Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Songs

I thought I'd share the lyrics to my FAVORITE Christmas song.  It's not very famous, but it's beautiful! 

1. Let all mortal flesh keep silence, 
 and with fear and trembling stand;
 ponder nothing earthly-minded, 
 for with blessing in his hand, 
 Christ our God to earth descendeth, 
 our full homage to demand. 

2. King of kings, yet born of Mary, 
 as of old on earth he stood, 
 Lord of lords, in human vesture, 
 in the body and the blood; 
 he will give to all the faithful 
 his own self for heavenly food. 

3. Rank on rank the host of heaven 
 spreads its vanguard on the way, 
 as the Light of light descendeth 
 from the realms of endless day, 
 that the powers of hell may vanish 
 as the darkness clears away. 

4. At his feet the six-winged seraph, 
 cherubim, with sleepless eye, 
 veil their faces to the presence, 
 as with ceaseless voice they cry: 
 Alleluia, Alleluia, 
 Alleluia, Lord Most High!
 
Merry Christmas! 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Jonathan's Tats

Okay, so I know I've only written maybe 7 posts in the history of this blog, but I guess it's never too late to attempt to be a regular blogger. And since Sarah did a tattoo blog pretty recently, I thought I'd do a complementary explanation of my adventures in ink.

I got all three of my tattoos from Arte Sagrado down in Lima, Peru. They did a great job with all of them, and it was mondo inexpensive too!

Tattoo #1:

The inspiration for this one was the time I spent down in South America with a group of guys and girls dedicated to sharing Jesus with indigenous people in fairly remote regions of the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Jungle. I designed this tattoo for me and two other guys who were my traveling partners. It's a cross (for Jesus reasons) made of bamboo (connection to the jungle) and tilted to also be an "X" (because our team was called the "Xtreme Team").

Tattoo #2:

As Sarah hinted at in her post, I had no idea we would eventually get together when I stole her idea for a wrist tattoo of scripture. My take on it: Two verses in New Testament Greek. It's 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17. "Be joyful always. Pray continually." It's a great reminder for me of what my faith walk should look like on a daily basis.





Tattoo #3:

So this is actually my family crest. You can ask my dad about all the history and genealogy of our family, but the relevant stuff is that "Pascual" basically means Easter and has very Christian roots. Two of the quadrants of the coat of arms has the "agnus dei" symbol ("lamb of God"), and around the border in Latin it reads "from under whose feet the living waters flow", which is a line from a book of vespers from a pope or something like that.

As far as I know, no one in the world (except my two buddies) shares any of my exact tattoos. I like that they're unique and meaningful, as tattoos should be. I'd love to get something else done, maybe a bit bigger. I'll let you know when that happens...

More with Less Monday

Families work best when at least one person likes to cook.  That way, you know you'll always get good food.  Unfortunately, neither of us love to cook.  We'll do it and it'll be fine, but there's no thrill in preparing and sitting down to a meal.

I tossed around the idea of writing down what we eat for a week, but then I realized how humiliating it would be confessing to the blog world that we eat both Burger King and Kraft Mac n' Cheese once a week.

But, we are both much better cooks when living in other countries.  Fast and processed food is much more difficult to come by in other places. In Egypt, my fast meal was a ful and musaka (I have no idea how to write those words in English) sandwich. In Turkey, it was chicken doner (most people know it is shwarma).  Both of those snacks get old pretty quickly.

So, I figured I'd spotlight my favorite cookbook in the world.  The More With Less Cookbook.  This is absolutely the best cookbook for:
1.  Living simply on a small budget
2.  Living in a country where complicated ingredients are hard to come by. 
3.  Leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the world.

This cookbook was written by the Mennonite Church years and years ago with the tag line, "Suggestions by the Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world's limited food resources."

Doesn't even the thought of eating better and being more wise with the resources you consume make you feel great?

I haven't made everything in the cookbook, but my favorite things in it are the Basic Lentil Soup, Tomato Soup, Lentil Burgers, and Pancakes.  (Did you even know that you can make pancakes without a store bought mix?).  I also ADORE the homemade Indian chai tea from the More with Less: Extending the Table Cookbook.

So, I highly recommend this book. If I only had one cookbook to live by, it would be this one.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rory's Winter Hat

This knit up in about an hour (after I read the instructions correctly).  
 I knit a bow to attach the bottom parts of the hat together.


