Sunday, August 31, 2008
"That's it I'm running away, I can't handle it. All the "Mom, Mom, Mommy, Mama, Mom all at once!!!!" - Me
There's dead silence except the princess pipes up
"Mom" - Lyd
"Yes Lydia" - Me (monotone)
"Do you want to hear my voice? LALALALALALALALALA "
Yesterday it was 80 degrees give or take. As I walked outside I noticed there was a little breeze with that hint of Autumn that was tickling my apple tree and whisping around the tomatoes. It didn't last all day but it was there I felt it! It is gone this morning but as I was filling the feeder with the hummingbirds buzzing and twitting above my head, I glanced over at our stout apricot tree and 3 little yellow leaves peaked out at me. The earth has also shifted as the sun is not falling all over my basil plant on the deck.
Mother Nature is preparing to send out her Autumn greeting cards and I am going to try to welcome the season with open arms.
This summer has been one filled with ease and joy. I am not going to say good bye though until I absolutely have too. Hopefully not until the middle or end of September. I love sitting on the back deck or laying in the green grass and letting the sun radiate its warmth all over me. Chaiya's hammock in the back has provided lots of relaxing time. Our robins out front had a second set of little chirping babies. Monsoons raining have been just perfect, cooling each afternoon. The cicadas are merrily making their annoying noise. Mostly it has been pure bliss.
Changes are coming though. We will fling open our doors to welcome Autumn when the time comes. Not next week though.
Friday, August 29, 2008
One never looks a gift horse in the mouth right?
The tragedy of this is that someone spent thousands and thousands of dollars ( my guess is about $9,000 to $10,000 current day prices) and then put it in the basement (crawl space) and never ever used it. It has broken my heart to know that these people thought that this food would have actually sustained them when in reality it might have killed them.
Rotate, rotate, rotate! If you store food please use it and rotate it often. Make it part of your daily diet. If you don't eat rice, don't store it. If you use spelt instead of wheat, then store spelt.
This food was purchased in the mid to late 70's. Most of it is very, very bad and should have been used within 5 to 7 years of purchasing, all the products with oil with in a year to two. There will be some things that are okay. We are still going through it. Salt, some grains etc...
It is going to cost us to take all this to the dump.
Food storage is a fabulous thing, if you know what you are doing and you use what you store.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Our hummingbird feeder is attracting so many birds the last few days. The most we have counted at one time is about 15 but they move so fast. I hope you can see all of them in this picture. There is about 6 or 7. What fun we have had watching them and seeing how certain ones are territorial. Some of them wait in the trees for their turn. Oh I wish summer could last so much longer.
Monday, August 25, 2008
This incredibly perfect orchid plant was gifted to me by my lovely soul sister Vicky!
And drum roll please *****************My most interest present , so I can match my best friend Kristi, is this gift from my husband:
Yes ladies and gentlemen, a toilet seat! Not just any toilet seat...no this one has the removable seat that you can wash separately and a No-Slam lid. Yes, it gently glides down to shut itself. Wow. Michael even made sure to include an amazing bow. Just think, it's a gift that I will use everyday. Not many gifts can do that.
I am focused on creating an amazing year. Full of things that nurture my authentic self and create joy and happiness for all those around me.
Thanks to everyone that made my birthday an absolute wonderful day!!!!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Today was filled with:
Many hands of UNO and lots of tree climbing
They were really high up in this tree!
Tons of dragonflies. This red one actually held still long enough for a picture.
Ducks that want to eat not only the bread you brought for them but fingers too! A walk that turned into a complete hike around the lake with some rock climbing. With the littles in tow!
We even found four homes designed for either financially challenged hobbits or giant gnomes.
Michael even did some creative design around our site. It made it even more magical!
We had an incredible day around a lake surrounded by the beauty of nature. I so do not want to let summer go this year.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Then it breaks down and you can throw about a 1/2 cup of water and watch it "explode". We then drizzled it on a plate and try to eat some.
We cooked it longer it was not good. But we learned a lot.
Next we started experimenting with some CO2. This was amazing. Not only did we suspend bubbles in mid-air, we created fog and learned all about processes like photosynthesis and how soda pop is made.
