Triple digits weekend

Holy heatwave, Batman! Today and tomorrow’s forecasted highs are 102, dropping to 100 on Monday. And yesterday it was 99. Oy!!

We plan to go to a public pool for some of the afternoon today to cool off. I just hope the whole city doesn’t decide to do the same.

This evening we are going to our local API chapter summer potluck picnic which should be a lot of fun if we can find ways to stay cool. That will be the tricky part. I’m taking a bean dip to share. I found the recipe this week in one of my veggie cookbooks. It’s pretty tasty and easy to make.

Not sure what we will do tomorrow, but quite possibly leave the house to find respite in some air conditioned facility.

On Monday, Ava and I have plans to meet some friends at a kiddie play gym (similar to Gymboree) for part of the day. I haven’t taken Ava to anything like that before, but I’m sure she will enjoy it (and it will be air conditioned!).

Then the rest of the week consists of a midwife appointment, a doctor’s appointment and a moms’ night out.

Hope everyone finds ways to stay cool this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

The roof, the roof, the roof is onโ€ฆ

no, not fire (thankfully), but I have that song stuck in my head. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’re getting our roof reshingled on Saturday thanks to a hail storm last year that caused enough damage that insurance is covering the whole thing (less our deductible).

The shingles and all the materials will be delivered to our driveway on Friday, then work begins bright and early at 7 or 8 on Saturday morning. Zzzzz. It’s a bit early for my taste but at least they will only be tearing off the old shingles for the first few hours so that shouldn’t be as noisy as all the hammering, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a newborn photoshoot to do Saturday morning anyway so I’ll be getting out of the noise for a few hours. ๐Ÿ™‚

We have to take down any pictures/hangings on our walls because they could get knocked loose with all the vibrations so I imagine I’ll be spending Friday doing that. Gives me a good reason to dust them all too. Who knows when the last time that happened was.

Speaking of dusting, I’ve been on a major cleaning streak since we got home from CA. Today alone I cleaned the upstairs bathroom while bathing Ava (hooray for baking soda as a cleaner so we weren’t trapped in there with toxic fumes), vacuumed the upstairs, the stairs and the main floor, bathed the dogs outside in the yard (gosh, they were stinky), as well as played with Ava outside for quite a while, did a little yardwork and made dinner (veggie burritos w/ guac). Oh, I even watched the season finale of LOST (online) while Ava napped because I missed it the night before. What craziness that was! It was a good productive day.

The whole roof construction is only supposed to take one day (hooray!) so we’ll still have Sunday and Monday (Jody has the day off) for some peace and quiet. Maybe we’ll just sit outside and admire our new roof. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hmmm, probably not. But it is nice to be getting it replaced inexpensively, especially since we’ve been talking about trying to sell our house in the next year or so.

Weโ€™re home :)

We got home safe and sound last night. It’s so good to be back in CO. ๐Ÿ™‚
I am in a major house cleaning mode right now (and I have tons of laundry to do) so I probably won’t post about our trip for a day or two.

Also, a quick congrats to another friend (Heather) who had a successful VBAC yesterday and welcomed her second son, Cole, into the world! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations mama!

What a barfy night and a ? about chicken-style seitan

What a barfy night. Not for me (well, inadvertantly it was since I was on the receiving end of the barf), but for Ava.

Poor Ava was up off and on barfing from 2:30 to 7 a.m. It made for a very long night, especially since I went to bed already having a headache last night. Jody got up with us the first few times and helped clean up (which was good because those times were the messiest), but I let him sleep through the later dry heaves in the early morning. I wanted him to get *some* sleep before having to go to work this morning and I figured Ava and I would sleep in (which we did, til about 10:30).

It was so sad when she woke up a few times saying “no more throw up” because she knew it was coming again and then she’d heave some more. ๐Ÿ™

I made a stirfry last night trying out “chicken” seitan for the first time and now I wonder if something was wrong with it. You may recall a similar situation happened to us with tempeh before.

So does anyone know what the White Wave Chicken-Style Seitan is supposed to look like out of the package? Should it resemble a block of tofu? That’s what I was expecting it to look like, but mine was all broken up into chunks. The expiration date was in May and I just bought it yesterday so I figured it’d be fine, but I just didn’t know what to expect. And I have to say that it tasted just fine too. Maybe her system just didn’t like it because, other than my having a headache, Jody and I didn’t have any reaction to it.

Thankfully she’s been fine since about 7 this morning. No more puking and she woke up to her happy, energetic self. I asked her how her tummy was this morning and she replied, “pretty good.” And she never ran a fever or had any other symptoms which is why I’m thinking she just had a bad reaction to dinner. Poor lil chickadee.

Of course this happens the day before we have plans to leave Ava with friends while Jody and I venture out to celebrate our anniversary which was last week. We have reservations at The Melting Pot and I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully Ava will continue to do well and we’ll be ok to leave her tomorrow evening. Keep your fingers crossed. ๐Ÿ™‚

Much-needed revisions considered

Good news for parents of breast-fed babies who are concerned their little ones aren’t gaining enough weight. “The World Health Organization is to issue new guidelines on measuring the growth rates of babies.

“Current charts are based on calculations using the growth patterns of babies fed largely on formula milk from 20 years ago.

But bottle-fed babies put on weight more quickly than those that are breast-fed, meaning breast-fed children could be shown as underweight.

The new recommended charts are based on data from breast-fed babies.”

