Sunday, September 26, 2010

A wonderful weekend!


We were sad it had to end, *sigh*, but I did miss the kids a bit. If you have never been to Steilacoom / Anderson Island, go there! We really enjoyed the 'forced relaxation' time on the ferry (it is a 20 min trip) and the amazing views. Here are two places to visit:

The Inn at Burg's Landing B&B Annie was such a wonderful hostess. We stayed in the master suite upstairs. It was an awesome room with a large skylight over the log bed and a huge jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. There was also a balcony area where we could sit and look out over the sound. We walked along the beach with some of Annie's wonderful cookies in hand. Breakfast was amazing! She made us cheese blitzs' which I have never had before, but hurt myself in eating too many because they were so good! We will definitely be going back here.

La Creme Brulee
You must go here for a date night! Or even just by yourself! SOOOO good! We had escargot as an appetizer, Zac was a little nervous about it but they were yummy! For the main course I had pasta rigate and Zac had roasted maple leaf duck breast. I have had a lot of pasta before, but this was by far the best ever. The duck was amazing! So tender and juicy. For desert, I had creme brulee and Zac had tarte citron (lemon tart). Both were so wonderful! All of that for only $66!! Chef Bertrand was born and raised in France and studied in Paris. He has worked in restruants all over the world. The waiter was French as well, with a very heavy accent. They only spoke French to each other - so cool! Seriously, you need to go here!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Letter of the week - O

This week we made an owl O, an octopus, and a painting using an orange and an onion! We also had calamari for dinner on the day we made the octopus (yes, I know calamari is really squid, close enough). Keanan LOVED it! We checked out some fun books about owls and onions at the library as well.

Kyla is pulling herself up to standing on anything she can! She is pretty fearless! She is still not doing super great with sleeping at night, but we are working on it. She was having trouble nursing during the day, too distracted, but it seems we are getting over that. Yay, I do not like pumping all the time!

First sleepover for the two of them together at Grandma and Grandpa's tomorrow! Oh man am I excited!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Some Updates...

After about a month I ended my journey with "no poo". If you don't know what I am talking about, I went over a month without washing my hair with shampoo. Instead I used baking soda and an apple cider vinegar rinse about every other day. This worked great! My hair felt clean, soft and healthy. I liked that I wasn't using so may chemicals on my body. In fact, after starting this, I switched all my makeup, lotions, the kids wash/shampoo, and my body wash to natural products. The ONLY downside, and the reason I quite doing it, was the tangles. I have a SUPER sensitive head. I would cry when I was little when my hair was brushed (right mom?). I was almost crying every time I got out of the shower and had to brush my hair beacuse it was so tangled and hurt so bad. So I bought a nice organic coconut milk shampoo and conditioner (I am a sucker for anything coconut). Come to find out, there has been no salt in our water softener for who-knows-how-long and this is probably the cause of all the tangles. Grrrr. Oh well, I am really enjoying the coconut smell...

We are still going strong on my other internet ideas: green smoothies, crockpot cooking, un-paper towels, and letter of the week crafts. We will see what I stumble upon next...

Zac and I had been planning for some time to take a little cruise this coming weekend. There was a deal through our church that one of the cruise lines was moving their ship from Seattle to Vancouver, BC to dock for the winter or something. So for a cheap price we could take a mini cruise and enjoy all the stuff on the boat. Well, we procrastinated too long and the tickets for the date we wanted sold out. We also realized that I do not have a passport or whatever fancy drivers license thing you need to get back into the country and we didn't have enough time to get one. We had already asked my parents to watch the kids for the night so I hunted around on the internet and booked us a room at a B&B on Anderson Island! We are super excited!! I once again apologize in advance to my mom (and Mathew & Elizabeth since you guys will be staying there too!) for the lack of sleep she will be recieving on Saturday night (I don't think my dad will hear anything). I am trying to night wean Kyla, really I am, she is just not cooperating very well. Keanan is really excited to play with Uncle Mat, swim in the hot tub, and go to class with Grandma (she teaches 2-3 year old Sunday School at their church). Our room has a large jetted tub. I am going to live in it the entire time we are there. Seriously.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Letter of the week - N

This week we made a number N, a nature jar, and a noodle necklace! Keanan loved making the necklace. He sat on the floor for a good 20 minutes lacing the noodles onto the yarn! Awesome work for fine motor skills. He even made Zac a bracelet (that daddy wore all evening =) ). We also checked out some books at the library about numbers and noses.

Kyla is pulling herself up on everything! I had to get the gates out to block the stairs today. If we hold her hands she will walk all over too! She is getting so big!!

It is a busy diaper party weekend for me. I have a party for a friend in Lacey tomorrow and then a party at my moms house in Graham on Sunday. I also got my first paycheck in the mail today! I am really enjoying it, even if I don't make much money. It makes me happy to know that more people are choosing to use cloth diapers!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

AHHHHHHHHHHHH!

It is 4:10. Keanan is STILL not asleep for nap and the stupid, annoying stellar jays are having some kind of party in the backyard! If Kyla was not asleep I would be all over their blue butts with the shotgun!! Fly away you winged noise makers!! GO TO SLEEP KEANAN!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

From the study I am doing, "Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl"

"Maybe this is the true secret to being fulfilled and content. Not reaching back for what was lost in my yesterdays. And not reaching for what I hope will be in my tomorrow. But living fully with what is right in front of me. And truly seeing the gift of this moment." - Lysa Terkeurst

Really stuck with me today.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lazy Days and Lions

We enjoyed an awesome lazy Sunday today, I needed it. We had a good time at church (I had nursery duty) and then our friend Josh come over for lunch and a visit. The kids (and I!) took nice long naps while Zac cleaned up the tent trailer (want to buy it?)

