Monday, January 31, 2011

My Garden Experiment

I try to start my yearly garden seeds indoors about this time each year. That way I can get a head start on the slower-growing crops such as broccoli, cabbage, peppers, and tomatoes. This year I am also planting more flowers, which I'll plant in my front yard beds for a pretty splash of color.

I have never had much luck with grow lights. I don't know what my problem is, maybe I keep the light too far away from the seedlings, or what.

This year I'm trying something new. I got a clear plastic storage tub, and I turned it into a mini greenhouse. I usually make my own seed cups out of newspaper, but they tend to fall apart before I can get them established outside in the soil. This year I just bought some 5 oz. dixie cups, and I'm hoping they'll hold up better. They weren't very expensive, and I didn't have to look all over town for free newspapers to tear up and form into cups.

Here's a photo I took right after I got my seeds started. As you can see, the seeds are sitting on the lid of the bin.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mr. No No

Our 2 year old son's favorite new word is no. He doesn't say it to be defiant, he just likes to say it. When I ask a question such as, "Do you want to take a nap?" The answer is obviously no. But when I mention to the baby, "Let's go change your diaper," the 2 year old will answer for his little brother, "No."

Yesterday we had some fun with this. I asked, "Do you want some lunch?"
"Do you want some juice?"
Do you want to take a nap?"
Do you want baby to take a nap?"

Then my Honey started in. He asked, "Do you answer 'no' to everything?"
Do you answer 'no' to some things?"
"Is 'no' your favorite word?"
"Do you want to go to the park?"


That boy is too smart for his own good.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Happy Birthday, Little Boy!

There is a two-year old in our house now! He loves all things Elmo, so we gave him an Elmo backpack for his gift, along with some toy animals and a little bus.

I made him an Elmo cake, what do you think?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Stupid Criminals

A local business was robbed at knifepoint today. The robber stabbed the business owner twice in the back, stole some money ($72), and ran away. The business owner was able to call the police, who caught the criminal without any problems at all. They just followed the footprints he left in the snow, right to his back door!

(The business owner is expected to recover.)

Snow Day!

We had a really thick ice storm come through our town last night, so school was cancelled! Even my Honey's first day back to the new semester was cancelled.

Our daughter saw two of her friends walking their dog down the street, and we suggested that she ask them to go sledding down our driveway.

That silly girl--instead of opening the door and yelling outside to her friends, she runs to her bedroom, grabs her cell phone, and sends them a text message!! Crazy...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Look Who's Mobile Now!

Oh my, the little one is scooting now. Here is a video...


Here are some other pics of my two little ones.

7 months old

Fun in the laundry basket

Mr. Destruction! (Seriously, I had ALL the toys picked up about two hours prior to this mess. The wicker basket is supposed to hold his books, which have been dumped out behind the pink chair. Blankets and pillows are ALWAYS on the floor here. He must think that's where they belong. Shoes and socks are rarely on his feet; he prefers to go barefoot--leaving the shoes and socks right where they fall. There's an activity table which he's learned to take apart, and the foam letters were a Christmas gift from his big sister. Can you see the littlest one trying to explore the stationary bike? LOL) The hardest thing is that he is just so darn cute!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Daughter's Half Marathon

Our daughter was originally planning to run the same half-marathon that she ran last year, in a beautiful park about 30 miles north. It is scheduled for the end of this month. She really enjoyed running it last year, because the scenery is so beautiful up there. She had been faltering in her training though, so she decided to run today's local half-marathon at a slow pace and use it as a training day to get in one of her long practice runs.

Even though she wasn't running hard, she beat last year's time by more than 2 minutes! I am so proud of her. She ran last year's run with one friend. This year she had 4 join her! What an inspiration she is!

She is starting to feel really sore though, and she mentioned that she is no longer planning to run the half-marathon up north. She is going to be in a lot of pain tomorrow, I can tell.

When we got home, she ate lunch, took a bath, and went to bed. She slept for about 4 hours, and she is limping pretty badly now. (I seriously doubt she'll want to run the half-marathon up north!)

Her little brother is so proud of her! If you look in the backgroud, you'll see my Honey adjusting the baby in the jogging stroller. (We have two jogging strollers, LOL)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Big Boy!

My 7 month old had a well-baby checkup today. Here are his stats:

At 7 months:
your child is 18.2 pounds, and that is
at the 35th percentile for weight.
your child is 28 inches, and that is
at the 72th percentile for height.

your child has a head circumference of 17.5 inches, and that is
at the 46th percentile for head circumference.

I mentioned to the doctor that my first two babies had a hard time adjusting to cow's milk when they turned 1 year old. He suggested that I introduce yogurt with active cultures FIRST. Most babies have an easier time with cow's milk if they can get their gut populated with a lot of good bacteria beforehand. I thought that was a great idea, so I'm going to try that when I'm ready to introduce dairy products.

It's also recommended, but not law, that babies remain in a rear-facing car seat until the age of TWO. (Yes, you read that right.) However, my doctor said that it is only a recommendation, and most babies' legs are just too long to stay in a rear-facing seat until that age. So my plan is to keep the little guy rear-facing until 18 months, unless he gets too tall. But since he's in the 72nd percentile for height, that may happen sooner rather than later!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Kmart Rocks!

We went to Kmart for a few things we needed. My local Kmarts give a 10% military discount, and their customer service is always great. Today, we were greeted by the store manager who reminded us to use our rewards card (we already have one). In the past, I've tried to use my rewards card, but then I couldn't use my military discount. I informed the manager of this, and she said, "You should be able to use both. If you have any problems, just have the cashier call me."

While we were shopping, just about every employee we passed asked us if they could help us somehow, or if we were finding everything we needed, etc. It was so refreshing to shop around cheerful employees!

We got our shopping done, and we didn't have any problems using our rewards card with our military discount. However, I bought a pair of pajamas thinking they were 50% off. In fact, they ran up at full price, so I asked the cashier if they were on sale. She said, "No, the sale ended last week." I told her to please check again, because the sign was still on display that they were on sale. Do you know, she went to check the sign, saw that it had been left up by mistake, and sold them to me at the 50% off price? She was really nice about it, too. Now I know that it was Kmart's mistake for keeping the sale sign left out, but I appreciated that they gave me the discount anyway.

I really should shop at Kmart first for all my non-grocery purchases, but I often forget, because we live a lot closer to their competitor. I am going to make an effort from now on to shop Kmart whenever I can.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Our trip to the Urologist

Baby had his doctor appointment today. The urologist said definitively that he does have a duplex kidney, with a duplex ureter (two ureters coming out of one kidney). The top half of the kidney is draining fine, but there is some blockage in the lower half. The enlarged kidney is still doing 45% of the work (the good kidney is picking up 55% of the work), so that means we can wait to see if the blockage will clear up as he gets older. We are to go back to Children's Hospital in 6 months for another renal scan, plus a bladder scan to rule out any reflux of urine flowing back up into the ureter.

So the good news is that we have a definite diagnosis, and hopefully time will heal his kidney. The bad news is we have to wait again. Also, he will be more prone to kidney infections, and the doctor gave me the signs to look for if he does get one.

I do like that the doctor is not rushing into drastic surgery, but he wants to keep a careful eye on him to monitor his progress. I can tell that he doesn't want to operate on my kid any more than I want him to operate on my kid.

So we wait some more...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year?

Our almost 2-year-old son got up this morning, came to our bed, then promptly threw up all over my Honey. Ugh...

All I could say was, "Happy New Year!"