I also knitted mittens to go along with it, but we had lost one within Rory's first 45 seconds wearing them.  So, we're sticking with socks on her hands instead.


Isn't the cutest kid ever???  I can't get enough of her chubby cheeks!

Monday, December 13, 2010

More with Less Monday: November Spending

November felt good.  For the first time since January, we weren't dishing out money to pay up front for Rory's birth (which is in the process of being paid back in full thanks to the AMAZING Christian Healthcare Ministries).  So, all of our other months have looked like we were living OVER our means.  Even though we knew we weren't, it wasn't fun to look at the negative on our FinanceWorks budget planner.

Anyway, on to the good stuff.

Food spending: $310
Groceries-$228
*We were actually EXACTLY on budget ($220) with groceries and eating out combined a few days before the end of the month.  But then, we made a date mistake and made a trip to the grocery store on 11/30 rather than 12/1.
Eating out-$82
*The worst part about the eating out section is that only 2 items in the list of things are over $10.  The rest of the expenses are $3-$4. I can get coffee for free in 3 different places.  I shouldn't need to buy it.  Ever.

Shopping: $21
New-$0
Recycled-$21
*Hooray!!!  A month where I only bought used! 

I'm guessing that December is probably going to be over our food budget.  We've got lots of parties where we're making yummy treats.   My family is also coming for a few days and my Boulderite younger brother only eats organic.

On another note, we're in the process of buying a house...and it's pretty much the scariest thing we've ever done.  WAY scarier than having a baby.  We're still in the offer/counter-offer process so nothing is guaranteed.  I know the house-buying journey can be controversial.  Some consider renting throwing your money away.  Others say it's the most affordable way to go because you don't have to pay any upkeep.  (According to my brother, when you rent, you're paying for freedom.)  The mortgage rates are great these days (apparently), but living in the city is expensive no matter what.

Any advice for new home buyers?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Tattoos

I like tattoos.  Actually, most people in my generation probably like tattoos.

I got my first tattoo when I was 8 years ago...back in the day before it was popular to get wrist tattoos.  Jonathan and I met later that year and he thought my wrist tattoo was cool too.  Back then, we had no idea we'd fall in love and get married so he got a similar tattoo.  Now we're the cheesy couple with matching tattoos.

(If this picture looks bad, it's because it's a picture of a picture.  The actual photograph by Blume Photography is great.)

My wrist tattoo is two verses that remind me that I no longer live and it's Christ in me.
Philippians 1:21-For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Galatians 2:20-I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.
And now, on the [near] year anniversary of my second tattoo, I decided it was time to share it with the blogging world.  (Actually, I just needed to make sure my parents saw it first.)

So...here is my year-old tattoo that I dreamed up, Jonathan designed, and Tanner executed.  Yes, it was in Turkey...and no mom, I don't have HIV or Hepatitis.  The needle and ink were clean. 

When you think of tattoo parlors, what kind of music do you imagine playing?  Maybe some screaming, angry music?  Well, we listened to the best of late 80s soft rock.  My favorite song we listened to was "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx circa 1989.  Awesome.

Even though I like tattoos, I'm not a big fan of the pain.  To keep my mind off of it I was telling Jonathan a story, but I was talking so quickly the tattoo artist stopped and asked me if I was rapping.
I really like the location of my tattoo...except the one problem is that I rarely see it.

Here's the only post-healed picture I have of it.  Thanks again to the incredible Blume Photography.
What does this tattoo mean, you ask?

The tattoo starts with a wave in the middle of it.  God has always spoken to me through being around water.  It's refreshing and life-giving.  One time, while praying, I asked God, "Who do you want to be to me?"  He replied, "I am your fountain."   Psalm 36:9 says, "For with You is the fountain of life, in Your light do we see life."

The next picture is a bird. There are two separate meanings to this one.  The bird itself is symbolic of a nightingale [even though it doesn't look like one].  Nightingales are famous for being loud and singing in the nighttime.  When they are in cities and loud places, they sing even louder.  My hope is that I can be a nightingale--one who sings loudly of hope and peace and love and eternity.  I want to sing in the darkest of nights and the most desolate of places.  The heart is a reminder that I sing because He gave me a new heart.  Ezekiel 36:26 says, "And I will give you a new heart and a new spirit I will put within you."

