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Monday, March 17, 2008

Holy Week

This is my favorite week of the entire year. The culmination of what our faith is and how it changes our lives.

I kind of feel like I have failed when it comes to using the season of Lent to grow. I kept my Lenten sacrifices, I prayed daily as I said I was going to. But I don't feel like I have gone anywhere. It wasn't really a sacrifice, and not even up to par with how I would like my regular daily life to be. I use the excuse of Nathan and not having enough time to do all that I want to when I really have just used that time in other ways. I'm really looking forward to this week as a chance to make a change and renew what it is that I want my faith to be. Basically, I don't think I am reached my goal yet, but I'm not ready to give up. If anything I think that this week will re-charge me to grow during the Easter season.

I cannot wait for the Easter vigil on Saturday. I have been lucky enough to go every year for quite a while now and it's become what Easter really is for me. The music and the darkness into light, bringing forward the water for baptism, watching the excitement of new Catholics receiving the Eucharist for the first time really to me shows why we have Easter. It's so much more than the passion and Jesus rising though that is the most central and important, but it's the small things, the consequences, the changes that took place BECAUSE that happened that really touch me the most. I've always been blessed (though sometimes it feels like a curse) to be given the gift of visible emotion during certain times in prayer, or while at mass. The vigil is always an emotional event for me. It's hard to find words to explain how beautiful it is. We are taking Nathan with us this year. I know it will probably be frustrating for all three of us, but I want this to be part of his tradition one day too. So he can learn that Easter is more than seeing Grandparents and getting candy, more than a day when everyone goes to church, but really a time when we as individuals and as a church are given the chance to renew our baptism completely through Jesus' rising.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Lostpedia

Lately I have become even more obsessed with LOST than I already was. Maybe it's because there is nothing on tv so it's all I watch anymore, or maybe it's just actually that interesting! There are so many unanswered questions and the writers and creators have such a intricate storyline that it just makes you want to learn more. Surprisingly there was so much more than I ever even knew existed from just watching the show! I stumbled upon a website called Lostpedia it has anything you would ever want to know about LOST! And it's not just made up things by readers (though there are a few theory boards, all of their information comes from interviews or special things released by ABC or LOST themselves. It's almost creepy how much detail they have put into this, and how much time and money they have spent creating this alternate reality. There have even interviews with people who work for "The Hanso Foundation" on regular talk shows. And secret videos released about the DHARMA initiative. So weird, but really very interesting reading.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Blizzard! and baby shoes

So I thought I had seen the worst snowstorm of the year a couple of weeks ago, boy was I mistaken! It seems every year we have a giant snowstorm, and this was it this year. It snowed non-stop from Friday all the way until this morning (Sunday)! We probably have close to 18 inches of snow outside, it's funny to see it all piled up from where it's been plowed. It's really hard to see around the giant walls of snow while driving. It gave me plenty of time to, um, sit at home and do what I usually do. A year ago I would have worked on some hobby, now I just played with Nathan. Though I am still determined one of these days to quilt or sew or make something fun again. I just need to find a safe place to do it, and something fun for Nathan to do while I'm working. Otherwise I will get annoyed and never finish, which is what usually happens!

Thursday I went shopping to pick up some essentials at Target and as I was rounding the corner something very familiar caught my eye. I saw what appeared to be Robeez baby shoes! Alright, for those of you not obsessed with baby clothing and footwear like I am I will explain. Robeez shoes are leather baby shoes with cute animals or designs on them. They are great for baby feet because they are so flexable and the are just adorable. They also run about $30 a pair. Now if you are anything like me you don't really want to be spending $30 on baby shoes, especially a baby who can't walk. I got one pair from my aunt as a shower gift and I LOVE them, so seeing what appeared to be them at Target was quite exciting! As I got closer I realized they were not Robeez, but a different brand that looked almost identical. Some of the designs even looked very similar to the Robeez designs. Best part is they are only $12.99! Still a little pricey for baby shoes, but they are leather! Here is a picture of a pair of Robeez


And here are the "Mini Star" fake Robeez





So the quality may not be quite as good, but Nathan can't walk yet so maybe I'll splurge for the Robeez when he is getting a little more use out of them!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

So it's been a busy and interesting week so far. I guess I probably won't be updating on days that I work! I'm just always so tired by the time I come home and like to spend some time with Nathan before I have to start making dinner or doing other things around the house.

This week Nathan decided that he doesn't want to take a bottle anymore! ugh. In some ways I am glad because I never wanted him to become attatched to the bottle and he has always nursed a little differently after the two days a work. So it's nice not to have to worry about that, but he needs to eat! Tuesday he hardly ate anything which is weird because I am pretty sure he is in the middle of a growth spurt. Wednesday I sent a sippy cup and he loved that. Hopefully he just keeps getting better at using the cup and we won't have to worry about the whole eating thing anymore.

