Saturday, October 11, 2014

Camping time and the livin' is easy

Whew, ok if blogging with one child was difficult...two makes it well nigh impossible.  I have wanted to, but work has been busy and when I get home I basically nurse Joshua and play a bit with Maegwin and then it's time for bed.  Note the lack of mention of housecleaning?  Yeah, no time for that.  The last few times that Maegwin has dumped out all her toys in the living room though she has put them all back in her baskets so I think we are making real progress.  I'm so proud of her!  On to the fun!

Last month, we went camping again and it was our most successful trip yet.  Our Prius is definitely at full capacity though.  We have the water jug under Maegwin's feet and the area under Joshua's car seat stuffed as well.  I have to have both dogs in the front on the floor at my feet because there is nowhere else to put them.  Hopefully by next spring we can buy the pod to go on top of the car.  Something like that at least.  We basically want to put our chairs and tent into it.  That would free up a lot of space in the trunk for other items.

As soon as we got there, Maegwin found an open dirt area and started giving herself a dirt bath.  "Just like the elephants do, Mommy!"

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Needless to say, she spent most of the trip dirty. I did find some waterless soap to use for a sort of bath which was good.
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Those shoes behind her also WERE new tennis shoes. Yeah, not so much anymore. lol! They did help with hiking later though. Joshua helped keep the tent bags in order while we set up camp and unpacked the car.

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He was so good for it all and had tons of fun just worming around.  I love this shot because it looks like he is posing.  LOL

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It was cold in the mornings so we made good use of our knitwear and wooly underthings.  Even the dogs had a fairly good trip.  Last time Planck spent a lot of time coughing but this time his heart murmur didn't seem to bother him.  This red hoodie was from when Maegwin was a baby.  It barely fits Joshua but it worked.  I also knit him a pair of mittens last minute and we used them often.

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Maegwin took charge of her own outfits.  She even buttoned her own shirt!

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Josh made some great fires and great food.  Yep, my California family, that is how we roll out here in Ohio.  Big open fires with no thought whatsoever for sparks or embers.  We throw caution to the wind!  Some of our wood was so wet that we couldn't get it to take.

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I had also just finished my Ishbel shawl which I threw in my bag at the last minute.  I was so glad because as I said, it was chilly!  I also threw in the bunting that Mom knit for Maegwin and it is just the right size for Joshua.  He slept in it both nights and it kept him toasty warm.

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The second day we went on a hike and it was very fun.  The dogs had great stamina all the way through.  I hope I get around as well as Planck if I live to be 100.  Seriously, he's about the equivalent of that and he charged up some stone stairs that were the same height as he is tall.

We found some cool fungus that looked a bit like cauliflower.

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These cool roots went all across the path.  They were neat to see, but definitely obstacles when walking around with dogs and a baby in the Ergo.

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Josh and Maegwin walked out on the rocky bed of the river to explore.  The dogs stayed back with Joshua and I.  I didn't want to trip.

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I caught this picture right before Maegwin plunged her foot into a huge puddle.

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We found some wild black-eyed susans.


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These are some of the kinds of rock formations more prevalent in the gorge, but pets aren't allowed on those trails anymore.

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We explored a bit off the path and found a cool tree that we agreed looks like fairies could live there.

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We also found this cool caterpillar.  A smaller version of this stowed away in our pillow and found its way out onto our bed.  :O  He was safely put out in our bushes though.

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Not sure what happened with the lighting on this photo, but proof that I did indeed hike with everyone.  That's the leashes all twisted around my legs.

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As soon as we got home, Maegwin set to her Duplo building.  This was a berry shooter.  Don't know what that means but she was very specific.  One was supposed to shoot strawberries and one was for raspberries.

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That's about all I have time for this morning!  We are going camping sometime this month for the last one of the season.



Friday, September 5, 2014

Random conversation with my four year old

So yesterday I was getting ready for work and Maegwin comes into the bathroom from waking up, looking bleary eyed and with tousled hair.  She looks at me steadily and says "Mommy, we need to do demolition."  I am used to such off the wall comments by this time, but I'm intrigued.  I said "What do you mean, Maegwin?"  She said "That means when you knock down a building so you can build a new one.  You should reuse some of the materials and some new materials to make the building strong."  Aha!  Now I know she has been watching Bob the Builder and man, does she pick things up!  I said "Well, what would we build?"  She doesn't miss a beat.  "A new house.  With double ovens!  And four sinks so we can all wash our hands!  And four bathrooms so we can have privacy while we wash our hands!"

That kid is hilarious!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Three months

Yep, again not a ton of time to write anything.  I went back to work at the end of July and between that and now two children there just isn't time to sit down and put together blog posts.  Fear not though, because there are pictures!

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Joshua is growing very nicely and he's such a laid back and fun little guy.  He hasn't laughed yet but he is full of smiles.

