Friday, January 29, 2010

Fuzzy Slipper Friday--the early morning edition

The really, really, really early morning edition. Now with extra-puffy feet!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sneak peek

We had a 4-D ultrasound this morning of Miss Camdyn Yvonne. 8 more weeks to go! There are 62 pictures, so I dumped them all into a photo album in facebook. Quite a few turned out amazingly well, despite the little wiggle worm's refusal to hold still. And yes, she's still a girl! We celebrated by hitting a few baby stores on the way home to pick up some more pink.

Don't have a facebook account? No problem, they're kind enough to provide a public link so everyone can enjoy! Click here to view the rest of the set.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"Five Sense"

Shamelessly snagged from Angela's blog.

My best bloggy friend, Angela, has challenged those of us that read her blog to give our "five sense" about being a homemaker. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading Angela's blog yet, you should swing by and check it out. Aside from being adorable and having an adorable family to match, Angela happens to be one of the most inspirational and creative people I have had the pleasure of meeting (well, maybe not in person--yet).
To see what the challenge is all about, what prize is at stake (and to say "Hi" to Angela!), visit her blog by clicking here.
Here are my "five sense":

1. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.
My number one must-have cleaning product, these little suckers are just plain amazing. I have yet to find something (that isn't on my child) they will not remove, and with a husband, three-year old, and a dog--that's saying something. Crayon on the table? It cleans that right up. Stubborn soap scum on the shower floor? It takes care of that, too. Mystery stain on the tile? Done. I nearly panic when I'm down to my last eraser.

2. Dinner Time
With a husband that puts in long hours at work, goes to school, and has a long commute--family time, particularly during the week, is at a premium. We make an effort to sit down together and eat as a family when we can (which, I'm happy to say is more often that not!). Even if we're chowing on some delivery pizza before Preston has to crack open the books to study, it makes a real difference to have those uninterrupted moments at the table so we can share how our day went, enjoy Jaxon's stories--and just be a family before the hubub of the evening (baths, bedtime routines) begin.

3. The Y
My sanity, my saving grace--I cannot say enough wonderful things about the YMCA. If you have a Y close to you, and you aren't a member--you should seriously consider it. For a very low monthly fee we get two hours of childcare a day so that we can work out. In addition, ours boasts a hot tub, a pool with a kiddie area (I imagine most have a pool), plus there are lots of opportunities to take classes and participate in family events. It's a win-win situation, the kids get some time away from Mom, Mom gets time away from the house--and nothing busts stress faster than a good turn at the stair stepper or the ab machine of doom. Admittedly, we haven't been much in the last few months--but I honestly can't wait to jump back into a workout routine once Miss C is born!

4. Keep it Simple
As a work-at-home Mom that frequently puts in upwards of 6 hours of work time a day, I don't have near as much time for housekeeping as I used to. I try to compensate with simple solutions--I keep a canister of Lysol wipes in each of the bathrooms and in the kitchen to help keep things clean in between proper (weekend) cleanings. We also utilize baskets and bins so Jaxon can keep his own room and play room clean, a basket by the front door to catch everyone's shoes as they come in, and hooks on the wall by the garage door to catch bags and purses as we come home from grocery shopping. All these solutions keep the mess and clutter under control until I have more time to take care of it properly.

5. My camera
...and a sense of humor. When all else fails me, I try to remember that there will be a day that I will miss all of this insanity--a day when my house is immaculate, and too, too quiet. So when Jaxon uses latex paint to decorate the kitchen floor, or Hendrix comes in the house covered in mud--I try to remember to take a picture so I can laugh later, and keep it in perspective. After all, there's a reason the good Lord made little boys (and hounds) washable!


In an effort to introduce Jaxon to new, and healthier, foods--I have been playing with his favorites and making them healthier. Here are two of our newest favorites:

Banana Berry Yogurt Sundae (or "Monkey Sundaes")
1 portion fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 graham cracker (plain or cinnamon, whatever you prefer!), crushed
A generous handful of fresh blueberries
1/2 banana, sliced
Scoop yogurt into a bowl, add (washed and dried) blueberries and sliced banana. Top with crushed graham cracker and enjoy! Note that if you're making this as a snack, it makes a fairly generous portion. You may want to share with the little one in your life.

Waffles "ala mode"
1 whole-grain waffle or 1 1/2 if you're me (Nutrigrain and Kashi make wonderful frozen waffles)
Fruit spread (just fruit, sugar free--we like seedless blackberry around here)
Vanilla greek-style yogurt (fat free)
Toast waffle to your liking, add a generous amount of fruit spread and top with a dollop of greek yogurt. Devour warm.