Sunday, July 11, 2010


When it rains here in the desert, it pours! We get flash floods and cars stalled out in intersections. Today we had a fun downpour with some rain and lightning and thunder. When it calmed down a little we went out to play. Our gravel filled planter turned into a lake.

The garden loved the rain as much as Anika did. Here is one of our watermelon plants.

and some tomatoes

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Have you washed your grocery bags lately?

Reusable bags may be good for the environment, but maybe not so good for your family's health. I'd never really thought about washing my reusable grocery bags until I read this study about bacteria found on most bags. It makes perfect sense and I don't know why I hadn't washed them sooner.

our poor car

My daredevil 1 year old decided to climb our huge and heavy ladder that was folded up and leaning against the wall in the garage. I was just around the corner when I heard a loud crash and a baby cry. I went rushing in there to find Emily under the ladder. The car had stopped the fall of the ladder so Emmy was fine, just startled. At first glance it looked like the back bumper had caught the ladder. After I soothed the little one I took a closer look and found scrapes, and a dent, and then the broken tail light. My poor car is only a year old and it's already been dented by the wind slamming the door open into concrete and someone hitting the side with their car door and now this.

You can't just order the plastic tail light cover when one gets broken, you have to buy the entire light assembly. We may call a few junk yards to see if they have one to save us a few bucks. Eric might try to pop the dent out and we'll need a little touch up paint. I'm sure it's not enough damage to bother with the insurance company.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

new diaper :)

I keep entering contests and don't expect to win, but recently I've been doing well. My most recent win is a Best Bottom diaper from Nicki's Diapers. The contest was posted on Mothering. I got to choose the color and the insert size and they sent me 3 inserts. It came in the mail yesterday and I prewashed it so we could give it a try. I love the color and the inserts are so soft. It took me a few minutes to get the snaps to the right size settings (wiggly baby), but she is on her second insert of the day and no complaints so far. It stays on, doesn't leak, isn't too bulky, and looks cute.