So I was taking the Halloween costume pictures off the camera, and realized I still hadn’t posted this splash park trip. Hope you enjoy your Halloween double feature… We’ve been to Phoenix for Josh’s mom’s family reunion, pictures to follow eventually.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Photo Friday! Happy day, Kinley got accepted to her top choice preschool, St. George’s. Happy 10 months and 5 days to Emery. New news since last time… We kicked the girls out of our bathroom and they are enjoying having their own space (as are we). Emery is working on her fifth tooth! Kinley barely had one tooth at this age. Also, on Feb. 6 Emery took her first three unassisted steps! Growing like weeds (beautiful little weeds) these girls. The girls and I had a two and a half week vacation to Montana, most of which was spent nursing the two little ladies who contracted a nasty cold shortly after we arrived (and still have said nasty cold). Josh has been working hard as ever, ugh, but did take a weekend off to attend a friend’s wedding in North Carolina. Hailee is still trying to recover from her torn ACL, fingers crossed it will heal up and she won’t have to have surgery. I managed to get unpacked, laundry done and put away only four days after getting home (HUGE accomplishment for this busy momma). Here’s what we have to show for it all.
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I must say that a million times a day, “just give me a second” or “mommy just needs a second, honey.” It’s naptime, and today for the first time in a week, both girls are asleep at the same time, AHHHHH! Anyway, I’m gearing up to do a “What’s in my diaper bag” post, which is a must if you want to be considered a legit mommy blogger (ha!). So this is the post before the post. Sort of like a VH1 Behind the Music for my baby stuff.
This is K and Em in their Ju-Ju-Be “Be Neat” bibs. I discovered these when Kinley was just over a year old. Yep, that’s right, that bib around her neck is over a year old and looks like I just pulled the tags off it yesterday. And it’s not for lack of use, that little bib has had EVERYTHING on it, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “a post on a bib, come on Lindsay, really? At least you posted a picture” (@ my mother), but just give me a second, they have earned it. Everyone who has a baby needs one of these (or more). Here’s why they are so neat…
Once Kinley turned one she developed a really bad habit of pulling her bib off. Those bibs being of the average, cotton jersey with Velcro (nowadays called “hook and loop”) closure, variety. This meant that everything dripped on the bib went everywhere, and trying to prevent this with a bowl of baby food in one hand and a loaded spoon in the other was next to impossible. Also, cotton bibs stain and Velcro wears out after several washes (only making it easier to pull the bib off). We had one small cotton bib with a snap closure (half of the problem solved). It was a favorite and was used so often that it wasn’t long before it was really yucky looking. We also had a bib that was a coated nylon material with Velcro closure. This bib did not stain, nothing stuck to it, and it had a pocket to catch drips, but the Velcro was not strong enough and we soon learned that this bib made the biggest messes when torn from the neck and tossed (contents of the pocket everywhere since it absorbed nothing). That bib also had the added disadvantage of being stiff which drew Kinley’s attention and made the pulling off and throwing more frequent. Also, when carrying a cotton bib in a diaper bag you should know that one drop of milk can quickly turn into a stinky situation if the bib is forgotten in said diaper bag. If you do remember to take the bib out and throw it in the wash good luck remembering to stick it back in the bag. *This may not be an issue if you have enough bibs to keep several in your diaper bag or if you are in the habit of doing laundry more often than once a week.
I have two Be Neats and they are pictured above, Emery in Fuchsia Blossoms and Kinley in Pretty Tweet. Kinley’s is over a year old and Emery’s is 8 months old (it’s only been in use for 3 months). Being that I only have two they pretty much get daily use (though Kinley doesn’t need hers as often now, Em does use it sometimes). These bibs have a hidden magnet closure, strong enough that even my big two and a half year old can’t pull it off. They are fabric, coated with Teflon so they do not stain, and they have AgION antimicrobial linings. Machine wash and line dry (they dry quickly), but I almost never wash mine (don’t judge me) they just get a quick wipe with a wet paper towel or baby wipe and back into the pouch they go. They come with matching storage pouches. You may be wondering why, if these bibs are so wonderful do I not have more? Well the answer is simple, I don’t really need more. Though two for the diaper bag, two for the house is a fine idea. Don’t let the $20 price tag scare you off. Scoff if you will, that’s a lot for a bib, but I can tell you that I have $20 worth of cotton bibs that look gross and this is the only bib I use.
