Tuesday, October 25, 2005

just an observation...

Mina's eczema is giving me lots of gray hair. I thought it was just one or two, but upon further investigation there were fifteen that I pulled yesterday. I looked again today, and do you know what? DO YOU? There were about a zillion more hiding underneath. I'm 25 and already I give up. I'm going to have that intriguing salt and pepper look before I'm 30. Things like this don't so much BOTHER me as they fascinate me. When I was host to Mina I used to stand in front of the mirror every day, watching with morbid curiosity as dark red stretch marks ripped across my skin. There wasn't anything I could do about it. I already drank gallons and gallons of water every day and was properly greased up due to HER eczema problem...I gained the recommended 25 lbs, blah blah. I look in the mirror a lot. It's not because I'm vain. I am vain, but that's not why I look in the mirror. I am studying the changes that happen. I love to inspect just about anything so I am always looking at my skin and hair. Sometimes I feel like a chimpanzee when I do that..

Leta reminds me of a chimpanzee. She is so tiny and so defiant, it's hard not to think it's cute.

Fabric softener sheets are tools of the devil. I have been using the free/clear kind thinking this would be fine. I believe I was very seriously mistaken.

Thank you and good night.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Happy Birthday, Mina!

It's been a wild three years since I met the little person I'd been growing in my belly...

Today the girls were up before 7 and had ripped through the presents by 7:15. I feel like I get to have three birthdays a year now. It's so much fun to watch them figure out new toys.

I made a big pan of scrambled eggs and thought about what to do...I knew it was just going to be us today so I thought it would be nice to go explore some new place. There are a lot of little farms in the area where you can go pick your own ___, so I went online to figure out which one was closest. We decided to go to an apple orchard. It was the sweetest little place with an adorable little lady munching on an apple and a couple of dogs running around... The girls piled into a wagon and Jason pulled them around the orchard, stopping to pick low-lying apples off of trees. They thought it was so much fun just to ride in the wagon, and it was so cute to watch Mina pull with all her might at the apples. We also bought some fresh cider and have yet to try it...but I can hardly wait!

We came home and had apples, bananas and peanut butter and played with Mina's "paint with water" coloring books until it was time to take a nap.

I made Mina's favorite dinner:

-cut a couple of chicken breasts into bite sized pieces and throw into pan
-2 c. tomato juice, 1 onion (quartered), 4 garlic cloves, 1/3 c. apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp. salt, cayenne pepper to taste, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. oregano into blender
-pour sauce over chicken and simmer, covered, 45 minutes

Mina likes it with avocado slices. I like it over rice with colby/jack cheese. Everyone will eat it and that is what I care about. plus it's pretty darn easy!

After dinner Mina was very content playing and Leta was MISERABLE with a cold so I put her to bed early.

It was really a great day. I love my family.