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Thanksgiving & Next Day Birthday Over

Thanksgiving Day went well. It was chilly but sunny in the morning, warmed up but not too much during the day, staying Sunny all day.

We had dinner later than I had wanted to. My hubby got me playing Warhawk in the morning and I quit when I realized it was 12:08pm and got going on getting things done.

Even with the turkey done ahead, and the stuffing … I had to make cheese sauce, white sauce, gravy (meant to do it ahead, but didn’t get to it) and cauliflower, green bean casserole, cook sweet potatoes, peel and cut into pieces and make a brown sugar syrup to candy them with. Also had potatoes to cook and mash. Then get out the turkey and stuffing and re-heat.

It was a big feast. We had cloverleaf rolls, my almost 13-year-old daughter got that done with my supervision. Getting all that done and ready to be served at the same time isn’t HARD just complex and tedious to a degree of, it takes kitchen talent to pull it off.

So I was pooped after all that. I made whipped cream to go with the pumpkin pie later that evening.

The next morning I had to get up and get things going for the birthday that day. I make banners for each child, put on the fireplace … they expect it now, and it has to be good ๐Ÿ˜‰ I had one nearly ready, but I hadn’t connected all the pieces to hang yet. So I finally decided what to do, and struggled with it as the eyelets I was using just weren’t playing nice with me. Augh! I got it done, it wasn’t fully the best it could have been, but that’s more my own criticism of my own project more than anything.

I made a yellow layer cake with very chocolate buttercream frosting, with chocolate curls (from a container of drinking chocolate curls I have) all over the top and at the base of the cake all around. On the sides I put Pearls in an offset pattern. It was nice, not perfect, I wasn’t going for perfection, but it sure did look nice. I took time to put the pearls on, it was tedious feeling, but really didn’t take much time considering everything. It’d be worth it to put more oomph into it another time.

My daughter loved her presents and the cake was really good and the homemade ice cream (which I made the day before Thanksgiving Day.) It was a good day. We had turkey quesadillas for supper, and played Monopoly after that, with cake after that.

It was all fun, but I’m glad it’s all over for this year. It’s less than a month to Christmas Day, and I have MORE to do! At least it’s awhile until some of it, and some of it longer, but lots of it more necessary for sooner than later, just not all of it. Phew!

Travel for business and baseball

We are in Tampa, as I have mentioned here – in a hotel that isn’t as nice as the one the night before, but that’s that. Embassy Suites in Tampa by the airport is really, really nice. We are now by the bay and it’s a different kind of place, very Florida and a crash pad.

Separate bedroom is tiny. Living room small, with balcony, cruddy but OK kitchen. The nicest thing here is that the bathroom has obviously been redone. [Now that I’ve written that I recall walking around the maze of outside corridors yesterday and passing some new appliance boxes in front of a couple of rooms. Dishwasher, Refrigerator, etc.]

There’s also a pullout sleeper couch and two narrow bunks intalled in a niche one on top of the other, of course. Plenty of places to put each of our 6 selves, but the bright spot in dealing with it all is the glass sliding door to the balcony. So many rooms don’t have a balcony, and many that do don’t have anything much worth looking at outside.

In this case there is water that sparkles as the sun moves overhead, it’s low tide, then high tide and the changes that brings. It’s interesting at least. Since it’s the Gulf side of Florida it gets too sunny and hot in the afternoon. Yesterday we got here in the afternoon. It’ll be nice to see the balcony all morning this day.

I have some schooling stuff with me, and that’s slated for this day as well (hubby is here for business, so we wait while he works.) We are also preparing for a birthday at the end of the month when my eldest goes from being a tween to a teen. :eyesroll : There’s some manners information we must all go over and practice again. It’s not just my eldest, he’s not as bad right now as some of the others really … and being stuck in a hotel room it’s not so long before someone is crying, another is sassing, another is screaming, another is … you get the drift.

Yesterday we were at a baseball game and today we go to another. I love baseball, and it was nice last night to sit by my eldest, he’s taking a higher interest in what’s going on in the game. Baby Q was a cutie too, but not interesting in the game, just showing off his toddler self to whomever would watch, particularly the row behind us.

I’m still nursing Baby Q at night and at home during the day every so often. I’ve not nursed this long with my others, it is just right for this one. Of late he’s picked up a new word to refer to me when he wants to nurse, ‘dink’ … so last night at the game he kept pulling at me ‘dink, dink’ … ‘Mama, dink!’ and I didn’t let him but awhile later I didn’t feel so “whatever it was” about it and he nursed and was that cute showoff from then on. Little stinker. ๐Ÿ™‚

Baby Q – 7 Months Old

Baby Q is officially 7 Months old today. He’s crawling, has been “creeping” some since right before turning 6 Months old … he has not “mastered” crawling, but for all intensive purposes he gets where he wants to go when he’s on the floor. For him it’s more the hard floors that are keeping him from “full crawling” for now, while on my bed he’s very capable of fast moving-ness, more so the real knee crawling.

All in all, he is more mobile than any of his sibs were at that age.

He’s getting so big, nearly growing out of his clothing again, so it will soon be a needful thing to go get “more” stuff.

He’s not in his crib yet either. We just got a new hardware kit for it (the one we bought for our 2000 baby) and I need to clean off each piece of the crib and get it ready for putting back together. It was partly together since June, but never completed since a few parts were missing and some things were loose and would need replacing.

It’s a necessity to get the crib done so that I can put him there night or day when needed. He needs a full size crib. He’s no little baby any more ๐Ÿ™ But that’s alright. He’s cute still ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course. Growing up so fast. Sigh.

40 Wks +2 Days – 1

I am +2 days “overdue” today. I had contractions yesterday, which I mentioned in the previous post, and they did peter out and come back a couple of times last night, but the key is, keep coming back. I slept better last night too, really relaxed. I did awake a couple of times, but was able to get back to sleep fairly easily (exceptionally so compared to my “normal” nights.)

We did talk to the back-up mid-wife last night and there is possibility that we’ll have a back-up-back-up or a back-up-back-up-backup mid-wife if labor really gets going today or tomorrow or the next, maybe the day after that as well.

While awake in the middle of the night I did note that I was having contractions, some fairly strong, but similar to in the evening and the afternoon before, some just tight, others really getting intense. So this morning I am up and about and it’s the same thing, except for maybe the “just tight” ones are moreso now. Time is on my side, and will tell me what’s up when it’s the right “time.”

Baby is moving fine as well.

40 Wks +1 Day

I had a bad night last night, very uncomfortable and couldn’t sleep from 2am to 6am, basically, just snooze a bit, read and listen to music. I took a bath sometime right around 5am and was out at least 10 minutes before 6am, and then was able to sleep for a couple of hours after that.

When I got up in the morning then, I felt weird and not long after started having more BH Contractions, and they lasted all morning — into the afternoon, then I did take a nap and awoke with none happening, but then a bit later they started up again. I do not know for certain that they are really BH’s now, or are and are just the more serious sort right before labor begins. As I said, I feel different … so … we shall see.

This, of course, has gotten us into a moreso “rush” mode … though I’m not doing much in reality, except for making a baby ๐Ÿ˜‰ and directing projects a bit.

I got the Pack ‘n’ Play into the house via R. (our eldest -11 year old) and got that set-up with help from Hubby. It’s going to be in the living room area when we are home, and will pack up nicely for travel. It’s the Graco “Hundred Acre Wood” series Pack ‘n’ Play.

