Despite the record-breaking heat (100+ degrees) this weekend, we still had a lot of fun. :) I decided on the spur of the moment to get my hair cut Saturday morning and had probably 5 inches cut off. It’s in a chin-length bob now and is sooooo much cooler. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to style it, but with this heat lately, I haven’t tried too hard. ;) After my haircut, we went to a public kiddie pool in town for some swimming. It took Ava about 20 minutes to really get used to the idea, but then she had aRead More →

Holy heatwave, Batman! Today and tomorrow’s forecasted highs are 102, dropping to 100 on Monday. And yesterday it was 99. Oy!! We plan to go to a public pool for some of the afternoon today to cool off. I just hope the whole city doesn’t decide to do the same. This evening we are going to our local API chapter summer potluck picnic which should be a lot of fun if we can find ways to stay cool. That will be the tricky part. I’m taking a bean dip to share. I found the recipe this week in one of my veggie cookbooks. It’s prettyRead More →

Overheard during a discussion (at our API meeting yesterday) about tandem nursing and deciding whether or not to wean an older child while pregnant. B (who tandem nurses her 6-week-old and 2 1/2-yr-old sons) said: “I thought seriously about weaning him (the older boy), but he’s such an emotional nurser. I think it would be really hard on him.” E (a newcomer to the group who weaned her older daughter at age 3 yrs, 2 months while pregnant with baby #2) said: “Oooh, but he’s still so young.” Being a supporter of extended nursing, I’m not sure why this struck me, but it did. MaybeRead More →

Ava just counted to 13 (with the exception of 6, which she always skips) all by herself! She was spinning the other office chair and counting each time she pushed it and got all the way up to 13. And then after 13, she said “eleventeen.” ;) I was totally floored. We never count past 10 when we count together. Anyway, proud mommy moment here. Just had to share. ;)

I have to say that I’ve come a long way in the past two years as far as eating more health-consciously is concerned. Before Ava was born, I never gave pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, genetically modified foods or organic vs. conventional foods a second thought. Now I read more labels and look to buy organic foods whenever I think the health benefits justify it. Speaking of which, here’s a great article by Consumer Reports on the subject – When buying organic pays (and doesn’t). (I need to clarify – I didn’t take this pic. It’s some stock photo off the ‘net.) Today I went shoppingRead More →

I know we desperately need the moisture, but why’d it have to rain again *this* weekend? :oP We headed out this afternoon so I could take Ava’s pictures (that I’ve been trying to take since last weekend – when it rained) and we got rained out again. The rain also put a damper on our hiking plans and music festival plans. :( More of the same is expected tomorrow. In light of this setback, I think the thank you notes are going to get mailed without the pics and I will have to send the pics out whenever I am able to get them done.Read More →