Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
(yes baby they do...lots and lots love you!)
Today was our 6 month placement visit. It went well, Natalie was a stinker in a cute way. She crashed halfway through the meeting and I put her to bed and she fell asleep without a peep.
Watching Cars before the SW came....
I took my mom's treadmill back to her and put my old desk at the road for someone to take (well let me rephrase that..I put it at the side of the road, someone took it, broke it in two loading into their truck then put the pieces back in my yard..classy huh?). Now my living room seems really big, I only have a small desk, TV cabinet and sofa in here now. Oh ya, I also have 217 toys, but only three pieces of furniture :)
I got my kitchen set completely put together last night, I am a happy camper :)
I bought a really cute HUGE korker bow from Kathy. Lookie Lookie!
Every year our company participates in a parade and I made two sets of hairbows for Natalie and Tia to wear in the parade. I made them out of ribbon with the company logo that came on our 5 year and 10 year milestone plaques hehe
I think that is it for now, bye!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
This morning with wet hair. This is my favorite tshirt
Sleeping with Pooh :)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I have been ChaChaing off and on since Friday night. To answer a question you first have to claim it by smacking the spacebar. I find myself at work smacking it for no reason, I'm going to flip my keyboard off the desk hehe
ChaCha is sort of like a game for me. One of the my keywords is Chemistry. I get a lot of homework questions. Those are my favorite because there is always an answer out there. Need to know the melting point of copper? Well just ask ChaCha and maybe I'll be the one to tell you!
I'm up to $90 and I have a team mate! (hi Amy!). I have 19 more spot available on my team. The benefit of signing up under a team is that I can share my cheat sheet with you. You still get paid the same (and I won't lie, I get 2 cents for each question you answer too). You get the benefit of knowing where all the stupid jokes are online, there are so many but only a few are short enough to use. I bet you I've lost 2 hours of my life setting up my links because I couldn't find the simple stuff.
I am answering questions at night when the kiddo is in bed, it works out well. I can take breaks to toss in loads of laundry or to get a freezie pop (which btw, I am 110% addicted to, it's like a little tube of joy).
Ok here are some pictures. She is all weepy at daycare because her favorite teacher is at the beach.
Hey..check out my shirt, there is stuff on it!
I love me some buttons!
Miss Becky isn't here and my mommy is leaving...poor me...wait for it...I'm gonna cry (I have several nice snot pictures too)
Please don't go!
So then I go to work feeling like a big turd in a hippie top. Oh well.
And that cute little bow I put in her hair all the time? She destroyed it today, it's now one long ribbon hot glued to a clip. I didn't make it to begin with but I am going to try to split it into two little bows. Oooooh the carnage!!!!
And Steph...did you find my blog yet? Have I made you laugh yet? Bye bye!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I caught Corrie Lothrop trying out for the Olympics on TV today! She was adopted from China when she was three, what a beautiful talented girl! Her parents must be so proud!
Some pictures from the day...
I bought her a kajillion bubbles maker yesterday. It makes baths lots of fun :)
Blocks and bubbles - life is sweet!
Using the table as a teether!
Laying on me watching the Olympic Trials - she was fascinated!
Bye for now!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
So we went to a store that was closing. They had 4 sets I really liked and I decided on this set:
Can you see the chair back? It is called a fish back chair :)
I was excited to get it, was $700 marked down to $300. I got the last one in the warehouse too! It is the same wood as the unfinished furniture store too :)
It was funny, I was looking for a nicer set, something I didn't have to put together, you know, real furniture. I was really surprised that this came in a box! A 135 pd box!
A little disappointed too. But the table went together in 5 minutes. The chair took about 20 minutes and I still have to put the support bar screws in. But I like it and it looks great with my new to me curtains :)
I bought this light fixture too, it is a simple dome type light but it is darker in real life, goes with the table well. And it was just $18 :)
I just need to clean up some paint drips on the floor and fix the baseboards. I was messy with my regrouting and I have some tan splotches. I also need quarter round that I hope to buy tomorrow. I also need something for the walls, they look pretty bare. Ideally I'd get a shelf of some sort, I have some pottery that would match the curtains.
Some more pictures...
I love me some bubbles!
New PJs :) She wouldn't stay put for a picture!
Ready for school. She has hippo, hippo's bottle and her bracelet (a mason jar ring).
