Friday, November 11, 2005

i was at a coffee shop, and a lady

that i didn't know

asked if she could join us.
it's strange, because i didn't even know her

but maybe we were both looking

for a little company

on this cold november day.

she was british and writing letters

while i drank my americano

and gave samuel bits of

my mediterranean tosti.
karli

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

These two are at Gymboree tonight having some father/son time. This means that I get the house to myself for a whole hour and a half! Dinner is all ready to put into the oven (salmon filets & lemon rice) once they get home. Samuel will get lentils/rice for dinner from Earth's Best baby food. It's been nice to have some quiet time to myself. This is a rare occasion! Looks like it will now become an every Wednesday occurance, however, as this class runs Wednesdays through mid-December.

Happy 24th Birthday, Shelly!!!!!

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Say 'yes' to nursing mothers in public!
Tuesday, October 18, 2005

It's been about one month since my last posting, but I'm going to try to get things going again here on my blog. The past month has been crazy around our house as we started & completed a major remodeling project in our living room. There were times that I didn't think I'd ever see the light at the end of the tunnel. But, lo and behold, we are almost finished. There are a few odd and end finishing touches, but for the most part, the living room is complete. Yesterday, I painted two of the five walls in our bedroom a ladybug red color from the Martha Stewart line at Sherwin Williams. In all the paint lines I have looked at, I have not found a line that carries colors even close to Martha Stewart. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the colors in that line. They really are beautiful shades of color. Anyway, the ladybug red will be accented with a lighter earth tone, most likely--maybe a cream or very light shade of brown.

Samuel is just getting over a cold/cough. He's had 3 in the past month after not having any illnesses for 7 months. So, we're taking it easy today at home until he is completely better. I don't want this cold hanging on any longer than it already has!
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Monday, September 19, 2005

It's amazing how quickly drywall goes up! Within an hour, the crew had covered up the ugly tiles in our living room. Wow, what a change! After hating our ceiling for over a year, we finally did something about it. Now that I see how easy & relatively affordable it was to take care of it, I wish we had done it sooner! Karli
Tuesday, September 13, 2005

As you might have noticed, a few weeks have gone by since my last post. I just don't have time to do the daily posts as I have done for the past two years. So, now I will occasionally post to this site. Above is a picture of my parents visiting Samuel this past week, when he turned 7 months old. Tonight, I made a delicious seasonal tomato, corn, and zuccini soup. Landon said, "It is the best soup I have ever had." Now, to do the dishes...Karli
Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Felix has been following Samuel around a lot lately. Today, Samuel and I went to Multnomah Village for about an hour and walked around until Samuel started getting sleepy. When I got home, I laid him in his crib, and he slept for about a half-hour. For lunch, he had some rice cereal mixed with breastmilk & organic baby applesauce. He really liked it. Probably ate about one tablespoon. I'm not feeling very good today. I don't know what it is! Karli
Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Samuel really likes his carrots! Samuel was very fussy today! I think he is feeling sore from his tooth cutting through. We gave him some baby tylenol, then went for a walk to Fred Meyer to get a few things. I was so exhausted that I fell asleep with Samuel on our bed shortly after 10pm. Today really wore me out! Karli
Monday, August 22, 2005

Another Monday! Today, we noticed that Samuel's lower central left incisor is cutting through! Very exciting! Samuel continues to grow and change every day. Earlier this afternoon, we went to Mike & Tracy's to hang out for a couple of hours. Mike went to Taco Bell and got everyone some lunch. I can't believe how quickly this day went by! Karli
Sunday, August 21, 2005

Landon and I went to a neighborhood potluck tonight. It was pretty fun, and it felt good to meet a lot of the people that live in our neighborhood. Samuel slept for about an hour during the potluck. The hosts of the potluck own a 1939 farmhouse that used to sit where I-5 is currently. The city moved it when the interestate was built. It is a beautiful house. Landon and I went through the whole thing, except the basement. We had an enjoyable time! Karli
Saturday, August 20, 2005

Landon worked a lot in the yard today. I was really tired today. Samuel was as active as ever. Karli
Friday, August 19, 2005

