Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's Earth Day!


In celebration of Earth Day, here are a few ways we try to be green. I hope everyone will try to do one small thing to be more environmentally friendly. Feel free to share what you do or plan to do.

M wears cloth diapers.
We use Nalgene bottles instead of buying bottled water.
We use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic.
I *try* to use sponges and cloths rather than so many paper towels.
We can't take credit for this, but our home uses all energy efficient lightbulbs.
We recycle paper and plastic.

I believe that reusing something is also a way of being green so we try selling used items on sites like Ebay,Craigslist, etc.

Freecycle is even better because you can give or get things for free!

We rarely buy books. Instead we use the library or I love and HIGHLY recommend www.paperbackswap.com!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lots of Easter Pictures

Last weekend was full of Easter activities. On Saturday we went to the Nashville Zoo for their ExtravaganZoo. Marlie participated in the egg hunt for ages 2 and under. She did a great job collecting the eggs and putting them in her basket.
Here we are waiting for the egg hunt to start.

Showing off one of her eggs!

Strategically placing the eggs in her wagon.


I ordered Marlie a really cute personalized Easter basket. Of course it arrived here the day after Easter! We had to make do with a basket we already had, but thankfully M never knew the difference.
With her Easter basket


All dressed up for church!



Participating in the church Easter egg hunt.

Tasting her first (and only!) chocolate egg.



Sunday evening we had dinner with some neighbor friends. Marlie and Ellie got to have their own egg hunt.

Just because this one is funny!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Family Visits

Last Friday my parents came to visit. We took Marlie to see the Easter bunny at the mall on Saturday morning. That evening we went to the Riverwalk and dinner downtown. They went home on Sunday morning. Monday evening Bryan's mom and brother arrived, and they left this morning. Marlie really enjoyed having company. Here are some pictures from the past week.
A family picture at the Riverwalk. I don't think we've taken a picture together since Christmas!


Marlie enjoyed playing around the Easter bunny more than sitting with him.


Playing with Pop!


Bryan took this picture of M eating an Oreo. Where does this girl get those curls?


The work in progress from my first knitting class. Hopefully it will be a child's kimono sweater eventually.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Capris

After knitting the hat a few weeks ago, I felt the need to crochet something next. Right now crochet is still so much faster for me so I needed some quicker gratification. I finished these capris on Tuesday. This is the first time I've used two different colors and made a ruffle. I also did a different drawstring/cord for the waist. I listed them for sale on our congo http://hyencart.com/madebymilitarywives, but they are also conveniently Marlie's size. If they don't sell, she will just have a new addition to her cloth diaper wardrobe.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Mmm, Cheesecake Batter

I had to neglect the blog last week due to being sick. I suddenly started feeling bad on Tuesday and my throat was very painful. I took Marlie to “school” that morning and came back home to try to rest. On Wednesday morning I was able to get an appointment at the clinic. As soon as the nurse looked in my throat she said it definitely looked like I had strep. They did a swab and the test did come back positive for strep. The treatment I received was simply a penicillin shot. I don’t recall having ever had strep, and it is not fun. It takes much more of a toll on you that just a sore throat. I started feeling like myself again by the weekend and was glad to be able to be close with Marlie again, since I couldn’t while I was contagious.

When I made a cheesecake last weekend, Bryan grabbed the bowl so that he could give Marlie a taste. She rarely has sweets so she really enjoyed sampling the batter.




Marlie has a favorite "new" toy. She received this bear 2 Christmases ago from my aunt and family. He "reads" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Marlie drags him all over the house, and we have the pleasure of hearing the story multiple times each day.


On Sunday night we went to a cookout with some of our friends that were stationed in Germany with us. They’ve been stationed here for a little over a year, but he was deployed so she went home during that time. We had so much fun getting together with them and some other families from Bryan’s unit.

This morning I had an interview at one of the gyms on post. They are hiring instructors for some of their fitness classes. The interview went well. As soon as all the paperwork goes through, I’ll probably start teaching a class one day a week. In a couple of months there will probably be an opportunity for me to add another class. There may even be a chance for me to do a little personal training which is what I’m most interested in. I’m excited about the prospect about doing a little bit of fitness work while still being able to stay at home with Marlie full-time.

The three of us are preparing for family to visit over the next week. We’re looking forward to showing them our new home and duty station.