The olive branches are reminders of the fruit that will be produced through me if I remain in Christ.  "I am the vine and you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he is it that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)

Jonathan has 3 tattoos, and plans for more.  His are awesome as well.  Maybe I can get him to post about his tattoos in the future.

What tattoos do you have?  What tattoos do you dream of getting?

Monday, December 06, 2010

More with Less Monday: Holidays Part 2

We caved and bought a Christmas tree this year.  It's small and overpriced... and I love it!

We had a good conversation about gifts last night with Jonathan's family and it made me think.  We don't like having a lot of stuff.  In fact, I am known for compulsively getting rid of stuff and then wishing I would have saved it.  (Are there support groups for anti-pack rats?)

As I said before, Jonathan and I are not gift givers.  In fact, we've never given each other Christmas gifts.  But, with a kid in the picture it will become more difficult in the future.  Our plan/policy is this:

Jesus received three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Therefore we will only give 3 gifts to our kids within our immediate family.  That will keep it simple and [hopefully] help them to understand that life is about more than stuff.

It's important to us that our kids grow up in a simple household where they don't get carried away with materialism.  I am so thankful for the ways my parents taught us to be responsible with our money.  We grew up in a very wealthy city and though we always had what we needed, it wasn't at the standard the Boulderite culture demanded.  I drove a 1984 Toyota Camry through high school when the cars around me were 2000 Jeeps and Audis.  When we ate out, we ordered from the kids menu and only drank water.  I learned how to live on less than those around me were living.  I will admit that it was tough for me at the time and I felt very deprived.  (I still can't turn down soda when it's offered to me because we were only allowed 1 a week growing up.  It's probably the middle child in me feeling deprived.)  But, just like the YEARS AND YEARS of piano lessons I was forced into by my mom, I'm thankful for it now.

So far, we've done well on more with less in Rory's 4 months of life outside the womb.  We were given tons of stuff [which we are so thankful for!] but have managed to stay away from anything that's battery operated and takes up lots of space.  Our splurges [all gifts!] were an infant holder, a baby bathtub, and a bumbo seat.  I'm not going to say I don't appreciate electronic things though.  Rory can fall asleep in a swinging chair in no time and it's nice turning on a mobile and walking away rather than running in and re-swinging it when she starts to fuss.  I also realize and acknowledge that this is a very personal conviction and lifestyle choice and am in no way criticizing others who do differently.

For those of you with kids, what do you do when Christmas and birthdays come around?  What's one thing you're going to change about holidays this year?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Diaper Bag

Sewing is my catharsis.  There's pretty much nothing that relaxes me more than creating something out of fabric.

That said, this bag idea came on a much needed day where my crazy post-pregnancy, presently-nursing hormones went even more out of whack than normal.  I think Jonathan would tell you he was happy he had plans on Saturday.

So, I took all of my angst and after a 6 hours, 4 feedings, 3 chick flicks, and a VERY messy apartment, I ended up with this:


I found the free tutorial here.  The only change I made was to add a little pocket on the back (which I forgot to take a picture of), and I sewed the pockets on differently than directed due to some measuring mistakes.  Oh yeah, and I didn't interface the bag.  Only the straps.

I can't remember where I found the pattern for the flower I made. 

 You can't see this, but I even designed one of the pockets to hold her bottles upright so I don't end up with a milky mess on the way to daycare.


All in all, I can actually say that this is the best sewing job I've ever done.  I would actually feel comfortable selling this bag it's so well done.  And...I sewed with a comfort level of actually knowing how to do stuff rather than guessing my way through it.  Awesome!!! 

Monday, November 22, 2010

More with Less Monday: Food

A friend wrote me the other day asking me more about our grocery budget.  As I quoted in a previous post, the government recommends that a thrifty family of two spends about $350/month on food.  Before finding that number, Jonathan and I committed to not spending more than $240/month on food.  When you think about, it's actually a really do-able number.  It breaks down into about $8/day and $4/person.  Hmmm, that actually does sound like a small number when I break it down...but still totally do-able!

Anyway, you've seen that we've definitely not mastered keeping the budget, but that's our lack of self restraint...not the inability to do it.  We have this problem called being lazy. It's so much easier to grab food out on the go when we're both tired after working full days and caring for a baby.  Or, I'm always tempted to forgo my thrown together lunch for where ever my co-workers are eating.