Still waiting to get things ready to get at least that one wall in the bedroom primed and painted, and get the crib set-up then. It’s not “super important” to get the crib set-up, though actually it is needful to do it now instead of later, I will keep baby in bed with me, as I do with newborns, but will need a place to put the baby upstairs at times from the start, no doubt, and as time passes, more and more. Getting it done NOW is therefore what I wish for.

39 Weeks + 4 days Counting Down

I’m 39 + 4 (wks + days) today … we did go out last night and get a few things. I am still in need of a changing table pad and cover though (something very important to me!)

We got the stroller/infant car seat combo as well as the Pack ‘n’ Play at Target which I wrote about previously (Classic Pooh “Graco” ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ series.) There is a swing in the series, and that is all that there is in the series … and I’d like to get that eventually. I have found the swing idea for little babies to be super-duper, personally. Sans a swing won’t be so cool when the baby is a month or so old and I’m up and about.

Another item I need to get is a bouncy seat. I love those just about as much as the swings. Too bad there isn’t a nice “Hundred Acre Wood” version, but that’s alright. I just need to peruse the baby sections of stores and find a decent design/color. The sort I like are fairly “cheap” in price, not much of anything but a metal frame with fabric.

We got the Classic Pooh Sage Baskets at Target … they are so sweet. They co-ordinate with the crib sheet I previously had gotten, which is exactly the same fabric as what’s in the Classic Pooh Sage crib set, which we will get eventually (sooner than later.) The baskets will aid in the organization of diapering things on the dresser/changing table top, and also in drawers –if need be.

We also went to Costco last night, and I figure it might be the last time I’m there for at least a month, unless we go back fairly soon, during this pay period. That’s a significant milestone, to me ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ll be able to order some more diaper covers online today, and that is a blessing indeed. That will set me up for the first couple of months, diapering-wise. I’ll also get some diaper pins since I can’t find more than one or two of my old ones. The items I will get I am getting from here: http://www.punkinbutt.com They have a curved sort of diaper pin, which looks like it will work much better than the straight sort I’ve used in the past. The diaper covers I’ll get are the Stacinator stretch wool covers, which I got two of via FedEx a week ago. I’ll see about getting a couple of colors, maybe, or just stick with “buff” for all of them (I love that unbleached look, natural paper color … which is natural is so many natural products, creamy, buff, tan, light brown, etc.) One of the colors is that “sage” color of the Classic Pooh crib stuff I’m doing … but it all comes down to: size. Will this be one of my chunky babies, or more petite overall, or start out more petite and get chunky sooner than later, or later than sooner?

R. my first, was big from the start.

V. my second, was not so big at first, and took off after a month or two in chunkier-ness.

A. my third, was smaller overall than the two above and was pleasantly plump enough though “normal” sized, an anomoly compared to the two elder siblings, he fit into standard things at standard times, while they were way ahead in sizing by far.

Today with them older, the eldest is 11 and isn’t baby plump at all, just a thinner taller than his size sort of boy. Thank goodness for Osh Kosh with waist adjustable tabs and Slim fit in their jeans line!

V. is 8 & 1/2 years old, the only girl thus far, and she is bigger boned, thicker all around, more like her Dad’s body type. She’s in Dresses and Skirts only, and I am glad, she’d not fit into “girly pants” — it’d be a nightmare. She’s ahead in sizing, she’s just a big girl, not fat, just big, and not Slim at all.

A. is 6 & 3/4 years old, a boy, and he’s wearing 5/6 sorts of things now, but still can wear many 4’s. Many 6’s or 5/6 things are swimmy-a-tad-or-more-too-big on him. He’s moreso “petite” like, but not “delicate” if that makes sense. He’s into Slim Osh Kosh stuff too, but it is quite different on him than his 11 year old brother. 11 year old is sprouty-weed tall, while youngest, for now, is a nice compact young plant, with potential for “normal” height and body while the eldest is likely to be very tall, compared to the rest of us, and most likely always slim-ish.

So will this new baby be a body type like one of the three above were at birth, or something entirely different? If it’s a smaller girl, that would be different, if it’s a boy … well we shall see. So I have to decide again, how many diaper covers in the smaller size, and how many in the next size up?

I do suppose I need to take very, very good care of the covers and sell them on eBay after they are grown out of, or not. Oh bother. Decisions aren’t always easy for me, and at this stage of pregnancy, it’s nearly a joke. :veryshocked: I have no problem deciding something if there is an obvious something about a situation which I can easily make up my mind on whatever it is. But when it’s a swirling mass of things, like sizes for an unknown size, guestimation only, as in a menu that has many things that might be good to eat, but you just can’t decide (my bane of existence, and often not liking any of the choices on a menu in the first place.) Most especially etherealness where it’s just not possible to know what to do (never having eaten at a place with many choices to pick from.) This is the point of wool diaper covers that I’m at. A soaker would be easier to figure out, but they are pricier and not what is best under clothing for daytime anyhow, in my view.

I could write and write about that all day long, but it’s not helping me, just confluxing my mind on the issue more. :rolleyes:

So then, on today’s agenda is to get the towels I need for the birth all washed and dried and bagged up appropriately to await there appointed time of use. Find all the sheets we have and get the right ones ready for the same appointed time. I also need to go over my birthing kit and supplies and see if I’m O.K. or missing something. That all will set me more at ease, at the least, a needed respite in these last days.

I do also need to get the refrigerator cleaned out and process some things for when I won’t be in the kitchen, to make it all easier on the ones who will be cooking (hubby and the children.) Veggie stuff particularly, chop, dice, slice, bag and freeze what can be frozen, make airtight what needs that in the frige, and so on.

Like garlic, chop some, some just whole and peeled — but get the whole big bag of cloves processed so they can just easily use it, and so it won’t go “bad” sitting out fresh, as it is now. Same with Vidalia onions, red bell peppers, and other assortments of onions, root veggies, and more.

I need to get my Nutrimill out and grind a bunch of Spelt and Kamut and set-up some ziplock freezer bags with the right amount to soak for pancakes, make this or that …

Then my mill needs to be boxed up and sent to the folks that fix that brand … it doesn’t work right since they fixed it when it when KAPUT last year. That fix was a “new computer board” and then it worked … but ever since throws fine misty flour all over via every crack, crevice and air outlet. It’s therefore no fun to grind and something we’ve avoided doing anything about, but recently hubby did contact them and we have a return authorization and label to ship it back now. Good timing if I’ll be down for awhile, so I need to just grind away today and deal with it. Then it’s bye-bye until later Nutrimill, and please come back healthy!

I hope I have the energy to do this stuff entirely today. Plus make meals. Hmm.

We did look at Baby Name type books at B&N last night and got overwhelmed fast. We did decide to stick with the girl name we had previously thought of with #3 — and it’s the boy name that is hard, as it was for #3 it was so hard to pick and agree, and it’s what we needed when #3 was born, a boy. So is this a boy too? I feel it likely is, though it surely could be that it’s a girl. FWIW we’ll just know when the appointed time comes. I’d like to locate that book I have that we bought in 2000 … it’s familiar and will aide us better. It was floating around this year, then a month ago, disappeared seemingly into thin air, no one can find it since.

