Sunday, October 30, 2011

The "Sock-Bun" Experiment: Before and After

I haven't been this excited about a new beauty secret in a long time. I needed something easy, and quick that doesn't involve turning on my curling iron or even my blow dryer for that matter. This. is. incredible. And it uses an old sock! Here's the youtube link for instructions:

Here is me before bed... I was surprised how easy this was. It was also super comfy to sleep in. I tried out some sponge curlers not too long ago that you sleep in, and let me tell you it's like resting your head on a bed of rocks. With this however, I forgot I had it in until I looked in the mirror in the morning.

And..............................literally rolling out of bed and pulling out the sock.

Since I took my shower last night it cuts my getting ready time to less than ten minutes to brush my teeth, freshen up with a little makeup and voila!

I'm a believer! You should try this. Especially if you are a busy mom like me :) I love it!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Caterpillars Found!

Just so you know, Calvin found the missing "pata-pilla" crawling across the pillow as I was reading him a bed time story. Yes, crawling straight for my head. Thanks Daddy.

Being a mother a spiritual practice?

I read Donald Miller's blog last night and he had a lady guest blogger writing on this topic.


I thought it was a very timely topic to my life. It is worth the read for you mommies out there. It basically sums up the chaotic/sacrificial lifestyle of a mother and how it is so hard to find the time to have a spiritual practice, such as "bible time" or "devotion time" or even designated "prayer time". While I still think that these set aside times are very important, I had to laugh at her writing.

Especially the bit about getting excited just to have a cup of coffee to yourself or brush your teeth. That is so me right now.

The best part that I think deserves more examination in our lives is the way that we view communion with God and that perhaps just our everyday interactions with our children could be a window into the heart of God. After all, he did call himself a father...Could it be that when I am teaching Calvin how to sing a new song, or clean up the messes he makes, or hug and kiss him and tell him that I will always love him, am I communing with God?

We touched upon this question in college, I believe in my 3D class with Bayliss. Can sweeping the floor be an act of prayer?

I certainly think that God understands the demands on our time and sacrificial lifestyle as a mother. So maybe we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves and feel guilty about not having quote unquote "devotion time". God is much bigger than our own agendas after all. I pray that he would open my eyes to see HIM, in my children and in the interactions with them today.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Case of the Missing Caterpillars

Dan found a couple of cute fuzzy caterpillars outside and decided to show them to Calvin. He kept them as pets. For about a half an hour. Now the caterpillars are missing. Hmmm.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Apple pie and rice cereal!

We are having all kinds of firsts around here. Today was Jack's first time to eat rice cereal! He was SOOO ready to eat something with more substance to it. He kept leaning into the spoon and having these little happy dances in between bites.


This is Daddy's awesome hat that Calvin likes to wear.

It has been crazy around here with the amount of apples I have had to deal with (thanks Mom). I made 4 apple pies, crockpot apple butter (which turned out really gross and burned-haha!), sweet potato, baked apple risotto (which turned out pretty great!) and apple baby food which I am currently putting into ice cube trays to freeze for Jack.

The pies turned out delicious! Thanks again Mom, for my great-grandma Cogie's apple pie recipe. I tried baking one from frozen and it still turned out great. What an awesome thing to have waiting in the freezer whenever the mood strikes us, or for when we have company over.

I am proud to say there is not a single apple left uncooked in this house. PTL.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Jack is 4 Months!

Jack is becoming much more mobile and full of expression and personality. He is rolling over almost every time that I lay him down now and pushes up real well. He is a chubby little fellow. I like to call him my "little butterball". He is so lovey and I just want to snuggle him all day. After watching how fast Cal grew up from being a baby, I think I am spoiling Jack this time around :)

He has the sweetest smile that is SO hard to capture on camera. I got one here, but it still doesn't do it justice. I would say that he favors my Gentry/Miars side of the family more than Cal. He is fairer and has really blue eyes-still! I'm not entirely sure where that trait came from? My Granny has blue eyes I think, but no one else.

He loves bath time and getting his "baby massage" afterwards. He looks pretty hefty in this photo. I wouldn't mess with Jack Deitrich.

He is really a good baby. Hardly cries and easy to please. But I shouldn't say that too loud.

Here are two tiny babies on our big bed. Hah! I love this pic. They look so little and cute snuggled up beside each other. We have had the privilege to watch Baby Luke Britten part time at our house. He is a little bundle of joy too.

Monday, October 3, 2011