Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mom ... an entry from the official Christine's Contemplations Dictionary

Mom: female adult "skilled" in the art and science of raising a child 

Synonyms: mommy, mother, mama, Madre (esp), handholder, couch cushion, cuddle partner, owie-kisser, lovie finder, cupholder, tv turner-onner, tissue/napkin/paper towel, jungle gym, trampoline, ladder, merry-go-round, cook, discipliner, bedtime tucker-inner, goodnight kisser, maid, chauffeur, cheerleader, mediator, hairdresser, organizer, prayer partner, accountability partner, teacher, book reader, ATM,  safety marshal, fashion coordinator, shoulder to cry on, safety net, confidante, unconditional friend

 Best job in the world.








Monday, December 12, 2011

Curse you, Marching Band....

Gateway to the Rockies Parade 

Curse you, Marching Band! 
You've ruined me for running.

Forcing me to walk heel first, raising my toes. Rolling my feet.  You have forever ruined my running form, which is best achieved with a toe first gait.

Bless you, Marching Band!
You've prepped me for yoga.

Forcing me to stand up straight and take deep, full breaths.  Stretching my spine.  You have forever created balanced, focused and rhythmic nature.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Annie's First Birthday

Me and Annie opening a present
2011-12-03 Annie First Birthday
Mmmmmm ..... Cake!!!

Is it naptime yet????

Annie turned 1 on Saturday. We had a small family gathering and watched her try to open presents and eat her cake. She was enjoying being the center of attention.

Both girls went without a nap; consequently, Audrey fell asleep just before dinner. That girls slays me ... she'll go all day long trying not to fall asleep, only to fall asleep in the most awkward and uncomfortable position.

I'm linking up here for Mommy and Me Monday ... even though it's Tuesday. Go say hello to Krystyn and the other mommies.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Inattentional Deafness

Just read this today:

We’ve all had the experience of being so engrossed in something (a book, an e-mail, an episode of “Dexter”) that we simply don’t hear our partner trying to remind us that the trash needs to go out. But when our children do the same, who else secretly believes they’re doing it on purpose?
They’re not (and neither are you). Researchers in the Department of Developmental Psychology at Oxford set study participants to focusing on a task while wearing headphones playing white noise. Part way through the task, the researchers interrupted the white noise with an audible tone. When performing a more-difficult task (distinguishing which of two arms of a cross was longer), nearly 80 percent of the study participants said they never heard a thing.
This “inattentional deafness disorder” actually had nothing to do with the pleasure involved in the distracting activity. It was the “high visual lode condition” of taking a lot in through a different channel that rendered the research subjects temporarily deaf. It’s not Harry Potter that’s the problem; it’s the intense visual and mental interaction necessary to read the words on the page.

 I think we've all experienced it.  Every time we try to ask our husbands their opinion on something while engrossed in a football/baseball/soccer/nascar/golf game on TV. I especially encounter it when the teenager daughter is watching her shows.  She literally has no idea anything else in the world is going on.

I've always believed that it wasn't intentional ignoring, now I'm happy to know that it's truly not.  I always make a point to wait for a commercial or page turn or some sort of break in activity.  Then ask for undivided attention; pause the game/movie/etc, put the book down and look at me.  Then repeat what I've said.  This ensures that it was indeed heard and there are no excuses to not do it.

With the toddler I often have to pause it myself to get her attention, but the process is the same.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Annie Noelle

Annie Noelle Roosa ..... My second baby. You are more special to me than you know. Your tenacity and stubbornness are much like mine. You refuse to do things the way the world says you should. 

 You have kept me guessing about you since the day you were born.

 I love watching you explore and learn. You try so hard to keep up with your older sister, but when you realize you can't, you are content watching her and learning from her. 

 I know God has special plans for you and I'm excited for all the things we will do together in the next year. Happy Birthday Baby girl.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Recycled Parental Statements

We all have horror stories of saying things our parents said that we swore we would never say.  Cliche lines such as, 

  • "Clean your plate or no dessert." 
  • "Because I said so, that's why"
  • "Don't make me get the belt"
I had that moment last night.Audrey was asking me if she could go play at a friend's house.  Experience has taught me that she can't go to friends' houses during the week because she comes home grumpy, won't eat dinner, won't go to bed, etc.  So I've nixed it altogether.  At 2 1/2, she doesn't understand.  So last night when she asked me I said no.  She asked why and I said because it's a school night, Summer had homework, it's almost dinner time ... a whole host of reasons that were true and she should have comprehended.  But none of them satisfied her.  So finally, at my wits end, with nothing left to say and wanting to be done with the conversation, I spouted out without even thinking, "Because I'm mean and cruel and heartless.  But I love you very much."  She said, "Don't say your heartless mommy."  But she was satisfied with my answer finally and she didn't ask again.