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He and Maegwin look alike, which is to be expected.  I make consistent children.  LOL

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Maegwin just adores him.  We often have to tell her to leave him alone when he is napping because she wants so badly to cuddle him or play with him.  I think once he can sit up she will enjoy him so much.  She is very patient and good with him though and has never been jealous or angry about him.  She does sometimes want me to put him down and play with her when I really can't because he is nursing but otherwise I'm very proud of how she's just adapted right away to him being part of our family.

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I do bite my thumb at you, sir.

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I believe he is around 15 pounds or so right now but no checkup this month so that is purely from using the bathroom scale.  Speaking of bathroom scales, I'm down to needing to lose about 5 pounds to get to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I'd like to lose another 5 on top of that to be back in top form but let's not get hasty.  I'll take just being the weight I was before being pregnant.  Being back at work helps with that because I walk so much going back and forth between our two buildings and going to meetings and going to the mothers' room to pump.  I also take the stairs whenever I can (obviously if I'm walking with someone who prefers the elevator I take that).

Josh has also started the couch to 5k program when I was out on leave still.  He is doing very well with it though we think he may have started running intervals a bit too soon.  He hurt one of his knees so he went back to a previous week's schedule for now.  It is basically a program to build up to running by using intervals of walking and running.  He made a path all around the perimeter of our yard and walks that.  Maegwin loves it and will walk on the trail with him or he can walk on it with Joshua during the day with an eye out for her playing in the yard.  It's been great!

We also had a bit of tragedy in the family.  My stepsister Shelly was killed in a car accident and it was a shock to all of us.  My niece, Chelsea, who is 14 will now be coming up to live in Ohio again.  We hope to see more of her because she is a sweet girl and I can't imagine how hard it must be to lose your mother so young.  It's just such a horrible shame.

I've done a bit of drop spindling and I'm getting better at it.  I need to do more of it.  I had figured out how to spin while I had Joshua in the Ergo but then he decided he didn't like being in the Ergo with me.  I think maybe he is a bit too long for the infant insert but not quite big enough to do the legs around my torso setting without the pad.

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I will definitely get back to it though because I was having a lot of fun spinning up this fiber and I have some pretty stuff I want to be skilled enough to spin well.

I finished a shawl!  The pattern is Ishbel and Joshua was in love with this yarn.  Whenever he was nursing and I was knitting he would grab at it or just stare at it.  I bound off the last stitch and held it out to him and he snatched it and curled his head up on his daddy's chest with it.  So precious!

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Like, you know this is mine, right?

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And with the magic of lace, it blocked to fit me.

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I also finished a cardigan/coat for Joshua but it won't fit him til at least the winter.

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That's about it.  I'm almost done with a pair of socks for me and I'm working on pullovers for Joshua and Maegwin.  Josh will get a pair of socks when I'm done with mine.  He wants to see what the handknit sock thing is all about and I think they will be great for camping this fall.  I also want to get a shawl done for me for camping.  A nice big one that I can wrap around the kids and I when we are cuddling by the fire and that is in rugged wool so I don't care about it getting smoky and camp-y.

First alarm is going off so I need to wrap this up and get ready for work.  I leave you all with some fun outside.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

2 Month check in

We recently had the two month check up appointment for Joshua and I realized that I didn't blog the week after like I meant to.  Surprise, surprise!  You all forgive me, right?  Even if you don't, it doesn't really matter...you're stuck with me!  Muhaha!  Anywho, here's the latest stats we got at the wee munchkin's appointment.  He's up to 13 pounds 4 ounces, 23.25 inches long and his head circumference is 16 inches.  He is all over the board with percentiles.  I think he's low on weight, high on height and his head has sort of plateaued for now.  The boy charts are pretty different than the girl ones.  Basically it boils down to he gained over 2 pounds since his one month check up and another inch.  Crazy!



He outgrew nearly all of his initial 0-3 month clothing so I packed a lot of that up and sent it home with California family when they were visiting.  That brings me to their visit.  Nice segue, no?

Mom and Laura came for just a few days after visiting family in Kansas.  They brought with them two huge boxes of stuff from there.  Thanks, Therese and Jay!  It was like Christmas!  Games, books, clothes, mini tents, books on tape (and a tape player which Maegwin now knows how to operate!), pretend camping supplies, practice writing dry erase boards-you get the idea.  We need to do another toy culling because our house is pretty tiny and we just don't have capacity for it all.  This is hard though now that I know there is another little who will want to play with it all when he gets a bit bigger.

Maegwin drew pictures and insisted that I take photos of them to send to Grandma from California, her formal title (which Maegwin called her for most of her visit-it made me giggle every time).


There were cuddles.


There was reading of books.


Exploring was done in the yard.



Note the persimmon tree on the ground in the background of this one.  The day before they got here, we had awful storms and we woke up to this being down.  We didn't even know it was damaged at all.  It came down behind the swingset and the trunks around it seem to be fine.  More firewood, though we already have that in spades.