Stayed home most of today, other than making a run to Starbucks. I am trying to get Samuel used to sleeping in his crib for nap-time. He has to be fully asleep before I lay him down in there. Karli
Thursday, August 18, 2005

Here is VK in the exersaucer at a summer BBQ that we went to this evening. She is about 18 months--too big for this thing--but, she really wanted to get in it! I thought it was really cute. The BBQ was really nice! It felt good to be outside. It was a really nice summer evening. The BBQ was at Jennifer & Carlo's; Landon works with Jennifer. Karli
Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The four poplar trees are being removed today! Samuel and I left bright and early this morning to avoid being here while they took them down, but when we came back, they hadn't even started! So, we decided to stay and take shelter in a safe spot so we could watch. Today it is a little chilly outside & raining this morning, which is kind of nice after a few weeks of 90 degree weather. I'm not really a fan of really hot weather! 80 degrees is about right for me. Anything above that is too hot for me! Above is a picture of what I think is a monarch butterfly. Landon took it the morning of Samuel's 6-month appointment. It was about 7:30am. Karli
Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Happy 60th Birthday, Dad!

I was so tired today from about 3 nights with little sleep that I didn't go out all day. Samuel and I stayed home. In the evening, Landon and I went to NW 23rd to see Foghorn play at Music Millenium, but after sitting on the couch for about 30 minutes, we realized it is tomorrow night, not tonight! We felt like overly enthusiastic fans, and were berating ourselves for thinking it was Wednesday instead of Tuesday. Anyway, it was nice to eat at Garbonzo's and go for a walk--the weather was perfect with a cool breeze and blue skies.
Monday, August 15, 2005

It was another super hot day today! It was a fun afternoon--I hosted the playgroup today. I even went to Starbucks and got their box of hot coffee to go, which serves about 10 to 12 people. The ladies & babies stayed for about two hours or so. It was a nice afternoon--in the evening, Landon and I went for a walk in NW Portland, had falafel plates at Garbonzo's, and decided to come back tomorrow night for a CD release show (Foghorn String Band) at Music Millenium.
Sunday, August 14, 2005

We spent about four hours today in McMinnville celebrating my Dad's 60th birthday. He didn't feel very well, so was kind of quiet all day, keeping to himself. His friends came over at 2:30pm to surprise him. By 5pm, everyone had left. Landon and I came home to water plants and get the house cleaned up. We watched a couple of Soprano-episodes. The above plant started out as one hen from a hen & chicks plant in San Francisco two years ago. I put it in my suitcase, and look at it today! It is a nice addition to our garden. Karli
Saturday, August 13, 2005

Look at how are elderberry tree has taken off! Quite impressive. If you have a Christmas card from us for 2004, compare the size of the elderberry tree on the card to the size of the tree today. Pretty impressive! This is my favorite tree on our property. Today, Saturday, we did some chores in the morning, then I went to Mike & Susan's to finish Tracy's stain-glass piece to take to McMinnville tomorrow. Then, we went to The Mississippi Pizza Pub, because Landon had a gig there. He only played for an hour, but it was a lot of fun, and I enjoy exposing Samuel to the music. By next year, he will think it is so cool to see his Daddy on the stage! We had some really good pizza there. What a great venue! Karli
Friday, August 12, 2005

Today the stress unraveled from the peak that it hit last night over the addition project. It feels good to have made a decision. I just hope it was the right one! Samuel and I took it very easy today after having such a stressful & full day yesterday. Karli
Thursday, August 11, 2005

Okay, today was quite possibly up there with one of the most stressful days of my life! Starting at 8am this morning, Landon and I went to Samuel's 6 month appointment, which was pretty uneventful other than we found out that Samuel is 29 1/4 inches long, and 20lbs. 13 oz! 90th percentile for weight and 95th percentile for height! Afterwards, I came back home to meet our contractor to go over the proposal. Automatic stress! It was about 20K more than we had ever thought it could cost. After that appointment, Samuel and I headed off to the last moms' group. It was another typical meeting, but it was sad and hard in some ways, because it was our last one. When I got home, I took Samuel outside, and cried! All the stress was too much. I thought about it for about an hour before Landon got home, then decided that the addition was not meant to be--it was causing too much stress. So, when Landon got home, we talked about it, and decided that we would not do the addition at this time. It's pretty disappointing, and Landon described it pretty well--we're wound up pretty tight with all the stress from this, so it feels like we need to slowly unwind from this. --Karli
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Bohemianism
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
For other uses, see
Bohemian (disambiguation)
Though a Bohemian is a native of the Czech province of Bohemia, a secondary meaning for bohemian emerged in 19th century France. The term was used to describe artists, writers, and disenchanted people of all sorts who wished to live non-traditional lifestyles.

