It seems like nothing interesting has been going on lately, but still managing to keep me pretty bushed by the end of the day. Here’s the latest from Farm Fresh Jessica.

*Community via Message Boards/Forums–generally, I love them. I visit the Forums on Youlookfab.com (style), Alz.org (Alzheimer’s), WeightWatchers.com, Nesting.com, and Mothering.com (natural families–we fall in the middle range there)

*Cleaning–We did a lot of deep cleaning and hands and knees scrubbing yesterday. We being the cleaning twins and me–one of us to entertain the kiddlets and the other two to powerclean. It worked out pretty well.

Although, today at lunch, Kevin said, “It’s amazing; yesterday the kitchen was sparkling and spotless and today it looks like a tornado went through it.” It is an amazing phenomenon really.

*Culling–Got rid of several big boxes of clothes the girls have outgrown. We had our MOPS Swap today, and whatever is left over goes to a wonderful charity. I also got motivated from the last organizational book I read, and listed a ton o’ stuff on Freecycle and Craigslist.

*Cooking–I’m relearning how to cook and bake. I’m focusing on light and lower fat recipes, in keeping with the Weight Watchers guidelines. I am also learning to retrain my taste buds.

Some of the biggest things I’m learning in Weight Watchers are portion control, to plan my snacks (count out 12 chips and put the bag away, instead of eating straight out of the bag to a Cool Ranch Doritos coma), and to pay attention to why I’m eating.

*Cuteness–The biggest thing we are working on with the girls is INTERRUPTING! I taught Aviana the ‘put your hand on me’ technique to let me know she’d like to speak, and that’s almost as annoying as if she’d interrupted. She waits there practically salivating for her turn to get my attention. Kevin says I give them too many chances and am raising them as if the world revolves around them. Whatever the reason, it has gotten ridiculous.

And this little guy is getting huge! I held a friend’s ten month old and I could swear Cadrian weighed more than she did! I wish I were losing as quickly as he’s gaining.

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Yeah. That seems fair.

Kevin’s suggestion this morning: I’ll take Aviana (the most civilized one of the bunch) and go to ***** and watch the Iowa State game. You can take Brielle (the one who is still decidedly uncivilized) and Cadrian and go get everything we need at Target.

Me: How about I take Cadrian and you take the girls?

Him: I have to watch the game. I have to focus.

Me: I think Target is more arduous than watching a football game.

Him: But you love Target. (which is true, just not so much with our two year old in tow)

Me: It’s hard enough making all those decisions with just the baby.

Him: Well, the alternative is, I work all day and you have all three kids by yourself!

Me: That’s it! I’m telling all my friends and they’ll stage a coup on you!

So, my friends, begin the overthrow.

P.S. He wasn’t serious. He knows if he were, he’d have to lie down on the floor and I’d stomp his guts out.

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Economy: Why We Have a Crisis

It’s only been recently that I’ve even been slightly attentive to politics and the world at large. I used to say I wasn’t interested in politics, but Neal Boortz convinced me of my erroneous frame of mind when I read one of his books.

I didn’t fully understand what was behind all of this latest news about the economy, but I do know that Larry Burkett predicted it 20 years ago in this book. It’s astounding. I read it in April, so I can’t remember a lot of the details, but I am going to be reading it again, that’s for sure!

This video has an obvious political bent to it, but was worth the ten minutes of my time, and I hope it is worth it to you as well.

I’ve never been one to be a doomsayer, but let me tell you, my friend, I have a dark unsettling feeling in my gut about these turn of events. I don’t see it getting any better!

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Read Me a Story

If you have not seen this book by Spike Lee, run out and get it right now. It is absolutely priceless.

The illustrations are marvelous as well. I have found a new love in Kadir Nelson.

Brielle is captured so perfectly by the toddler in the book. I have pictures of, and have probably blogged about every single incident that occurs in this book. Spike could have been quoting me when he wrote this.

In fact, I’m pretty sure I saw him following me around.

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New picture of my three little darlings. I tried four different photo sessions this day. I bribed the girls from their candy bags each time, and they did as well as I could expect.

Funny, candy provided no motive for cooperation for the littlest. All the shots turned out essentially like this:
New ‘Do–I started cutting my hair during this pregnancy and now I can’t seem to stop!

Cadrian’s new swing arrived yesterday. I love it! It is super duper soft, and he can just nestle into it. I love the little lamb’s ears attached to the headpiece, such a cute touch.
The first time we put him in it, he screamed and screamed. I took him out and nursed him.
The second time I put him in it, he smiled and it wasn’t long before he fell asleep.
We put him in it again this morning in a quiet content state, and he fell asleep.

