Busy but Good Busy

Well, it has, yet again, been a while. I have not felt particularly busy, but things have been happening. Definitely have a lot going on around here, when I stop to think about it. Lovin’ the craziness, because it’s coming at a doable pace. Bring it on.

Hula Girl Update

  • Weaning- Well, it’s official. We started weaning exactly one week ago. We started by dropping one of her nursings and replacing it with a cup of whole milk. She did pretty well, drinking about 4 oz the first day, which was way more than I expected. She then proceeded to drink anywhere from 1 to 4 oz/day for the last week. Today, I dropped a second nursing. She drank 3 oz for the first cup, and when she wakes from the current nap, she’ll have the opportunity to drink up to 6 oz more (although I think she’ll stick with 3-4 oz). We’re currently on 2 nursings/day now, one right when she gets up and one right before bed. I think I will drop the bedtime nursing last. By the time she’s 100% weaned, our goal will be 16-24 oz of whole milk/day, spread across 4 cups. Doable. I am also remembering that we can count yogurt, cheese, and on the (very infrequent and special) occasion, ice cream.
  • Talking- Hula Girl is on the brink of a major language explosion again, I do believe. She is really into jabbering and babbling on and on in baby talk. I hear a lot of “Dadadamamadadammamanaanoononono.” She also likes to experiment with pitches and volume. Her favorite pitch/volume combo is definitely the ear-piercing shriek. Her second favorite is the whispered, “Ahhhhhhhhhh!” She has gotten quite good at saying and signing many words, such as more, mama, dada, milk, no, uh-oh, elbow (pronounced, “Bel-bow!”), all done, banana, and a few more. We’ve also noticed her ability to make the sounds for quite a few animals, including pigs, sheep, dogs, cats, lions, tigers (which sound freakishly similar to lions), chickens, fish, ducks, and monkeys.Β  But my favorite “new words” as of recent times have been the colors. Yes, she knows some colors. I walked into her room yesterday wearing a purple dress, and she pointed to it and said, “Pu-pow.” She has also successfully identified blue (“Boo”) and yellow (“weh-wow”). Oh, and she can say our cat, Riley’s, name: “Rah-rah.” She even uses the /r/ sound. I can’t wait until this girl really gets going!
  • Walking/Standing with Arms Down- Hula Girl’s walking and standing has mostly included the “arms-bent-at-the-elbow-and-balled-into-fists-for-balance” maneuver. However, she’s been trying to walk and stand with arms at her sides for the past couple of days. Let me tell you, that has got to be the funniest thing to witness, ever. Since she doesn’t have her hands up to balance, she sticks her little tummy out instead- like, WAY out. And she doesn’t do it slowly or subtly. Nope, it’s more of a hip-thrust motion that goes awry, and it always knocks her down after a few steps. So funny.
  • Does it Fit?- Hula Girl’s latest “something to do” obsession has been to see what fits inside of what. She has a Victoria’s Secret shopping bag, a big plastic liquid measuring cup, a felt brown toy grocery bag, and a small 1/3 cup dry measuring cup. These, together with her other toys, have kept her entertained for hours during the past week. She’ll start by putting something in the Victoria’s Secret bag, lifting it, and walking around with it for a bit. Then she moves the toy to the liquid measuring cup, and carries it around. Next, to the grocery bag, to be carried, and finally, to the dry measuring cup. Most of her toys don’t fit in the dry measuring cup. However, if they do fit, she will walk around holding the cup by the handle and jiggle the toy inside of it so that it clanks around while she walks, which is probably the most fun she’s ever had. Just ask her! She also likes to go “shopping” and fit as many toys as possible in one container before dumping them into the next. Carrying boxes, bags, and containers is the coolest!

My Projects Update

  • Well, the table and chairs are finished! I will be taking/posting pictures soon. I will actually be posting a before/after because it really does make me HAPPY to see what we started with, and how it ended up. Let me just say, I LOVE our table and chairs now. LOVE. I couldn’t be happier with them.
  • I also cut the fabric for 12 cloth napkins to go with my table and chairs today. I will be finishing the hems this evening after I visit our local Walmart for the thread (I know, who runs out of white thread!?) They match the chair fabric.
  • I will be making some cloth flowers next, to put up on my shutters in the kitchen. I have an old window and shutters hanging on the wall, and I will be putting a mini-bunting in the window, but the shutters really need… something…. to make them seem less boring. Fabric scraps? Check. Flowers are definitely in our future. πŸ™‚

Garden Update

Remember how I was feeling somewhat down about our garden recently? Well, I’m not so forlorn anymore.

