Friday, August 22, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Co-Sleeping


Oh the time of co-sleeping is over.  We lasted 16 months together in one bed but at the beginning of last week it was time for Audrey to move into her own space.  I put it off for long enough; thinking I would get around to cleaning and organize a magical playland sleep-space for Audrey (thanks a lot pinterest) but when it  really came down to it we figured it would be better for her to get her own room regardless of how magical it was.  So I packed up some of the crafty junk from the spare room and vacuumed. We moved the crib upstairs and off Audrey went. She cried a lot the first night and ended up in bed with us but as the nights progressed she cried less and less.  In fact, she sleeps amazingly upstairs and we can go poke her and stare at her for as long as we want and she doesn't wake up until she's ready. 

That said I do miss our kiddo at night. We were night nursing and now that is over too.  Unfortunately I feel like this might be the beginning of the end of nursing for us although she is still plenty interested before naps and bedtime.   Jeff and I are off on our first over seas journey this Fall, leaving Audrey, Carlie, and the chickens with loved-ones, and I have a feeling that my milk will dry up while we are gone.... Audrey will be 18/19 months by that time so I guess it will be fine to stop but nursing is such a wonderful experience and it will be a bummer not to have the quiet time with Audrey. 

Although co-sleeping meant odd sleeping habits for me I feel that it was the right thing to do.  I cannot stand a crying baby, especially at night, and co-sleeping solved that problem almost completely.  We were able to have extra bonding and nursing time and I think in the long run has strengthened our relationship. Audrey is great with snuggles, kisses, hugs, and baby-wearing and I think a lot of it came from our co-sleeping. When co-sleeping Audrey rarely woke up in a bad mood in the morning and that carried through the day.

The downsides of co-sleeping are few; mostly around my sleep. I really only had 5-6 hours of sleep a night (for 16 months) and even less when I stock my cloth diaper store.  This made me more reliant on coffee but sometimes that's not a bad thing. It did make me realize how easy it is to adjust to a new sleep pattern and require less sleep. At one time I was a 9pm to 6am kind of sleeper but now I am an 11pm to 5am sleeper with an occasional afternoon nap.  Another downside was less snuggling with my husband and although he probably felt left out I at least got to snuggle with Audrey all night.

All-in-all, don't knock it until you've tried it for an extended period of time.  I have received some criticism about co-sleeping and our continuance of nursing which is confusing to me since this is our life, our household, and our child. It seems, though, that everyone appears to be a better parent when they are giving advice to other parents regarding shortfalls. When I find something peculiar in another parent's method of raising their child I keep in mind that the child is happy, healthy, well-fed, clean, without injury, and with people who love them. 

have a great day!

shelby g

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Garden Update Week 11

Phew!  Here's the farm update we've been waiting for! ^^we grew everything on the plate (minus the butter, flour, milk, salt & pepper). How awesome is that?!  The chicken was cooked from frozen in the crock pot with fresh garden garlic in about 6 cups of water (which we now have broth and will make chicken pot pie tonight). The carrots, beans, new potatoes, and beets were all harvested from the garden yesterday. And I made the chicken gravy from the broth of the crock pot chicken. Huzzah, success!  And it was delicious!

And as for the garden? Just the normal weed chaos but everything is growing well.





how is your garden growing?  happy weekend :)

shelby g

Friday, August 8, 2014

{this moment}


{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama

Friday, July 25, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Garden Update Week 8

Beets/Green Beans Week 8

You have probably wondered what happened to the garden?!  I promise that it didn't completely get overtaken by weeds in the 3 weeks since I have written about it. Let's see:

1: We had the 4th of July and many, many family afternoons at the lake. Which means the garden was slightly neglected.

2: We purchased one of these cool bike thingies for Audrey and spent many an afternoon biking around town and on the rails to trails.

3. Hurricane Arthur blew through and dumped a ton of rain and debris on the garden. Luckily the plants made it through the hurricane ok they were half blown over and required some attention.

4. We had to kill one of the 9 meat birds early because she was not doing well (congestive heart failure). This made us feel weird and I didn't feel like posting.

5. Life!

And there are my excuses.  Now back to the garden:

This was last week: Week 7
Lettuce/Carrot/Potatoes Week 8
Corn Week 8
Pumpkins Week 8
Onions/Garlic Week 8
I'm getting there! As you can see there are still a lot of weeds but on the plus side this is one of the best looking gardens we've had. I make sure that the plant rows are free of weeds and also kill the potatoes bugs and cucumber beetles.  The aisles are really weedy but in the end that is helping keep the moisture content higher in the garden.  Every time we mow we add grass clippings to the garden and that is helping suppress the weeds.

What to do this next week:

* harvest beans (they are so close!)
* process beans with the food saver or by canning
* harvest garlic scapes to make scape pesto. Freeze said pesto for delicious winter treat.
* rip up the peas because they are dumb and didn't grow well.
* hill the potatoes with dirt or straw
* thin carrots and pickle the extra
* eat more lettuce!

I think that is more than enough to keep me busy!

have a wonderful weekend; we are off to the lake!

shelby g

*ps. has anyone heard Weird Al's new song about grammar? Couldn't help but feel he was singing about my blog. Nonetheless gotta love some Weird Al. 



Friday, July 18, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama



shelby g