glitter time.

Oct 7, 2008

pumpkin suppliesclaire and i had our little craft time today with tons of glitter and mini pumpkins. i have to say claire wasn’t much help. she just laid back and chilled while i worked away! 🙂 i’m not really sure how successful this project was. by the end my entire kitchen table was covered in glitter (my a/c must have caused some sort of glitter drift) and the pumpkins ended up looking so-so. i need to email jaimee rose and ask her how in the heck you glitter them since it’s nearly impossible to pick them up after you slather them in glue. it gets all smeary and sticky but i tried my best.  here’s the results.

pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin

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for jina.

Oct 7, 2008

wreath

our autumn wreath.

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tiny feet
1. a lunch with nostaglia. pb and j sandwich with a side of raw carrots and dip. all i needed was to add one of those little cartons of chocolate milk. hmm, where do you get those from besides lunch ladies?

2. baby dream smiles. claire has the most heart melting smiles in her sleep. gummy ones with dimples and the sound your mouth makes when it’s really big. i can’t wait until she smiles at me like that.

3. wreaths. i have one for every season and it makes me giddy to put up the fall one every october. i wish i had a reason to stare at my front door more!

4. a google chat with my sister in law alex. somehow she makes me feel so supported and cared for just by simple, everyday conversation. i love her.

5. adrian. he got up to feed claire @ 5:30am so i could sleep, got ready for work, and kissed me goodbye saying, “i’ll miss you today.” perfect.

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i’m bugged

Oct 7, 2008

after months of bed rest/hospital/nicu craziness it’s been great to have all of us at home again and begin our new life as a family.  now that we’ve entered the fall season (which in phoenix simply means ‘less hot’) we would like to sit outside in our backyard to breathe in the fresh air.  also, it’s football season and when i grill i like to leave the door open so that lily and i can come and go as we please.

there’s one problem with this scenario: bugs. we can’t leave the backdoor open for too long before another fly enters the house and we busy ourselves chasing them for the next few days. then just the other day i discovered a new ant colony in our backyard. annoying.

one solution to these problems is to just buy some pesticide and get it over with but we’ve been trying to tone down the use of chemical products around the house. also, with claire’s array of medical concerns we certainly don’t want to add any more harm.  i also like do-it-yourself projects because of the challenge and cost savings. so i googled around and found eartheasy, which is a site that promotes ‘ideas for environmentally sustainable living’. i found this article that gave me some options for our ant and fly problem…

ants“Trace the [ants] back to their point of entry. Set any of the following items at the entry area in a small line, which ants will not cross: cayenne pepper, citrus oil (can be soaked into a piece of string), lemon juice, cinnamon or coffee grounds.” it’s a trap!

flies“Use mint as a fly repellent. Small sachets of crushed mint can be placed around the home to discourage flies.” i might use their custom flypaper instead but i’m sure this method smells better.

i will definitely try a few of these options so we can enjoy the outside again. i’m not going let flies ruin by football/burger experiences anymore!

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