It was another scorcher in CO this weekend. We beat the heat yesterday by going to the public kiddie pool. It was a bit more crowded this weekend than the last time we went, but still fun and refreshing. Ava had a great time and befriended a couple kids around her age – begging potato chips off the little boy’s mom (*gasp* – guess there’s a first time for her to eat everything – wait a minute, my mommy memory fails me! she has had chips before, just not often) and playing catch with a floaty fishy with a little girl. Good times. :) I’dRead More →

By now you may have gathered that instead of choosing to have an OB-attended hospital birth this time around, we are planning to have a midwife-attended homebirth. There are a number of varied factors that have led me down such a different path with this baby and I’d like to share some of them here. I have to first admit that I’ve been a little reticent to post about this, not because I’m not excited about it, but because homebirth in our culture is not seen as a safe or wise choice (though in reality it is as safe or safer than hospital births inRead More →

My little sister is coming back “home” to Colorado to complete her last year of law school at CU! We, of course, are thrilled to have her rejoin us here out west. I know Ava will love having Aunt Carrie close by and I will appreciate the help of having family nearby after baby boy is born (and of course her company and wit as well). She moved back to MI two years ago to start her law degree, but has been able to transfer to CU as a “visiting student” for her last year. She’ll be moving back in less than a month now.Read More →

I finally got a chance to take Ava’s two year pictures this weekend – only a month after her actual birthday (so I’m not too terribly far behind, right?). ;) The weather cooperated, and, even though I wasn’t thrilled about taking pics at noon with the sun beating down on us, I’m still pretty pleased with how they turned out. We went to a nearby college campus that has some beautiful scenery and Jody assisted me while I snapped away. Here are some of my favorites: (click the pic to view it larger) Thanks for looking. :)

I started writing this blog entry over a month ago, but never got it finished. So since the summer is quickly getting away from us, I figured it’d be good to at least get what I have written out there in case it might be of use to somebody. With the threat of West Nile Virus, everyone seems concerned about mosquito bites these days. Many advocate the use of insect repellents containing DEET, but before you spray you and your family down, you might want to read up on DEET, how to use it safely, and/or alternative insect repellents that don’t contain DEET at all.Read More →

I had a couple requests for pics from my recent haircut this weekend, so here ya go! This one is a “before” shot – I actually just cropped my head out of a family pic taken at Ava’s birthday party almost a month ago. It’s not totally recent, but it gives you a good idea that my hair was getting long-ish and was really in need of a trim at the very least. This is a side view of the new hair. I didn’t style it at all today, just let it air dry. That’s my kind of hairstyle though – wash and go. Here’sRead More →