Monday, May 25, 2009

Doula in training...

So, I'm going to be starting my training to become a doula very soon. I'm so excited about this and I feel like I'm starting something that is meant to be. This is the first time I've ever felt this way. Years ago, I went to college for random things, like dance, singing, photography, even took some EMT courses. I took online courses to become a wedding planner and I signed up for beauty school and never even started. As you can see I've started a lot of things and never finished them, because they just didn't feel right. I'm absolutely sure that becoming a doula is something that I'll start AND finish. I can't wait for this new chapter in my life. I am so passionate about childbirth, about labor and delivery and just being there to help a woman feel safe and comfortable and strong. I love child birth. I love the way that babies make their way into this world. So here we go. And friends, if you know of anyone who is looking for a doula, let me know. I have to be present at at least 5 births before I can be certified. So, I'm up for anything.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Okay. Sorry moms. I never got back to anyone about the preschool thing. I'm still totally into it and I've been doing more research. I think my best best would be to buy a curriculum online and go from there. My idea here is that all of the moms are involved as well. Like, we take turns teaching, and take turns at each others houses. You know? So if anyone is interested, let me know.

Friday, May 15, 2009

To my friends with kids...

I need your input. So, I've been doing some research. I've been looking into finding a preschool for Claire. The most obvious option for her would have been the preschool at New Life since my dad has worked there for over 20 years. But guess what? At about $350 per month for only two days a week it's unaffordable for us, as most private preschools are. I've talked to some friends about preschools at the local rec departments around here... sound pretty cool, but then again, is it really worth $150 to $200 a month. And in a lot of these you also have to volunteer your time to get those rates... which is pretty much impossible when you have another child.

So last night, Lane and I were talking about it. He really wants her to get started. She's so eager to learn right now. Our idea is to do home school preschool. Get a curriculum off the internet or create our own. But teach her 3 to 5 days a week and stick to a schedule. Teach her the basics, the things that she'd learn in any preschool, shapes, colors, numbers, letters, animals, etc.

I'm wondering if any of you moms would like to join in and start our own little preschool. I'd love to start soon and do 2 days a week to begin with and then if it goes well try 3 days a week. We can do it out at our house or switch off between houses every week or so. I'm really really excited about this idea. So moms (or dads) let me know what you think.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My dear sweet husband.

I've been wanting to write a blog about Lane for awhile.

He's been so wonderful I think he deserves an entire blog solely about him.

So, after Faye was born I was... let's say... not so pleasant to be around. I was definitely experiencing some postpartum depression and my hormones were getting the best of me. Praise the Lord that Lane stuck with me and put up with me. I was pretty awful... especially to him. I was always nagging him and always rotten. I didn't want him around and I'm sure he felt the same about me, but never said anything. Through it all he was wonderful to the girls, even though I'm sure he dreaded coming home from work at night knowing that he was going to get yelled at for something. Sad.

But the past few months or so... maybe longer, things are really looking up. I feel like a new person and Lane knows it. And I love him more than I ever have. It's like were a new couple. I look at him and feel "love". The kind of love I felt when we were just dating or engaged. The kind of love that makes you have butterflies. The kind of love where when you're with that person, you're smiling constantly. It sounds cheesy, I know. But this is for real. And it's fun. And I feel like this is the way I'm supposed to love my sweet husband.

And on top of me feeling better and loving my husband more, Lane has become a new man... out of nowhere!!! I'll tell you right now that since we got married (we're going on 7 years in August) Lane has done the dishes... maybe... 8 or 9 times. Not very often. He only cleaned if I asked or begged a little bit. But lately he's such a good helper. For some this may be normal, to have your husband helping around the house all the time, but for me it's like a miracle. And he does it all without asking. So this could also be adding to my new feelings of love for him.

So, I guess this is just to say that I appreciate Lane. I love who he is. I love that he is outspoken and opinionated. I love that he loves his family more than anything in this world. I love that he is so strict but also so gentle. Claire adores him with all her heart and Faye lights up anytime he walks into the room. I just love that we are a family. We are figuring things out together and it's fun. I love my husband. He's good to us and I feel very very blessed.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

14 days down.

Lane and I have officially gone 14 days without spending any money (besides $28) on things that aren't needed. We have bought groceries and gas (of course) and we've eaten out twice. Both times at the bagel shop where we spent under $10 for all of us. And today Lane bought me some herbs and some flowers to plant for Mother's Day. We spent about $8 on that. Pretty good, huh? So we've gone 14 days and it feels so good. I'm actually excited about another 14 days and I know we can do it. I feel like maybe when our 30 days are up, I'm gonna have a hard time just going out and spending money on "stuff". At this point I can't think of one thing that I really want... that's a good thing! We also signed up for a program called Mvelopes. It helps you budget and save as much money as you possibly can while paying as much as you can toward your credit cards and keeping track of all of your monthly bills. It's pretty cool. Check it out if you're looking for a way to budget your money right. A friend of mine said she's been doing it for a few years and she loves it. Thanks Rachael! Okay, so that's how our not-spending situation is going. I'm pretty proud of us.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fun in the sun.

Two separate blogs with pictures in two days! That is a record for me. But really I'm posting these for Adam and Brittany who are in Ireland right now. I just want them to see what they are missing out on. Ha. 85 degree weather and two really cute kids. I'm sure you guys are having fun too... but not this much fun. I know that if Brittany were home she would have spent the afternoon outside with us... all of us in our pajamas with no plans to change into "real" clothes anytime soon. That's how we roll.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Yay for spring... and almost summer!

I'm enjoying the weather so much these past few days! And now that we actually have a yard to hang out in we are enjoying it even more! Our days have been spent on a blanket in the yard. Claire laying in the sun, then getting up and running around, me... just laying much fun, and Faye exploring new ways to get around. I'm really excited for this change in the weather. I know that when it's hot, I say I can't wait for fall and winter and when it's cold I can't wait for summer. But really, I can't wait for summer. I'm ready for it.

Let's see, what else is new? Our chickens are huge. One was killed... by my parents idiotic dog. But the remaining four are doing wonderfully. Our veggies are growing. I've been picking teeny tiny strawberries for Claire. They are about the size of a peanut, sometimes bigger but she loves them. I'm figuring out how to not kill plants. I guess I'm getting better at it. So far everything we planted in the yard is still living... but we'll see. If anyone has any suggestions on plants that don't die... let me know. I need those plants.

And most of you know, Faye is crawling... pretty much. She can totally do it but she's really content just sitting and playing with toys, which is so weird for me because Claire NEVER did that. But when Faye really wants something she gets to it. It's pretty cool. And I'm hoping with all of my heart that she doesn't walk early! I want her to stay a baby for as long as possible.

And something you might be interested in... I feel pregnant. I'm extremely stressed about this. It would be crazy if I was. It is very possible though. I'm going to take a test this coming weekend. Mother's Day actually. I'll let you know how that goes. What if I'm preg? That would be crazy! I would have a panic attack.

I haven't posted a blog with pictures for awhile. I've been meaning to... just haven't gotten around to it. Here are some pictures from our little vacay to Monterey and a few others. Enjoy.

This first one is super cute. Faye always sits like this now when she's playing with her toys. On her knees with her chub little feet under her. Isn't it cute?