Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Whole Lot of Nothing...Or A Whole Lot!

We have been doing nothing but hanging out outside (great weather!), reading, lounging, ...that's it! No planned activities! We went to Storytime at the library Tuesday, but other than that, we've been lazy homebodies. I have actually been reading (Teach Your Own and Homeschool: An American History) and I got the idea to knit some socks! Unfortunately, my knitting needles are MIA. Just the fact that I thought about it is progress though.

Although I don't have much to share this week (yay!) here are some pics from last Saturday. We painted and carved pumpkins with our best bud Aidan!

 My sister came over and thought it would be a great idea to bring "fairy dust."

Thanks sis!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pregnant Confessions

Confession #1 - I'm pregnant!

Confession #2 - Although we do not make many purchases of material things, we shop at thrift stores, we try to eat organic, we line dry our clothes, etc., I have never used cloth diapers until today. We finally made the investment! I never did it because I kept thinking we were done having kids. Now that it looks like we're catching up with the Duggars, no excuses!

Taven didn't really like the sudden switch. Yes, he has a black eye.

Confession #3 - I have my babies in hospitals and I love epidurals! Sorry homebirth folks, this is something I am not changing. I've had the same doctor deliver all of my 3 children. They were all delivered vaginally with no screaming involved. That's the way I like it.

Confession #4 - I have never breastfed for very long (a few months with my first was the longest). My excuses were that it hurt like a bitch (I guess they didn't always latch on correctly), I am quite modest and do not like breastfeeding in public, and I was always working. With this baby, I am going to try my best to breastfeed for as long as possible.

Well I'm trying to think of more, but I guess that's it. Oh wait! I never made my own baby food! Anyway, I would like to thank the blogging community for inspiring these changes in me. Although I always felt a little guilty about some of my choices, I never had many people around who did things the way I felt they should be done. I only knew 2 people in "real" life who used cloth diapers, hardly anyone who breastfed long, and almost everyone has an epidural! If they don't, they swear they will the next time. So now I have this community of like-minded friends and I'm thankful. Thanks!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Texas Renaissance Festival!

My sister and I took the girls to The Texas Renaissance Festival yesterday. I've been going there since I was a kid and it's one of my absolute favorite places. We started with the Dragon Swings
 and then the King's Swings
Naia was a bit scared at first and not sure of all the loud noises.
Eaden, on the other hand, was excited about everything!

We watched a really neat demonstration on birds of prey.

 We watched The Mud Show
Then we had some lunch
and watched the Gypsy Dance Theatre.
We watched a parade of characters.

They loved Naia and she started to loosen up a bit.
We saw all sorts of folk throughout the day (no parade needed).

We checked out some demonstrations (they have an armoury, blacksmithing, broom making, candle making, coin minting, glass blowing, metal casting, pole lathing,  printing, papermaking, and weaving.)
Naia decided she was ready for The Dragon Swings.
Then we headed over to The Arena for a good ole' jousting match!
We sat in the English part of the stadium and so became English, chanting "England until we die!"

We didn't fare so well.
Here I am with my sister at the Renaissance Festival. I was probably about 10.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Crafty Update...Again

 Eaden and I made this cute little scarecrow.
I managed to sew a bit, but was super rusty and made a lot of mistakes (I know you can't really tell from the picture).
We went on a bird feeder extravaganza.

Taven enjoyed the peanut butter and cornmeal mix.
We made play dough.
 And poor Eaden had to wait for me to take pictures before she could play.