Monday, November 30, 2009
Well, in all the rush I didn't get a CD made so I would have a clean camera card. I had NO camera space left on my little point and shoot, and somewhere in the cleaning/packing/organizing I have misplaced the charger for my nice Olympus camera...so I had been without a camera since last Monday or so. No Thanksgiving pictures. Even the pictures I have been posting for the last week or so were ones I had taken previously.
Along with those inconveniences of selling a house comes a BIG bummer this year. No Christmas tree. We really feel that putting a tree in our living room will make it look smaller than it is. I am doing my best to decorate and make the house look festive, but man is that hard. I thought about putting the tree up in the basement, but my mom pointed out that it might make people think that you can't put up a tree in the living room because it is too small. Well, that isn't the case, of course, but other people don't know that.
We will probably put up the tree Christmas Eve and have it Christmas day, partially decorated, and then take it right back down. If someone wants o view our house Christmas Day, the answer is no.
Today I took down all of the fall decorations and began planning how to make our house look Christmassy. I need to find our nativities and a few other things that I am missing, but basically it will be two or three Christmas village pieces placed up on top of our TV stand where Little Monkey Man cannot get to them, a few strategically placed knickknacks, our stockings on the fireplace, and our nice nativity (we have one that I use that is kid friendly to tell the Christmas story, but it will be down in our preschool area).
The other reason we are not going to do a tree is because we really think Monkey Man might try to climb it/undecorated it/tip it over. As you can see, he likes to be UP on everything. Today he decided to perch on each of the decoration totes. He tried them all out. The orange Thanksgiving one was his favorite :o)
One thing that is cheering me up is Mama Bear's 25 Days of Ornaments! Each day I will be posting a picture of an ornament and why it is special to us. #1 made me a CD today, so I was able to take my pictures and have them ready for December. It was nice to at least see my ornaments!
Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving Weekend!
Friday, November 27, 2009
I did something that I never do today. Ok, #1 and I did it once before we were even married, and vowed to never do it again. I did doorbusters. WOW.
I wasn't planning on doing doorbusters today, at least not how most people do it. I was going to head out shopping about 6:00 am so as to get some sales perhaps and some shopping time minus two small boys, but I had not planned on being in line at a store that will remain unnamed at 4:30 am! I woke up around 3:30am and could not sleep. The baby's movements have started to be noticeable and I think that is what initially woke me up.
When I wake up in the middle of the night, my brain turns on and I can't sleep. I really hate having to get up with the boys because of this. A quick trip to the bathroom with Snug is likely to turn into 2 hours of tossing and turning for me. However, after laying there for about 15 minutes I thought "Hey! Today I could actually get something DONE during this insomnia!" and off I went.
I can't mention where I went or what I bought because too many friends and family read this, namely my husband, but I got some really good deals, and saved quite a bit of money. Well, if I hadn't gotten the deals I did, I wouldn't have even bought what I did...so maybe I didn't save??? I guess that isn't true, because I knew how much we had planned on spending on each person, and stayed within the limit...so I guess I just got more for my money! How DO they sell stuff with those discounts?
I only spent about 25 minutes standing in the bitter cold and sleet. I'm just waiting to get a cold. Luckily my cousin Melissa was also out and about at that hour so we kept each other company via texting and phone calls until around 6:00am! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAYCE!!!!) It was her son's birthday, so she skedaddled home as fast as she could to spend most of the day with him.
I was home by 10 and found my husband had almost cleaned the whole house. The boys only had a few fiascoes in the basement by themselves. We have an open house this weekend and are trying to get ready for it. I am planning on taking the boys out tonight to get a few more things so that in the time between naps and dinner they do not undo what daddy accomplished. I'd try the basement thing too, but by the time I got home, they were both in tears. I don't think they'll fall for it twice in one day.
This is what I think others should know about doorbusters (I didn't do these things myself):
1. If you try to run from the parking lot and cut in line when they open the doors, the doors will close, police will be called, and then things will resume with you looking on from the other side of a cruiser.