Here’s the whole story: Baby growth charts to be revised

I know several of my friends will be excited about this because it seemed like their breast-fed babies weren’t measuring up on the growth charts. I was lucky in that it wasn’t an issue with Ava as she was always at the top of the charts, though I am sure I would’ve obsessed about it if she’d been on the opposite end of the spectrum.

It’s good to see this revision is being considered. I’m sure it will help put many parents’ minds at ease that their babies are growing just fine on mama’s milk. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Earth Day!


Here’s a great site called Go Organic for Earth Day. It’s chock full of information such as reasons to go organic, recipes, stuff for kids, lists of organic retailers in your area, and organic manufacturers.

Whether you check it out on Earth Day or anyday, making the switch to organic foods and product (even in small amounts) can help make a positive difference for our Earth. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Earth Day!

Five years ago todayโ€ฆ

Five years ago today, our family and friends came from Michigan and Oklahoma here to Colorado to celebrate our happiness and witness our joy as Jody and I proclaimed our love for each other.

Mom and me:

My sis, Carrie and me:

Jody, getting ready (and Look! He had hair!):

Hugging my dad after my parents walked me down the aisle:

Introducing the new Mr. and Mrs.:

The wedding party:

Getting into the limo for the drive up to the ranch in the mountains where our reception was held:

Me and my friends:

The outlaws:

Our wedding cake (the best damn cake I’ve EVER had – seriously):

Outside at the ranch:

Our first dance together – “From This Moment On”:

From This Moment On – Shania Twain

From this moment, life has begun
From this moment, you are the one
Right beside you is where I belong
From this moment on…

Happy fifth anniversary, Jody. I love you.

No rest for the wicked

I woke up this morning with a migraine and proceeded to throw up. Poor Ava was so sweet. She was very concerned about me hugging the toilet and making the barfy noises I was. ๐Ÿ™ So I managed to blurt out, “Mommy’s very sick.” She kept saying, “very sick.” Then I told her that “Mommy had to throw up.” And she kept saying, “Ava throw up too.” She’s such an empathic little girl.

I did start feeling better later in the day, only to come down with the cold Ava’s had the last few days. Ugh.

Why don’t mommies get “sick days?” ๐Ÿ™

Whereโ€™d the Easter bunny come from, after all?

Today is widely celebrated as Easter Sunday, the day that Christians believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead – on the third day after being crucified.
But if the holiday is supposed to focus on Christ and his resurrection from the dead, have you ever wondered what’s up with all the bunnies and eggs?

I’ve done a bit of research lately about the origins of Easter (more here) and came across the following About.com article on how the Easter bunny and eggs tie into all of it. I thought it was an interesting read and worth sharing, especially since we saw someone dressed up as an Easter bunny and kids having an egg hunt at a local park this morning and then we had our own egg hunt in the yard for Ava this afternoon. (She LOVED it by the way. Pics will follow at a later time, of course.) ๐Ÿ™‚

Ostara’s Hare
From Jennifer Emick
The Pagan origins of the Easter Bunny

Have you ever wondered where the celebration of the Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ acquired its unusual name and odd symbols of colored eggs and rabbits?

The answer lies in the ingenious way that the Christian church absorbed Pagan practices. After discovering that people were more reluctant to give up their holidays and festivals than their gods, they simply incorporated Pagan practices into Christian festivals. As recounted by the Venerable Bede, an early Christian writer, clever clerics copied Pagan practices and by doing so, made Christianity more palatable to pagan folk reluctant to give up their festivals for somber Christian practices.

In second century Europe, the predominate spring festival was a raucous Saxon fertility celebration in honor of the Saxon Goddess Eastre (Ostara), whose sacred animal was a hare.

The colored eggs associated with the bunny are of another, even more ancient origin. The eggs associated with this and other Vernal festivals have been symbols of rebirth and fertility for so long the precise roots of the tradition are unknown, and may date to the beginning of human civilization. Ancient Romans and Greeks used eggs as symbols of fertility, rebirth, and abundance- eggs were solar symbols, and figured in the festivals of numerous resurrected gods.

Pagan fertility festivals at the time of the Spring equinox were common- it was believed that at this time, when day and night were of equal length, male and female energies were also in balance. The hare is often associated with moon goddesses; the egg and the hare together represent the god and the goddess, respectively.

Moving forward fifteen hundred years, we find ourselves in Germany, where children await the arrival of Oschter Haws, a rabbit who will lay colored eggs in nests to the delight of children who discover them Easter morning. It was this German tradition that popularized the ‘Easter bunny’ in America, when introduced into the American cultural fabric by German settlers in Pennsylvania.

Many modern practitioners of Neo-pagan and earth-based religions have embraced these symbols as part of their religious practice, identifying with the life-affirming aspects of the spring holiday. (The Neopagan holiday of Ostara is descended from the Saxon festival.) Ironically, some Christian groups have used the presence of these symbols to denounce the celebration of the Easter holiday, and many churches have recently abandoned the Pagan moniker with more Christian oriented titles like ‘Resurrection Sunday.’

Note: This post is not meant to criticize anyone’s beliefs or say they are wrong. To each, his/her own. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just wanted to share the information I found for those who might be curious to learn about the bunny and egg origins, as I was. Of course, if you have information to the contrary, you are welcome to share it too.

Hope everyone is having a lovely day! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s sunny and in the 70s here and couldn’t be a more perfect spring day.