Tuesday, October 30, 2012

JDRF Walk for a Cure 2012

this weekend is the JDRF (juvenile diabetes research foundation) Walk for a Cure.  We are so excited to be participating again in this walk with friends and family.  here is a good article written by the owl and drum store about what it is.  thanks!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pump up the Jam

Okay, more like "pump up the Beila". We put Bee on the pump today, we've been waiting forever it seems for this day. As always there was so much information and a ton of note taking and a few tears on my part, but this time my tears were of happiness. I know the pump isn't a fix and comes with it's own set of problems, but I do not have to inject my Bee multiple times a day anymore, not even once a day, just every three days when we put the cannula in her. We will still have finger pricks to test blood as always until we decide if we ever want a cgm(continual glucose monitor). The pump is amazing, we press in her blood glucose number, then how many carbs she is eating and the pink machine does the math and "voila!" it doses her with insulin. Also, it puts out a continual itty bitty amount of insulin all through the day just like my body or your body does, this will help regulate her blood more to keep her from getting insane highs and lows. This wonderful machine is by no means the answer to our problem or a cure, it is a small escape from tons of needles. We will go back to needles for certain things, because they in their own way are easier, simpler. But we are part of the pump club now, it feels good. If you haven't watched Beila's video down below on her life with Diabetes, please watch and please donate to help find a cure to this horrible disease, you can donate at www.jdrf.org/goto/beilasbunch

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Potty Trying

Since the pop tart turned 2 last Thursday and was exhibiting all signs of potty readiness, I took today to try that "potty training in one day" thing. We had tons of salty food with gallons of coconut water to wash it all down with so she would pee frequently, more opportunity to "learn". We had the baby doll pee pee and put on panties, we sang pee pee songs, read pee pee books, watched Japanese pee pee videos, we were set! Popi loved her big girl panties she was wearing and kept those suckers dry. Every five minutes after cups and cups of liquid we would go to the potty, and there in lied the problem, she will not sit on a potty or toilet of any kind. We have two small potties, and a small toilet seat attached to the big toilet, many choices. She wanted nothing to do with them and nothing to do with putting her diapers back on. I knew she must have needed to pee very badly after all that she had drank, but she just kept on holding it till she could no more. She stood in the hall, asked for a towel, then peed on the floor. She's the kinda girl that doesn't like messes so that's why she needed the towel, to wipe up her pee. Back to the drawing board for me, I can't figure out her aversion. First the bathtub, now the toilet. I guess it'll happen someday!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Gardening and cooking

It's what I do best. Today was a great day to be outside in the dirt. I put potato seed out in a raised "container" made from chicken wire and used the neighbors gorgeous compost they don't use. Also I cleaned out a bed and put compost on top so it is ready to be planted! I called the garden show on the radio this past weekend to see if I could move my asparagus crowns, he said I could, but it is proving to be a tougher job than I anticipated. The roots I knew were long, but they are crazy! I can not find the end to them, I also now know I planted them too close together. I love being in the dirt! Cooking is fun too, I made chocolate chip cookies for snack, and a carb free pizza crust for dinner. Beila's blood does better without carbs so when I saw this recipe I knew we had to try it. 1 package cream cheese mixed with 2 eggs, garlic powder, salt & pepper, and 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, i also added some italian herbs. Bake in a cake pan on 350 for 15 minutes or so, till firm. It smells yummy, I think it will be like a savory cheesecake texture. We'll let it cool then top it like a pizza with a tomato sauce without sugar, mozzarella, and lots of veggies! Hope you have a great dinner planned, have a great weekend!

Monday, February 13, 2012


Okay boyz and girlz, I am lazy. No scratch that, I am a busy mom. I am a mom, animal owner, daughter, sister, farmer, library frequenter, cookie maker, ballet taxi, doctor, nurse...the list goes on, and the list goes on. (you sing that last part to the tune of "the beat goes on.). There has been puke in our neck of the woods, all three chilluns, the Greek and I just got very upset tummies. Everyone is on the mend now and holding down food. We are watching Bee pretty carefully though because her ketones are pretty high so we have to do some damage control there. This weekend I made the munchkins v-day skirts out of some fabric I bought years ago. I was happy I was able to squeeze out three from one yard fabric. Years ago all I had in mind was two skirts. Speaking of, today is my 2nd anniversary. Today I married my Greek, swoon:) then along came baby. Sometimes I get upset that I was married the day before valentine's day because I don't celebrate romantic v-day, I celebrate it with my kids, they are my valentines. I hate that there is a day set aside where I am expected to show someone how much I love them, I think it is a crock. I love my husband very much and choose to show him that as much as I can, not once a year. We try to go on dates every week without children and do things for each other. So, you see, getting married the day before looks like we are hopeless, sappy, romantics. I don't judge you if you celebrate with your lover, I just don't.

