Monday, July 28, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Asheville is vibrant and culturally alive like no other city I know. The downtown has a heartbeat all of it's own and screams passion, art, good health, beauty, architecture, strength and soul. The restaurants focus on using local foods and aim to provide the best in organics, nutrition and tastes. It is truly a beautiful city, in structure and in quality of life. The outskirts of Asheville...I'm not so sure about.
The kids are well, it's been really fun to see and talk with them via Skype on the Internet! With the help of a tiny web cam- we've been able to feel so close to them, even this far away! Krista has done an amazing job staying with them and holding down the fort! I think she has a good comprehension now however, of what it is like to be a stay at home mom (in the middle of all the endless pine trees!). She understands my frustrations!
We were thrilled to see Al Gore's recent clean energy challenge hit mainstream America this past week and hope that everyone has a chance to familiarize themselves with the goals he stresses and importance of his message. I'll talk more about this in the coming days but for now, if you haven't already seen this, please check it out http://www.wecansolveit.org/.
More later, Kate
Friday, July 18, 2008
Crazy though, I always knew I was slightly claustrophobic, but only when I was slid all the way into that machine yesterday, did it really hit me just how much so. With only about 2 inches between my nose and the ceiling, I actually began panicking a tad bit! However, once I was able to see that my feet were out on the other end of the table and in broad day light, I felt better. The whole thing lasted about 35 minutes and strangely enough it was the most peaceful part of my day!
We are away for the weekend- away from the house, away from Dublin, away from the endless pine trees and the thought of having to cook, clean and spend another day not having anywhere to go! The only sad part, is that we are also away from the kids! Okay, maybe not soooo sad, a little bit sad, but mostly it's alright. I really needed a little time. Our saviour, Auntie Krista came in for four days to hold down the fort. Let's all take a moment of silence in appreciation of her and also to pray that the kids don't drive her away and that she remembers to close the toilet lid so Jules will stay out of the potty!
I'm off to attempt to work on my slightly abandoned thesis and enjoy some change of scenery!
I'll try and post again soon- I promise!!!!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Don't you just love the "Okay, mom, I'm ready to be independent! Let me do it myself!!!" phase?
Just kidding, it really is wonderful to see her wanting to do so many things herself, but oh so sad for me, my baby is growing up, and oh so much more mess for me to clean up!!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
This morning as I was working diligently on completing the tasks at hand on my NEW organized daily schedule, (I was making spinach infused Brownies for the kids....trust me, I know it sounds weird, we'll address this a little later) and I came across this on the plastic lid of the spinach container.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I spent most of last week in a state of blurred frustration at the mess I had created with my once fine tuned "routine." Being in a new season, not only weather wise, but also phase in the children's lives, I somehow lost my ground when it came to our daily schedule. When summer arrived and Nate's two days a week of preschool had ended, I was excited about having more time together. I envisioned countless summer afternoons spent working on arts and crafts projects, swimming in the kiddie pool and continuing the wonderful learning he had accomplished at the Children's Center. But then things changed. Juliana grew into a little person and started walking and talking, and talking, and talking...did I mention the talking? And Nate began peeing on the floor, (not all the time, I swear) and giving me a hard time about eating anything new. Kamilah (our Rhodesian Ridgeback) started digging a hole under the fence and having weekly adventures around the neighborhood. And I became a blogger! All of the sudden my wonderful cleaning routine, and daily schedule were becoming a hazzy blur. Things were getting out of control. I was dangerously close to loosing my mind, and yes, this was all only coming to a head last week.
Then, I decided that things around here had to get back in shape. I sat down with Pete (the ubber organizer in my life) and managed to create an awesome weekly schedule in Microsoft Office. I've (attempted) made room for everything from a block of "learning" time for the kids, to daily house cleaning, to an hour a day for my thesis....we'll see how it works. I will keep you posted! In the meanwhile, I am feeling good about getting back on track...now let's just all pray (really hard, please) that I stay there.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I am feeling much better today, but maybe that is because we actually got dressed to the tee and took a drive into town!!! It wasn't anything spectacular, just the grocery store and library, but the kids had a lot of fun at the library and we stayed long enough to get our fill. I even found a great cook book for the kids that I have been wanting to get for a while- Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. I know it might be well, deceptive, to sneak veggies into your children's food without them knowing, but gosh darn it, I'm desperate! I'll let you know how some of the recipes fair.
In Eco-friendly talk, I have decided not to buy any more paper towels and paper napkins. I will see how this works for a little while and have a good alternative planned. Amazingly enough, when we got married and had that incredible gift registry, we actually asked for nice cloth fabric napkins, you know, the kind we thought we would use for all those fantastic dinner parties we imagined ourselves throwing (that we now never have). Anyway, I have put them to use, yes, even for the kids. Nate loves them! In addition, I have begun cleaning with old baby burp cloths, cut up tee shirts and worn out washcloths. It's all working well so far! And once again, I think I will save a good bit of dollars not having to purchase those two products. Have you reduced your paper product use? If so, how? I'd love to hear!
Hope you're well!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Oh, how fast this summer is flying by us. My babies are growing up right before my eyes and tackling all kinds of new goals and adventures. They are like sponges, absorbing any and everything around them. Which is why I have become so much more aware of the incredible (large I mean, not always incredible) impact I have on them. When I am happy and loving life, they (usually) are too. When I am moody though, wow, is it catchy! Lately, it seems that they are both so much more sensitive to their surroundings and quick to alter their emotions in a heartbeat. One minute singing and laughing and the next, crying and screaming. And because of their constant closeness to me, these emotional waves are bellowing up against me every hour of every day, so that sometimes I'm not even sure why I am feeling a certain way, but just that it is probably the same way one, if not both of them are feeling! Have I lost you yet? Let's just say that I am not quite myself these days. Not leaving the neighborhood, but maybe once or twice a week these days is really, really, REALLY, starting to have a profound impact on me. I am becoming bitter about it all and can't wait for some changes to come really soon. I know, you say, why aren't you leaving the neighborhood? Well, for those of you who don't know, we live in the middle of well, a whole lot of pine tress and not a whole lot else. In order to go and do much, a whole lot of driving is required and, well as you know we are in the middle of an energy (gasoline) crisis! So, most days, Pete takes the Honda to work, because it is the better of the two evils in the garage! And we are back to square one- not leaving the yard or the neighborhood.
This brings me to my next Eco-friendly living discussion- cutting back on gasoline and vehicle use. So, because we chose to have two children and two Large dogs, whom we love to take on the road with us, we just couldn't purchase your run of the mill Volkswagen or four door vehicle. We decided that if we had to go SUV, then we would want the Honda Pilot- one of the best options in the three row SUV category for low fuel emissions and better gas mileage. So, we got it, love it and recommend it to everyone. However, it is still an SUV. So, because we live far, far away from most modern day conveniences, and fun things to do and see, I have taken to trying my best to conserve, conserve, conserve, and am doing so by limiting my driving time to and around town to just once or twice a week! Sure it is hard, but with some schedule adjusting and a bit of effort on mine and the kid's parts, we can make it happen pretty well. Now, if I had my choice, the better option would be to live somewhere where shops were only a few miles down the road, museums, libraries and zoos, weren't much further, and I could plan on walking Nate to school in another few years. But that isn't our current reality, so I deal....
What are you doing these days to conserve gasoline (oil) and fuel emissions? Have you made any driving changes?
On another note, I've posted a new set of photos on our web site- check them out when you have a minute. Hope you're all well!