New skill

Little Miss decided to pull out a new trick today while out to breakfast with me and Grandpa and stacked up a coffee creamer tower four tall. This was the first time I’ve witnessed her stacking something, and I must say I was impressed! Watching this child develop is a never-ending joy. In the car this evening she kept repeating “Prapa! Mmmmmah!” (translation: “Grandpa! Muah!”). Oh, how she makes me melt! Right now we’re watching some Signing Time to wind down and we’re at the “milk” sign, which we use for nursing. She’s exclaiming, “Nurrr! Nurrr!” and when they show a glass of milk she signs water and says it too (“waaaer”). I think it’s funny that there’s nursing and then there’s everything else that comes in a cup to her, with no distinction between water/juice/etc.–it’s all water 🙂

Our first little family vacation

We took a little road trip up to Edgerton, Wisconsin and stayed at my aunt’s trailer she so kindly offered to us for a vacation. We relaxed; Art played guitar, I knit, Lily toddled. On our way home we went raspberry picking at a small little pick-your-own farm, UP Berries, that works on the honor system out in Kingston, Illinois. Once I got home I made a batch of delicious jam 🙂 It was a wonderful long weekend, and it’s already a bummer to be back to the regular daily grind!

In Lily’s latest verbal development, she says “sure!” instead of “yes” to everything now. A common conversation throughout the day…

Lily: Nuh! Nuh!”
Me: You want to nurse?
Lily: Sure!

Oh, and she’s nursing more than she did when she was a newborn, I swear it. I think it had to do with the change of scenery, going up to Wisconsin, but this weekend has been so full of breastfeeding! I’m hoping she relaxes a bit as the week rolls on, but if anything it’s good that she has this to fall back on for comfort and security. It’s actually pretty comical how much she asks for it though!

Oh, how I’m glad I don’t live in Kansas!

Sixty ears of corn! My dad’s friend had a corn roast at his company’s picnic and ended up with multiple bushels of left over corn. I ended up with one. And so, I set forth canning!

This is what 60 ears of corn looks like on my kitchen table

And this is what half of it looks like there 🙂

And after many hours of standing over an angel food cake pan with an electric knife, the canned result! 6 pints…

Not pictured: the 8 quarts still in the canner

I used the instructions over at pickyourown.org. I’ve used them before for various other canning projects and things always turn out perfectly. The tip to stick the ear of corn in the center of a bunt pant (or angel food cake pan, since that’s what we had handy) and using an electric knife to cut the kernels off was genius!

Congratulations, Karen!

You won the reusable snack bag set! I just sent you an email, and can’t wait to get these sent off to you!

This Moment (Thanks, Soule Mama)

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

New-to-me stroller

I am so stinkin’ proud of my “new” stroller! I found this Peg Perego Pliko P3 for $20. These things retail for $320+! I’m not in need of a new stroller, the light weight one we have suits us just fine, but I can see Lily outgrowing it in height soon, and this Pliko P3 had some perks that I really liked. A) It’s really comfy and Lily loves the upholstered seat. B) It folds up umbrella-style, so despite its size, it fits in my trunk with room to spare. And C) It has a little platform on the back for a big kid to stand. So, say, we have another kid and Lily doesn’t want to walk, she’s got a place to hitch a ride without us investing in and hauling around a double stroller.

So, anyway, this here $20 stroller has good bones, but the red fabric was faded and stained, which made it look old, ’cause it is. The grey parts show barely any wear at all. I toyed with the idea of dying the fabric, or maybe painting on screen printing ink, but neither of those ideas seemed like they would play out so well. So I went out and found some outdoor upholstery fabric (that’s even UV rated, ooo) and hand-stitched it onto all of the red fabric parts. I went over any other red stitching with a black Sharpie marker, and ta-da!

(P.S. Have you entered to win a reusable snack bag set yet? Please do, your odds are good!)

Before:

During:

After:

I am SO pleased. And, well, Lily is too 🙂

She has spent most of the evening putting her baby dolls in and out, climbing in and out herself, rolling it around the living room, and wanting to be pushed in it too. I need to get Art to oil up the moving parts to get rid of some creaks, but otherwise we’re good to go! And no, not good to go as in have another kid so Lily can utilize the standing platform. Maybe in a few more months 🙂