Sunday, November 28, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Get inspired.

One of the best things about the world of blogging has been the strange and seemingly real connections I feel towards other inspirational people. A whole new world of acquaintances and stories has sprung up leaving me feeling like there really are people out there to look up to. I've enjoyed others recommendations, and am excited when I stumble upon a new "find". While I totally am of the mindset of "less is more", and generally find all things technologically advanced to be a double edged sword (i.e. new exciting topics, bloggers, stories, designs, ideas and yet more time often WASTED cluttering my life with more more more),
I prefer today to just focus on the positive!

1. If you're in need of inspiration, and a totally ugly booger face cry (as demonstrated by me), head over to Bloom (a regular stop for me) and read the story about Reagan and Miggy. Two amazing mothers with special needs children. They interview each other and speak candidly about life with their precious babes. It is both heartbreaking and inspiring and beautiful all at once. Really, a must read.

Click here for interview Part 1.

Click here for interview Part 2.

2. Feminist Mormon Housewives. I like this blog for a few reasons. First off, the name is catchy. I like that. I consider myself one for sure. But not in the way one might generally connote a "feminist", or a "Mormon", or a "housewife"... which is generally to admit I have no idea what I consider myself. But I appreciate the thoughts brought up (which can be controversial) and the general forum that branches bravely outside of the Mormon Mommy spectrum of home decor, child rearing, food storage, and baking (not that there is anything wrong with those either...it's all part of a well balanced cyber diet for a feminist Mormon baking blogging decorating child rearing working stay at home housewife like myself - proud of it.).

Again, a great place to be inspired by unique individuals with great stories...and a place that blows my inadequate and trite "baking home decor food storage" stereotype right out of the water. (*Also as a disclaimer: Mormon women do not corner the market and are not the only sources of my inspirational or unique examples. Good gracious no! I'm just sharing the recent things I've come in contact with - ).
4. And this one isn't on the web, per se - but I did find it through the online recommendation from a blogger who recommended a blogger who recommended a recipe from a cook who recommended a book which I hated but led me to another book I loved....drum roll please....titled:

In Defense of Food.
By Micheal Pollan.

You have probably already heard of it, possibly years ago. I'm always behind on the gravy train. We've made some food modifications in our home in the past few months, I'll elaborate on a post at some later time. I am of the opinion that food is to be celebrated. Period. It just is. I think Pollan presents a plethora of helpful food information with a healthy attitude about how we're really supposed to be eating. Fascinating and insightful. Totally readable too.


5. And if you're really in need of a pick-me-up...



Ellie Jane's first bath was today. Her little umbilical cord piece finally fell off, praise the heavens. Lily and London made a point to regularly remind me of how much it freaked them out.
"Mom, I don't yike dat."
"Mom, I don't yike dat."
"Mom, I don't yike dat."

If you don't find this gloriously rejuvenating, I give up and can't help you.




6. Now tell me, while we're on the topic of overloading your life with more information and cyber stops,

Any recommendations?
Where are you a regular visitor to?

I always wonder what other peeps favorite sites are.












Tuesday, November 23, 2010

RAE's FaVoRiTeS. Oprah ain't got nothin' on this.




1. The First Snow (even if it was a bit wimpy).






2. Sleeping Babies.



3. My Babies holding my Baby.




4. Holiday Oreos (they soak up the milk way better, I swear).






5. London Christmas Village.




6. Cozy socks.





7 -1. Girls off to church with Daddy.



7-2. A two and a half hour solid, quiet nap with Ellie while girls were at church with Dad.





8. Christmas project: PILLOWS!!!!
(the only thing I'm really capable of sewing)
Lots of them.
Stay tuned, you're gonna like em.














Thursday, November 18, 2010

Morning people.






Mornings are the best. Well, with a baby that is.

I was NEVER a morning person. I despise early mornings (normally). Tyler will testify to this. Since the very beginning of our marriage, we were polar opposites in this department. That boy would wake up smiling, joking, dancing naked in the shower in pure glee as he prepared to head out for a day's work. And I found it positively disturbing.

What. on. earth. are. you. so. damn. happy. about?
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I would think in my groggy, grumpy head.

And until around 9:30am, that was the usual tone of my mornings.

But my babies wake up and bring a miraculous level of sunshine into my morning. Smiles and stares and alert periods when we can just visit and smoochy smoochy. The girls crawl into bed and we enjoy Ellie's big blue eyes.

