Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Our New Friend

If this little guy is going to continue to eat the rodents he finds in my neighborhood and keep them out of my house, he is my new best friend. E loved watching this beautiful bird have lunch on our neighbors back porch the other day. And honestly...I was slightly interested too.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Newest Bailey Diet Fad

E is killing me. As if I don't have anything else to do, he wants to start a new type of diet. The Blood Type Diet. I found the book at a yard sale for a quarter and that's been the most expensive investment that I made in a long time. Now I have to practically throw out everything in my pantry stash (and I have a BIG pantry stash) because "It's bad for my blood type." Shoot me!!
Turns out, every thing that I am not allowed to eat, is beneficial for him to eat and vice versa. So cooking for this diet has been tricky (especially since I am pregnant and we have a little one to feed as well). But never in my life have I ever cooked with the most organic and strangest ingredients ever. (Now you know why I haven't started up What's Cooking Wednesday again...cause no one wants to eat xwhat I have been cooking lately....except E.) Spelt Flour?? Soy Powder?? Rice Milk?? Gluten-Free?? My first try with gluten-free bread (already mixed in a bag) actually turned out well for me and Rach (E can't have wheat or diary products). So we pulled out my neglected bread machine and gave her a test drive. It wasn't bad at all and now I have breakfast for the rest of the week for us girls.

However inconvenient and uncomfortable this change has been, I have to say that we both feel better and we both have lost a few pounds too. While I think a revert back to our normal eating is in our future since we have all come down with sinus infections (frozen lasagnas I made 2 weeks ago), things could always be worse.

However, we have finally turned a corner and have found a few things that will work for us all. I will let you know if I find any good recipes to share.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer Pictures

I completely forgot that I hadn't posted any of these yet but these are Rachel's summer pictures. We went out to this orchard in the wine country of Virginia and it was absolutely amazing. Thanks again Lindsley. We will see you in the fall For Luke's newborn pictures.






Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Exhaustion

Rach is still warming up to the idea of staying in her new big girl bed. Which for the present time, means I up a few times every night when a little person crawls into my bed and sticks their fingers up my nose while I am asleep. Sigh! While last night went well (mostly, because I shut the door to her room, against E's wishes), the three previous nights did not go well so I have been walking around like a zombie for a few days. While today is a little better, I still don't have the energy to get my pictures and thoughts organized, so here are a few pics from our most recent trip home.
Cutting the grass with PawPat
Getting geared up for the coming Auburn football season
There was also lots of water involved in our vacation. I think we got in water of some form everyday. We started with a week at the beach.
The middle few weeks were full of days in the backyard babypool. There were so many more pics of her in the babypool and they were all so cute but they were mostly naked pictures.
Then there were several trips to the splash park. That was the favorite.

Friday, August 13, 2010

L is for Luke

The new nursery wasn't quite the challenge I was expecting. I am a girl and somewhat of a girlie girl at that, so decorating for a boy was something I didn't think I was ready for. But using the stuff I already had, we were able to do the whole room and only had to buy 2 blue storage bins and a blue changing cover. It still needs a few things (like some shells for the glass vases and brown houndstooth fabric for the headboard) but I still have 2 more months to shop for the rest. And, by the way, if you didn't catch the title, L is for Luke.

We kinda went for a seaside theme after I picked a whale for the art above the crib. But I really love the newspaper cutouts of the crab and the fish. One more storage bin of baby stuff (shown on the other side of the bed) to go through and the everything will be sorted. I just wish I was allowed to paint the walls.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

It's Been a While Old Friend

While I realize it's been quite a while since I have posted, we have been super busy. One long trip home for a vacation and a wedding and our lives got thrown into a crazy tailspin that carried over into our homecoming and has finally subsided for the present time. Quick catch up...

Rach is HUGE!! She loves books and can't get enough of them. She "reads" out loud all day long. I have no idea what she is saying but she is very passionate regardless. Lots of mornings at the playground, afternoons in the baby pool and slide on the backporch, and evenings falling asleep in her new big girl bed keep her exhausted. Speaking of her new big girl bed, my mom came up and spent a week with us and helped us put our house together since we are planning to settle in for a while. This included making a new big girl room for Rach and turning her old room into a "BOY'S" nursery. Pictures of the nursery later on...I don't want this post to be too long.


Me and E did some refurnishing ourselves with new bookshelves in the dining room (it's needs some decorating but their up and thats what's important to me), a huge garage cleanout, new upholstery on our ottoman (that had been attacked by an orange sharpie...Thanks Rach), setting up a makeshift office for E in our spacious laundry room, a new storage bin for toys, and a new dresser and mirror.

More pictures and updates to come...