Thursday, August 18, 2011

1% change... household

I have wanted to do this for a while and finally found my whits and did it!  I made our own laundry detergent!

I got the recipe here.

It' so easy.  Go to the store and buy the goods:

In a mixing bowl, shave the whole bar of fels naphtha.  Add one cup of both the washing soda and borax.

Mix and add to the pretty jar.

For each load, you use one tablespoon, so grab an old one from the kitchen.

Let your husband be amazed at his clean clothes!


Now that you are done, here's to laundry day that won't seem so lame.  Now, if only I had a fun way to fold and put away all that good smelling laundry!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Birthday, anniversary and an update...

Warning:
Super long post with lots of goodies for pictures!

Happy Birthday Frank!
Yesterday that is!!
I'm so excited to celebrate yet another birthday with you!  They seem to just get better and better, right?  I hope that you enjoyed your gifts and dinner out with the family.  The gifts seem so minor to how we really feel about you and to celebrate your new year that way did not seem grand enough.  I'm really looking forward to celebrating this season next year when I'm not large and in charge!!  We'll have a glass of wine with NO sides of hormonal, okay?
I'm so thankful that your mom raised you the way that she did and sharpened you to become the man that you are.  I pray that this year will be your year to shine, that you will become an even better leader, provider and family man that you already are.  I know I don't tell you enough, but thank you for all that you do for us.  We are so thankful that you leave the house each morning so early to go and work hard and provide for us!  We are so thankful for you.  We are also sorry that we can't keep it down when you are trying to sleep past 8am on your days off.  Somehow you always wake up right when it's getting fun, sorry!!

Happy 3rd Anniversary
today!



My my how far we've come, amen?  AMEN!  I love you more today than I did the day that I married you!  I still cannot believe that you chose me to spend the rest of your life with or to be the mother of your children!  That you trust me and believe in me enough to stay at home and raise this crew of little ladies. Do you know that I pray over you when I'm wiggly at night and get up for the 1235321323544 time during the night to go potty?  I'm sorry for torturing you for the first, at least, 2 years of marriage with bad cooking.  You've been a good sport~
Remember our day?  Remember how sweet it was?  Remember how rainy it was?  Do you remember me telling you what Alli told me as my dad and I were about to come and meet you at the alter?  She said, "rain on your wedding day is a sign of fertility!!"  HAHA!  Maybe that was our sign for hyper fertility... we should have known!  Remember how much fun we had dancing and laughing on that day? Remember our new clothes and how good we smelled? 

Remember the cupcakes and the food?  Ahh, the food!!  Remember riding in the limo and how tired we were?  Do you remember what I whispered to you right before we signed the marriage license?  Remember how happy we were that day?

Here's a recap of the last 3 years of marriage:
1.  Got married, honeymooned in the Appalachian mountains.  Lots of firsts for me; hiking, winery, Biltmore, fishing and a real vacation :)





2.  Went to Nicaragua 


3.  Been on numerous trips including Atlanta, Texas, Nashville and VA.



4.  Gave into your "need to nurture something."  That was a load of crap and I should have stuck to my guns and gotten a turtle or a fish!
5.  4 months later, AB was made.
6.  Then we had her!

On the way home from the hospital!

7.  3 months later, we find out #2 is on the way!
8.  Emily gets married.
So, here's to you Mr. Robertson:  I hope this year is full of happiness, little trials, much harvest and for love, no more babies... at least for this year :)

11 Months and counting!
yesterday that is!!

Happy 11 months AB!  You have survived out parenting and I'm so proud of you!  Here's what you are up to:
  • You are crawling all over the place and pulling up on everything.  You are working up the courage to let go while you are standing but are so nervous about it.
  • You have not been a good sleeper lately... boo!  Waking up several times a night, what's up with that?  Can you puh-lease stop?!?!
  • You got your third tooth, the upper left front tooth.  The one next to it looks like it's coming in any day now.
  • You talk non-stop.  And based on the length of this blog, I wonder where you get it from.
  • We found out this week that you can suck through a straw... so big of you!

  • You weigh in at 19.78 lbs. and I have no clue how tall you are, sorry!
  • You love to laugh~  Your new favorite thing is for us to talk in your mouth.  You open up real wide and put your mouth to ours so that we can make noise in there.  You think it's a riot!
  • You are now in 12 months bottoms and 18 month tops.
  • You are trying so hard to say "Dallas" and haven't quiet figured out that I'm momma and daddy is dadda.  You do say both quiet often through.  
  • Funny story:  The other day, dadda got home for work and walked in and said "hey".  I responded with a "hey" and you came crawling around the corner with a "hey".  The "hey's" were all drawn out southern "hey's" and we all got a good laugh.
  • You will eat ANYTHING!  Current favorites:  Hawaiian bread, strawberries, toast, avocados, any fruit really, sauteed veggies, spaghetti and pot roast.
  • Almost every night you take a shower with daddy.  You guys play on the floor of the shower and you love it.  He wraps you up and passes you out.  I love the few minutes that you let me snuggle you, I soak it up!
I love you sweet baby and cannot wait to celebrate your 1 year with us!!
Love,
Momma

Monday, August 15, 2011

Moments

The last few nights AB has been waking up and crying for about a minute and then falls back to sleep.  This is not like her at all.  She is a great sleeper!  She is like clock work.  12+ a night plus 2 2 hour naps.  She is like her momma and likes her sleep and needs her sleep!  The last week or two she has been protesting naps and really crying, I mean I go in there to "help" her get adjusted to take a nap and she's sweating.  WHAT THE HECK?!?

