Friday, September 28, 2012

7 Takes - vol. 4

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Yeah, ND beat Michigan!  Horn and I need to get to a game with Hannabert this year.

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Today both DH and I are working early!  Which means we get to pretend to be a normal family tonight and do family things rather than be questionable parents who take their toddler to the grocery store at midnight on the way home from work and then not putting him to bed until the average hour of 1:30am.

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Because of the adjustment of our schedules by approximately 5 hrs (yes, we typically work from 2:30pm to 11pm and yes, we both are licensed attorneys), Hannabert wasn't in the best of moods this morning.  As I had to leave slightly later than Horn, I rocked and nursed him.  When the alarm went off for us to leave, he apparently thought it was a timer, intended to remind him to switch sides.  He wasn't happy with me.

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I gave my Business Law class their first test.  It was a dismal failure.  I wanted to cry. I know I covered the material and I know the material was in the book.

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I finished my Sew Swap item (only 1 day late!) and mailed it.  The post office properly attempted a delivery at an incorrect address.  A blog on the item will be forthcoming...

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Hannabert now tells us when he has a dirty diaper.  No matter what happened in said diaper, he tells us "I pooped" (and then grabs his crotch).

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I have decided that Hannabert's room is haunted.  If you look closely at this video, you will see an orb that floats into view on the left side of the screen.

I also smell cigarette smoke in his room.  Never really anywhere else.  Those are the nights he refuses to get into his crib.  Maybe I need a paranormal investigation?

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Friday, September 21, 2012

7 Takes - Vol. 3

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GOOOOOOOO IRISH!  3-0!  Lets make it 4-0 this weekend!

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Horn and I had a fabulous opportunity to attend a CLE on Adoption on Thursday.  Hopefully what we learned we can put to use in the near future (for family although I am certainly on board for ourselves).

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I got to participate in a Volunteer Lawyer Project divorce clinic on Wednesday.

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Because I got to do the clinic on Wednesday, I got to spend the afternoon with Hannabert.

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Horn found out that he didn't get a job he wanted this morning which was really disappointing to him.  He said he was most disappointed that he spent all of last week getting fingerprinted and a new birth certificate...and that getting these items required him to wake up early and miss out on snuggle time with Hannabert.

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I (finally) received my custom robot fabric from Spoonflower!  I was disappointed in how it washed. It turned more grey than navy but will still be great for Hannabert's backpack!

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Hannabert (eventually) slept in his crib last night and woke up nice a cheerful!  He hates to be in his crib (of course he likes sleeping with us but equally like sleeping on a big bed by himself) so when Horn put him down in his crib sometime this morning (after sleep alone in a big bed), he didn't immediately stiffen and slept for another 7 hours.  It was a win.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Friday, September 14, 2012

7 Takes with ConversionDiary (vol. 2)

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Hannabert doesn't sleep.  He might actually be a gremlin and we regularly violate the most important rule because of our second shift schedule. I slept on approximately 6 inches of bed last night while small child slept diagonal across the rest of it. Any attempt to do a crib transfer resulted in horrific sobbing and as Horn had an important meeting early this morning, I got the short side of the bed.

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Hannabert turned 19mths this week (on 9/11).  I much rather celebrate his life but cannot say "thanks" enough to those who lost their lives protecting our way of life.

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Dayton Greek Fest - Hannabert loved my chocolate baklava.  The chocolate baklava that I only get once a year...

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Notre Dame had another victory on Saturday against Purdue.

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  Then we went to the park where Hannabert decided it was better to push his stroller than ride in it (completely fine with that.  see #1)

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While I don't know this family nor do I know the complete story, I do know that prayers work miracles. What I do know is that they are in the process of adoption and there is something that happening with the adoption which is causing them a lot of heart break.  Please join me in praying for their family.

Novena to St. Jude- prayed for 9 days beginning September 11th
Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church
honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things
almost despaired of.
Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.
Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help
is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may
receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations,
and sufferings, particularly -
ask that God will grant that Judah become part of Jordan and Joanna’s family
forever through adoption and that God will guide Judah’s birthmother’s heart
to do what is best for him
- and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O
Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God
and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully
encourage devotion to you.
May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, and loved in all the tabernacles
until the end of time. Amen.
May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever.
St. Jude, pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen.
Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Blessed be the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Blessed be St. Jude Thaddeus, in all the world and for all Eternity.
(say this prayer, followed by the Our Father and the Hail Mary)

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Speaking of adoption, I have family members who have just started the process and could use prayers as they move forward with creating their family. 

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hannabert's Toddler Bucket List

Hmmm...As if we don't have enough to do, I have decided that Hannabert needs to have a bucket list.  Rather, Horn and I need a bucket to make sure Hannabert gets to do all the fun stuff that we might forget about.  Thanks to this post, we now have a guideline.