My mom used that phrase all the time.  I don't know if she came up with it or if it's something she picked up from her parents.  But it was a staple in my house when we weren't satisfied with a reasoning.  We'd roll our eyes, accept that mom wasn't going to change her mind, and usually continue on in disappointment.  

Last night it just rolled off my tongue.  I didn't have to think of a witty reply or something that would satisfy her. I didn't wonder what my mom would say.  It just came out.  And when I was done I thought to myself, "Oh dear ... my mother used to say that."

What parental lines have you recycled on your kids that surprised you?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

I did something this year that I've never officially done before.  I went Black Friday shopping.  I have mixed feelings about Black Friday shopping, but thought I'd give it a shot at least once before poo-pooing it for life.  The stores opening at midnight was what pushed me over the edge to go this year.  I'm not one for getting up at 3 am to shop, but I'll stay up a little later.

We opted for Target.  And we had a strategy.  And we were in and out of there in just about an hour.  Which is pretty good for a normal shopping trip.  We did so good at Target, we just had to go to Old Navy too.  Yeah.  That was a mistake.  Old Navy isn't designed the handle the number of customers that Target gets regularly.  And I bet there were almost as many people at Old Navy as there was at Target.  Old Navy was so full that they were literally at capacity and could only let people in as others left.

It was really odd going into Target and seeing dozens of TVs out on the floor.  40"+ LCD TVs for less than $500.  And SLR cameras.  And game systems.  It was an interesting sight.  

Target was brilliant.  They had all their "2-Day Sale" items in big specially marked cardboard displays all over the store.  They handed out maps to where things were located (because I don't normally shop for DVDs in the girls clothes).  The line to check out was insanely long.  You know, the people you stand in line with outside the store the same people you have to stand in line with inside the store when you want to pay.  They taped off a makeshift queue line that weaved in and out of cosmetics and toiletries.  

It was BRILLIANT!  You finish getting all the must have deals of the day and wait in line for 20 minutes and see all the household items that you need to have ... soap, lotion, medicines, etc.  And while you're at it, why not pick up that toy that someone before you left behind.  We had a short conversation with our cashier.  I say short not because we didn't have things to talk about, but because she was so super speedy that we didn't have time for a lengthy one.  As expected, the most experienced cashiers were staffed starting at midnight.

Old Navy.  Imagine shopping at Old Navy on a normal busy Saturday.  You have to wait in line about 20 minutes, and maybe wait 5-10 minutes to try on clothes.  The clothes are messed up and you have a hard time finding your size.  It's crowded.  But you make due.  Now take that same speed and sense of urgency and mentality and multiply it by 1000.  That was the Old Navy experience.  They just aren't equipped to handle the number of customers that come out for an event like this and I won't do that again.  We were in line to check out for over an hour.  And I didn't get anything that I could not have purchased later today or this weekend.  And since everyone went shopping at midnight (thank you Wal-Mart for starting this new trend last year), the Friday day shopping should be a dream ... unless you like the mall.  Yeah ... I'm not going there.

And here's what I learned ........ the Door Buster deals of the 90s and even early 00s are no more.  You remember, you get to K-Mart at 5 am and you get that extra 20% off the TV or movies you wanted.  Or there's a limited number of that "must have" toy and if you don't get in line at 3 am you won't get the toy.  Now, at least at Target and Old Navy, the sales last all weekend or the coupons are good all month.

We did not encounter anyone mean and vicious.  We didn't have to fight over any one item.  There were plenty stocked of everything.  It's a bit odd to see 46" TVs sitting in the makeup aisle at Target.   

I spent only the money I was given to spend and I got some great things.  I got some things I've been meaning to get for awhile.  I got some things I would not have purchased otherwise.  I got some things for me and I got some things as gifts.

