Saturday, September 29, 2007

Saturday musings

Well, here I am at work again. This morning we had our first frost down here in the valley. The leaves are starting to turn colors and my fingers are cold most of the time. Soon they will be "always" cold. :-/ Winter is not much fun. Oh, for about 2 months it's fun. But we get at least 4 months of the white stuff.

Aunt Margaret stopped by at our place on her way up to Mom and Dad's. She arrived around 2:30 and stayed, waiting for Mom to finish work, until 6:30. We had a good time visiting. We talked a lot about our shared interest in nutrition, natural personal care products, and alternative medicine. She shared a great recipe for a breakfast drink that I am going to give a try.

I am about over my cold and thanks, I think, to Cedric's 3-hour nap yesterday, he is over his. At least as far as I can tell. Tim has yet to catch it. I doubt he will. He seems to avoid most colds that go around.

My tattoo is on the tail-end of the "itchy" stage. Man, was that annoying! I'll tell ya, the length of the "sunburn" feel and itching during the healing process is almost as bad as the needle itself, which lasts a much shorter amount of time! I'll have to keep my eye out for tank tops that will show off my tattoo for next summer. I don't like the spaghetti-strap tanks but they have to be low in the back.... It'll take some searching I think.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sleepless night & cloth diapers

Two nights ago we had our first truly "sleepless" night. We as in Cedric and I. Or maybe just I. Until 6am I wasn't able to snooze longer than 15-minute stretches. At 6am we got about 30 minutes straight. The reason: Cedric had a pretty good fever and refused to sleep unless he was in my arms and sitting up. Poor guy. He would wake every 15 to 20 minutes and then cry until I got him comfortable again and he would fall back asleep. I was alone (Tim was still absent on his trip) and extremely tired, the thermometer broke, and I wasn't sure Cedric should be crying and refusing to be comforted as much as he was, so I called Mom at 5:45 and, bless her, she volunteered to come help me. She arrived around 7am and took Cedric so I was able to get a few hours of sleep. Thank you, Momma!!!

Tim came home as soon as he could that next day and Cedric's fever broke late the next night. He had a much better night, only having one spell of an hour and a half of wakefulness. He had a normal night last night and is doing very well today, though he does have a case of diarrhea. His runny nose is clearing up and he's playing and eating much better. I, however, am coming down with the cold. Stuffy head and sore throat and headaches. Nothing too terrible, but I am soooo thankful that I didn't get this the same time Cedric did.

Has anyone had the experience of Dimetapp keeping babies awake? The last two nights Cedric would be very tired right before bed until we gave him a dose of Dimetapp and he would become very wriggly and awake for another two hours.

It was so cute last night. It was a milestone for me. Tim and I started a movie (after the dose of Dimetapp. I think we're going to be extra stingy with it from now on.) while Cedric played and climbed up and down, up and down from our laps. He wouldn't sit still for very long but he liked to lay on the floor and roll around. Eventually, an hour and a half after bedtime, he finally fell asleep, on the floor at our feet. :) It was so adorable! That was the first time he fell asleep somewhere other than in our arms, carseat, or swing. He fell asleep all by himself. He's growing up so much. It reminds of the milestone when he first crawled out of sight of me and out of the room by himself. Such big changes. :)

Well, we have finally gotten cloth diapers for Cedric! I know it's really a funny thing to be excited over, but I really am! We figured out that it is cheaper to do cloth diapers if you end up using them for more than one child. We plan to use cloth diapers on any future children so we are going ahead and starting with Cedric. I am just finishing up washing them and then I'll start using them. It'll take me and Cedric some getting used to, but I'm looking forward to it.

Monday, September 24, 2007


This evening, after Mom had just left after stopping by after work, the corner of the screen we have hanging over our front door was loose, so I reached up to hook it back and I saw this huge black widow in the door jam!!!!! We had been walking under it for who knows how long!

