Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Want to see my RIBBA?

Since Eric is gone all week to Scout camp =( and not one thing will be getting done around here, I thought I'd post a few of the small projects I've been working on...

Pretty much, hours and hours spent on Pinterest led me to believe that buying the perfect box, basket, bag, shoe holder, etc. would solve all of my clutter issues.  It's just not so.  In my case at least, it really came down to a lot more discipline, for me and the kids.  I do love my Pinterest projects, however.

First, the kids' bathroom.  Our builder cut every corner humanly possible when building our house, and we have spent the last few years trying to fill them in.  A big one lately is bathroom storage.  Aside from the sink cabinets, there are no medicine cabinets, drawers, shelves or any place to put things.  It hasn't mattered too much, since the kids haven't had much by way of bathroom items, but now that they're getting bigger (and there are so many more of them) there are a lot of toothbrushes, toothpastes, hair brushes, and hair ties floating around.  Enter bygel.

This is an Ikea kitchen organization series, but it works great in the bathroom too.  Those rods were $2.99, and so was the hanging basket.  The plastic cups were $0.99.  The perfect price for being used and abused by the tiny terrors.  The spendiest item was the asker, plus grundtal containers:

The website says it was $15 for the magnetic strip, but I am sure I paid closer to $8...maybe there was a shorter one in the store or something??  Regardless, it's perfect for wrangling 8,000 hair ties, clips and bows.  It's so nice to just grab the one I want when doing the girls' hair, and then pop it back up there as soon as we're done.

Our bathroom actually has enough storage, but the dead wall above the toilet has always driven me nuts.  A while back, I decided I really wanted to mount wood crates as shelves, but as with anything that is "all the rage," wood crates became impossible to find, or impossibly expensive.  Once again, Ikea saved the day.  While looking for bookshelves, I found these baskets.  They actually had the hardware for mounting them already attached to their bottoms, so it was an easy substitute:

I  really like it, though I think I still need a small shelf under them, and maybe some kind of print. 

And, finally, the Pinterest Pin seen round the world.  I just had to get in on the photo ledge bookshelf idea, even if everyone I know also has one in their house.  It's just so cute, and we're all about the book displays in this house.

The kids' old bookshelf was completely falling apart, and though it looks fine in this picture, it was really bugging me:

Now, seeing this every time I look down the hall makes me HAPPY:

And, no, I did not wait for good light to take the pictures.  My bad.  I am an impatient soul.  And, yes, I put the books I hate reading on the top shelf.  Out of sight, out of mind.

I can't believe I put pictures of two separate toilets in the same post.  Sheesh.  I am off to hide somewhere.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Famous last words

"I'm not going to sleep, I'm just resting my eyes."

Watching men's gymnastics really took it out of him.

Iva is here!

Anna and Shawn's sweet baby girl, Iva, finally decided it was time to come Saturday morning (around 10 a.m.). 

We missed her arrival during our visit to see Anna, but I did get a fantastic preview of what her life is going to be like, and it is going to be good... 

The night we stayed with the Catmulls I slept terribly.  I heard my kids starting to wake up, and when I finally got my eyes open, Anna was lifting Audrey out of her pack n' play and shutting my bedroom door so I could sleep longer.  An hour later, I went upstairs to find Amos and Maggie playing sweetly on the floor, and Audrey and Anna snuggled up on the couch watching Yo Gabba Gabba.  Aunt Anna had things well under control.  I have no doubt Mama Anna will too.

***I blogged this Saturday, right away, but blogger was being funny and wouldn't post it.  So, if/when it shows up a bunch of times, that is all of my posting attempts ;)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fruit Baby

Last night after dinner Eric and the kids went out in the garden to harvest the zucchini for me.  They came back in with several zucchini, one of which Maggie claimed as her "fruit baby."  We had to swear not to cook "fruit baby." 

Maggie insisted on taking fruit baby to bed with her, and fell asleep snuggling with a zucchini.  The only drama was when Audrey decided to take a bite out of fruit baby.  Oops.

Apparently, Audrey didn't get enough last night, and this morning she adopted a bouncing baby yellow squash of her own. 

Now, what are we going to have for dinner?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Handsome Man

Amos and Maggie are getting to the point where they are having "real" conversations.  I hear them talking about the funniest things.  A personal favorite is, one day, on the way to summer camp, I heard Amos telling Maggie,

"Tomorrow I am going to wear my handsome shirt and I'll be handsome man.  All the kids will say, 'look! there's handsome man, let's get him!'"

He is handsome.  And I want to get him.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mag's Achieves "Real" Cowgirl Status.

I don't have a picture of it from this trip, but the Iversons have two horses at their house.  The kids are always excited to get to ride them when we're there.  This time, though, we had a first.  Maggie fell off the horse.  I had a mini heart attack.  Nope, full blown heart attack.  Maggie thought it was great.  Immediately after she said,

"That's why my wear my helmet!"