Since writing the above I’ve tried looking on the web at baby name sites and that is not very helpful for us right now. I perused several sites and we just can’t find much of anything in the way of a boy name that “seems OK” even. I have some ideas, he has some ideas, we don’t like each other’s ideas, and we aren’t “sure” of our own ideas anyhow. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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37 Weeks

Today I am 37+4 (wks+days) along in this pregnancy. I’ve become more and more uncomfortable as the days go on … the end is near!

Sleep is difficult, getting comfy in bed is super-difficult. It’s hard to get up from lying down, and hard to get up from sitting on the couch, and hard to get out of the tub … ugh.

Things have been such like that for over a month, but ramped up of late. Am I waddling yet? My hubby might think so at times, I’m not sure. Waddling comes with the baby moving down –engaging, lightening are some terms for it. I just la-la-la through it all and know that it’s what it is and that is whatever it is and I just roll with it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Baby is quite active often, and that is getting more-so un-comfy too. Pokes and prods and pressure are super duper.

Now then, as for names: we haven’t really sat down to truly discuss any yet, sort of rambled about “what was the girl name we had picked out for our last pregnancy that turned out to be a boy?” — but haven’t had a serious consideration at all, not even nominally so, about boy names this time around –yet.

There are ideas I have, for a boy, for using family names in the middle maybe, but going away from the tradition that our family unit has used for our two boys thus far. So our two boys have a first and middle name, and then if this baby is a boy he might have a first and middle, and another middle name? Nah, not good. But to use a “family name” as a middle name and not use the traditon of middle name that we have used (some sort of Christian male name of a past prolific Christian) would seem odd to me, but I’d like to honor the family line I have in mind.

For a girl, we have a name, but I’m not sure we want to use it (the one we picked out 7 years ago.) I am sure about the sort of middle name, but not certain about a first name, and then some first names I would consider mightn’t go with the middle name, but there are other choices in the tradition I am using for girl middle names, so it’s not really a problem to use another name, but I tend toward names for girls that hubby turns his nose at.

A certainty is though, no “J” or “G” names. I don’t like them much for us. Not many “M” names are nice (and yeah, I’m an “M” myself …) I don’t like plain names like I have, or hubby has. I don’t like naming something that other people around us have, I like odd names, distinct, different, but nice.

So that is all something we need to solve in the next few weeks. (Before or after baby is born.)

I did order some DSQ Infant diapers today. Also 2 Stacinator wool covers. That will get us through the beginning some, but I’ll need something else in the “cover” department. The Stacinators are pricey, but worth their price due to how they work, needing less of them than “other” types of covers, but they don’t “fit” for very long, so … I’m mixing myself up over what to do.

I have one small RikkiWrap in small, which is a Mother-Ease velcro type cover. I haven’t found any other covers in small yet, from my mass of clothing stashed in the garage that may or may not be in good condition anymore.

I did find one of my Aristocrat Wool Soakers, but it’s a larger one, somewhat shrunk, but not shrunk enough for a newborn. I do have a small one somewhere, and it’s super shrunk, and I want to find it, it would be perfect for a newborn since it’s “shrunk” so much (whereas a new small Aristocrat wouldn’t work well on a newborn, mostly.)

The thing about getting ready for baby is that I don’t know how big this baby will be, and no one really does know until their baby is born, and then to see how much they grow and fat up in the first month. Will the Stacinators work out for long enough, or should I get the next largest size in reality. Maybe I should have ordered just ONE of the smaller size. My first baby was 9lbs at birth, and the next two were like 8.6 and 8.0 –> which kind of means … what will this one be? More or less? My last was smaller than the first two and stayed more “normal” all along, whereas the first two were big and beefy, the first one from birth, and the second one got going with that baby fat after a month old.

I did get the prefold diapers to use however seems right, without pins with a wrap type cover, or with the Stacinator covers. I could pin, would need to pin, under an Aristocrat type soaker cover, or other snap type covers (which I do have ME versions in larger sizes.) I do have 9 snap ME diapers, which canร‚ย  go under any cover. The prefolds can be doublers later on in most any diaper setup.

So it’s really about covers, for me right now. I’m in a quandry, not having a surety about what to do in preparation. I can get other things later, I’m mostly unsure about how it will be in the first weeks … oh well.

36 Weeks today

I’m 36 wks + 0 days today …

I’m getting much closer, and time seems to be going faster and faster …

We ordered our Birth Kit yesterday, and hopefully it will arrive before our Home Visit on June 4th (when I’ll be 38 wks 0 days.) We also need to get some other supplies for the birth together still (and have them ready for the HV also.)

My midwife gave me a nice chart listing all the days of my pregnancy and the week+day information for each day.

Here are two links to the same OB Calculator which will list your weeks+days of pregnancy in a chart, according to the information you provide:

Last Menses + day cycle, or
Date of Conception, or
Due Date

http://www.floridamidwife.com/calculator.html

http://www.vgio.com/midwife/obcalc.php

Both calculators are the same, but the first link is to one that is customized for a midwife (so has some text added, but just an extra title on the chart produced) and the second link is a plain calculator (and no extra title on the chart produced.)

Hubby is out again this week, and has promised to take off Friday and start getting the flooring installed and finish it that weekend. It’s a holiday weekend, so we’ll see what can be done. It’s just our master bedroom and the hallway we are going to do the flooring on, and plan on doing the other two bedrooms on the same floor of the house later.

Also my garden has never been dug out, hubby wanted our eldest to aide us and get the grass layer off of part of the area so that I could get a few of my plants in (the ones that are still alive, I’ve lost several that we bought, urg!) but DS balked and wouldn’t do it, and hubby didn’t do it, so now I have another week to see if I can keep the few remaining plants alive until planting (which will be when?)

I do have space in my whiskey barrel, to put a few things, but I wanted to get that moved to another spot before playing with it, and the plants that have died are mostly herbs that I bought for the barrel, not all though, and the only ones alive are a couple of bell peppers, and one herb or two, and a tomato plant which wasn’t happy but is re-growing where it did seem to be dying before.

Most of my intended plants are still seeds, and I still am glad I’ve never gotten them started in their little peet pot tray thingies … since I have no way to transplant the many things I would have started. I also have beans and a few other things that are best planted straight into the ground. I was going to get at least two teepee hills of beans planted yesterday, but alas that didn’t work out because of the lack of garden dug out-ness. ๐Ÿ™

I really want that garden fully planted soon though, and need for that to be completed before long, before the baby arrives for sure!

35 weeks Midwife

My pregnancy progresses … I’m at 35 weeks now, and officially by the calendar, just a “month” from my due date, with it being June 18th. It sure has gone fast!

I had a midwife visit the other day and things were O.K. I measured right on, 35,ร‚ย  –but the usual late pregnancy rearing it’s head of “HBP” was evident. Just that it’s usual since my 2nd pregnancy near the end, with no other symptoms presenting in #2 and #3 –so we have hope that this is the case as well for this one as well.

Our next midwife visit will be in our home on June 4th.ร‚ย  We have a lot to accomplish in the house before that date. Organization, flooring installed, and more.

With all that, and DH traveling more this month, it’s a bit tough, but it’s working out so far. This next week is the last bad one with traveling. It’s tough on me, that I can’t get quite the rest I wish to, and have to motivate all things all by myself (AKA children’s chores, making meals, cleaning up, etc.) days that DH isn’t here. It can be quite a trial getting my eldest children to do stuff at times, and that does concern me when it comes to my BP and need of rest, but all in all it’s not THAT bad, no need to worry about it.

