Learning to serve the Lord and my family one day at a time.

Learning to serve the Lord and my family one day at a time.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cloth wipes and wipe solution

What goes along with cloth diapers? Cloth wipes of course. When I first heard about cloth wipe I honestly thought it was a little gross. I don't know why I thought wipes were gross but not the diapers but after doing a little reading and thinking about it, it just makes sense to use cloth wipes along with cloth diapering. After all, what do you do with a wipe when you're done with it? Stick it in the diaper and if you stick a disposable wipe in with your cloth diapers and wash them, you're going to have a lovely mess when you open the washer.

I had more than enough receiving blankets so I decided to cut a few of them into wipes and zig zag stitched the edges.

Along with my cloth wipes I made wipe solution. I followed the Lavender and Tea Tree recipe and it smells wonderful! I folded the wipes so they pop up just like disposables wipes from the wipe warmer.

Fold the first wipe in half
Lay a second wipe inside and lay the first one closed. Now put another wipe inside and repeat with each subsequent wipe so that the wipes will pull out one after the other. Sorry for the terrible directions hope this makes sense!
Lavender 'n' Tea Tree
Lavender and Tea Tree are popular EO choices for wipe solutions.
1/8 cup olive oil (sometimes I use baby oil)
1 tablespoon baby shampoo
4 drops tea tree oil
8 drops lavender oil
3 cups water


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Meet your Butcher

I used to regularly buy pork loin on sale for $1.99 before I was pregnant and cut the meat into portions. While pregnant many foods, especially meats made me gag and pork was a no go. I've eaten pork several times since Laura was born and love it once again. It's frugal, lean and simple to cook.

Pork loin (not tenderloin) is on sale this week at Kroger for $1.99, a great price for boneless meat. I used to spend 20 minutes or more at home butchering the meat into chops myself, which I find repulsive but know it saves about 50% off the price of boneless pork chops. However, I had recently learned that the butcher in the meat department will cut up any cut of meat for you! Who knew?

So today I asked my kind butcher (he's marked meat down for me before too) to cut a 6 pound hunk of pork loin into chops for me. Not only did he do this but he packaged them two to a package. All I had to do when I got home was stick them in a freezer bag. Lesson learned, it never hurts to ask!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My two L's

I have lots of silly names for Lilly and Laura but I often called them Big L and Little L. Here they are playing together in the living room. Lilly is very sweet with her but sometimes her tail whacks Laura in the face and she is obsessed with licking up Laura's spit up. There's plenty of it to go around but I have to make sure she's not licking the spit up off Laura's face! A few more months and Lilly will be running away from Laura.

Lilly with her bone and Laura having tummy time

Laura has rolled over about half a dozen times and she did it right before I shot this video. I was hoping she'd do it again for me

Monday, February 13, 2012

Laura 3 Months

Laura's three month birthday snuck up on me in the midst of David's birthday and my Mom's visit from Texas. She's getting bigger everyday and I'm finally starting to see her as no longer a newborn but a fun little baby who loves to smile, chew on her fists and spit up. Lilly is on spit up patrol and has even coming running into the room after hearing Laura spit up. Believe me, you can hear it hit the hardwood floor from across the house.

 Loves the Bumbo (mostly)

Couldn't quite get a smile out of her

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A peak into our week

David had the honor and privilege to commission his brother John into the Air Force last weekend. David sold his soul (or at least four years of it) to the Army to pay for dental school and now John will be in the same program with the Air Force.

After spending Friday and Saturday with David's parents we made a three hour drive to North Georgia. I was a bit totally stressed out that it was going to be miserable drive but thankfully Laura slept nearly the entire drive there and the four hour drive home! She got to meet her Great Grandparents and her Great Aunt for the first time.

 Laura with Aunt Shirley


Friday, February 10, 2012

This Week's Goals and Update

A friend asked how my goals were going and said she was checking back on my blog for an update so here it is five days later plus my goals for this past week

  • 5 mile tempo run I only ran 3, 2 mile Fartlek run, 6 mile easy run = 13 miles total  11 miles total
  • Cross train 3 times - yoga, weights, pilates, or bike
  • Lose 1 pound - I lost 2.5 pounds last week!
Family and Marriage
  • Date with David
  • Read and discuss with David chapter 1 of This Momentary Marriage by John Piper. This is available for free on his website at the link provided above. I printed a copy for David and myself and put it into a binder.

Personal and Hobbies
Didn't get many of these goals done last week
  • Make blackout curtain for the nursery.
  • Blog three times clearly didn't get this done!
  • Make ten scrapbook pages for our Honeymoon album.
  • Read three chapters of Dare to Discipline I only read two
  • Take out cash for the month. Since I pay all but one of our bills online, the rest of our spending is cash; grocery, date, and miscellaneous.
  • Create and print bills spreadsheet. This way I can check off each bill as it's paid. Most of our bills are on auto pay which makes my life much easier when it comes to money management.

Goals for the February 5-12

  • Lose 1 pound
  • Cross train three days
  • Run - 5 mile speed work, 6 mile, 2 mile
  • quiet time three days
  • read through Numbers 36
  • write Cateciscm question 1-10 from memory
  • review sections A/B through B10 of scripture memory cards
  • Date with David
  • David's birthday
  • work on sleep training Laura- she's waking up transition from deep to light sleep, the dreaded 45 minute intruder
  • black out curtain for Laura's room
  • blog 3 times
  • 10 pages in scrapbook