Let's see--tonight was a little stressful for me! It took me 45 minutes to get Samuel down for the night. He was all over, too! He got into the CD's, which Landon moved to a higher shelf, pulled the telephone to the floor, and tried to touch the lights in the tower of our computer! We went for a walk for about 90 minutes in SW off Vermont & 45th Avenue.

If you are wondering what the definition is all about, I am thinking about posting interesting definitions from time to time from a very interesting website called Wikipedia. The link is posted below:
http://www.wikipedia.org/

I spent the afternoon today getting paperwork assembled for our 2nd mortgage that will help us finance the addition.

Right now, I am trying to relax after a challenging past 45 minutes with Samuel and am listening to the free MP3's of the band called Foghorn String Band. I want to order their CD's. Their 3rd CD is due to be released on Nettwerk Labels on Aug. 17th. http://www.foghornmusic.com/

For now, Goodnight!
Karli
P.S. Happy 6 Month Birthday, little Samuel!
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
A yuppie food stamp is a crisp US$20 note issued by an ATM machine.
-Wikipedia.com

Today is Tuesday and I was feeling stressed out that our contractor did not call us last night! I was doing the dishes and thinking how stressed I was when the phone rang, and, perfect timing though it was, it was our contractor! He is going to drop the estimate off on Thursday morning, so I am stressed no longer.

I went to a playgroup this afternoon with Samuel in SW. It was fun. There were 4 of us altogether, and Samuel had a good time chasing after a dog called Sierra. In fact, he was more interested in the dog than he was in the other babies. 2 of the babies were just 3 months, though, and Samuel will be 6 months tomorrow, so the age difference is very noticeable at this age. At 6 and 9 months, it probably won't be that noticeable at all!

Karli
Monday, August 08, 2005

Today was our second to last moms' group. The moms' group is for babies up to 6 months, and Samuel will be 6 months (already!) next week! I'll miss the weekly meeting, but I am glad that I have the playgroup that we can go to. I called my dentist this evening and left a message to see if I can get in to see him tomorrow morning. Another molar is starting to bother me, and the tooth that I had the root canal in still hurts--how is that possible!??
Sunday, August 07, 2005

I was so tired this morning from a busy weekend that I didn't get much, if anything, accomplished this morning. Around noon, we had lunch, then left for the waterfront. We walked up the west side, crossed over to the east side, then walked down the east side heading south. Then, we crossed back over to the west side via the Hawthorne Bridge, walked around in downtown Portland, then headed back to the car. We came home to eat some dinner, then went and got our weekly groceries, which meant two stops--Trader Joe's & Fred Meyer. We like the Trader Joe's coffee a little better, plus it is a lot cheaper! We also get cereal there and some other odd and end things. We watched old Law & Order episodes this evening and took it easy after we got home from getting groceries. Samuel was a lot of fun tonight. He is just about crawling now!
Saturday, August 06, 2005

We had a big day today! We started off by going to Mother Nature's to get some cloth diapers for Samuel. We also stopped by Children's Exchange to get Samuel a few new outfits. However, I bought them too small! He is growing faster than I can keep up! After this, we headed to Mike & Susan's so I could work on Tracy's birthday present. We stayed there while I worked on the glass for a couple of hours. Landon even got Samuel to sleep on his own! That was nice, because I was able to keep working. I got everything done except for the soldering. At 3pm, we went to Keary & Francesca's baby shower at Matty & Jody's house. We stayed for about an hour and a half, then had to leave for Joel & Andrea's wedding, which was all the way out in Beavercreek. It was about a 40 minute drive, but we got there in plenty of time. Landon played during the ceremony, and did a great job! Everyone loved the music. The ceremony was about 10 minutes long, then there was food & music. We stayed until about 8:30pm, then left and came home very tired after a long day!