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I do not like the fact that it was so close to Cedric.... *major case of goosebumps*

Well, Hemi hasn't been out to see us for several hours, ever since Cedric wacked him real good with a stick. :( Don't worry, Hemi wasn't really injured, I think he's just a little scared to venture forth. :) Boy, was Cedric upset after making Hemi yelp like that.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

This weekend

I had a really good time spending the evening, night, and day at Mom and Dad’s with Amber, Easton, Kadin, and Mom! We got in lots of visiting, and it was so fun watching the kids playing together. Kadin is so caring, gentle, and patient with Cedric, and he really seems to enjoy him. It’s so great to see. : ) Cedric has a definite interest in Easton as well. It sure won’t be long until they’re having a blast together, too. Here are a couple pictures of Cedric and Easton at the beginning of our trip back up the hill this morning after breaskfast at Fat Boys and at the end of the trip. : )

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Hemi has really come out of his shell since hanging out at Mom and Dad’s. Kadin spent a lot of time holding him, which Hemi seemed to really enjoy. Since we’ve been home, Hemi hasn’t been hiding in his kennel like he had been and has been running around playing with Cedric’s toys. Grammy, you were wondering how much Hemi weighs. He is 3 pounds. This is a pic of him snoozing on Mom's couch.

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We have been missing Tim these last couple days that he has been gone while hiking/camping/caving with Dad and Josh. Two more nights to go.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

At work

I am at work right now, down at Havillah Road Printing. It is usually pretty slow on Saturdays, so I have time to catch up on some internet time.

Things are going well with Hemi. He is catching onto paper training fairly quickly. I am going to start kennel training at nights probably tomorrow night. He has been sleeping on Tim's and my bed. :) I just didn't want his move to a new home to be so shocking. Leaving the only home he's known and a life with several other dogs always around is hard enough without suddenly sleeping all alone all night. A little at a time. :) Cedric is doing better every day with treating him gently.

Tim's mom, Diane, called the other day. I don't think we've talked on the phone since they were out in June. They seem to be doing well. I do wish that they were a little closer. It would be nice to spend enough time with them that it is no longer uncomfortable. For the first few years of Tim's and my relationship, it seemed that every contact we had with them was drama-filled. It's no longer that way and I can really enjoy being with them (they are so nice and so funny!), but it's hard rewriting that first-impression emotional response.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Our puppy!

We finally have a dog of our own. :) He's an 8-week-old Rat-Cha (chihuahua/rat terrier mix). He won't get any bigger than 10 pounds. We found an ad in the paper for him and his brother and it so happened they were in Wenatchee, so while we were down there we took a look and fell in love with this little guy. His name is "Hemi", as in the engine. :)

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Just arrived home.

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First nap of his first day home.

He is such a cuddly guy. He's pretty nervous right now and is usually only happy when I'm holding him, so I'm going to rig some sort of sling for him, I think. He's just so tiny! It'll be so fun to get Hemi, Kip, Bentley, and Kim Chi all together. :)

My tattoo

Here it is, folks!

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Can you see the "T" and "L" in green?

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I absolutely LOVE it! It's totally a Tim & I tattoo. Tim designed it (though the tattoo artist did get creative with the outline a bit), our initials are in the wings, and it has our wedding colors red and green. The brown could even correlate to the gold in our wedding. :) The placement is awesome because it's almost like they are my wings. See what I mean? More meaning behind that too.

When we first got there, the artist, Brett, laid out a couple ideas he had and helped us figure where to put the colors. He's been tattooing for 15 years. It took him an hour and a half to finish my tattoo. Yes, it did hurt. Similar to a bee sting, like Holly described it.

Tim took Cedric for a walk and later drove over to a park for a while until we were finished. I was relieved when it was done but it wasn't unbearable. You kind of tune it out after a while. You just got to remember to breath and keep your muscles relaxed. The artist said I "sat like a pro". :P Now it often feels like a bad sunburn.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The explanation...

