Archive for July 2010

2 Reasons I’m Really Proud

July 25, 2010



{Sent to St. Jude’s Children Hospital}


I am Bailey. I am 7 years old and I raised 9 dollars. I made paper butterflies and I sold them at Westmont pharmacy. I am from Illinois, and I want to donate here because I want to help with kids that have cancer!!!




7 Quick Takes (v. 33)

July 23, 2010

1.  Here we are at the 7 Quick Takes volume equivalent to my age.  Apparently, I had a brain fart last week and labeled the volume as number 31 for the second week in a row.  I don’t know if it was post-partum lack of sleep induced, or if I’ve unconsciously become one of those women you see in movies that always pretends she is younger than she is and was trying to delay volume 33 so I wouldn’t have to think about how old I am getting.  I suspect the lack of sleep thing.

2.  I’ve been reading a lot of homeschool memoirs lately (as you’ll see on my July reading list).  I really like seeing how other people do it.  It really helps me solidify why and how we homeschool around here.  It got me thinking, though, about how many people won’t even pick up one book to investigate homeschooling.  I wonder if it’s because they assume that they know what it is or that it’s because they’re scared that what they learn about it might change their life.

3.  Let me say for the millionth time how much we are loving Netflix.  So far I’ve watched three seasons of Dr. Who, one season of Doll House, and several movies.  The kids have watched episodes of their favorite television shows, and I’ve introduced them to some classics from my childhood like Faerie Tale Theatre and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.  And this has just been with the instant streaming through the Wii.  Those DVD thingies are ok, too, I guess.  It’s so totally worth the $10 per month.

4.  Sabrina has started having diaper leaks.  You know what this means…our next case of diapers will be size 2.  It’s hard to believe that she will be six-weeks-old on Sunday.

5.  I love co-sleeping most of the time.  The time I don’t, though, is when my toddler develops an over-whelming need to have her foot resting on me all night.  Like I’m not having a hard enough time sleeping without Katie burying her foot in my back.

6.  Bailey is about to have an adventure on Monday.  She and Rick are flying down to Nashville to see Paul McCartney in concert.  They’re both really excited.  Although, I am going to have to console Piper with a trip to Chuck E. Cheese while they’re gone.

7.  Piper decided to get her hair cut short.  We recognized the decision as another example of Piper asserting her individuality.  Our only concern was that she might experience remorse and get upset once it was actually done.  But as soon as she got her first glimpse of her new ‘do her entire face lit up.

Here is the “before picture” with Sabrina at five-weeks-old:

Now, for the completely adorable “after” picture:

7 Quick Takes (v. 32)

July 16, 2010

1.  My feet have an amazing tan.  But since my legs decided about ten years ago that they no longer will absorb the sun, my feet just look really dirty compared to the pale lines from my sandal straps.

2.  Bailey’s coach pitch season ended on Monday night with a second round loss.  I was disappointed because I really wanted to beat that team who had humiliated us at the beginning of the season when our coaching staff and kids were inexperienced.  At the same time, I’m glad it’s all over until next year.  Piper still has two more games in her level, though.

3.  I’m starting to feel a little more like myself at four weeks postpartum.  I’m less weak and achy.  I’ve gotten on top of the laundry again and even managed to wash some bedding this week.  But I still mentally feel like I’m in survival mode.  I know it will take some time to get back into the routine of things, especially when I have to work around feeding the baby every two hours.

4.  They’ve been upgrading the Walmart near us  to a Super Walmart.  I never used to go there very much because it was always kind of dingy and dirty, but even with it still under construction it is so much nicer.  I’ve been hitting there more often since the baby was born because it is only five minutes away and I can buy size 1 diapers in bulk, unlike my usual grocery stores.

5.  I’ve been watching the BBC’s Dr. Who on Netflix’s instant streaming.  I’m almost finished with Season 2.  I was unsure about the whole thing when the Doctor regenerated from Christopher Eccleston to David Tennant, but I soon came to love the tenth doctor as well as the ninth.  And if you don’t watch Dr. Who my last sentence was complete gibberish to you.  Anywho, I love  Dr. Who and look forward to checking out its spin-off Torchwood.

6.  Sometime around November the CD player in the car got jammed and wouldn’t let us load any CDs, so we gave it up as broken.  I somewhat looked in to the cost of replacing it, but we decided against it.  Well, on a lark my husband decided to try putting a CD in again, and it worked!!  Now if only we can get the air conditioning fixed…..

7.  I have pictures of the girls I’ve been meaning to scan and add to this blog and Facebook, but it just keeps slipping to the end of my to-do list.  And at some point I need to start filling in Sabrina’s baby book.  Not to mention that Katie’s framed first year picture is still sitting in my closet.  And never mind that our family photo album is almost non-existent.  I hope my children have good memories, because at this rate there won’t be anything around to remind them that their childhoods did exist.

7 Quick Takes (v. 31)

July 9, 2010

1.  I’ve developed some sort of meal-time amnesia since I had the baby.  I go to the grocery and I come home with tons of snacks for the kids, but then I have absolutely nothing to fix myself for lunch or everyone for dinner.  It’s like I can’t even remember what I used to fix.  This does not bode well for my attempts to not lose too much weight or stay on our food budget, since I either end up skipping meals or getting fast food.

2.  When my parents were here visiting, my dad took the training wheels off of Bailey’s bike.  Her balance is OK, but her steering is rather wild.  (This does not bode well for when she starts driving.)  It’s amazing, though, to see her reach such a childhood milestone as riding a two-wheeler.

3.  Whenever Bailey has a game, Piper looks forward to playing with her friends, the little sisters and brothers of Bailey’s team mates.  None of them bring any toys, but they seem to find plenty of things to do:  dig in the gravel, play tag, race between the fields, “hide-out” under the bleachers.  Then they share the various snacks they get from their parents.  Piper is right there along with the rest; no one would know that she is the “weird” homeschooled kid.

4.  The kids discovered Silly Bandz last week.  The little sister of one of Bailey’s team mates gave them each one.  Then they became obsessed with them.  I bought four packs to split between them.  I think Piper has pretty much lost interest already, and Bailey is learning what it’s like to catch the tail-end of a fad.

5.  Things are still a little crazy around here.  It’s not so much because of Sabrina.  It’s really the result of adding Sabrina and her newborn challenges on top of all the other chaos.  Plus, I have to remember that I am still in recovery, so I’ve been letting a lot of things slide.  So, the house is pretty much a wreck.

6.  Tomorrow is the start of play-offs for Bailey’s Coach Pitch division.  This is going to be an interesting new experience for us.  And you get the impression that it’s a little more hard core than the regular season as they throw out the 90-minute time limit and play a full six innings.  I just keep telling myself that by next Saturday the season will be over no matter what.  That will slow things down quite a bit.

7.  Last Saturday one of my best friends from college stopped by for a visit with her husband and kids since they were in the area.  It’s the first time I had seen her in almost six years.  The last time was just a few weeks after her oldest was born.  We haven’t stayed in super close touch, but we had such a great time talking and laughing like no time had passed at all.  I’m really hoping that the next time we head to Kentucky we can swing by Indianapolis and visit them.