Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

happy birthday, sister!


Random thoughts on our birthday:
  • I spent all day yesterday reflecting on turning 30. Husband and sister straightened me out: today was my 29th birthday. I guess I have another 364 days to reflect on turning 30.
  • Favorite birthday present: Husband taking night shift all night with Andie so I could sleep.
  • Most romantic: Mom watching kids so Joe & I can go on a date this weekend when we are in L-town.
  • Most practical: Amy left me a huge box of size 5 diapers last time she was here. (All the middles wear 5s. I actually think she left them on accident and I offered to buy them from her. She said, "Oh. Uh, happy birthday!". Her birthday gifts to me aren't usually so lame).
  • Sweetest gift: A super-mom sticker from Sam and Andie.
  • Most fashion forward: A pair of gladiator sandals that mom-friend, LeAnne, bought for me in Mexico. I never wear gladiator sandals because I think they make my feet look fat. She disagrees. Thanks for believing in the skinny-ness of my feet. You always make me feel pretty. :)
  • Impromptu gift: My bosses were supposed to have a sushi lunch for me today on my birthday. I showed up...and no one was there. When my nurse realized they'd truly forgotten (no, no surprise party), she took me out to sushi today. Made my day!
  • Birthday gift to myself: spending 2 nights in McCall for a conference. I get to sleep all night long for TWO nights in A ROW. And...I'm getting a massage at the hotel spa!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Warning: this post is about nursing.
Breast-feeding.
Giving a baby a boob.

If this freaks you out, you probably want to check back another time.

I debated about posting these pictures on my blog. Ultimately, though, I decided to go for it. A good chunk of my life is spent in this activity. My friend, Deanna, shot some pictures of me nursing Andie as a newborn on a whim and said, "I don't know how you feel about nursing pictures. But, I figure, it's part of life." I agree. Maybe if we all grew up around more images of mothers nursing their babies, there'd be a whole lot less of swiveling heads at the mall every time I popped a boob out to feed a baby.

Okay. Off my soap box.

Joe shot these pictures of Andie and me at our river-side picnic this weekend. There is nothing sweeter than a happy, nursing baby, holding my hand and giving me a sleepy smile every now and then.


It's peaceful. Centering.

And, we all know how I said I'd never go through pregnancy again. That Andie is our last baby. Well...now, I don't know if that's true. But, in the case that it MIGHT be true, I am really, really treasuring moments like these.Sweet baby.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

a day away

I've been going a little nuts with all this house-selling business. Keeping the house clean has never been a priority for me and now it's a must. With 2 small children and 2 dogs, it seems like I get something cleaned only to have it immediately undone. Joe noticed the strain and recommended we get away and do something fun on Saturday. We'd be out of the house for potential buyers, the house wouldn't get messy, and we'd have some fun family time.So, we loaded up the kiddos bright and early and drove to Driggs to hike part of the Alaska Basin trail. I honestly can't remember the last time I went hiking; it must have been pre-kids. It was beautiful and the first few strides, I felt the heavy stress of the last weeks lift.Of course, it helped that I only had to walk the dogs. Joe had to bear the heavy load of pushing our children up the trail.
And, this melted my heart. My two kids, holding hands. Sam was chattering away about looking for animals. (He spotted about a million imaginary moose and elk, "Over 'der!").
We only hiked 2 or 3 miles and stopped along the river for a quick lunch picnic. The trail was wide enough for our jogging stroller most of the way, with some running breaks for Sam. (Unfortunately, the trail was shared with horses and at one point, Sam tripped and fell into horse poop. He smelled lovely the rest of the day). Even though thunderstorms were forecasted, we managed to enjoy the day without getting rained on, although the trail was a bit muddy.
We made it back to the car around nap time. Sam and Andie didn't even stir while we loaded everyone up and drove back into town just as the thunderstorms broke through. Joe and I enjoyed a cup of coffee and the silence of our children sleeping and decided to drive on to Jackson, WY to have fun for the rest of the afternoon.

It was a perfect day. We had a fun, muddy time. And, I didn't worry about cleaning any of it up.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Why we love Grandma's house in two words or less...

...box houses!



Box Houses!




BOX HOUSES!!
Oh, and Grandma's not too bad herself.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Buy me!

After two weeks of blog-silence, we're back! I've been using my regularly scheduled blogging time to clean, pack, sort, and declutter our home...that's not even counting all the yardwork that accumulates when you have two small children and the last thing you want to do is weed.

Joe's already taken a loaded trailer up to Lewiston in back. He was there for 12 hours; 8 of them were spent sleeping. The man is a machine.

Most of our packing boxes are either diaper boxes or beer boxes. Classy.

It's been a stressful two weeks with lots of heart-to-hearts with our real-estate agent about selling a house in a "soft" (read: super-crappy, might-as-well-turn-it-over-to-vagrants) market. We've done some much needed home improvement projects and after spending all that money, I kick myself for not doing them sooner so we could enjoy them.

Our house goes on the market tomorrow. A 1922 4 bedroom, 2 bath charmer right across the street from Kate Curley Park! Here are the fruits of our labors.

Our inviting living room. Thank you, Steve & Phil, for helping Joe put up the chair rail when I was pregnant with Sam. This is my favorite room in our home.
The upstairs bathroom.
Our newly repainted master bedroom. It used to be a dark blue-green to help me sleep.


Sam's bedroom.


Our cozy kitchen.


The downstairs bathroom.


Andie's room. Yep...she's the 2nd child. Her room isn't even decorated and her bedding is all boy stuff because I was sure she was going to be a boy. I do have a few pink blankets for her somewhere...but they are now en route to L-town.


The family room.
Here's to a quick, full price offer soon!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

...and that's the news from Casa Kaufman

  • Whew! What a week! Just over a week ago, I interviewed for a GI NP job in Lewiston, got an offer and accepted it. So, we've been packing, packing, cleaning, and packing in order to get our house on the market as soon as possible. The kiddos and I will be moving up in November; Joe will follow when he gets a job or in June at the latest. L-town, here we come!
  • Sam's been potty-training against my will. I had desparately hoped to put off potty training in the midst of all this craziness. One day, when I had a to-do list as long as my arm, Sam suddenly decided he was no longer going to wear pull-ups or diapers. Two hours and 10 pairs of underwear later, we both agreed it was time to put the pull-ups back on. This weekend, Noah taught him how to a pee on a tree. Since then, potty-training has taken off. Unfortunately, I'm back at work 4 days a week, so we're only potty-training in the evenings. We'll see how it goes.
  • Andie is 6 months old! I can't believe it. She slept through the night Monday...from 7pm until 5am! I'm hoping it's the start of a new trend. We'll see. She continues to be a happy baby who loves everything but tummy time. She has been enjoying her adventures into solid foods, although as with all things Andie, it must be offered on her terms and done in her own way.
  • Team Eddy came down for an impromptu visit this past weekend. It was a whirlwind trip (only 36 hours!), but we had a great time as usual. I think I took one picture; I'll post that later this week.
  • Joe decided he's going to take the PE exam this fall. We're excited because this has been a long term goal for him, but it will only add to the craziness of moving and packing. Good thing he's a smartie. Only eight short years ago, he took the FE exam...and proposed to me the next day. :)

And that's the news from Casa Kaufman, where the dad studies and packs, the mom cleans and packs, and the children are above average.

Friday, August 06, 2010

don't worry...we're not dead

I know we've been totally slackin' on the blog lately, but we've had some exciting times lately. We got back from my cousin Mandi's wedding (tons of pictures to post!) and are settling back down. We have some exciting news to share with you all soon! (No, we're not expecting baby #3).