Saturday, April 28, 2012

Grocery Shopping with Toddlers

While we were in Indiana, Mom and I felt pretty brave and we went to Sam's Club. On a Saturday. Armed with TWO toddlers. The cousins did well but it definitely required some entertaining on my part. If God ever decide to bless us with multiples, He must really think I am capable of parenting them... because that would be a lot of work.

The very last picture is bad pretty blurry but I am trying to share more photos even if they make me cringe knowing they are not "perfect" (technically speaking). I really want to show how much fun these two boys have whenever they are together. They were blowing raspberries one second and then started head banging the next. I didn't have time to fix my settings and had to snap the photo or the moment would have been lost.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Winding Toy

As of yesterday late afternoon, we are back in Georgia. However, it will be a while before we get back to our routine because I am feeling crappy today, which really started yesterday. I woke up with a sore throat and low grade fever. I suspect I got sick from all those snuggles with my niece Isabel :) (She was sick a few days earlier.) But thankfully, Nathaniel was a good travel buddy and even napped for almost three hours. And I'm not going to lie; I sped the last hour because I was just miserable and wanted to be home as soon as possible.

Nathaniel likes to put winding toy in between his teeth and let it go round and round. He looks silly but whatever keeps him entertained, right?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Three Years Down

Three years ago, my husband went to MCRD San Diego for Marine Corps bootcamp. Since then we became a family of three, have celebrated three years of marriage, endured four major moves, lived in three different states, became first time homeowners and have been promoted twice. I still don't know if this is the career for us. If you ask Dean, he'll say yes in an instant. Some days I'm all for making it a career. Some days I just want to pack our bags and move back to Indiana. Thankfully, we still have at least a year to go before we have to make the decision about re-enlisting. So for now, I'm just going to try to enjoy this chapter of our lives.

I'm proudly wearing his company's t-shirt today.

April 20, 2009 Indianapolis International Airport
Bible. Song Book. His and fellow recruits' paperwork. Clothes on his back.
And a newly opened chapter.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Don't you just love the hand placement? He has perfected the "lens hand," too :)
(Messy face from eating crackers and Nutella. Yum!)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

TWO Men in a Tub

Nathaniel and I safely arrived yesterday late afternoon here in Indiana. God definitely watched over us and was with us throughout the travel. We started early and left around 6:15am, just as my husband left for work, too. We were blessed with great driving weather and very minimal traffic. When Nathaniel napped after only an hour (10a-11a) with five more hours of driving to go, I was for sure we would have a bad rest of the trip. But he did great! His brain on the other hand is a different story. I am sure it is mushed from watching Monsters, Inc (twice), The Incredibles, Dora the Explorer and Word World. He is not allowed to watch TV for the rest of his life! Well... maybe again in two weeks when we're on our way back to Georgia ;)

My nephew Daniel is spending the evening and all day tomorrow with us since my sister is on call at the hospital tonight. The dynamics between these two is so much better compared to when we were last here (December). They rarely fight and in fact, they are harmoniously playing together! We have even dubbed them "Pete" and "Repeat" because they just copy each other. Sometimes that gets them in trouble but most of the time, it's just plain adorable.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Eggs 2012

Nathaniel and I dyed our Easter eggs today. I really wanted to give natural dyeing a try this year but with Hubby working the Augusta Masters, I just didn't have the extra hand/help available. So I chose to use the Kool-Aid method that I found from Hey! Jen Renee.

I bought 7 different Kool-Aid packets and they were still cheaper than the pre-packaged dye kits. And I probably could have even bought less flavors since I was able to achieve more colors by either soaking the eggs longer, removing them right away, or diluting the solution.

I used mason jars and old bottles because they came with lids. As you can see, one second Nathaniel was showing me "pay-ple" (purple) and the next second, he was picking it up. Can you imagine the mess if we had used disposable, limpy cups? Yikes!

Nathaniel dropped helped put the eggs inside the jars, which cracked them a little bit. Oopss. And while we were waiting for the eggs to soak in the colors (which doesn't take long at all!), he was doing his favorite part of Easter Egg dyeing: eating the eggs. I learned from last year's experience, so I made sure to cook extra just for eating right away this time.

Ready to peak in?

My original violet/indigo egg turned dark and black, so I diluted the mixture for the next egg and allowed it to be soaked for just a little while. And my yellow remained barely yellow for the longest time so I rinsed the egg and followed the natural way and used Turmeric.