  • Carrots- they’ve come up, and now they’re sprouting the more ferny-looking leaves at the top! SO cute!
  • Kale- um, we’re having a lot of Zuppa Toscana soup this fall. I am so looking forward to it. (Did you know, by the way, that kale is one of nature’s superfoods? It’s PACKED with nutrients, and it’s quite tasty!)
  • Chives/Green Onions- The ground looks like the head of a ChiaPet where I planted these babies. I consider that a good sign.
  • Strawberries- our strawberry plants make delicious strawberries. They’re tiny, but it’s like eating the very best, sweetest little rubies on the planet. Seriously, they’re awesome.
  • Herbs- haven’t sprouted. Boo.
  • Green Beans- These babies are taking over our lives. They’re going to be monstrous.
  • Peas- We’ve already harvested/indulged on these little pops of perfection. My friend Aaron recently tasted some of the first harvest, and referred to fresh snap peas such as ours as “God’s candy.” Well said, Aaron.
  • Jalapenos- the potted ones are hangin’ in there; the ones in the ground aren’t coming up. Not that I mind.
  • Broccoli- we have one broccoli plant. It’s surviving.
  • Cucumber- we have one cucumber plant. It’s surviving, but definitely not thriving. I will be shocked if we have cucumbers at all.
  • Tomatoes- all three plants have yellow blossoms and are on the 2nd or 3rd rung of our tomato holder thingies.
  • Squash- we have so many squash plants. I hope you all like painted gourds, because that is what we’re giving away for Christmas presents this year. I might only be half-kidding.
  • Brussels sprouts- not sure on these. We might have some growing, but they might be weeds. We’ll see when they get bigger. We just don’t know what they’re supposed to look like when they sprout.
  • Corn- oh yeah, our corn is growing now!!! We’ve got about 25 corn plants that have sprouted; I am sure more are on their way. YESSSS!
  • Watermelon and Cantaloupe- After the squirrels ate the first round of seeds, Jonathan planted about 17 seeds/mound. And we’ve got about 7 plants growing outside. Now if we could just remember which ones were cantaloupes and which ones were watermelons…

See, busy. But good busy. Pictures to come.




  1. Carol said,

    June 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    There’s a recipe for kale chips on Food Network – I think it is Melissa D’arabian on $10 Dinners.

    Also – once the fruit starts on the melons – won’t you be able to tell? I guess you want to know sooner than that, but if nothing else works, time should!

    • June 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Kale chips? Cool! I’ll check it out!

      And you’re right- I want to know sooner- just because I want to! πŸ™‚

  2. Carol said,

    June 21, 2011 at 7:34 am

    And yet, you also love a mystery, a puzzle, something to figure out – so this will be one or the other!

    • June 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      At least I have a 50/50 chance of getting it right in the end! Unless the squirrels deposited different seeds in the mounds while they searched for melon seeds…

  3. Joanna said,

    June 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Aaron is jealous of your garden. We’re doing some landscaping in our backyard but no garden. Maybe one day when we have a bigger place. Besides, it’s too late to start planting one.

    Kale- not delicious. Formerly used as a garnish this leafy green has recently made a come back as the latest health food kick. Kale smoothie anyone? How about some Wow Tostitos? πŸ˜‰

    • June 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      You’re silly. It is a little late for planting a garden. I can’t wait to see your landscaping though. In fact, I can’t wait to see your house!

      Aaron is welcome to come eat any of my squash in the fall. We’ll have tons. Maybe we’ll bring it to your housewarming party… when you have one…

  4. Kristy said,

    June 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I can’t wait to see pictures! Of everything you’ve mentioned! Hula Girl sounds like a precocious talker and “shopper,” or should I say carrier? Very adorable.

    • June 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      I am working on getting a few pictures up; I started with some of the garden today. I am considering doing an invites-only blog so I can post pictures of Hula Girl, but I put her photos on facebook. What do you think?

  5. Kristy said,

    June 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I like having an invite-only blog so I can say whatever I want to say about the children and post their pictures. I kind of think of it as a “baby book” they can look at when they’re older. I do post some photos on Facebook, though. In general, I try to do very private options, but I don’t think complete privacy is necessary. Valerie mentioned something about not ever giving out the exact birthdates of her children as being a safeguard. Oh, and I definitely have relatives who cannot or do not view my blog, even though it has lots of pictures of the kids they would want to see, b/c they have to go through a bit of a rigmarole to do it.

    • June 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Yeah, I’m sure I have the same issue with family members not being able to keep up. It’s been one of the downfalls of blogging for me, because I used to email family and friends quite frequently, just updating about family life and Hula’s development. However, now that I write about it on a (somewhat) daily basis, it kind of takes the fun out of emailing about it too! So, some not-so-tech-savvy have missed out. Oh well. πŸ™‚

      • Kristy said,

        June 23, 2011 at 7:05 am

        Yes, it’s taken me a year or two, but I am about to put print photos in the (snail) mail to many relatives for that reason. πŸ™‚

      • June 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

        I am working on getting all my pictures of Hula together so that I can print at least one set for myself… I will send duplicates of any that are astoundingly cute or have relevance (ie Aunt Jenn gave her that outfit). There are just so many. And they’re all scattered- my phone, the laptop, the desktop, facebook, the video camera, the regular camera. Yikes. Monumental task.

  6. Kristy said,

    June 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I know. The only way I could get myself to start on photo albums (in Real Life, LOL) was to make myself do it for 15 minutes one day. Then 15 minutes the next day. On the second day, I made more progress than I thought I would, so it’s been more pleasant to return for another 15 minutes.

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