Friday, September 16, 2011

Mommy-Daughter Date

I took Kyla on a "mommy-daughter date" today....a/k/a I felt brave and decided to take Kyla for a day of shopping in Sioux Falls.  :)  I hadn't taken a day to go shopping in a VERY long time, and I had some things that I really needed to get.  The day went great!  I found a next-to-new Children's Place winter coat for $10 at Once Upon a Child!  (Love that store!)  Then I went to Children's Place and found a matching hat.  Very cute.  I also found Kyla's Halloween costume...not to be revealed publicly until Oct 31!

Monday, September 12, 2011

It's Called Life

It's been a very busy couple of weeks.  We had company three times, which we always enjoy greatly.  So if you ever want to come visit, we'd love to have you!  Thanks to those who came to see us!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

End of Summer Fun

The weeks are flying  It is the last day of August, which means that summer is officially over...I think.  However, the tomatoes ripening in my garden and the threat of 90 degree weather tomorrow may convince me otherwise.

I'm so very ready for fall.  It's my absolute favorite season.  I love the cooler temperatures, the crisp snap in the air, the crunch of leaves, the smells of apple cider and pumpkin pie.

I did some very thorough end-of-summer cleaning this last weekend.  Kyla's such a good girl.  She helped Mommy scrub window screens!

When she took a break, Rowdy came over to give her a quick kiss, which was not so appreciated.

When I cleaned the floor, she got out her broom to help also!

Of course, life is not all work around our house.

Kyla got to spend some time with Daddy.  I do believe she told him exactly how it is.

Who needs pants, even a shirt, when you have black patent leather shoes?

All of that hard work and hard play wears a girl out!

At the end of the day, don't forget to treasure those fleeting moments.  Here's a last shot of Kyla sleeping next to her baby.  Wow, those maternal insticts start young!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Late Night with Nothing to Do But Blog

Ok, so here I sit at 11:37 p.m., blogging.  Not particularly on my list of things to do after 10 p.m. typically.  But, apparently I am experiencing yet another one of the things that was certainly part of the curse.  An awful, horrendous, big-and-bold UTI.  Ick.  Seriously, ick.  I had no idea.  So, while my sweet, groggy husband drives 35 miles to the nearest Wal-Mart to buy some Azo, I, trying feebly to ward off my inner chills, sit here blogging.

I admit, I haven't been very good about taking pictures the last couple of weeks.  Horrible, actually.  For some reason, I just haven't.  Thus the reason for no blog posts, I guess.  So for the most part, I will just recount the latest Kyla news tonight.

Something for which she is quickly becoming infamous (and will be more so after this blog post hits the web) is her ability to quickly take off her underthings...namely, her diaper. 

It started right after we took away her pacifier.  Could it be her way of geting back?  Or perhaps without the pacifier to soothe her to sleep, she has extra time to kill before drifting to dreamland?  Whatever the reason, she has quickly discovered the joy of being (practically) naked.  I told her doctor about Kyla's habit of ditching her diaper.  Doctor replied, "Well, hopefully she'll grow out of that phase."  To which I replied, "Well, I'm hoping she'll grow out of diapers, eventually."...which brings me to my next topic.

The POTTY CHAIR!  We decided this week that it was time for Kyla to meet her potty chair...not just any ordinary potty chair, either.  It's a "Cheer for Me Potty!"  It actually sings for you when you tinkle in the potty.  It has a flusher handle and a pull-out toilet paper dispenser that can hold a real roll of toilet paper (if you happen to have one of those remarkable toddlers that wouldn't unroll the whole roll just for the fun of it every time he sat down on the potty chair). 

The reason we decided it was maybe time is that Kyla will tell us when she needs a diaper change...whether she's wet or poopy.  She is getting particular about having a dry diaper.  So, we thought we would just slowly work into it.  She's still very young, and I'm really in no hurry to quit diapering.  Diapers are easy.