I am very impressed with the results and I think we will dye our Easter eggs this way from now on. No waiting more than half an hour per egg, no vinegar needed (although the smell doesn't really bother me anyway), cheaper than the dye kit and the colors are really vibrant! I'm so happy I was even able to achieve (an almost) ROYGBIV.

Linking up to:

Be Inspired Project: Multiples
Communal Global: Tuesdays Around the World

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday: Salt Dough Tomb

Last year, one of my favorite bloggers and amateur photographers posted a Good Friday tradition in their family. It consists of making a salt dough to symbolize Jesus' tomb and placing Him there on Good Friday (today). Tomorrow, we'll go check to see if Jesus is still there (and He will be) and then again on Sunday. Jesus won't obviously be there because He has Risen!

Nathaniel is obviously still young to fully understand the concept but you can't deny that it is still a lot of fun. He rolled the salt dough into logs and said they were snake. He also tried to eat it and quickly realized it's not good eats (all four ingredients are safe and natural!). Even our dog Riley joined in on the fun!

And it's never really early to teach a child about one of the most important things in Christianity: Christ's death for the salvation of our sins!

Four hours of slow, low heat baking later (well technically, three days for us), we painted the salt dough tomb. And Nathaniel enjoyed this part of the craft even more.

And then pretty soon, he discovered how much fun it is to stack the paint containers. That is a pretty impressive stacking skills, don't you think? And it's good to know he's developmentally on track :)

After the paint dried,we wrapped Jesus in cheese cloth, placed him in the tomb then covered it with rock(s). I know, I know... it's supposed to be ONE giant rock but I couldn't find one big enough to cover our tomb so I had to improvised.

Nathaniel then ran around our backyard, cradling one of the paint containers wrapped in baby wipe. He kept saying it was a baby. Oh, such is the imagination of a two year old :)

I hope you have a great Easter weekend. Hubby is working at the Augusta Masters so he's been non-existent for the entire week and unfortunately will continue to be for the rest of the weekend :(

 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3: 15-17 (NKJV)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Hunger Games: Katniss Plant

Me: Hey babe, can you drive me to Augusta to pick up a plant? Someone is giving them for free!
Hubby: Ok, what kind of plant?
Me: Katniss!

Hubby: Why, of course...


If you haven't read the series, well what are you waiting for?! They really are more than just kids fighting each other to the death for survival. And it's nothing like Twilight so don't be fooled with the Team Peeta and Team Gale stuff. (Although if you ask me, I'm Team Peeta all the way!)

Source: Pinterest

I really enjoyed the movie adaptation as well. I think it helped a lot that I went in knowing the movie will never be as good as the book. And it has been a long, loooong time since I've been this excited and pleased with a book turned to movie. (Last ones were Harry Potter 7 Part 1 and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Source: Pinterest

Katniss is also known as arrowhead because of its leaves and Indian potato because of its edible roots. They are aquatic plants but very adaptable to its environment and can withstand cold temperatures and can thrive in sandy, loamy or heavy clay soil.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Help Me Choose a Short Hair Style!

Since high school, I have always wanted to donate my hair to Locks of Love. But every time the weather starts to get hot, I end up chopping my hair to just below shoulder length. I gave up the idea in college and in my early years as an RN and just never thought I'd have the patience to stick with it. Well, it has been a year and half since I vowed to really do it this time. It helped a lot that my hair stylist resides in Indiana and I refuse to have anyone else cut it. The one time I did in California, it was such a mess.

Here I am with semi-wet and unstyled hair. I've given up blow drying it since it takes more than half an hour and that's just not realistic when you have a toddler. Instead, I've embraced and emphasize my naturally beach wavy-hair.

But I am finally getting it cut next week! I am going back and forth between getting it cut to my old college hairstyle (short & layered) or going bold and try a different style and/or cut super short. I know for sure that I want to keep my bangs since... blah, let's admit it, I've gained a lot of weight and it helps conceal my always chubby and now even chubbier face.

So will you help me decide? Here are the short hair styles I'm considering in no particular order:

One and Two (they may be the same cut)

Three and Four

Five and Six

Seven (my old college hair style) and Eight

Nine and Ten (I won't actually do this since I have a naturally chubby, round face but I adore this hair cut!)

Based on these pictures, it seems the consensus is that I want a Bob-type hairstyle. Whether I'll do a short or long bob, I don't know! But this alone is already out of my norm since I usually get my front layered. So what do you think?
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