Apr 28 2011

Easter, Part 2

Category: eco-mama @ 6:04 am

On Easter Sunday we headed to my parents house for dinner and another egg hunt.

Gran and Gray doing a puzzle.

Dixon and Amma made up a little game with cardboard eggs.

Dixon and Amma

Apr 27 2011

Easter Weekend, Part 1

Category: eco-mama @ 6:03 am

We did the Egg Hunt in the local park this year and it was a lot of fun. The hunt itself was really crowded but there were tons of free activities to do before and after.

Waiting in line for the bounce house.

Meeting the Easter Bunny

Wrestling some really big basket balls.

Playing in the dinosaur eggs.

Playing on the dinosaur eggs.

Racing ping pong balls in a tray of water with squirt guns.

Fishing for prizes.

Rocking the tire swing.

Refusing to let mom get a decent picture. That cutie in the red vest is our neighbor.

Making glitter-sand necklaces. They took a long time creating just the right color pattern, then shook them up so much after we got home they just look brown.

I don’t have any pics of the actual dash for eggs as there were at least a gazillion people in the 4-6 year old category and some fairly aggressive parents shoving in the way despite repeated instructions for parents to stay out. So no pictures, but I managed to not lose either boy, so I’m calling it a win.

Go here to see last year’s Easter pics and see how much they’ve grown. Yes, they’re wearing the same shirts, so thank you *again* to Grandma Linda for purchasing those… they still fit! Though Gray’s is getting kind of snug.

Apr 25 2011

The Ostrich Farm

Category: eco-mama @ 6:14 am

Dixon’s class went on a field trip to the Solvang Ostrich Farm two weeks ago but the boys got some bizarre 24 hour bug and we had to miss it. So, I took them this weekend. It was a nice little trip. I don’t recommend going just for that, because after 30 minutes or so it gets a bit boring, but if you’re passing through you should stop in.

The babies! So cute.

After, we wandered around Solvang and got ice cream and looked at yarn. Dixon picked out some and he’s going to make himself another scarf!

As always, more pictures are on my Flickr page.

Apr 18 2011

Our Typical Weekend

Category: eco-mama @ 6:17 am

Since we’re so busy during the week I try to keep our weekends low-key and lazy. So here’s what we did last weekend.

Yoga with the Wii Fit.

Yoga is apparently always better when you’re dressed up as Ironman.

Hanging out in the man-cave, watching movies. Yep, still dressed as Ironman. And FYI, this is AFTER I spent an hour tidying it up.

Goofing off with funny teeth:

Finally donning some clothes and riding scooters up and down our cul-de-sac.

In the backyard playing with bubbles.

And winding down in the playroom, Dixon knits his scarf.

I did a bit of knitting, making a hand towel for my kitchen.

We’ve been going to tons of birthday parties lately for the boys friends. I have several pictures of those coming soon.

Apr 13 2011

My Iron Update

Category: eco-mama @ 8:53 am

So late last Spring, I got fairly sick and finally went to the doctor early last summer. I was constantly weak and exhausted and catching every single cold that came my way (and with two preschoolers, that was a lot). Doc took one look at me and said “You’re anemic!” So we ran a full blood workup and turns out I was severely anemic. I blame a few things for this. I lost a lot of blood when Gray was born and just never took iron pills. I was mostly vegetarian. I also consumed too many foods that prevented the iron I did eat from being absorbed (dairy, coffee, tea). I also donated blood regularly. All of that, in hindsight, turned out to be a bad combo.

Today, I’m happy to report that after 9 months of watching everything I eat and taking iron supplements two and three times a day, I’m back in the “normal” range!

9 months ago:
Hemoglobin: 8
Hematocrit: 31
Ferritin: 2

That ferritin number (iron stores) was pretty scary. “Normal” ferritin is 35. Doc says she’s surprised I was even up walking around. And I did come very close to passing out several times in those months.

Today, I’m 15 / 42 / 37. Still in the lower end of normal, but normal. It’s something I’m going to have to focus on for years at least. And I have definitely learned my lesson. It’s easy for working moms to take care of everyone but themselves, and that’s what I was doing. This year I’ve been a lot more selfish with my time and energy. Eating more meat and volunteering to do a lot less. Going to bed at 9:30 most nights. And I’m feeling tons better!

Apr 11 2011

Crabbie Update

Category: eco-mama @ 6:39 am

I haven’t written about the crabs, Truman, or Gray lately. About a month ago, we came home to find the crab’s water dish empty and when I pulled it out of the terrarium to refill it, I found Hermie (Dixon’s crab). He apparently had been brutally murdered, in the prime of our lives, by Smith (Gray’s crab) and Smith was inside Hermie’s shell. Shell fights aren’t uncommon. So I made Scott dispose of the body parts and after thinking it over for a day, we decided to tell the boys the truth about what we think happened and went to the pet store for Dixon to pick out a new crab. Dixon cried about it briefly and Gray just shrugged and said, “Well it wasn’t my crab that died. My crab is tough, he won the fight.”

This is Snowball. I joked that we name it Snowball because on The Simpsons, when their cat died, they kept replacing it with identical cats and just renamed it “Snowball II, III, etc” and the name stuck. On this 3rd day home Snowball took over Smith’s original shell. We have 6 extra shells in the terrarium for them to move to to hopefully avoid future fights (though the 2 extras in there during the fight didn’t seem to help).

His legs are pinker than Smith’s. Smith is a dark purple.

Gray wore his Ironman Halloween costume all weekend.

And what about Scarface Truman? He couldn’t care less about the crabs, thankfully, even when we briefly let them roam. Truman is doing great 4 months after his skin cancer removal. We’ve been keeping sunscreen on him every day, as he will go lay in the sun in the afternoons. And he’s had no new spots or lumps yet.

Apr 09 2011

The Talent Show

Category: eco-mama @ 1:15 pm

Dixon’s school held its talent show on Friday and Dixon recited two poems in front of the whole school and a handful of parents. He was one of just a few kindergartners who braved the stage and in my (usually biased) opinion he was one of the more eloquent kids there, despite being one of youngest.

The poems he recited were Snow by Marie Louise Allen and Daffodil by Linda Bloom.

At the end, as he’s putting the microphone back on the stand, he says, “My hands are so sweaty from the gloves!” You can’t really hear that part on the video but you hear the audience laugh. And in the beginning, the little voice that said “Oh, so cute!” was one of the third grade girls.

I am so proud of my boy. His intellectual growth and personality continually amaze me. I love that he’s so confident on stage. I guess we better start saving up for law school, as his ability to talk and argue will make a great lawyer someday.

Apr 07 2011

Happy Birthday Scottie!

Category: eco-mama @ 2:47 pm

Today is Scott’s last thirty-something birthday. In other news, we celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary this week too!

Apr 01 2011

The Great Communicator

Category: eco-mama @ 1:29 pm


Dixon’s school does a monthly Character Assembly in which teachers give awards to kids who’ve demonstrated whatever character trait they’ve picked that month. This month’s theme is Communication, and when the music teacher saw me in the audience she said, “Oh I KNEW Dixon would get this one!” The boy can talk, that’s for sure. Here he is receiving his award. I am so proud of my boy!

Speaking of April Fools, we ignored it this year. I came down with a raging cold after chaperoning the field trip on Monday and just didn’t have the energy to do anything this year. Dixon’s room mother, however, brought in a special snack for the kids. She filled a cereal box with cat food. I can’t wait to hear how that went over.