Kyla just loves her potty chair.  It took her not quite 24 hours to learn the word "potty."  Speaking of new words, she now says "banana."  Super cute.)  The first night we let her sit on it, that's all she wanted to do from then until she went to bed.  She screamed when we finally made her get off.  I just read that a parent should never attempt potty training until the child has formed a good feeling toward her potty chair.  Guess we have that down.  Now for the actual potty part... :)

She's such a funny little copy-cat.  Whatever she sees us do, she will certainly attempt to do, given the chance.  Last Sunday, I was sitting at the kitchen table with my aunt, working on her computer.  I had gotten a Mountain Dew and had poured part of it into a glass with some ice.  I left the half-full can sitting on the table.  Suddenly I looked up to see Kyla had climbed onto a chair, grabbed the soda can, and was proceeding to pour it into Bryan's glass that was left on the table from lunch.  Of course, she's much more adventurous than I.  She held the can a good 18" above the glass.  I couldn't believe it.  Other than a few drops that splashed out from the force of being dropped that distance, all of the soda she dumped (before I grabbed the can from her) landed smack into the glass!

Whenever we pick her up or do any motion involving her that would take some effort from us, she grunts.  A full-blown, "uhhh-hhh."  As if it takes any effort on her part to be lifted into our laps!!  Now, where did she hear that?  Who, you say?  Certainly not!!

Kyla and I went to Sioux Falls today with my friend Crystal and her daughter Ella.  Before leaving town, we hit one of the new treat spots in town:  Cherry Berry.  It's on South Louise, just a couple blocks south of 49th Street.  It is similar to Freeziac, which we tried once in the Mall of America.  There's about 14-16 different types of frozen yogurt and lots of different toppings.  Fill a bowl, pay by the ounce, and find a seat in one of their ultra-cute seating options:  green couches, space-age chairs, etc.  I had....umm...watermelon sorbet, snickerdoole cookie dough, birthday cake, cheesecake, espresso, and I'm not sure what else all in one bowl.  Then there were the toppings.  Yum!  It was soo good...maybe partially because it was 4:00 and I hadn't eaten lunch.  But it really was good...topped Cold Stone by a mile.  So, if you haven't given it a try, you should.  And as a really usless aside (unless you're one of those geeky trivia me), a cherry is not actually a berry.

Sweet, groggier Hubs is back with Azo.  Now, off to eat something close to the meal that the box insists I must eat before taking those 2 little, brown pills.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Whoever said camping with a toddler is difficult....was right.  By the end of our trip, we had one very bug-bitten, skinned-up, crabby-pants little girl.  But it was totally worth it.  :)  And I do believe she loved it...or most of it.

First of all, I want to say thank you to the very kind nameless lady who drove way out of her way to show us a "local detour" around a road that was closed.  She led us down windy gravel roads all the way back to the main highway then turned around and went back the way we'd come.  Such a nice lady...did I mention that?

Going Bananas Over...Bananas

On the way home from work last week, Bryan suddenly looked in the rear-view mirror and started laughing really hard.  What was so funny?  Take a look and see what I saw when I peered over Kyla's carseat.

Kyla had gotten into the bunch of bananas that I'd purchased at the store that day and decided to help herself.  What a mess, but oh so funny!  She'd peeled 2 of them and wasn't wasting any time!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Amazon Mom

I made a great discovery this week.  Like when I discovered that I could cook bacon in the oven...only better.  You know you're a Mommy when finding a great deal on diapers makes your day!  :)

Of course, I use cloth diapers when we're home, which saves quite.  But I'm not so dedicated to cloth diapering that I use them away from home.  For one reason, Kyla is a petite little girl, and the Fuzzi Bunz give her booty a definite bubble shape.  For another, well...two words.  Toddler poop.

A friend had just told me she orders her diapers and wipes from  So I went online to check it out.  I discovered that by joining Amazon Mom (totally free!) and by signing up for Subscribe and Save (products are automatically sent to you at regular intervals [up to 6 months] unless you tell them not to or change your order), I can get Luvs diapers for 11 cents per diaper (compared to 17 cents/diaper at Wal-Mart)!  Plus, you get FREE 2-day shipping and FREE returns!

There are other perks as well.  By signing up for Amazon Mom, you are automatically enrolled in Amazon Prime for 3 months.  For every $25 of baby stuff you buy, you get another month, up to a total of 12.  With Amazon Prime, you get FREE 2-day shipping on every order, regardless of what you order or how much it is.

Told ya.  It's a great deal.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Beans, Beans, and More Beans

Canning green beans is a bit more challenging this year with a very active toddler in the house.  Beans on top of the table?  No problem for our little monkey!

The first time I canned beans this year, I left the kitchen momentarily and returned to find Kyla atop the table re-sorting my bowls of beans (snapped and un-snapped). 