A couple months ago Tim was approached by an Omak city police officer (I believe he is a sergeant) who goes to our church if he had ever thought about being a police officer. He told him that there was a few openings at the Omak department and that he should really think about applying. Tim really did get to thinking about it over the next month and was able to talk with a couple retired and former cops and became familiar with what it’s all about and about the different branches of law enforcement. To make a long story short, after a lot of prayer by both of us (believe you me!) and weighing of the costs, he decided to apply. He also found that there is an opening in the Tonasket department as well. That test date is on the 20th.

I don’t think Tim’s totally made up his mind if he wants to pursue any law enforcement job anywhere in the state or if he wants to be picky about the ‘where’ and ‘what’. I told him he should keep the option open of working with troubled youth, such as as a corrections or juvenile probation officer. We’ve been told that it’s rare to get hired off the street very quickly but that persistence will eventually get you in. So, we begin the process. We’re open to God’s guidance along the way. Who knows where this will lead us in the end.

Tim got home late last night from his testing in Mill Creek for the Omak application. He didn’t pass the test this time but he can reapply to Omak in 3 months. He now knows what to expect and what he needs to brush up on. He was tired so I wasn’t able to get much more out of him, but I’ll let you know if there is anything else interesting to mention. : )

I am nervous about what life as a cop’s wife would be like, but I am also excited about the idea. We need more Christian men on the force. Their light can truly shine bright in a realm of so much darkness. As a Christian, Tim has the tools needed to stay grounded, humble, and not bitter or disillusioned. Tim has always been interested in the military but that wasn’t the route for him. He has a genuine desire to help and protect people and to make a difference. I have always seen that in him. I think that is the right reason to pursue a career/ministry as a policeman. He has the raw material to make a great police officer, now begins the putting together of the pieces. We would really appreciate your prayers and support!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Our schedule is toast today

Cedric woke up today at 8am and refused to take a nap until 5:30pm. 8-( Not a good thing. I am going to have to wake him up now after only 30 minutes of sleep or he won't go to bed for the night until 9 or 10pm. It has already been such a LONG day. I've been wanting to take a nap myself since noon. I do not want to stay up that late entertaining him. But these next couple hours are not going to be fun. He's going to be SO grumpy. And Tim won't be home until 9pm or so. So he won't be here to help. :( Ok, enough complaining... :) I just needed to vent. I've only talked with one other adult ALL day. Tomorrow should be better.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Prayer and garlic

Well, tonight Tim is heading over to the coast to take the preliminary testing tomorrow required as part of his application to the Omak Police Department. He'll be coming home tomorrow evening. I am so excited/nervous for him! We're aware that chances are he won't get hired this first time around since we've been told it usually takes an average of 2 years of trying before getting hired as a policeman. Tim's prepared though and he's going in with an attitude that he will learn as much as he can so he'll know what to expect next time and what he may need to brush up on to get higher scores. We would so appreciate your prayers! He'll be taking another of the same test next weekend. That will take place here in Tonasket however and it's for the Tonasket Police Department.

Have you guys ever had baked garlic cloves? They are delicious! I had this for the first time a couple years ago at Tonasket's annual garlic festival. They are much more mild when baked vs. raw. I like to spread them on wheat crackers! Yum! You can also use them for garlic bread, season mashed potatoes, pep up mayonnaise, or stirred into sauces.

Baked Garlic Cloves

Large garlic bulbs, unpeeled
Olive oil

Trim the roots, but keep the bulbs unpeeled. Coat each bulb with 1 TB oil, wrap in foil, and bake at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or until cloves are easily pierced.

Cool, and separate cloves, Squeeze uplp out of skin, and store in a glass container. Cover with olive oil. Stored in the refrigerator, it will keep for several weeks.

