Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lathrop Family Photo!

We all look fabulous after camping at my parents river property, but here we are! All of us!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Possible Party Tonight!

So the Diaper Parties rep in Seattle (Shannon) has a party booked for tonight at 6:30 in Tacoma, but she emailed me last night to ask if I wanted to take it. She is 8 months pregnant and doesn't want to make the 1 1/2 hour drive each way. Just waiting to get the details to confirm! Hopefully some good sales for me! Woot! (can a 29 year old say "woot"?)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Baby Food

I just made some squash and peaches for Kyla. I also have green beans, peas, and sweet potatoes in the freezer; applesauce in the fridge; and bananas and avacado on the counter (these don't need to be cooked). I ground up some oatmeal in my mini-food processor for her cereal in the morning.

Baby food is so easy to make! It is way cheaper (and healthier) to make it yourself, but many don't know they can do it! Here is a great website all about it: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dress pics.


I will try to find a "before" pic later when Zac gets home (Kyla and I didn't make it to church due to a nasty cold she came down with yesterday), I am still figuring out the Ubuntu OS that Zac put on my netbook.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What have we been up to?

Been trying to lay low this week. Needed a little break from the norm.

Wednesday I had a Diaper Parties presentation for the Mom's Club of Dupont. It was fun and went really well (except for the part when Kyla puked on the ladies carpet and then Keanan stood up front by me and peed on the ladies floor). One of the gals that was there has already bought some diapers through me via the website that I get 15% commission from! ( www.everythingbirth.com use code JVW10 at checkout for 5% off your order! )

Wednesday evening my parents came for dinner and to see the kids.

Thursday we went into Olympia to pick up my wedding dress! It is now a knee length dress! It looks great! We took some pics that I will put up later. The girls are working on making a little jacket with the scraps that were left.

Today we trekked into Graham to spend the day with the Johnson's. Keanan and Lucy had fun playing in the dirt (they are remodeling their house) and taking a bath together. It was fun seeing fatso-watso Kate too!

Kyla is getting faster! She is all over the house and even tried pulling herself up on the stairs yesterday. Keanan is getting better about putting things up that he doesn't want her to get. They are getting so big!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Zac! Happy birthday to you! Wooo hooo! 29 today! Have a wonderful day honey. We love you!!

~Jen, Keanan, & Kyla

Friday, August 13, 2010

Letter of the week - L

Our letter of the week fun has been a little slow during this camping season. This week we made a ladder L, a ladybug, and did some lacing on a lion! The lacing was great work in fine motor skills and Keanan did way better than I thought he would. We also checked out some books about lions and ladders at the library. The verse for the week is "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." Matthew 22: 37-38

We are packing up and heading out to the ocean this weekend with Zac's parents. Keanan is very excited. I think I will be more excited when we actually get there. We leave in approx. 8 hours and what have I packed? Zilch, zip, nada. Fun times.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Kyla's 6 month checkup

Keanan and I took Kyla to the doctor yesterday. She was a silly, happy baby the whole time and didn't even cry when she got her shot! She weighs a little over 15 pounds and is about 27 inches long. So she is a long, lean little girl! Healthy as can be. Now if she will just start sleeping / napping good again...

And it's official, Kyla is on the move! She started scooting all over yesterday!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Come read with me!

So I just found this awesome site that has set up bible reading for a year in chronological order! It is about 15 mins. a day for a year. I am a little late in the game as it is August (they are on Jeremiah) but am going to give it a shot. You set which version you want to read (I am doing the Message) and can also sign up for daily or weekly emails. Here is the link: http://oneyearbibleonline.com/oneyearweeklychrono.php?version=51&startmmdd=0101 I am going to try to wake up before the rest of the house and do this. Come join me!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lemon Cheese

So yummy and so easy! I started some before lunch and it was ready to eat 2 1/2 hours later. It is a soft cheese, pretty bland, but with a hint of lemon. I like to add salt and rosemary from my flower bed. You don't need any special equipment (except for cheese cloth or a nylon or something like that) or ingredients, go ahead, give it a shot!

Ingredients:
1/2 gallon whole milk (NOT ultra-pasteurized)
1/4 cup lemon juice
salt (optional)
herbs (optional)

Steps:
- heat the milk in a large pot to about 200 degrees (just before boiling), stir gently on occasion so it doesn't scald.
- remove from heat and slowly stir in the lemon juice
- cover and let sit for 15 minutes
- pour into a colander lined with the cheesecloth (or clean nylon, something to let the whey pass through)
- tie the corners of the cheesecloth together and let it hang (over a bowl) for 1-2 hours (I hang mine from a hook in my kitchen)
- break up the curd mass with your fingers and toss with salt and herbs if desired. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks (you won't have any left by then! Ours doesn't last for 2 days, and I double the recipe!)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

6 months!! (and a few days)

Bad mommy. I forgot to post on Friday when Kyla turned 6 months old. I think she will forgive me...

I can't believe it has been 6 months since little miss was born!!! Only 6 more months until she turns one! 6 more months to get her "big girl" room painted and decorated. And just 6 more months of breastfeeding! Ever! Woo hoo! (Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike it, and I want to do what is best for my kids. I am just looking forward to having my body back to myself after sharing it with someone else since September 2007!)