Thursday, July 28, 2011


One of Kyla's new favorite words is "Bubbles!"  She spots bubbles everywhere...on my hands when I am giving her a bath, at the top of the grape juice in the pitcher, in the soapy dishwater, and many, many other ways.  So when I saw a little toy for making bubbles today, I had to get it for her.


I think "Bubbles" replaced "Puppy" for her most-spoken word today!  And that's saying something!!

On Saturday, we took Kyla's pacifier away.  What a mean Mommy I am, taking away her bestest friend like that!  She's done great during the day and in the car, for the most part.  But boy, oh boy, nights have been bad!  For the first few nights, she cried for a good hour or more before eventually falling asleep.  Tonight, finally, she went to sleep with barely a peep!  Yay!

Me, being the mean Mommy I am, checked on her the other night about 1:00 in the morning.  I had to get my camera and return to her room on tip-toes to capture the way she was sleeping, sippie cup and all.  :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Toddler Days

Oh, the days of having a toddler in the house.  I want to treasure these days, to lock them away in my long-term memory so that I can recall them later when the pitter-patter of tiny feet is no longer an everyday sound in our house.

I love to see Kyla's creativity and imagination come to life in her play.  Today, she found a bottle of sunscreen that we had used before going outside.  When I found her, she had it open and was applying sunscreen to her stuffed puppy.  :)  Last night, she buckled her baby doll into her infant carseat.  I am constantly reminded of the fact that her mind is just a sponge, soaking in everything around her. 

Of course, there are the not-so-fun moments as well.  This afternooon, Kyla and I were outside by her pool when she got stuck by a wasp 3 times!!  Thankfully, she had no reactions to the stings and recovered fully within an hour or two. 

Yesterday, Dez and I took our girls to the lake to just relax along the shore.  Kyla and I did a bit of swimming.  Once she adjusted to the water and her life jacket, she loved it.

She loved playing with Lexi on the blanket as well while we Mamas chatted.

I had to snap a picture of Kyla drinking from the hose this morning while we were filling her pool.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Kyla got her first boat ride last night, and what a ride it was!

We went boating on Lake Mitchell last night with our friends Brad and Dez, and their little girl Lexi.  It was a beautiful evening for boating.  We sped around the lake for a bit and then shut it off for a while to just relax. 

Brad decided he wanted to go water skiing, so he did that.  Then Bryan got in the water to give skiing a try.

Ready, go.  The boat wouldn't start for anything.  The people onboard who knew something about engines and motors deduced that we had a dead battery for some reason.

Of course, we were on the far side of the lake from the dock, pretty much as far away from it as we could get.  There were no other boats around us...only one jet-skier that would zoom past every now and again, but he was still quite a ways away.  Every time he would come close, we would stand up and wave our arms.  He appeared to see us but didn't slow down. 

The guys decided to try rowing back but discovered there was only one oar aboard.  Finally, Mr. Jet-Skier headed our way again.  I stood on the back of the boat and waved both arms frantically.  This time, he slowed and came toward us!  He said, "I'm sorry.  I didn't realize you were trying to flag me down."  (Did he really think we were just being friendly!?!)  He agreed to pull us back to the dock.  Thus began the longest boat ride of our lives.  When the guys tied the rope between the boat and the jet ski, they doubled it for extra strength.  This, however, made it a very short rope.  Thus, all of the water that the jet ski sprayed up behind him came directly down into the boat like a full-blown downpour.

As Bryan, Kyla, and I huddled beneath a towel as best we could, Bryan just started to laugh...and laugh some more.  I'm so glad I married a man who can laugh when being utterly soaked in a dead boat.  I had to join in...what else could we do?  Everything in the boat, including ourselves, was getting totally drenched, and there wasn't a thing we could do about it. 

I had no idea that lake was so big.  It's huge.  At least the size of Lake Superior.

Friday, July 22, 2011

New Beginnings

Today is a day of new beginnings, happier days. 

At my doctor appointment yesterday, the doctor was able to do a procedure to remove the remaining tissue.  This means no surgery and no more waiting.  It was a huge relief to be done; but, rather unexpectedly, it was a very sad day.  It was the end.  I already knew the life within me was gone, but it was the final good-bye to a beautiful dream.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sad, sad, sad

Tomorrow will be three weeks since we had our first prenatal appointment for this baby.  Unfortunately, my worst fears came true.  The doctor was unable to find a heartbeat.  A series of blood tests and another ultrasound revealed that this is another miscarriage.  It was a rollercoaster...we'd get a little hope, then have it dashed.  Get a little hope, then dashed again. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Crazy-Busy Summer

I can't believe how fast summer is going already!  It's June 25, and it seems like yesterday I was getting anxious for the lilacs to bloom and the wild asparagus to come into season.  As I look at our calendar, I realize that the rest of summer is going to go just as fast.  I guess that's part of what I like about summer, though...all the family gatherings, vacations, get-togethers with friends, etc.

