Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Dear Jackson,

Did you not get the Memo at the beginning of winter?

I know I told you.

We have a strict rule at our house. You know the rule. But you seem to break the rule all the time.

Honestly. It’s getting old.

Pooping on the small patch of lawn that houses my clothesline is a HUGE no-no.

Come 'on! You know the rule!

So, don’t say you haven’t been told. I am warning you publicly.

Cleaner up of ALL dog poop, and not that just left where I have to walk to hang clothes!



And yes, I know my Christmas tree is still up….in this picture! But then again this picture was taken in late January! I promise the tree is now down and stored away. Although I did just take a strand of Christmas lights down this weekend! :(

Friday, March 26, 2010

Favorite Fluff Friday – Katydid Cloth Diapers

I was lucky enough recently to purchase some sweet Katydid diapers off of Baby Half Off’s website at an awesome price. I came across Katydid diapers a while back when I was looking for new diapers. So when I saw them for a discounted price I didn’t waste anytime and picked up 3 for myself!!
Katydid diapers are a one size pocket diaper that has three rise adjust settings with two rows of snap closures. Something else that Katydid diapers have that most diapers don’t, is their newborn side snaps. Katydid diapers feature a waterproof outer layer with a micro fleece inside as well as two Microfiber inserts!


When we first got these diapers, I couldn’t wait to try them out. Sadly to admit, I’m the type of person who doesn’t follow instructions very well (don’t tell my husband I actually admitted that, oh wait, Hi honey!) and so I’m also the type of person who doesn’t wash her diapers before I put them on Kaitlynn. Unless it’s bamboo or a bamboo insert. Here I am off track again!

Any who, if you read that last paragraph you already guessed that I didn’t wash them before I put them on Kaitlynn. They did awesome! No leaks and I let her get them pretty wet! DH even decided we should put her in it overnight. I said whatever, if she leaks you’re changing the bed sheets (she’s on the bottom bunk!). The next morning she woke up dry, she didn’t leak. This is from girl who is SOAKING everything here lately at night. I only used one Microfiber insert!


Also another thing I love about
Katydid diapers are the newborn side snaps. I know you’re thinking but they say newborn. If you have a skinny daughter like mine, those newborn side snaps come in handy! We’re constantly having wing droop with all of Kaitlynn’s diapers, and with Katydid we don’t have the problem. The only problem I could see, is if we had another baby that was supper skinny like Kaitlynn, there are only one set of snaps to over lap with. With Kaitlynn we are met in the middle. But since I don’t have a baby to try them on, I can’t give an accurate review on that aspect.


Katydid diapers
come in 4 cute colors. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one in the Twilight (dark blue) color anywhere else! To me it is the most beautiful color!!! They’re all so bright and cheerful.

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Each diaper retails for $17.95 with two inserts
Since I got such a great deal on the Baby Half Off website I bought one diaper extra incase I liked them!
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday – Kaitlynn’s First Dentist Appointment

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She was so relaxed! Have I ever told you how much I LOVE our dentist! They’re GREAT!


Monday, March 22, 2010

The Hard Subject

Ever have something you don’t want to talk about, but know deep down you have to talk about it? Yup. I’m having one of those HEY WAKE UP and talk/listen idiot! Life is here, and it’s smacking you in the face!

What the hell am I talking about? Work. NOT being a SAHM anymore. Something I don’t really want to do, but it’s finally possibly the right time in our lives for me to go to work Full Time. You see I work part time, every Saturday morning I put in my two hours at the Post Office. I LOVE what I do! Honestly I love it, I love the people, I love the challenge of finding people and connecting them with that long lost card from Grandma. Did I mention that I love the people and interacting with them?

You see there is a chance for me to go full time in July 2011. By then Kaitlynn will be almost 4, and headed to preschool in the fall. BUT for me to get there, I’ve got to put in full time hours for less than full time pay. I need to find a full time sitter that won’t charge me an arm & half my right leg to let me drop the girls in at a day or two’s notice! Because really that’s what’s stopping me. . . .