All of us had a great time. The really cool thing was there was a little bit of bubble solution in the dry ice, so when we made the 'volcano' it was in the middle of the bubbles. Then a huge bubble would form and the kids would pop it and a large amount of the fog would shoot out. We love doing stuff like this.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I know the flowers die in a few days anyway but still. So much beauty that is only enjoyed for a few hours.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Having Baby M around here is like a little ray of sunshine and she's helped me feel like maybe I am a half way decent parent. She likes when I read and sing to her. She laughs when I play with her.
You see parenting Thayne has been really hard. With the older kids I had confidence, I knew how to create an awesome life and with Lydia well Lydia is an earth-angel.
Thayne.... well okay it is like this..... he sucks his thumb and has a blanket. No big deal to most moms but for me it is devastating. He doesn't like to be loved on or have lullabies. Hey this is the kid that has had the most stable home environment of any of them. He has two parent and a whole family who adore him.
After Thayne was born I plunged heavy into a serious post-partum depression. While everyone else was cheering, "Hey you had a 12 lb kid!!!" I felt like a failure. An absolute complete failure. Honestly it wasn't until last September that I started feeling good again. Started to feel light again. Started feeling like my old self again. It has been long and hard road. It has been an incredibly lonely road. It is not something you can just talk about. Not that anyone even cares to listen.
Especially since I exist in a "count your blessings, just be grateful" community.
Every day is a choice. Every day I choose to try my best to be joyful and happy. That is a whole separate thing from physical depression. My struggle with my health and trying to get my iron levels to stay up and blood pressure to stay down has played a lot into how my body feels.
I don't know if and when I will feel confident about parenting this very unique child of mine. He came to this earth with some heavy stuff.
Baby M at least has taught me that a little one can still smile and laugh when I'm around. Maybe I'm not so bad after all.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Baby M has come to visit again probably off and on for the next month. This child is the epitome of perfection. You know the Gerber baby cuteness, add on an amazing disposition and lots of laughter equals the perfect kid. Obviously not mine. She is a little faster than when we had her last. Did you know no matter how metiously one cleans and vaccums, an 11 month old baby can find stuff on the floor to pop into her mouth.
Thayne was a little jealous yesterday. At one point though he did offer to share his blanket (his "needs" as he calls it) for about 30 seconds with her. We will see how today goes.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
All of a sudden he wants to share something he has read that he thinks is just amazing...... " Farming in the Sky.....Agriculture is broken...one fix: skyscrapers filled with robotically tended hydroponic crops and lab-grown meat"
ACKKKKKKK With complete love in my eyes, I told him obviously we are diametrically opposed. Boy, I still have a lot of work to do on this man. lol
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Several weeks ago we had a problem with the bathroom that shares a wall with our closet. Well, let us just say that there was a leak that had gone to the closet that we were completely unaware of. We then spent the next 50 min pulling everything out and ripping the carpet and padding out. Before we needed to leave for church.
This is a major concern because of Lydia's health!
Michael was kind enough to "pose" for this picture that was taken as we have spent the remaining part of our Sunday trying to make sure this doesn't create a serious breathing problem with our daughter.
The dry wall has been cut out and all the pieces and parts that had any mold are gone. Bleach is now the fragrant smell wafting through our home.
Now the fun part!!!! We had a lot of stuff in this closet. Lots of boxes of Michael's past life. Medical supplies , 72 hour kits and our normal clothing stuff.
This is where it gets good. Michael pulls out a box full of shoes of every sort and size but that is NOT ALL this pack rat has been carrying around. Prior to becoming LDS, he had lived a worldly life but apparently I never realized how (snicker snicker heheheheheh) colorful a life he had lived.
At the bottom of the box there were a few male apparel items that held Fredrick's of Hollywood tags on them. I tried to scan them to show you but my scanner is not being co-operative. I think it's on Michael's side. He of course is wildly embarrassed and has thrown them all away except the one pair I have taken (and hidden)to use as blackmail if I ever need to.
Later this evening he had to go through all the important papers box. It had gotten wet on the bottom and we couldn't risk those things getting moldy. He was pulling out all kinds of important stuff and ran across his dog tags from when he was in the USAF.
In the military on your dog tags , it has a line at the bottom for your religious preference. After Michael joined the church, he went and got new dog tags. Well.... apparently the airman who made them up for him had never heard of our church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Instead of putting an abbreviation of LDS or Mormon; Michael's dog tags read:
The Church of Latte
I think that breaks our Word of Wisdom. We are laughing so hard and wondering if we should get a giant coffee cup as our idol.
Hope your Sunday has been as fun as ours!