Thursday, March 31, 2011

I {heart} California

Just sayin.

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Progress on Mae

I'm FINALLY starting to make progress on the Mae doll for Maddy. Nevermind that her birthday was in November...or that Kara picked up the pattern before Lana was born. Ugh! What is it with me and stuffed toys?! At least she's starting to look like a real doll. Fingers crossed that you'll be seeing more very soon!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Because I know you're all missing your daily dose.

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Scone Loaves

This is what happens when you try to bake when you still have baby brain: scone loaves. They were intended to be variations of orange bread (I'm on a quest to find a couple winning recipes to use the influx of oranges from Raf's parents' tree). However, when you forget to add sugar, you end up with scone loaves. Not inedible, but not orange bread either!

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Saturday, March 26, 2011


That's what I said with wide eyes when Lana bit my knuckle this morning. Followed by, "I think that's a tooth!"

Raf then went looking for it, but that was obviously not a welcome or successful search.

It wasn't until Babcia conducted the spoon tapping test that we could be sure. The " click click click" made it official: Lana has sprouted her first (yet to be seen) tooth!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

6 months!

This week, our Little Bit turned 6 months old. I know every mom says this, but I can't believe she's that old already! I have flashes of sitting on the couch with Raf saying, "I can't believe she's 16! It seems like just yesterday..." It's like your life rockets into warp speed when you have kids. Maybe because you have something so tangible to measure the time with as you watch their growth? I don't know, but it blows my mind!

How about some updates...
• She's by far the cutest baby to ever walk (well, roll across) the face of the earth.
• She still has the best abs in town from her constant crunches. These attempts to sit up haven't proven successful just yet, but when you offer her your hand, she grabs ahold and springs right up and can sit on her own for a good long while.
• She's starting to add consonants to the vocab. G and a wet, cheeky Sh come to mind.
• She's got rhythm. Bang bang banging. Kick kick kicking. Controlled and consistent. Super cute.
• She likes to hang out in her bumbo seat and throw her toys while watching me work in the kitchen. I like the scream-free company, even if it means retrieving toys every 30 seconds.
• I've started getting early versions of an opened mouth kiss. Melts my heart.
• Sometimes she gags so dramatically when we feed her avocado that she turns purple. Other times she's happy as a clam about her baby guac. Drama queen.
• She's becoming quite the skilled little sleeper! (knock on wood!) It's amazing how full nights of sleep can make everything right in the world, just like that.

Have I mentioned that we just LOVE her?! Can.not.get.enough.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chickens in the Junk Mail

You know that there's progress in the eat local/grow your own food movement when the full front page of a sales ad in the weekly junk mail circular is covered in chickens! It's not quite as sweet of a deal as could be found in The Coos while I was visiting (free chick weekend at the grange), but for an urban area, I'm still impressed.

One of these days I would like to welcome a few laying hens to the backyard, but it'll have to wait. The priority this year is getting some veggies in the ground!

In the meantime, I'll keep asking Beve and Ginge to raid the henhouse on my behalf when we're visiting. These beauties are tasty!

I've been going quiche crazy to use them up. I don't hear anyone complaining!

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Further Delays

Maybe that "hey I'm back!" post was a little premature. My MacBook crashed last night. Which basically leaves me sad and lost...what am I supposed to do without my beloved Book?!?! Cross your fingers that the Geniuses can work some magic today. I don't even want to think about the repercussions if they can't (6 mos of photos...)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Disappearing Act

It's been pretty impressive don't you think?! We've been super busy over the past month with travel, appointments, learning to eat solids, learning to make baby food, trying to get little bits of life put together, etc, etc.

But I haven't forgotten about you and have a long list of posts planned, so don't give up on me just yet. More soon, I promise...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Paper Eater

This is what happens when mom is too focused on her own lunch...

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Friday, March 4, 2011


For some reason unbeknownst to me, I'm super behind on my sister's blog. Ok, that's not entirely true. I do know why. It's because I read most of the blogs I follow on my iPhone while I'm nursing Lana, but it's a total pain to make comments from my phone. And since I have something to say about nearly every post she writes, it's just easier to wait and read them from my computer, so I can easily throw in my two cents while I'm there.

If you hadn't noticed, I haven't been spending a whole lot of time in blogland lately, so I now find myself despicably behind on Trailer Gypsy goodness. I couldn't hold out any longer, so while I was nursing Lana down tonight, I made a visit from my phone. OMG I am SO far behind! And I missed a bunch of older posts somehow?! Anyway, reading thru her recent posts cracked me up! I think Jordan is channeling me. I have plans to post about a bunch of stuff she's been talking about over there lately...

  • When did Knock Off Wood become 
  • I've already started working through plans for a waste-free kitchen (our roll of paper towels has been hidden for weeks). 
  • I too have recently questioned the appropriate cut of meat to be used to make pulled pork (thankfully she figured it out so I don't have to). 
  • I even packed my supplies to make the velcro snack bags all the way to Oregon!
Sometimes it weirds me out how alike my sister and I are. While we share a parent (hi mom!), we weren't raised together. I grew up in Redding, she grew up in the Coos, and I'm 6 years older. If you hung out with the both of us for a day, you wouldn't dream that we're related. And yet, at the core, we are so.much.alike. 

So, this is my message to my sister: GET OUTTA MY HEAD! Just kidding. But at least stop posting all my posts before I get to them, huh?! (I already know what she's going to say about that, btw...)