Monday, July 21, 2014

Today I Just Wanna Show Off.

I'm no seamstress by any means, but I made these cute, easy, matchy skirts for my girls back in May and just got around to taking a picture of them.  That's it.  Nothing more.  Just loved how simple they were and how cute they turned out.  The girls were excited about the fish and mermaid theme.  






Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today I'm Hosting a Book Drive Fund Raiser for HIV Kids in Ethiopia.


I am doing a two day book drive in order to raise funds for books to be sent to AHOPE for Children.  This charity is meaningful to me because I have 10 siblings from Ethiopia, 3 of who are HIV positive.  These kids have, of course, impacted my life immensely.  All of them had a rough start in life, but caring people at Ahope's orphanage in Addis Ababa made sure they were given food, clothes, shelter, and life saving HIV medication.  The older kids were also given some education.  The work Ahope for Children performs touches my heart and I'm hoping that you will feel moved to help me send wonderful, needed books to the children of Ahope. 

My goal is to raise $800+ to donate new books to AHOPE.  All donations will be matched 50% by Usborne Books and More.  If just 40 people donate $20, we can make this happen!  I'm only running this drive for 2 days so we can get these books to the kids ASAP! 








Please click here to donate now. 

Thank you!


I am doing a two day book drive in order to raise funds for books to be sent to AHOPE for Children.  This charity is meaningful to me because I have 10 siblings from Ethiopia, 3 of who are HIV positive.  These kids have, of course, impacted my life immensely.  All of them had a rough start in life, but caring people at Ahope's orphanage in Addis Ababa made sure they were given food, clothes, shelter, and life saving HIV medication.  The older kids were also given some education.  The work Ahope for Children performs touches my heart and I'm hoping that you will feel moved to help me send wonderful, needed books to the children of Ahope. 

My goal is to raise $800+ to donate new books to AHOPE.  All donations will be matched 50% by Usborne Books and More.  If just 40 people donate $20, we can make this happen!  I'm only running this drive for 2 days so we can get these books to the kids ASAP! 

Thank you! - See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/book-drive-for-the-children-of-ahope/205192#sthash.H0Sbcm1p.dpuf

Monday, June 30, 2014

Today I Wrote a Review for "Unbound Enchantment."

I'm terrible at reviews and book reports but every once in a while something comes along that really needs me to weigh in.  Unbound Enchantment is one such book. 

(i received permission from the author to post this photo)

Written by Kara Jaynes, this story the first in a series of novellas.  And I'm hooked!  The setting is an intriguing one with forest dwellers and city dwellers, completely pitted against each other.  The city dwellers have luxury, science and education on their side, yet they are completely lacking in ethics and empathy.  The forest dwellers are rustic and choose to live in a more primitive manner, yet they have magical abilities and definite grasp of right and wrong and the importance of personal freedom.

The story is action packed from the beginning!  Both the female (from the forest) and male (from the city) protagonists are interesting and draw you into the adventure.  I don't want to go into detail about the storyline or characters.  Just know that they worth getting to know.  I couldn't put the book down so it's good it was a short story, because it's not like I've got oodles of time for leisurely reading.  I'm completely left wanting more and cannot wait until the 2nd book is published!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Today I Have Four Little Girls.

Actually, I've had four girls for about a week now!

(first picture!)
 
May I introduce our newest little miss ~ Tate

(she was bigger than I thought she would be!  she would have been big like elle if she had gone full term!)
 
She was born in the 19th and weighed the same as Britt at birth.  That would be 7 lbs 11 oz.  19.5 inches (though the follow up doctor visit said she is actually 20.75 inches).

(sweet pea)
 
She's a little sweetie and has got all of us wrapped around her little finger.