Something new, eating with my spoon. She is doing really well with it. How do you like post morning pigtail hair? And yes, we ate chicken and dumplings for breakfast, I figure it's sort of like a chicken biscuit with a side of peas :)
Ok, that's it for now. Be sure to read the ChaCha thing. I need teammates! I am lonely! lol
I can create a team on ChaCha for 20 people. The benefits of team are, creating shortcut lists so you can answer questions faster and earn more $$ :) If you are interested in answering questions (and I totally admit, a lot are stupid) and turning yourself into a human google for a few hours a week, go to their site www.chacha.com and use my email neatokimmo@ gmail.com when you sign up. That will link our accounts behind the scenes :)
Any questions about it? Just post and I'll answer :)
AND the reason why I am doing ChaCha, I am buying my new furniture today. I had it down to three sets, a 42 inch round table with windsor chairs in oak for $299 (the store is going out of biz, this is about half off), a tall table and hutch set from Furniture Row for $1000 (eeck!) and a set from the unfinished furniture store. Well the last wins, they are also going out of business and the set is $400 off. The hutch is already stained and my mom said she'd stain my table and chairs to match. It is $700 total and it is hardwood. I think that is the way to go, put a little work in it to get the best wood at a good price. I'll post pictures later. And yes, this totally blows my $250 budget lol
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I bought a set of curtains from a friend at her yard sale. For $15 I got 4 panels, 1 valance and a shower curtain. They are a heavy canvas cotton with a navy toile print. I don't even want to guess what they were new.
Last night I painted the nook with paint I bought in 2002, it is one of the last 20 cans I bought as part of a big rebate promo at Lowes. I did the walls and ceiling, it looks sooo much better. I am going to keep creeping into the kitchen and eventually do the entire ceiling. It is a nice boring white! :)
I am still looking for a kitchen table for $100 or less. I'd be ok with a used wooden one I could paint, I just haven't found it yet. A cabinet of some kind would be cool too. A new light fixture is a must have. I have $250 to spend on the nook and so far with paint and curtains, I'm up to $30.
See, neat print huh?
I have a lot of cobalt blue stuff around the house, now its a matter of gathering it up and moving it to the kitchen area. The cheapest way to decorate is to use what you have in a new way :)
We are home again because the baby was sick all night and this morning. I slept maybe 2 hours. At 7 she stopped crying and slept on me until 10. For those moms waiting for their baby be sure to save a nice chunk of sick time, you'll need it. I am soooo hoping she'll go to sleep at 8 so I can go to sleep at 8!
I was hired to be an internet guide yesterday. I'll see how it goes before I post more details. I'll be working 30 minutes a night answering text messages for things like directions and phone numbers. I might work an hour a day on the weekends. I am saving the cash for something..what I've not quite decided!
Bye for now!
Monday, June 16, 2008
As I was getting ready to post today's picture, my neighbor knocked on my door. At 11pm, I knew that couldn't be good! She said Elvis was up the road and he was really hurt and was bleeding big time.
Well of course I freak out. I grab some clothes and go a couple of doors up and talk to the neighbor that saw him. I am all paranoid because the baby is asleep but I locked the house before I left so I guess it was ok (and it was ok, she was snoring every time I checked on her). I stay up there maybe 10 minutes and when I get back, Elvis was on my front porch. Just fine, nothing wrong with him at all!
It is the father to all these kittens, the stray cat that has been hurt. That just seems odd that he would get hurt right after the mother cat got hit by a car (did I post that? it happened last week).
But good news, at 11:30 tonight, I gave away the solid black boy kitten. And she'll spoil him rotten. So now little Princess Penelope is the last kitty left. She is curled up next to Wookie right now. I can't say I'm too disappointed she's the last one, because she is my favorite. The two people that said they wanted her never showed up.
Tomorrow is beach day at daycare. Natalie has to take her icee $$ (a whole dollar, mama ordered her a grape one!), her bathing suit, her towel, sunscreen and water shoes. They are going to set up sprinklers for her age group, it should be really cute!
This morning...her shirt says EIEIO :)
Look at her little sandals. Leather and only $8.99 at Baby Depot. This is the second set of leather shoes I've bought there, they've both been great!
