Monday, September 28, 2009

Fun at the Fair and a House Update

Wow, my life must be so incredibly full and interesting that it has left me with zero time to post to my blog.

**chirp chirp** (crickets people)

In all actuality, my life is at a standstill (with the exception of this baby in my belly get HUGE). Having one's house on the market for over 6 months sure has a way of making a person feel, well, stagnant. I mean, for Pete's sake, I can't work on crafts, I can't decorate my home, I can't paint a room, I can't even nest! That has been the toughest part for me in the last few weeks. I WANT TO NEST. I am happy to say, that when you walk into my house, you have to really look hard, and in the right places to even see that I have a barely 2 year old toddler. The house has a very cozy, yet very grown-up look to it- which I LOVE, BUT I do want to take out and evaluate all the newborn stuff that we had from Harris for the new baby. Unfortunately, I do not have a good place to hide all of the baby paraphernalia if I bring it out of storage, not to mention the fact that the baby might not even be born in this house. I would hate to unpack it all, just to have to pack it all back up to move. Needless to say, the house being on the market was not without a time limit. We had decided that we would take the house off the market in time to prepare for the baby, and then re-list the house after the baby came- probably in the spring. We decided on a date that the listing would come down. Guess what day that is folks? Yup, you guessed it- TODAY. But guess what? Did we take it off the market today? Nope. Wanna know why?

Really? Doyawanna?

We are officially Sold Pending Inspection!

Yeee Haw!!!! I am only allowing myself to get excited about this at this point because Since we only had our house inspected 3 years ago, I am not expecting anything crazy weird to show up this Friday during the inspection. I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch, but I am feeling very optimistic about the whole thing.

Next step? Secure our next house... I am not even going to go there right now BUT I will tell you that if all goes according to plan, I should have plenty to blog about in the not too distant future!

Mindi, Harris and I went to the Puyallup Fair this weekend. We all had a great time! Harris enjoyed time spent on the train, the cars, the firetruck, and his new favorite, the Merry go Round!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Open Door Policy

Our little overachiever has finally mastered the doorknob! For a long time, I have wished that he knew how to open the door, so that, instead of crying and banging on his bedroom door in the morning, he would simply open his door and ours, and come for snuggles in the Mama bed. I also knew, however, that the ability to open a door via a doorknob was potentially a recipe for disaster. All of a sudden, all the things you shove in closets in order to childproof your home are miraculously within reach. This calls for a big overhaul! First up- the linen closet... not even the toilet paper is safe...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Goats, Bread, and Fun on the Farm

I have been a little MIA lately- luckily, it wasn't because I was sitting in the corner, crying about lead and BPA, it was simply because I have been busy with life!

A few weeks ago, we rented 4 goats to clear about 1/8th of an acre of blackberries in the back area of our lot. Because we are (...still... whaaaa!) trying to sell our house, we wanted to clear the back to show it's potential. I really didn't want to spend a buttload of money by hiring some dude with a rototiller (along with it's noise and gas fumes), and I couldn't do it by my pregnant self. after doing a little research, we opted for the goats! They are a very economical option, not to mention, incredibly efficient, friendly, loving, entertaining, and they also deposit great fertilizer!
This is a closeup of our favorite goat. Harris decided to call her "Nannie". She was quite a lover, and, as you can see, quite photogenic! Harris asked about her for weeks after she left.
Next up, Shabbat challah! When Mindi and I lived in Chicago, we used to buy a premade, preformed, and delicious frozen challah dough that simply required a bit of defrosting, rising, and a hot oven. We didn't buy one for every Shabbat, but it was always a nice treat when we did. Now that we have a family, we think that it is super important to honor Shabbat every Friday. Harris loves it- everything about it! He loves the blessings and the songs, as well as the wine- yes, Harris gets a small sip of wine every Friday night- and loves it. Anyways... I felt that it was about time that I proved myself, to myself, as a good Jewish mother, and make our Shabbat Challahs from scratch. I found a great recipe, took my time, and made 4 challahs. 3 of the challahs I froze before the second rise. I am pretty proud of myself actually. I am not much of a baker, and Mindi, Harris, and I all thought that the challah turned out great!
Over the Labor day weekend, we decided to take a little trip to Orcas Island. We stayed on a great little farm for 2 nights. We all enjoyed the chickens, alpacas, llama, goats, sheep, and horses, not to mention the apple, peach, and pear trees! Harris enjoyed the ferry rides (Big Boat! he would exclaim) when he wasn't sleeping or screaming and running in circles...


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