Bottom line: Kids can’t pull them off, they don’t stain, and they never stink. Buy one, for your kids, as a gift, both.
Sorry for the long hiatus. We have been moving at what feels like warp speed since June. Our trip to Montana was great. Two beautiful weddings and lots of fresh mountain air. At the end of September we had the joy of welcoming our first niece, weeks of heartache and worry later, our beautiful Matilda has had a liver transplant and is recovering from a rare congenital disorder (learn more here http://www.gofundme.com/Love4Matilda). Our favorite pup, Hailee tore her ACL and has been hopping around here on three legs. Good thing K is a great nurse. Yesterday I got an early birthday present from my parents, a new camera! Though our photos of Costa Rica are gone we are very excited about all of the new photos we get to take (we’ve already taken over 100!). Last day of Kindermusik was today, it’s going to be a long wait til Jan. 23 when class starts again. In one month we find out where we are going next. Stay tuned!
We are back from our whirlwind trip to Costa Rica. Here’s the blow by blow…
Wednesday – 5:00AM, we leave for Memphis International Airport, home to FedEx and a bunch of other idiots (customer service is not a strong suit here, but I digress). We board our 6:20 flight in a timely manner and kindly ask the lady in our row if she would like to take Kinley’s first class ticket (that’s right our toddler flies in style) so that we can all sit together. She responded with questioning and suspicion that would lead you to believe that no one had ever done anything nice for her, but she did move. We met our connection in Houston with just enough time for K and I to use the potty and board our flight. The plane from Houston to San Jose was spacious and had TVs in all the headrests. $7.99 per person for 3 hours of Direct TV, good thing K never watches TV and we brought coloring books cause that price is crazy. They did serve us a “light breakfast” Jimmy Dean sandwiches, muffin, fruit cup (all-in-all over 600 calories, not that “light”, but we were thankful for it because we didn’t have much time to get food). We arrived safely in San Jose collected our things and got in line at immigration. Much to our delight we were quickly directed to the shortest line, apparently, in Costa Rica, children are considered a disability (rightly so). We collected our first passport stamps (insert squeal of excitement) and straight on through customs to the taxi stand. Our connection was at the regional airport across town. San Jose is, well, let’s see… it’s in a beautiful location, mountainous and green. It’s also seems to be quiet tourist friendly as a lot of signs were in Spanish and English. It is also the first place I’ve ever been where the majority of the buildings were made solely of tin roofing. I could hardly take it all in quick enough as our taxi driver navigated us through the city. At 1:oo PM we checked in for our flight at Nature Air. Upon arrival they explained that the flight had checked in full and that meant that our luggage may not be able to fly with us. All of the passengers must be weighed and the numbers crunched to make sure we didn’t have too much weight for the plane. Josh and I promptly stepped on the scale with our babies. Luckily there was room for the bags (no fatties on this flight). The flight was full, all 14 seats! We had a stopover at Tambor. Coolest thing ever, see photo, the landing strip/runway runs perpendicular to the beach. Take off looks like you’re going to drive straight into the ocean. Anyway we arrived at Nosara where Coco was waiting for us by a naked 7 year old boy on the other side of the “security” fence. It’s not like the native people run around naked, the way Coco explained it, he was so overcome with emotion at seeing his father coming off the plane that he stripped and started crying. Kids are so funny. It should be said that though there was no beverage service, Nature Air had the very best customer service of all the airlines on our trip, and our flights with them were absolutely wonderful. We piled into a mud covered rental car for 40 minutes of the worst roads I’ve ever seen, smiling from ear to ear because we had made it to paradise. We arrived at Vista del Paraiso, our final destination and sat down for some PB&J, so so so tasty. I always say that food tastes better when you’re camping, even if it’s burnt or you don’t have any spices… Pretty much everything tastes awesome in paradise too. We got all settled in our cabina, had a little siesta and then got up to meet the wedding party. Coco and Justin have some of the most amazing friends and family. Coco, Kin and I took a little dip in the private pool and then we enjoyed a spaghetti dinner with the wedding party at the gigantic table on the huge portico. We were up chatting into the wee hours, but K and Em found suitable laps to snooze on.
