roll. Let dry if you used glue and punch holes in the top and add string. We took it outside and swirled it around (there was no wind really). Anastasia enjoyed watching me swirl it around and it was quite fun to watch!Here she is with her artwork! I don't think we will be taking this to the beach due to its fragility and how tight the Jeep will likely be packed. So I made her a ribbon wand by attaching some fabric ribbon (I found some rainbow ribbon in the gift wrap section at Target) to a wooden dowel. This could be as easy as glueing a long piece of ribbon to an unsharpened pencil or as complex as putting an eyelet in the ribbon, putting a ring through it, and attaching it via a metal loop that screws on the top of the dowel (which I did for the professional look). You can even buy a ready-made one at Target for $5. So perhaps our kites don't really fly in the "sky"... but I am sure we will see a few that do at the beach. Oh, and I had to share this neat "cloud painting" activity at School For Us. I will probably do this when we come back from the beach! I had best run my errands!!! Have a great week!
So we had a blast at Bridget and Jason's Party for Michael. Anastasia had so much fun. I am always glad when she can play with the Cwod kids because everyone has such nice children. She is very curious about babies... maybe because we have little talks about them and I be sure to point one out when I see one. She really likes patting them on their soft little baby heads. She will be an awesome big sister... if not a little bossy.
Sunday was very productive. We cleaned off our porch most of the way. My mom and I had filled Anastasia's sandbox on Thursday. She loves that thing. I keep it on the porch to keep bugs and snakes and rain out (even though it has a lid). Plus it gives her something to do while we enjoy our porch. Nick burned one pile of wood and junk from our house, and we went to church, ate, visited the neighbors who gave us more eggs, and went over to Andy and Heather's for showers and stayed until after midnight. What a busy weekend!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I anticipated posting yesterday... but never got around to it. Here is our little homemade table setting. I put glue on the jars and gave Anastasia tissue paper to stick to them. It was a very successful first glue project. I covered it with decoupage paste and put a tea light in it. I am so proud of her artistic abilities! I believe she could outdo many "modern artists." That is my humble opinion. I got a little carried away with the tissue paper and made tissue paper flowers... remembering my childhood. I think I will display our flag a little longer... Its kind of funny how if you leave up your July 4th decorations it is considered patriotic but if you leave up your Christmas decorations it is considered red neck-y.
My big surprise was that my best friend Tara who was/is living in Florida, called me as she had just came up to Virginia. We stopped by and saw her on our way to my parents for the evening and it was the BEST!!! As you can see, we are each showing off our big preggo tummies! If you only knew how badly I wanted this picture of us together you would appreciate the greatness of it! Its hard to believe we have been friends for 16 years... we met when we were just kids and now we both are having kids of our own. Crazy.
Anastasia loved her rocking horse she got for Christmas that we left at Grandma and Grandpa's.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Isn't it just beautiful? Or am I just a crazy, farm-fresh-food-obsessed pregnant woman? I sauteed it in butter with lemon juice and salt... and yum!
And lastly, Anastasia's new apron. I made it without a pattern for her so she can help me with baking or cooking or just looking really cute while I bake and cook. It also coordinates with my apron and is reversable! Its a little big, with lots of room to grow!
(Left: the sweet, country girl side, Right: the chic, summer hostess side)