Friday, July 30, 2010

A few things for baby girl's room

I'm starting to feel like things are really coming together for our new baby's room and it feels so good! My Grandma that passed away had this cute little cabinet and shelf in her bathroom. I went and got some pink paint, painted them and I love how they look. Now, I just need to ask my husband to hang them on the wall for me!

BEFORE:

AFTER ONE COAT OF PAINT:
AFTER THE 2nd COAT: ALL DONE!

Yesterday I found a glider on Craigslist that I love. We didn't have a glider with Judah. I just always nursed him in our big recliner in the living room. It was super comfortable but, I think that I spent way more time awake during the night than I needed to because I was going out to the living room to feed him. I'd turn the TV on to keep me awake and I stayed up longer than necessary. This time, I plan on just going into her room, feeding her and then going back to bed. Doesn't that sound nice? Well, I hope it works out that way. :)

Here's a picture of the glider. It's in fantastic condition and getting a good deal made me happy.

A dear friend gave us an adorable crib that she had used for her girls. So, now we just need to find a dresser for baby girl and then we'll be all set as far as "big" things go!

Yesterday Sally & Noah came over and we went for our walk. Afterwards, Sally was bouncing on the exercise ball with Noah and Judah. The boys loved it.

It reminds me of this picture that was taken in April 2009:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Antique Photo

We just got our pictures back from a local Antique Photo fundraiser. They turned out way better than I expected. If we had endless money, we would've bought ever single picture that they took.

This one is my favorite. It's really hard to see how cute it is because, I took a picture of the framed picture. So, it doesn't do it justice. I just love this picture and I can't wait to frame the other one and get them on our wall.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Quiet Mornings

I love quiet mornings. When I used to work, before I had Judah, I would be up early and get to see the sunrise sometimes. Since Judah has been here, he's kind of been my alarm clock and that's ok. I like the times when I'm up before him though, the house is silent and I feel like I can get my head straight before the day starts.

This morning, I can just hear the birds chirping and his fan going across the baby monitor. I'm drinking my coffee, eating my oatmeal and it's so nice. We've had a very busy weekend so, we've gotten him to bed WAY too late two nights in a row and that's why he's still sleeping.

We found our new car on Saturday and I love it! It's everything we wanted and it was a great deal. Now, we can comfortably seat 7, not squish in 4. It's weird to have that much space but, I think it's going to really grow on me.

Well, I don't have too many important things to say. I just wanted to mention how much I like quiet mornings. Maybe this will inspire me to start getting up a little earlier and having some time to myself before the day begins.
I don't know though....I'm 28 weeks pregnant and I like my sleep! :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thank you, a wiggly baby and a sold car

Thank you all so much for the encouraging words about my 2 vs. 1 post. It totally made my day every time I read your kind words. I will definitely go back and read what you wrote when I'm having a hard day and I mean that!!! I was just writing my thoughts down and it's a huge, extra blessing when I get such awesome responses.

Today has been a good day. Sally and Noah came over and we did our walk. We walked about 2 miles and although it's more difficult than it used to be, it still feels good. We had lunch afterward and let the boys play. Now Judah is napping and I'm sitting with my feet up.

Have you ever seen the show "I didn't know I was pregnant"? I've been watching that and it's amazing to me that some women couldn't know they were expecting! This little girl is so active that I can see my tummy moving all around and sometimes I have trouble falling asleep because she is wiggling so much. She is so funny and she already feels big in there. I can't imagine what it'll be like in 12 weeks, when I'm due. Actually, I probably know because Judah was very active also and he was 9lb 7oz. I'm excited to see how much this girl will weigh and what her personality is like. If I could guess, I would say that she'll be smaller than he was and that she'll be a pretty active little girl. I could be totally wrong though!

Last night we met up with the people who bought my car and gave it to them. They are such nice people and I know I'd be sad that my car is gone if it hadn't gone to them. I know, that must sound silly. They are christian's and the car is for their daughter who is pregnant with her first child. I think she is fairly young and un-married and it really blesses me that she can use it. It's such a blessing to meet nice people who are easy to work with.

Before we took the car to them, we set Judah in it and took a few pictures.

The boy loves "driving".

Friday, July 16, 2010

2 vs. 1

I'm just a ball of pregnancy emotions. Some days, I feel like having 2 children is going to be something I'll totally be able to handle. Other days, I feel like I just don't know how I'm going to do it. No matter what, I know we'll all survive and that it'll be fine but, I don't want to just survive, I want to do it WELL. I have high expectations for myself and for my kids.

It's all emotions because at certain times of the day, I am just so excited and feel like I have it all under control and then later, that same day I start to wonder how I'll manage. Well, more than manage, I wonder how I'll do it well.

It's funny because my entire life, I've always known that I'm supposed to be a mom. I've been so blessed to be able to conceive easily and so far, have easy healthy pregnancies. I've always loved kids. In highschool, I was the church babysitter. At 15, I had a job babysitting 4 kids, 8-5 Mon.- Fri. and I got paid $25 a day. Not too bad! Those weren't my kids though and I never obsessed about them learning how to feed themselves with a spoon or drink from a cup without a lid. Judah is learning to feed himself and sometimes I feel so un-sure about how to teach him all these things. Do you just let them go to town and clean your floors and everything within 4 feet afterwards or do you teach them with boundaries? There must be a happy compromise. I can't be too rigid, I have to let him be a kid but, he also needs to learn.

