Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Change.... A Great Big Change...

So it has been a very long time since I have been on the blog.  A lot has happened since I've updated:

1. Attended WEAR Conference-It was AMAZING!
2. Packed and headed to Norfolk, VA for an interview with Phil for a job-also great
3. Phil accepted said job and will begin teaching in the fall at Norfolk Academy!
4. Packed up all our belongings and sent them away to storage in a truck
5. Celebrated Nora's second birthday!
6. Redid all the flooring in the main part of the house, new doors and trim, landscaped in the house
7. Listed the house for sale-first showing happened 15 minutes after it hit the market..
8. House hunting trip to Virginia with my parents
9. Accepted an offer on the house
10. Had our offer for a house accepted in Virginia.
11. Unloaded the UHaul for Phil's brother into their new house in Virginia-It was 94 degrees and humid
12. Taught the Young Women's lesson at church the day after getting home from VA
13. Had my Birthday Party!
14. Fixed everything from the inspection report for the house here.
15....attempted to remain sane throughout...

It has been absolutely insane part of me can't believe how much we have accomplished, but so glad to have it done!


Bye Bye Possessions!

Nora with her birthday cake!

Part way through the flooring

Vacation reading

Attempt at a family picture at the beach

Monday, May 16, 2016

Our Babywearing Journey and WEAR: Babywearing Conference

WEAR is coming to Chicago in 10 days!  I'm super excited to be surrounded by babywearing people, especially considering how far we have come in our journey.  It started out with a teary-eyed trip to the WIC lactation consultant almost 6 years ago with a 4-day-old Pete who was having a hard time nursing, an overtired and worried mama, and a oh so confused, worried and overworked father.  The lactation consultant helped us fix the latch issues and calmed my concerns and suggested a carrier for skin-to-skin contact and to keep him happier.  She gave me a printed out sheet of paper on how to make a basic stretch wrap like a moby, My mom was coming down for a visit so we whipped one up on the jankiest sewing machine known to man (no really I ended up getting one for a graduation present because it was so bad), and we loved that wrap.  Pete was happy; I felt I could have a life again; and Phil could interact with Pete and help out while still getting school work done.  It wasn't anything fancy at all but it was glorious!  Alas, that baby grew very fast and those wraps are only good for about 15 pounds. Being in college still, we didn't have the funds to buy the snazzy Ergos that were popular and the only ergonomic carrier that my limited world view had ever seen, so there ended our babywearing days with Pete, other than our Tough Traveler hiking backpack.

The first try - don't judge on the wrapping job!

So sweet!
ToughTraveler carrier on vacation in Bryce Canyon

Fast forward a bit until I was pregnant with Nora and researching my eyeballs out with all things baby and I KNEW I wanted to be able to wear more; I also knew the budget just wasn't there for a fancy carrier that I dreamed about, but I did find an infantino Mei Tai, only $20 bucks on Amazon! I used my baby registry list to buy it for myself and loved it once Nora came; that carrier still tops the charts as Phil's favorite overall carrier-though we've never tried another brand, but I'm totally open to trying... .Ergo ended up running a crazy good sale right after my birthday in July; I have a great family that still gives me money for my birthday; and I splurged and got my Ergo. I was on cloud 9 because I'd hit the ultimate goal: an Ergo!  Fast forward a bit more and with the help of a couple side gigs my "stash" has grown to include: A Standard Tula, Toddler Tula, Sakurabloom Ring Sling, and Infantino Mei Tai.  I've since given away our first wrap to a mom that didn't have one for her newborn, sold that Ergo, and loaned out the standard Tula and Mei Tai to moms that didn't have carriers.  Right now I've only got the Toddler Tula and Ring Sling, which lives in storage since Nora learned to get out of it.
public transit to see the lights in Temple Square in SLC in the Ergo

summer hike in North Caroline in the ring sling
WWII airplanes with the mei tai
Raking leaves in the tula
Toddler Tula with dad at Menards
Babywearing has done so much for our family.  We really love it. Phil and I fight over who gets to wear Nora. Now she gets to pick who wears her, and she generally picks daddy (if he's around) or grandma.  Some people gawk at the prices of carriers and say they can't afford it. My first carrier I made cost $5 in materials at a time when I had $30 a month for groceries and went back to work at 2 weeks postpartum, so it is attainable. Ask groups, and find babywearing educators and babywearing enthusiasts: We love helping find carriers for families and spreading the joy around.  There are loads of babywearing groups you can find on facebook and locate groups locally that will welcome you in with open arms and let you try out their carriers.  The babywearing community has grown so much since just the time we've had kids and is growing so much more now!

babywearing grandma
That's why I'm so excited to go to Chicago and be able to learn and see and interact with so many other families that love and live it!  I get to be with 350 other people that love holding their munchkins close all while having their hands free.  If you still need to get a ticket to come join us, use my code - HOOSIER16 - to save $5.