As for the birth of this baby, we are hoping it’ll be a tad after the due date. Our midwife will be out of the country and not available therefore, until after the 23rd,ร‚ย  so if labor starts before she’s back I’ll have a midwife that I don’t know, but that’s just it, if it’s time, it’s time. Last time, 3rd baby, the midwife wasn’t in attendance for the birth, getting here about 15 minutes post birth. So it’s not that I am concerned about the birth, just wanting someone here to aide in case of need, and also to do the checks and measures afterward. I’m cool with doing it unassisted, but DH isn’t, so … ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean, really I am cool with either, but it does make it easier on me to have a midwife.

I have to get some supplies very, very soon, for the birth and also order the ‘birthing kit’ that I need. Not only that but diapers are an issue, I have some, sure, but not the ones I mostly need for the first month or more, depending on baby’s size, and need covers for diapers for certain.

The flooring install we need to occur is for our master bedroom, and that will enable us to de-junk the room and get the furniture whittled down to what we need and create space for baby things we must put in here.ร‚ย  It’ll be a whirlwind time when it goes down, the install of flooring and I’ll have to be less involved than we originally planned. (We had thought we’d have the flooring sooner and that I would do some of the work with my eldest, and get done as much as we could when DH was out of town, take our time, but that time is past and we did get the flooring later and I’m further along and … time flies!)

I have a crib I like, but I need to get it put together, and really won’t do that until the floor is finished since it has to go into our bedroom. I do need to get new linens for it and the baby, as well as the foundational things like T-shirts, receiving blankets, onsies, etc. and yes, diapering things. Little things that matter much to me, to be 100% cotton, even organic cotton. It is rather amazing how many things one had just disappear with he space of 6 or so years between babies. My first baby was just 4-years old when my third baby was born. My second was shy of 2-years by just under 3-months. So I had baby stuff in use and the newborn-first year stuff just out of use and findable.

Years take their toll on a house short of storage area, so we are having to replace all the major equipment besides the crib and mattress. This isn’t crucial, just needed in stages, a car seat and stroller being needed for outings, and a wearable carrier for me (I’m working on what I want in that department) — then the in-the-house stuff.

We went to Baby’s R Us earlier this week, and I was not impressed. I used to go to that very store a lot “back in the day” when it was a newly built store and I had babies in the house. I liked it back then, but this time it seemed rather vacant of things I liked, or maybe I’ve just massively changed.

No, not me exactly, products have changed. I was into baby stuff in 2000-2001 with baby #3, things are extravagently priced now, and super decked out.

What about a nice simple bouncy seat? I saw one boy one and a girl one, but not quite my style, the rest were out ofร‚ย  my league.

Car seats, infant carriers, strollers, pack n’ play get-ups, all over the top, mostly.

They did have some things I’ll be able to use, but we are talking simple crib items, sheet, mattress pad, etc.

Their “cloth diapering” section is just as pathetic as before, actually less so on one hand, moreso on the other hand. Gerber prefolds don’t seem to have that nasty polyester filling in the middle anymore (why it was there I never could grasp, it was bulky but non-absorbant, capiche?)

They just have vinyl pull up pants for covers. Nothing of any consequence.

I could go on and on but that wouldn’t be of any use itself. So I’ll close and see if I can get a tad more sleep ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Cloth Diapering #2 (baby)

I wrote about diapering baby and my supplies not being known if they were OK or not, basically.

Yesterday DH cleaned out the garage. It was really clogged up due to many different reasons, and it was a known thing that IF any diapers were in there, they were in the corner, which was not accessible until many things were removed from the space, starting at the opening of the garage and working backwards into it.

There were old clothes in boxes, bags, and various containers, and so many had been gotten into (those dratted country mice) –but not everything was attacked. Under one horrid bag of clothing was a basket and when we got closer to it I just “knew” it was some of my diapering things. Finally it was get-at-able and sure enough it was alright, just had to peel that horrid bag off of the top of the basket and there were my diapers, pretty much pristine, in that there was no pee-pee smells, no mousie poop at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

The diapers were some newborn Chinese DSQ green prefolded, a few larger ones, and then my dearly loved Mother-Ease One-Size (Popolinos) and some Sandy’s. Also several ME diaper covers.

(I put all that in the washer and ran a huge cycle first, and then took out the covers, and have run the diapers alone on the Sanitary Cycle two times now, and will be checking them over before I put them into the dryer in a few minutes.)

Later we found more diapers, in a bit more rough shape, but I was able to save out several things that are cleanable, not chewed on at all, the higher quality things. Aussie Terry Cloth Nappies, Nappy liners (triangles of a stay-dry fabric to go between baby and any diapers), and some other things.

(I’ll be washing these things today at some point, first a heavy cold washing, then hot and sanitary at least 4 times.)

So what’s in evidence is that I do need some more diapers still, and definitely some new covers. I’m interested in the Stacinator wool covers, they come in different sizes and are a snug style, and can go over even prefolds without pins of any sort. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like using prefolds on newborns, and also use them some all the rest of the time of diapering, but prefer snap terry diapers over all, and also those Australian Nappy’s which are really just large square-ish terry towels that you can fold into various configurations and work on most babies as they grow and grow and grow.

I have had Aristocrat Wool Soakers in the past, but know that DH ran them in the washer wrongly and shrunk them, and if I can find them, I’d be at least one is good for a newborn now … just not the larger sizes that I had purchased so long ago.

I love those soakers, and will either get some more of them over time, and/or make my own with old wool sweaters (there are directions for that online.)

I’ll make a resource post for whatever I do use soon.

Cloth Diapering (baby)

I used cloth diapers on my last baby (#3), and on baby #2 after she turned 1 year old. I wanted to use them with #1 at some point, but cost prohibitiveness kept me from being able to do that the way I wanted, I did have a few samples and liked them, but that wasn’t “from the beginning” and things just never took off — and so then baby #2 came and I wasn’t prepared and wanted to still do cloth, but $ being tight — a no go, until I got pregnant when she (#2) had just turned 1. So that was when we made it happen, started getting stuff for her, knowing it’d be there for baby #3 who’d not be far away, and got more stuff and I felt good about it, that another baby would profit from our diapering supply … another of ours, that is.

Thing is, baby #3 was out of diapers right when he turned 2 years. I didn’t get pregnant until 2 years after that, and lost thatร‚ย  baby at 9 weeks, and then that was 2 years ago as well, from now. Guess where all the diapering things have gone? Stuffed in the laundry room where things weren’t organized, cat’s peed on them or some of them, and then they got put in the garage to be “hopefully” sanitized and kept “just in case” but there they are in the corner and we can’t get to them now, planning a garage purge, but that’s hard work and only DH can do that.

In the days of cloth diapering in our home we had a not-so-good washer. It had a stop problem on the cotton setting, which was sort of a “wash a bit then auto soak forever” until you went down there and bumped the dial up a bit. That was good, in a way, but it was the beginning of nagging awfulness in that machine, the whole dial eventually went ballistic and you had to guess as to what setting you were using to wash everything. It changed constantly. Anyhow, it was a supersize GE washer we got at the end of 1996, and I wasn’t very fond of it, being just under 5’2″ I could barely get to the bottom of the washer to retrieve clothing in the first place. Sure it held a lot of clothing, but if you can’t get at it easily, what’s the point? Small or large loads were all the same for me basically, too deep for ease of retrieval.