Or so I thought. As Joel and I were talking about it tonight, I realized. That’s not what’s holding me back. Heck look, I did it for 6 weeks, and then another 6 weeks, and then yet another 6 weeks before I was finally able to stay home full time. That’s when it hit me that it wasn’t daycare that was holding me back.

It’s the possibility of us having another baby. Possibility. You see because right now I’d love to believe that God has another baby in his great big plan for us.  But I’m not certain. Uncertainty is what holds me back. I deeply WANT another baby, I would cherish one with open arms, even if that baby wasn’t physically/mentally healthy. I just  long to hold another baby, MY baby in my arms.

At the same time, it’s time. It’s time for me to get a job, and help support my family. Times are hard, and jobs like this don’t come along to most people. Straight out of high school, with no college education, and I could make MORE than my husband. Who by the way went to College for two year, earned his Associates Degree.

For the last 7 years I have been a Stay at Home mom. I’ve welcomed 2 more babies, cried over the loss of one, and well enjoyed every stinking minute of it.

But we’re in a time when the Economy SUCKS. And that’s nicely put. Along with whatever the Obama new healthcare bill will do to us, I’m scared. I’m scared for where our family will be in 5 years. Because in 5 years I’ll have a 12, 10, 8 year olds. Two ALMOST teenage girls. We all know what that will mean. Name brand jeans, shoes, hair & makeup.

We’re at a point in our family life that we could really benefit from a two income family. We could save, actually save money, instead of living paycheck to paycheck. We could pay for our children’s college…and YES I do insist they go to college.

So I’m torn, what to do. Because really if I go for this job, I’m probably going to say good bye to the hopes of wanting another baby.

What would you do?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sale Day

Today is the day. The day Joel has been waiting for since January 2, 2009. You see this is the day we see if our cattle are worth something to anyone other than ourselves. If you’ve been around this blog since the beginning, you will know that we once had a similar day a few years back.

Today we will find out where Wall-E will find a new home. Where he will make some cute little Gelbvieh Babies.


Good bye to our sweet little pet!


To the one we could lead on the trailer with an empty bucket!

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Good bye sweet W01 – Wall-E


Friday, March 19, 2010

The Diaper Sprayer Winner

Seems the girls caught whatever it was that I had the beginning of the week. MacKenzie was complaining of her tummy hurting last night before/after supper, and then spend part of the night throwing up. Kaitlynn seems to have diarrhea and is overly clingy, cranky and just plain whiny.

I have to admit our house was a complete mess earlier this week. With me being sick our house doesn’t get picked up like it should, laundry & dishes pile up. Which all means that I spend a whole day trying to get it all cleaned back up! I spent the majority of yesterday cleaning, and didn’t even get the winner posted of this giveaway. A few of you realized I never closed the comments and were able to sneak a few comments in there later on in the day. Usually I like to type up my reviews the day before I post, so I have the time to go back over them. Yesterday it didn’t happen.

Just to prove my point….here is the mess! I don’t have after pictures…maybe I’ll do that today, just know it’s spotless! YAY! I love a clean house, I even did a bit of spring cleaning and took the curtains down….they’re not washed yet, but oh well. There are plenty of loads of laundry to do today. The dishwasher is already running, today I’ll give it a break. It ran 3 times yesterday!!

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And just a cutesy shot of Kaitlynn, jumping on the couches of course. She knows I don’t like it, but she seems to be the one who is always doing it……and getting away with it! But I didn’t admit that.

So if you all can’t tell I’m sad to admit that we’re not going to be having a Favorite Fluff Friday Post today. With Kaitlynn being clingy as all get out, it’s not happening. Typing up this post has been a complete challenge. I’d better get the winner announced.


Since my comments quit numbering after 200, you’ll see it says 98. Yup that’s 298.


Andrea is a mommy to two little girls and a baby BOY on the way! Go on over to her blog, check her and the little's out!
*Andrea, you have 48 hours to get in touch with me or I’ll choose another winner.