That aside, the months that we do succeed, we do it following these little tricks:
1.  Sales:  Buying things on sale and building our menu around that.  When spaghetti squash is on sale, we're having [you guessed it] spaghetti.  When avocados and bacon are on sale, we're having BLATS.  When cheese is on sale, we're having quiche.  Get it?  Read the weekly deals at Kroger and Publix.  If you don't get the paper, you can find the deals online.  Things usually go on sale once a month, so once we've used up all of our spaghetti sauce, we don't eat it again until it goes on sale again.
2.  Meat:  This is probably the biggest trick.  We don't eat very much of it.  Our year and a half of vegetarianism combined with my aversion to raw animal means that we have LOTS of yummy and filling meals without meat.  We usually don't use meat substitutes like tofu because that's also expensive.  Instead, when we have stir fry or Thai curry, we add peanuts instead of chicken.  RAther than chicken pot pie, we have potato pot pie.  Jonathan doesn't even notice we aren't eating meat anymore.  When we do buy meat, we buy it on major sale and we buy lots and freeze it.  We won't buy chicken for more than around $2/lb and ground beef for more than $1.50/lb.  (Note:  If we ever restructure our grocery budget, the first thing I will change will be to buy organic meat and dairy!)
3.  Soup and Baked Potatoes:  This week at Kroger, you can get a 10lb bag of potatoes for $2.38.  Do you have any idea how many meals that will make???  We have baked potatoes at least once a week.  We also usually have soup once a week.  Sometimes, like last night, we have potato soup!
4.  Ummm...are you bored yet?
5.  CVS:  This is Jonathan's deal.  I guess you can basically "make money" if you shop right at CVS.  I would have him write about it, but he's sleeping.  Maybe another day!
6. Snack foods and brand names:  We stay away from them.  As much as we adore Wheat Thins and Diet Coke with Lime, we don't buy it because it's expensive and unnecessary.  (We do break this rule for good ice cream though.  It's irresistible.)
7.  Where did I get these ideas, you ask?  From a book given to us by our apartment community called Miserly Moms.  Cheesy title, awesome book.

What do you do to save money on food?

Monday, November 15, 2010

More with Less Monday: Holidays

Church today inspired me to write this post.  Jonathan and I discovered this video a couple of years ago and were immediately sold on it.  (Watch it before you read more!)


Granted, we're not big gift givers in general so it's not much sacrifice for us.  But, we did find lots of joy in selling my [beloved] guitar that year and giving the money to help build a well.  (The organization we gave to must have thought we were super rich or something, because we got lots of hand-written notes after that.  I guess they were trying to get us to give more!)

Anyway, this Christmas will be the same.  Not many gifts (or any)...but lots of time to celebrate "the reason for the season" (thank you Kirk Franklin for introducing me to that line).

Our Pastor talked a lot about what we do with our money today and it was great to hear.  Jonathan and I have found that things always work out when we give first.  Our needs have ALWAYS been met, no matter what and we both believe it's because God is honoring our dreams to be generous.

Now, this post isn't so you think we're great...because we're not and we're much more selfish than we'd like to be.  But, we're thankful so far for what the Lord has done with our giving.

We're especially thankful to have a hand in what God is doing in the nations.  If you've spent more than 10 minutes with either of us, you know that our hearts yearn to bring life and light and love to the nations.  We've lived overseas apart and together and parts of our heart will always be in another country.  But for now, we get to live in Atlanta and be a part of a great new group called Resonate.  That doesn't mean we don't get to be a part of what is happening in the rest of the world.

Thanks to God's generosity to us and the joy He's given us in sharing, we get to be a part of what is happening in:
  • America
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • South Africa
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda (soon!)
  • Jordan
  • Honduras
  • Egypt
  • Bosnia (soon!)
  • Hungary
  • Russia
It's such a joy to give!  And it's worth it to sacrifice extra cell phone minutes, Starbucks, or whatever it is to be a part of a bigger and grander story than ourselves.

The more [with less] the merrier!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cloth Diaper Pants

One thing we've run across with Rory wearing cloth diapers, is that regular pants don't fit her.  She's wearing 6-9 month pants so they can fit over her big bum.  It' a bummer (ha, get it?) because she can't fit into little baby jeans, and babies in little baby jeans are adorable!

