Monday, January 27, 2014

Eczema Fighting Lotion

1/4 C. Avocado Oil
1/2 C. Coconut Oil
1/2 C. Beeswax pastilles
1/3 C. Shea Butter
1/2 tsp. Vitamin E oil (about 5 capsules, cut open and squeezed out.)
20 drops of essential oils (optional)

1. Melt the avocado oil, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter in a double boiler, or a glass mixing bowl over simmering water in a pot. 
2. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
3. Add the vitamin E oil and essential oils (if using). Stir to combine. Let cool completely.
4. Place the cooled lotion in a mixer or beat with a hand mixer until smooth (this is optional.)

Saturday, January 04, 2014

November Rundown

Sometimes I think with FB and Instagram and other social media outlets, Blogging has become used less. But I feel like I should still update my blog. Here's the month of November in a nutshell. The biggest thing was having Nana, Papa and Aunt Diane come to visit for Thanksgiving. We loved having them here for a few days. 
We had a fancy table and Eve made place cards. We played charades, ate delicious food, had decadent desserts, snoozed on the couch and just had a great time. Thanksgiving weekend we did go pick out our Christmas tree and began decorating it. 

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

October Rundown

 So, I am doing a quick catch-up. In the month of October our activities included but are not limited too:
-picking raspberries and making raspberry jam and raspberry syrup
-picking apples and making apple pie filling 
-canning applesauce with a friend 
-shooting guns
-making Halloween costumes (3 little kittens)
-drying tomatoes
-playing with playdough
-getting into mischief
-going to Victor for Jack's baptism
-riding in the lawn mow-ver (that is how Zeke says it)
-visiting with Gma and Gpa Neilson

Here are some pictures. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How I am feeling today

I sit here a little teary-eyed. Closing the chapter on breastfeeding my third baby. Bittersweet. Painful. I know that she is destined for great things and growing up is required. Why is it required? 

The Weaning
by Carol Lynn Pearson

There is cloth now
Between you
And my breast --
And a little pain.

This is the
I take your face
In my hands
and guide your gaze
Away, out there --
To the fruit trees,
To the stars.

My arms,
Though empty,
Fold comfort
To a mother-heart
That yearns for nursing,
Yet knows that weaning
Is the bigger part.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

My birthday (way back in June)

So, here are some pictures from my birthday. I am posting them mostly so you can 
1. Look at Zeke in them and see how cute and intent he is while I am opening gifts. 
2. See the HAUL of sweets I received and/or made for the momentous occasion!

Here's to 31!!

I might have been a little over-animated in some of the pics, but it's mostly for the kids. 
But really, I do love looking at Zeke in these photos. What a sweet boy.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

A reckoning (what have I done in the past year?)

me as a baby. 

So, today is my birthday. As some of you may remember, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish in my 30th year. 
Here is what I wrote:

 Now onto other things,
Here are a few things I'd like to accomplish in my thirtieth year:
* Lose at least 30 lbs
* Buy and wear lip stain
* Successfully harvest crops from my garden
* Sew an item of clothing using a store bought pattern
* Buy an old piece of furniture and re-finish it (possibly a dresser for Eve's room, a china hutch, or a tv stand)
So, here's my reckoning. 
As of my 31st birthday I am happy to say that I have successfully 
* Lost over 30 lbs
* Bought and worn lip stain (bright red lip stain at that!)
* Harvested crops from my garden
I have not sewn an item of clothing from a pattern. I thought about doing it this week, before our trip to Florida, but we will see if I get it done. 
I have also not refinished any furniture. We did buy a great armoire on craigslist but have not refinished it. Still on my to-do list. 

But, 3 1/2 out of 5 isn't bad. 

For this next year, I suppose I should do the same kind of thing 
So, in my 31st year I'd like to:
* Sew an item of clothing from a store-bought pattern
* Buy an old piece of furniture and re-finish it
* Lose 20 lbs 
* Do a hand-made Christmas
* Finish our family's Christmas stockings (I only have mine left to sew)
* Get pregnant

Monday, March 25, 2013

Eve's 5th Birthday!

The CRAZY birthday crown!

The cake!
The decorations
The table. It was an Art party. Each girl got a canvas to paint and an apron to keep.
Rainbow fruit kabobs

Eve turned 5! We did an art party. It was fun! Eve is reading and writing and continues to love coloring and drawing. She sings her way through life. She is funny and smart as a whip. We love her so much!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

more than a month-photo blobbin'

 Basically a post with a bunch of pics from the last more-than-a-month.

 Emmie is 10 months! She is getting 4 teeth on top. She is becoming less clingy, which is wonderful. She loves to climb the stairs and make a mess when she is eating. She is also very loud when she wants to be. She loves bath time with mommy and her siblings and is standing up on her own a lot.
 We went to the Hagerman fossil beds. Russ uploaded the pics to Google+ like right after we got home and I am starting to think that blogging is becoming obsolete. But, anyway, here are a bunch of pics of our family adventure to Hagerman. We were at this lookout and saw some of the wheel ruts from the Oregon Trail. Then we drove to a visitor's center where they had stuff about the fossils and such. We had a good time. It was fun to get out as a family on Daddy's day off.

Eve dubber herself, "Cowgirl Rosie."

 The kids favorite part of the day was going to the city park in Hagerman. 

I just love when Russ has an extra day off and we get to spend time together as a family.