Wednesday, April 27, 2011
This spring seems like it's late, and yet as Henry David Thoreau says:
"Nature is slow but sure; she works no faster than need be."
It's such a comfort to know that we can always expect spring to come after a long winter. No matter what, spring will come. We can be so impatient and want it NOW. But everything is perfect in God's timing: jobs, babies, health and the seasons.
It's so lovely, so absolutely lovely to sit outside and soak up the sunshine. I can just feel my skin drinking in the Vitamin D.
Katie loves to be outside. Every time the backdoor is open she makes a beeline for it. She would probably crawl around on the grass for a long time if I let her. She usually gets rather upset when we go inside or when she isn't allowed to crawl around and get filthy. It's on my to-do list to make her a pair of coveralls to keep her clothes clean! One thing at a time I guess.
These are all my ramblings for today. Hopefully there will be some pictures in my next post.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Katie can also finally get from crawling to sitting. She was always stuck on her stomach and didn't have the strength to pull her knees under her to get to a sitting position. She pulling herself up in her crib, playpen too, but the only problem there is that she doesn't know how to let go and sit down!
She still loves her books and will sit and 'read' for good chunks of time each day. She also just found the bookshelf in the den this week and quite enjoys pulling all the books off the bottom shelf. She loves to point to things and have them named. She thinks as long as she says please, she can get whatever she wants. It doesn't quite work that way around here. Katie loves to touch anything with buttons and anything that looks like a phone goes in her neck.
Katie is quite a goof and loves to play games, especially chasing games! She gets quite rambunctious just before bed and when she's really tired she giggles at anything!
She gets upset at the least sign that I'm upset and she doesn't like it when Ben kisses me. Infringing on her territory?
We love her to bits as do her Grandmas and Grandpas, aunts & uncles etc! She's a constant delight and is always making us smile!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I first noticed some very small spots, almost like a rash, on Katie's back and neck on Tuesday and my mom thought that they just might be the beginnings of chicken pox. Wednesday, she had more of them and then finally on Thursday I found three actually spots: one on her head, one on her back and one on her leg(she's spreading them out!). So far, she's been pretty good about it. Yesterday I found a bunch more spots and today a lot more. She has quite a few in her hair too... no combing for a while!
She doesn't have a fever and is pretty content with the usual routine. Obviously a little more sucky and whiny, but really nothing to complain about.
I read online that chicken pox is contagious 1-5 days before it breaks out. Since Katie started on Tuesday and officially on Thursday, there is a chance that whoever she came into contact with at church may have been infected. The likelihood is fairly slim I think, but just to give you moms a heads-up!
Some of her spots have already started to crust over, so she should be over the worst of it next week sometime. For now... I'll leave you with a picture or two of my speckly girl.
[caption id="attachment_1521" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Still such a goof!"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1522" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Her back is even worse. The picture really doesn't show all her little spots."][/caption]
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
So beautiful, so gorgeous, so little time.
We spent less than half a day in Victoria simply because we ran out of time. I was actually supposed to meet up with a friend from college, but I forgot her number at home, and we were late in getting to the city so we barely had time to walk along the ocean. It was just beautiful to stand looking out at this vast exspanse of water. The weather was a little chilly, but wonderfully sunny! After walking around for a few hours we drove home through the rich section of Victoria....some of the houses... wow! There was actually a section called Uplands where you drove through a brick arch and you ended up in the upitiup of the up section! After that we made our way to the ferry to home!
Friday, April 08, 2011
We just got back from cleaning the church for the week.
Since lunch, Katie has eaten two cookies.
It's almost an hour past her bedtime.
She is currently happy and crawling around and has whined very little, especially considering the lack of contents in her stomach.
Now as punishment for starting to write this post, she's getting cranky.
I'm hoping she'll last until the pizza in the oven is done.
Maybe leftover potatoes would be a good idea.
I will now stop bragging.
Ben tapped a Maple tree at the cemetery this year and made his own maple syrup! He had a few Maple taps kicking around for a while and decided to give it a try. He collected over 20 gallons of sap and spent probably about four days boiling it down. The ratio is about 50-1 so it takes a lot of sap to get Maple syrup. Here are a few pictures of the process. I had nothing, and I mean nothing to do with any of it. It was totally Ben's project and what a yummy project!!!
Exhibit A: Acer Saccharum 'Sugar Maple'
Exhibit B: Sap Collector
The long process of boiling.
Still needs to be boiled a bit more.
Straining it to get it crystal clear.
A coffee filter does the trick!
Exhibit C: Finished Project
Sharing the wealth
Can you say delicious!??!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Not that I want to give excuses, but things have been rather hectic with all the sewing, and colds, and I've increased my hours at work to two afternoons a week. Before I know my week is full! Yes, I could stay up really late cleaning, or get up really early... but I
My other excuse is that some pieces of furniture are too heavy for me to move by myself: piano, bed... you know, big things like that. I think that's a fairly decent excuse, don't you?
I have to confess, I'm scared to clean my kitchen. Having a kitchen with no cupboard doors=a nasty dust/grease combo. I have amazing stuff to get it off without too much work, but just the largeness of the task is rather daunting. Anyone want to help me in exchange for me helping you clean your kitchen? (I'll probably get the better end of the deal as my kitchen is probably much dirtier than yours... but... I'll make cinnamon buns! How is that for a reward?)
April still has four weeks left! And I have five and a half rooms to go! I need to have a reward I think... something worth working for and something I won't otherwise do/get. Any ideas?
How is your Spring cleaning going?