Check out the bow - I made that - tada!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Scooter and I went shopping this afternoon. My baby has outgrown her sleepers, the very first ones I bought her (sniff sniff). That left her with just 2 pairs that fit well so we went to Old Navy to look because I knew they had the snug fit cotton ones. Score! 5 pairs for $3.97 a pair in the long sleeves that I like because she kicks her covers off. Three are for now, two are one size up:
And we ate dinner with Grandpa and Grandma. She was wild at the end, good thing we were the only ones there!
This little dress is Eliza's! They sent it to us last week, don't you love it?
Dancing in the hall
sleeping on the way to dinner after being rotten in the stores (and not a cute rotten)
dazed..fell asleep in Ross, woke up at China Wok? (this direction she looks like a baby)
Oh ya, I LOVE this place! (this direction she looks like a little girl!)
Lookie at Eliza in the same dress 16 months ago! (just a few days after Natalie was born :)
Bye for now! - Kim
Saturday, June 14, 2008
It's amazing how fast your mind works. I was going in slow motion, I was thinking in clicks. I didn't swallow any of it but my tongue adsorbed quite a bit. It burned my tongue, the roof of my mouth and the back of my throat. I called poison control and they said that type of lysol was considered a detergent and if I didn't swallow it and spit it out (and puked, and brushed my whole mouth out and listerined) that I should be ok. I read online that I should drink a GALLON of milk (holy crap) and drink malox to adsorb anything that got in my stomach. I managed to get half a bottle of malox down and half a jug of milk before I had to call my mom to babysit. I don't think the lysol made me sick but boy did all that milk kill me! Ever drink too much water and feel like your eye balls were floating? Ok, imagine that being whole milk - yuck!
I never considered Lysol to be a detergent but they have to be right. My spit is foamy like it has soap in it. The more I drink, the more I foam! But it is getting better, I no longer look like a rabid dog and my tongue has feeling in it again.
At least I got a 4 hour nap out of it.
So anyway, now our house doesn't have any cleaners in it. I know that sounds a little extreme but I consider myself to be very intelligent plus I have a good dose of common sense. If *I* can do this, so can a little kid.
I'll be keeping vinegar in the house (had it anyway from cloth diapers), bleach for laundry (will not be cleaning with it anymore) and dish washing soap. Everything else has already been disposed of or will be given away tomorrow.
Vinegar is the Jill of all trades when it comes cleaning a house. I totally stole this list from another website:
To shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime buildup, use a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar.
Make your own scouring cleanser by combining 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.
Clean counter tops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then one cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so then run hot water down the drain.
Deodorize the garbage disposal by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down the disposal.
Deodorize and clean the garbage disposal with white distilled vinegar ice cubes. Make them by freezing full-strength white distilled vinegar in an ice cube tray. Run several cubes down the disposal while flushing with cold water.
Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.
Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a half-and-half solution of water and white distilled vinegar.
Cut the grime on the top of the refrigerator with a paper towel or cloth and full-strength white distilled vinegar.
Avoid the bad smell when you heat up a newly cleaned oven by using a sponge soaked in diluted white distilled vinegar for the final rinse.
To clean a grease splattered oven door window, saturate it with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.
Remove soap buildup and odors from the dishwasher by pouring a cup of white distilled vinegar inside the empty machine and running it through a whole cycle. Do monthly.
To prevent good glassware from getting etched by minerals, wash then spray with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Give the glasses a hot water rinse before letting them dry or drying them with a towel.
For cloudy glassware, soak paper towels or a cloth in full-strength white distilled vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Let sit awhile before rinsing clean.
Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white distilled vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.
Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual first.)
Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean.
For stained and smelly plastic food containers, wipe them with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar.
Remove odors from a lunch box by placing inside a slice of bread that has been soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave overnight.
Remove ugly film in narrow-necked glass jars, flower vases, and bottles by letting undiluted white distilled vinegar sit in them for a few hours. Add a little rice or sand and shake vigorously to loosen stubborn stains. Repeat if necessary.
To clean tarnished brass, copper, and pewter, use a paste with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and table salt.
Make a metal cleanser by adding enough white distilled vinegar to 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar to make a paste. Rub it on and let it dry on the surface. Wash it off and dry with a soft cloth.
Polish brass and copper with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of ketchup and 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar. Rub it on with a clean cloth until dry and shiny.
Remove dark stains on an aluminum pot by boiling a mixture of 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 1 cup hot water.