Here is an e-mail that I sent to the moms today with the info that I gathered on cloth diapers:

I tried cloth diapers on Samuel yesterday for the first time, and I really like them a lot! We got them at Mother Nature's on 23rd and SE Clinton St. First of all, we got the Kissaluvs brand for the cloth diaper. http://www.kissaluvs.com/ These work great for babies that have large thighs. We also got the hemp lining for added absorbancy. For the covers, we got the Imse Vimse brand. http://www.imsevimse.se We only got 3 diapers and 2 covers and 3 hemp liners to start out with, but Samuel went 9 hours last night (during the night) without a diaper change, and it didn't leak through. By that time, a disposable always would leak through. Now, I'm not advocating going for 9 hours w/out changing your baby's diaper, but sometimes during the night, we do that, because even though Samuel is waking up, he isn't fully awake, and if I changed his diaper, he would become fully awake, then we'd have to start over at getting him to sleep again. But, the point is that these diapers are really well-made, more absorbent than the disposables, made from completely organic materials, super comfortable, easy to wash/clean/hang-dry, better for the environment, and will make your baby look like he or she has a very abnormally large butt!
I would like to try some of the plain old square cloth diapers that you fold into thirds. They are so cheap that I think I might try some of those, and then some of the Bummi Whispers brand, which are a little cheaper, and also come highly recommended.
From what I understand, it is an initial 250.00 investment if you get the really nice ones brand new, but then you end up saving a lot over time. The brand we got goes from 20 to 40 pounds. We have size 2 in the Kissaluvs brand. So, theoretically, Samuel might be in this size for at least a year or more. That is definitely worth the money you invest, especially if you can save them for baby #2 and are doing the laundry yourself. I think they recommend you have about 10-15 diapers and 6-8 covers. Quite expensive, as I was saying, in the beginning to buy that many brand-new, but the long-term savings is quite a lot if you compare what you will be spending in disposables.
Karli
Friday, August 05, 2005

Today was the Qualcomm picnic! It started at around 12pm at Oak's Park. Not a lot of people came, but we had a lot of fun with those that did come. Landon went on the bumper cars & go-carts. I stayed with Samuel and chose not to go on any of the rides. Damien went on the Screamin' Eagle, and that looked pretty scary to me. I used to like going on all the scary rides, but the last few times I've tried them, I've felt very sick! I think as I've gotten older, my body just doesn't take the flips & jerks like it used to! Landon went on the roller coaster, too, but commented on how jerky it was. It was a pretty small roller coaster, anyway--unlike the one I went on in CA two years ago! That one was so scary that I couldn't open my eyes the whole time! Before the picnic, I went to the dentist this morning, because I'm having tooth pain & temperature sensitivity again. I don't trust my dentist, though, so I'm looking into getting a second opinion before I let him drill on me again. I'm not convinced that root canal I had to have done would have been necessary if another dentist had done the drilling! I'm just not too happy with this office anymore or the new dentist. I don't feel like they are very professional, either--especially the dentist himself. After the picnic, we went to Mike & Susan's, because she wanted us to come over for dinner. She made a shrimp linguine w/ a green salad & boiled corn on the cob. Corn is very good this year! I had 3 cobs! Samuel was a good boy this evening, especially for how busy we were all day. Tomorrow is going to be just as busy if not more so!
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Today was our second to last moms' group. The moms' group is for babies up to 6 months, and Samuel will be 6 months (already!) next week! I'll miss the weekly meeting, but I am glad that I have the playgroup that we can go to. I called my dentist this evening and left a message to see if I can get in to see him tomorrow morning. Another molar is starting to bother me, and the tooth that I had the root canal in still hurts--how is that possible!??

One exciting thing about today is that Samuel had rice cereal for the very first time! At first, he seemed to really like it, then he made faces when we gave it to him. I hope he likes it more tomorrow! I'm going to try to give him some every morning this week, then discuss with his pediatrician next Thursday about what the next solid is that we should introduce & how much.