He has also become really really clingy and doesn't want to sleep in his own room anymore at all. The last week he has spent more time in bed with us than in his own bed and when he is in his bed it just doesn't last very long. I know I should be spending some more time working on that, but some nights I just don't have the energy to not sleep for most of the night. It's not even that it just takes a long time, but he will fall asleep and then just as I am falling asleep like 20 minutes later he wakes up again. After doing this 3-4 times I just can't handle it anymore I want to sleep so badly! Maybe I'll spend this weekend switching off with Anthony to try and make it work.

Monday, March 3, 2008

a fun weekend

This weekend was so much fun! Unfortunately as usual I forgot I had a camera and took no pictures. Alle came to visit and it was so good to have some girl hang out time. We watched "Bridget Jones's Diary" and another movie that I can't remember the name of right now. We went to House of Hunan and ate sushi and great chinese food. We ate more snacks than we needed to (always the best part) and we did my dancing with the stars workout video. lol I got farther than I ever had before but still couldn't finish that jive! Basically we had a lot of fun being girls and talking and just hanging out.

Yesterday was my mom's birthday so after Noah's basketball game we went out to eat at Olive Garden and I was able to give my mom her birthday present. We found a used set of the HBO specil "From the Earth to the Moon". My mom had this on vhs, so it was fun to find it on dvd for her. I've been wanting to write about it for the last few weeks (since Anthony and I watched it before we gave it to her!) but now that she has it I can't remember I single thing that I wanted to say about it.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Youtube finds of the day

I think I mentioned the other day and I found some episode of Sharon, Lois and Bram's "The Elephant Show" on youtube. I was in love with this show when I was little and have been watching them online with Nathan. He doesn't actually care, but having him sitting nearby makes me feel better about the fact that I am watching children's television from the 80's. So of course youtube has related links and I found the intros to all of my favorite tv shows as a little kid! This is going to look like I was obsessed with tv or something, I promise I didn't just sit in front of the tv all day! But here are some of my favorites!

Maya the Bee I used to make Nina be Willy so I could be Maya. lol

David the Gnome I forgot how boring the theme song is for this one, but if I remember correctly it was a pretty good show.

Mapletown I'm almost ashamed I watched this "Japanamation" show, but it was one of my favorites. I even had the flocked plastic figurines.

Oh I could go on and on, but in order to look like I had a childhood aside from children's cable shows (we didn't even have cable!) I will stop here.

Baby led weaning?

Or as I am used to seeing it online now BLW. I think this means I spend too much time on the internet. Oh well.

So I'm thinking about it. For those of you who don't know (because I didn't until a few months ago), baby led weaning doesn't actually mean "weaning" your baby, I don't plan on doing that for a while. Instead it's kind of a different way to introduce solids to your baby. They don't eat any purees, instead you give them regular food that they can feed themselves on their own. Of course at first more of it ends up squished or on the floor, but pretty soon they learned to feed themselves real food.

I don't know if I will completely give up the typical baby food mush stuff, it's nice to know that something is getting into him, and a lot less messy and time consuming when I'm in a bit of a hurry or Nathan is on the verge of getting sleepy. But I do like this idea of being able to give the baby whatever we are eating (within reason of course). It makes sense since he is always grabbing at our food, we give him little tastes of certain things now and then, why shouldn't he just be able to try some things? We always have a hard time when we are eating because he wants to be right there too eating while we are eating, and with baby food puree that is just not possible.

So last night while we were eating grilled cheese and tomato soup I made Nathan a piece of toast (I know, wheat is an allergen, but no one in either of our families has food allergies, and our seasonal allergies are very mild) he absolutely loved it! It was crispy enough to break off tiny pieces when he bit in with his two little tooth stubs, but still soft enough to disolve in his mouth as he ate it. He made a HUGE mess with soggy bread crumbs all over the table, but he was so happy and suprised me by being pretty good at getting it into his mouth by himself!

It really made me wish I had other baby friendly food in the house so I could give him some more to "eat". It's also messy now because we don't have a highchair, so this was while sitting in his bumbo seat on the table. The highchair should be here next week and I am looking forward to giving him some more things to eat on his own. Interestingly, I think he gagged and coughed more when I gave him some pureed peas after dinner than he did chewing on his toast!

some links I have enjoyed reading:
Babyledweaning.com I really like the recipe ideas at this site
Facebook group on baby led weaning Where I first found out about baby led weaning, some interesting discussions
Baby led weaning blog I haven't read this one yet, but looks to be interesting. I'll save it for Nathan's next nap!