2. You really should not have your infant out at 4:30 am in the cold and sleet. You should not bring your toddler to the first 2 hours of the busiest shopping day of the year. No one wants to step on them, and frankly, they are not that into it.
3. Ramming your cart into people's ankles does not make friends.
4. There is a line to check out, and you will have to get into it. Deal with it.
5. Do not complain about the masses of people. You chose to come out at this crazy hour and it is called doorbusters, what did you expect???
6. There are limited quantities of sale items. You are not going to get everything you wanted (incidentally I did, but I wasn't after a $1,000 TV for $400). It is ok. You win some, you lose some.
Actually, I would say 90% of people in parking lots, roadways, stores, and check out lines were very congenial today. When #1 and I did it about 6 years ago looking for a new TV for his college dorm room, 90% of the people were horrible! I normally spend this day in a very low key manner watching old Christmas movies and decorating our tree, but it looks as though we will be tree-less until Christmas Eve. Although my face is windburned and I will be SUPER tired tomorrow, it was a good day I think!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
...and that we do not worry anymore about this...
...and that we are enjoying LOTS of this!
Monday, November 23, 2009
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Kat rina).. Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'
In light of recent events... Terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves..
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not, then just discard it... No one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Oh, and tomorrow is the BIG OSU VS MICHIGAN game. I will be sure and post pictures of my little Wolverines (who have to, out of fairness, change outfits at halftime and become Buckeyes) during tomorrow's game. GO BLUE
The Bible isn't that much money actually, but that plus S&H...well, we are trying to get a new house you know! This Bible also currently has 4 or 5 DVDs that go along with it. We ♥ the entire line. *Stay tuned for what I will be giving away at the end of this post.
So Wednesday night I was early getting to church. Because I didn't really feel it was necessary to stand outside the kids' classrooms for 10 minutes before the teachers even arrived, I parked and Snug and I chatted. As he started to talk, I grabbed a pencil and the back of a bulletin from Sunday (which of course was not still sitting on the passenger's side of the van) and wrote down what he was saying...it was quite interesting.
On the way to church we had seen multiple houses decorated for Christmas. Snug really likes the lights. My little Monkey Man may also like the lights but seeing as he doesn't talk so much and he sits directly behind me I have no idea what his reaction to them is. Anyway.
Snug says "Maybe we get a tree mom. We put a star on it and beautiful stuff. Then we can GET stuff!"
I said something very spiritual and motherly along the lines of "Christmas isn't about getting stuff, it is about Jesus' birthday and besides you don't NEED anything more mister". To which he replied:
"Jesus not here mom. I not see him walking or driving or at my house. He not having a birthday here."
So we need to work on the meaning of Christmas. Don't tell him, but due to the showing of the house, we probably will not have a tree up until Christmas Eve.
SO...lets fast forward to after church. Apparently either there was a huge coincidence between Snug not seeing Jesus and whatever their story was about, or Snug also told him that Jesus was not walking or driving or showing up at our front door.
The first thing Snug announced to me as I put on his seat belt was "Jesus up in the sky and he needs us to share". I'm pretty sure I looked at him like "huh?" I'm not sure that I would concur that Jesus is in the sky...I tried to explain that he is everywhere but we can't see him but...
He continued "The selfish girls (pronounced gay-urls) don't want people to tell them what to do because they don't want to share. They better get a spank or something. And Jesus up in the sky mom. I not see him though." (Glad I still had that paper and pencil handy, because I had to write that down too, and not forget how he...words...things)
Yep, we could look at these conversations and decide that he has a limited view on Jesus and Christmas. But don't we all? I'm sure I will never understand all of it. However, we will be striving to fill in a few more details this holiday season :o)
*A few other blogs have decided (can't remember and too lazy to go look at who exactly started it) to donate one can/non perishable item to a local food bank for each comment left on their blogs from now until Thanksgiving Day. I'm in! Hey, I don't have to mail it :o)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I don't usually write about what #1 does at work because he could get in trouble. Things he takes reports on and arrests he makes are technically public record, but we are not at liberty to post them all over the internet.