I did not get anything that I could not live without.
And there were no sales that were so good they were worth losing that much sleep over.
I did have fun.

I wonder how many Black Friday shoppers are really shopping for Christmas presents and how many are shopping for themselves, or for the rush of getting a good deal.

I'd love to go as a photographer and just get shots of the chaos.  Organized chaos in some places, but chaos nonetheless.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Crafting: Pipe Cleaner Colander

DSC_5151 by Christsstar
DSC_5151, a photo by Christsstar on Flickr.
My friend Katie at Texas Tigers has a son the same age as Audrey. She keeps giving me ideas of fun things to do with the kids.

She posted this great one of playing with pipe cleaners and the holes and a colander. I picked up some pipe cleaners for all of $0.99 at Michael's and let Audrey play with them.

She wasn't super interested, but it gave her something fun to do for about 15 minutes.

Crafting: Crayons

Audrey seems to be at the age where she can do simple crafts by herself.  She does them regularly at daycare, and I think it's time to start implementing them at home too, especially on days that I'm home with her.

Our first craft was more of a Mommy craft, but she was excited at the idea of it.  

Repurposing broken down crayons as new crayons.  

Start with broken crayons:DSC_5130

Place into a muffin tin or something that's oven-proof.  I chose a silicon ice cube tray shaped like stars.

Melt crayons in oven at 250*.  They don't take long to melt, so keep an eye on them.


Remove from oven and let cool until solid.

Pop out of container and color.  Unfortunately, mine broke when I popped them out.  The star shape is just too fragile, even for thicker crayons.  But they are still cool and fun to use.

Monday, October 31, 2011

A new role for me

My best friend in the whole world told me to call her on Thursday to ask me a question.  It was odd, because we don't have the relationship where we talk on the phone.  We can hang out and talk for hours, we can txt and email and tweet, we exchange gifts and holiday cards, but we just don't talk on the phone.  So I was quite intrigued when I got her txt.  

I called her as soon as my break arrived.  She wanted to know what my plans were on some random Friday next summer.  Well ... I hadn't made any yet; nobody plans THAT far ahead.  Then she asked me the most crucial question ..... "Will you be my matron of honor?"

AAAHHH!!!!  Of course!!!  She was my maid of honor for my first wedding and she did a fantastic job.

I hope I can be the matron of honor for her that she was to me!!!

It's going to be a small wedding.
Western themed.  But knowing her, it will be a classy and very well done.  No cheeseballness for her.

So I have a mission to find a nice classy western outfit inspired by one she emailed me.

I've never been a maid or matron of honor.  Especially by long distance (she's in Montana, I'm in Cali).  What tips do you have?  What have you done that's worked or not worked?

Mommy and Me Monday - Urgent Care

Poor Annie got really sick this weekend.  Sudden fever of 101.3+, which didn't go down with Tylenol.  Super deep, chest cough that sounded like she belonged at Pier 39 with the Sea Lions.  With our Pediatrician's office closed, we hiked it up over to Urgent Care.

They did a chest x-ray to check for infection and a breathing treatment and just had us sit there with a cool mist humidifier going.

Diagnosis was Bronchiolitis, caused by a virus.  No meds but Tylenol and Motrin to keep the fever down.  Tylenol wasn't cutting it, so we stuck with Motrin.

She's home with Daddy today.  

Here are a couple shots from Urgent Care on Saturday.

The contraption she was in to stabilize her during the chest xray.  Of her short 11 months, she's had 2 separate sets of X-rays.  Poor girl.

Laying on the bed with the humidifier tube.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mommy and Me Monday ... Onion Rings

Here are Annie and I at Red Robin enjoying a yummy scrumptious burger and onion rings.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Frozen Lunches - Part 2

Week 2 of making and taking frozen lunches is going well.

Week 1 I got up nice and early on Saturday and started cooking.  I had it bagged and ready to go in less than 2 hours (all the while doing other mom things).  I decided on chicken penne pasta that week.  It turned out well.  My portions were perfect for a lunch portion.  And I remembered to take extra cheese and sauce (cause the sauce always dries up a bit in the microwave) and it was yummy.  One thing to improve upon ... I made enough pasta to feed 4 people dinner, but only enough chicken for 1.  So I should increase the chicken and decrease the pasta to get a more even mixture in my meals.  More protein, less carbs.  I also need to remove it from the water a bit sooner.  I made it al dente, but not al dente enough ... it was still a little extra mushy.  I give myself a B+.

