Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Super spring cleaning

If you know me personally, you know that I'm a CLEAN FREAK!!! I take spring cleaning literally and it lasts all spring. It's a great excuse for me to get to all the little projects I've been meaning to do all year. A few days ago, I pulled the stove out and cleaned behind and under it. The dried food bits between the stove top and the counter were really bugging me and I couldn't get at 'em. Of course I do all the normal stuff, but I also do things like this:

I completely take apart my vacuum attachments and clean them thoroughly. My husband thinks it's funny and always says: "Oh no!" when I tell him I've taken something apart because sometimes I have to have help putting it back together. I try to reach every nook and cranny in the house. I also make most of my own cleaners out of  natural ingredients. I use my vacuum a lot, it feels so gratifying sucking up dirt, dust and grime. I absolutely hate dusting, but using my vacuum makes it a little easier and faster.
What is your spring cleaning advice?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We won!

I love following other mom bloggers. A lot of them do product reviews and give away prizes. Recently I was fortunate enough to win a really cool prize: four homemade baby doll cloth diapers from one of my blogger friends, Beth, at Happily Domestic. Her blog is so awesome, she has all sorts of ideas for SAHM's like me. I was inspired by her weekly menu posts to start doing my own again. She recently hosted The Great Girl Event and personally sewed these these totally cute baby doll diapers to give away as one of the prizes!
Emma and I were really excited, here's how it played out:
"Look, Emma, a package for us!"

"Mom, what are these?"

"Mom! Open 'em!"

"What the heck, these will never fit me."

"See, that's how you do it."
"Oh, OK, I got it now"

"Please!" *see her signing it

She's an old pro now.

Thanks so much, Beth!

Emma is four months old!

**I know this is about 11 months overdue, but I was just editing posts and saw that it was still unpublished.

Emma had her four month doctor appointment today. She is 25 inches long and weighs 13 pounds. The doctor said that she is "the perfect specimen", so that was good to hear. Much to my delight, she only cried for a few seconds after getting her shot. She has quite the personality now, smiles and laughs all the time. She's rolling all over the place, as soon as I put her down on her back, she flips to her tummy. She's holding her head up and pushing up with her arms. She's grabbing for things and getting much better at holding her toys, she's even figured out how to grab the pacifier and take it out of her mouth and examine it. She's been trying some new foods, she had a Popsicle for the first time last week and licked on a piece of watermelon, it was pretty funny! We also tried rice cereal for the first time today and she loved it!