10. In the state of Ohio, "harassment" is not a crime. In fact, if you start the conversation with your friendly officer by saying "He's harrasin' me" it is almost guaranteed you've lost your case.
8. The side of the cruiser says "Police", not "Taxi". No, you may not have a ride.
6. If your neighbor mows part of your lawn, consider it a blessing. Do not call the police, they are not interested.
5. If the police have repeatedly gotten your children out of the street, do not
4. Please do not say "I PAY YOUR SALARY" when it is pretty clear you do not pay taxes of any sort.
3. When you see an officer in public, do not tell your toddler that the officer is going to arrest them if they don't "shut up". C'mon people, what message are we sending?????
2. Please do not report a crime that you are not sure actually happened if you have no more than a first name, absolutely no physical description, and that person may or may not be in the city. This also goes for calling the police when someone at least 300 miles away says they are going to beat you up. When you stop and think about it...probably not. Besides, at that point you have time to run away.
1. Do not ask an officer in uniform where things are in Wal-Mart or any other store she/he may be doing a "walk-through" in. They don't know. They don't work there.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
1. Which do you like better: hosting Thanksgiving at your home, or going elsewhere?
I really like to have Thanksgiving at our house. I haven't been able to do it the last couple of years, but having #1 and my families all here is really nice. Plus, I always have little ones who need to nap/toys/diapers so it is just a lot easier to have it at our house. One thing I've been eye balling when looking at houses online (or through windows if the house is empty) is how much table space there is. Can I seat at least 16?
2. Do you buy a fresh or frozen turkey? Organic? Free-range?
Frozen. As cheap as I can get it. And then I call my mom because I never remember how to cook it!
3. Do you make stuffing or dressing? What kind?
Isn't stuffing and dressing the same thing? What kind? Um, you cup up celery and bread and stuff and cook it. I don't cook it in the turkey...again, I think I go to my mom for help on this one. I don't personally like it so I bet I'd mess it up somehow.
4. Sweet potato pie or Pumpkin pie?
Ew, neither. I think sweet potatoes are gross and the only part of a pumpkin you will catch me eating is the seeds. How about APPLE pie???? My husband and Snug both love pumpkin pie though, and my MIL makes the best pies in the world.
5. Are leftovers a blessing or a curse?
A blessing! I always try to send some home with everyone because really our fridge is not huge and I hate it to go to waste. Leftover turkey makes such great cream turkey over biscuits or mashed potatoes. Besides, leftovers are for snacking on all afternoon as you watch football!
6. What side dishes are a must-have in your family?
Mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, rolls, noodles, cranberry sauce/relish, pickles/olives, and cheese. Everything but the noodles were a tradition in my family growing up. I fell in love with Thanksgiving noodles when my husband and I met. YUMMY.
7. What do you wish you had that might make Thanksgiving easier?
More space for people to sit/be comfortable after dinner. That and a closer drive with our two boys for when we are not here on Thanksgiving.
8. If/when you go to someone else’s house for the holiday, do you usually bring a dish? If so, what is it?
Last year and this year we went/are going to #1's grandma's house. I took olives/pickles/and cheese last year, and I'll need to call here soon and ask what she'd like me to bring this time. I think those are not traditional Thanksgiving foods for everyone, but I can't imagine Thanksgiving without them.
9. What do you wish one of your guests would bring to your house?
Kids! I always have the only kids when Thanksgiving is at our house. Going to #1's grandma's house though there will be some cousins for my two to play with.
10. What do you wish one of your guests would NOT bring to your house?
Don't think I can answer this...
11. Do you stick with a particular menu from year to year, or do you mix it up?
Always the same menu. It is a traditional holiday! Even when I travel I make sure those dumb pickles/olives/cheeses make it on other people's menu! Really, couldn't I just eat them at home? Yep. But nope.
