2 Comments June 25, 2007
Archives – June, 2007
The weather has been not so hot the last couple of days, so in the evening we head out for a walk. We used to take walks everynight, but have gotten out of the habit. I thought I'd take some photos of our neighborhood. Our section of the hood is only about 5 streets wide with about 4 blocks long. We are bordered on the north and south by swampy creeks and vegetation. The east side has a road that runs straight to the downtown area and the west is bordered by a large naval base. Most of the homes are pretty small, simplified Cape Cods and Bungalows. They were built between WWI and II to accomodate all the military families that came this way.
Keely insists that we start all our walks with a visit to "the jungle" as she calls it.
When I was little, my cousin and I used to play down here. We'd walk down that pipe on the right, hop down and travel down the creek. There used to be a tarazan style rope to swing off of too.
Here's midway through the neighborhood.
I love that we have lots of trees and sidwalks. Most new neighborhoods around here don't have either.
A larger creek is behind the tree line there.
And lastly, your neighborhood windmill-a full-size, working windmill. What? Your neighborhood doesn't have one?
Keely must stop to pet all the fire hydrants. She had the hardest time learning to say fire hydrant back in the day. She'd say all sorts of funny things like, "hidrant fydrant" and we used to all laugh. Now she calls them all "fire hydrant fydrant hydrant fire hydrants". She goes on and on with this, laughing at herself. Goofball.
Happy Summer all.
8 Comments June 22, 2007
I've been meaning to post my worktable that Ryan built for me so here it is…
15 Comments June 21, 2007
Yesterday we took Keely out to her first sit-down and be waited on restaurant. It was a local place we'd never been to. Keely was quite excited to go and to be there. We told her the baby news while waiting for our meal. Told her that she was going to be a big sister and all the details of that. She's been talking a lot about babies this month and what we'll do when we have a baby at our house someday, so she has the basics down in her head, but when we told her there was a baby currently growing in mommy's belly she whipped her head around pretty fast and stared at my stomach. She took the news fine. Asked some questions. Proclaimed that she wanted a girl baby. Then later in the car she asked if this baby was going to be hers? We explained that we were the mommy and daddy, but that yes the baby was going to be all of ours. That didn't please her too much because she wants a baby. She then said, "…but mommy, you already have a baby! Me!" It was kind of sad to me. Made me all sniffly. She's right though. She is my baby and she will always be. Sometimes she calls herself "mommy's baby" when she's being cuddly and lovie. What she meant was since I already have a baby I didn't need another one, so the newbie should be for her. Still.
11 Comments June 20, 2007
11 Comments June 19, 2007
We got our first real batch of greenbeans from the garden this weekend!
Keely takes her job of farmer seriously, as you can see by her outfit.
The perfect gardening shoes, no?
We ate all the beans for dinner and are happily awaiting our next basket full. Tomatoes and cucumbers are on the way too. Keely and I also put a few bean seeds in a glass jar so she could watch them sprout and root since you can't see all that action when they are in the ground.
12 Comments June 17, 2007
Since we've rearranged our living room there's been an empty space in one corner. I decided to put our old outdoor table there and currently it is holding Keely's dollhouse. Each evening she sits up there and plays with her dollhouse for a bit. I love to watch her. Little sidenote: She is now calling that bookshelf behind her the library and she takes a bag and pulls books off it to "buy".
15 Comments June 15, 2007
16 Comments June 11, 2007
flying around the backyard.
and we just might have to consider inflating that pool this weekend. It is going to be hot. Happy Friday.
10 Comments June 8, 2007
from Lera – How far along are you? (Yes, that does count as a question.)
I'm four months now and tomorrow, after much delaying, I'm gettting the pessary removed (help!).
from Alicia H – How do you go thrifting with a "spirited child"?
Heh. Well, honestly for the first 2-ish years of Keely's life I hardly went anywhere. The grocery store and fast trips out for necessities was all I could handle with her. Slowly she got more patient & more tolerant. When I started venturing out more and she'd sit in the cart, I kept little bits of Keely entertainment in my tote bag. Odd things that she'd never had before-small toys, "fun" household items, new books etc. I also had to be incredibly chipper, happy, and pay her lots of attention. Once I got a little over my germophobe-ness I started going straight to the books and toy sections at the thrift store and finding things for her to play with in the cart and I shopped really fast. Now that she is 3 1/2 she finds plenty of things to keep herself entertained. Believe me, I never imagined I'd ever be able to let her walk anywhere -but here we are.
from Haley – What are the names of the paints in your home?
