October 15, 2015

Nine Months

My son is a ham. A hillarious, 9 month old, camera hoggin ham.

9 Months

20+ lbs (check up coming soon!)

Stink Bug
Little Stink
Little Man
Clark Man

All the food! All the snacks! 
Playing with coasters
Finding the dog bowls
Trying to go up the stairs
When dad gets home

being cold


So I missed the 8 month pictures. I managed to take 756,928 pictures but none of them the "official" sitting in his chair 8-month pictures. Let's just say that starting back at work has been an adjustment on the real real real.

But this kid. Seriously something new every day. He is so much fun to be around, and T and I definitely catch ourselves during moments when we realize "this video of our son eating is not going to be nearly as hilarious to anyone else but us." And that's ok.

I've had lot's of people remind me that I'll wish he wasn't mobile now that he is, but I have to say, I kindof love it. He's starting to be able to find things to entertain himself and make choices and show his own little personality. And by little personality I mean huge personality.

Also the ridiculous amounts of bruises on the kid's forehead are going away as he learns to dismount more elegantly from shelves and beds and tables. Standing to sitting is hard you guys...


Happy nine months to my little monkey!


September 30, 2015

Roasted Corn and Cucumber Salad (with bacon. and feta. and croutons.)

I know that it is Fall. But here in NC the summer produce is juuuuust getting edged out and so you should make this salad before face planting in your pumpkin-spice-chai-late-muffin-with-maple-apple-cinnamon-golden-drink-snack-scarf-boots. This will be the name of a specialty cake when I open a bakery-restaurant-coffee shop one day. So there's that.

Side note: this salad does not have lettuce. I strongly feel like lettuce is mostly water and so I'd rather just drink the water and eat some bacon with ranch. Thank you for listening.

This is officially the "eat everything that has to do with summer all at once and call it a salad" salad. Except for tomatoes. There are no tomatoes in this salad because basically I only eat tomatoes a) as a sauce or b) with an exorbitant amount of fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil + balsamic. Also, add bacon because it's crunchy. Also, it's bacon. 

Here's the thing. I love fall and am so thrilled for leaves changing colors and pumpkins and warm coffee after 8am. Daytime hot coffee that doesn't make you feel like you're going to sweat until you die is a-okay. BUT. Summer, my one true (seasonal) love, I will miss. This salad celebrates all the best things about summer and also cleans your fridge. More room for apples, and apple butter, and halloween candy, amiright?!

So, get your summer veggies, chop 'em up, add some cheese and croutons and bacon and eat your summer heart out.

Summer Salad
2 ears corn, roasted
1 cucumber, chopped small
1container feta cheese, crumbled
4-5 pieces of cooked (crispy! no one likes floppy bacon in a salad) bacon, chopped
croutons (preferably homemade. chop bread, saute with brown butter, add salt, let cool)
3Tbs olive il
3Tbs balsamic vinegar (or some sort of fun and fancy vinegar that you bought at The Olive Wagon over the summer because there are stores now that let you SAMPLE olive oil and vinegar all. day. long.)

chop your veggies, crisp your bacon, make your croutons and crumble your cheese.
toss with oil and vinegar
eat summer with a spoon.

clear shelves for pumpkin and maple and caramel.

and potato soup.

Happy last day of September! Happy Fall!


August 24, 2015

5 Things I Want You To Know About Sending Your Kids to Middle School

The new school year is here! I've prepped cinnamon rolls and stocked up on granola bars and worked on schedules and made copies. I've also done some thinking as the summer wraps up. Middle school is scary. Not only for kids, but parents too, isn't it? I think that a lot of times I take for granted the fact that I love working at a middle school and feel comfortable there. I realized that tons of people probably have horrible memories of middle school. So, for the first day of school, I thought I'd put together five things that I want you to know before you send your kids through our front doors;

We know middle school.
Middle school is a crazy, up and down, hormone rocking, memory transporting, place. You walk down the halls and can have vivid flashbacks of your own pimply tween years. Middle schoolers will start to act differently than what you remember from your elementary baby. Talk to us about this, because your kids are our expertise (no really, we went to school for this. Some of us specializing specifically in middle school ages). I know I personally love to talk about what makes my kids tick, what has worked for kids in the past, and what middle school looks like! Don't be shy, we're here to help!

We are busy. 
This is not an excuse, it is not a complaint, it is just what it is. Some teachers teach 5 classes a day. Of 20-30 students per class.  (and counselors, ahem, are always running around all day with over 300+ kids at some schools) Please let us know ahead of time if you would like to come and talk with us, observe a class, or have a meeting. We don't "just let you come in and have a peek" because we are trying to hide something, but because in less than an hour we have to a)get everyone settled, b) get everyone to write in their agenda c) check agendas d) give a lesson e) answer questions f) follow the law for IEP, 504, and SST plans. g)put out fires etc. etc. etc. It is extremely difficult to just give you a minute of our time when almost every minute of our time is already scheduled. Sending an email/calling to set up a time will be waaay more productive. That way we can give you more that a rushed and frustrated minute. (That being said, if you are willing to wait and are pleasant, those of us in the office will try our best to meet with you as soon as possible.)

We still need volunteers! 
We don't have "room moms" like in elementary school but we do still need field trip chaperones, testing proctors, and help with celebrations and parties. This is great for us but also really great for you to be able to see your middle schooler in action. AND, the PTA is always looking for some new fresh faces! Getting involved helps you to feel comfortable at school and also helps you continue to network with other parents of middle schoolers.