12. Is Thanksgiving a religious or secular holiday in your home?
Um. Well, Snug, Little M, and Little Miss E made turkeys today in our preschool session...and we read about some squirrels having a Thanksgiving celebration. Does that make it secular?
However, we stress to the kids the importance of being thankful for all the blessings God has given our family throughout the year, and even have a small 7x7 scrapbook that we take a family picture and write something we are especially thankful for that year. So religious?
*As a side note, aside from buying gifts on sale to be frugal, or hanging Christmas lights outside so we don't freeze if we get a warm Nov. day, we rarely do anything Christmassy until the day after Thanksgiving. I really think we need to be Thankful for what we have before blasting into the busy Christmas season. We always celebrate Christmas as Christ's birth, but along with it does come a tree, Christmas music, and gifts, and those seem to detract from the importance of Thanksgiving.
13. Share one Thanksgiving tradition.
When I was in high school, my brother and I used to run a 10K on Thanksgiving morning with our Cross Country team friends and then watch the parade downtown Detroit. We also growing up used to have a church family Thanksgiving dinner. Now, we really don't any tradition other than the meal. I guess making our "Thanksgiving" album page would be, but that is usually just me :o) Our new church is having a pie social a couple of days before Thanksgiving. If that is something they always do, that can become a new tradition for us!
14. Share one Thanksgiving memory.
Oh my. Just one? I remember many many Thanksgivings at my Aunt Beth's house. I don't ever remember doing Thanksgiving with my dad's side...I think most of them came to the church Thanksgiving dinner. We would almost always have a "kids table" and I'm sure I usually gave my cousin Jenny a hard time. My aunt always decorated the table so pretty. When I have Thanksgiving at my house, I always hope people will get the same memories being here that I did being there.
15. Name five things you’re thankful for.
1. Jesus Christ
2. My family and the new baby coming soon!
3. That Baby J/little Monkey Man does NOT have Celiac Disease and is doing so well right now.
4. Our country and the freedoms we enjoy
5. My Friends-both IRL and online. Hey blogging buddies, it is so nice to "visit" you each afternoon and some evenings. It gets very lonely being a SAHM and with having the daycare I don't often get to have playdates or any other "mom to mom" time (yeah for Mindy!).
Now it's your turn! Leave me a comment with your link, or just answer a few of the questions in the comment section so I can enjoy your answers too!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
Don't forget to take my poll "Boy or Girl" Girl seems to be winning, hands down. Truthfully I am hoping for a girl more badly than I care to admit...but I just want a healthy baby. Besides, another boy 22 mos behind my little Monkey Man (who is 22 mos. behind Snug) would make cute stair-steps, don't you think?
Monday, November 16, 2009
I don't think I'll be forgetting I am pregnant any longer! My husband even said to me "Wow, how much weight did you gain???" (According to our scale a little over a pound during the entire pregnancy thank-you-very-much!)
I guess at 17.5 weeks it was bound to happen sometime or another, just didn't expect it to be that...drastic.
I also discovered what I think might be the newborn diapers I will be buying for on-the-go and church use. For at home I will be using some tiny flats and covers I discovered until the baby is big enough to use the pockets we have that can convert to accommodate 12 or so pounders on up. These though look like the best option...check them out! I will probably only be able to get two or so, but that is ok...just have to know what color to pick...give me 2 weeks and I should know!
What colors do YOU think I will be needing?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.
YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS
To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.
HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS... It takes about 20 seconds.
I got this e-mail from my cousin this week and called the number, it isn't a hoax. If you like talking to telemarketers, by all means go ahead! It can be fun to mess with them. However, if you prefer to keep your sanity through the holidays, I'd suggest you call :o)
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
See, Monkey Man only says "ought-oh" and only occasionally. WAY back in June(?) he started making the sound "mama" and we got all excited. However, he only did it a couple of times and it was never directed at me. We wanted so badly to count it as a first word...but we knew it really wasn't.
He stopped making that sound all together for a few months, but it has come back in his occasional babbling lately. Today, however, he said it while looking right at me and reaching for me. I'm counting it! Not sure if that is his first or second word. Is "ought-oh" a word or a sound? I DON'T CARE I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!
