Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Splash Pad Fun

We've been using our Virginia Zoo a bunch lately hitting up the splash pad they have there.  They aren't too full and we can check out the animals too, so a one stop shop for fun. Mostly we have been using the water just because it has been so stinking hot, I am so tired of 90 degree weather and completely ready for fall. Nora also wakes up every morning asking for a swimsuit, today I surprised the kids with a quick trip to cool off and take a break for work at the house.  So here enjoy some pictures of the kids playing in the water at the Virginia Zoo.

These ones are a bit much for Nora, Pete loves them as you can tell.  The Asia section has fun little water area that Nora enjoys much more and can handle. We normally hit both so everyone gets to have fun.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Saturday Morning Beach Bums!

Nora has been begging to wear her swimsuit everyday for the last week.  I've been super busy trying to coordinate times to meet with contractors and set up house stuff, oh and the DMV.  Heather and Robert asked if we wanted to join them in a beach trip so we did.  Thankfully it was a whole 10 minutes from our house, we live less than 2 miles from the bay-it has its perks ;) but it gets me back with homeowners insurance prices.  We started out at Captain's Quarters Beach-would not recommend it unless you like dead crabs, trash, and a great view of the interstate going to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, or are going out on a kayak and want the calm water, but not for swimming personally.

The whole group via selfie stick

Next we tried the Sara Constant beach and loved it!  Super clear water, a bit of waves though Nora and Quinn were not fans of them, It stayed pretty shallow for quite a ways out.  Pete had a blast and was his normal fishy self in the water.  We found a huge hermit crab, some snails and fish (live) too while we were playing.  The kids thought the crab was really cool.

pete showing off his muscles at the beach, he did it all on his own

Nora and daddy at the beach.

Enjoying some water after playing for so long

Nora during her nap

Pete was super tired and ended up taking a snooze in the car while picking up pizza for dinner.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mount Trashmore Morning

Mt. Trashmore-fun name isn't it?  It is an old landfill that they turned into a recreation area.  The playground is great! Pete and Nora had a blast playing there, she had to take a 3 hour nap to recuperate.  It was about a 15-20 minute drive from out place to get there but I needed to go that way anyway to run errands so it wasn't horrible, really considering that is how long it used to take us to get anywhere in Warsaw it doesn't bother me too much.  Nora lost her hat while we were playing so we had to look all over for it, but with some help from another mom it was located!
view from on top of mt trashmore

selfie from the top!

Nora just loves running the ramps!

because why not?

Nora finally learning to love the swings

Both kids enjoy this style of swings

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.