Friday, September 18, 2009

I'm A Big Kid Now...

Christian started his last year of preschool last week. It's so hard to imagine next year he will be off to Kindergarten!! He loves school and his teacher.

He is such a poser!! He will never let me just take a normal picture.

There he goes..he wasn't even sad or hestitant. He was like, "Okay, can leave now."

Little Miss Emma Catherine also started her first day of school!! Their daycare does a toddler program that Christian did when he was two also.

This is how excited she is to be going...

But then I told her there would be cookies..

Emma loves it!!! Her teacher Miss Stacie is awesome!!

Can you believe how big she is?! Where did my baby go??

This was when I picked her up...she was all ready to go.

Aren't they just the cutest??

The next two pictures are just stinking adorable!!

Hopefully their love for school will last a long time!!!!

On a totally different note, Emma is potty trained!! My two year old loves me!! I no longer have to change nasty diapers; that chapter is closed...for now anyway.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Last week I decided to do something I have never done before; I made homemade peach jam. It was definitely a learning experience. I only had Emma home with me; Christian was at his first day of preschool. Emma watched a lot of Dora that day. I set out to do one batch and ended up making 35 jars of jam. It took me all stinking day!!

I had to call my mom to figure out how to peel the peaches...I'm not smart, I know.

They were so slimy and icky to cut into pieces. It was actually quite gross.

I was a bad judge of how many peaches to cut, which might explain why I did 35 jars.

I got smart after the first batch and moved the burning, hot, sticky liquid into a bigger pan so I didn't get burned...again...and my stove unit may never be the same again.

I don't have all the official equipment for canning, but I made do. I only burned myself a few times and said a couple of cuss words..but if no one heard me, it doesn't count, right? RIGHT?!

My biggest gripe about the whole thing was how big of a mess it made. i tried to clean up as I went, but it didn't work. While one batch was processing, that was my "I really am not ignoring my daughter all day. Let me play with you for 20 minutes Emma before I ignore you again for 45 minutes" time.

Oh the yummy goodness that finally made the whole thing worth it.

My next project is redoing the doll house for Emma that has been in the basement collecting dust for the past couple of years. It's taking me A LOT longer then I initially anticipated.
I am also working on making blankets to donate to the Women and Children's center for a Personal Progress project. So if you have any extra material, yarn or batting you have just sitting around, give me a holler and I would love to take it off your hands. Or even better, if you want to help me tie some, I may reward your hard work with some yummy jam!!