Discourage ants by spraying undiluted white distilled vinegar outside doorways and windowsills, around appliances and wherever you find the pests coming in.
Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Clean the wheel of a can opener using white distilled vinegar and an old toothbrush.
Remove the smell of spoiled food from a refrigerator by first rinsing the area with soap and water. Spray surfaces with full-strength white distilled vinegar and wipe them down with a damp cloth or sponge. Fill some containers with baking soda and place inside. Close the door and leave for a few days.
Wipe grease off exhaust fan grids, the inside of your oven, or anywhere grease gathers with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar.
To make cleaning the grill easier, spray a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar on the cooking surface.
To remove a label, decal, or price tag, cover with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave the cloth on overnight and the label should slide off.
Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Let them soak overnight.
Get rid of calcium deposits on faucets by soaking a cloth or paper towel in white distilled vinegar and wrapping the area tightly. Let this sit for a couple of hours or overnight.
Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white distilled vinegar.
Rid a faucet of lime deposits by tying a plastic bag containing 1/2 to 1/3 cup of white distilled vinegar around it and leaving it there for two or three hours. If mineral deposits don’t wipe off, scrubbing with an old toothbrush should complete the job.
Shine colored porcelain sinks by scouring them with undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Rinse away soapy film on countertops with a solution of white distilled vinegar and water.
Clean grout by letting full-strength white distilled vinegar sit on it for a few minutes and scrubbing it with an old toothbrush.
Kill germs all around the bathroom with a spray of full-strength white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
To remove grime, mildew, and scum from the tub, tile, shower curtain or door, wipe with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse with water.
Spray shower doors with full-strength white distilled vinegar after you’ve squeegeed the glass, or before you step in and turn on the water. It will help release the hard water deposits so they don’t remain on the glass.
Mix up an inexpensive tile cleaner by adding 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, and 1 cup ammonia to a gallon of warm water.
Get rid of stubborn bathtub film by wiping it with white distilled vinegar and then scouring with baking soda.
Soak a sponge or loofah overnight in a strong white distilled vinegar and water solution to remove dirt and slime. Rinse several times with cold water and let air dry (in the sun if possible).
Clean shower door tracks by filling them with white distilled vinegar and letting it sit for a few hours. Pour hot water into the tracks and wash and scrub away the scum with a toothbrush.
To clean a scummy showerhead, pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white distilled vinegar into a sandwich bag and tie it around the showerhead. Let this set for an hour after the bubbling has stopped. Remove the bag and then turn on the water.
Deodorize the toilet bowl by allowing 3 cups white distilled vinegar to sit in it for about a half hour before flushing.
To make the toilet bowl sparkle, pour in a cup or more of diluted white distilled vinegar and let it sit several hours or overnight. Scrub well with the toilet brush and flush.
Freshen air in the bathroom by spraying into the air a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar, and 1 cup water.
Get a shining finish on a no-wax vinyl or linoleum floor by cleaning it with a solution of one cup white distilled vinegar for every gallon of water.
Apply full-strength white distilled vinegar directly to tough linoleum stains. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping it up. If that doesn’t work, apply white distilled vinegar again and then sprinkle some baking soda over the white distilled vinegar. Scrub the area with a brush or sponge. Rinse clean with water.
For an economical and environmentally friendly floor cleaner, mix a solution of 3 drops dishwashing liquid to 1/3 part white distilled vinegar, 1/3 part alcohol, and 1/3 part water. Spray sparingly and mop for a fast clean-up.
Some carpet stains can be removed with a paste of 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1/4 cup salt or baking soda. Rub into the carpet stain and let dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day. (Always test on an out-of-sight part of the carpet first).
Bring out the color in carpet by brushing it with a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar for every gallon of water. (Always test on an out-of-sight part of the carpet beforehand).
To reduce soap bubbles in a steam cleaner add about 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Use the same amount in the rinse water to remove detergent residue and make carpets stay fresh longer.
Wash indoor/outdoor carpet with a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar in 1 bucket of warm water. Scrub using a brush or a broom and then hose off.
Clean up pet accidents by first blotting up the area and then adding a white distilled vinegar-and-water solution. Blot until it is almost dry. Then sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day.
Create your own window cleaning solution by combining 1/2 cup non-sudsy ammonia, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a gallon of water.
Remove the wax residue left by commercial window cleaners with a solution of 2 cups water, 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent.
