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Our family makes a regular practice of having daily quiet time for the girls. I have them both sit on blankets with toys and books (or coloring books and crayons for Julia) for about 30 minutes. Over the last several months I feel like I’ve hit a quiet time rut. It seems like we are always giving Julia the same books or the same toys and her interest is fading fast. I read a great idea nearly a year ago on Keeper of the Home about having quiet time bins. The idea is to have bins for each day of the week, containing something new for each of the days. The child only plays with those items/toys on that day. I’ve been wanting to put this into practice since first learning about it, but haven’t wanted to splurge on nice bins. That is until now.

Paul’s Discount is a local store in town. They just had their “Dollar Days” and guess what? Shoebox sized bins were on sale for $1. Sweet! I bought five and here’s what I made:

I am still working on filling them with great things I know Julia will enjoy each day. She’s thrilled about her “boxes” and was more than excited when she got to open it for quiet time yesterday.

Just to add some cheesiness… I have these little 16 oz containers inside each bin for Hannah. The containers hold one or two small books each. I did this 1) because I thought it was kinda adorable 2) to help Julia later understand that the contents of the bins are to be shared with her sister. When Julia did her quiet time, I pulled out the small containers for Hannah. Not surprising, Hannah liked the box more than the books or other toys she had!

Want to hear something even crazier? I’m really glad.

Ok, I’ll give you a moment to compose yourself.

Better now?

The first time I toured the house, I didn’t notice the lack of dishwasher. But sure enough, it’s not there. The kitchen is a galley design, meaning it’s long and narrow. The house was built in 1959, and while other parts of the house are very up-to-date, the kitchen is not. The kitchen is something Jonathan and I discussed a lot before putting in an offer: could we live with it as-is?

Yes. And I love it.

We’re a family that hosts. A lot. In fact, I’m fairly certain Hispanic and hosting are spelled the same. So, why would I love “wasting” time in the kitchen? Because, and this is where things get crazy, it’s simple.

I didn’t have a dishwasher until my family built our house when I was 17. Actually, I take that back, my family did have a dish washer: me. And while at the time, washing dishes for my entire family was by no means fun, it was usually the only part of my day that was just to myself. I’ve been telling Jonathan lately, that in all the chaos, all the facebooking, blogging, playdating, 1/2 marathon training, news-updating world that has become my life, I’m really longing for something that takes it back a few steps. And hand washing dishes is one of those.

We do plan to remodel at some point. Since hosting is a big part of our lives and the kitchen is the natural place where we gather, we would like to make it more inviting for our “extended familia”. But, the ideas we have are going to take time to see through. Which means, in the mean time, I’m going old school.

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How in the world do you use yeast?

If there is one thing in the cooking world that mystifies me, it is using yeast for baking. I have only used it in my bread machine and have never ventured beyond that. I’m even apprehensive about the terms; testing the yeast, “it’s live” or “it’s active”, then there’s fresh yeast, dry active, or instant. Your water has to be just right, the room temperature just so… one wrong move makes everything go sour. It’s like everything has to be aligned perfectly for these little microorganisms to work.

What are some tricks, tips, help “bewares” that you can pass along?

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In January, my friend, Leah, set a goal to loose 10 pounds by her birthday. Now, my friend, Laryssa at Heaven in the Home, along with Mary at Giving up Perfect, are doing a 10 week weight loss competition.

And I’m signing up.

After Hannah was born, I was determined to get back in shape. I was tired of feeling overweight, sluggish and unhealthy.  So, at my 6 week postpartum mark, I started running. 4 weeks later, I started two workout classes at Performance Fitness and did running on Saturdays. I was feeling pretty good and loosing weight. But, I feel like I’m hitting a rut. I’m feeling “fluffy” and a little a lot restless.

Here are my challenges/goals:

– complete the half marathon training on April 24th

– stick with my daily/weekly points (Weigh Watchers)

– incorporate more yoga/stretching into my weekly workouts

– actively work on getting ripped (or not so “fluffy) abs

– lose 8 pounds and reach my “ultimate goal” weight

Thanks to Diaper Diaries, I came across this awesome video tonight and thought I’d share it.

In college I loved Sex and the City. It was quite normal to have SATC marathons with my girlfriends that lasted to the wee, wee hours. The last season aired during my last year of college. On Sundays, my girlfriends and I would grab dinner and then watch SATC. During that season, the main character, Carrie Bradshaw, lived in Paris. One episode she was walking through Paris, absorbing all the city’s grandeur, and she was wearing this:

I fell in love.

Since that day, I’ve been on the search for a wonderful dress that draws on Carrie, Lucille, and Audrey.

Then, about a month ago, I came across this wonderful Etsy store. There I found, and feel in love with, a beautiful dress:

Jonathan and I talked about waiting until my birthday, in late March, to buy it, but I just couldn’t wait, since there was only one dress in my size and the dressmaker isn’t doing any more. So, last week, with fluttering in my heart, I bought my dress.

It arrived last night.

And is every bit as dreamy as I imagined.

It will be perfect for my Parisian vacation.

Why, oh why, do companies make small, losable toys for kids? Do they just revel in the pleasure of seeing mothers deal with 2 year old tantrums?? This was our most recent culprit:

I have yet to find that star. Blerg.

I’ve been trying to have just one laundry day. It seems like between cloth diapers, the girls’ blankets/sheets and our clothes, I am always doing laundry. But since moving in with the Abdos, I’m striving to do just one day of laundry instead of 4. The results? Lots and lots and lots of folding. Today I’ve done 5 out of 9 loads of laundry (not including the diapers I washed over night). Whew. On the plus side, I didn’t do laundry any other day this week. It really is the never ending task.

I like New Year’s resolutions. I really do. Perhaps it’s because I love starting something new. And never finishing. Which, correct me if I’m wrong, is what defines a New Year’s resolution. This year my list seems to be a mile long, ranging from be more organized, to learn to have more self-control. Grand plans that I can already see dying quick deaths.

About 4 weeks ago, after watching Julie & Julia, I decided to make a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30. I’ve slowing been working on it, fine tuning my goals. Some of them seem downright ridiculous, while others actually seem do-able. I decided, instead of having a resolution, this year I will mark off 12 things from my list. Lofty plans, my friends.

1. Run a half marathon (DONE!! 4/18/10)

2. Learn to sew a dress

3. Learn conversational Spanish – 25 phrases

4. Write a children’s book for the girls

5. Complete a sprint triathlon

6. Learn to play 3 Christmas carols on the piano

7. Read through the Bible

8. Have a Girls’ Getaway Weekend (planned for 9/16/10-9/19/10)

9. Go on a family mission’s trip

10. Visit Paris

11. Visit Colorado

12. Visit Yellowstone

13. Host an over-the-top 5-course dinner party

14. Finish my wedding album

15. Memorize 100 verses

16. Start my own business/company

17. Get a tattoo (DONE!! 4/3/10)

18. Knit the girls each a blanket

19. Ride in a hot air balloon

20. Read The Great Gatsby

21. Submit a recipe to Southern Living

22. Speak before a large audience (50+ people) (3/3/10)

23. Learn conversational French – 25 phrases

24. Boldly share the Gospel to the people on my prayer list

25. Take Julia on a horseback ride

26. Take the girls to the Children’s Museum at Indianapolis

27. Own a Leg Lamp

28. Learn to make crepes (2/21/10)

29. Have another baby

30. Get my Teaching Certificate

I love Christmas carols. Big time. Like really big time.

And this just made my day.

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