 (Tony brought the older girls to visit the next morning.  hair brushing is not a priority.  :P)

I was induced on the 18th because of high blood pressure, even though I was only 38 weeks along.  They started with a cervix softener (that didn't really work) and then started me on pitocin the next day.  It was a long-ish labor, but was mostly pain free.  The more painful contractions didn't happen until my water broke (on its own).  At that point I asked for an epidural (an added measure to control my blood pressure, as well as pain).  It was a funny epidural that allowed me to feel my contractions at a low level and when the time came, the urge to push.  But my legs were completely numb.

 (love this face)

Pushing was the easy part.  The nurse had turned off the pitocin at that point and my body stopped contracting.  But I still pushed Tate out in under 5 minutes! 

 (several days later and at home.  four sisters!)

She was born at 6:49pm.  Just a little bit less than 12 hours after the pitocin (and hence, my labor) began that morning.  I was so relieved to see her!  I had prayed the whole time that my body would progress because it REALLY didn't want to go into labor!  

My blood pressure is good now.  Tate is good too.  The girls are making a great adjustment.  Elle is, of course, the one having the harder time with it, but I know she'll be fine in about a week.  They all are so happy to have a new sister and Ash can't get enough cuddle time with her.  Britt informed me that Tate is "MY baby, not yours or daddy's.  And Elle is Ash's baby.  So this one is MINE."  

I'm grateful for Tony who stepped in and took over everything, when we got home, so I could hang out in my room with the baby for days on end!  The three older girls were thrilled to have so much daddy time. 

I'm doing well.  Not healing as quickly as I have in the past.  But I suppose that's to be expected of a body that has birthed 4 children in under 7 years!  And now I have my Summer baby.  To go with my Spring, Winter and Fall babies.  :)  One for each season!  And I love that they were all born in even years.  2008, 2010, 2012, and now 2014.  Do I feel accomplished?  Yes, I do.  :)


 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Today I Went to the Seattle Aquarium.

How did you spend Memorial Day?  Did you have the day off?  Tony did.  We decided to take our kids to the Seattle Aquarium.  The last time we were there was when Ash was 6 months old.  So, it's been about 5 years.  And based on the cost of admission, it'll be at least another 5 years (maybe a decade) before we go back.  Geez Louise, that place is pricey!!! 

But, the girls had a blast and I got a lot of fun pics, so I'm not gonna complain too much.  ;)

 (walking across the skybridge, looking down on the seattle waterfront)

(ash, attempting to turn the wheel)

 (elle, experiencing the texture of a sea anemone)

(that's a biiiiiig fish tank)

 (britt found the octopus!)

(so many beautiful colors)

(britt and a fish)

 (ash, watching the seals)

 (my little family, on the dock - not sure why tony was wearing that coat...)

(cutie face)

(the girls had fun crawling all over this fun, sea animal themed sculpture)

 (some of the many fish we saw)

 (ash, was very descriptive about the fish she saw)

 (my own little fishies!)







Friday, May 23, 2014

Today I Made Playdough That Smells Yummy!

One time when I was dropping Elle off at the nursery at church, I noticed they were playing with really pretty, good-smelling, homemade playdough.  I asked them how they did that and the teacher said it was Kool-aid. 



So, I was excited to try out this recipe, from Over the Big Moon, for myself.  The recipe, photos, and instructions are perfect so I'm not gonna waste time trying to re-create it.  I also wanted to copy a friend of mine, who put glitter in her playdough and mentioned it on Facebook.  So, one of the batches had gobs of glitter added. 



I let the girls pick their own colors and we ended up with pink, purple, and red.  They had a ton of fun.  I loved the smell and that I finally found an appropriate use for Kool-aid.  ;)  This stuff is beyond easy to make. 


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Today I Got Out the Rainbow Ice.

Yesterday my girls and I filled various containers full of water, dissolved these colored bath drops in them, and then stuck them in the freezer.

Today I pulled them out and let the girls play with them in bowls of water.  Such a fun and simple activity.  When it gets warmer, we'll do this again and throw them all in the kiddy pool!

(thawing)






(i told her not to taste them, but she couldn't seem to help herself)

(rainbow ice!)