To remove paint from windows try using undiluted, hot white distilled vinegar. Give the solution time to soften the paint before removing with a razor edge tool.
To remove paint splatters from windows apply full-strength white distilled vinegar with a clean paintbrush.
Get rid of mildew, dust, and stale odors by wiping down walls with undiluted white distilled vinegar on a cloth or a sponge mop.
Clean woodwork and walls with a mixture of 1 cup white distilled vinegar, 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup ammonia and 1 gallon warm water. Wipe on with a sponge or damp—not wet—towel.
Clean wood paneling with a solution of 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar, and 2 cups warm water. Wipe on with a soft cloth.
Remove wallpaper easily by using a paint roller to wet the surface very thoroughly with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and hot water. Or spray on until saturated.
Get decals off walls or doors by letting undiluted white distilled vinegar soak into them for several minutes before trying to peel them off. Repeat if necessary.
Remove white water rings from wood with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and vegetable oil. Rub with the grain.
Remove fireplace soot and grime with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Use a brush to scrub and a towel to blot up the wetness and dirt.
Clean fireplace glass doors with a solution of 1 part white distilled vinegar to 2 parts water. Spray or wipe on, then wipe clean with a dry cloth.
To kill germs, spray full-strength white distilled vinegar on doorknobs and then wipe them dry.
Remove the smell of a dead mouse or other rodent (after removing all animal remnants) by wiping down the area with either white distilled vinegar or bleach. Then place a fabric softener sheet in the area to remove any lingering odors.
Never use white distilled vinegar on marble. The acid can damage the surface.
Before painting old concrete, clean with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Let it air dry.
Clean hardened paint brushes by simmering them in a pot with white distilled vinegar. Soak them first for an hour before bringing the white distilled vinegar to a simmer. Drain and rinse clean.
Remove mud and stains from plastic, fiberglass, or aluminum sports equipment by applying a paste of 1 part white distilled vinegar to 3 parts baking soda. Wipe off with soapy water and rinse with clear water.
Clean your grill by spritzing white distilled vinegar over wadded up aluminum foil and scrubbing the grill vigorously with it.
To remove film in glass baby bottles, fill with equal parts hot water and white distilled vinegar. Let sit for at least an hour. Scrub with a bottle brush.
To clean and disinfect baby toys add a good-sized splash of white distilled vinegar to soapy water.
Clean vinyl baby books or board books by wiping with white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth.
Clean scissors that have become sticky (after cutting tape, for instance) with a cloth dipped in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
Clean and deodorize urine on a mattress with a white distilled vinegar and water solution. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda and let dry. Brush or vacuum the residue after it is dry to the touch.
Shine pennies by soaking them for a couple of hours or overnight in a glass or bowl of undiluted white distilled vinegar.Ok that's it for now, I think I'll go spit some soap now - bye!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Today was our fun day at work. I spent the day driving go carts, playing laser tag, playing arcade games and eating pizza. Rough life huh?
Baby picture time! The top is a little shorty dress from Bonnie, I lost the bloomers so now it's a top :) Hmm...the capris were also from Bonnie..so this outfit, sponsored by Bonnie! :)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
She is still a stinker! Notice all my shoes (yes I have big feet and a very little baby!) in the floor, she pulls them from the cubby then "sits down!" and keeps telling me that until I sit next to her. Then she stands up, turns around and backs her way to my lap and goes kerplop!
We are four days away from our 6 month meeting. Time has flown by!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I don't think I've posted these yet...
This was the first morning
First restaurant experience
Sleeping in my bed
Sleeping curled in a ball over my hand
in her 3-6 month sized carters sleeper
fascinated by the TV
Ok, that is about all I can stand for one night, its just too cute and with every picture I notice something different :)
Night! - Kim
She was so stinking cute today from start to finish. She said her name for the first time nata-eeeee which got lots of clapping from mama. So then got a lot of na na na na na na na na na which turned to no no no then turned to "no sit down!". Bossy little thing huh?
Aloha! (or OHAH as Natalie says it)
At school, pointing at Elmo
Why is she making such a face?
Because I took a picture of Tia...jealous little thing huh? Isn't Tia a cutie pie?
Ya, I stopped the car to take this picture behind the church. Notice the two wild turkey. Notice the cat noticing the two wild turkey. Worthy of a picture I think lol
My commute to work