He watches himself in the mirror and is mesmerized by the not annoying music and mobile. Aviana insists he needs the toy bar, but I’m not sure he’s ready for that yet.

We got home this afternoon and he was crying inconsolably, so I put him in it again while I carried in groceries, and…he fell asleep!

Our little product tester and his mama are very pleased with this swing.
New skills–Aviana drew this picture of the United States. She included Cuba–or maybe that’s Puerto Rico. She didn’t know which island she drew; she said it was Texas. Nevertheless, I was indubitably impressed with her geography skills.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook

(click on the above picture for more)
For Today…

Outside my Window…It’s sunny and dusty and guys are driving by with full and empty silage wagons

I am thinking…I don’t even want to start picking up this house

From the learning rooms…dragons, Magic Treehouse and On the Banks of Plum Creek

I am thankful for…sleeping children

From the kitchen…new recipes from Light and Tasty

I am wearing…a jean skirt, a deep pink sleeveless top and bare feet–dangly silver earrings and sporting a new ‘do

I am reading...Country and Creative Sketches and my new favorite website: youlookfab! Many thanks to Ninja Princess for that great tip. It’s really helping me find my style!

I am hoping…I’ll be able to breathe through my nose soon

I am creating…lunches for the chopping crew and scrapbook layouts and one chubby baby!

I am hearing…Cadrian talking to the angels

Around the house…is pretty much everything we own –we do have a path to walk through

One of my favorite things…is when Kevin comes up behind me and pulls me into an embrace

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…MOPS tomorrow, a pajama time family fun evening

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

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Cadrian is 2 months!

My sweet li’l dumplin’ is absolutely adorable. He’s a snuggler.

If you ask Brielle what he does, “Twies.”

“What else does he do?”


He puts up good naturedly with a lot of kisses and manhandling.

He is rolling. But I didn’t really know this. Today, I was changing a very messy diaper at the park, and he rolled off the park bench when I looked up for just a moment! I caught him by the ankle with his head mere inches from the ground, and he didn’t even cry. Sheesh!

Most of his giants still have to work hard for a smile, but when he’s in his quiet content phases, he gazes adoringly at me, and graces me with grins galore. Generally, he is easy to quiet. He likes to sleep in the wrap when I’m walking about, but not so much when I’m sitting.

He’s only waking at 12ish and 4:30ish to nurse in the night, which is blessed relief to me. I still wake up feeling tired most days however.

He’s lost most of his dark newborn hair, and is growing in blond hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.

He still sounds like a little goose while eating, and sometimes while sleeping.

The other evening, Kevin came out of the bathroom, two rooms away from where I’m nursing Cadrian in the living room, and asks irritated, “What are those dogs yappin’ about now?”
“I didn’t hear anything.”
“Well, what’s all that noise then?”
“I don’t know, all I can hear is Cadrian nursing.”
“Oh,” he says as he comes closer, “it is him!”

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Define My Style

As I move into my middle thirties, and more into the role of mothering, and more into being God’s girl and a family woman, I am finding I don’t know what to wear.

When I was a child, I wore a lot of hand-me-downs and my parents couldn’t afford to dress us like everyone else. I remember the sting of being made fun of because I was wearing the “boy” jeans my dad had bought for me on sale, instead of the Gloria Vanderbilts it seemed like all the “in” girls wore.

As a teen, I was always trying to be unique and different; sporting purple glasses, making my own jeans, being the first one at my school to wear Doc Martens. I still got made fun of, but I wore it as a badge of honor.

Then in college, I was caught up in trying to fit in; working at a super rich country club, trying on Polo and Izod for size, but still trying to find “me”.

As a young career woman in the teaching profession, I wanted to be comfortable and yet stylish. I impressed my students by never wearing the same outfit. Seriously.

I’ve been trying to move beyond the materialism I bought into for so long. So for a long while, I refused to buy anything new.

Now however, my closet is a mishmash of sizes and styles. I’ve got romantic gypsy type skirts, lots of kinds of jeans along with an assortment of flannel pants, yoga suits, lounge wear. I’ve got cardigans and sweaters, sweatshirts and turtlenecks.

I have been doing a lot of browsing today, trying to figure out what I like. What would be cute on my body. What would be me. I’ve taken some quizzes. I’ve looked at catalogs. I’ve read style sites.

Surprisingly, because this isn’t the wardrobe I currently have at all, it appears I am a classic traditionalist. Is this like L.L. Bean/Land’s End? One of the quizzes said my style icons would be Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry and Grace Kelly.

This pleases me, but I have no idea what to do now.

How do I begin? What do I get rid of? Where do I shop? Do you think this reflects what you know of my personality?

Please, help me define my style!

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