Yesterday Zac went to help Brian work on the addition on their house. The kids and I headed over to my moms house to visit and take naps. After dinner Keanan and Lucy went in the hot tub for the first time! They were both very unsure at first, but after some splashing from Grandma they got in and turned into little fish! They both did so good - even in the deep part.

Evidently a pride of lions have moved into our house and yard. They are often found lurking in my bedroom or the tall grass around our house. Good thing we have super hunter Keanan armed with his net to protect us. However, he usually catches a lion and brings it to me so it can eat me! Don't worry, he told me he will put my leftovers in a tuperware!

Friday, September 10, 2010

A conversation

Dad: Keanan, why are you crying?
Keanan: I got an owwie. I need a sticky-bun to make it all better.

sticky-bun = doughy, sugary rolls of goodness that I made tonight for Zac.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Dedication

This evening we dedicated our kids to the Lord. Our small group had the idea to do a mass baby dedication/baptism since so many of us have had babies lately. It was later opened up to our entire church. So about 7 families dedicated their kids and about 15 people were baptized! It was HUGE! Everything went great, despite the rain, and we even had enough food (our small group prepared a taco bar). Way to go Chris and Greg for getting the ball rolling and being in charge =)

Zac did the dedication for our kids a little different. He wanted to talk instead of the "read the lines out of the book" type deal (not that there is anything wrong with that). He did sooo great. He had all of our small group members come up front as well as our family and basically told them that he expects them all to share with our kids all that God is doing in their lives. Then is prayed for both Keanan and Kyla. I'm not sure how I didn't cry.

Other recent happenings:

On Sunday we spent the day in Mossyrock visiting Zac's parents. The kids were really good and even took decent naps. Zac's mom made a yummy strata for dinner. On the way up there Keanan randomly told us that the trees in Mossyrock were old and that Grandpa needed to cut them down. We told John this when we got there and do you know what he did? He, Zac, and Keanan went out and actually cut down a tree! Keanan was thrilled! What a good Grandpa =)

On Monday we went to the Pioneer Farm and museum in the Ohop Valley. It was so neat! We got to tour actual pioneer homes, ground corn to make corn flour, washed clothes on an scrubbing board thing, carded wool, milked a cow (it is harder than I thought!), found and weighed eggs, jumped in hay, caught chickens, pumped water with a hand pump, pounded horseshoes in the blacksmith shop (Zac did), and ate a picnic lunch!

That evening I had a diaper party in Lacey so Zac gave the kids baths and put them to bed all by himself! I am really enjoying the diaper parties! Even if I don't make that much money, I love talking about cloth diapers! I know, I am weird.

Good times, good times.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Letter of the week(s) - M

We have been working on M the last two weeks. We made a mountain M, a mouse, and a monster with Miss Amanda! We also checked out some books from the library about mice, a monster, and the moon. The verse was "My sheep listen to my voice, I know them, and they follow me" John 10:27

Today we took a family trip to Lattin's Farm and Cider Mill in east Olympia. Keanan had tons of fun seeing the animals and feeding the goats. Zac and I enjoyed the freshly baked donuts and apple fritters...yummmm! On Monday we are planning to head out to the Pioneer Farm and Museum in the Ohop Valley. I am super excited to milk a cow!! It is one of the things on my bucket list (right next to 'spend the night at an Amish Bed n' Breakfast').

My latest internet find has been green smoothies! We (and most americans) don't get enough veggies, let alone leafy greens, in our diet. This is a yummy way to solve that. Basically it is 60% fruit, 40% leafy greens with an oj base. We have been doing banana, strawberry and a spinach mix. The fruit overpowers the veggie taste. Zac and I have been enjoying them at breakfast time. Here is a website with more info: http://www.greensmoothie.com/blend/green.html

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ahhh! (in a good way, like a sigh of contentment)

There is nothing quite like a newly cleaned house! Praise the Lord for Amanda-amazing-Carlson! She came over for 3 hours and played with the kids. I got SOOO much done! Whole house vacuumed, bathrooms cleaned, my shower cleaned (can't remember the last time this happened), whole house dusted, floors mopped, laundry done. Seriously, it would have taken me all week to do that if it was just me and the kids here.

Now I feel so relaxed and able to just BE with my family. You know what is even better? She is probably going to come every week and watch the kids for a few hours!!! I am going to attack the pit-of despair known as our office, clean the windows, go though old clothes, all the stuff that needs to get done but I don't want to do. Maybe I'll even head into town for a me-date one of the times! Super excited!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Diapers!

I am making a bold move and selling all of my BumGenius pocket diapers to instead by some Flip Hybrid diapers with organic cotton inserts! Ahh! I am a little nervous. Pocket diapers have really been all we have used. I am getting tired of the microfiber inserts (they tend to hold stink a little easier than natural fibers) and the velcro (it doesn't hold up well to over the long haul). Any one want to buy some =) I have 11 left, $10 a piece (free shipping!) I just need to sell 7 more before I can order the Flips.