Wednesday, December 28, 2011


This picture has absolutely nothing to do with anything I wrote about. I just think she is pretty adorable.
Picture from November 25, 2011-Taken by Grandma Bybee
We are home from our travels (as of Monday) and as delightful as they were, we are enjoying the daily routine of being home together as our little family.  We get in a good rhythm, the four of us, of lounging, playing, and working together.  I really think we could be happy forever, in our little routine.  Our time always goes to fast.

Christmas was wonderful.  We played for a little over two days with both mine and Andrew's family.  We ate too much, watched babies and cousins interact, played a good game of Risk, reenacted the Nativity (Scout was baby Jesus, Andrew was a shepherd, and I was the angel, like always), brought food to and visited with folks in downtown Seattle, listened to Christmas music, opened tons of presents, made and ate pizzas, pies, and bread, fit in some last minute shopping, got our teeth cleaned, and watched Scout practice crawling.  It was busy and crazy and fun.  Many memories were made and I really should take more pictures and write more about holiday celebrations.

Scout has two teeth (bottom) that are quite visible and is working on some top teeth, making her a little bit more irritable than usual.  She's still really pleasant most of the time, we just aren't used to any whining from her at all.  She is popping up on all fours all of the time now, rocking back and forth and occasionally moving a little bit.  It's amazing how she gets around just by spinning and rolling.  We are going to have a full-on crawler any day now.

I've got lots of work to do to get ready for my WWU classes and to go back to work next week.

Andrew is getting ready to do an elimination diet and we need to get on track with exercising.  Rain and darkness go away.

We have lots of home depot gift cards are busy planning projects.  Closet organization and chicken coop being high on our priority list. 

I have so many things that I want to do over break that I can never get them all done.  I have many things I want to write about:  our cloth diaper adventures, bread baking, recipes to share, our baby proofing attempts, pictures from family, how our wines have turned out (and been consumed), the list goes on.  I want to get some scrapbooking done and pictures and videos sorted from last year so we can start clean next week.  I have a few thank you cards to write and few last stacks of paper to sort through and file in our newly organized filing cabinet.  We need to rack wines and if the weather would cooperate, we need to rake some leaves and do some light weeding.  We are in the process of trying to sell our HE front loader washer and dryer and by a basic top loader set (long story).  Too many things to do, never enough time.

I have been productive in cleaning out my closet, organizing my clothes, doing a little bit of clothes shopping, and creating some outfits.  My wardrobe was in a bad state after 9 months of pregnancy and 6 months of post-baby.  Thanks to some help from Andrew, things are looking a bit better.  A few more purchases and I will be happy.

We also cleaned out and reorganized our kitchen.  As in pulled everything out of the shelves and put it all away again, where it actually makes sense.  Tackling this project was a necessity with all of the fun new kitchen gadgets we got.  But after living here for 7 or 8 months, we had a better feel for how things fit, or didn't fit.  A little reorganizing and cleaning out makes the kitchen feel much better.

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