We knew we wanted a different washer and just bided our time, not able to afford it most of the time, and then finally this past year a breaking point came. I was in early pregnancy, so it was Autumn, and I was sleeping on the couch in the basement, and woke up to find a flood in the hallway. The washing machine was messed up worse than ever, and we had a major middle of the night clean up on our hands and the smell haunts me in my mind still today. Ick.

We got an LG front loader and LOVE IT. I will love doing diapers in this machine.

But I have to get more, and there are other things too, things of baby gear type put into the garage to be stored, and got ruined by our country mice.

In some ways it’s like I gave everything away, but I didn’t, I did save things, but it’s the same in the end. We are starting over with baby stuff. I had strollers that I loved, and they are trashed. ๐Ÿ™

I do hope I can get what I want, the diaper stuff that is, but one thing I see online is that the one store I liked, weebees.com isn’t loading, and I don’t know if they exist anymore or not, there are references to them online though … so … otherwise, I know I like Mother-Ease diapers and covers, and I’ve gotten some things from Green Mountain Diapers, both of those sites still exist, at the least.

I’ll have to do more research now. I’m getting into it, just vaguely so far, and know that IF I ramp up in finding things, I’ll go nuts wanting to get them and set things up, and don’t know if that’s possible yet … oh well. I have until June some-thing to get enough for the first couple of months. I’m due about June 18th, and if things go like they did with #3 and I can do a homebirth, it could go longer, to the 29th or so, or even into the first week of July … but even so, I want to be ready in the diapering department well in advance for the majority of things, and only have to “get some bigger things” later on.

Also it’s notable that I won’t know how big the baby is until it’s born. My first baby was 9 lbs 1 oz.; my next was 8lbs. something-oz. (I can recall exactly the ounces); my last baby was 8lbs even. They’ve been smaller each time. None of them were “tiny” but the last one was the smallest at birth and stayed smaller on average compared to his older two siblings (who were never “small” for their age.)

Silly Mispronunciations

Overheard just moments ago:

“Where’s my leap pad?” asked Asa.

“It’s downstairs under the fruiton,” answered Victoria, matter-of-factly.

:rolleyes: ๐Ÿ˜†

The mysterious “fruiton” is only a basic, quite normal, “futon”. ๐Ÿ™‚

Asa is 5.
Victoria is 6 .. soon turning 7.

Praying Mantis

Last week Russell called me from the backyard to come out and see something. He saw a Praying Mantis, he said, and wanted me to see it and verify it, basically.

So out I trudged and sure enough, on the blue fabric roof (Sunbrella fabric) of their play structure there sat a fairly large brown Praying Mantis.

I hadn’t seen one since I was a child. So I took pictures of it the best I could, but didn’t get any good shots, though I don’t know for certain, I haven’t looked at them on the computer yet, they are still in my camera. I just know I didn’t get at an angle to get a good close-up, he was up on the roof and not in a position for me to get in front of him well. I say “him” not knowing if it was a male mantid.

Two nights ago I noticed that on the front porch, up near the ceiling there was a Praying Mantis on the facing board. We have Daddy Longleg spiders up in the corners, not on purpose, they are just there. There were other bugs flying around, it was dark out and the porch light was on. One little beatle seemed to be the mantid’s preying attention. The molding at the corner of the face board and ceiling seem to be something the mantid couldn’t get over … but I thought that a feign in actuality, and within a few minutes the mantid proved that to be true.

The children and I were watching through the side-light window, by the door. The beatle was running here and there on the ceiling, and came closer … and suddenly the mantid began moving forward again, but faster than it had moved before in it’s feigning movements … and it struck out so fast it was wild, exciting, we all yelled out in glee … it was awesome to watch like that.

Yesterday morning I went out onto the porch and didn’t see the Praying Mantis anywhere, not that he wasn’t there, of course.

Last night I went out and looked, but didn’t notice him out at all. Not that he wasn’t there, of course.

This morning I was up around 5:30 am, and turned the porch light on sometime around 6am, it was still dark. I noticed that the Praying Mantis WAS there, sitting on the back of the glass single hummingbird feeder. The birds weren’t out yet, it was still before sun-up.

I decided to then go onto my computer and look up the insect for info. I did, looked at a few things and then didn’t look at all I’d turned up on the first search page, but went and did some things. The sun was then starting to come up, faint light appeared in the distant sky edges, the black of night had lifted to a gray growing light. I saw that there was a Hummingbird sitting on the end of a bamboo pole the children had stuck into the porch railing. She took off into the October Glory Maple in the front yard, then came back and hovered in the air, and flew away again. I went outside and stood there quite still. The hummer came back and did the same thing. Hovered, but wouldn’t drink as she seemed to want to do.

I went back to my computer and opened a few more pages and nearly freaked when I found this page.

So I got Frank to go look at the Praying Mantis at that point, and told him about it all. He grabbed something to try and move the mantid off the feeder, and it only made the mantid move closer to the end of the feeder. A hummer was around still, and wouldn’t go to the feeder still, I think it knew something was dangerous there.

Frank then got something else and managed to get it off and into the stuff down on the ground, at least. The feeder was freed of Mantis Preying … and not long after a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird came and ate, and has been coming to and fro to eat ever since. But not before the Praying Mantis was knocked off the feeder.

I don’t know for certain that the Praying Mantis was planning on eating a hummer, but it’s very possible, and I wouldn’t want that happening on my front porch. I’ve had feeders up for several years and never saw a Mantis around and I’m glad I looked on the web when I did.

If the Mantis shows up again I may get a jar habitat set-up for it and capture it for the children to study and feed it bugs and all that.

“To find adults, look on flowering plants and at porch lights in August through late September. Adult males will often fly to porch lights in the late fall.”

That quoted link just above comes from an Arizona site, but it seems applicable to Georgia, at least in the situation we have/had it’s true that it’s September and we have a porch light that is on at night often and was on when the Praying Mantis showed up on the porch.

Happy Birthday Asa!

Five years ago we had a sweet little baby boy at home right now. All the activity had calmed down, and we were alone with our baby boy again. I say “again” since he arrived before any of our attendants did. So when he was born, we had him for several minutes, all to ourselves. Then the hustle and bustle arrived.

It was a great start to the day. He was born sometime before 2am … something like 1:47, we estimate. Isn’t it grand, in today’s modern world we have an “estimated time of arrival” –nothing exact, for our 3rd baby’s birth. ๐Ÿ™‚

Asa is a tornado. He’s Tigger (bouncy and loud). He’s Calvin of (calvin and hobbes) but not a 6-year-old yet. He’s a little boy, a growing boy, a baby, a big boy, all rolled into one package. He has so much to learn, he’s learned so much already. He has a love in his heart for many things, and we pray it grows into a great solid love for God as he grows up. He has much maturity to attain, he is just now turning 5, afterall.

He’s the youngest of our born children. He has not been like the baby all the time. He was potty ready before he was 2. When he was 4 he started wetting his pants sometimes (too busy to go to the bathroom) but he’s potty learned. Just too busy and too young to care. He still is sucking his thumb at night, and during the day when he is sitting still usually, for whatever reason. He hears from us, “Put your blanket back on your bed!” a hundred and twenty-eight times a day. He’s carried it around for years, with time off. I’ve taken his “special” blanket and put it up. He couldn’t have it anymore. Then he found another baby blanket that was Russell’s baby comforter, and claimed that as his. That gets taken away, then a toddler blanket that was Russell’s gets found and claimed. So it’s just a cycle. He goes with no blanket and is fine. Then finds something to haul around, and the hauling re-starts. It’s funny, he’s so different from his siblings.