Karli
Wednesday, August 03, 2005

I couldn't wait to leave the house today to go to playgroup with Samuel. He has been so fussy lately! I can't wait until he cuts those teeth! He's been teething now for about two months, but the past week has by far been the worse of it. He seems to not fuss as much when we are on the go, which is why I was looking forward to leaving the house today. Tongiht, I made a pork loin roast w/ mashed potatoes. I seasoned the roast with cayenne pepper, sugar, salt, pepper, rosemary, and minced garlic. It was very good! It turned out perfect. I put a instant thermometer inside the roast and pulled it from the oven when it reached 150 degrees. The cookbook recommends anywhere between 145 and 150 degrees. It was perfect! A very nice meal. Now, we are getting ready to go for an evening walk. Samuel loves it, and anything that pacifies him at this point is worth the while, plus I could use the exercise! Karli
Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Samuel has been so fussy lately! I didn't leave the house today, but opted to stay home all day and do household chores like laundry, vacuuming, and cleaning up. For the 2nd day in a row, I was unable to get a shower until Landon got home from work! It just wasn't worth it, because Samuel was too darn fussy! I sat with Samuel for awhile outside on a blanket, which seemed to calm him down some. He has been waking up at all hours!

Happy 27th Birthday to my sister, Tracy! 27 was a good year for me--we bought our first house, I became pregnant with Samuel, and graduated from college! It was a big year for me! Karli
Monday, August 01, 2005

Goodbye, July. Welcome, August!
I was completely unable to take a shower today, and didn't even bother getting dressed, because all my time & energy went into taking care of Samuel. I needed to run to the post office to mail a couple of things, so I just got into the car with Samuel in my pj's. I just hoped nothing like a flat tire or anything happened, and it didn't. Samuel settled down in the car, but when we were just about home, he started to fuss again. I was really glad when Landon got home. He made stir-fry. It was really good! He also helped with Samuel, which gave me a much-needed break! Karli
Sunday, July 31, 2005

This morning, we went for a walk in Multnomah Village and in the surrounding neighborhood, treating ourself to iced coffees from Starbucks. Samuel seemed to really like the walk, but in the middle of it, he started getting fussy, so Landon picked him up from the stroller, and he fell asleep. We decided to head down to McMinnville a little early, since Samuel was asleep. He slept the whole way down. We celebrated Tracy's 27th birthday with the whole family. Several of Tracy's fellow nursing student friends came to join in the celebration. Kristi & Zac did not come, because they went to a Dreyer family reunion. Shelly & Erick were there with Kaenan, although left early. Landon and I took off around 4pm, and came home and watered the plants & took it easy. Karli
Saturday, July 30, 2005

We slept in until about 9am this morning. I kept nursing Samuel back to sleep every 20 minutes or so in order to get in some more rest. Before I knew it, it was 9am! Very rare for anyone in our household to sleep that late! We got groceries today, watched some television, watered the plants, and tried to relax after a stressful and busy week preparing for the home addition. We have also been doing a lot of walking in the evenings. Samuel loves it! He leans forward in his stroller and holds onto the bar as if he doesn't want to miss one thing! Karli
Friday, July 29, 2005

What a great day! After last night's stress of not knowing if the city was going to make us pay about 10K to get the sewer problem fixed, I didn't think things could get much worse, and did not expect them to get any better, either. But, first thing this morning, we got a call from the guy at environmental services saying that we are cleared and they are approving our building permit. They are letting sleeping dogs lie. That was great news to hear! Today, I'm staying home doing household chores and getting ready for our meeting with Bob Steele tonight. We get the designs tonight, and can go pick up our permits downtown once we approve JD's estimate. Breaking ground is not far away! Financing went through smoothly, so at least we didn't have any curveballs coming at us from that direction. Samuel is sleeping right now, and I am enjoying a quiet house. He has been pretty fussy and demanding lately. Probably due to teething...--Karli
Thursday, July 28, 2005

