Monthly Archives: April 2010

Little Mama

Who knew a mini stroller could bring such joy?


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April 2010 recap

Since I didn’t do a very good update on us post for Sprout’s third month and I completely skipped Bean’s nineteenth month, I figured one big post for the month would be good.


He can lift his head up pretty good now during tummy time.

He thinks Bean is hilarious and loves to watch her.

He’s a total thumb sucker.

He has small feet just like his sister.

He still spits up, projectiles it, all the time. When does it end?


Loves my old rocking horse and can get on and off all by herself and rock too.

Is starting to become more and more affectionate giving lots of kisses and hugs to us, “Bubba” and some of her toys.

We’ve tried potty training a few more times, but have tabled it for now after some meltdowns on her part.

Loves all my kitchen stuff and is constantly pulling it out to play with. If you ask her what she’s making the answer is always, “beans.”

She still loves reading and books. I basically read to her all day long.

She’s starting to put together simple phrases like, “Go buh-bye nn car” or “I vvoo you, nigh nigh” and “I see you”. She is a big time chatter box, but I don’t understand half of it.

She’s a climber. She’s figured out how to get into our big armchair by herself, she can squeeze through the bars of the stairs and go up them, she tries to climb in the tub, on the couch and up into her highchair, in cabinets, the glider, or anything else she can climb including me.

I catch her talking to herself and making faces at herself in the mirror in her room all the time. It’s pretty cute.

Dinner with Bean often exasperates me. I hate, hate, hate that she’s picky and sometimes won’t even eat stuff that I know she likes and has eaten lots of times before.

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Almond Yogurt Apple Dippers

Remember in preschool when you would get peanut butter on apples? Well, I guess I must be doing something wrong because I can never get the nut butter to stick to the apples when I try to recreate this at home. Anyway yogurt, almond butter and honey happen to be some of my most favorite things right now and I combined them into this yummy treat that can be had as breakfast or a snack. Unlike a thick nut butter, the apple slices can scoop and dip into this easily. And unlike the apple dippers you see in fast food restaurants and grocery stores with carmel (pure sugar) as an attempted healthy alternative to things like chips or fries, these actually are healthy. *Bean loves it.

-1/2 cup homemade crockpot yogurt (I like to use 1/2 gallon raw milk + 1 quart raw cream + yogurt starter and then I strain about half of it using a seive lined with muslin then I mix it back with the unstrained half for optimum consistency)
-2 tbsp almond butter with sea salt
-1/2 tsp raw unfiltered wildflower honey
-1 tsp flax meal
-1 apple, sliced

Mix all ingredients together except apple. Use apples to dip in yogurt mixture.

*But Bean is allergic to dairy, right? Well, I’ve been doing some reading and researching about casein allergies. I’ve found a few places that talk about raw milk and yogurt helping to cure them. A few places also said that it made them worse. So we’re trying it out and watching carefully for any problems or reactions. I also read that there are different kinds of casein. Humans and certain breeds of cows (Frisians, Guernseys), sheep and goats produce milk that has type A2 casein and most other breeds of cows produce milk with either type A1 only or a mixture of A1 and A2. So, she may just be allergic to type A1 casein. I think it’s all very facinating. Facination is good, it keeps me from being frustrated with food allergies.


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The year of 16 vegetables

My mom recently purchased a survivalist garden kit which had sixteen different vegetable seeds and enough of each of those seeds to make a really huge garden. She split the seeds up amongst herself, my sister and I, and some coworkers. It’s a lot of seeds.

Bean sitting on the steps up to our garage with our portion of the seeds.

Homemade seed labels with *super cool* Microsoft Word Clipart! (heavy sarcasm in there)

I started my first round of sprouts with Bean today. My plan is to sprout a few more in a couple weeks and on and on so that the different veggies will be ready throughout the summer/fall instead of one huge harvest all at once like I had last year with 9 heads of lettuce that bombarded me.

Bean had so much fun helping me, especially with the dirt part. Actually, she kept having fun with the dirt part long after I was done with it.

Putting potting soil into the planters.

She discovered the spade about halfway in and decided it was her new favorite thing.

Once we have sprouts and we clean up the “backyard” and mix in the soil booster, we will plant them all.

Everything planted and waiting to sprout.

I am also hoping to convince Stephen to let me do compost again. Last year I did one in a plastic container and it stunk really bad and had lots of flies and he hated it and said I could never do it again. I am hoping if I do it on the ground though it will not stink or turn into a black soup that breeds flies.

Anyway, that’s what we’re up to among other things. I also realized that I still haven’t completely finished my food series the way I want to. I want to do one more post explaining in more detail where we are at right now in what we think about food and the resources that led us to this way of thinking. I have more books to read before I can do that though.


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Vikings and such

We went to the Scandinavian Festival at Cal Lutheran University today. Lots of fun and good food.

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Knot Tied

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Sprout – month three

So I had this whole long post that I was writing the last few days in my head and then life got a little crazy in the form of my youngest sister announcing that she is getting married tomorrow and my other sister flying down with her husband from Oregon and basically I can’t even remember all the stuff I was going to say.

But look! Cute chubby baby!


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