Thursday – Tico time. Since this is just as much my travel journal as it is a glimpse for all of you, bare with me while I elaborate. The locals are called “Ticos” and good luck finding a clock or anyone who cares what time it is. The rest of our trip is on Tico time, morning, afternoon, night, that’s about all I can tell you. Things were scheduled at certain times (it is after all a wedding), but I can’t tell you if we were ever on time and here’s why. . . People don’t wear watches anymore and we didn’t sign up for international cell service, no clocks anywhere. Note to self: wear a watch when traveling, also buy a battery for your watch, it’s dead. So, Thursday morning we got up, sometime after the sun and made breakfast for the house, 15 (that’s a carton) eggs scrambled with queso and a loaf of bread toasted in the oven. It was amazing. We all went to the beach, Playa Guiones. Flat tire on the way because they have the worst roads I’ve ever seen. Kinley loved playing in the waves, Emery got a sunburn the size of a quarter on her arm, I stole seashells, Josh swam and swam and swam. Sandwiches back at the house, no condiments, just bread, meat and cheese and Coke Light. Everyone agreed, best sandwiches ever. Siesta. Burgers for dinner. Harmony Hotel for drinks. . . the best sangria we’ve ever had, merlot and coconut. Again, the girls found willing laps to cuddle on.
Friday – I was up before the sun. Watched the sunrise on our patio, showered, ate, and went to the market with Coco (live chickens wild in the parking lot). Got Josh and the girls, Fruit Loops for breakfast. We went on a guided group hike to the Mala Noche waterfalls. Josh packed Kinley and I had Em. . . a couple barbed wire fences, several shallow creek crossings, and the kind of humidity that makes you feel like you have to chew the air, but nothing us MT kids can’t handle. The falls were beautiful, and the water was refreshing. Back to the villa, more sandwiches, and a siesta.<This is when we realized our camera was gone. Took pictures of the waterfall and no one has seen it since.> Rehearsal dinner at Olga’s on Playa Pelada, big margaritas and coffee tequila shots.
Saturday – Once again up at the crack of dawn. Em and I did the laundry and went to breakfast with the ladies at the Harmony. Josh and K went to breakfast with the guys. Then lots of wedding day preparations: table arrangements, bouquets, speeches, etc. Off to the hotel to meet the bride and get ready. Josh took this opportunity to chat up the barkeep and get the sangria recipe (thanks Love). The shuttle was late, we were sweating buckets in the jungle heat. Fresh coconuts with rum at the wedding site, and we partied hardy.
Sunday – Quick breakfast (cereal) and off to the “aeropuerto” with our new friend Jeff (thanks for the ride), stop for gas (7500 colones/liter or $5.75ish/gal), fly all day. Lunch at Quizno’s in the San Jose airport, and into Memphis at 9:30PM. Josh left his iphone on the plane and was not allowed to go back for it. That’s the last we saw of the iphone, which we had been taking pictures on since we lost the camera… Guess we weren’t meant to have our own pictures.
Sorry, I know it’s been a month since we posted anything. Since we got back we’ve been dealing with bouts of depression over our lost camera and phone. Also, Josh had a cold which I now have, our A/C was broken for almost two weeks and K is still having teething issues that often interrupt naptime which is when blogging typically occurs. A 4th of July post will be up shortly with pictures taken on the ipad (thank heavens we didn’t lose that!).