She actually looks like Petrie from The Land Before Time.

Remember Petrie?



I love her newborn-ness.
She is like a little birdie mousie Petrie darling.
And it is most evident in the morning.
Early morning.




Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gifts and Gratitude.


What a serendipitous month for Ellie Jane to have made her debut. I've been swimming in a pool of emotion and love, so much so that I've avoided this blog for a bit in order to avoid sounding like a generic hallmark card. Additionally, I just think it safe to steer clear of spewing sentiment until the typical two-week postpartum rush of hormones has passed. I really don't want my posterity questioning whether these words truly stem from the inner sanctum of my motherly soul or a biological overdose of prolactin (actually, it is safe for any lactating human to assume that all future emotions and thought patterns are products of both. Welcome to the world of milking - I still foster an empathetic connection with dairy cows: we're soul species).

But really, Thanksgiving couldn't more aptly describe the condition of this month for me. So thankful to have Ellie. Thankful to not be pregnant anymore! Thankful for my children. Healthy, happy girls. Thankful for a {swollen} body that did a rather marvelous job at bringing life into the world. Thankful to my sister-in-law Ali for being the best labor and delivery nurse a girl could ask for. Thankful for a large room full of loving people waiting in the hospital corridor, anxious over my labor and excited about our baby. Thankful for the ample amounts of meals and good wishes and gifts from friends and church. Thankful for our cozy home as the cold sets in.

{Daniel's amazing, way super gourmet meal: chicken in a lemon caper sauce served with a bed of spinach salad with a delicious vinagrette with roasted sweet potatoes & tomatoes with toasted pinenuts !!!????!!!!! Get out!}

So thankful for my husband. Gold, that man. Solid gold. It seems that pregnancy taxes our relationship on a variety of levels (mostly attributed to my terrible attitude....I own it). But, the moment labor sets in, I am reminded/humbled/awed at how perfectly in sync we can be. He was so wonderful. To have your body taxed to the utmost extreme, reduced to primitive rubble as you groan and squirm and... okay, okay... shriek and scream in pain - can be mildly...okay okay...extremely humiliating for a girl with a serious knack for vanity and control. But this man would have me believe it was all very normal...amazing even (okay okay, it is). And having him home for a straight ten days afterwards only solidified that bond. We're certainly exhausted (weary to the bone) and excited for a moment to ourselves - but so grateful to be each other's number 1 team player. He even whispered the other night, as we were settling into bed and I smiled..."it's nice to have you back." It's nice to be back.




I've also given myself a gift with baby number three: time. You learn quickly with each child that what people previously warned you about is startlingly true: you blink twice and suddenly your child is 5...10...25...

I still can't believe I have three children. I swear I just gave birth to Lily yesterday. And so, for the rest of this year, I've halted all normal aspirations towards perfection and simply cancelled piano lessons till January, selectively forgotten all of the happenings of my Dad's business, and don't plan on returning to church for a few weeks. Our days are to be spent slowly. Lots of cuddling, nursing, and chewing on Ellie's lips (they are soooo yummy).
Look at those lips!

Time to help Lily and Lundy girl adjust to the new baby as I learn to divvy out the love to three precious girlies .
BTW, they are doing great. Couldn't adore her more. Just the other day I came out of the bathroom to find them providing Ellie with every toy she could ever desire.


Our days are free to consist of pajamas or a trip to the park (weather permitting). Dinner-time and stories. Visits to Grandparents and extra naps. Maybe a Christmas craft or two.

But mostly, no agenda.
(now that is a gift.)


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So...I'm not sure how frequent my posts will be,
we shall see.

Until next time,

Goodnight.




















Monday, November 8, 2010

Announcing...

Knock Knock...



Who's there?






Elliotte Jane Haack

Born November 5th, 2010

7 lbs 8 oz - 19 1/2 inches

Perfection.







Stay tuned. A lifetime of pictures and thoughts are sure to come.
For now, I'm a little too overwhelmed with awe and gratitude to really articulate anything that could possibly do justice to a life so full of blessings. I'm a lucky girl.















Thursday, November 4, 2010

Autumn Wrap up.



















I'm starting to get excited for the Christmas season.

But of course, I'm much more excited for Miss Ellie's big arrival. Any day now.

We're heading to the park for one of our last few outings while the weather is still good. I know I'll miss it desperately within just a month or so.



October Recap in pics:

Apple Bobbin
(Family Night)



Pumpkin Carvin'


Halloween