He’s the one true extrovert among the three. He’s the only thumb-sucker, blanket toter. Russell is a sensitive introvert, has never sucked his thumb or claimed anything to snuggle with. Victoria is also an introvert, and never sucked her thumb and doesn’t have a special snuggle thing of any variety. Both the older children had a pacifier at times when they were babies, but had given them up totally before 6 months of age.

Dear Asa, so very extroverted, so very comforted, he was born into this world in the nighttime, and was a content baby, sucking his thumb, sleeping through the night from birth. I did try to wake him up to feed him, I gave up after awhile, it was too much trouble and absolutely didn’t work. He was a natural-sleep-through the nighter. He ate well all day and evening and slept all night. He grew up and did everything early, and was talking in paragraphs when he turned 2.

It’s fun to see your children grow up in the early years, but sad too. Their babyhood slips off piece by piece, and Asa’s is about to shed his baby-self totally. This is his last year of official baby-ish-ness it’s barely clinging on. My baby is growing up! ๐Ÿ™‚ … ๐Ÿ™

Happy Birthday Asa! May this year bring you closer to your family, and closer in heart to your Father in Heaven, God Almighty.

July sure went by fast

I know time goes fast when you are having fun, but what if it goes by fast when you are definitely NOT having fun? ๐Ÿ™‚

Time has flown for me the last few years, and this last month, July 2005, has been quite the fastest, by far, in my estimation of historical events in my life. It’s now officially August. Wow.

August is a month that has historical attachments to it for me. I guess I was ingrained with the “school year” calendar in my younger days, and I view July and August as pure Summer days of freedom, with it all beginning in early June at the latest, if not May.

In my own lifetime and school “career” I saw that idea taken and smacked up and torn apart. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s the idea of freedom from tyranny which I have, it’s a beautiful picture in my head that is connected to the idea of Summer and that is what this part of the year is.

We homeschool, and are not on any sort of schedule as the public school’s have. I felt horrid when I opened up the Ads in the paper around the last weekend in June or first weekend in July and saw all the “Back to School” ads … really I felt bad. I understand that most schools around here start this very week that we are just beginning on the calendar. That just messes with my internal summer clock.

We “officially” begin a new year of homeschooling in September, but that’s only in the eyes of the school board. We do our thing year round, but nothing formal. This coming year I’ll be doing more with our eldest. He’s 9 and reads well, can write, needs more practice there, he has an electrical experiement set that we can get an upgrade for. There are other things in that realm of electrical and computer that we’ll be looking at. He likes Bionicles and is collecting them all. Also into K’nex. The other two children love the K’nex too. They follow directions to build things, and also make things on their own. (I would have loved K’nex when I was a child!)

The two younger are 6 and 4. I’m working slowly to get them reading. That’s all they need, it’s the code to open up learning in any way they want to. If I push them, they won’t get it any faster than they could by doing it slowly. I do it slowly and punch up whatever they seem ready for.

All the children draw and color. Eldest draws intricate scenes: boats, houses, cross-sections with all kinds of things going on. Sometimes people are in the scenes, often robots, bionicle-like things, dinosaurs, etc. He’s not fastidious, but fastly draws things in, and spends time filling in with lots of things. His “coloring” is hurried too, and it’s sloppy.

His younger brother is 4 years younger. His coloring is really good. His drawing is simplistic. He’s opposite of his brother in that way. He’s also an extrovert, whereas his older brother is an introvert.

The middle child is our girl. She’s into drawing faces. She has some neat things she’s done lately, on a regular sheet of paper, plain 8.5×1, she has faces started landscape at the top left edge and uses up a couple of square inches for each face, one after the other, then down a line and continuing.

She’s had an interesting way of drawing people, usually going for frontal format. Her elder brother is the one that does cross-sections, and makes people/things from different angles. She herself does make people from the side, but likes the faces so much I think, she prefers to make them so that their faces can be shown. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m a doodler, I draw things that flow from my pen. I have never stretched my abilities and done much more. In school I did have “instruction”, in 6th grade more so than not, that I recall best. My teacher there was very strict. She was art and English teacher. My homeroom teacher in 5th grade too. Most people didn’t like her much. She’s one teacher I was sort of afraid of in my lower grades, but when I ended up in her class, I started to see something, and I am thinking of it now, and think she saw something in me that others did not. I think she’s the one who got me to be tested for the gifted program. I didn’t get in, my math stuff was all too low. I felt a softness of lovelyness in that teacher though, when everyone else saw her as hard as nails. Hmm.

So anyhow, I did drawing there in her classes, more formally in 6th grade. She insisted that all English things, like stories and poems, have art included with them. ๐Ÿ™‚ You must know that I hadn’t considered her in a long time. She was an older woman (probably only in her 50’s back then ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

I never had considered myself good at replicating actual life. I am able to draw things I see, but I don’t LIKE doing it. I see it too nicely to reproduce it with my poor hand to my own perfections faulting.

So I doodle. I doodle graphical-like. Just shapes of meaning or nonsensical creation. I’ve done a particular type since childhood, mostly then on bookcovers for certain. I still do it today and realized not too long ago it really is like tattoos I’ve seen on people IRL, TV, Print, etc. I’ve not copied it from anything, it’s only natural doodling. Nothing new under the sun, you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

One of my most favorite simplistic graphics is what I have on this site in use as my “gravatar”, which is “globally recognized avatar”, something I’ve enabled for comments on this site … you sign up for a free account on the gravatar site, and upload your avatar, and it’s associated with one email address. So anytime you comment on a site that uses the gravatar service, if you use an email address that is registered with gravatar.com then your avatar will load on that comment. You can see mine on any thread of recent time here I’ve commented on. I don’t always comment with that email address on other sites, so I do have a colored version of that graphic I’ll associate at a later time with my other email I use.

I have graphics from very recent years in books and on a few pages of things, and have scanned a few into the computer, and want to get them all in. I don’t really have many that are that good, but some have potential for working on further, and some are standalone pretty good, IMO. Some I have to take into a graphics program and remove lines behind them, seeing as I do often doodle on lined paper. Something I truly want to get away from doing. I want to take my doodling more seriously. It’s actual an art form that I didn’t consider art. It is art. Bowl me over with a feather when I realized that finally. ๐Ÿ™‚

Along these lines I’ve been encouraging the children to draw what they want to and to be as careful doing it as they can, making it as nice as possible, without pressuring them to make it perfect. There is a book I have, but haven’t really read it. It met with the Green Incident and I need to replace it. The Green Incident is an Asa Event. He found something that I had under the sink and poured it over a bunch of my stuff, back when I had my old laptop in the kitchen, and had just put a new pile of books that I was going to do stuff with, out. A bunch of good books. The stuff he poured was thick green pungent smelling concentrate to kill worms on tomato plants, etc. “BTKiller”. I was not happy, to say the least. So anyhow, that book I referred to is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, or something similar. It’s about learning to really use your right-brain to draw, whether you are left-brain dominant or right-brain dominant. Some of it I gleaned, and it’s what made me realized that I do draw with the right-side of my brain. My designs come from my hand, straight from the right-brain, as I don’t design things I think of, I just let it flow. So my thoughts are that someday I can better myself through drawing if I get that book in good form again, and use it with the children and see what can develop.