Then I think about how his life will change in 3 months. He's going to have to share me and although it'll be so exciting to have this precious little baby, it's a bit scary that I'm going to be dividing my attention.

I'm so glad that they'll be close in age and I believe that he's going to be a great big brother but, I worry sometimes about how he'll handle the change. It's funny how I can know that I'm supposed to do something but, it can still seem so daunting. For example, my husband and I have always agreed that we want 3 or 4 children but, I also like to have a clean, organized home. I know it's possible to have both but, to be honest, sometimes I wonder.

The bottom line.....
I'm excited and I know these are all just emotions and feelings. I tend to be an over-thinker and it feels good to get it down on "paper". I need to get better about asking God to help me with what seems challenging. I also know many moms that have many small children and to me, it looks like they are doing it well. So, it can be done, right?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

1st Jam making and canning experiance

For awhile now, we've been eating lots of PB&J sandwiches. I don't like buying the jam in the store with all the high fructose corn syrup and other added stuff in it so, I usually end up buying the "just fruit" kind and it's so much more expensive.

My Dad gave us a container of the freezer jam that he makes and Judah just loved it! I decided that I would try and make jam that tastes like his but, instead of making the freezer jam kind, I wanted to can mine. I haven't done canning before but, I love how people's pantry's look when they have pretty canned jars all lined up.

Here's how it went:
First I called around to try and find the best price on Organic Strawberries. Schuh Farm's is not certified organic but, they told me they don't use any sprays so, that was good enough for me. When we went to pick up the berries, you could buy a flat of day old berries for $17. The ones that aren't a day old are $22 but, to save $5, day old was fine with me! The sales person actually told me that they are better for jam because they are a little sweeter.

Anyway, I bought a flat.

They really were delicious. As soon as we came home, Judah wanted "berries".
After he had a little snack, I put them in the fridge and waited until he was in bed to start my jam making. My Dad said it took him about 3hrs to make 24 pints, which was 4 batches (the amount one flat made). I figured it would take me about that long so, I knew I'd be up for awhile.
I started at 8pm. First you rinse them, and pull the tops off. Then you mash them. I used a potato masher and it worked well. Washing and preparing them definitely took the longest and it was very tedious. I didn't get done with that until about 9:15pm.
I only mashed a little at a time because it was easier this way.

After all the berries were washed, topped and mashed, I measured them into pans on the stove. One batch gets 5 cups of crushed berries and I had 15 cups total so, I made 3 batches. Each batch gets one box of pectin. I had one big pot going with 10 cups berries, 2 pectin and one small pot with 5 cups berries one pectin.
I stirred the pots as they came to a boil and then it was time to add the sugar. Oh my, jam has ridiculous amounts of sugar. For every 5 cups of berries, you add 7 cups of sugar. Yikes! Here's where I didn't plan ahead well. I should've already had my sugar measured out. When the berries came to a boil, I needed sugar and I needed it NOW so, I had to call on my husband to help me while I kept stirring the pots.
We got the sugar into the pots and let it boil for 1 minute. The recipe didn't call for cinnamon but, my Dad adds that to his jam and I like it. So, with the sugar, I added about 1 tbsp. of cinnamon for every 5 cups of berries.
After it boiled for a minute, it immediately was put into the jars I prepared before I started the whole process. Then the jars were placed in boiling water for 10 minutes to seal. I don't have a real canning pot so, I used the big soup pot that I also used to cook the jam in. I just had to wash it first and it worked fine. The water level is supposed to be 1-2 inches above the lids and the pot wasn't tall enough for the quarts to be covered in water but, they sealed anyway.
When I removed jars for the pots, it was nice to hear the little "pop" sound as they sealed and cooled. The jam tastes good and the jars sealed so, I'd count it as a success. The total made with the 3 batches was 5 quart jars and 11 jelly jars. That's 248 ounces total.
I figured out the total amount I spent and here's what it looks like:
Berries: $17
Pectin: $6.12
Sugar: $5.00
Jars: $10 ----I can re-use these though. I'll just need new lids.
Total: $38.12That's $2.45 for every 16oz. A 16oz. jar of jam in the store is probably $3 or more so, that saves some money. Plus, it'll be less expensive next time I make it because I have jars now and the jam is organic without any weird ingredients.
After canning all the jars and cleaning the kitchen, I was done at 11pm. So, 3 hours total just like my Dad said. Pretty fun!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What we've been up to

It feels like it's been a long time since I've blogged. I'm tired tonight and I don't feel like writing alot of words right now but, here are some recent pictures that show what we've been up to.

Judah has been having a great time taking his toys out of his toy basket and then climbing in.
We've been eating cheerios and then drinking cheerio milk. Or should I say "trying" to drink cheerio milk.
We've been playing hard and then sleeping hard. I took this picture today when I had to go wake Judah at 4pm from his nap. He was sleeping so cute that I couldn't help but, run and grab my camera. I love how he bunches his blanket up under his head.
We've also been growing. Well, I have at least. I'm 25 weeks now, still comfortable but, I have quite the bump.

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