These dusty millers are growing in every which way. Kind of resembles my stress at the moment. It is shooting around in all directions. I am stressed because the city is saying that the sewer for our house never underwent a sewer assessment. They are not even showing any records that sewer was ever hooked up to city lines on this property. We might be looking at about 10K to get this problem resolved. All we could do was go on a walk with Samuel and hope for the best. We are very stressed tonight, and so far, a lot of money is going out on this project for the designs, and more might be going out to resolve this sewer problem, and we haven't even started building yet! A second problem came up, also, when the current addition on this property came up on city records as showing that it was never inspected post-construction. Just great! We might have to pay to have it inspected now after all these years. This is something I'm going to be going after our title company for, because they should have caught this (I think) when we bought the house. :( So, my stress resembles these dusty millers tonight! Karli
Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Samuel was really fussy today, and it was difficult at one point, because I was trying to talk to our broker about financing, and he was really fussy. I ended up asking her to call Landon at work to discuss options for financing the upcoming construction project. In the evening, we went for a walk to Fred Meyer, and that really helped me to feel less stressed out. I watered the plants when we got home. It was already after dark by that time. Landon made stir-fry tonight. It was really good! Things are starting to move along with the construction project. And, all this has happened within less than one week! Karli
Tuesday, July 26, 2005

I spent about an hour this morning looking for my cell phone, only to find out that it is in McMinnville! Has been since Sunday afternoon. Goes to show you how much I even use it. Landon and I are going to discontinue service on our cell phones when the contract expires this fall. Neither of us really use our phones, and it is a big expense. It's also so dangerous to use the cell while driving. I really don't need one. I'm at home now so much that the landline will work just fine. It was useful, however, when I was going to school f/t. Anyway, Samuel and I are now off to a playgroup. He was wide awake from 11 to 12am last night. He got up again at 1am, then at 2am. I didn't look at the clock the other times he awoke last night. I'm so tired! That's all I know at this point! Karli
Monday, July 25, 2005

Another interesting plant in our garden. I don't have the name/variety of this one. For some reason, I am missing the tag. Today I have been getting information together for the loan we will be needing to do the construction project. I am also trying to get the house cleaned up (never stays clean for long w/ a baby!), because Bob & JD are coming over tonight to discuss design plans. At least I am home with Samuel during the day, so I can help get the information together that we'll need. It is much harder for Landon to do it from work. Karli
Sunday, July 24, 2005

Here is a picture of what started out being a little shoot I brought back from San Francisco two years ago when we were there. Now, it is a big plant. It is a variety of hens & chicks. I think it is a sedum succulent. Today we visited my parents in McMinnville. It was a nice visit, but it was short. We went out to lunch at Mazatland, but for some reason, the food made me sick, so I didn't feel good for about four hours afterwards! I don't know why. I'm getting to where I don't like Mexican food anymore. I also dislike Chinese food. I think my favorites is Thai followed by Italian. I think Thai is the only Asian cuisine that I do like.

Anyway, Landon and I watered the plants while Samuel napped this evening, went to Trader Joe's for groceries, did the laundry, then we watched a few episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David and The Sopranos with James Gandolfini. Karli
Saturday, July 23, 2005

We got off to a slow start today, but ended up spending about two or three hours outside mapping out where we want the windows, what the dimensions of the two additional rooms will be, where we want the door to exit from the back, and any and all other details we could come up with. It's going to look great if all goes well with the financial aspect of this. We weeded, watered the plants, mowed the lawn, tended to Samuel, grilled some chicken w/ tomato & basil, and ended up going to Gay's house at about 8pm to see her baby canary. It was very cute, but super delicate and small. Samuel loves her dogs (Boston Terriers). Here is a picture of Samuel at Gay's house smiling at her dogs. Karli
Friday, July 22, 2005

Here is a picture of a giant weed (I think) growing in our backyard. Gay calls plants that start growing in her yard volunteers, but none of her so-called volunteers seem to be weeds. One of her volunteers is a butterfly bush, for example, and I had to buy mine at A-Boy. I don't have any thing nice that volunteers to grow in our yard other than weeds.

