The roof, the roof, the roof is on…

no, not fire (thankfully), but I have that song stuck in my head. ;)

We’re getting our roof reshingled on Saturday thanks to a hail storm last year that caused enough damage that insurance is covering the whole thing (less our deductible).

The shingles and all the materials will be delivered to our driveway on Friday, then work begins bright and early at 7 or 8 on Saturday morning. Zzzzz. It’s a bit early for my taste but at least they will only be tearing off the old shingles for the first few hours so that shouldn’t be as noisy as all the hammering, right? :)

I have a newborn photoshoot to do Saturday morning anyway so I’ll be getting out of the noise for a few hours. :)

We have to take down any pictures/hangings on our walls because they could get knocked loose with all the vibrations so I imagine I’ll be spending Friday doing that. Gives me a good reason to dust them all too. Who knows when the last time that happened was.

Speaking of dusting, I’ve been on a major cleaning streak since we got home from CA. Today alone I cleaned the upstairs bathroom while bathing Ava (hooray for baking soda as a cleaner so we weren’t trapped in there with toxic fumes), vacuumed the upstairs, the stairs and the main floor, bathed the dogs outside in the yard (gosh, they were stinky), as well as played with Ava outside for quite a while, did a little yardwork and made dinner (veggie burritos w/ guac). Oh, I even watched the season finale of LOST (online) while Ava napped because I missed it the night before. What craziness that was! It was a good productive day.

The whole roof construction is only supposed to take one day (hooray!) so we’ll still have Sunday and Monday (Jody has the day off) for some peace and quiet. Maybe we’ll just sit outside and admire our new roof. ;) Hmmm, probably not. But it is nice to be getting it replaced inexpensively, especially since we’ve been talking about trying to sell our house in the next year or so.

We’re home :)

We got home safe and sound last night. It’s so good to be back in CO. :)
I am in a major house cleaning mode right now (and I have tons of laundry to do) so I probably won’t post about our trip for a day or two.

Also, a quick congrats to another friend (Heather) who had a successful VBAC yesterday and welcomed her second son, Cole, into the world! :) Congratulations mama!

What a barfy night and a ? about chicken-style seitan

What a barfy night. Not for me (well, inadvertantly it was since I was on the receiving end of the barf), but for Ava.

Poor Ava was up off and on barfing from 2:30 to 7 a.m. It made for a very long night, especially since I went to bed already having a headache last night. Jody got up with us the first few times and helped clean up (which was good because those times were the messiest), but I let him sleep through the later dry heaves in the early morning. I wanted him to get *some* sleep before having to go to work this morning and I figured Ava and I would sleep in (which we did, til about 10:30).

It was so sad when she woke up a few times saying “no more throw up” because she knew it was coming again and then she’d heave some more. :(

I made a stirfry last night trying out “chicken” seitan for the first time and now I wonder if something was wrong with it. You may recall a similar situation happened to us with tempeh before.

So does anyone know what the White Wave Chicken-Style Seitan is supposed to look like out of the package? Should it resemble a block of tofu? That’s what I was expecting it to look like, but mine was all broken up into chunks. The expiration date was in May and I just bought it yesterday so I figured it’d be fine, but I just didn’t know what to expect. And I have to say that it tasted just fine too. Maybe her system just didn’t like it because, other than my having a headache, Jody and I didn’t have any reaction to it.

Thankfully she’s been fine since about 7 this morning. No more puking and she woke up to her happy, energetic self. I asked her how her tummy was this morning and she replied, “pretty good.” And she never ran a fever or had any other symptoms which is why I’m thinking she just had a bad reaction to dinner. Poor lil chickadee.

Of course this happens the day before we have plans to leave Ava with friends while Jody and I venture out to celebrate our anniversary which was last week. We have reservations at The Melting Pot and I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully Ava will continue to do well and we’ll be ok to leave her tomorrow evening. Keep your fingers crossed. :)

Much-needed revisions considered

Good news for parents of breast-fed babies who are concerned their little ones aren’t gaining enough weight. “The World Health Organization is to issue new guidelines on measuring the growth rates of babies.

“Current charts are based on calculations using the growth patterns of babies fed largely on formula milk from 20 years ago.

But bottle-fed babies put on weight more quickly than those that are breast-fed, meaning breast-fed children could be shown as underweight.

The new recommended charts are based on data from breast-fed babies.”

Here’s the whole story: Baby growth charts to be revised

I know several of my friends will be excited about this because it seemed like their breast-fed babies weren’t measuring up on the growth charts. I was lucky in that it wasn’t an issue with Ava as she was always at the top of the charts, though I am sure I would’ve obsessed about it if she’d been on the opposite end of the spectrum.

It’s good to see this revision is being considered. I’m sure it will help put many parents’ minds at ease that their babies are growing just fine on mama’s milk. :)

Happy Earth Day!

Here’s a great site called Go Organic for Earth Day. It’s chock full of information such as reasons to go organic, recipes, stuff for kids, lists of organic retailers in your area, and organic manufacturers.

Whether you check it out on Earth Day or anyday, making the switch to organic foods and product (even in small amounts) can help make a positive difference for our Earth. :)

Happy Earth Day!

Five years ago today…

Five years ago today, our family and friends came from Michigan and Oklahoma here to Colorado to celebrate our happiness and witness our joy as Jody and I proclaimed our love for each other.

Mom and me:

My sis, Carrie and me:

Jody, getting ready (and Look! He had hair!):

Hugging my dad after my parents walked me down the aisle:

Introducing the new Mr. and Mrs.:

The wedding party:

Getting into the limo for the drive up to the ranch in the mountains where our reception was held:

Me and my friends:

The outlaws:

Our wedding cake (the best damn cake I’ve EVER had – seriously):

Outside at the ranch:

Our first dance together – “From This Moment On”:

From This Moment On – Shania Twain

From this moment, life has begun
From this moment, you are the one
Right beside you is where I belong
From this moment on…

Happy fifth anniversary, Jody. I love you.