Play Together:
  • “I spy” in the car or at the park
  • Build and knock down block towers
  • Rolling along toy cars
  • Puppets
  • Dress up
  • Peek-a-boo
  • Patty Cake
  • Hide & Seek
  • Pretend to be tigers and chase each other
  • "Talk" like dogs and cats
  • Pretend you can’t find their hands when you’re helping them get dressed

Exploring Nature:

  • Stomp in puddles
  • Feed the ducks, or chase them…
  • Feed a baby goat
  • Fly a kite
  • Walk in the rain
  • Play outside in fresh snow
  • Make snow angels
  • Hop over waves at the beach
  • Look for crabs in the rocks, starfish in the rock pools.
  • Plant a spring flower to watch it grow
  • Pick fruit off of trees
  • Watch a caterpillar become a butterfly
  • Explore the forest, touching everything.
  • Play ‘ look high/look low’ and see what types of creatures or plants they see
  • Run in the fields
  • Toss leaves
  • Collect rocks

Go Visit:

  • Petting zoos
  • A botanical garden
  • An open gym day where your child can free play in the foam pit, the trampolines and the mats.
  • A Children’s Museum
  • Public library toddler reading time
  • Cousins, Grandparents, and Friends!
  • Aquarium

Sensory  Play

  • Playdough
  • Waterbeads
  • Sand castles
  • Playing with rice, bean or cornmeal
  • Anything messy
  • Mud pies, mud holes, mud body paint
  • WATER! In the sink with containers, in the sprinkler, in a sand and water table.
  • Pour and measure – add a drop of food color for fun
  • Squeeze wet sponges
  • Walk the neighborhood with a watering can and “water” the flowers you see
  • Long baths – not just for getting clean

Songs, Rhymes and Stories

  • Read books together
  • Touch and feel board books
  • Sing and dance
  • Songs with lots of movement, like “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, and “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes.
  • Have spur of the moment dance parties
  • Write a book together
  • Pretend or real cooking
  • Make goop, gak or slime
  • Baking cookies or mixing pancakes together
  • Bake banana muffins
  • Have a Tea Party
  • Decorating cookies with lots of sprinkles that go everywhere!
Arts and Crafts
  • Finger painting
  • Pudding Paint!
  • Water coloring paint
  • Stickers
  • Sidewalk chalk scribbles
  • Stamping
  • Make handprint art – tracing, impressions in salt dough and paint handprints

More Play!

  • Blowing and catching bubbles
  • Balloons and balls -Balloon baseball!
  • Bikes, Trikes and Ride-on toys
  • Knobbed Puzzles
  • Do “chores” with Mama and Papa
  • Push baby strollers or shopping carts
  • Rough and tumble play
  • Build “forts” out of boxes or couch cushions!
  • Make blanket tents and tunnels
And of course: Tickle, snuggle, kiss, and have lots of playful physical interaction.

Freebies for Celebrities

On Facebook Today there was diaper "commercial" involving a celebrity who is pregnant and how this diaper company was providing her free diapers.

I have this response:

Dear Diaper Company:

Rather than provide a celebrity (who has money to spend) with free diapers, why not make a donation to a charity that provides diapers to those in need.

As the manufacturer of diapers, I am sure you are aware that they are costly. WIC, SNAP, and other publicly funded assistance programs do not cover diapers.  This has led many families to engage in the dangerous practice of reusing disposable diapers.

Please, rather than "give" a celebrity diapers, reach out to such organization such as The Diaper Bank or other charities could make much better use of these diapers.

Even better, while I know you business is disposable diapers, why not help a family in need by giving a donation that is much longer lasting:  donate cloth diapers to any one of the number of organizations that provide cloth diapers to those that are in need.

Cloth diapers can be reused and easily cleaned.  Yes, easily cleaned.  If you don't believe me, hundreds of families participate in an annual diaper challenge to prove that cloth diapers are an inexpensive option for families on a limited budget.

Even better, you name brand is "trusted by doctors and mothers" (at least your commercials say that), mass market a brand a cloth diapers and make them readily accessible to consumers.

Just please don't promote the fact that  you are giving diapers to a celebrity. As a celebrity, use your popularity for helping those in need.

Consumer Mom

Friday, September 07, 2012

7 Takes with ConversionDiary (vol 1)

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School started again.  A two week break never feels long enough for use to catch-up from the prior 11 weeks. Good thing Hannabert doesn't have a schedule.

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I am going to be participating in a sewing swap. That means I have to find the sewing machine that is hidden somewhere in our scary basement so actually make something.  Maybe I should outsource my participation...

--- 3 ---

GREEK FEST time in Dayton, OH! I skipped my office hours and made Horn wake-up early so we could get lunch. Hannabert wasn't impressed with the phyllo dough but liked the honey puffs.  A lot.

--- 4 ---

Notre Dame won in Ireland.

--- 5 ---

Hannabert moved into his "big boy" car seat from his bucket seat.  Of course, this was the day that daycare needed the bucket seat. It took Horn 15 minutes to get the big boy seat out of the car.

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As this is my first go around at 7 takes, I cheated and looked at a bunch of the lines at ConversionDiary for ideas.

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Whenever we say grace at meals, Hannabert smiles hugely like it is some sort of super secret and he has an "in" on the punchline.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Sew Swap Part I

To challenge myself to get my sewing machine out of the basement and onto my table, I decided to join the The Little Willow Tree's Sew Swap!

I am pretty excited about this but I worry that my sewing isn't up to par with the other people who will be participating.

I like sewing but I never seem to have time to sit down and do any.  Plus, I loose interest kind of quickly and reach a point where I just want my project to be finished.

The last BIG project I did was making table coverings for Horn's and my wedding. I was finishing the day before with the help of my brother-in-law (to be at the time) and sister. 
Handsome BIL who helped with the sewing

There was a thought of making window treatments for Hannabert, but never got off the ground....mostly because I didn't have enough fabric. I did take the following detailed pictures..


So, what does one make for a sewing swap?