Saturday, November 22, 2014

Taking the Bad with the Very Good

(The Bad)

Know what this is? Yup. Heartbreak in the form of half a head of my daughter's beautiful hair. Little Stinker climbed the toilet and felt around on the shelves, knowing the hair cutting scissors were there, supposedly out of her reach. No. Such. Thing.

 She may appear remorseful in this picture, but she isn't. She was looking into the cd she was holding, she is actually Quite Unrepentant!

I can sort of hide it in a skimpy ponytail, but will have to thin the other half out, too!! (And yes, I need to clean my house! I have stuff stacked all over the place, ugh!!)
 (The Very Bad) 

This happened in a storm yesterday to my poor daughter. Just when they lost their car insurance, too. I won't go into all their personal details, but Tillamook, Oregon is NOT  a friendly place for black people. That racism still exists just blows me away. I guess it shouldn't, stupid does exist everywhere. Martae is applying for a Corrections Deputy position up here, please be praying he does well on his testing and gets the job! It is a good job, it is what my husband does, and I've been able to stay home with our kids, which I am so thankful for.

Fortunately there is still this (The Very Good):

Having Sweet Dreams!
 Beautiful baby girl!

 Her eyes are open more and more. She is also quite full of smiles already.

Just how she was in mommy's tummy!

Already a week old! The time has only just begun to fly for mom and dad!
Alaina is such a beautiful little girl and I will freely admit that one of the benefits to Martae becoming a deputy up here would be getting to see this little girl grow up! I do feel sympathy for his mom, she is all the way over in Chicago. Off for some grocery shopping before I get back home to clean and get ready for church tomorrow. We've been absent from there for what feels like forever - I'll go into that later, hahaha.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

She's Here!

My granddaughter was born yesterday, Nov 15! She's super tiny, 6 lbs even, 18 1/2" long! It was a little tricky getting pictures in the weird hospital lighting, but here's a few for now. Rachel did really well, and looks wonderful. They're at home now, enjoying time as a new family, visitors checking out the new baby. We'll host an open house in a few weeks, so friends and family up here can see her. I was so happy we were actually all healthy, so we were able to go down the same day! I'm so paranoid after all the illness/pinkeye stuff we had last year, hahaha! I don't remember if I said before, but her name is Alaina (Rachel's middle name is Alain) Christine (Martae's mom's middle name is Christina). Daddy is super excited. Well, off to pick up #1 son's girlfriend from work, but I was antsy to share our grandbaby news!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cold Weather and Some Finished Projects for Grandbaby!

David burning our summer collection of burnables in our overgrown backyard.

So thankful for this wood stove!!

First doughnuts of Fall - such a good recipe!

Cold weather always means bringing my old Little People out!

Recovered car seat for grandbaby!

After realizing poor hubby must be working overtime, I also realized I should sneak in a bit of a post! Our weather has finally gotten cold, after a rather warm (record making, even!) Fall. We never did gather firewood over the summer, so we had to make a mad search for some. We ended up finding some that came with a guarantee of swift delivery, but we certainly paid the price for it! I'll admit I was a bit teary and fussy, though mostly kept it to myself, the night before. The man brought it out in a dump truck, which thrilled the kids to bits,  Mia, especially. They had so much fun watching it dump all that wood out! After loading a bunch of it, we are extremely grateful that it appears to be a very generous cord of wood, unless we've just been getting shorted in the past, hahaha! Mostly, I am very thankful to have had the money in the bank to cover it. We have had years that we would not have had it. We are very hopeful to get a new furnace next year, but that's been a hope for many years now. Something Else is always good at showing it's face, needing the money! I am very thankful to have that wood stove, even when we do have a furnace, we plan to keep the heat fairly low and supplement with wood heat. The thing I look forward to most with having a furnace again is a warm bathroom! Our house is old and not insulated. Still, as we read our way through the Little House on the Prairie series, I am reminded to also be thankful that our bathroom is in the house!
With the cold, we've made our first batch of doughnuts for the year, I'll share the recipe later, when I've had time to find it again (groan). They were sooo good. I made three batches the first day - one with egg replacer (worked perfectly!) for my oldest son and his housemates. Scott is not a doughnut eater, but even he raved over these. The other batch went to work with David, and we ate the third! We went through a couple  more batches, then decided maybe we didn't really need doughnuts daily, heehee.
Rachel may be getting induced today, I'm anxiously awaiting. She's an hour and a half away, and I keep feeling like I should be there, hovering, which would actually drive us both batty. Neither of us are the type to want people - even family- around during these kinds of things. I can remember when I was in labor with her and my in-laws kept hovering around. I was hissing at her dad "GET THEM OUT OF HERE!!! I DON'T WANT THEM HERE!! I CAN'T FOCUS UNTIL THEY LEAVE!!!" My mom was with my when I had my first baby, and I couldn't stand her being there! I only want baby's dad with me. Funny thing is, I don't care how many strangers are there! Have a new nurse? Bring her in!  Have a class of med students who want to see what's going on? Bring 'em in! Have a group of people just curious about birthing babies? Bring 'em in! Back to the point of this paragraph, I had told Rachel not to worry about a car seat, I still had Mia's and she could have it. It's good til 2017 and it has the kind of handle we both prefer. She wasn't crazy about the neutrality of it, so I offered to recover it for her. I found the perfect fabric for it and am so happy with how it turned out! The trim was already a light grey, so I was able to reuse a few pieces. I also finished the blanket I crocheted for baby! I used a Red Heart acrylic, which isn't my favorite, but at the time that who had the right colors. I am actually amazed at how soft it is, after washing it! I still have the car seat, when I got it out of the closet, a strap was missing!! I've ordered new ones for her, which she deserves, anyway, but we've been stressed about how she's going to get that baby home from the hospital. Turns out she's got a regular size car seat in her car for a little boy she babysits, she just didn't realize until we were talking last night that they can be used for newborns, too. What a huge relief! Well, this is a bit rushed, but I'm glad to have had a bit of time for it, though sorry for the lack of sleep poor David is getting!