Busy, busy!

We enjoyed a lovely visit with family from Texas last weekend and then the kids went through grandma and grandpa withdraw.  We seem to be running endless errands this week between co-ops and a midwife appointment.  Wish things were going to slow down for the weekend, but they’re not.

Izzy’s has been running a fever for the past 36 hours with no other symptoms.  Hoping it’s just related to those top two molars trying to break through her gums and not one of the many bugs going around.

Everyone else seems just fine, a bit put off by the cooler, rainy weather, but that started to change yesterday.  It also helped that we got some play sand for the sandbox.  The boys are happy to brave a bit of cold weather in order to dig and get dirty.

I made it to my first midwife appointment and did indeed hear a heartbeat!  Baby was busy moving and made it a bit challenging to find.

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13 Weeks

13 Weeks

Ahh, the end of my first trimester and the beginning of the second.  I’m a happy pregnant lady most of the time, only suffering from a single day of  of migraine misery and insomnia around 3 AM.  Belly is steadily growing, which I can only assume means that I’m growing a great placenta and a healthy little one.

We met with a midwife last week and will likely hire her for prenatal care this week, so I’m looking forward to hearing that wonderful whoosh-whoosh sound of a heartbeat soon.

Things around the family are really starting to move into transition mode.  Izzy isn’t getting as much mama’s milk these days and is in a constant state of hunger.  Add this to her having her own toddler bed next to our “big” bed that she sometimes sleeps in and her starting to use the toilet and whoa –  she’s turning into a big girl in a blink of an eye!

Household tasks are also in transition.  With the family growing, I’ve noticed that dishwasher is being run more than once a day on some days.  Laundry is increasing ever so slightly.  I’m having to cook a bit more for meals.  And housework needs to be done more frequently.  I’m trying to adjust to the growing needs of our house and family while still taking it easy  and keeping something of a rhythm.  Oh, who am I kidding!?  I’ve failed at anything resembling a rhythm since being pregnant, but I’m trying to get back on track as I gain more energy and patience in my second trimester.

Trouble?

To say that my sweet, big hearted 4-year-old has been a hand-full lately would be an understatement.  He’s ever so independent and free-thinking and has boundless amounts of energy, which are wonderful, wonderful qualities that I aspire him to have as an adult, but it sure does keep me on my toes right now.

He recruits his favorite 2-year-old understudy often to test waters and do some of his “dirty” work.  He’s a smart one, this guy!

Trouble

The other day this duo found the hair clips and Jackson decided that he needed to decorate his sister to make her glamorous.  He put every clip he could find in her hair.  And then he discovered a rare bit of makeup, took it and Izzy into the second bathroom and closed the door.  Every mama I know dreads that 5-10 minutes of silence and that seems ever so nice and peaceful until you realize that it’s too good to be true.  Since this mama rarely wears any makeup at all, the kids had no idea what to do with the stuff.  All that was done was a mascara mustache on Jackson, which was pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.

Pantry Organization

Pantry 1

It’s been on my to-do list for weeks and I finally got around to it!  I’ve been getting containers through Frontier ($2.10 for the gallon size) for the past couple of months to have some sort of affordable storage system and I’m quite happy with the results.

Top shelf

Storage on the top shelf for serving baskets and food dehydrator.  The next shelf has the rotisserie, white rice, cocoa powder, and baskets full of dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, and other randomness.

Bottom

Next is the grain and bean shelf.  I keep the various wheat berries behind the ground flour in the gallon size containers.  This is a great size and has an opening big enough to accommodate my measuring cups.  I keep both steel cut oats and rolled oats on hand and love to make oatmeal with both.  If you haven’t tried crockpot steelcut oatmeal from Alton Brown, I highly recommend it!

On the last shelf I have a basket of a variety of potatoes and a bag of onions.  I’d like to get a separate basket for onions as there are times when we have more than 2-3 onions.  We have some bottled water and boxed juice for picnics and then a corner full of various pastas.  I’m thinking another basket or container would be good for containing the pasta as well.  In front of that is boxed cereal, crackers and our snack basket.  The snack basket was recommended to me at a LLL meeting 5 years ago and has worked amazingly well for our family!  It allows the kids to make their own snack choice without my help.  It’s especially great for toddlers when there’s a new baby in the house.   I keep it filled with cereal bars, kid portions of nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, cereal, fruit leathers, applesauce, granola bars, etc.   They also have the fruit drawer as an option.

fruit drawer

Our pantry is a converted coat closet.  We have about 3 feet under the last shelf where I keep a 5-gallon bucket of beans, 10 pounds of AP flour, a big box of trash bags, a broom and dustpan for easy access and the trash can.  I don’t think you need a picture.

We also have a corner spinning cabinet where we keep various oils, vinegars, coffee, baking goods, canned goods, sugar, maple syrup, honey, etc.  It’s location is right next to the stove, which makes it ever so nice to have everything within an arm’s reach when needed!

So that’s my picture tour of my organized pantry.  I guarantee that it won’t look this neat and tidy in a couple of weeks.

A little fabric

My friend Maria gave me some wonderful fabric and notions from her grandmother and this inspired me to organize my fabric yesterday.  I’m hoping this small task will now inspire me to get sewing.  I have an anxious little girl waiting for her birdie pajama pants.  The pattern is pinned and will literally take me 15 minutes to complete once I start.  And then I plan on making lunch bags for all three kiddos for Easter and need to complete that by Sunday without them finding out, so I to to get to it!

Fabric