Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I haven't had many earth shattering thoughts lately. I am just trying to live each day to the best of my ability, while asking God to help me through life with a potty training two year old and pregnancy aches.

Sometimes I  can't believe what an amazing family I have been gifted.  My son is such a smart, funny, rowdy, thoughtful boy and my husband continues to amaze me with his generous heart, admirable work ethic, and handsome face.

I don't know what is to come as we look ahead to life with a new little one and the prospect of Norse not having work after the next few weeks. For now I will revel in the joys of today and hang my hopes on the One who gives good gifts and provides the grace to make it through the obstacles of life.

Today I celebrate summer -

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Just another summer weekend...

Over the 4th we spent time in Conrad, MT with my husband's family. Sometimes I forget how chaotic things can be when all five siblings, plus their children, plus spouses and boyfriends/girlfriends all get together. Needless to say, I was thankful for a drive in the mountains for a couple hours.

We had a nice time at the parade and Boden LOVED the firetrucks, tractors and candy!

Finally we spent the afternoon celebrating a special cousin's 1st birthday...

and watched a Rodeo. Boden already has dreams of saddle bronc riding. Every time a cowboy was bucked off - he would yell enthusiastically "'Nother One!". I would say he enjoyed the rodeo very much. 

We thought we would be smart and that he would sleep on the drive home that evening... not the case. We have a sleep fighter. Will your child sleep anywhere and anytime? Please, share your secrets. We learned that the pack and play can no longer confine him, so we will take any help we can get for future reference. 

Friday, July 09, 2010

Nursing in Public...

So, I am not sure if you are in some of the same blogging circles I am, but there has been an informative "carnival" happening over the mom blogosphere . I think it is great to spread the word that nursing is a fantastic start to your babies life and that it really isn't that big of a deal (plus, it is a mothers legal right) to nurse when out and about. I however, have not joined because ... get ready for this... I do NOT think it is too much to ask for a woman to do it discreetly.

I nursed my first until he weaned himself around 14 months. In the comfort of our own home we nursed without a cover, but in public I either nursed in the car or with a cover (these worked great for me).  It honestly makes me uncomfortable to see another woman whip it out and let her little one go to town while I am out with my husband eating dinner. What you do in the comfort of your own home - who cares? And if I am in your house, you do it your way.

But, really, how many of you don't feel like you need to look in the opposite direction when someone is nursing without a cover? We can bemoan the fact that breasts have been overly sexualized in our culture until we are blue in the face, but it doesn't change anything. I still prefer my husband to only see my own - even if yours has a baby stuck to it. I can't imagine the trauma a brother must go through when his sister loses her inhibitions because she is breastfeeding.

I am probably behind the times, a prude, living in the dark ages, but I don't think I am the only breastfeeding mom out there who thinks this way. So for those of us that embrace the hooter hiders - keep covering - you don't have to be ashamed. Your child isn't suffering because she nurses in the shade and frankly, I thank you!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Hello, Can you hear me?

So, since B has turned 2 we have let him enjoy the occasional movie. It seems that he really enjoys movie time and requests it daily. My question for you is: Have you regulated your child's TV watching time or is it not an issue at your house? What do you recommend for good programs on DVD. We don't get network TV or Cable so for us it is a DVD or nothing at all.

Here is my little couch potato - Do you think he is sitting too close? :)

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Life in the fast lane...

So, really I haven't been that busy. I just haven't been in the blogging mood. However, yesterday, my husband said he doesn't even check my blog anymore because I never post. My most loyal reader got the quits on me. So, here it is, a long awaited post for those of you who are still around.

  • We spent 10 days in AZ with my family. It was fun, but both too long and too short at the same time. There wasn't enough time to do everything we wanted, but more than enough time for me to deal with life outside of our normal routines.
  • Part of the reason I was missing the routine is because we found out we are expecting baby #2 this winter! Most moms know that the first trimester is not that fun and that was true for me. I am gladly regaining my energy and appetite. 
  • Summer finally arrived in MT. After a VERY rainy spring we are enjoying the sunshine. We have our salsa garden planted and a few strawberries for snacking. I even killed a snake yesterday in our yard so I wouldn't have to worry about it slithering by while we are trying to enjoy a relaxing picnic in the yard. I am a friend of nature, but snakes need to reside in another part of nature - not MY yard! 
  • We are off to Conrad for some independence day festivities and family gatherings. I love me some Rodeo and can't wait to watch the cowpokes. 
Gotta run and hang out with my super awesome little man. Have a wonderful 4th as you celebrate the greatness of our nation and the sacrifices made to make it so. 

P.S - If you are in the northwest Montana area, remember to check out BSBC for some summer camp fun. Pray for them as camps are in full swing!