*And yes, I posted while making supper and my kids are up and around the house...but this was a MOMENT to get in writing!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
or his mommy's tweets http://twitter.com/MckMama
In Dray news, Snug came down with a bug yesterday and doesn't feel well. He
Sunday, November 8, 2009
We saw her sing right out front of this house.
This house is where we had earlier in the week met this TV star, DeeDee (who loved Snug).
So tonight we are very excited, because "our" edition of Extreme Makeover airs on ABC!
And please please, just as we were doing the day we first went to see the house, pray for Stellan. Here is a picture I sent to his mommy for his photo gallery. We wrote his name on a notecard and had the picture taken against a volunteer's back. He has a very serious surgery scheduled for Tuesday.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
(If you have an ALDI near you, that is a great place to get gnocchi right now. They have them only a few times a year, for a great price. If not, you can get them in the pasta/Italian isle at the grocery)
Now, if I was Ethan, Zach, and Emma's mommy, I'd have a picture of all the steps I took to make the soup. I'm not that good, but check out her blog each Monday because she always has nice recipes! I don't even know where I got this recipe, I think I searched "Olive Garden Gnocchi Soup" online awhile back and got it. I doubt a waiter from The Garden just gave it to me :o)
Please excuse the fact that the pot is half gone...I was eating and decided it was so delicious I had to share!
"Olive Garden" Chicken Gnocchi Soup
4 diced chicken breasts
4c. Chicken stock/broth
2c. Half & Half
1/2 c. finely chopped celery
1 or 2 garlic cloves (depends on how much you like garlic?)
1/2 c. finely chopped carrot
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
1 c. fresh spinach, finely chopped
2 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
16 oz. gnocchi
1. Saute chicken and garlic in olive oil, and when just cooked add onion, celery, carrot. Saute until tender
2. Transfer to a pot and add chicken stock, half & half, and seasonings. Heat to a boil.
3. Add gnocchi and boil 4 minutes. Turn down and simmer 10 more minutes
4. Add spinach and simmer until well wilted (if at this point it seems very thing, you can heat to boiling and add 1 Tbs of cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbs of water...probably not necessary)
5. Serve hot with a nice salad and bread sticks, maybe some candle light :o)
Let me know if you tried it and if you liked it!
Friday, November 6, 2009
We finally got him to sign after 45 minutes of an ice cream temper tantrum. He wanted it, and he wanted it bad. We would give him a bite if he even touched his hands together a little bit. After finding out that kicking your feet and yelling wasn't going anywhere, he began to clap when he wanted another bite. Hey, we'll take clapping :o) So that is his improvised sign for "more*" is clapping. Now he walks around the kitchen clapping and opening his mouth. Very cute :o)
I am so very proud of him!!! He now says "ought oh", shakes his head "no", and signs "more". he was saying his own version of "look" but that has stopped for the time being. So many many things for one little guy to learn.
In the picture above he was eating lasagna...a mommy sized helping of it in fact. I must be craving carbs with this pregnancy because when #1 looked at the menu for the week it was almost all pasta dishes. He cracked up. I think it is partly due to the fact that Aldi has all of its Italian things on big sale in Oct/Nov and has special things (ravioli) that it doesn't normally stock. Or I'm craving carbs. :o) Still feeling just fine, not showing, and not gaining any weight. I'm 16 weeks today. I'm very tired quite a bit, but that is about it. I kinda wish the boys' pregnancies had been this easy. I can deal with tired :o)
Well, I've used enough smiley faces for 3 posts today...we're just having a good day here I think.
*We've decided to call him Monkey Man online. We call him "the monkey" quite a bit IRL. He CLIMBS on everything and is quite daring. He also makes a remarkably monkey like sound when he is excited or agitated. On top of all that, he has some adorable sock monkey toys that he very much enjoys...so Monkey Man it is :o) Have I ever mentioned his INTENSE love of bananas? This is in NO way related to evolution, I promise!