Anyway, I found this pattern for "Big Butt Baby Pants" on Made by Rae, and decided to go for it.  Yes, I had to pay for the pattern, but I've already made 3 pairs of pants and I'm sure will make plenty more throughout her first 2 years.

Here's the first pair...made from some cute vintage fabric given to me.




 The second pair is also made out of some great vintage fabric given to me.  I made an identical pair for Rory's cousin Jasmine so they can look like twins. I have a feeling that is going to happen a lot throughout their lives.

Sorry about the picture quality.  Pictures before 7am don't always work out very well.



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

3 Months

Rory is already 3 months!  The most shocking part is that she's more than doubled in size since she was born!  Her favorite things to do these days are eat, sleep, smile, and talk.  She also recognizes Jonathan and me when she sees us and always gives us a big grin. 


For those of you who are interested, here's her daily schedule when I'm not working.  (For those of you who aren't interested, I totally understand why!) :
7am: wake up, eat, and stare at the light (when I pump into a bottle, she eats around 5oz/feeding)
8ish:sleep
10am: wake up, eat, practice sitting and standing and talk to mom
11:15ish: sleep
1pm: wake up and eat, take a walk to the coffee shop and stare at the fan, talk with mom
2:30ish:sleep
4pm: wake up and eat, smile lots at dad and tell him about my day
5:15ish: sleep
7pm: eat, change into pj's, practice sitting and standing
7:30pm: sleep
9:30pm:eat
9:50pm: sleep through the rest of the night

Yep, she's pretty awesome.

Monday, November 08, 2010

More with Less Monday: Laundry Detergent

I finally got around to making laundry detergent!  The most difficult part, by far, was finding a place that sells Fels Naptha and Washing Soda.  I finally found it at Ace Hardware!

Here's the $$$$ breakdown.  (Math done by modcottage):
Cost to make your own: Around $2 per batch. This is about 5.7 cents per load (using 2 tablespoons for each load, you get about 35 loads).. Arm & Hammer laundry detergent is about 12.4 cents per load.Tide detergent is 30 cents and more per load.

Here's the recipe.  (Also thanks to modcottage ):
1 bar of Fels Naptha soap...grated on the cheese grater!
1C. Borax
1C. Washing Soda

Mix it all together and tada!  It only takes 2 tablespoons for a large load.  (You can also add 1C. of Oxy Clean if you so desire!)

The one thing to remember is to start the washer on HOT water so the soap can dissolve and then move it to cold if that's what you normally do.

Also, there are lots of recipes online for liquid homemade laundry detergent.  But, that involves actually having a place to store a 2 gallon bucket of laundry soap.  So...I went with the powdered version. 

Check out the size difference.  Sweet!








Thanks for celebrating the More With Less world with me! 

What do you do to simplify?

Friday, November 05, 2010

Happy Halloween from Rory








 
 Believe it or not, all of these costumes were given to us...aside, of course, the one where she's only in her diaper!  And they're all so adorable, we couldn't let them go to waste!

Which one is your favorite?

Monday, November 01, 2010

More with Less Monday

Well, it's time to wrap up the month of October...and it wasn't a great More with Less month.  We (really I) ate out a lot.  Our morning schedule makes it super hard to also have time to pack a lunch on the days I work.  Jonathan leaves a little after 6am, so it's up to me to get up, get ready, get Rory's stuff ready, get Rory up (if she's not already), feed her, pump a bottle, and then head to work by 7:30.  Yes, I know I could do it the night before, but I don't do anything after the sun sets. I'm a morning person.  But, I'm getting better.  I took my lunch 2 out of 3 days this week, so that's a bonus.  And...I left oatmeal and coffee at the office if I don't get a chance for breakfast or coffee at home.

Anyway, here's the final rundown:
Food: $300
    Groceries:$195
    Eating Out: $105 (embarrassing!!!!!)
Shopping: $59
    Recycled/Thrifted: $32  (Most of it was getting Rory warm pants and jackets for the winter, plus $1 pair of shoes for me)
    Moment of weakness for some cute boots: $27

Monday, October 25, 2010

More with Less Monday

I really dig blogs that have weekly features, so I figured I'd try it out. Hopefully, I'll give you an update in how we're doing with our More With Less commitment.