"I hit my butt!  Ha, ha, ha, ha."

Yep, she loved it.  I managed to pull it together and still let Amos have his turn, but it was rough for me.

Me and My Entourage Do Idaho

Best shot of the "little" cousins.

Last week the kids and I went to Idaho to spend some time with my sisters and the cousins.  We had a great time, though it seriously felt hotter than the surface of the sun.  I have zero tolerance for heat, it just totally shuts me down.  Not to mention the regular third trimester pregnancy discomforts.

The kids spent tons of time in the pool, and even I got in.  They insisted on using tubes while wearing their floaties.  There's never too much redundancy when it comes to pool safety ;)

When not in the pool, there was lots of yard wandering, trampoline jumping, and car driving.  The best part about Eagle is that my kids just always seem to come alive there.  They love the wide open spaces and running free.

Eagle, ID July 2012
*Swimming. Hot Tubbing. Jumping. Gardening. Horseback Riding. Cartoon Watching. Yogurt Eating. McDonald's. Pirates Movie. Park. Hobby Lobby. Kneaders. Cars, Dinosaurs, Truck driving.  Bike riding. Powerwheels driving. Primary with the cousins. Chicken Feeding.  Chore Doing. Cookie Baking. Pioneer Day Celebrating. Hair doing.*

"On our way home" from Boise we swung through Idaho Falls to see Anna and baby Iva.  Even though we got there on Iva's due date, we knew it probably wasn't likely that we'd get to see her.  She's not showing any signs of being interested in coming.  She must be pretty cozy where she is ;)  So, we took our new mission of distracting Anna and helping her pass a little time very seriously.  Well, we fed her a couple times at least.  

The kids loved Anna's house, and Auds did a great job of keeping Iva's things warm for her:

We're sad we couldn't see Iva, but my bed and own space were calling me, and the kids were ready too.  Although, we've been home like 12 hours and Amos is already asking when our next trip is.  Maggie is just asking to go to McDonald's.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Maggie's best sacrament ever

Our time with the cousins paid off with a very calm sacrament today. So nice :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Enter Gestational Diabetes

I really should have written this post last Friday, it would have been MUCH more entertaining.  Lifetime made for t.v. movie levels of drama.  Unfortunately for you, I restrained myself and gave it a couple days.  I have a much cooler head now, though I am not claiming to be level headed in any way.

So...over the last couple weeks I did the usual glucose testing, and failed and failed again.  I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes last Thursday, and by Friday I had booked 6 new appointments to begin treatment (perinatologist, diabetes counseling x2, dietician, my general practitioner, and a follow-up with my OB).  Good grief.

I went to the diabetes clinic and saw the dietician on Friday.  That really is not the place to start for pregnant women.  They had me worked into a total tizzy.  I spent the weekend totally stressed, anxious, and feeling very guilty. 

Thankfully, yesterday we went to the Perinatologist and she put my mind totally at ease.  We got to see little man (who is, indeed, a man), and he looked perfect.  He is measuring the right size (which is the big concern for babies of GD).  It was actually pretty neat to have an ultrasound, I have never had one after the 20 week one.  We got to see his little mouth move (AMAZING!) and I could tell what stuff was way better than at 20 weeks, when it's all kind of blurry to me. 

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I have never had a pregnancy complication, and let me tell you, it is not fun.  I completely understand why women who have difficult pregnancies find it hard to want to go through it all again.  It seriously doesn't matter what the problem is, as a mom, you blame yourself, and you worry.  And worry.  

So, for now, I eat a specific diet, exercise, and monitor my blood sugar.  It doesn't sound so bad when you put it that way. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tee balle est terminé

Amos had his last tee ball game in June.  You'd better believe I spaced that it was the last one until long after it was over.  I didn't even ever mention it to him.  Whoops.  Thank heavens for a great coach who put together a great little party to celebrate the end of the season. 

What's not to love about group shots of children?

Amos got his first trophy, which he was totally thrilled about.  In fact, this morning (three days later) I heard him say, "Maggie, can you watch my trophy while I go get my haircut?"  None of his personal items have ever required watching before (and haircuts no longer warrant a blog post)...

Amos and Coach Val

Fun time with a fun team!  Next up is soccer.  I think.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nan and Pop's July Visit, That's a Wrap

I think that about covers the too few days we got to spend with Nan and Pop...although there was a fishing trip, park trips, dirt pile trips, and a movie too.  Sheesh, no wonder I am so tired.  There's also the 5 hours I spent at the hospital lab (two separate days) getting tested for Glucose Failure 2012 (more on that horribleness to come).

So, for now, I'll leave you with this:

The first zucchinis of the year.

And the chickens:

I don't think I've posted this before, but Amos totally thinks he lives on a farm.  I can't imagine why?

Nan and Pop's July Visit, We Went in the Front Yard Too

I know, I know, it's all about the deck these days, but the front yard still has it's uses too.

It's still best for water balloons, sparklers, poppers, and horse riding: