Thursday, July 20, 2017

life lately

Not up to much these days. I've had the week off so I've been doing stuff on my to do list like hemming a pair of pants that have been sitting there for months, trying to figure out how to wipe my old laptop since I've finally transitioned to my new one, we celebrated Doug's birthday last week, making meals and taking family walks.
He's been jumping like crazy in his jumper
bugger nose! haha, sent this pic to his daddy. I think this was his 4th cold since birth? Already gone. We've been pretty blessed 8 months in and hasn't had more than the 4 colds here and there.
not crawling, but sitting up like a boss
He's started to do more of those annoying baby things like throwing his head back and arching his back when he cries. He fights naps and going down for bedtimes occasionally. Last night we tried the 'cry it out' but I couldn't take more than about 5 minutes. So Doug and I took turns holding, singing, and then Doug just sat next to him while he played around and eventually got tired. All in all he's pretty good though.
We started veggies. I made a mix of sweet potato, kale, swiss chard, and spinach. I don't think I minced the leaves small enough, pretty soon he was gagging and threw it all up along with huge amounts of milk that he had before the veggies. Whoops, maybe you're supposed to do milk more like an hour before?
We got a 'new' wooden highchair last night off a swap site, I don't really like the cloth one we registered for. Even though the fabric wipes down, too many cloth crevices for gunk to get stuck. I guess something can look great on a registry, but real life shows you need something else.
He's not really a huge fan of food. A bite or two and then he's done. Which is fine with me, breastmilk should be a baby's main nutrition at least until a year, and the WHO says until 2 actually.
less barfy, buggery pictures of our boy:
LOVES bathtime
our little cutie

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

grow garden grow

My mom came over and helped me plant the garden when we returned from Hawaii in May.
We planted zucchini, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, pole beans, san marzano tomatoes, cucumber, beets, broccoli, dill, and brussel sprouts. Mom set up the fence and we were good to go... or so we thought.
The neighborhood groundhog got in anyway (we think under the fence?) ate a bunch of the beet greens, almost all the leaves off the beans, a zucchini plant, all the broccoli, the dill, and 3 out of 4 of the Brussel sprouts. I went back to Lowes and got some replacement plants, but they weren't selling pole beans anymore, and I didn't bother with broccoli again. We thought we reinforced the fence, but the very next day he ate it almost all again. RRRRRRRR.
So we borrowed mom and dad's live trap.
Gotcha!
I will spare you the other 4 groundhog photos, because they pretty much all look alike. Yup, we caught 5 groundhogs. One day we even got 2 in one day. So after debating what to do with them, we decided to let them go in this fieldy area about 5 miles away. And we took them all one by one to the same spot so hopefully they can reunite.
It's been a couple days with no more in the trap, and no more garden decimation. So that's good.
So far I have some green tomatoes, a little cuke growing, but everything else is still pretty small. Here's hoping for a better turnout than last year!
Speaking of fresh veggies, I hosted book club last night and made this awesome salad. The dressing was the star of the show, everyone loved it and it was all gone. Can't wait to make it again.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

4th of July

The fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. I love the day off (when not working of course) to spend time with friends and family, I love the grilling, I love the festiveness and the fireworks, and I love being on a lake when possible. This year it was possible :)
We spent a nice little family morning together and then in the afternoon headed over to our friend Jeannie's. We ate wonderful things and went out on their boat. I got in my annual wakeboarding :). Some other friends joined us and we all hung out, talked, and went out on the pontoon in the evening to see some fireworks. Mr. August is unfortunately not a fireworks fan, that and combined with it being nearly 10 o'clock he was a little crybaby and we had our friends take us back to the house so we could go home. But all in all a very nice fourth.
The daily Bible verse my mom sent me yesterday was: "Romans 8:1-2: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death." It was neat to think of that yesterday as we celebrated our country's freedom and to also celebrate that through Jesus's death and resurrection, we have freedom from sin.
God bless America, let freedom ring!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

First Father's Day

Doug counts his first Father's day as last year when baby August was still in the belly, but this one was "extra real" :)
We celebrated by taking August to the zoo for the first time.
butterflies in the butterfly house
peacock on the loose!
water fountain outside the penguinarium.
August probably won't remember, but Doug and I had fun. They have a new penguinarium which was great, the polar bears were play fighting in the tunnel right above our heads, there was a younger chimp that was running around slapping the other chimps butts and running away and doing cartwheels, it was really fun to see, normally they're just sitting on logs!
I also remember the last time being at the zoo with Doug, and I was in the midst of trying to get pregnant and it not happening and just seeing all the pregnant women and children everywhere. I remember tearing up and Doug holding me and saying it would happen for us. And it did. So it was neat to be back in the same spot, and a totally different spot in life. I'm so thankful for the privilege of being a mother.
We went out for mediterranean dinner and got a redbox (The Space Between Us- meh).
August went all out and used mommy's credit cash back to buy daddy a new grill :)
The next day was Sunday and we went to church, then met Doug's parents for lunch. And went over to their house for a bit. At one point someone was talking and Doug tells me "Anne, get up and go outside now." I was confused, and he said there was a bat up on the ceiling! So August and I went to another room while he and his parents corralled the bat and ended up removing it. Our hero!
In the evening my parents came over, we went out for dinner, and they came back to look at our Hawaii pics.
Doug and I are so lucky to both have such wonderful fathers, and my August and I are so lucky and blessed to have Doug in our lives! I love seeing Doug grow in his role as August's daddy and am so proud of him.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

sewn gifts

A couple things I've made lately.
Inspired by this on pinterest:
I made a quilt for our friend Fran who is expecting a little boy. I thought I was going to have to miss her shower, so I wanted to make her something really special. It turns out I get to go anyway. So bonus for Fran!
One nice thing was I had a lot of blue fabrics from another quilt project I did a couple years ago, so I didn't buy more than $16 of supplies.
I didn't have a pattern, I just kinda cut up triangles, sewed them together, then laid out my pattern so it wouldn't be too much of the same color in one spot, and kept sewing
Many hours later it was all sewn and ready for the edging
little mistakes like this always seem to happen :(, but a cute neutral gray soft backing.
all done!
Somehow I didn't notice until the end that her color gradating was from top to bottom and mine is from side to side. So I actually like hers better. And hers is a little bigger. But oh well, lesson learned, and just a cute little blanket to throw down and let baby play. August was proud of me.
One more thing I made was a sweet little baby bonnet from a pattern I found online for our friends from our Apologetics class having their first baby.
Once again using mostly scrap fabric from old pillowcases I used back in massage school. I worked on it over a couple bedtimes so I don't know how long it took exactly, not too long. It was the 0-3 month size so August's head is way too big to test it out. Hopefully they will have a cat-sized headed baby girl :) September approved!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hawaii - part 4

The next day we went to Hanauma bay which is a nature preserve. The water is super clear and it's one of the best places on the island for snorkeling. I mainly stayed in the shade with August while Doug snorkeled and swam with turtles. I did take a turn later, I'm not a huge fan of the ocean, or fish touching me, or being underwater so it worked out well.
After that we went to hike Diamond Head Crater. It was a 45 min hike up and part through a tunnel and up a big flight of stairs. The view was so rewarding!
view down to Waikiki and Honolulu
Then we went down to the famous Waikiki beach to watch the sunset. (we saw not 1, not 2, but 3 brides getting pictures taken!)
The next morning we quickly packed up, check out was 10am but the house cleaner showed up at 9:30, rrr, she was super nice and just waited outside but we felt kinda rushed. We didn't fly out till the evening so we had a whole day to spend.
We drove up to the North Shore to watch surfers and get lunch and just see a bit more of Hawaii.
We had this amazing lunch at this vegetarian place, The Beet Box, I had some burrito with curry veggies, SO good
And we went to the Dole Plantation. This place was started by some guy, someone Dole I forget his name in his early 20s who moved here from Boston, bought land, and just started farming pineapples and eventually was the biggest pineapple exporter at the time. Wow, in my 20s I was in and out of school and really not doing a whole lot with my life! Anyway, it was a cool tour and we got to experience August's first train ride and taste delicious Dole whip a kind of pineapple sherbet. Mmmm
colorful bark of a Eucalyptus tree
We spent the rest of the day driving around the other side of Oahu and eventually made our way to the airport
We flew through the night back home, August slept the whole time, Doug and I slept as well as you can on an airplane, and we got home safe and sound. I'm happy we were able to go to Hawaii again, and I'm happy we took August!