So when the said night time thing happens, we don't go in there, just let her work it out.  We have never really rocked her, so rocking her now doesn't really help.  It helps in the moment but then we're back to square one when we put her down.  Last night was different.  She woke up around 11:30, unfortunately, i was still awake and Frank was already asleep.  I went in there and tried to lay her down.  I could tell that she was in that weird, half awake, half asleep state (you know when you feel like you are drunk!).  She was not having it.  I got her up and just held her and whispering to her that it's still night night time and to hush, that everything was still okay in this world.  Laid her down and no luck.  I picked her back up and started again.  I started to get really aggravated.
Then it REALLY hit me, I'm never going to have this baby again!  AB will never be almost 11 months again!  I need to soak up this time that she will still lay her head on me and want JUST ME!  As I stood there holding her relaxed body, listening to her make her sweet noises and her trying to get comfortable with my big belly in the way, I realized that I don't soak up enough of her.  Yes, we have a good laugh during the day and we play a lot, but I don't soak up her "babyness" enough.  I need to slow down and sit on the floor more, I need to crawl around with her more, I need to ask her more questions (she does answer by the way) and I need to be less rushed by life to enjoy these sweet moments that are slipping away all to fast!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Weekend Round up!

Happy Monday, ya'll



This weekend was a little crazy... My friend Mel came into town for a short visit.  We met up with our small group at the knights game and took Mel along with us.  It was a good time and AB did great hanging out, eating cheerios and flirting with the guys in our small group.  Thankfully their sweet wife's think that it's cute.
AB enjoyed some cheerios instead of cracker jacks and she really didn't care if we never went back!
Go knights!
Auntie Mel
On Saturday morning, Mel, AB and I took off for Ikea.  We had a blast and scored some really good deals.  Mel got an awesome chair that I'm still jealous of.
Playing in the kitchen, isn't she just adorable!
Frank had to work all weekend, so when he got home at 2, we took off for some fun!!  We headed to south park mall.  If you have not been there, you should go, now.  We wanted to go into the apple store but the line was wrapped around the corner.  We'll wait till later.  We got some smoothies and thought we should share with AB.  Apparently sometime she has learned to suck through a straw and basically drank all of Frank's smoothie.  She was so funny laughing at herself, she knew she was so big and so proud of herself!


We then went to Rusan's for dinner.  It is the best sushi place and they have $1 rolls.  No, I did not mistype that!  Frank and I got some sushi and the little lady got a big plate of noodles and veggies.  She was tearing up her plate just eating and eating.   She had noodles hanging out of her mouth and this guys walked by that apparently she thoughts was really cute because she was all smiles and laughing at him and waiving.  Frank said, I don't care if she flirts with men for the rest of her life, as long as she has noodles hanging out her mouth!!
"daddy, I would like to have some...."

Good weekend!  This week is going to be a little crazy.  Frank's birthday is this weekend, our anniversary, AB turns 11 months and we get to hear Emma's heart beat.  I'm pooped already!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Stuck

Have you ever felt stuck?  I sure have.  I feel stuck sleeping in the same position late in pregnancy or when I think I can make it through a narrow space, forgetting about this big ole' belly.  Sometimes I feel like I'm stuck in a rut at Starbucks:  tall, skinny decaf hazelnut latte.  But what about life?  We sure do.  We feel stuck.  Like right after AB was born and the promising job of "more than we could ask or imagine" was really a "too good to be true".  We were stuck at my parents house, they blessed us with a free room to lay our heads, a comfy couch to let my body heal from birth and lots of snuggles and love for our new babe.  But really, we were stuck.  We couldn't even afford diapers!  It was scary.  But our Maker had our favor and brought more than several miracles our way.  We made it out of stuckedness (I just made up that word, and spell check knows it!).
We feel stuck again.  Frank's job is good.  We have awesome benefits, flexible schedule and a great deal on home improvement equipment at our disposal... carpet cleaner machine for $4, yes please!  But he doesn't feel satisfied.  He knows it is not what the Lord wants of him.  I am working on the art of homemaking and working on encouraging him and sending him off better than he came home the night before, but there is only so much I can do.  
With all that said, we are really searching, praying and petitioning for God to give us some direction.  We are excited about the future and holding on.  Every time that we have been "stuck" the Lord has done some really cool things.  I can not wait to see where our prayers and petitions will take us.


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