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
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