Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Is anyone else as appalled at this whole Chinese tainted milk powder incident as I am am? I am stunned at how a government could allow more than 50,000 children to get sick under it's nose....
About two years ago when it seemed that everything coming out of China was tainted or being recalled for something, Pete and I made a conscious decision to try and not bring products made in China into our home. Crazy! Because it seems that now a days, everything is made in China! Anyhow, at least it has allowed us to be more conscious of what we do bring into the house and what we allow the kids to play with and eat.
I only hope that if the thousands of other recalls and tainted products produced by the Chinese over the years hasn't alarmed and stunned the rest of the world into banning their products, perhaps this one will....
Monday, September 22, 2008
And just for kicks, here is Juliana's new favorite thing to do....
Yes, that is my baby walking around with a her blankie over her head. She just wanders the house like that. Sometimes, she bumps into things (oh, come on! I keep a close eye on her!) but mostly she knows her way around...she's so funny!
Hope you all have a great day,
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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Friday, September 12, 2008
So, I sat down at the computer, listened to the silence, thought about what I most wanted to do, and created a new blog- A Mother's Shade of Green. Everyone needs to acknowledge their role and responsibility in today's efforts toward helping to heal and recover the damage done to our environment. However, mother's have a bit more responsibility. Having made the conscious decision to bring our children into this world, we owe it to them and to the world in which they live, to make the challenges they'll face less difficult. So, we do what we can. We make every effort possible to make things easier for them, to educate them and to lead by example.
For me, I aim to do just this by making changes toward greener living in our own household, and by teaching them that this way of living is not a choice, but a necessity.
I hope you'll check out A Mother's Shade of Green ( http://mothersshadeofgreen.blogspot.com/) often and pass along the link to anyone you think might be interested in reading it.
Thanks for your support! Kate
Thursday, September 11, 2008
It has been a challenging week with Pete away. I am feeling very worn out and in need of some major encouragement! With Jules being sick for a few days, the poor babe was as grumpy as I have every seen her, which meant hours upon endless hours of crying and just plain unhappiness. It is the worst feeling to not be able to help make your baby feel better...And it has been a tough time for me not having ANY time to myself at all. I really am not trying to complain, I love spending every moment with my children, but even I need to shower here and there! We are awake and asleep at the same times and now Juliana won't even sit in front of the TV for a few minutes-she just wants to be where mama is!
In the midst of our chaotic week, we had a realtor open house yesterday where all Realtors in the area were invited to come and tour our home. I hope that it helps them to gear some of their customers our way! It was tough though, because on top of everything else going on, I spent a day and a half getting this house in top form. At least now, I think it will be easier to maintain for anyone wanting to see it.
I have also been feeling guilty about a lack of green living focus. I want it to be a top priority for me, and for our family, but I have so much work to do to get us there.
Yesterday I realized that I am a Zip lock bag junkie! And it occured to me that they are just as bad as the plastic supermarket bags that I have denounced and disowned from my life.
I scanned the Internet (with Jules on my lap) looking for a "Green" living/moms/blog/site/etc... web site for Columbia SC and came up with nothing....so I am thinking that when I move there I will start one.
I need to make this green living goal, more than ambition. I need to make it a journey, and more importantly, A WAY OF LIFE for us. For them:
Thanks for listening to my vent and I hope you are all doing well!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Now I am off to try and work on my poor neglected thesis!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
To make matters worse, Juliana refused to nap (at all), and Nate has been to time out at least four times for not listening to me....
Yes, it is already destined to be a tall glass of wine night...now the question is red or white?
On lighter news, Nate had his first day of school today! I think all went well, he seemed content when I picked him up and was excited to tell me about some of the kids he remembered from last year.
I am really stressing out about our current situation. I am so afraid of having to be stuck in a tiny apartment in Columbia with two kids and two (big) dogs, who are used to having an acre of backyard to roam about freely. I am afraid that I won't find a (decent) preschool for Nate in SC that has availability in November. I am afraid that after two days of being a single parent, I have already realized that it may be sooner then later that I loose my sanity. You see, my (beloved) children go to bed at the same time as me and rise at the same time as me, therefore resulting in no "down" time for me, that is of course unless I plop the poor things down in front of the cursed TV (which is where they are now). Ugh, we were doing so well with so little TV watching too....
I guess I am just at a point where I have to choose my battles. And yes, yes, I know, tomorrow is a new day and life will go on and all will be well....
In the meantime, at least some of us around here get to relax....
Tuesday, September 2, 2008