Tuesday, June 26, 2012


I love picnic's and my boys are starting to share the same love.  They're normally spur-of-the-moment decisions that end with fun memories.  For our first picnic of the summer I decided to grab some McDonald's and head to a local park.  The boys could hardly eat they were so excited about the park.  They did manage to get some food in the bodies before they ran off.

Our second picnic happened today thanks to Garrison.  He suggested going outside to eat our lunch.   Great idea!  We had hot dogs, sandwiches, carrots with ranch dressing and juice.

We kept the dogs inside (so we could actually enjoy our picnic instead of spend our time fighting for it.)  Of course, the dogs hated that idea and barked or scratched at the door almost the entire time.  (We are out of sight, but they could still tell we were close by.)

After a few seconds of Aza, our chocolate lab, barking Garrison turned to the house and yelled, "Be quiet you fools!"  I almost chocked on my food.  I love the things that this kid says sometimes.

A little later I was trying to tell Josiah something, but he wasn't hearing or understanding me.  So after the third time of repeating myself I finally told him to never mind.  He responded to me by saying, "Oh, were you talking to yourself?"  He's only 2 1/2 years old.  Where does he come up with these things?!

I love the memories I'm making with these boys.  Garrison told me today that it was such a good idea to eat outside.  I hope they remember these moments like I remember moments of my childhood.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

cleaning my microfiber chair

We bought a microfiber rocking chair right before Garrison was born.  Now five years later with two (soon to be three) little boys around you can only imagine how dirty our tan chair is.  I was actually embarrassed by this chair.

 I really wanted to clean it, but had no idea how to do that.  So one day while looking at Pinterest I came upon a solution to use rubbing alcohol.  I didn't have any rubbing alcohol on hand so I decided to try what I did have which was hydrogen peroxide.

 Here's what I did...  

I put the hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and sprayed the area that I wanted to clean.  With a clean, never used before white rough sponge I scrubbed the area.  I was a little paranoid that it wouldn't work so I scrubbed it quite often while it dried.  After it had completely dried I went back over it with a clean, white bristled brush and "fluffed" the area back up.  It was a little crunchy after it dried, but a little brushing and the fabric felt just like it did before I cleaned it.  It was so easy and I can't believe how well hydrogen peroxide can clean microfiber.

Here are the before and afters...




Monday, June 11, 2012

25 weeks

I am 25 weeks and 2 days.

I've gained 21 lbs thus far.  (With Garrison I had gained 21 lbs at this point and with Josiah I had gained 20 lbs.  So I'm right on track to gain my 55 to 60 lbs.  Wowser!  I just looked up how much I actually gained with both boys... Garrison I gained 58 lbs and Josiah I gained 56 lbs.  Here we go!)

I'm craving watermelon, cereal and salads, but, of course, I've been eating everything and can't seem to stop.

I had a doctors appointment last Thursday and the baby is doing good.  His heart beat is 150 bpm and everything is looking good.  My next appointment I'll be going in to test for diabetes.  Then I'll be going every 2 weeks.  Crazy!  I'm so excited to meet this little guy I'm practically busting at the seams.

He's been kicking a ton lately.  The other day Garrison was leaning against my tummy when his little brother began kicking.  Garrison gently elbowed my tummy back and said, "knock it off."

I've still been experiencing a lot of back pain, pressure and cramping.  Lately it's been more back pain then anything else.  By the end of the day it's hard for me to walk, but I'm loving being pregnant again.  A lady from our church has set up people to bring us meals once a week until the baby comes.  I'm a little overwhelmed by it all, but am trying to take it all with a "thank you" and a smile.  I feel like I'm still capable of making my family meals, but I also know that people want to help out.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dirt ball

I have a feeling that this summer I'll be giving the boys lots of baths and showers.  They usually end up looking like this when they're done having fun.