-1-So you might have noticed that I made a new header. It's painfully obvious that *I* made the new header, because it looks so crudely done. Believe it or not, that was four hours of trouble and toil right there. ha! It doesn't help that we have NO photo-editing programs besides the standard Microsoft editor and the totally un-user-friendly Paint, and that I am not very savvy with computers to begin with. I like the idea of this header, but it just turned out "okay". The worst part is that there's all that weird blurriness going on around the words in the title. I went so far as to zoom way in on the picture and "clean it up" on the level of individual pixels. I spent over half an hour doing that. But after I saved it and zoomed back out, it kept reverting back to the blurriness! What the heck? I just gave up, and posted it as is. That's as good as it's gonna get for now.
I've been playing around a little with the blog recently. On the left sidebar, I added a list of some favorite posts. If you haven't been a reader from the beginning, and find yourself just dying for some more of my fabulous writing style, and also have tons of time on your hands...check them out. ha! No, it's fine if you don't. But if you do find yourself reading them, I'd love if you left a comment letting me know your thoughts. I love getting comments! And I finally figured out how to reply directly after a specific comment (I told you - I am not computer savvy), so I promise to be better about answering questions, etc. you might leave there.
-3-And the last change I made on here is that I let Google put some ads on my page. They still have to go through my blog to make sure it's not pornographic, etc. before they'll make them active. Sorry if the ads annoy anyone. But a few people suggested it as a way to make a little money, and every penny counts right now (I'm quite sure, however, that's about all it will generate: mere pennies. Oh well. It's something).
-4-At two months old, Stella is now officially "out of our bedroom". Yay! It's nice to have some floor space back now that the enormous cradle is gone. She's sleeping in a crib in the same room as Sly, and things have been good so far. Though I don't put her down until I'm going to bed, around midnight - which is long after Sly has been asleep. It could be a disaster once we start putting them to bed at the same time. She wakes up around 6:30 wanting to nurse, at which point I grab her (before the little man has a chance to wake up), and bring her back to bed with me where we both get a few more hours of sleep. It works out pretty well.
It's a little early, but I'm already starting to think about Christmas and gift-giving (really, it's the gift buying aspect). For our kids, we definitely want to keep it simple. Not only are they both too young to even remember very long what they got for Christmas, but it's also about the precedent we will set. I'd rather our kids receive a few special gifts that they can truly appreciate, instead of getting overwhelmed or coming to expect a ton of stuff every year.
Since I'm one to pick up gifts throughout the year as they present themselves to me, I think I'm already done "shopping" for Sly, without really even trying. We have a real, but child-size drum we found at a thrift store, the game Hi Ho Cherry-o (I got an older version on eBay, since I don't like the modern one as much), and a cute squirrel book I couldn't resist at a recent "book party". We'll also get some candy/stocking stuffers later. That's plenty for a 2 year-old.
Stella really needs nothing since she's a baby. But I think Sly might feel like she got jipped if Santa doesn't have a gift for her too. She's obviously too young for it now, but I'm considering finding her a little baby doll. If anyone knows of a good - and inexpensive - "first doll", please let me know in the comments!
-6-A bad habit I have is writing in a post about how I plan to start doing something, but then never mentioning it again, to fill people in on how its going. I think this is because a lot of the time, I don't end up following through as well as I'd intended!
Anyways, I had said a while back that I wanted to start meal-planning for real each week, make a crockpot meal every Wednesday, and additionally try out one other new recipe each week. Well, I am pleased to report that I've actually managed to stick to this resolution! Meal planning has been good. It gives me a lot more peace of mind to already know what's for dinner each night of the week, since cooking can take up a good-sized chunk of each day. And I think my husband appreciates coming home to more meals that I've obviously put thought and work into, instead of ones that were thrown together last minute (Me, previously: "Oh shoot, it's 5:30 already! What's in the freezer? Hotdogs, buns, aaaaand [digging through pantry]....a can of baked beans? We're good!). Now if only I could get him to stop asking me every day "what's for dinner?" and remember to just look at the dang chalkboard!
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