Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I was tagged by Monica who was tagged by Vanessa. I know absolutely no one else that blogs, and I don't have the heart to tag Monica back and make her think of 8 more things to post about herself. So the tag stops here it seems.
Anyway here we go into the weird life of Stephanie:
1. I didn't start drinking coffee until I met my husband at 22 years old. He drank coffee and I really liked the idea of enjoying coffee with him. I now adore it.
2. I look extremely boyish in my gradeschool pictures. Once someone asked my mom what her son's name was.
3. I love lists. I really love crossing things off my lists!
4. I am extremely sarcasatic.
5. Texture with food is a big deal with me. I gag on things that are very mushy even if it tastes good.
6. I love to run.
7. I look forward to getting older and seeing how time changes me.
8. I worked three jobs when I graduated High School. Walmart, Taco Bell/Pizza Hut, and the local bakery. I would go to work at 7am and not be done until 10pm. What a crazy girl I was!
Monday, July 09, 2007
We spent the last week doing parties for Erin. Not that she will remember, but I will and I want to make them all special. All of her family enjoyed it and lots of pictures were taken.
I made two cakes, one for each party. One of her very first words was "kitty" so I made kitty cakes. It was my first venture doing a layer cake and I was nervous. But they both turned out great. I made an orange one and a grey one. Erin loved them both and kept asking for more. The grandma's wanted to give her a lot more than mommy allowed. This was the first time she had so much sugar!
She got lots of fun new clothes that I am excited to dress her up in. We also got cash to buy a bike trailer so that we can get out together as a family. I think she is going to love it. Perhaps her favorite gift though was a card from Uncle James and Aunt Kris that played "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid everytime you opened it.
We did have a beach trip planned for the day of her birthday, but that was postponed due to our area being in a tornado watch. But we went the next day and she spashed around and kept leaning over her floatie that I had to hold one side up so she didn't keep dunking her face in. So Erin's first trip to the beach was a success.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Hello everyone. It seems I blog about once a month. I would like to do more, but there are so many other things to do. =)
Had a little photo shoot with Erin in her new swimsuit yesterday. She is so pretty. She loves to crawl around in circles in her whale pool. I think we will have to make her first trip to the beach on her birthday next week. We will have a busy week. Next weekend we are going to Grandma's for a visit and a birthday party with aunts, uncles, and new cousins. Then another uncle is coming to visit over her birthday, so there will have to be another party. Not to mention the 4th of July is in there too! The weekend after that we will going back to Grandma's for her new cousin Anna's baby shower. Whew! Hopefully I will not be too busy to take tons of pictures.
I am so excited for my baby to be turning one! I'm trying to come up with ideas for a birthday cake to make it memorable. The World Wide Web is so nice researching those kind of things. Plus I got this great cake cookbook for Christmas.
My vegetable garden is growing like mad. Unfortunately, so are the weeds. I have been making stabbing attempts to get some of them out. It doesn't look like I have done much at all. But the plants that I want to grow in there are doing great. I just ate my first cucumber out of there yesterday.
I have been working on my knitting skills too. I had all the pieces knit up for a tank top, but was scared to start the finishing. To my surprise things are going pretty smoothly. I do need some more practice as sewing seems though. I also got some fun knitting books for my birthday. They should arrive next week.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
We will be tilling the vegetable garden next week. Then I can get my onions, potatoes, cabbage, and peas planted! I am so excited to have endless fresh veggies. Our grilled chicken salads with everything out of the garden (minus the chicken of course) are the best.
Erin is trying to hard to say "kitty". I guess I didn't think she would try to talk this early. It is so cute though. She pulls herself up on everything and is starting to walk along it. So many things to learn, and she likes to learn them as fast as possible.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Plus I'm trying to find healthy things to introduce, not just easy things. I won't mind giving her mac and cheese every once in a while, but I want to mostly provide foods that are full of nutrition. So the other day I picked out whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and a ton of veggies from the store. Now to come up ideas on how to make it interesting for her, non-chokable, and flavorful.
I am also trying desperately to make meal time an enjoyable time, not a punishment. My husband and I love food and cooking and I want to pass that along to my children. I can tell when she really likes something and she loves to eat with us.
Has there been any mother-daughter relationship that hasn't gone through the "I hate you" stage?? God I hope so, I hope ours doesn't have to. I'd like to think that I will be approachable when we get to that stage, no matter the topic. I think one of the worst things a mother can do is to not instill trust in their daughter that they are able and capable to make good choices.
Thankfully that is a lot of tea parties and bedtime stories away!
Saturday, March 31, 2007
All I know is that life changes dramatically when you have a baby. A lot of those changes are good. But it can also be hard when you would like to just go do something for hours by yourself to relax. I think that I will get more time to get out without the baby once she is done nursing. Once she is on her own as far a food goes, then daddy can help out a lot more.