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Both kids have been sick this week.  Nora had it over the weekend and lingering into this week, once she started feeling better Pete is now running a fever.  I'm ready for them both to be 100% and not be dealing with this.  Thankfully I have a friend that loaned me her essential oil stuff and it is helping a bunch!  I've dabbled a bit but this is working really well especially for Nora who refuses to let me give her medicine!
Super late night with this girl watching Tangled because she just couldn't sleep and was waking up the whole family

Tula saving the day so I could get my steps in for the day!

When I should have noticed that there was an issue with Pete due to the fact he feel asleep in the car.  Notice the adorable matching carseats!  I'm in love!  Nora got flipped forward because we were borrowing a jeep while my van was in the shop.

Monday, April 18, 2016

MommyCon Chicago 2016 Recap!

I'm a little behind in letting  you all know how MommyCon Chicago went.  Life has be swamped for the last month and I've barely had a chance to breathe between service projects, presentations, spring cleaning and selling and dealing with kid and my own illnesses.

I went up to MommyCon with my friend Sarah, we left our kids with their dads and headed out early Saturday morning.  We made record time getting there to the point of having about an hour to kill, really Chicago traffic isn't horrible at 6am on a Saturday morning!  We even had time to stop in at the hotel I stayed at last year and ask about buying the most comfortable pillow ever, which they said was fairly normal because it is amazing, they ended up giving it to me for free!  I've been sleeping amazingly for the last month! After that side adventure we found a great parking spot in the garage and headed in to get registered with our media passes and go to the media breakfast, had a great time talking to others and hearing from the MommyCon staff.
Cloth Diapering 101

Look at all those people learning about cloth diapers!
I didn't end up sticking to my schedule much at all, but I also discovered that Sarah was interested in getting started with cloth diapering and babywearing!  I had no clue before then and thought she was mostly excited to get away and have a day for herself.  We went to the Cloth Diapering 101, Picky Eaters class,   In the afternoon we went to Awaken your Pelvic Floor, Ring Slings 101 and Treating Common Illnesses in Children.  In between sessions and classes we perused the vendors, ate snacks, and generally just had a fun time hanging out and being friends.

Picky Eater class
It was super fun to bring a friend that was new to MommyCon and natural parenting.  Now we've got her set up with her own stash of cloth diapers that she's been using since MommyCon, she started out using part of my stash and has gone one to buy her own!  I love it! She's also been trying out my carriers...because I don't need to use all 7 at once with only one baby toddler that can be worn.  Though technically Pete can fit in the Toddler Tula if we wanted or needed it to happen!

Apparently Selfie spots are the new thing...
Sarah tried out the adult sized bjorn bouncer and was impressed
I picked up lots of goodies at MommyCon that I'll be posting about over the next couple months.  I already posted the review of my awesome new babywearing shirt I picked up from Free Soul Designs that I found from MommyCon.

Picture of the display in Vagina Village

During the Pelvic Floor Class

Some of the goodies I picked up during the day, this is after dropping off one load in the car!
We stayed for the whole event including the epic giveaway, alas I didn't win, but lots of others around me did...apparently I'm too good at sharing the luck!  The stuff they giveaway is AMAZING and totally worth sticking around just for the chance that you might win.
MommyCon Pro Tip: take a picture of your badge number for the giveaway at the end of the day.  That way if you were to lose your badge before then you can still participate and maybe win.

During the giveaway.  I always stay and never win, if I did leave then I know my number would pop up on that screen!

Our drive home

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spring Break 2016

This year we headed down to Batesville to see Skypopo and Skypopo Grandma along with Heather and Quinn our sister in law and their son.  We had fun, I ran away with Heather one day up to Indy to check out Costco for the first time and check out a couple baby stores.  It was a nice getaway and I don't think Phil and his parents minded the kids too much.  Phil and his parents (Heather and I took care of the littles) cleaned up the cabin with high hopes of being able to use it this summer, which Pete is super excited about! A fun time was had by all with lots of snuggles, reading and playing.
Phil with Nora and Quinn-who ended up being completely smitten with Phil

Pete reading some Calvin and Hobbes 

Nora just played too hard one day and fell asleep while I was making lunch

Reading Garfield with Skypopo

How we took care of the littles while everyone else cleaned up the cabin

Some light reading with Skypopo

Skypopo and Pete on the tractor while working.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Mother's Easter Basket

Happy Easter!  

Really I did get an actual Easter basket, though I am currently home from church doing laundry, because Nora has come down with a tummy bug.  I had (mistakenly) thought I had signed up for a lazy day at home, only to end up with horrible cloth diaper and 3 layers worth of clothes blow out laundry.  
Pete and Nora's on the left, Mine of top right, Phil's on the bottom right
We do Easter baskets, egg hunts, and bunny prints for Easter; we also do church and know the true reason for the holiday and are ever grateful for the true reason and the fact that Jesus was resurrected and lives