Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Undies on Head II

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Yep. That's my daughter, with her brother's underwear (not exactly clean) on her head. Monkey see, monkey do!

Undies on Head I

Originally uploaded by knights_writes

My son, wearing his underwear (clean) on his head. Funny, right? Just wait... it gets better with the next post.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Weaning the Queen

I've been nursing Mae just twice a day (bedtime and morning) since she turned one (about 2 months now). I discontinued the morning feeding earlier this week, which went over okay... she's happy as long as I distract her with breakfast as soon as she gets out of bed.

Tomorrow I'm going to Chicago for a work conference, and I won't be back until Tuesday night... so I think tonight will be her last breastfeeding session.

I'm getting a little teary even as I type that. :)

She's ready, I'm ready, but it's bittersweet. She's probably my last baby, and I will miss the breastfeeding SO much. It has been such a fulfilling and beautiful (and grueling, at times) experience, and I have loved sharing that special bond with both of my kids. My baby is growing up!


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Never Too Late to Say Thank You

I have been meaning to send a shout-out (and post photos) from our really wonderful weekend last week, and even though the NEXT weekend is nearly upon us (yay!) I figure it's never too late to say thank you--to our friends for their cherished company and friendship--and to post a recap, with photos:
Friday night: met up with Dave & Jen and the gals for some Mexican food and a quick visit with Santa. Macy and Nora shared the big guy's lap. Arlo wasn't going anywhere NEAR that weirdo.
Friday night (Part II): Arlo got his kicks by jumping on Ye Olde Marriage Bed.
Saturday night: We had Erika, Sara, Gabe, Olivia, and O's friend Taylor over for dinner and play time. (This is Tay, Mae, and Liv. Oh, and Mae's trusty bag of Honeycomb cereal, to which she was quite attached for a good hour.)

Saturday night, cont'd: A to the R to the L to the O, and Gabe-Fed, kickin' it with the Kashi cookies.

Sunday morning: Skipped church. Piers and Adsila brought their parents over for breakfast and playtime, and Sandie and I had a brief kid-free Christmas-shopping outing. Arlo loaned Piers a muscle shirt and a baseball cap to up the cool ante, and they kicked it some more.

Awesome weekend. Great company. Now let the Christmas crazies commence!

New Pioneer Co-op Holiday Benefit Nets Nearly $15K for United Way

New Pioneer Food Co-op presents a check to the United Way of Johnson County for $14,990.00—the proceeds from a holiday benefit donating 10% of all sales from both New Pioneer Co-op locations on November 22 and 23, 2008. Standing, left to right: New Pioneer staff members Barbara McKenna, Michelle Kilgore, and Sheila Cannon; Mitch Overton, Director of Resource Development, and Christine Scheetz, President and CEO, United Way of Johnson County; Jason Thrasher, Iowa City New Pioneer Store Manager; Jen Knights, New Pioneer Board of Directors; and Genie Maybanks, New Pioneer Customer Service Manager. Front row, kneeling: New Pioneer staff members Clara Sierra, Scott Koepke, and Kim Peterson.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Arlo got a brief mention in Jennifer Hemmingsen's Gazette column, just before the holiday. Thought you might enjoy seeing it--and if I haven't yet told you the story to which Jennifer alludes, please let me know. I'm sure Arlo will disagree with me, but I don't think this story will ever get old.