Kyla is almost crawling! It will be any day now. She is also getting much better at sitting up. She loves to "talk" to us! There is a constant stream of "ga ga ga ga da da da da ba ba ba ba" when she is in a good mood. If she is mad she says "ma ma ma ma" quite intensely.

In other news:
My booth at the consignment sale went well. There was a pretty constant stream of people coming in and out, and everyone got one of my cards in their bags at checkout. I had a couple of people asking questions and taking flyers, so we will see. Kyla did AMAZING all day! She was such a happy, good baby! I was really nervous about us being there from 9-5, but she took it like a champ!

While we were gone Keanan and Zac did some work around the house. In the process they discovered a HUGE (like bigger than a watermelon huge) wasp nest under the eves of the house, on the side that we never go on. It is pretty cool. Zac will kill it soon.

Off to bed in anticipation of another very busy week (bible studies, doctor appointment, company picnic, and another camping trip!)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Our Week...

has been crazy! Crazy good and crazy bad. Monday started with a very sleep deprived mommy (Kyla has not been doing well at night or nap time) which resulted in nothing getting done and Zac taking Tuesday off work to help me out. My unhealthy obsession to finish everything on my impossibly long list was making me lose my mind. The list is now much shorter and I feel better.

On Tuesday our 3 kitties made the trip in to see the vet. They are now neutered and never have to go to the vet again. I think they are happy about that part.

Yesterday the kids and I drove in to Olympia with my wedding dress to meet with the seamstress girls. They will have it done within 2 weeks for SUPER cheap! I am sooo excited. We also made it over to the Ireland's new house for desert (Zac was helping them move stuff). I think that Kyla had her eye on Jadon crawling around because today she is up on her hands and knees rocking back and forth!! Ahhh! Not ready for that!

My monday mini-meltdown kept us from doing a "letter of the week" this week, but we did make a cool cactus out of sandpaper yesterday. Keanan told me he wants to make a raspberry for craft today, so I need to figure that out before nap time is over. I get to be kid free tonight and go help Chris clean their old house (which is the Peterson's house, Blake is almost back from Iraq!). Is it weird that I am looking forward to cleaning toilets?

My latest internet find is this site: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ Over 400 crockpot recipes! They are also gluten free, which I don't care too much about, but that keeps them from using a bunch of processed junk. I have chicken and dumplings cooking right now! I also made mac n' cheese from scratch today! I LOVE mac n' cheese, but am trying to not make stuff out of a box (lots of processed nasty stuff in there). Keanan and I both loved it.

I have been "no poo" for over a week now. My hair feels really healthy! I am also trying to shower at night and not wake up earlier in the morning (precious sleep), so every other day I wash with the baking soda and rinse with the apple cider vinegar. On the off days I just rinse with organic coconut conditioner. So far so good!

Tomorrow is a long, big day for Kyla and I. I have a booth at "Kidsignment" in Centraila for my diaper parties. This is a HUGE sale of anything related to kids and about 1000 people are expected to come through. I am hoping for some good leads. I am a little nervous about Kyla being there with me all day (9-6), I hope she naps okay in the pack n play. If you are in the area, come say hi!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

"No Poo", the language of Sudden, a cocktail dress, and other goings on...

My "No Poo" experiment!
I have not shampooed my hair since Thursday morning! Sound gross? It's not! In my quest to become a little more "crunchy" or "green" (Zac says hippy) I stumbled across "no poo" in a forum I frequent. Basically, shampoo contains lots of nasty chemicals that are not really good for your body. It is also not great for your hair to shampoo it everyday. So going "no poo" means to ditch the shampoo and instead wash your hair with baking soda and rinse with apple cider vinegar. I have done it twice and am LOVING it! My hair is so soft and healthy. Many have said there is a transaction phase where your scalp has to learn to stop producing so much oil to cope with all the shampoo - so hopefully I won't become a nasty grease ball - but it is supposed to get better after that. So we shall see! Here is an article that describes it better: http://www.naturemoms.com/no-shampoo-alternative.html

The Language of Sudden
Keanan has started talking gibberish at times. He really gets into it. I asked him yesterday what language it was and he said "Sudden". Zac asked him this morning how to say "cheese" in Sudden and he said some weird word that I can't remember. Such a silly kid!

Cocktail Dress
I found someone to turn my wedding dress into a cocktail dress! I can't remember where I heard this, but I love the idea! Then on our anniversary I can wear it out to dinner! I will have a couple handkerchiefs made out of the left over fabric so that Kyla can carry one with her on her wedding day. Just waiting to set up an appointment with the seamstress (it is actually 2 19 year old twins that have been sewing since they were 6!). Here is their website: http://www.bellajeanboutique.com/

Kyla has not been sleeping well. She had a slight fever today, poor baby. I am hoping it is just teeth coming in. I am soooooo wanting a full night of sleep!

I had my first actual party for www.diaperparties.com last Thursday. It was sooo fun. And I made enough money to keep going another month =)