We met with the contractor tonight, and that went really well. For more on our building project, go to the following blog: http://www.kuhnfamilyhomeaddition.blogspot.com/
Thursday, July 21, 2005

I went to the early morning moms' group and had a good time. There was a good discussion time. One Mom had an accident with her 5 week old, and it fell on the concrete, and she really felt like a horrible mother about it, but the baby was okay. That sparked others talking about accidental drops or falls with their babies. It was interesting, and I think it really helped those moms that did share stories to feel better and encouraged about what happened in their particular situation. It really goes to show, though, that you can't turn your back on an infant when they are not on a flat surface! This evening, we went to a BBQ at Jen & Carlo's in SE Portland. It was fun, and we only stayed for about 2 hours. Afterwards, we dropped some things off at Mike & Susan's, who are just around the corner from Jen & Carlo, and said goodbye, since they are leaving for Steen's Mountain in SE Oregon until Monday night. I was glad to get home & to bed tonight! It's been a long day, and I'm still losing a lot of sleep due to Samuel's erratic sleep schedule.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Tonight was a little disappointing, because the contractor double-booked, so didn't show up at 6pm, like we had anticipated. He felt really bad, so we have now rescheduled for Friday at 6pm. Landon made a really good pasta dish tonight, and then we watched a couple episodes of Twin Peaks (1990). I didn't really like it, so I gave it 2 stars, and I am going to take it off the Netflix list. Other than that, I spent about an hour tonight digging up the rhizomes of the physalis that in one year so aggressively started taking over my yard. I didn't know it was an aggressive plant. I saved the mother plant, and am going to keep it in a pot until I can bury a pot underground to prevent the rhizomes from spreading. Karli
Tuesday, July 19, 2005

I stopped by Gay's house today to look at her garden, and get some bulbs. Samuel loved her cats, her Boston terriers, and her parrot, Paco. It was a nice visit seeing her garden, and it was fun to see Samuel giggle when the dogs licked his feet. Everything is so new to Samuel, and now that he is so alert, it is fun to see his reactions to sights and sounds for the very first time. It was a nice afternoon, and the weather was gorgeous today. Only got to about 80 degrees, which is perfect for me! I made deep-fried chicken nuggets for us tonight, breaded in non-fat plain yogurt and flour. They turned out really good! Landon and I finished watching "City of God," which is a good movie in Portuguese, then I looked at my gardening book after I got Samuel down for the evening. I was reading all about physalis--chinese lanterns--and why they are taking over my yard! They work better as potted plants, because they are super invasive. This is kind of too bad, though, because they are so pretty in the fall when the paper lanterns hang down! I'm going to try to get them out of the ground, even though they have spread like wildfire, and then control them by burying a pot in the ground and taking the bottom of the pot out. That way, the runners can't run. Karli
Monday, July 18, 2005

I called the contractor today, and he is going to come by on Wednesday at 6pm--exciting! Other than that, I spent the afternoon at April & Olin's playgroup on the east side. Samuel had a good time, and I had a nice time chatting with the other moms. Joel & Andrea came over this evening to work on music with Landon for their wedding, and Samuel and I went for a drive so we didn't add stress to the situation while they were trying to work on music. Landon and I had an argument tonight, which was not fun, but we ended up working everything out. Karli
Sunday, July 17, 2005

Landon and I spent the morning weeding our yard. We are both excited, because I am going to call the contractor tomorrow morning and arrange for him to stop by to see our property and talk about the addition. This is a much cheaper way to come up with more living space. The real estate market is crazy expensive right now, and there is no telling when prices might even out with the income ratio. I think our location isn't the ideal for raising a family, but we have a lot of positives in living here, also. We have a big backyard, which is uncommon for east-side lots, we are close to Landon's work, which makes for an easy commute, and we are almost within halfway distance between my parents and Landon's parents. With good traffic, it takes only 45 minutes to get from our house to my parents' house, and it always takes about 30 minutes to get to Mike & Susan's house. Pretty weird, considering the mileage is about 35 miles to my parents' house, and only about 10 to Mike & Susan's. Anyway, I like the aspect of living a little closer to my parents. It used to take about an hour and a half when we were living on the east side to get to McMinnville. Anyway, I'm trying to focus on the positives. I had a nice time weeding with Landon this morning. Samuel slept almost the whole time, so it was a peaceful weeding experience. Karli
Saturday, July 16, 2005