Better Basket Blog Hop

Annie from Mama Dweeb is participating in the Better Baskets Blog Hop and tagged me as well as urged me to help out! For every blog post written today and linked up Hershey's will donate $10 to the Children's Miracle Network! Every year we try to help any small charities we can so I thought what a better way to help out. We aren’t usually able to donate much, but every little bit helps. I am really hoping that I can raise at least another $50 for them – are there at least 4 other bloggers that will participate with me?

I am giving this basket to 10 other bloggers and I really hope at least half of you can do a short post for Children’s Miracle Network. I realize this is short notice (I just found out minutes ago, and well it’s almost 1am) so if not, just enjoy this beautiful basket and know that I thoroughly love and enjoy your blog!

1. My 2 Blessings
2. Keep Calm & Carry On
3. The Land of Marie’s
4. The Nut House
5. “Popp”ing out One Letter at a Time
6. Through Jenny’s Lens
7. Little BGCG
8. The Rev & The Missus
9. 3 Guys, a Girl & a Prim Place
10. Welcome to the Zoo

Take some time to browse these great blogs if you have a chance! They are all sweet mama bloggers and I love reading what they write, but I treasure their friendship more!

So, how can you get involved?


* Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.

* Create a blog post of giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you
can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want – from just one other blogger to an unlimited number :)

* Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.

* Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them
a Basket.

* Leave your link at http://betterbasket.info/bloghop/
where you can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop and more
information about Better Basket with Hershey’s.

* Hershey’s is donating 10$ per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog
Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written
by April 4th, 2010).

* Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the
donation. ”

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday . . . A day at the Children’s Museum



The see through elevator leads you to the most magical places.


My little Postal Employee’s!


And then we’re off to the moon.


There was face painting.

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Along with dressing up.


Finally the big “obligatory” picture in the big chair!

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A Special THANKS to Aunt Bridget who came along!


And one more of my new haircut….cause well now it’s really growing on me! :)


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Guest Post Diary of a First Child – Why Reusable?

Hello all, seems I’m a bit under the weather again. Yesterday I wasn’t exactly feeling the best, but sucked it up and took the kids to their dentist appointment. It was that time of the year again when we have to get their teeth cleaned. It was even Kaitlynn’s first trip to the dentist!!! Of course though I was still having problems with my dreaded wisdom tooth, and so I had them look it over. Of course the stupid hole is infected and I’m now on antibiotics!  On top of that I seem to have caught some sort of flu bug, and so now I’m just hoping that I get over it before anyone else gets it! It’s not fun!


Meet Luschka, she’s an awesome mama who lives in London with her husband and 5month old Daughter Kyra. Luschka feels passionate about all things natural living, as well as Cloth Diapers. She writes about it all on her blog Diary of a First Child. Go ahead and check her out, and leave this awesome mama some love!

Why Reusable? A Mother Makes the Choice

I had always planned to use cloth diapers. I hadn’t really thought about it, about the logistics of it, but I had always thought that was what I would do. I even put a starter pack of trial terry squares on my baby shower gift list. Instead, I received 996 disposable diapers. Yes, I counted them.


I remember sitting on the floor in my living room arranging disposables by size and being overwhelmed by the sheer volume that roughly six months worth of diapers took up. I imagined, say, three times that amount for my baby alone and felt appalled at the sheer mass of space we would be taking up in our landfill. Then I thought of the four babies on our block, and actually felt quite distressed.

And that doesn’t even take in to consideration the millions of trees cut down to produce disposables every day. Nor does it include the toxins that return to our waterways after they have been made.

My desire to use reusable's goes beyond my eco-conscience, though. I take special care not to bathe my daughter in anything containing Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (which sadly cuts out most ‘baby’ products). Instead we use lavender essence in her bath water, and saffron oil to moisturize her.

Why, then, do I want to put diapers made up of chemicals such as Sodium Polyacrylate (the stuff that makes it absorbent and which has been linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome in women who used tampons prior to 1985) on my baby? We have no idea what the risks of this are, because no studies have been done. And that’s just one of the potentially dangerous chemicals.

