Saturday, December 15, 2012

Making Christmas Cookies

It's that time again! Yes, it is time to bake cookies like crazy. This week has been a cookie baking frenzy. I have made chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar and oatmeal raisin cookies. I let the kids cut out and decorate the sugar cookies. Baking cookies makes me miss my family. But hey at least I took pictures...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cloth diapers the good and the bad

BBH Hemp FittedSince bringing Mary home from the hospital we have struggled with diaper rash. The surgeon told us that babies with Hirschsprungs Disease have more problems with diaper rash than most other babies. So for several weeks we tried this, that, and the other thing, to get rid of the diaper rash that she developed in the hospital. But nothing seemed to work. Finally we decided to try cloth diapers. Some people love them, some people hate them, some don't know much about them. What I hope to do is to keep you updated on how cloth diapering is going for our family. So far I enjoy cloth diapering. Here are some of the good things: Mary does not have diaper rash anymore!, we are saving money every day, I can use the same laundry soap I use for my clothes (because it is a natural soap that is tough on stains and no there is no funky smells coming from her freshly washed diapers.), and she looks adorable in them. The diapers that I am currently using are called Baby Bee-Hinds the hemp fitted edition. I like these diapers because they adjust with my growing baby, they are all natural and very absorbent. Here are some things I don't like about cloth diapering: The diapers need washed daily and they take forever to dry, I have to sun bleach them every other day and I do not have a clothes line in the sun, If line dried they are crunchy and not soft on her bottom, you have to use covers with them, they are not all in ones. Other than those things listed, I am pleased with cloth diapering. All of the bad elements can be remedied. I am looking forward to learning more about cloth diapers, finding the right ones for our family and possibly even making my own...someday.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Birthday girl and I am lovin' this weather!

I forgot to mention that little Hosanna turned 2 last Tuesday. I can't believe it! She is such a blessing to our family. She is full of attitude and very loving. Here she is in her birthday crown.

I have been patiently waiting for cooler more enjoyable days here in the desert. Well they are finally here. With temperatures in the mid 70's to 80's. I feel like I am in paradise! Today is a perfect 72 degrees. I have to keep telling myself it is almost Christmas. SERIOUSLY! I forget that it's super cold back home. I guess they have had some warmer days over that way too. I don't mean to brag but I cant help it. I love that I can just throw on a pair of flip flops and go outside. I can wear tank tops in the winter time and not get cold. I have to turn on the a/c sometimes just to cool off my house! YEAH! It is great!!!