Here's everyone enjoying some time by the swingset.  We tried one day to do a walk, got all suited up and then it started pouring as soon as we left the driveway.  Sadly we missed taking them to the butterfly exhibit.  Our time zones were just too off.  I'm happy to let guests sleep in and relax though.  That is what vacations are all about!

Only one picture with me in it.  Josh doesn't really like it, but hey, I so rarely get pictures of me doing anything that I begin to think when my children look back they will think their dad loves them more.  I'm behind the lens my poppets, fear not.

We had a nice relaxed visit and though it was short, Maegwin got tons of time to hang out with Auntie Laura and Grandma from California which was really all we could ask for.  Joshua hung out as much as a month and a half old can hang out.

Since we've moved to our town, I've wanted to check out the thrift store down the street.  It is only open during the week and I think they have started being open for a few hours on Saturday so the Friday after everyone went home I packed up Joshua and headed over.  Josh and Maegwin went to ComFest at the same time and got glittered up.  The little guy went in the Ergo and I looked around.  I scored a small glass perfume bottle for Maegwin, a big glass jar for me to put my sock yarn scraps in (for my Beekeeper's Quilt), a wooden recipe box, and a pack of citronella candles all for $10.  Sweet!  I definitely see more trips in my future.


I've also been working on a sweater for me which is currently in time out.  I don't like how the buttonholes are written.  I tried to drop down some stitches to fix them and ended up screwing it up somehow and had to rip back multiple rows that represented about two hours of work.  I've decided the stupid button placket is decorative anyway so I'm going without buttonholes and I'll just sew the buttons on top.  Here's the color of the yarn though along with a bit of the sleeve you can see.


I'm pretty sure this little guy is going to have mad knitting skills.  He already grabs onto my knitting needles whenever he's awake and he can toe knit!

I've also worked on my Halloween cross stitch.


I made some more cards.

We had friends over for July 4th and we had an awesome time.  I think technically it was the 3rd but oh well.  The weather was fabulous and we got to be out in the backyard with a fire.  Maegwin ran Mike ragged but he was a good sport.  They caught fireflies, played crocodile, and ran around.  We hung out around the fire and debated and made adult talk.  So nice!

Last week we went camping out at the lake and that was pretty fun.  I sadly forgot my camera so no pictures.  Joshua was the hit of the campsite.  Since we went during the week there were many retired folks out there.  One woman, who was traveling with her husband cross-country, heard him crying and actually came over because she loves babies.  Most people don't go towards a crying baby.  Josh later took him over for a visit and she held him for a bit.  She said she needed her baby fix.  hehe  Apparently all her grandchildren are grown.  A nice family from Tennessee camped next to us our last night there and they had a girl who was four years old with them.  Maegwin made friends, but got to learn all the joys of introverts.  I think that Maegwin's personality just wore her out.  There were several times where she said she wanted to be alone and Maegwin came back to camp and cried and asked when her friend would love her.  I had to explain that some people like to spend time alone and they are shy and need a while to get to know you before they can like you.  I told her this was good practice because there will be many people like that in her life and she needs to learn to adapt the way that she interacts with them.  I used to have this issue all the time but now as an adult can successfully navigate it.  We had a few issues with behavior on this trip but I think part of that was me not being able to interact with her as much.  Joshua had got all his vaccinations at his checkup the day before we went camping and ran a low grade fever.  He also spit up a TON on me.  By the day that Dad came out to visit, I had no clean shirts.  I was wearing my PJ shirt while the others dried in the sun.  Things we learned this trip to remember for the next one:

1. Adapt our food plan to Maegwin's style of eating.  I think part of our issue came from her being hungry.  We planned on three meals a day and she is a grazer.  We also brought no fruit, yogurt, or other munchies which is how she always eats.  Not sure what we were thinking.
2. Review our first aid kit.  There was nothing for bug bites and I got a doozy on my heel our last night there.  It swelled up so much and hurt so badly I had to just lay on the air mattress and elevate it.  Luckily we had the tablet so I read my book for a bit but still.  I wanted to hang out by the campfire with Josh and I didn't get to do that.
3. Just buy one bundle of wood for our first fire, then forage for the rest right away.  The firewood they sell sucks and is smoky.  We can find deadfall quickly and easily and it makes a way better fire that we all enjoy more.
4. Make some busy bag activities for Maegwin to do so if she gets bored she can grab something.  I've found some good ideas on a few blogs I follow so I need to get those made up before we go next time.

Overall though, we had a good time and are so happy we put in the money last year to buy our nice tent and stuff we need to enjoy this summer.  Our goal is to camp at least once each month for the rest of the camp-able time this year.  It's inexpensive and we have fun.  We also can bring the dogs with us which saves on kenneling.  We only spent about $50 for three days and had a really fun time.  It was nice to see Dad also.



That's about all for this update.  I also finished a baby shower gift but I will share it next time.  I don't want to spoil the surprise.  Two more weeks before I'm back at work!  This week I have to go get some clothes.  I don't think my one pair of shorts is going to cut it.