It gets better.
I tell this to kids and parents. And it's so true. These years are tough, but it really does get better. There's not much to say about this, so I'll just show you my own awkward 7th grade self:

See? It gets so much better. Really, really, it does.

We love your children!!!! 
I know this is hard to believe. I can't even keep track of the number of times that people have said "oooh, middle school. I would never do that". And we get it, middle schoolers can be hard headed and difficult but we are here for a reason. Most of us stay year after year because we love your kids. Even when they are being overwhelming. Even when they call us names. Even when we email about how they have 27 zeros and didn't study for the test. We work hard to show them a love of learning, we watch TED Talks  (and cry) during staff meetings, we spend summers brainstorming how to make our school better, we suffocate inside mascots, have dance offs, sponsor clubs, and spend many many hours at home to make sure that we are ready to give your child our best at school. Please know that critiques are coming from a desire to see your kid reach their potential. Consequences exist to help your student learn. And at the end of the day, we go to bed thinking about how to make tomorrow better. We love your children, and are excited for the new year!

Happy new school year, friends.


August 17, 2015

7 Months!

Oh little man. You are so stinkin' adorable these days that I can't even stand it! 

7 Months

18lbs 1oz

Little Man
Little Squirt

Eating! All the foods! Well, almost.
Coale (our lab)
dinner time
church nuersery
hanging out with dad

Being Cold
Getting his face wiped
Not being able to get to something he wants

I want to remember
What a ham your are! You definitely know what the "big camera" is and you love to make faces and cheese it up for mommy!

How everything is brand new to you! You love meeting new people and seeing new things and are always looking at everything with your giant curious eyes.

 (looking at Dad)

Happy Monday, Friends!


August 12, 2015

Cloth Diapers: How The Heck Do You Use Those?!

Well here we are again, cloth diapers round two.

This week I'm going to explain how we use cloth diapers. I know that for many this elicits a terrible picture of origami folding some cloth + huge safety pin + gross buckets of water to soak aforementioned origami folded cloth. I've heard this is what cloth diapering used to be. And yes, that sounds pretty terrible. In fact, if you are still reading after that gross mental picture I applaud you. So let's move on.

Here is how we cloth diaper.

1. Where do the diapers go?!
Between washes (aka when they are dirty) we keep the diapers in an Ubbi Pail lined with a planet wise reusable (and washable!) pail liner. We wash diapers every other day, so they do not ever sit in the pail for longer than 48 hours. Some people wash every third day, but I prefer every other day. (This also helps to prevent mold growth)

I freaking love the Ubbi Pail (ours, pictured above). In fact, I suggest it for all parents whether they are using disposable or not. Seriously, this thing does. not. stink. I cannot sing it's praises enough. I would pay double what it costs because it's amazing. Forget the plastic trashcans with arm and hammer inserts and scented bags. This thing is legit.

The pail liners we use are reusable and washable, and you'll see why that makes a big difference below.

2. The actual washing.
Take the pail liner out of the Ubbi (this is super easy with the way this pail is designed), dump all diapers into the washing machine and then go ahead and toss the liner in their too. Then this is our wash procedure;

a) rinse diapers
- this on my machine is the "rinse + spin" setting, but I click it to "no spin"
time: 12mins
b) add soap, wash on hottest cycle + presoak + extra rinse
- on my machine this is the "heavy duty" cycle + extra hot water + extra rinse
time: 120 mins (2 hours)
c)  take out of washer and move to dryer
d) dry on medium heat 40 mins, twice
- we run this cycle twice to make sure that the diapers are super super super dry. This helps prevent mold

That's it! I (or hubs) usually start the cycle around 4 or 5pm so that they are done drying by the time we go to bed.

3. The "nitty gritty".
Ok, I know what you're all thinking. What about the... you know... the poop. And this is a for real good question! First of all, supposedly exclusively breastfed babies poop all washable poop. Okay, we thought this was gross (no judgement here, just a seriously personal preference). So, we invested in a diaper sprayer. It connects to the toilet, and you have two options. You can spray the poop right after you take off the diaper, or you can do it all at the end before throwing the diaper in the wash. We chose to spray before putting the diaper in the pail. Once babies start drinking formula or eating solids, the poop is not machine washable. So, you can either spray it or get flushable liners to put in the diapers. right now we do both. This is the worst part of cloth diapers. And it's really not that bad. If you have ever worked with disposable diapers (and I have) poop is poop is poop. It's going to get on you. It's going to stink. It just is. To me, this worst part is not really that much worse than a disposable. Plus, you're flushing the poop instead of having it sit in a pail to be thrown away later. (But if you needed a pail, have I mentioned the Ubbi!?!?! Ha.)

4. This is really it.
If it's super sunny outside we might take the diapers out to air dry on this foldable drying rack that we have. Especially in the summer when its sweltering so we don't have to run the dryer. But the process is so simple and second nature at this point that I don't really think about it.

Are you surprised?! I hope so! It really is so simple that it's more of a habit now than it is an annoyance. I was secretly hoping that getting in the habit of doing diapers every other day would help me with my own laundry struggle. It didn't.

Stay tuned next week for another installment, I'll be talking about types of diapers and what type we like best!


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