Erin will be 9 months old next week. It really does go fast. She isn't quite crawling yet, more of a scoot. But she is pulling herself up on everything! I predict lots of bumps and brusies in her future. And lots of magic mommy kisses to make it better.
She has also started to play peek-a-boo with me which is so so cute. She also loves to smoosh her face into mine right before she goes to bed. Such a goofy girl, she makes me laugh.
I'm still working on my sweater. Now that the weather is warming up and I won't be able to finish it. The directions were not very good in one part however. It told me to skip something to knit the back, which I did, and failed to tell me that the shaping was what I needed to skip but still put those rows in. So the back is about 2 inches shorter than the front at the moment. I was frustrated so I started on the sleeves.
We also have a list of spring-summer-fall projects a mile long. It will be different doing projects with a baby this year. We will have to work hard during her naps and then break while she is awake. If anyone has tips on how to motivate a husband to get started on said projects, I would love to hear them. Here is the pergola that we put in last year. One of our most enjoyed projects yet.
Monday, February 05, 2007
It really is very cute though. I don't really feel bad about it. Little girls are supposed to love their daddies. Once she gains more understanding and verbal skills she'll being saying Ma Ma all the time. I can't wait.
And whomever ordered this cold weather though can take it back! I was enjoying our mild winter. I'll take snow, but the sub-zero temperatures can stay away.
My sister-in-law is due next month. She's having a little boy and I am so excited. She is going to make me an aunt. I'm trying to pick out very thoughtful gifts, ones that I wish someone had given me or that I knew about. Every mother needs and deserves anything and everything that will make motherhood easier.
Here's a picture of our little puppy. It is impossible to keep socks on her. She thinks it is a game to take them off and stuff them in her mouth. With a face like that who could get mad.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
All babies seem to be are series of new phases. They are growing so fast and learning so much that if you wait long enough the phase passes. Erin has learned how to roll over and for a little while she could only roll over to her tummy and then get stuck there. Not too much of a problem during the day. But at night trying to get her to go to bed was less than fun. Going in there to flip her over didn't do much good either because she had to keep doing her new thing and would roll right back over and start to cry. I think she has become okay with sleeping on her tummy now. I snuck in there around 4:30 am this morning to check on her because she had usually woken up earlier than that to nurse. She was fast asleep on her tummy. So cute!
She is doing so so well with sleeping. Gone are the 30 minute naps from hell. She usually sleeps about an hour and a half now. Those were some long days when naps were so short. Plus she wasn't rested or happy. I didn't realize that babies can't handle being awake that long for so long. She will be 7 months old this weekend and can only handle being awake for an hour and a half, two hours if I push it. It makes it nearly impossible to go anyhwere. By the time you get them up, change a diaper, nurse, feed solids and play a little it's time for bed again.
Making baby food has been fun. Erin's favorites right now are apples and pears. She generally likes any fruit. The green veggies make her gag though. If I mix them with sweet potatoes I can get her to eat them.
I am so looking forward to getting out in my garden this spring. It doesn't seem that far off now that the stores are carrying seeds and starter pots. I love it when they bring the seeds out! I need to get my plans for my vegatable garden done. I won't be starting any seeds this year though. Not enough time and not enough room. I'm just going to buy them. Erin should be crawling by the time I need to get out and starting planting so we will have lots of fun outside!
Friday, January 12, 2007
Parenting is not for the faint of heart! And beware, for those who adore sleep like I do. With any luck you will get a baby who falls naturally into a pattern of sleep where they quickly sleep through the night and get the idea of naps. With any bad luck you will find yourself with an adorable little person who doesn't seem to know the concept. Unfortunately we have found ourselves with the latter, and I am one of those people who adore sleep. Miraculously I have survived over 6 months on a very broken sleep schedule. Recently my husband and I have undertook the vast task of teaching Erin what sleep is and how to go there. It has been a rough road. An emotional rollercoaster.
You can see that what they are begging for is sleep, but that they haven't learned the skills to relax and drift off. So you coax and try to leave them to it and teaching them this usually involves a lot of crying. Things have started to progress with her. She really is a fast learner. We also recently took the paci away because she would wake up after 45 mins of sleeping and want it back after it had fallen out.
The next hurdle it to wean her from night nursing. Lord knows that the girl isn't wasting away. She's as plump as a peach. I have heard that some babies just drop feedings on their own, but not our princess. One baby step at a time.
On another topic, we still have no snow! This is the weirdest winter ever. Usually there is tons of snow by now and the temperatures below zero. Just recently did the temperature go below 30.
I have also began working on my first big person sweater. I'm excited about it. I almost have the front half finished. I am using 100% merino wool in an eggplant color. I really hope that it turns out.