Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cloth Diaper Giveaway

I have finally decided to go ahead with my cloth diapering adventure. I bought several Fuzzibunz a few months back when the local baby boutique was having a sale and I recently started to use them. So far, I love it! The diapers are really simple to change and wash. And they have come out of the wash really clean. I never thought I would cloth diaper, but now that I have started, it's not bad at all. Definitely better than it used to be years back.

This blog is having a giveaway for Lil Helper cloth diapers. The winner receive a $120 prize pack! I would love to try a bunch of different cloth diapers, and who knows, maybe even cloth wipes. If it will save me money, I'll try anything! These diapers seem like pretty decent diapers, and not to mention, they're super cute! Go check it out!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Conference Fun

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I always look forward to General Conference so much. I love hearing from our living prophet and being strengthened by the words of so many others.

It's really different watching and listening with kids, though. It takes a lot more concentration to be able to get something out of the sessions. And sometimes, you just won't hear everything.

But we tried to make it fun this time and do activities with the kids to keep them busy so we could keep our listening ears on while tending to them. You just can't make little kids "watch" conference.

During the Saturday morning and afternoon sessions, we stayed busy by coloring and water-coloring. We also made some paper spiders to hang from the ceiling for Halloween {I know, not exactly the most appropriate for a spiritual event...}. But hey, the kids loved them.

Today, I made peanut butter play dough, and that kept Dick and Jane busy for quite a while.

Dick thought it was pretty tasty, too, once he realized it wasn't regular play-doh. {He's tried it - not a fan.}

I printed out some coloring pages for Jane to color during the afternoon session. She wanted me to color most of the picture but then she decided to color his teeth and the right-half of his suit.

{Hand tracing never gets old.}

For some reason, I feel more edified following this conference than possibly ever before. So much rang true in my ears, and we were given a lot of hope and answers to prayers.

My favorite talk was Elder Anderson's talk on bearing children and having a family. The spirit testified so strongly to me that what we are doing right now in having our 3rd baby is the right thing to do. {It gives me hope when I feel a little crazy thinking about having three kids under 4...}

I also loved Elder Hales' talk about trials and having hope. As hard as life has been the past year for various personal and family reasons, it is comforting to know that the Lord has a plan for my family and that he is watching over us. And that if we turn to Him, he will always answer our prayers, in His time. Sometimes it's the waiting and the testing that is the hardest, but through our faith and trust in Him, He can make those hard days a little easier and our backs a little stronger. And if we choose to, we can still love life. I know I do.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sleeping with Pumpkins

When we checked on Jane Friday night, she was sound asleep with the kids' new trick-or-treat pumpkins close by her side. 

Someone's excited for Halloween.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Playing with hair

I love doing Jane's hair lately. It's slowly getting thicker and now it's long enough for me to really experiment with.

She's usually pretty good to let me do it now, too. That took a while to establish. She doesn't usually fuss unless her daddy's home. Then, for some reason she wants him to hold her hand and if he can't, she cries.

I'm always trying to come up with new ways to do it. And I also like styles that she can sleep in and will only need minor tweaking the next day.

We do lots of messy buns. In this picture, she actually had two horizontal braids in back {one on top, one on bottom}, running in opposite directions. So she had another messy bun on the bottom-right side of her head. Whenever I braid, I usually finish it off with a messy bun.

I like to use tiny elastics to do twists and braids to keep her bangs back and out of her face. These will stay in for a few days.

I came up with this braid today. I was going to call it the "S" braid, but then I realized it was backwards. 

Yesterday, though, her hair was pretty tame after her bath Tuesday night, so I didn't do anything with it. Doesn't she look so grown up?


On an unrelated note, check out this link from The Idea Room yesterday on learning how to keep your children busy and quiet during church meetings. It's great!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Here is Jane with her daddy this evening, watching Strawberry Shortcake in their matching pink shirts.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Animal Doodles

Tonight after dinner Jane and I sat at the table and did these Animal Doodles. We took turns drawing.

I love these dry-erase cards. They are high up there on my list of favorites from Usborne.

These are my favorites of hers:
{Some of these horses have five or six legs.}

And this is my favorite doodle of mine: