Friday, July 24, 2009

just a little friday morning fun! she makes me smile everyday!


happy 4 years!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

mein schatz,
4 yrs. ago we were full of love and excitement on the day of our wedding and
now 4 yrs. later i am filled with love and excitement that you are by my side and we are blessed with a precious daughter. i look forward to many more anniversary's.
ich liebe dich!


relaxing weekend at the lake

Monday, July 20, 2009



our 1st family vacation to denver and breckenridge, colorado. we had a wonderful time. we went to the zoo, caught up with old friends, went on an alpine slide, explord and shopped. we made beautiful memories.


we had a family day and took payton to the cedar park train.
she loved it! i love days like this.


1st haircut!
our good friend, sarah, cut paytie's hair when we were in okc last. i know it doesn't look like much to cut, but she trimmed her old man hairs around her ears. she even got a lollipop!
ps- today paytie is 16 months old! and happy lollipop day!


i've gone grade "A"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

i've switched our milk to the real grade "A" raw whole milk. this is milk right from the cow to the jug. it is yuummmy! we have a dairy farmer just 5 miles away and we also get our eggs there. i introduced it to payton slowly and she has had no reactions.

why the switch? i feel that they put too many hormones in the milk these days and i'm not ready to buy paytie her first training bra at 5 yrs-old. ;)

aren't the colors beautiful?!
FYI: it is from dyer dairy. 512.638.0415 milk is $5 and eggs are $3. the organic milk at HEB is $6. so i am pleased.


naptime tears

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

paytie is normally a GREAT napper, but this day was different.....this day she was hot and i let her nap in just a diaper...big mistake...i could hear she was about to fall asleep and then she started crying. i was a tough love mom and let her cry it out b/c i thought she was really tired....i was wrong! this is what i came into find. diaper off and her pointing to her little present she left me.

i just had to share this even though yall are thinking it's too graphic :) i know all the moms out there have experienced this or will soon :) yes, your right, that's what you think it is in the corner!


paytie really wanted to be outside with daddy when we was powerwashing our sidewalk. it was so cute to see her on her tippy toes. he did such an awesome job!!!

this is my touch to the drive stayed this way long enough for a pic


my 1st sewing creation!!!


i have a confession....

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

friends, i promise i did not know this before i posted about my homemade laundry detergent. my sister found an article that says borax is a very dangerous chemical and considered a POISON. please do your research before you use this ingredient.

*******here is the article*******
Borax has become very popular in the natural community for use in homemade laundry detergent and other housecleaning recipes. I myself had been making my own detergents with this product. The box itself claims to be a “natural laundry booster”. Alas, with further research, I am rethinking having this product in my house. Here is what I found:
From Borax: How Things Work:
“Borax is natural, but that does not mean it is automatically safer for you or for ‘the environment’ than man-made chemicals. Although plants need boron, too much of it will kill them, so borax can be used as an herbicide. Borax may also be used to kill roaches, ants, and fleas. In fact, it is also toxic to people. Signs of chronic toxic exposure include red and peeling skin, seizures, and kidney failure. The estimated lethal dose (ingested) for adults is 15-20 grams; less than 5 grams can kill a child or pet. For this reason, borax should not be used around food [i.e. the dishwasher!]. More commonly, borax is associated with skin, eye, or respiratory irritation. It is also important to point out that exposure to borax may impair fertility or cause damage to an unborn child.”
Another interesting article titled Borax: What You Should Know shared the following:

“Borax, which is also known as Boric Acid and is sold under the brand name “20 Mule Team,” is often touted as safe and natural. While it is a naturally occurring mineral, that doesn’t mean it is without dangers.
Borax is often recommended as a “safe” pesticide, fungicide and cleaner, but it is officially classified as a poison. Government sites recommend that people who work with Borax use gloves and handle it with caution. Studies have linked it to reproductive problems in some lab animals, as well as a host of serious disorders at higher levels.”
UPDATE: It appears after further research and from findings from our readers described in the comments below, that borax is not the same as boric acid as described in the article above, but rather that sodium borate turns into boric acid upon entrance to the body. It does remain a toxic substance, so please use with caution. It does not appear to be anything we should fear using, but rather use with wise judgment.

That being said, I am in the process of revamping my laundry and dishwasher recipes to avoid borax and to share with you!
What are your thoughts?


Saturday, July 4, 2009

happy 4th of july!!!