A glimpse into my life

A post my husband shared yesterday on his blog, and I just want to share it on mine.


I just had to share this picture, taken by my wife today, while Dalton and his friends Ava and Hayden played in the little pool we have (a gift from his Aunt Judy). I absolutely love how the camera caught water in mid-air.

And today, bonus pics:

How exactly my wife managed to get such amazing pictures today, I am not certain, but I thank her very much for letting me post them here tonight.

I hope you are well, friends, and I will write again soon.

[edited post to reflect proper attribution of the gifted pool — sorry about that!]

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The wonderment of a child

Oh, how I wish I could be a child again, just to have simple pleasure and wonderment from my world around me.  Just watching my children enjoy all the wonderful things that surrounded them at the zoo yesterday made me take a little more time to get the same enjoyment that they did.  As we grow older, we seem to lose the time we use to take to enjoy all that is around us.  Take a minute to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you today.

Alyanna getting her first glimpse at the elephants.

Dalton enjoying the polar bear.

Alyanna and her Nana checking out the penguins.

Dalton and his Nana

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Homemade laundry detergent

I finally took the plunge and made my own laundry detergent.  I’ve wanted to try it for quite a few years now, and finally decided that now was the time.  After checking out a few recipes online, I finally settled on making one almost identical to the one on the Duggar’s website.  I’m really hoping this detergent works well, especially with our cloth diapers (it seems we run through quite a bit of detergent washing them).

Homemade Laundry Detergent
(32-64 loads, depending on amount used)

1 bar Fels-Naptha soap (I found it in with the laundry detergents)

1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1/2 cup Borax

1 cup laundry detergent

  1. Grate the bar of soap.
  2. Put the grated soap into the food processor and mix until it’s finer pieces.
  3. Add all the other ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Store in an air-tight container.

To use:  start the washer with HOT water (to make sure all the soap melts)–you can switch to cold after the soap is melted.  Use 1 tablespoon-2 tablespoons detergent.

Breakdown of the cost of making this:

  • Fels-Naptha soap–$1.04/bar
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda–$3.29/box, and I’ll get about 6 uses per box, which makes it $.55/batch
  • Borax–$3.49/box, and I’ll get about 21 uses per box, which makes it $.17/batch
  • Detergent–$5.99/box, and I’ll get about 15 uses per box, which makes it $.40/batch

So, it costs $2.16 per batch, and $.03 per tablespoon.  Really looking forward to seeing how this works out–look for an update in a few weeks!


A day in our life….

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The many faces of Alyanna


Back to work

I started back to work today.  I can’t believe Alyanna is six weeks old already.  Mixed emotions is definitely how I would describe how I was feeling about going back to work.  I’ve missed my kids so much, so I was looking forward to seeing them again, yet I was sad about having to leave my family (since I’ve gotten use to being home with them).  Luckily, I only work half days, so that makes it fly by so quickly, and my coworkers and director are awesome.  My kids were so excited that I was back–I think my entire room (me included) were all smiles all day long.  They had a blast telling me everything they learned while I was gone.  I can say I absolutely love my job.  🙂

Dalton wrote about me for his handwriting practice today.  It almost made me cry!  “I feel sad that Mommy went to work.  She is the best Mommy in the world!  I love my Mommy the best! (except God).


I also have to share something I find very funny.  Alyanna absolutely loves the mobile over her crib.  She’s not sleeping in her crib yet, but we put her in it throughout the day.  I always ask her if she wants to go see her “friends,” and I swear she lights up!  She loves to watch them, and she’ll coo and smile at them.  I think she misses them sometimes and cries to see them.  Who knew a mobile could be so much fun?

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Our Month In Review (In Pictures)

After getting frustrated over and over again, trying to get a slideshow in my sidebar, I finally figured out how to put one on my blog.  I have set up a page called “Our Month In Review (in pictures)” that I will update at the beginning of each month with photos from the previous month.  Check it out by clicking on the link in the sidebar, or clicking here.  Enjoy!

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I guess it’s blogging time

My husband keeps telling me I should get a blog, and I’ve finally decided to give it a go.  I’ve tried to keep blogs at different times in my life, but none have kept my interest.  I’m hoping by not making this blog about anything in particular that I’ll keep up with it.  Only time will tell, I guess.  No idea really what I’ll write about, but I’m sure I’ll figure out something.  My passions are:  being a mommy, being a wife, knitting, homeschooling, cooking, teaching my preschool class, plus many more, so I’m sure they’ll all be showcased at one time or another on here.  I will close with a photo of two of the most important people in my life–my children.

Two of my favorite people in the world

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