We spent a lot of time today shopping for an area rug. We had a nice time, though, shopping at Bridgeport Village and spending time together with just the three of us. The looking paid off when we stopped in at Marion's Carpets in the afternoon. We had just eaten lunch at Tony's Bento, and Samuel slept the whole time we were there, which meant for a positive shopping experience. Plus, I'm glad we had the foresight to eat beforehand. No one likes to shop when they are hungry! Marion's Carpets had cheap area rugs of good quality--finally, a break in the situation! Afterwards, we went to Home Depot and got some carpet padding to put underneath it. When we got home, I put Samuel down for a nap, and we got the area rug all set up. We pushed the coffee table out of the way. Voila! We now have a safe play area for Samuel, and a more comfortable living environment, which makes a big difference when you have an 890 sq. ft. house! Karli
Friday, July 15, 2005

Today was a little stressful. I have been shopping around for an area rug, but everything is either overpriced for the quality or priced according to the high-quality, which means everything quality or no quality is very expensive. I don't want an expensive rug, because it will be Samuel's play area until we add on, and he will inevitably daily spit-up and maybe even poop on it. We went out shopping for one this evening after having dinner at Mike & Susan's, and I got upset, because Landon was less than enthusiastic about it, and I really wanted to get the rug situation solved right now. Anyway, it ended up being a stressful evening, we didn't get the rug, and I went to bed feeling tired & stressed out. Why does something like an area rug have to be so complicated? :( Karli
Thursday, July 14, 2005

Samuel and I dropped off the floor-gym, the Graco bouncing chair & infant tub at Tim, Logan, and Heather's house this morning. Thanks so much for loaning us that stuff! It saves so much money to be able to pass baby-related things along. Afterwards, we walked around Multnomah Village (Samuel and I), bought some thank-you cards, had lunch at Harvest Fresh, then we were off to Moms' group. It was a fun day! Karli
Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The keyboard is working just fine now. Good thing, because it was a $50.00 natural keyboard. When the water was spilled on it, I took a hairdryer to it, which probably wasn't a good idea, since there is a risk of overheating the parts, but I did, and it still works, so I'm glad about that. I gave Samuel the $9.99 one to play with.

I went to play-group at Robin & Natalie's today with Samuel. She lives all the way out by Hillsboro, so it was quite a drive, and I didn't get home until after 4:30pm, which means most of my day was spent going to the play-group. It was fun, though. There was only one other mom besides myself, so it was good to be able to chat and have a smaller group. Samuel is starting to interact more and more as the weeks go by with the other babies. It is so cute to watch.

On another note, Landon has been using the BBQ now about 3 or 4 times per week. It really feels like summer, now!
Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Samuel is growing more and more each day. He is sitting very well by himself. Here he is playing with our keyboard. I spilled some water on it, and I thought it was officially broken, and even went to get a really cheap one at Fred Meyer to replace it for $9.99, and gave it to Samuel to play with. I might check it in a few days to see if it is working again. One exciting thing that is happening right now is that we are discussing adding on to our house. It is scary & exciting all at the same time. Karli
Monday, July 11, 2005

I was super tired today from Samuel's new sleep schedule, which has of late been waking up every hour (or less than an hour) throughout the night. Landon has been sleeping on the futon, leaving Samuel & I to toss & turn throughout the night. I really think Samuel is getting ready to cut two teeth, and the discomforts are waking him up. Right now, he has been sleeping for about 45 minutes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed he'll make it for another hour. One fun thing we did today was go to Robin's playgroup. There was only one other Mom that came. Samuel seemed to enjoy interacting with Austin & Natalie, who are both about 2 months older than him. Karli
Sunday, July 10, 2005

So tired, but life must go on! It has been nice this weekend having Landon home to help watch Samuel so I can have more naps to make up for lost time during the night. Still tired, though! We went to a BBQ at one of the Moms' houses today. It was supposed to be at the park, but it rained (only in Portland!). It was a good turn-out, and it was good for the dads to meet each other and see all the other babies. Samuel turned 5 months today, and to make things extra special--he decided to sit up for the first time--yay! Karli
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