I had leftover lasagna I also froze.  That's been a leftover staple of mine for years and years, so that went off without a hitch.  A+ of course.

Week two I opted to make homemade frozen pizza.  I love homemade pizza, but I struggle to make it frequently because I can't find a dough recipe that I love and the dough takes so long, it's too much of a process for me with the babies around.  But Sprouts had pre-made frozen raw dough (not like Boboli or Pillsbury ... this stuff is good).  And it was only $1.99.  It made 3 frozen pizzas.  I place the raw pizzas on a cookie sheet and covered with plastic and froze.  I then removed the frozen raw pizzas and freezer saved them.  Brought it to work and put back in the freezer.  The plan was to cook in the toaster oven from frozen.  There is no tray in our toaster oven, just the rack, so I used a piece of foil for stability.  I cooked at 450* until it looked done.  The top cooked nicely.  Cheese was melted and the crust a golden brown.  The edges of the underneath crust looked good too.  I moved it to a cutting board and cut it open and the middle was still totally raw.  Like not even partially cooked.  To fix this, I think I need to partially pre-cook the dough and then top it and freeze.  In the meantime, I have 2 more left that I'll have to eat.  I'm thinking I'll cook at a lower temperature for longer, and maybe just right on the rack.  I fear the dough will fall through though.  I give myself a solid C.  Good effort, good plan, but it just didn't work right.  We'll see if I can raise this to a B next time.

This weekend time is going to be short so I want to do something quick that I know pretty well.  I'm thinking maybe enchiladas or chili.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Why you might not want a baby carrier.....

The house is a mess and it's naptime for Audrey. My work is done for the day. I have nothing truly pressing to do. I should clean. But I have a fussy baby in my lap. I could take this excuse and say, "Josh, I'm sorry, but I just can't clean the house this afternoon because Annie is fussy and won't lay down."

But he won't accept that as an excuse. And it's not because he's mean. He doesn't act like a slave driver. He's not unsympathetic to the needs of a crying baby. He just knows that Annie likes to be worn in a baby carrier like my Mobywrap. And he'd say to me, if I tried to give him this excuse, "Christine, just wear Annie while you do dishes and put things away. She'll go to sleep and you'll get stuff done. AND you'll get some exercise. win-win-win."

So folks, if you want that excuse to not have to clean your house because the baby is fussy, don't get a baby carrier. Now that I have one I have no excuses to not clean.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Should Children Be Allowed on Facebook? - NYTimes.com

Should Children Be Allowed on Facebook?
Facebook really is after your kids.

Right now, the site doesn’t officially allow children under 13 to sign up. But in this Sunday’s Times Magazine, Emily Bazelon reports that Facebook isn’t happy about it. It has tripled its spending on lobbying and formed a political action committee in anticipation of “a fight we take on at some point” — in the words of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder — over the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Act.

Summed up, Facebook’s argument is that millions of children (7.5 million 12 and under, according to the May issue of Consumer Reports) are already on Facebook. Letting them sign up legally (under their real ages, which now they have to hide) would allow Facebook to develop stricter privacy controls for that age group. But, Ms. Bazelon writes, stricter privacy controls aren’t in Facebook’s economic interest.

I want to comment on this article so bad, but I can't remember my login to NYTimes to comment. So I'm going to do it here.


Let me start with this: parents who let their kids on FB before the age of 13 are breaking the rules and are foolish. It sets an example that it's OK to break the rules (and the law) when the rule is inconvenient to you.

Now ... if FB gets their way and allows children under the age of 13 (which requires a change in the privacy act) and kids can use their real age on there, it opens to door wider to predators. Even with parents watching their account, who's to say that a kids page will be private and only friends with their IRL friends? Who's to say that the kids won't post stuff and then HIDE it from mom/dad. Kids are ruthless and know how to get around things, and the tween age is the primary age they figure it out and push their boundaries. Once 14 or 15 hit, the kid is either satisfied being who they are or is an all out rebel (or somewhere in between). By protecting the children in the tween range we can help prevent them from going down a path we all know is wrong.