*The sign for "more" is touching the fingertips together with the hands shaped kinda like "o"s.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
As for the Thirsties cover that I converted into a pocket...well, here is a picture of I think a Thirsites AIO* in orange. Mine looks very much like this now, but it has a thin blue thread line along the top. I'd love to take a nice picture for you, but that diaper was used today, and I mean used. No one wants to see that.
*WAHM Work At Home Mom made things
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I was going to take a picture and show you the FOR SALE sign in our front yard that went up today. But I didn't.
I was going to take a picture of the old diaper that died on me and how I had it resurrect four others. But I didn't.
I did get apples at 50 cents/lb this week at Aldi and I managed to can several quarts of applesauce. My original goal (since I don't put sugar in it, some do have cinnamon) was to get it canned for the new baby. Then I realized half way through that he/she won't even be eating solids till next year at this time, and we never ever start with fruits. Oops. I'm pretty sure I'll be canning again next fall. At that point I started adding cinnamon. Good Christmas presents for the neighbors (if we still live here).
If we don't live here at Christmas I can give it to new neighbors. Then they too can know that I am quirky and still can stuff. People think I am crazy to can. I love it! I'll ease them into the whole using environmentally safe cleaners, cloth diapers, and recycling. Too much crazy at once and I'll have no new friends.
Our realtor also came today, and she really like what we have done with the place. Well, us and everyone who has helped us (thanks!). It is officially on the market, and a photographer will be here later this week to take pictures. I probably won't be sharing those online though because of privacy issues. Perhaps (don't hold your breath) I will take some of my own! It was such a relief to have her walk in and be happy with it. I am very convinced as a sales person that you do a better job selling something if you like the product, no matter what your commission.
Ok, about the cloth diaper episode, I REALLY should have taken pictures because I am thrilled with the results. I was not thrilled with the process as Baby J (who REALLY needs a new online name here soon) was less than helpful, but more than curious.
One of my Haute diapers (not endorsing that particular website, just had lots of info.) that I had gotten second hand was leaking like crazy. When I turned it inside out, I realized that the PUL was missing in many places, and sparse in others. None of the other diapers I bought used at the same time has that problem, so I'm not sure what happened. No matter, it had a nice long life. I mean it was worn 3-4 times a week for probably 6 months at my house alone (not sure how long with the previous owner). What disposable can say that?
I really didn't want to throw it away, and I wasn't sure how to recycle it. I bought 3 WAHM diapers off of E-Bay a few weeks ago, and was less than thrilled with them. They work "ok" for Baby J, and I was just glad to throw 3 more pockets* into our rotation. They were also really cheap. With those three in rotation, we only use flats/covers about two times a week. The only problem with these diapers is that the snaps were not in the right place. Although they could be snapped down to fit a 2-4 month old on up, around Baby J is the smallest they'd go. Not gonna work for Baby #3.
I carefully used a thread puller and took out the fleece "pocket" part of the diaper and then even more carefully cut off all the snaps with as much material around each as I could. I then sewed the snaps from the old diaper into the other 3 where I wanted them. Presto! My diapers are MUCH more functional.
I still had the fleece insides, and hated to get rid of that either. Because we are not using flats/covers very often I have about 3 Thirsties covers that are not getting used. I sewed the fleece pocket into my orange cover and PRESTO! I have another pocket diaper! YEAH! So in the process of losing one, I gained one and fixed three. Yeah!
*pocket diapers are so very very like disposables, they are so easy. It is very hard to go back to folding and using a Snappi/cover once you have a few in your stash. Pocket diapers get "stuffed" with inserts (fleece, hemp, whatever) and then just snap on. EASY :o) However, when we first started cloth diapering, all we could afford was simple flats, covers, and snappis. That is the cheapest way to start off unless you have money saved up or are registering for them. As we budget them in, we pick up a few here and there. We maybe spend $15-$20 a month on diapers (many months we spend nothing), and they will be used again on our next baby. Nice, huh?