The best part of the summer so far was <<drum roll>>>...

Yeah, that's right!  Pregnant!!  Or, in the world of online forums...a BFP!!

I announced it to Dad, Mom, Hannah and Brandon via text.  They were all eating supper at a restaurant together, and I sent them each a text with this picture:

After our miscarriage in March, we've been anxiously awaiting this baby.  God, in His mercy, didn't make us wait too long.  So...on to 8 months of drinking decaf coffee, debating baby names, and  relishing every moment of the amazing progress.  My first doctor appointment is on Thursday...just 5 days away!

The past week I have struggled with pure exhaustion.  Yesterday, I had a hard time making myself do the basic household chores.  Today, however, I woke to fresh air and bird songs and wanted to go walk.  So I got up and walked outside for 45 minutes before Kyla got up.  Invigorated, I came inside and made breakfast and started preparation for steak kabobs for supper.  It's gonna be a great day!!

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of helping Bryan's brother, Landon, and his beautiful bride, Trisha, celebrate their wedding day. 

Bryan's mom made the wedding cake.  Isn't it pretty?

I made the horseshoes.  They make the cake, wouldn't you agree?  ;o) 

We had to get a picture of our family, all jazzed up.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Lazy Summer Days

Ahh, Morning, how I love you!  Granted, my first view of you can be a little disconcerting.  But...once I'm up...  I wish morning could last all day!  Happy, smiling tots, energetic mommies, the fresh feel of morning all around!  Skip those blah afternoons and scoot right to evenings full of suppers together as a family, snugly fresh-smelling babies who cuddle in your lap for book time, and relaxing moments after kids are asleep.  In fact, I do believe afternoons are the result of man and not God's intention at all.  After all, "...and there was morning and there was evening the first day." (Gen 1:5)

Now we're into the full swing of summer.  At least during the summer, afternoons can be put to good use. 

Picnics and dandelions and water fun!

Taking a break from the water to munch on a cookie.

Last Friday, we went to Sioux Falls in the afternoon.  Bryan had a doctor's appointment, so Kyla and I went along.  While I was loading the Tahoe, I let Kyla wander around the yard.  Pretty soon, I looked over and saw she had found her pool and was IN it with her clothes on!!

Of course, I had to grab a quick picture before I rescued her soggy Highness from the pool.  At least it was only socks and shoes that had to be changed quickly!

While in Sioux Falls, we hit Ribfest.  We went during the late afternoon before it got very busy.  It was pretty windy, but oh the ribs were yummy!!

I had to snap a quick shot of our little Princess with her daddy!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Another Name, Another Try

Second blog.  First was a failure.  I think my expectations were too high.  New title, new blog, new - no, cross that, no expectations. 

This blog will contain nothing but randomness.  Oohey, gooey, chocolate-chippy randomness.  Dirty, stinky socky randomness.  And all things Mommy.  Hopefully all with pictures.

I'm sitting outside right now typing this post as my daughter eats her lunch at her toddler-sized picnic table.  Grilled cheese sandwich, milk, and fresh air!  Our chickens are leisurely strolling by as if their chicken route naturally takes them by our table again and again.  I know better.  They're hoping maybe some of that grilled cheese sandwich will get tossed into the yard at the end of Kyla's meal.  It might.  Did I mention I am also seated at a picnic table built for someone approximately 32" tall?


See?  Chickens...nonchalantly strolling past...

I had to clean our bathrooms today.  My LEAST favorite job of all to, maybe, cleaning my oven.  But I never do that, so that doesn't really count.  I'm always thinking about the possible and likely harmful effects of cleaning products.  I've decided to go all-natural, or as all-natural as possible without venturing into the territory of insanity.  So I use a bottle filled with half water, half vinegar.  I've read that works to clean nearly all surfaces, with the exception of wood floors.  For our wood floors, I ordered a few bottles of essential oils.  8-10 drops in a gallon of warm water, and va-la!  All natural wood floor cleaner!
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