Anywho, enough of that! I made my chica's skirts using this fun skull and hearts print. I used my twirly skirt tutorial somewhere on here, and embellished to my liking. I used different trim on each skirt and decorated each felt heart pocket differently. I think they turned out great! Happy v-day to all you lovely people out there!

Monday, January 30, 2012


Hello onions!
Hello strawberry!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

We Have an Affirmative

Yes we do! Kalliope nods her head up and down now folks. For reelz.


Getting my onion seeds into our interior greenhouse thingy. This month it is onions, next month I have to sow my candoon, broccoli, celery, cucumber, lettuces, peas, peppers, ground cherries, and tomatoes. Those I will start indoors. My arugula, beets, carrots, kale, beans, corn, radishes, shallots, strawberries, and watermelon will be started outdoors. I was thinking of transplanting my asparagus patch but i have heard that it is tough. I don't want to loose any asparagus, especially now it is the third year in ground here. I am so happy to have a pretty big garden this year! We also made French bread today, smoked raw cheddar and homemade French bread, what a great snack!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

You Know, the Angels Wanna Wear my Red Shoes

"I was watching while you're dancing away.
Our love got fractured in the echo and sway.
How come everyone wants to be your friend?
You know that it still hurts me just to say it."

Elvis Costello

Sunday, January 15, 2012

17 Months

Time flys when you are busier than all-get-out. (what does that mean anyways?). Our little pop-tart is getting so big, well, not so big as older....ugh. Popi is still a little thing. 18 pounds of laughing, talking, coloring, baby carrying, book reading, cheese eating, pure toddler. Her favorite foods has held firm, cheese(smoked Gouda) and blueberries. We have now added cold cereal to this list. In the morning she wakes up and asks for "seal". Not that she doesn't eat other foods, it's just those are her favorites. She still loves shoes, jewelry, purses, and baby dolls. She got a keyboard for Christmas so she now has her own "piano" to play on, she loves making music. Since the weather has been so mild she also likes to go "'side" to play in the sand box with the big girls. She really is getting so "big", playing outside, eating with a fork and spoon, "reading" books, coloring, talking in the phone, picking her shoes out for the day, telling me "no" with a shake of her little head. I hope she will learn to say the affirmative soon. The best is over Christmas break she learned to walk. I am so proud:). She sure did take her time learning, it was nice she took her time but I am happy now I don't have to carry her everywhere! Okay, I'll stop jabbering on. Y'all have a nice day now!

Friday, January 13, 2012


I got my first shipment of seeds just now!!! So excited. I used territorial seed company's garden planner for free to plan my garden. It tells me when to start my seeds, when to sow them, etc. I got some work to do:)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Pinterest Experimentation

I saw on pinterest this glitter nail polish removal technique. I thought I'd give it a whirl since it is so dang hard to remove it with elbow grease. You need 10 cotton balls, or I used 5 then I tore them in half for 10. Polish remover, and 10 strips of aluminum foil. You put some remover on your cotton ball and place it on your nail. You secure the cotton ball to your finger with foil and let it sit for a couple minutes or five. I was watching a movie so I don't know how long I left it on...but you know what? I took that foil off and the black glitter polish was not there a smidge! I didn't have to rub or reapply remover! I am so happy.(it doesn't take much;)

Time with the littles

I'm Sitting here sharing my chocolate frosted mini wheats with popi. They are very yummy, btw. Popi and I chill at home most of the day, just me and her. I feel so blessed to have all this one-on-one time with her, just like I did with June and Beila. This doesn't mean we sit at home doing arts and crafts and playing pretend with each other. I am not one of those moms, I wish I was but I'm not. I clean or read while popi wanders around the house doing popi stuff. When I go into the garden, she's out there with me, playing in the sandbox, or in her play garden while I dig in the dirt. Right now she is in the playroom, doing something. Juni had three years by herself with me, then she went to Montessori. Bee had all the time Juni was at school with me by herself. They both spent every day at the scooter shop with me, never lacking in attention or toys people brought for them. I miss those days, I feel bad that popi doesn't get to experience growing up in the shop with all the love and oil in every corner, but that's okay, being home with me is bueno too. I don't know where this post is going or went, so I am just rambling. Popi just brought me play dough and said "thank you.". Gotta go. Happy Three Kings day, I can take Christmas down now!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I got my trusty seed catalog in the mail to drool through. Planning out my yummy garden is so much fun!