I often make things with hearts in them, as my gravatar is. I use gel pens, I have a large set of colors, and many of my designs are full of color, and it’s my choice as to what they look like, but I turn my left-brain off entirely and just do it. If you aren’t “right-brain”-ish, you might’nt know what I mean, it’s just automatic for me, not something I have to turn off. It’s particular of me that my left-brain is able to be turned off and on, but my right brain is always on. My left-brain functioning isn’t 100% useful either, just part of it. Well this is part of the whole thing about my family, we are all VS, that’s Visual Spatial, that’s “right-brain dominant”. So I know that my kind of learning is theirs, and we just “do it”. We learn through many things, and I think that reading and artisticness and nature are the best things to learn via. ๐Ÿ™‚

So Summer is freedom to me. I hate the thought of formal school in August. (It was hard enough to think it right in September back in my youth! The lure of new supplies is what drew me usually.) It’s stifling of breath to me. It’s stifling to think of learning being something to go to school for. I learned in school a bit, but learned much more outside of school. I learned on my own from the start and never stopped. Summer was the best learning time, reading, reading, reading, no interference from school work; and climing trees, running, exploring the hills, and woods and cemetaries and … ah, just really living and learning from everything around. Drinking it in.

That’s the idea I have of freedom in the first place, real freedom, freedom from tyranny. The Summertime ideal is written of in literature, like The Penrdragon series (King Arthur) by Stephen Lawhead.

Hens, Lights, and ears

Well it’ s rather wet and dreary and chilly again today. Yesterday the hennies gave me a white egg, then three brown eggs, and that was it. Today it was exactly opposite. First a brown egg, then three white eggs, and nothing more so far.

It’s funny to look at the eggs in their prospective cartons side by side. I always store each eggs days in a separate carton, and in the order they were gathered, and I also decide which of a gathered-at-the-same-time came first and second, and so forth, based on the temperature in my hand feeling. So it’s fairly accurate day in and day out, but on slow days, dead on certain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So that’s two days of just 4 eggs total (unless a seemingly-miracle happens in the next couple of hours.) It was only the day before yesterday that we had a nice amount, and the past week has had high counts. I think I have to go back to February 17th to find a 5-egg day.

So I am hoping this can be pinned on the chilly wet dreary weather, somehow.

Otherwise though, I can understand them. I’m rather drugery-minded on days like this too.

Speaking of that, I saw a commercial, really an “infommercial” on TV last week during the night. I had the TV on and had fallen back to sleep, and awoke hearing talk of light, and seeing better, and such things that’d really catch my ears, and did.

What it was: Ott-lites. A Dr. Ott created a different kind of lightbulb due to working on a Disney project many years ago. Lights that actually let plants grow indoors under their light for good results.

These are lights that are good for seeing better in the darker times, seeing true colors, and well, they should be a cheery presence for these drudgery times. I was able to get one this past weekend. We went to Fry’s and found a task-light for my bedside. They, at Fry’s have other models as well.

The lightbulbs are rated for 10,000 hours of use. That is way more than traditional modern lightbulbs. The light is not like flourecent, though it turn on similarly. It doesn’t have a nasty hum. It doesn’t have any real glare, just lots of wonderful light.

One day I hope to have a few standing lamps, Ott Lites.

I’m glad to have my bedroom light and it will become very useful for me if I can train myself to stay awake and read in the early evening again (as I do in non-winter times). As well, with my “insomia” likeness at times, this light will encourage me to be able to read in the middle of the night. Other book lights have only frustrated me. Lamps frustrate me too. I cannot stand to read from overhead lights, as in a fan fixture. So I’ve fallen into a “watch DVD’s or TV” mode for late night non-sleeping times.

I guess part of it is my eyes, aging. I do wear correction for distance, and do alright with close work naturally, but there is strain in bad light. That’s the aging, the irritation with reading in artificial light. The difference being, Ott Lite doesn’t seem to bother me, but I do need to test it out more. I have several books that I’m in the middle of reading, and haven’t really picked one up in several days … last night I did though, and just couldn’t find my “spot” it had gotten lost, so I have to find that spot again!

Oh too, about correction lenses. I used to wear contacts, and in the last few years I stopped wearing them voluntarily and just wore my glasses instead. In the past year plus I try not to wear my glasses unless I need them too, and I started wearing an older pair of glasses happily at that point. So it’s been beneficial for me to stop wearing contacts. One thing contacts did was give me trouble reading. They corrected far vision too well, so much that close vision suffered.

I’ve read of eye correction methods and am sad that I never heard of them in my younger years. But I do what I can in my older ones without the aide of knowlegable ones around me, to just pretty much do what I can in life to train my eyes a bit better.

One trick I have is if I don’t think I’m seeing well, or just took off my glasses, I shut my eyes for a moment or two, then open them being sure, totally certain, to focus on something very near, like look down at the fabric of my dress on the arm or chest, looking at the texture, so that my eyes naturally sharply focus, then gently look away to further things. It works wonders, keeps blurr-shock away ๐Ÿ˜‰ for one, but I do believe I am seeing better than I USED to without glasses.

Glasses overall make me feel ill anyhow. They are unnatural and I’m glad to do away with them in most cases of living. Contacts were helpful, but ended up being less helpful as the years went by. Dr.s like to fine tune contacts and that can get you into stronger and stronger prescriptions easily. I’m out of that ratrace, so gladly too!

As I’ve been typing this Victoria came to me with her second loose-tooth getting looser. I told her to go to her Daddy and ask him to check and see if it was ready. He helped her with her first the other day. She was a bit hesitant, so I brought out thecard we’ve been holding for awhile and told her that if she went down to Daddy and he could get it out, then we’d have her ears pierced this weekend.

She proudly ran away, then soonly ran back holding it, prouder than a peacock. ๐Ÿ™‚

So’s she has a gap in the front on the bottom, two side-by-side missing. She is now telling me how good it feels to have the loose tooth gone, she doesn’t “have to go in and wiggle it” anymore. I remember how that was. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wikki Stix

Wikki Stix are cool, fun, made in the USA and cheap.

We have only come into contact with them physically at one place. Ted’s Montana Grill.

Wikki Stix from Ted's

Wikki Stix are available to restaurants, and other businesses from their website. Restaurants usually have crayons and paper things for children. Do you know how argumentative that can be in a restaurant? “She has blue and yellow, I only have red and green. Make her give me the blue crayon.” Pout. “No, I don’t want your green crayon.” “Mama I don’t want to color.” “Mama play tictactoe with me” Wikki Stix is the wonderful alternative that I wish MORE places would utilize.

Yes I love to color. But no I don’t like the arguing it brings forth, with different places having a good coloring sheet and nice crayon colors, others pathetic waxy crayons that barely color but have a good sheet to color, but most are that or a combo of that and a bad sheet, or a sheet and crayons and no where to write on it at all (really, the exist!)

Also, tictactoe is no fun when everyone knows how to play it, KWIM? Mama and Daddy like to talk in a restaurant as we “wait for the food” to come to the table. That’s a long enough wait for the children to need something to occupy their hands and minds and keep them from desiring to “run their mouths”. So Wikki Stix are really perfect. They are a creative thing that children love and Mama and Daddy won’t mind helping with during that time and later, in most cases. Interactive for the whole family there in the restaurant, and the children can do stuff all by themselves with Wikki Stix as well, not bothering Mama or Daddy if the parents wish.