A further reason to at least look at reusable is financial. Yes, the upfront cost is a real problem, and has certainly hampered me from making the switch. But the cumulative cost of disposables is far higher (unless you’re buying the super-leaky supermarket own brand variety that we had two bags of!). In addition, there is a relatively good resale value on second-hand diapers. Although cheaper than buying new, it seems most parents make a fair bit of their money back by selling used diapers on parenting forums.

But, having no reusable's, and bags upon bags of disposables hidden behind couches and on top of cupboards, I decided to use them up while I explored the world of reusable's. And wow. What a world. I had no idea how far we have moved on from terry squares! The diapers available, the different types, brands, colours and styles are amazing.

Although it is quite difficult knowing where to start, there are plenty of web resources available to give a helping hand.  The best one I have found is from Fill Your Pants. This site is definitely worth a look.

So, as I set off on my journey of discovery with reusable diapers, I hope to end up being one of those mothers who never look back.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mommy & Me Monday

Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?
Welcome to a fun new Meme hosted by Krystyn. Where you’re encouraged to get back into the pictures with your kids. If you’re like me, you know how few pictures you have of just you and your kids. I try to get in at least one picture every time I pick up my camera, but it doesn’t usually make the “cut”.
Here is one of Mommy & Kaitlynn this weekend at the Children’s Museum. It also showcases my new haircut. I wasn’t sure I liked it at first, but it’s growing on me now!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Favorite Fluff Fridays – The Diaper Sprayer

imageWelcome to week 7 of Favorite Fluff Friday’s! Can' you believe we’ve been doing this for almost 2 months now? When I started this I was hopeful that it would take and we would be able to keep spreading the Fluffy love, but I also had my doubts. We’ve got more great reviews scheduled and so it looks like Favorite Fluff Friday is here to stay!
In the two years I’ve been cloth diapering I haven’t had a diaper sprayer. I know you cloth diaper parents out there that have one, are thinking I’m crazy, I on the other hand didn’t think it was a big deal. Until I received our Diaper Sprayer. I’m not sure now how we did it before. 

The day we received our diaper sprayer I was super excited to get it installed. It took just a few short minutes for Joel to get it installed. But there were problems. It had a slow leak out of the connection to the tank. Here I am thinking fail. It wasn’t a huge leak, just a few drips per minute. I went ahead and emailed Alan (head guy at Diaper Sprayer) told him we were having issues. The next morning I decided I’d give the customer service number a call and see who I could get. It was around 9:30 CST when I called. I got a receptionist who informed me that the person I needed to talk to wasn’t in the office but would be in around 9:30PST. She gave me his voicemail and he was prompt in calling me back.
Alan wasn’t quite sure what was going on but graciously offered to send me another Diaper Sprayer out to see if it was just one bad one. Long story short, the next one leaked as well, on BOTH toilets in our house! After talking with Alan again on the phone he offered to send out another Diaper Sprayer and even went to his local hardware store next door to see if he could test it out on our brand of toilets.
Low and behold the third sprayer was the charm and it worked perfectly! We have since changed up all of the GUTS of our down stairs (the one where it’s installed) toilet and I’m thinking that may have been our problem. I’m not quite sure how old the guts were, but they weren’t exactly the best!
The Diaper Sprayer is now the best thing we own! I’m not sure how I got by without it before. Baby poo’s in the diaper and you just spray it out into the toilet. No dunking required.
The Diaper Sprayer comes “complete with all attachments needed to quickly and easily attach to a standard 3/8 inch compression water valve (valve behind toilet). Each unit comes packaged with a hand sprayer that is protected by Microban®; a flow control t-valve; 4 foot reinforced white NSF Approved PVC hose; built in check valve in sprayer (one way valve); step-by-step picture instructions; and a matching wall bracket including screws & plastic anchors. Each unit takes approximately 5-10 minutes to install when using a standard adjustable pliers.” – From The Diaper Sprayer website

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Boys will be Boys – Wordless Wednesday


And in case you were wondering….yes that is mud.


And he wasn’t the only one in the mud. So we came home, made them take showers, and made Pizza.


We decorated Cup Cakes the next day before it was time to go home.


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