Sunday, January 31, 2010


Here is Ansley eating mostly PEAS with a little banana mixed in. I just gave her banana yesterday and she LOVES it.

Ansley has also been getting really good at the "b" sound. She does it all the time. It's really cute to look into the back seat and see her saying, "Buh buh buh" to her animal friends.

And, two of my favorite baby smells right now are:

1. Freshly roasted apples (right out of the oven for Ansley's baby food)
2. Pampers diapers (There's just something about them that makes me think of a tiny new baby *sigh*)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Play house

Oh my goodness! I now know how Jon will be spending his free time this summer...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Park Playgroup

We had playgroup at the park again today. It was really nice out and Ansley got to try a sort of big kid swing for the first time. She really liked it and would laugh whenever I grabbed her feet or said "weee!".

Kennon also enjoyed the swings :o)

P.S. I snuck the tiniest bit of peas into Ansley's squash for dinner and she ate it!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dear Ansley,

Please stop gaging to the point of throwing up every time I feed you peas. They're really not that bad.

Thank you.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jumperoo Video

Ok, this isn't quite as good as when she's screeching for of a room full of people while jumping like a crazy lady, but still pretty cute. I know some of you have been waiting for a jumperoo video :o)

Two new things about Ansley this week.
1. She has decided green vegetables are the most heinous substance God ever created. I tried first with peas and then homemade green beans. Both times the moment they touched her lips she grimaced, gaged and dry heaved so hard it actually made her throw up. Gross.

2. I'm really trying to cut out the swaddle during naps now that she can roll over. She's done extremely well the last two days and when I went to wake her earlier today I found this:

I'm sure this is normal for people who don't wrap their children into neat little baby burritos every time they sleep, but not for me. Seeing her all crooked and smiling was more than I could take (So cute!). I had to grab the camera so I could show Jon later. And, this was how she was when I went to wake her, which means she was sitting here wiggling around in her crib silent and awake, happy as can be. Silly little girl :o)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Ansley's New Noise

Is it a laugh? We're not sure :o)

Cleaning Adventure

Since I really need one more project (did I mention we're in the middle of painting our house, making cork boards for etsy, baby, sick husband...), I've decided to read through the entirety of Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook. If I were participating in the icebreaker game where you respond to the question, "If you knew me well you would know..." my answer would be, "I love Martha Stewart!" I started my adventures with Martha this morning.

Chapter 1: Cleaning Products

This chapter talked about the staples needed in your cleaning caddy. Here's mine:

It also touched on homemade cleaning products which is something I've always wanted to try. I already had a bunch of store bought stuff and thought now would be the perfect time to compare homemade to name brand. I did my own experiment with our main cleaning issue, master bathroom shower mildew, and an easier one, glass cleaner.

Mildew Cleaner
Our bathroom doesn't ventilate well and gets very humid. Within less than a week of scrubbing the shower grout starts to mildew. I decided to try Tilex, Shaklee Scour Off and Martha's at home remedy (1 part bleach to 10 parts water). Here's the before...don't judge me :o)

And after:

It's hard to tell zoomed back, but I don't think the Scour Off was made for this job. It seems like more of an oven, caked on grime type of cleaner. Martha's solution and the Tilex worked equally well. However, because the bleach water was so diluted it didn't have the strong chemical smell of the Tilex, which was a plus. I ended up doing the whole shower with the homemade solution. It looks so much better. I'll have to see how long it lasts this time!

I was hoping the homemade cleaner would be "greener" than bleach. Martha says you can try an oxygenated bleach instead, but you have to let it sit for an hour as opposed to 15min. I might try again in a week or so with some of the Shaklee Nature Bright I have.

Glass Cleaner
For this I tried store brand glass cleaner, Windex Multi-Surface with vinegar ("greener" than normal Windex), Shaklee Basic H2 Cleaner and Martha's homemade solution (1 part water/ 1 part vinegar).

All cleaners worked well and were streak free. The Shaklee Basic H2 smelled the best, is environmentally friendly and is a general cleaner for all types of surfaces (so you don't need tons of bottles in your caddy!). The only downside of this one is cost. I think I would choose the vinegar/water as my second favorite based on price, it's a general cleaner too and there are no chemicals involved. Ansley could lick the mirror and I wouldn't have to worry :o)

(Which is a definite possibility after looking at this September picture of Carver)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Daddy's 30th

This weekend was Daddy's (and Granny's) birthday. Nana and Grandpa came up Saturday to help us paint our house, but unfortunately Jon came down with a really awful stomach virus around lunch time. Our home improvement plans had to be put on hold and I took care of both of my babies :o) Here's Ansley socializing at the dining room table just before Jon got sick.

She was really interested in his birthday card. The new bird feeder has attracted all sorts of wildlife. Now that the squirrels are unable to make to the feeders they have resorted to breaking into our laundry room and squeezing into the seed container. There was one little squirrel who made it into the bin, but then ate so much he couldn't fit through the hole to get out. Luckily we found him in time and he scampered away (clumsily) when we lifted the lid.

This may not be exciting to anyone else, but look at all of these thing I got for $1 at Target! A shirt for Ansy, two neat little mailboxes (I've noticed them being used in recent Pottery Barn Kids Rooms. I thought the red might be good for future letters to Santa and the pink could be a place for me to leave notes and treats for Ansley when she gets a little older) and a cute magnetic note pad.

And finally, here's Ansley last night. This is the reaction to me singing her favorite song...The itsy bitsy spider :o)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Modest Bather

Ansley LOVES bath time in the big tub...

...and snuggling with daddy afterwards :o) She went to the doctor Tuesday for her 6 month check up and is now 16lbs 8oz/26in. That's about the 75th %ile for both.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

More baptism day pictures

Eating lunch after church.

Time with aunt Jessie.


Monday, January 18, 2010

6 Months Old

Ansley turned 6 months old yesterday. She has grown so much in the last month and her personality is beginning to show. The last few days she has begun resting her hand on things when she's looking at them (notice the hand placement in the picture...she posed herself).

She loves jumping in her jumperoo, smiling, laughing at daddy, looking at her hands/feet and eating solid food. So far she's had rice cereal, squash, apples and tomorrow peas will be added to that list.

She's such a sweet little girl! We are so thankful for the last 6 months.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Around the house

This weekend we got a new bird feeder (so excited!). I think Allie likes it too :o)

Ansley is so uninterested in rice cereal it's not even funny. She just turns her head, sticks out her tongue and looks around. I even tried mixing a veggie in, but no. However, when I tried squash only (no cereal mixed) she was pumped! Shaking and opening her mouth like a baby bird :o) She isn't quite as excited here (and daddy distracts her with the camera), but you can see she likes it.

And my cork boards were featured on the "Ode To Blue" Blog: Here

And the "Night Owl Craft Works" Blog: Here

I'm in shock! As a result I've sold 10(!!!!) cork boards this week. So much for doing an intensive house cleaning before company comes Sunday. I'll be crafting between play sessions with Ansley :o)