Wikki Stix are the answer to that boredom of waiting –the youngsters who must keep still and quiet to some degree of difficulty in restaurants. And they are just so good for the whole family, so good for 3 and up in particular, yes all the way up to Grandpa.

They come in that plastic bag (pack) with eight 6-inch Wikki Stix and a design sheet.

Ted’s in fact has a numbered dot-to-dot on the back of the design sheet, of it’s mascot.

Wikki Stix are available online for sale as well, and in some retailer’s establishments.

Here are some things we did with Wikki Stix on Wednesday in our home. (Just using the Ted’s packs)

Asa with Wikki Stix
Asa creating something … trying to copy Russell

Russell with a Wikkistix creation
Russell’s own creation

Victoria with a Wikki Stix creation
Victoria’s copied creation

Wikki Stix are re-usable, and let a child’s imagination run wild. For that matter, adults too! ๐Ÿ™‚

On the Wikki Stix site they have their catalog of products for sale. One item is marketed for Adults as a stress reducer. Believe me, this is worth while for everyone to get some Wikkistix and see what they can do with them. They are great, and cheap, as toys go.

It’s just yarn and wax in nice bright colors. But it’s a unique patented wax and it’s not messy. It’s all so truly re-usable multiple times.

I downloaded some number-dot-to-dot pages to print out from the Wikki Stix site, and there are some other things at the craft section as well.

Here are what the children did with some of these:


Russell did this Bunny Number-Dot-to-Dot with Wikki Stix


Victoria did this Butterfly Number-Dot-to-Dot with Wikki Stix


This is Russell’s “Ted’s Montana Grill” Number-Dot-to-Dot with Wikki Stix

This is Victoria’s “Ted’s Montana Grill” Number-Dot-to-Dot with Wikki Stix

The Wikkistix in use above are a few weeks old. They’ve been used three or more times as well. (I keep them up on a shelf and take them down for special play)

One of these days we’ll get more Wikki Stix. The website has many products, and one that is sold under the Educational section are called workboards . These are white boards, a nice shape, perfect for Wikki Stix play in the car, home, or out and about. Not only that, as white boards they are writeon/wipeoff boards. ๐Ÿ™‚

Other things on the site are different colors of Wikki Stix and different lengths, special occasion things for holidays, and kits and more.

Perfect product for a homeschooling family, or anyone else for that matter. Good for a classroom too. (we don’t do classrooms in our homeschool, and for children in classrooms/schools, I’d be happy to know they at least had Wikki Stix in school …)

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It’s Christmas Eve, the tree is trimmed.

It’s just a little trimmed, it’s a little tree. 4Ft. Tall, it looks like a minature Christmas Tree, it’s like a Full Fledged tree, just small.

It’s also ALIVE.

Alberta Spruce, of some sort, it’s going to get a couple or so feet taller, and end up about 4 to 5 feet wide. We’ll plant it in our front yard somewhere.

It’ll be something in future years for us or someone else to decorate for the season outside. We’ve not really had anything to do that with before.

I have a long strand of cranberries on it, and mini-white lights, 1 and a half strands of those. Also a couple of other little things. Most of my Christmas stuff is just too big for that tree.

I made a paper star for the top. [It’s a kid’s site, but the star was the only online directions for anything that’d work for a tree that I could find]

http://www.dltk-kids.com/usa/fold_and_cut_star_shape.htm

I made two of them, pooked out the fold lines of the stars after cutting the folded paper, to give it more depth, then used a stapler to attach them together, bizarre, but I figured at night it’s not visible, and even if they are, in day or at night the tree lights will add sparkle, hopefully ๐Ÿ˜‰ At any rate that’s the only way I could figure to get them together with what I had available .

It looks alright, kind of nice. I have a light from the light strands inside of it.

The Gigantic Star atop our Huge Tree is nice. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That what it looks like if one doesn’t think about it being a minature tree in the first place. I don’t have any other large ornaments on it, just a few smaller things, but most of my stuff is in the garage. It’s just too much, too big and heavy for this little tree.

So that’s that. Tomorrow is Christmas Day. Presents to open. Then in the afternoon we have a present for the whole family, we’ll be going to see “The Incredibles” at the theatre. Last Christmas we did that for the first time, we saw Peter Pan, so it’s a new tradition that we will “try” to keep each year. We don’t have any family around here, so it’s just us and since we love movies and are visual, it’s a nice thing to do. I used to think it a terrible thing to go to the movies on Christmas Day. But after all I always didn’t like Christmas Day much past the morning, it was dull and boring. No more excitement. No mystery about what presents you might be getting, or about the ones you are giving to others. The pleasures were had and gone. They linger, not entirely gone, but the newness of it all wears off, and a little time together seeing something new at the theatre seems to get our attention off of the “Stuff” and onto enjoying the time together, without being sprawled out in front of the TV or something like that.

Since we hadn’t seen The Incredibles yet, it was the one we decided to do this year for Christmas. We are looking forward to it!

Turkey Aftermath

Dinner is over, left-overs put away, some of the dishes washed, some not. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a hard afternoon. I didn’t get the turkey in the oven until later than I wanted. It took until after 5pm for it to be done. Then it had to sit, of course, while the stuffing was taken out and put in a covered bowl, and the turkey had to sit to retain juices … and that’s also when the other stuff had to go into the oven since I had very little space for anything earlier.

So I really don’t know when we started to have dinner. It must have been after 6pm. I’m bushed though. And we still need to have Birthday Girls birthday tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

We have pumpkin pies in the fridge, but won’t have it tonight, tonight it’s cheesecake for B-day. I’m not ready for it, I want to enjoy the cake! I’m too full from Thanksgiving Dinner still. At any rate, we’ll have the pumpkin pie for breakfast tomorrow.

I’ve got the bones of the birdy in a stock pot with water, and by tomorrow some time we’ll have some extra turkey broth.

The cats got the neck and such earlier. I simmered them for the broth to go with the gravy, then picked the meat off for the cats. Earier I gave them the raw liver, but Scarlet took that away for herself. Piggy that she was.

Dog got plate left-overs and boy did he enjoy them. Piggy himself.

We have lots of turkey left. It was a 19 pound young turk. Bell and Evans, the best we could do with this year. We had some of one breast and part of one leg. That leaves most of the bird for:

Turkey Scramble
and what-not-else.

Turkey Scramble will be tomorrow. That’s another post. :laugh:

Me Big Eyed!

๐Ÿ˜€ Oh it was funny! Just a minute ago, I’m sitting here reading something on another site, and Russell came up the steps from the basement and was standing there and tried to get my attention.

I looked at him, he proceeded to show me how to do a loop.

Shaked his body back and forth kinda funny, mostly in the middle, then proudly stood and smiled. :redface:

He meant he thinks he knows how to keep a Hoola Hoop going. In any case, it was just so funny, it was SO very personal and something that I wouldn’t dream of doing in a million years, perform like that in front of anyone. Even as a child.

We don’t have a hoola hoop, and never have. He must have seen it on some kid’s show.

Sigh. It’s nice though, he has a good view of him and me and has no shame in being real. Sigh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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