I'm glad you asked. I get asked this a lot. I'm going to list the rooms and colors and lucky you gets to go search the "around the home" category to find the pictures of the rooms. I'm pretty sure they all came from Lowe's and we usually get the cheapo Enterprise brand. If you like one of these, I'm sure you can go to the paint desk and give them the name and they'll find you the chip.
living room-It has one blue "accent" wall called Aster Petal 347-2 (don't know the maker) and the other 3 walls have been varying shades of tan. The current one is called Dust Bowl 325A-3 (don't know the maker)
dining room-First Frost 52-1 (Olympic)
kitchen -the only room that hasn't been repainted-Frosty Pine 409-3
study- Stratosphere C51-1a (Olympic)
mini hallway-Moss Point Green C68-5 (Olympic)
Keely's room-the one crazy bright wall is Tidal Wave 5002-7c (American Tradition)
bathroom 1- It looks like a light Robin's egg blue.It's called Springbrook 94-26c (don't know the brand)
bathroom 2- 3/4 of the wall is white wainscotting and the top portion is Fog of London 305-3 (don't know the brand)
our bedroom-It's all white!
How we paint: We used to pick a color, paint a room and always like what we chose. We've lost that touch now and we usually have to try at least 2 colors to get what we want. That's one reason we get the cheapest paint. We usually prep the room-move furniture, put a drop cloth or two around, remove switch plates, and tape of the ceiling and trim work. If it is "new to us" room, we always paint the trim before taping off and doing the walls. Then we paint one full wall and see if we like it. If not, go straight to the store and get the next color choice and start painting over.
Keep in mind all colors will look different in your house, with your stuff and your lighting. Also, the colors tend to look different throughout the day. I usually hang paint chips up on the wall and watch them as the light changes for a few days. It helps me weed out the ones I know I won't like.
from Kristy – Do you co-sleep? Do you remember a hellish time when Keely became mobile? Do I have any sleep wisdom?
Yes, we have always co-slept. It was a necessity. We had no intentions of her sleeping with us before she was born. She had a lovely decked out nursery, but we never used it-not for a night or even a nap. She was an awful sleeper and she had some physical issues. She has always slept in between Ryan and I, so she never did wiggle/fall out of bed. She was also never in bed alone. When she was bitty, I breast fed her, she fell quickly to sleep and I laid her next to me. She awoke for her feedings through the night. I do remember when she got very mobile AND I stopped that bedtime feeding. I laid her next to me and she wiggled and rolled and played forever and wouldn't go to sleep and it drove me bonkers. We finally started a new bedtime routine where about 1/2 hour before bed we'd turn off all the house lights and all the noise and just sit on the couch/floor and do nothing really-maybe we'd talk quietly or let Keely play with a soft toy. This routine did help us through the mobile stage. As far as sleep wisdom…well, I had no idea how hard sleep could be for babies and parents before Keely. I'd been around many babies and babysat many babes and never saw one like Keely. I read all the books and tried all kinds of things to get her to sleep alone or just sleep more but nothing ever worked. She could cry for hours and her will always outlasted mine. I think you just have to do whatever works for your family and leaves everyone feeling good and gets everyone the most sleep possible. If what your doing is not working and you've stuck with it long enough, try another route. Eventually though, your baby is going to grow up and sleep fine and one day move out of your house. I know it is hard to think of that when you are exhausted and feeling crazy. My point though is this phase (whichever one it is) will pass. It's all temporary. Do what feels right.
From Alicia H.-Am I being a question hog? Any tips on storage for children's arts/crafts supplies?
No! You are not. AND I change our storage methods all the time. I like to clean and organize. It's a sick little hobby of mine. Also, as Keely's interests change I try to change out her supplies. We have storage cubbies in Keely's room that hold most of her books/toys. I'm making a new storage bookshelf in our study for her more educational/art type things right now. She has a table that she calls her desk in there and all her markers/pencils/papers are going to be in the study. I had a small bookshelf in our kitchen where I was keeping her messy/arty/play things-playdough, colored rice, buttons, paints. I just moved that out of our kitchen now so these things are homeless currently. Lot of help I am here, ay? If I had another closet door I would like to use one of those over the door clear shoe holder pocket things for the smaller arts and crafts stuff. It's easy to clean up. You can see what's in each pocket and the stuff you want your child to be able to reach can be hung in the bottom pockets and the scissors and such can go higher up.
When/if I finish her new shelves in our study, I'll post a photo for ya.
from Jamie – Why?
Funny. Well let's see. People have have always asked me (and everyone of you too I'm sure) what I wanted to be when I grew-up and I always said. "I dunno" and I still don't. That's why.
from Abby – If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
Oh, tough one. Hmmm. Well, I'd like to go somewhere in the South Pacific since I've never been out that way. I'd like to do that someday. I don't think I'd be up for that long trip with a family though. I've done the tour of Western Europe and a bit of Eastern Europe and there are plenty of places I'd love to go back to with my husband. I've only been to Costa Rica and the Bahamas with him. I guess if we were all going to get to go today, I'd pick Italy. We'll be travelling with lots of money and touring the whole country for a few weeks in this deal too, right? good.
Alrighty, that's it. Questions have been answered and my email box has been cleaned out.
6 Comments June 5, 2007