So far, it's gone pretty well, though every month seems pretty unpredictable and I felt "justified" in not following the rules. In July I was 8 months pregnant, August we had a baby, September we were learning how to plan and do life with a baby, October I went back to work, etc.

Here's the breakdown of our food and clothing spending for July-September.
July groceries/eating out: $295
July clothing: $23 ($15 recycled)

August groceries/eating out: $173*
August clothing: $15

September groceries/eating out: $202
September clothing: $0

October probably won't look so hot, but writing this down is great accountability for us! For my next post, I'll start sharing more fun details of what we're buying and how we're saving!

*Thanks to all the generous people who brought us meals after Rory was born!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fabric to Dress to Jacket (and possibly skirt)

In the Pascual family, every single gathering involves at least 15-20 minutes of picture taking. Every combination and every position is tried with no less than 4 people "directing" the show. In order to get myself excited for one of our official photo shoots done by the incredible Blume Photography, I decided I would make myself a dress to wear. I found a great pattern online, bought the fabric, cut out the pattern, learned how to make button holes, sleeves, collars, and do zippers, tried it on, and then remembered that I am still not back to my pre-pregnancy size. Therefore, I don't love how I look in most clothes. And unfortunately, this dress maximized what I would like to minimize. Some of it was my fault, as I picked a heavy fabric which made it worse. Here is the dress:

A day before the photo shoot, I decided I would take it apart and turn the dress into a jacket and skirt. It was actually pretty easy. I just ripped out the zipper (I spent an hour putting in) and added a panel to the bottom of the jacket. The skirt is yet to be made.


I ended up not even wearing the jacket for the photo shoot, but broke it in last week at work. Honestly, it's probably not something I would buy at the store, but I have a great fondness for it because of all the things I learned how to do making it and all the hours I put into it.

What I really want to do is take a pattern making class from Whipstitch, but it's a bit out of the budget right now. I'll just add it to my wish list...along with an iPhone, a new sewing machine, these Ugandan twins (read the whole saga and you'll want them too!), a cruise, a dentist appointment, a superpower, to fit into my pre-pregnancy pants, and a house.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Two Months

Here are Rory's 2 month pictures. She's definitely growing! The doctor says she's in the 90th% for both length and weight. The girl likes to eat!

1 week 1 month

She's a blast right now! We love her grins and coos. And we really love it when she sleeps through the night, which is rare, but has happened!

I went back to work 3 weeks ago. The transition has been better than expected. I LOVE my job and am so thankful to be back, but I definitely feel torn and like my mind is always in two places. Her daycare is great though and it's about as perfect as it could be. I definitely appreciate Rory more on the days that I don't get to spend all of my time with her as well.

Needless to say, I've been busier than usual though, so I'm not sure how often I'll be blogging through this next season. I have continued to sew a lot though. Later this week, I'll post pictures of all the fun things I've made over the past 2 months!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Growing Pictures

I finally came up with a fun way to show Rory's age with my monthly pictures, but it didn't happen for her 1 week and 1 month. Here's what we have so far!

1 Week

1 Month


We went to the doctor for her 1 month checkup on Wednesday. Apparently, this girl likes to eat. She's gained 3 1/2 lbs. since her first doctor's appointment. We did the math and it averages out to almost 2oz a day...when normal is about 1oz per day of weight gain. She's definitely chunky!

She also has thrush...which explains some more of the terrible pain in breastfeeding. At least it's not as bad as the mastitis was. BUT, breastfeeding is a good thing and is worth it. We'll figure out a rhythm where neither of us are in pain...eventually.

A final fun note: We realized that Rory was born on our 3 year dating anniversary. It took us back to that skype conversation with Jonathan in Rome, GA and me in Cairo telling him, "I'm in. Not a little, but all the way." Eleven days later we were engaged, and married 5 months after that!

Monday, September 06, 2010

I kind of hoped the Cubs would be her first.

But alas, living in Braves country means our girl's first baseball game would be the Braves. She slept through most of it except for when she was eating. I guess she was a good luck charm since the Braves beat the Mets 9 to 3.


There were some sweet women [strangers] sitting behind us who couldn't get enough of her!

We stayed through the 7th inning stretch to sing and then headed home.
Rory is such a dream! I couldn't imagine an easier baby!