I've seen too many dateline stories to trust the internet with kids.

Even at 13 I don't think a child is ready to have a FB account. As I think back to my child hood and what I found important and where I put my time/efforts/energy ... if I had FB it could have been really scary. And a lot of kids put so much stalk into what is posted on FB. What's important isn't being at the party or at the dance or at the game, but what you put on FB about it. What pictures/videos you post. What comments are said. Who tags you and who you tag. Our teenagers' identities are wrapped up in their FB accounts and it's a very scary thought to allow children under 13 into that world.

Furthermore, FB isn't doing it because they're already there and so they figure they can make it safer. That's just what they're saying to moms/dads who are a little concerned. No. FB is doing it to reach another ad demographic; a more gullible and easily swayed group of people. We already have issues with kids wanting everything they see on TV and wanting/needing to play every game they hear about and having the best fashions. What if they have the world at their fingertips and the world is "talking directly to them?" That's a super scary thought.

Should Children Be Allowed on Facebook? - NYTimes.com:

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mommy and Me Monday - Pumpkin Patch

I probably used this last year too .......

Audrey and me at the pumpkin patch (and big sister too).


4 inches in one year.  Not bad.  Not accurate, but not bad.  
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Trying something new with my lunches

I am notorious for waiting until the last second to scramble to put something together for my lunch.  It usually makes us a couple minutes late and I often am disappointed with what I bring to work and am dissatisfied overall with my lunch.

I've allowed myself one luxury of one frozen meal a week so that I don't have to think about lunch one day.  And I can often get leftovers one time.  So then I only have to think about it 2 days.  But the frozen meals can be cost prohibitive, small and/or not very good or healthy.

In an attempt to make life easier, I'm trying something new.  I should really make and bring my lunch every day.  I should use fresh and healthy ingredients.  Avoid deep fried foods and lots of carbs.  So I'm going to pre-make several frozen lunches for myself.  I often hear of families making frozen dinners in preparation of a baby being born or surgery or mom being out of town.  But those are entire meals for the whole family to eat.  I want to try this with single portion lunches.

So here's my plan.

Have a menu of 5-6 entrees that I make and rotate through.  
Each week I make one entree and freeze single portions.  To freeze the best, use the food saver freezer system.  I should get at least 4 portions from one entree.

It will take about a month to 6 weeks to really get a good supply built up, but it will be worth it.  In the mean time I stick with sandwiches for the days I don't have a frozen option.  After I get my initial stash built up, I have plenty of variety in the freezer and am not stuck eating the same thing every day.

Entree Ideas I have:
  • Chicken Pasta
  • Tacos (cook and freeze the meat and veggies; take the other fixings fresh)
  • Lasagna
  • Homemade Pizza (I rock a homemade pizza and keep wanting to try it frozen)
  • Sweet and Sour _______________ (insert meat here)
  • Chicken Pot Pie
Any other entree ideas I could add?
How do you do your work or other take and go lunches?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mommy and Me Monday - Laundry

It's Monday again.  Sigh........  One of the few bright spots of Mondays are Mommy and Me blog posts.  I love seeing how other moms spent their weekend and posting my own little photo.

This week's entry is brought to you by the letters "L" and "H." L is for Laundry and H is for Helpers.  Yep.  I had me 2 little helpers as I tried to fold a couple loads of laundry yesterday afternoon.

Audrey actually WAS helpful.  She could fold the small towels and napkins.  And I didn't even re-fold them (which takes great restraint for a control freak like myself).  Annie, on the other had, had her own ideas of helping.

Audrey is very diligently folding a napkin.  And the striped towel at my feet? She folded that one.

Pardon the "dear in the headlights" look I have.  Sheesh!!!

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Part of something bigger than you...

Have you ever wanted to be a part of something bigger than you? Have you been a part of something bigger than you and want to again?  Want to take just a small part in something?

Now's your chance!  (OK ... corny infomercial over.)

But seriously.  Remember this post on the Kingdom Assignment my church was doing?

Despite the warning against, I have been given the opportunity to help 2 of the participants with their projects.  Not just help, because they didn't get started, so do a lot of it from the beginning.  I didn't want to see the $200 go back to the pastor and have to say, "Sorry.  I couldn't do it."  So I'm taking over.  They will help and be a part of it, but it won't be done on time.

