Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Run Through Redlands

I survived my first 5K this year in the Run Through Redlands. Considering I started preparing four weeks prior, I'm incredibly pleased that I placed 47th out of 141 women in my age group. I didn't have a time/placing goal, I just wanted to run/jog the entire 5K without stopping and I did it. It was exhilarating and I was so encouraged by having my family there to support me.

Mandy was amazing! You have to read her blog for more info. She placed 2nd in her age group, missing 1st place by 1 second!

We had such a fun morning and I awarded myself by stuffing my belly with fluffy pancakes after the race :)

Sophie was NOT happy here and refused to smile for the camera :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter 2009

So let me start this off by saying that we actually made it to church on time for Easter Sunday. Unfortunately Jay had to work (stinkin' railroad). The kids had a bit of a difficult time all getting ready at the same time. It's hard to get everyone showered, fed, dressed up nicely and out the door in an hour. Miles kept trying to run out to the backyard to play on the swingset (NO! Please stay clean!!!), Alec chose to argue with me about every little thing (remember he's 13) and Sophie was absolutely content twirling in her Easter dress and telling me how adorable she looked. Sometimes I just have to sit down and laugh (or cry) as our house remembles a funny farm.

We got out the door and were driving to church when I glanced in the mirror and realized that during my manic morning I had failed to finish putting makeup on. What else is new? grrr.

We finally flew into the parking lot, slid into a parking space as Alec commented, "Mom, you're like the fast and the furious; like a crazy race car driver!" I hushed him quickly, reminded him to please not repeat that in church and made a mental note to self to double check the kiddos' carseats before heading home.

Church was wonderful. Pastor Rick shared a great message regarding the validity of Christ being on earth, being crucified and arising from the dead. He spoke of skeptics and atheists and shared great ways to stand firm in our beliefs as Christians. We also sang one of my absolute favorite songs "From the Inside Out" and I was brought to tears as I sang my heart out for my Lord. It was just the moment that I needed.

We stopped by Grandma Joan's house to visit before heading out to Grandpa Stinky's. Miles fell asleep in the car and I got a nice 3 mile run in at Grandpa's house. We then headed home and collapsed for a few hours. It was a wonderful day and the kids had a great time visiting with family.

Miles isn't too sure about all of this.

My favorite picture of the day. This sweet, sweet smile.

Constantly moving...potential injuries at every corner.

That's a dragon on his face - face painting at church :)

Twirling...her favorite thing to do

A little visit to Granpa Stinky's house

This is the blessed disaster that walked into the living room after awakening from a nap.

Happy Easter everyone!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bye Bye Nappies

So today it's official...no more cloth diapers. I've been contemplating this idea for the last 3 months. My life has changed dramatically since January and often there are times when my children rotate through three differerent family members in one day. Births are incredibly unpredictable and I never know when I will get called or how long I will be at a families home. All that being said I do not have time to wash diapers, let alone be sure that enough of them are packed if the kiddos have to been shipped out at a moments notice. So hello disposables, you are back in my life for some time. Cloth diapering was a wonderful choice for our family for the last year and a half and boy did we get great use of them! I would still greatly encourage families to consider this option. It really is a great, soft, natural alternative to the stiff paper disposies. I'm off to pack diaper bags with snacks and diapers...today I have Peer Review.
BTW Mandy, Sophie awoke without a fever and is feeling perky and back to her usual self. I hope that Jonas got some rest last night and is feeling better. :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A weekend recap

This weekend was dedicated to the chickens. Oh God bless my husband and father-in-law. For without these amazing men, I wouldn't have a coop for my new chickens. They slaved ALL day Saturday and Sunday and we now have a home sweet home for Mimi, Nana, Penny and Mula (the kids have officially named the chicks). Tomorrow they will be introduced to the coop and slowly begin to acclimate to the outdoors. Mandy and the boys came over to hang out. The kids had a great time playing and the weather was beautiful. Aside from a few mishaps, all went well. Everyone still has their fingers and we even stayed out of the emergency room! Here are some photos from our busy weekend.

The Frates men discussing their plan of attack.

Miles and Tias both wanted to ride the quad. I think that Miles is trying to distract Tias so he gets off of the quad.

Miles seems to be getting a bit angry.

Notice my mother-in-law supervising on the sidelines? I think Jay is starting to realize just how much I'm like his mother :) Love you Cathy!

Sophie and Jonas helping.

Even Miles wanted to help out.

The final touches.

The door for the nesting boxes.

The best looking chicken coop ever!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to my dear hubby and wonderful father-in-law. You both did an amazing job and I sincerely appreciate you!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Welcome Sweet Madeline

Yesterday I spent the entire day at a homebirth. I got called at about 6:30 am and I was off. I arrived at the mother's home and we realized that she was still in early labor so we enjoyed some time visiting and getting a bite to eat. The morning seemed to progress fairly quickly and by 1:35 pm we welcomed Madeline into this world. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 21 inches long. Mom did an amazing job as this was her first homebirth and her third child! "Daytime" births are a nice welcome as the majority of our babies are born at night. Mom and baby are doing great and I am absolutely ecstatic for their family.

She was sooo alert and kept looking around to see who was there.

Look at those huge feet!

This is how we weigh the babies.

"The Midwives" and baby Madeline

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

She's Gone Country

Yesterday was a very productive day. I awoke feeling motivated to get things done in the yard. This is what I started with:

After hours of weed pulling, rock removing and tree root digging I began rototilling to get the soil prepped for our garden.

The dogs attempted to help me. Notice that my sweet, helpful 13-year-old son is nowhere to be found? He conveniently had other plans with his friends.

After working allllllll day and making a trip to Ace Hardware for chicken wire (the dogs, and any other canyon animal/rodent will attempt to destroy my precious garden) I was done for the day. Notice this pic was taken after dark. I still have some work to finish up today but I am incredibly happy with the veggies we chose.

Tomatoes, (sweet cherry, Roma, and San Diego) Lettuce, Bell Peppers (yellow and green), Yellow Squash, Jalapenos, Red Chili Peppers (Jay's fav), Beans, Oregano, Basil and Parsley. Phew...lots of yummy stuff! We still have another area that we are planting this week where we hope to plant carrots, onions, cilantro and more! I'll put pics up when all is done.

The second part of the day began with an ongoing idea that I've had. Quite often I have to remind my husband that in theory I have AMAZING ideas that usually turn out with great results (refer to the vegetable garden above). Jay happened to be at work all day and I decided to give him a call.

"Uh, hi honey, how's your day going? I've been working really hard on our veggie garden and I think that you're gonna like what I've done. By the way, when you get home don't mind the baby chicks in the kitchen." *Click*

You see, Jay has limited phone time at work and I wanted to be brief and to the point. :) I also wanted to give him time to ponder our new life with chickens. We've been talking about getting laying hens for some time. I like the idea of knowing where are chickens come from and how they are cared for. Fresh eggs every day! They are still small and have some growing to do but if all goes well, we should have eggs by summer.

Oh yeah, um honey, could you possibly get started on building our chicken coop? Puh-lease? :)

Sophie is in love...

These are Americana chickens, known for laying large, beautiful colored eggs in blue and green shades. The kids thought that this was especially cool.

We will be happy to share with friends and family this summer! Come by and pick up your eggs.

Jay, I saw a goat for sale yesterday....whatcha think??? Goats milk and a built in lawn mower?? Sounds tempting.