Saturday, May 29, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Backyard fun without a backyard

Simple Elements for Backyard Fun – Even Without the Backyard

I was taking Isaac for a walk the other day and we went past another house that Tim and I had considered buying. It is just a block from our current house. Everything is exactly the same, except this house has a large yard.

Why did we decline to put an offer on it? Because it is on a corner, and we wouldn't have been able to fence in the yard. Nevermind the fact that we haven't fenced in our current yard. We were focused on what was best for the dog, and not future babies.

Fast forward nearly two years, and we have a baby, but no dog, and the world's tiniest backyard. So even though we have our own house, many of these things still apply to us. Ultimately, if we end up staying in our house long term, we need to be creative in finding ways to enjoy the outdoors that don't involve running around in the backyard. Because, well, we don't really have one.

(I love our house, but man, passing a larger, but unfenceable, yard up because of a dog? Not one of our finer decisions....)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

This thing's broken

I put it my mouth, but no food is coming out...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Professional 'nana eater.

reading on a rainy day

Even at just 6 months old, Isaac loves to read. I think we will start adding books to his bedtime routine soon. Today, Green Eggs and Ham. Tomorrow, Tolkien....

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Speak up, I can't hear you!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Big guy!

First ride in a shopping cart. (and first time wearing his Star Wars
shirt that I bought when I was newly pregnant. Size 12 months...what a

Pampers Sustainability: Myths and Facts About Sustainable Diapers at

Pampers Sustainability: Myths and Facts About Sustainable Diapers at

This irritates me. Isaac has had 1, maybe 2 diaper rashes in 6 months with cloth, and they were minor. How can disposables be better for the environment when they are sitting in landfills? That's like saying we should just use disposable dishes because when you factor in the water to wash regular dishes, well, its a tossup. Ridiculous.

Seriously, I don't know anyone who uses disposable diapers who would claim that they are better for the environment. It is a convenience thing, not an environmental choice. We do 3-4 loads of diaper laundry per week, and usually things like crib sheets, messy clothes, and burp clothes get washed with the diapers. Those are loads that I would have to do anyhow, so the diapers *maybe* add 1 extra load per week on top of the messy baby laundry we would be doing anyhow. I guess since babies add 3-4 loads of laundry per week, they are bad for the environment too, right?

Sounds like Pampers is just trying to cover their ass from the recent speculation that the DryMax formula is causing terrible rashes and even boils on some babies' bottoms. (
It really doesn't even matter if the claims are true or not, the public perception of Pampers is not so great right now. And when it comes to business, perception is infinitely more important than reality.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's been a long day...

Up at 8:30, emergency bath by 9:30, fell asleep only to be woken up
15 minutes later to go to the doctors to get two shots.


Monday, May 10, 2010

first Mothers Day

This Mother's Day agenda was our usual...brunch at Jason and Missy's house for my mom, and dinner with Tim's family. Other than the kamikaze bird that flew into our car on the freeway, it was a good day. The major difference from last year being, of course, that Isaac is here! And I'm not pregnant. Thank goodness for that -- I just want to enjoy him for a while before we introduce anyone new.

On Children
 Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

But, can I eat it?

That's the $64K question

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mom Brings Baby on Bus in Suitcase

When I googled "baby suitcase", this was the second result. Jeez. After reading the story, its not as bad as it sounds (at least the suitcase wasn't zipped up!) but wow.