Well, I am off to meet Dawndie and Alex at the Tonasket park!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Cool, I'm going to get this tattoo sooner than I thought! Since the guy estimated that it shouldn't take longer than 2 hours tops to finish the tattoo, Tim and I decided just to take Cedric with us and Tim can take him on a walk or something when he gets wriggly. So, I have a 4 o'clock appointment on the 19th! Whoohoo, just a week! :) I'll definitely be posting pictures as soon as I can.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Lawn mowing

Cedric is understandably nervous about the lawn mower, running to me or the door whenever Tim comes around our side of the yard, but he loves watching Daddy mow. : ) Tim was mowing today, and at one point, Tim stopped and called Cedric to join him. The lawn mower was still runnning but Cedric made his way to his daddy, hestitating a couple times, but he kept going! His reward for his bravery and trust was a good ride in daddy’s arm while he mowed. Good manly bonding. :)

The last few weeks, Cedric has taken to sticking his fingers in his ears and yelling. :D It’s pretty darn cute. Watching his discoveries is so much fun.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Eggplant and tattoos

It is getting late but I wanted to share the link to a recipe that I really like and one that Cedric enjoys, too. It's Baked Eggplant Balls. I made them into patties instead of balls. They don't have a strong taste. I personally think they could be addictive. : ) They have eggplant, cheese, eggs, garlic, finely chopped broccoli substituted for parsley..... instead of bread crums I substituted some wheat germ. It's really good and really healthy. Smells good cookin, too. : )

Well, I am finally going to be getting a tattoo! Yay! I have been wanting one since I was 16. Tim designed me a butterfly with our initials hidden amidst the pattern of the wings. It'll be about 3 x 5 inches and placed in the center of my upper back. It'll probably be a combo of brown, red, and black ink. Perhaps a little green or blue. I e-mailed a scan of the butterfly to the artist I'm going to, and he is putting together a few different color ideas and then we can tweak it when we get there. I'm going to a place in Wenatchee that was recommended to me called Tatta-Rama . It's a well-known place with a good reputation. Unfortunately, the soonest we could get a babysitter and Tim's day off will be the beginning of October, but I'm so looking forward to it! *self-coaching: pain is in the mind, pain is all in the mind....* : P

Friday, September 7, 2007


Well, Cedric did have a good night last night. He went to bed on time, woke up only twice, and was up for good at 8:00 instead of the recent usual time of 6:30. I feel better today. : )

I don't think I ever mentioned that the 2nd batch of my vanilla peach jam did set better than the first try. Not as solid as I'd like but it'll do. : ) Mom brought about 6 of the jars with her to the bank to decorate in honor of the county fair going on this week. She said that she had an older man offer to pay $5 for a jar. I told her that next time he's in and if he's still interested, she should take the $5. : )

I have a slightly split bottom lip this afternoon. No good reason, just opened a cupboard into my face. : P Such a dork....

I'm looking forward to seeing Grammy when she stops by on her way to Mom and Dad's! She should be here around 4:00 or so. Looking forward to meeting Kip as well. : )

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Doing better

Cedric is doing better today. He's more content, and he has eaten like a horse for both lunch and dinner! That did my heart good because he hasn't been eating much for almost a week. I hope that means he'll have a good night. : )

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Cedric has thrush! Poor boy. I noticed yesterday some white film along the inside of his cheek that would not rub off. That also explained his odd diaper rash that began developing 2 days ago. And also a 1-day-old sore nipple (mine). We took him to the doctor and got a prescription for Lotrimin cream (for his bum) and nystatin drops. Luckily the drops are not the kind that would turn his mouth purple. If it was purple we basically couldn't go in public for 2 weeks. 8-)

I really considered doing a home remedy, but since he's nursing we would be passing it back and forth between us, so I decided that "quickly" wiping it out with the heavy duty stuff would be the better way to go. He's getting a daily dose of yogurt though.

Who knows how he got it. He's not nursing very often anymore and the binki is not used often either.... I hate to think what he chewed on to get it. :-/ Yuck!