All that to say ...........

I need YOUR help.  Seriously.  I have $200 that I want to grow and then bless someone with.  Who do I want to bless?  I don't know.  I'm praying that God gives me someone to bless.  How do I want to bless this person?  I want to buy an entire supply of cloth diapers and accessories for a new mom in need.  I have $200.  I need probably closet o $500 to get everything I think she'll need.  I could do it for $300, but $500 gets everything.  

So what am I asking for?

I'm asking you to buy a picture.  I'm going to sell my photographs and all profit will be put into this project.

I have a few photos that I'm selling.  I am selling them electronically, printed and unframed, or printed and framed.  Printed will be sized to 8x10 or 5x7.  Electronically will be at a resolution to print at 8x10 or smaller.


  • Electronic - $15
  • Printed and unframed - $10
  • Framed 5x7 - $20
  • Framed 8x10 - $25
I believe these to be VERY reasonable prices, especially when a frame is included.  Please consider helping out to grow this money and help a new mom.  



Pacific Star 



Sunset 1

Sunset 2

Sunset 3

Monday, September 5, 2011

Mommy and Me Monday .... FEET!

Hanging out at church this afternoon, the three of us girls sat in the grass together.  Audrey on my lap, Annie on Audrey's lap.  Stuck out our feet and enjoyed the warmth of the sun.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Cloth Diapers without a Washing Machine

A big reason many people don't want to use cloth diapers is because they don't have a way to wash them.  Going to the laundromat is OK once a week for your clothes, but diapers need to be washed more frequently and it's difficult to find the time to get to the laundromat that often. Or perhaps the laundromat just doesn't get the diapers clean enough.

Today I bring you a guest post by an acquaintance of mine who washes her diapers (for 2 babies) by hand.  Here is what she has to say.
My name is Jessica and I cloth diaper to save money, my babies bums, and the planet!

“Hand” Washing Cloth Diapers with a WonderWash and Electric Spinner

I collect soiled diapers throughout the day in a plastic storage bin without any water, detergent and without rinsing first…I just pile them up in the bin. I wash diapers every morning - we normally end up with 6-10 diapers and 6-10 cloth wipes per day.

I wash using a WonderWash in our bathroom, using the toilet, bathroom sink, and bathtub.

The "WonderWash"

I use Kawaii pocket diapers and BumGenius All-In-Ones, with some hemp inserts here and there. I also use cloth wipes which are cheap baby washcloths.

  1. Don heavy duty rubber cleaning gloves 
  2. Remove all inserts from pocket diapers, and place pee only diapers in sink 
  3. Rinse poopy diapers with the diaper sprayer into the toilet, set in the sink with pee diapers 
  4. Run super-hot over all diapers, swishing, and rinsing…adding them to WonderWash (my WW is setting on top of a shower chair for height in our bath tub) 
  5. Fill WonderWash with hot water (I use a hand held shower head), pouring a bit of detergent (1-2 Tablespoons?) into water stream (I use Sun Burst Free and Clear) 
  6. Lock on lid 
  7. Turn for 60 seconds 
  8. Drain water. I find it so much easier and faster to just dump the WW upside down, rather than use the drain pipe 
  9. Repeat steps 4-8 (minus detergent) 2 more times for 30 seconds to continue to rinse 
  10. Place clothes in spinner for 3 minutes 
  11. Hang diapers and inserts outside on clothes line to dry (wipes go directly back into wipes warmer without drying

Indoor Diaper Chandelier and Special Helper

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mommy and Me Monday - leftover vacation photos

Posting a week late, but here are a few Mommy and Me Monday photos from our vacation.

Me and Annie in the Moby

Me and Audrey at Pacific Star Winery

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Fort Fun

Sunday afternoon.  Josh is resting.  Audrey is restless.  What to do ... what to do ...

I know.  Let's build a fort!!!  So we moved some furniture around and built a fort.  The fun lasted all of 10 minutes until she decided Annie wasn't fun inside her fort and instead wanted to play with the neighbors.

Someday maybe the girls will create forts as a getaway from mom/dad and to plot against us or use a fort to hide from each other and read their books.  Or maybe they'll make forts and have slumber parties in them.  The possibilities are endless.  I've just ignited what may be a fantastic fire to Audrey's imagination.

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