Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Weekend Rehash

This past weekend came and went in a whirlwind! I spent all of last week at 4-H Camp, and while I LOVE 4-H Camp, I don't love all the catching up that follows it… catching up on sleep, laundry, house cleaning, family time… ugh. I feel like I am running 2 steps behind this week. With fair right around the corner, I need to step it up to double-time!


Even with all the catching up, we had a lot planned for the weekend. Saturday morning we headed to Red Wing to get supplies for our chicken fence (which is a whole other post), and I needed to get a shower gift for a baby shower on Sunday. We ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch which was a nice treat! We returned home just long enough to get a few more loads of laundry done and do the dishes before we headed to Zumbrota for the Covered Bridge Festival parade.

This was Clara's first parade and she loved the bands and units that played music. She was not, however, a fan of the loud cars or the fire engines and clung to me or grandma when they passed. After the parade we went back to my parent's house for supper, then headed home to crash in our beds!

Sunday was Paul's first Father's Day! We headed to Zumbrota for dinner (farm-speak for lunch) with my parents (and had the yummiest pork chops EVER). In the afternoon we all enjoyed tractor and gator rides around the yard. Clara refused to take a nap, but fell asleep in the carseat on the 3 ½ minute drive to the baby shower.

The baby shower was fun, as they usually are, and it was great to Cindy before the baby arrives. Clara behaved really well and hammed it up when appropriate. J

Then it was back home around 7pm, just in time to get Clara to bed and get lunches and bags packed for work on Monday morning… a busy weekend, but one that went too fast.

I need a nap.




Clara's first parade! and Paul's first Father's Day!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Daycare

We are fortunate to have a special daycare arrangement. Because we live in the middle of nowhere and travel in every direction to get to work, we were challenged to find a daycare that was convenient. We had hit a few dead-ends, and in month 8 of pregnancy were stumped as to where Baby L would go once I went back to work. Around the same time, my mom attended a conference for church and overheard the pastor there talking to another group of women about how his wife was looking to maybe do some baby-sitting during the day. The church was in our neighborhood, so I emailed them. I guess my forwardness didn't turn them away… because that is where Clara now goes to daycare! We really have the best of both worlds – great care, other kids to play with, and we only pay for when she is there. We truly feel blessed to have the daycare situation we have!

Candice (our daycare mom) had her 3rd child in April, so Clara spent a few months at Grandma L's. That also went really well - Clara loved going outside and seeing the animals and being on the farm. When it was time to go back to Candice's, we decided to split the week, so Clara goes some days to Candice's and some days to Grandma's. It's only been a week, but so far it's going well!



Here are some pics Candice took of Clara and her kids the other day when the temps reached the high 90's and they headed out to sit in the pool… which I guess didn't last long when S freaked out and Clara followed suit! Oh well… looks like they still had a good time!







Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cloth Diaper Series: #2 – No pins and plastic pants!

I think the biggest misconception people have about cloth diapering (…ok, maybe the 2nd biggest…more on that in another post) is that they haven't changed since our mom's cloth diapered us. Or rather, YOUR mom cloth diapered YOU… I was diapered using 'sposies. They have come leaps, bounds, and pogo-stick hops over the past 10 years or so!

While flats/prefolds and covers still exist (and are the most economical way to go), there have been changes there too. Gone are the pins, replaced by "snappis", which are little plastic T-shaped tools used to close the diaper. The covers are now made from PUL and close with either snaps or hook & loop. There are lots of fun prints and colors for these as well! While I haven't gone the prefold route, from those that I know that use them they like that they are trim and really cheap!


If you like the idea of a 2-piece diaper, but folding a flat or prefold is intimidating, you might want to try Fitted Diapers. These diapers are shaped like a disposable, but are not water-proof, so they need a cover.

If you are looking for something that is exactly like a disposable, and All-In-One (AIO) might be what you are looking for. With these one-piece diapers, you change the whole thing, wash, dry, and reuse!


We use Pocket Diapers, which are much like AIO's, but have a pockets where you stuff the inserts. This way you can customize the absorption you need or want. We double-stuff at night or use hemp inserts to maximize our absorbing capacity. When Clara slept on her back, I put more padding in the back… now that she's a front-sleeper, I put more in the front. Some see the downside to pockets as the fact that you need to "stuff" them, or put the inserts in after laundering. This little chore usually takes me about 20 minutes for a load and I do it while watching TV before bed.


There are also Hybrid diapers, which combine the ability to use cloth or a disposable insert. These are great for people who travel a lot and don't want to take wet/dirty diapers with them. The inserts are flushable/compostable. When at home, they use the cloth inserts and use the diapers much like you would an AIO or pocket.

This was definitely a "quick and dirty" about the different types available, but there are so many great blog posts already about this topic – I don't really need to re-invent the wheel! If you are interested in learning more and seeing examples, check out this website.


Below is a pic of my early stash - I just really like it because it shows how colorful and fun the diapers are!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Foodie Friday – Chicken Enchiladas


As I shared in my earlier post… I had some shredded chicken to get rid of! Anne at work shared a recipe that her husband likes for enchiladas. With a few changes, I was able to make it suit our needs and our tastes. It turned out AMAZING! Paul even liked it!


Chicken Enchiladas


1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 cup chunky salsa (I used our homemade canned salsa)
½ cup water
½ T chili powder
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped green pepper
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese


2 cups shredded cooked chicken
6 med flour tortillas
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese.


In a bowl, mix together the first 7 ingredients. In another bowl, combine the chicken with 1 cup of the sauce. Divide between the six flour tortillas, roll, and place in shallow baking dish with seam-side down. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the rolled tortillas. Top with ½ cup of shredded cheese.


Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until cheese and sauce are melted and bubbling.