Wednesday, September 21, 2011


To all you brave souls out there that photograph kids on a regular basis...  My hat is off to you!

This is my failed attempt to get a picture for Grammy & Papa's picture frame.

Hmmm, let's see.  A thumb-in-the-mouth toddler, a grimace-smile from the preschooler, and a very awkward newborn face. 

Let's try that again, shall we?

This time, I got a slouching toddler, an eye-roll from the preschooler, and a newborn looking away.

One more time.

A non-smiling toddler, a giggly preschooler, and a newborn that is looking at me!  Eh...  one out of three ain't bad.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Good Sign

I mean, the papers aren't signed yet.... 

but THIS is a step in the right direction!  :)

(The Hubs had business in Ohio today.)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Recipe for a Death Trap

I hate fruit flies.  They seem so slow, so sluggish, when buzzing around.  Yet I never can seem to catch/smash them.  Plus they're always all over my food or flowers.  Disgusting.

And apparently I'm not the only one that was invaded by fruit flies this past week.  My factors included over-ripe peaches and open windows/doors.  Luckily I stumbled across this suggestion a while ago.  (Sorry, I don't remember where, so I can't give credit where credit is due.) 

Fruit Fly Death Trap
1 part red wine
1 part white vinegar
a squirt of dish soap (I use Dawn...  which I'm not sure why I use Dawn- probably b/c my mother uses it.)

*Make enough to fill a wide mouth glass to the brim.
*Mix it up good, but try not to make too many bubbles.  (You will make some bubbles- don't worry, they will pop over night.) 
*Set the glass out on your counter top for 24-48hrs.
*Put away all other fruit fly temptations- fruit into the frig, trash closed up tight, no fresh flowers for the next day...
*Watch the little suckers drown. 
**Also, you may want to let your significant other know about your Death Trap, so they don't pour it down the drain.**

Seriously, that's it.  The wine/vinegar mixture attracts them.... well, like flies.  And the soap makes the surface tension of the liquid next to nothing.  They land to take a drink, slip in, and drown. (I love a little science in my home remedies!  I also love home remedies, that use things that I actually have in my house all the time!)

Once they are all gone, you now have a glass of vinegary-smelling wine, with dead fruit flies on the bottom.  But, I'd rather clean that up than deal with those little pests!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Webster's synonyms for neglect:  disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget.  Yeah.... you could say this blog has been neglected!  I won't go into the reasons, but I've got some.  Now that some of those reasons have resolved themselves (anyone have a way to resolve "busy-ness?") I plan on writing here again.  Some topics I have brewing.

*My kids' birth stories.  Amy did such an awesome job with her boys' c-section stories!  And her c-section & VBAC experiences were so different than mine, I feel inspired write down my stories.  (Before I forget them!)

*A quick potty training update.  Because I didn't leave that one at a very good place.

*House hunting news.  YES!  Because *knock on wood* *fingers crossed* the old house is almost sold!

*Pictures.  I have lots of new ones to share.  These kids are growing like weeds.  (If you count a 27.2 lb three year old and a 26 lb 21 month old "growing" -- which I totally do!)

*Running.  Yes, I've been running...  It's quite a challenge for me.

Until later!!!